5 Takeaways From The Vikings Win Over San DiegoThe Minnesota Vikings had a quality 26-16 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2 after a clunker at San Francisco to open the season. So which Vikings team would show up against the Chargers Sunday? The one that struggled in its first game, or the one that punished the Lions?
Vikings Kicker Walsh Tries To Overcome MissesWith his coaches growing "worrisome" and the misses continuing to pile up, kicker Blair Walsh is trying to rediscover his confidence. Walsh, who signed a four-year, $13 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings before the season, said the missed field goal attempts have taken a toll mentally.
Vikings Kicker Blair Walsh Struggling In PreseasonBlair Walsh's new contract with the Minnesota Vikings hasn't helped the kicker iron out the inconsistencies that started to plague him last season. After going 0 for 3 on field goals against Oakland on Saturday, Walsh is 2 for 6 in the preseason.
7 Takeaways From the Vikings 2nd Preseason GameIf nothing else, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has one thing going for him right now: He's a career 6-0 in preseason games. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 26-16 Saturday night in the Vikings' first of two preseason games at TCF Bank Stadium. There are still three more preseason games left and plenty can change in the next month, but here are seven takeaways from Saturday's preseason victory.
Vikings Sign K Blair Walsh To Contract ExtensionThe Minnesota Vikings announced Sunday that kicker Blair Walsh signed a contract extension. Walsh is entering his fourth NFL season, the final year of his rookie contract after the Vikings drafted him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Minnesota Vikings Head Into The Offseason Optimistic, But UnsatisfiedThe Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
Team Grades: Vikings Get Zimmer First Win Over Division Rival In Season FinaleThe Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings' good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.
Bridgewater, Vikings Get By Bears 13-9The Minnesota Vikings were just getting started, with a rookie quarterback and a first-time head coach in Mike Zimmer so eager to maintain momentum he told the players to report to practice in a few days.
Team Grades: Vikings Blow Two Touchdown Lead In MiamiThe Minnesota Vikings took a two touchdown lead before surrendering the lead in the second half. The Vikings fell Sunday to the Miami Dolphins 37-35 on a blocked punt safety with 41 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings offense was good enough to win, but the defense was bad. The special teams units made one mistake that gave the Dolphins the game in regulation.
Walsh Tries To Kick Through Slump For VikingsThis is not the way Blair Walsh wants to finish the season. The Minnesota Vikings kicker is 1 for 6 with field goal attempts over the past two games. His success rate has fallen to 71 percent, the lowest of any regular kicker in the NFL this year.
Team Grades: Fast Start Leads To Heartbreak For The Vikings In DetroitThe Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
Lions Sweat Out 16-14 Win Over VikingsMatt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North.
Team Grades: Audible Saves Vikings From Potential Bad LossThe Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
Off The Field, Vikings Teammates Are Roommates, FriendsWhen Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke aren't together kicking a football at work, go figure, you’re likely to find them together hitting a cue ball at home.
Team Grades: Special Teams Leads The Vikings To Lopsided Win Over The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.