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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos is pressured by defensive end Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots Defense Needs Big Game Against Broncos In AFC Championship Game

Both Patriots Nation and Broncos Country are looking forward to Brady/Manning XV. The rest of the planet will probably enjoy the game, too.

01/14/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Disappoint In 2013

The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than the 5-10-1 record the team finished with in the 2013 season. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal in 2013 with five game-tying or game-winning scores in the final minute of the game. The team used three starting quarterbacks, including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel for small stretches twice. The team fired head coach Leslie Frazier very early Monday morning.

12/31/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 15, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Vikings HC Frazier Is Not Going To Let His Job Status Affect The Team

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talked with to the team about his job status Tuesday morning. He believes that could have been reason the team lost focus in last week’s blow out loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings will have a ceremony to say goodbye to Mall of America Field.

12/25/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions tries to outrun the tackle of Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 34-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Facing The Detroit Lions In Mall Of America Finale

The Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions Sunday in the last game ever in Mall of America Field. The Lions have a dynamic passing offense. They boast stout front-seven on their defense. Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are a pair of players to watch for the Lions.

12/24/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Fullback John Kuhn #30 of the Green Bay Packers flies over safety free safety Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings to score on a nine-yard touchdown catch and run in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Vikings S Harrison Smith Returns After Missing Eight Games

Harrison Smith missed eight games, but looked good in his return against the Philadelphia Eagles. The expectation was for him to be eased back into game shape. However, he played more snaps that any other Vikings safety. Chris Cook missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a knee injury.

12/18/2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to throw a second quarter pass while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vikings Look To Hurt Bengals Hopes Of A Divisional Title

The Minnesota Vikings already know that their season is not going to last more than two games from this point, and all they are playing for now is pride and evaluation. One thing they do have going for them is that they can spoil the hopes and seeding chances of other teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals.

12/17/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is taken off the field after being injured during the second quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Will Not Need Surgery, Status Still In Doubt

The Minnesota Vikings may be on the verge of shutting down star running back Adrian Peterson. The ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s loss is not deemed too serious, but with the team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, his health is more important. Toby Gerhart would be given the opportunity to showcase his talent over the final three games as long as Peterson is out.

12/11/2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 8: Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles hurdles safety Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions for a 40 yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Vikings Continue Final Stretch Of The Season Against Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Vikings play their second to last game ever at Mall of America Field against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have won five straight and have risen to the top of the NFC East Division. Running back LeSean McCoy and linebacker DeMeco Ryans led the Eagles offensive and defensive units.

12/10/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears during overtime of the game on December 1, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bear 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Reaches Milestone

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson surpassed the 10,000 yard rushing plateau. He is the 28th player in league history and third quickest to do so. He is grateful for his God-given talent and blessed to have had the players around him to make it happen. Erin Henderson returned last week after missing the previous week with personal reasons, but did not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Cordarrelle Patterson’s role in the Vikings offense continues to expand.

12/04/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Sam Koch #4 after kicking a field goal in the second quarter of an NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Begin The Final Quarter Of The Season With a Trip To Baltimore

NFL teams talk about the season being in four quarters. The league begins that final quarter this week. The Minnesota Vikings travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in their Week 13 game. The Ravens are led on offense by quarterback Joe Flacco, but wide receiver Torrey Smith is the player to watch. The defense is led by veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

12/03/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: A.J. Jefferson #24 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Release Jefferson, Further Thinning The Defensive Backfield

The Minnesota Vikings released A.J. Jefferson hours after he was arrested for a domestic assault claim. The Vikings are now down three healthy cornerbacks on their roster with one on their practice squad. Audie Cole made his start on Sunday and was impressive. He is likely to remain in the starting lineup. The Vikings filled their open roster spot by claiming offensive tackle Mike Remmers off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

11/27/2013

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears tries to make a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half on November 17, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Return Home To Face The Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings face another division-rival coming off a disappoint defeat. This Sunday, the Vikings face the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field. The Bears are 6-5 on the season and have been more successful through the air – both on offense and defense. The Bears have big physical receivers. They have been banged up in the front seven on defense and struggled to stop the opposition on the ground.

11/26/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers looks up field during a third quarter run while playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Travel To Green Bay For Their Final Divisional Road Game Of The Season

The Minnesota Vikings play their final divisional road game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The two teams are heading in the wrong direction with one combined win since their Week 8 meeting in Minneapolis. The Packers hope to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers sooner rather than later. They are struggling to get anything going without their star quarterback.

11/19/2013

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks stiff arms William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Vikings Prepare For Second Straight Trip To Thunderous CenturyLink Field

The Minnesota Vikings travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks for the second consecutive season. The Seahawks have an 9-1 record and are poised to make a Super Bowl run. They are expecting to have wide receiver Percy Harvin for the first time this season.

11/12/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3: Fans of the Minnesota Vikings cheer after the Vikings scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Host Washington Redskins For Thursday Night Football

The Minnesota Vikings play in the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 9. The Cowboys lead the NFC East with 4-4 record. They are led by a prolific passing offense and opportunistic defense. The Vikings maligned secondary will have their hands full with the Cowboys.

11/05/2013

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