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ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: A.J. Jefferson #24 of the Minnesota Vikings tackles Brandon Gibson #11 of the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Playoff Scenarios

The Minnesota Vikings can greatly improve their chances of making the playoffs by beating the Houston Texans on Sunday and the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. It still needs some help to claim the final spot in the postseason, but the easiest way to make it is by winning.

12/19/2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams stands over center during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 33-13. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Continue Its Chase For A Playoff Spot With A Trip To St. Louis

The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the two wild card teams by one game in the standings. It plays the team right behind it in the standings Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams have won three straight, including two on the road.

12/14/2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2: Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings intercepts a pass intended for Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers during the game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Harrison Smith Is Giving The Minnesota Vikings A Presence At Safety

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.

12/11/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a 61-yard touchdown against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton KIng/Getty Images)

What To Watch For From The Minnesota Vikings In December

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.

12/05/2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Renew Rivalry With Green Bay Packers Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings look to remain in the division title hunt with a win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers are one game ahead of the Vikings and in second place in the NFC North division. Minnesota is led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and its passing offense.

11/30/2012

The NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award will either go to Peterson or Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.

True Test Of The Minnesota Vikings Is Coming In The Final Six Games Of The Season

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.

11/19/2012

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The Minnesota Vikings’ Passing Offense Remains A Work In Progress

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.

11/08/2012

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What To Watch For From The Minnesota Vikings In November

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.

11/07/2012

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Three Ways To Improve For The Minnesota Vikings Second Half Of The Season

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.

10/31/2012

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Adrian Peterson Misses Practice For The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings only have one practice this week before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday at Mall of America Field. Tight end John Carlson and running back Adrian Peterson were the only players to miss practice. Carlson is not expected to play, but Peterson is.

10/24/2012

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Minnesota Vikings Hosting Tampa Bay Buccaneers On Thursday

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.

10/23/2012

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Beyond Bounds: NFL Journal Entry No. 3 With D’Aundre Reed

Vikings game days have been tough for D’Aundre Reed as of late.

10/20/2012

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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.

10/20/2012

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Minnesota Vikings Focus On Fixing Red Zone Offense

The Minnesota Vikings were dominating the Washington Redskins in the first quarter Sunday. However, a three scoring drives that ended in field goals instead of touchdowns cost the Vikings the game. The Vikings found out this week that it will play the Pittsburgh Steelers next season in London, England.

10/18/2012

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Three Ups And Downs For The Minnesota Vikings Through Week Six

The Minnesota Vikings have been a pleasant surprise in the NFL this season. Their 4-2 record put them a half game behind the Chicago Bears and one game ahead of the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings have a lot of things going for them while several other things could be improved.

10/17/2012

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