Josh Robinson is becoming one of the mainstays in the Vikings secondary. The team knows that veteran leader Antoine Winfield is nearing the end of his career. Robinson’s play has given the team assurance that it will be fine when Winfield decides to hang up the cleats.
Harrison Smith is becoming one of the most complete safeties in the NFL. There are very few that can hit as hard as him while possessing the ball skills to turn errant throws into turnovers. He is making it scarier to play against the Vikings defense.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of rebuilding for the future. The process began with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected nine players in the draft – lost one to a devastating knee injury – and claimed another off waivers.
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 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.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its first Thursday night game since September of 2010. The Vikings will enter the game as the favorite at home, two things that bode well for the purple. The key will be stopping passing duo Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson.
Vikings game days have been tough for D’Aundre Reed as of late.
Mistral Raymond Returns To Practice For The Minnesota Vikings; Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson Both Expected To Play
The Minnesota Vikings only have three players listed as questionable or worse on the injury report. Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson both missed at least one practice this week, but both are expected to play and start. Mistral Raymond was injured during the Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He returned to practice, but will not play Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings dominated the first quarter and had the first three scoring drives of the game. However, it could not convert those into touchdowns. The Washington Redskins took over in the second quarter and never looked back.
The Minnesota Vikings had four of its best offensive players on its injury report this week. Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder have been on the injury report in previous weeks, but Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson were new this week. Harvin was injured during practice this week and Simpson felt leg weakness and numbness prior to the win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Minnesota Vikings may face a different quarterback and offense in Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins than it has all season long. The Redskins utilize Griffin’s running ability by using an option scheme. Griffin’s rushing total on the season is just 58 yards less than the other five starting quarterbacks the Viking have faced this season combined.
Percy Harvin took his place in the slot position, 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and just off the right tackle. The Minnesota Vikings faced third-and-5 from the Tennessee 10, looking to put the game away late in the third quarter.
The Minnesota Vikings were successful in September. These next four games will tell everyone who the contenders will be at the end of the year. The Vikings began a difficult stretch of four games in 19 days with a victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith won’t be punished further for his shove of an official that drew a 15-yard penalty and automatic ejection from Sunday’s game against Tennessee.
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