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The Minnesota Vikings have the toughest remaining schedule of anyone in the NFL, including three games against teams tied for or leading their respective divisions. Adrian Peterson has a chance to set the NFL’s single season rushing record. Christian Ponder has struggled in recent weeks and may need to have a solid finish to the season. Ponder’s play could determine whether the Vikings are playing for a playoff spot or draft positioning.
Percy Harvin returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Every other injured player is listed as probable.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without its leading receiver for a second consecutive game when it travels to Chicago. Leslie Frazier said that everyone else should be okay to go, even though two players are listed as questionable.
Despite preseason predictions, the Minnesota Vikings remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. The schedule does not get any easier; in fact it is one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team. The Vikings have the pieces and opportunity to make a run against the more heavily favored opponents.
The Minnesota Vikings are chasing six teams in the NFC playoff chase while five other teams are within two games. The Vikings need some help Sunday and it can feel a whole lot better about its postseason situation.
Mistral Raymond’s life could have taken a turn for the worse, if not for his grandmother and football. The second-year safety endured tragedy during college. Now, this season an ankle injury has tested his mental fortitude.
Percy Harvin did not practice all week and is as doubtful for Sunday’s against the Detroit Lions. His absence would leave a huge hole in an already anemic passing offense. The only other injured player listed as worse than probable is defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
The Minnesota Vikings have struggled with its passing offense in recent weeks. The Vikings are trying to make adjustments to improve. However, if Percy Harvin is unable to play it will be difficult for the Vikings to move the ball through the air.
The best part of the November portion of the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule is its bye week. The Vikings can use that week off to improve two critical areas, one on each side of the ball. It needs to fix at least one of these problems, if it is going to remain in the playoff hunt.
The Minnesota Vikings had several players miss practices this week, but the most notable omission was running back Adrian Peterson. Friday is a significant practice to miss, but head coach Leslie Frazier said he is not worried about his availability for Sunday’s game.
The Minnesota Vikings enter a daunting second half of the season. The Minnesota Vikings have slipped a bit over the last four weeks, which was a four games in 19 day stretch. Now that the Vikings have reached the midway point of the season, it still has some areas to improve.
The Minnesota Vikings took a step back with a 2-2 record in October, both losses against teams with a below-.500 record. The month began with a lopsided impressive win over the Tennessee Titans at home. It finished with a disappointing lopsided home loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a regular season-ending injury to Chris Cook.
Christian Ponder’s numbers suggest that the second-year quarterback is taking a step backwards. However, the Minnesota Vikings as a whole are regressing. The entire defense and offensive line are especially woeful lately.
The Minnesota Vikings never got into the game before falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday. Adrian Peterson had another outstanding game. The Vikings made far too many mistakes and allowed the Buccaneers to do whatever they wanted.
The Minnesota Vikings will be in the national spotlight Thursday night. That means a busy night in downtown Minneapolis.