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3/25/15: For some reason, there has been an ongoing exodus out of Green Bay to the Minnesota Vikings over the past several years. QB Brett Favre is the most famous (via a year with the New York Jets), but wide receiver Greg Jennings and others have made the move too. The latest is running back DuJuan Harris. Harris looks like he is a depth move and would likely compete for the back up role with a few other - assuming the Vikings and Adrian Peterson come to some sort of agreement to keep him in town. That seems to be the case, but will not be fully known for a little while longer.
3/18/15: In secondary news, the Minnesota Vikings will not have backup quarterback Matt Cassel to lean on next season in the terrible event that Teddy Bridgewater cannot play. Cassel signed a deal with Buffalo and may end up being the starter there. The primary news is with Adrian Peterson. Of course, that is no news yet. Vikings front office leaders went to Houston to meet with Peterson. Peterson also went to New York to meet with the Wilfs, owners of the team. AP probably will be back with the Vikings next season, but there is still no resolution, though the Dallas Cowboys are likely watching with a lot of interest.
3/11/15: The ongoing saga of the relationship between the Minnesota Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson continues to be icy, but there seems to be a thaw. Vikings officials met with Peterson in Houston last week for four hours and the accounts are that it 'went well'. Peterson may still be uneasy about rejoining the Vikings if he thinks they turned their back on him last season during his legal issues. However, the Vikings still seem willing to pay him nearly $13 million next season, and it is doubtful that anyone else would be willing or able to come up with that kind of money for a running back.
3/4/15: Things are starting to get testy in Minnesota between the Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson. Reports say that Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra and Vikings VP of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski got into a shouting match and had to be separated at a dinner. AP won his legal motion and was reinstated, though the NFL is appealing that decision. Meanwhile, Peterson's father says that the running back has not ruled out a return to the Vikings. There has not been this much tension in Minneapolis since Mary Tyler Moore stepped into the male-dominated newsroom for the first time.
2/25/15/: Another week has passed in the Adrian Peterson saga and it looks like everyone is getting a little bit distant. Peterson says he has reservations about rejoining the team after last season. That does not mean he won't join or play for the Vikings again, it just means that there may be a few issues to work out. The Vikings probably would not mind losing Peterson. He is a great running back, but comes with a $12 million price tag, which is about three times more than the market rate. If all else fails, Peterson may end up in Dallas, where he has always wanted to be a Cowboy.
2/18/15: There is an old belief in sports that when a boss comes out in favor of his or her employee - the so-called vote of confidence - then the employee is not long for the team. That could be happening in Minnesota as new Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren publicly declared his support for running back Adrian Peterson returning to the Vikings next season. Peterson indicated that someone in the front office was working against him last season, and many believe he was referring to Warren. So while everyone is saying the right things publicly, there may be moves going on behind the scenes that will keep Peterson from returning.
2/11/15: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has been suspended from the NFL since the second week of the 2014-15 season for child abuse, is trying to get reinstated by the league before April 15. Not only is that tax day, but it is the first day the NFL has said he could be reinstated, citing a retroactive application of the suspension policy. Peterson, after the hearing, said he felt he got a fair hearing. He also added that he would want to play for the Vikings again in 2015. But that is another issue, considering he has a $15.4 million salary cap number for next season.
2/5/15: The NFL season is finally over. Along with crowning a league champion in the Super Bowl, it also means that running back Adrian Peterson's suspension is complete and he can apply for reinstatement. It also means that there are some tough decisions to be made. Running backs on the whole have been seriously devalued over the past few seasons, and the Vikings are on the hook for a big salary if they hold on to Peterson. Then again, Peterson has always wanted to play for Dallas, and there could be an opening there if the Cowboys cannot come to a contract agreement with DeMarco Murray.
1/28/15: Some sad news here. Former NFL running back, Tommy Mason, passed away last week. His connection to the Minnesota Vikings? He was the first ever draft pick of the franchise way back in 1961. He played six years with the team and made the Pro Bowl from 1962 to 1964. In other news, the fight over the glass to be used in the Vikings new stadium is coming under fire. Conservationists claim that birds will fly into the glass and die. The developers claim that changing the glass to be bird-safe is too expensive. If they do go with the current glass and the worst fears are confirmed, the glass will probably get changed pretty quickly, because no one wants to walk through piles of dead birds to go to a game.
1/21/15: The Vikings are certainly working on the draft board these days and it is fair to wonder if they are going to select a top running back for their roster. The team has said that they would like to have Adrian Peterson back, though that is conditional on Peterson being reinstated and wanting to come back. However, the reality is that the Vikings could cut Peterson and save $13 million in cap space next season. That is a lot of money which could be put toward helping problem areas like the receiving corps. So, while the Vikings are saying nice things, the practical side may mean that Peterson has played his last season in Minnesota.
1/14/15: The Minnesota Vikings head into the offseason in much better shape than they were a year ago. Back then, they were searching for a new head coach and a franchise quarterback. They seem to have both now in Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater, respectively. That combination helped the Vikings get to seven wins this past season, which was far more than many people expected. There is still the Adrian Peterson issue. Assuming that he is allowed to return to regular play next season, Zimmer would take him back. Of course, Peterson has to want to come back, and he has hinted that it may be time for a 'fresh start'.
1/7/15: As expected the final gun of the final game of the season had barely stopped echoing before the Bears fired both General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Mark Trestman. The team had high expectations this season, after Trestman's first season showed a very good offense. But QB Jay Cutler regressed and the defense did not do much and the team finished with a 5-11 record - good for the seventh pick in the 2015 draft. The open coaching position is interested and several names are out there including Rex Ryan, Mike Shanahan and possbily now Doug Marone.
1/7/15: The Minnesota Vikings should hold their head high this offseason. Though they finished with a 7-9 record, they were expected to be much worse. And they achieved that without star running back Adrian Peterson for 15 games. The Vikings seem to have their franchise QB in place in Teddy Bridgewater and found ways to win under first year coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota will pick 11th in the 2015 draft and it will be interesting to see what approach they take: improve the offense or improve the defense with an impact player. Or possibly trade the pick for depth.
12/3/14: The Vikings may be out of the playoff hunt for all intents and purposes, but they are not quitting on the season. They earned a nice 31-13 win at home over Carolina last Sunday based largely on the strength of their special teams. Minnesota blocked not one, but two punts and returned them for touchdowns to pace the win. In other words, the special teams outscored the Panthers on their own. That was good because the offense did not contribute much on the day. Minnesota is now 5-7 and will host the New York Jets on Sunday.
11/19/14: The Vikings were hoping to be the latest team to keep the Chicago Bears from winning in Soldier Field in 2014, however, the luck ran out. Minnesota started well, taking a 10-0 first quarter lead. However, the Vikings secondary was softened up by Chicago's running game, and Jay Cutler found Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall for long touchdowns in the third quarter. Minnesota struggled offensively all day. QB Teddy Bridgewater only managed 158 passing yards with one TD and one INT, while the Vikings ground game only cobbled together 96 yards on the day. The Vikings fell to 4-6 on the season and host the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.
11/12/14: The Vikings, who were on a bye last week, are a surprising 4-5 this season. They still trail the rest of the NFC North, but are performing much better than expected. Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater is still a work in progress, but he is improving. He may get RB Adrian Peterson back before the season is over, too. Peterson settled his legal issues but still remains on the exempt list (and still collecting paychecks). The Vikings may not know whether to re-instate him or not, but the league also has a say in this, and my elect to suspend him. The Vikings are at the Bears this Sunday.
11/5/14: It is getting almost impossible to figure out the Minnesota Vikings. They have had games where they look like a competent team and others where they do not even show up. Last Sunday's matchup against Washington was one of the good weeks. QB Teddy Bridgewater had a nice game with 268 yards passing and a TD, though he still has to get more accurate. Matt Asiata stole the show with three rushing touchdowns (26 yards total) - a true vulture for fantasy purposes. Minnesota improved to 4-5 on the season and has a bye this week.
10/29/14: Minnesota, who may be the forgotten team in the NFC North, earned its third victory of the season by downing the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-13 in overtime last Sunday. This was not a game for people who crave offense, as only 10 points were scored between the two teams for the first 45 minutes. But the Vikings pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn their third win of the season. QB Teddy Bridgewater had a nice day with 241 yards passing with one touchdown. Minnesota improved to 3-5 on the season and return home to host Washington this Sunday.
10/22/14: The lost season for the Vikings continues. They played good enough to beat the host Buffalo Bills last week, but ultimately fell 17-16 on a last second field goal. There certainly were some negatives in the game - mostly the offense not being in synch after seven weeks. However, there was some good. The Vikings caused four turnovers during the game, and that kept them in it until the very end. Minnesota is now 2-5 on the season and in last place in the NFC North. The Vikings have a good chance at win number three this Sunday when they head to Florida to take on the 1-5 Buccaneers.
10/15/14: The Minnesota Vikings season is falling faster than a Christian Ponder incomplete pass. The Vikings had a chance to get to .500 on the season, which would be an accomplishment considering the distractions that they are dealing with. However, they fell lifelessly 17-3 to the visiting Detroit Lions last Sunday. QB Teddy Bridgewater did not provide much. He threw for only 188 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Meanwhile, their best receiver, Cordarrell Patterson continues to be ignored. He had just two catches for 15 yards and one run for two yards. The Vikings hit the road this week to take on the Buffalo Bills.
10/8/14: The Vikings went to Lambeau to face the Green Bay Packers last Thursday. Starting QB Teddy Bridgewater was scratched just before the game, leaving Christian Ponder to play. Ponder played as one would expect a third string quarterback with limited reps from a short week to play. He threw for 222 yards on 22-44 passing. Zero touchdowns but two costly interceptions in a 42-10 blowout. It wasn't all Ponder's fault as the defense did little to stop Eddie Lacy. The loss put the Vikings at 2-3 on the season, and clearly hoping that Bridgewater will be back this Sunday when Minnesota hosts the Detroit Lions.
10/1/14: The Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater in the first round to be their franchise QB. He got his first career start last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and did not disappoint. Bridgewater outplayed veteran Matt Ryan, going 19-30 passing for 317 yards. He did not throw any touchdowns but also did not have any interceptions. By the time it was over, the Vikings used a powerful run game (without Adrian Peterson) to register 241 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-28 win. The victory improved the team record to 2-2, but have a short week to celebrate as they head to Green Bay (2-2) for the Thursday Night Game.
9/24/14: The Minnesota Vikings have been dealing with a lot of distractions for the past two weeks with the Adrian Peterson situation. The team originally announced that Peterson would be available for the Vikings' game against the New Orleans Saints before reconsidering and essentially suspending him until his legal matters are resolved. The Viking could have used him against the Saints as they could only muster three field goals. QB Matt Cassel got injured so Teddy Bridgewater made his debut in the NFL, and may be here to stay. The Vikings are now 1-2 and return home to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
9/17/14: The Vikings looked great in Week 1 against the Rams, while the Patriots looked terrible in losing to the Dolphins. But the Pats are tough to beat on back to back weeks, and that does not even include deactivating star running back Adrian Peterson due to his legal issues. The Pats defense was the story, as QB Matt Cassel threw four interceptions to only one touchdown. The Viking may want to consider transitioning over to Teddy Bridgewater in the near future. Certainly, the Peterson situation was a distraction and the Vikings are a different team without their best player, but they need to regain their focus as they head to New Orleans this Sunday.
8/28/14: As everyone who follows the Vikings already knows, this is a two man race for the starting QB position, and the winner will not be Christian Ponder. That begs the question of if the team will keep three QBs in the regular season or cut Ponder at some point. Ponder has not asked for a trade and says that he wants to stay in Minnesota. On the other hand cutting him frees up another roster spot. Additionally, if Ponder does become a free agent, there are probably a number of places he could land that could use an experienced arm. St. Louis could be an option if Sam Bradford really did re-tear his ACL, as is feared.
8/21/14: At some point, Teddy Bridgewater will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, and of course, the big question is when. Bridgewater made a strong play for the starter's job in the second preseason game by leading two fourth quarter scoring drives. The second scoring drive was an 83 yard, seven play masterpiece that took only 53 seconds and ended in a touchdown with 18 seconds left. Bridgewater was 6-7 on the drive and hit receiver Rodney Smith four times. Cassel reportedly still has the starting job, but Bridgewater is closing the gap at every turn.
8/14/14: The Minnesota Vikings are still determining who will be the starting QB for the upcoming season. While there are three QBs on the roster, it is really a two man race between veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Many expect Bridgewater to get the nod so he can get some experience now. However, round one of the competition has to go to Cassel. Cassel was markedly better in the first preseason game. Of course, even if Cassel does win the job to start the season, he is likely a place holder until Bridgewater is ready to play at the NFL level.
8/7/14: The latest word out of Vikings camp is that rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater is now equally splitting first team reps with incumbent Matt Cassel. The general assumption is that the job will eventually be Bridgewater's, with the only question being 'when'. That also means that Christian Ponder is clearly behind the two and may not be with the team too much longer. There is no date set for when the starter will be announced, though the receiving corps, including tight end Kyle Rudolph, would like that decided sooner rather than later. At this pace, Bridgewater may be starting Week 1.
7/31/14: It has been a rough few weeks in Minnesota and the Chris Kluwe situation continues to linger on. Well there is another issue to be concerned with off the field. Apparently, the new stadium, which is currently under construction, is raising concerns that it will harm birds that may fly into the large glass exterior. There have been discussions of changing the glass or color, but looks like there may be no change in the glass. That, in turn, could put many migratory birds at risk, not to mention on ongoing clean up of dead or injured birds, and has raised the ire of the Audubon Society.
7/24/14: The Vikings seem to have an unnecessary mess and distraction on their hands with former punter Chris Kluwe. Kluwe claims that he was wrongfully released from the team a couple years ago because of his pro-gay rights beliefs, and that his special teams coach made offensive comments. The Vikings maintain that his release was a football decision. There are a lot more details available, but both sides seem to have some decent points. Kluwe was a solid punter in his last season with the Vikings. However, the team had another option at the position that did not cost $1.4 million per year. Kluwe may end up suing the team, and then it would be up to a judge to decide.
7/17/14: The Minnesota Vikings are taking some heat from the one group they really do not want to upset - their season ticket holders. The team will play the next two seasons outdoors at the University of Minnesota and have elected to use the north sideline rather than their traditional south sideline. Several season ticket holders had selected their seats on the south side, which they thought would be where the Vikings' sideline would be. There are no plans, right now, to switch to the south sideline, but the team has said that they will be on the south side, again, when the new stadium opens.
7/10/14: Will Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater be the next big time athlete marketer? He seems to think so. Even teammate, wide receiver Corradelle Patterson, thinks that he could turn the entire 'glove controversy' (wearing a glove during his pro day that contributed to a poor showing) into an endorsement opportunity. While Bridgewater may be dreaming about endorsements, he may not get many opportunities until 1) he gets on the field as the starting QB, and 2) he has success as a player and can become a marketable guy. So first things first, Teddy. Be successful and the opportunities will come.
7/3/14: Minnesota is getting a Super Bowl, but they have to construct a stadium first. That process is just beginning and a huge 400 foot crane is on its way to the Twin Cities to help out. The crane is so big that it will take 70 truckloads to bring it in over 10 days. Then there will be another 11 days to assemble it and get it in to working order. So three weeks will be spent just on the crane itself. But three weeks is a mild inconvenience to the two years it will take to build the stadium. In the meantime, the Vikings will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons at the University of Minnesota.
6/26/14: Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been a lot more vocal than usual recently in talking about his value to the team and his position in the league. Despite having a down season last year (by his amazing standards), he says that the Vikings would take a big hit if they were to cut him. He is due over $45 million over the next three years, which is way out of balance with the rest of the league. He also says that he is the best player in the NFL, and not Peyton Manning. Both are excellent and opinions probably lean toward which player or team one likes better.
6/19/14: The Vikings will host the Super Bowl in a few years, and that is great news for the City of Minneapolis (and St. Paul, too). It has come to be expected that when a team gets a new stadium, that one of the rewards is to host a Super Bowl. But that does not come cheap and the NFL extracts a lot of 'extras' for the right to host the big game. Those 'extras' reportedly include things like free hotel rooms and golf outings for the league. Cities are more than willing to dole out these perks because of the economic and public relations cache that hosting a Super Bowl entails.
6/12/14: While the Vikings are working right now to form a new identity on the field, the powers that be are working to find an identity for their new stadium. The team left the antiquated Metrodome and will spend the next two seasons playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota. When they finally get to their new digs, it may be named after U.S. Bank. Initial reports speculate the deal could be worth $250 million over 25 years. If and when the stadium is named, there will be six stadiums left without corporate sponsorship (teams are: Bills, Bengals, Chiefs, Packers, Bears and Falcons).
6/6/14: It is generally true that when a team fires their head coach, the new head coach will be much different than his predecessor. That script is playing out in Minnesota as new head coach Mike Zimmer has been very vocal and loud during OTAs. The Vikings previous coach, Leslie Frazier, was far more measured and reserved. He did not yell often. Zimmer is the opposite and has no problem getting in the face of a player that makes mistakes. It worked well for him in Cincinnati where the Bengals had great defenses and the players loved him. If the Vikings are winning, it will work in Minnesota as well.
5/29/14: The Vikings are looking for a better 2014 than 2013. They look improved, at least on paper, especially with the addition of Teddy Bridgewater as the next franchise quarterback. The Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota for at least the next two seasons - meaning they will be outdoors. Their new stadium is getting built, and as what seems to be the custom in the NFL, they have been awarded the Super Bowl in 2018. Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl several years ago in the old Metrodome, but the new stadium should be a much better venue than that dilapidated relic.
5/15/14: The Vikings moved around a lot in the 2013 draft and ended up with three first round picks. This year, they traded down from #8 to #9 (from the Browns). The Vikings spurned all the speculation that they would take a top rated QB early on and instead took outside linebacker Anthony Barr from UCLA. Barr was the third defensive player taken in the draft, behind Jadaveon Clowney (#1 overall to Houston) and Khalil Mack (#5 overall to Oakland). The Vikings have several holes to fill, but finding a way to stop Aaron Rodgers and Mathew Stafford four times a year has to weigh heavily. Minnesota then traded back into the first round to grab QB Teddy Bridgewater, who may be then next QB of the future for the Vikings.
5/8/14: The Vikings, to no one's surprise, declined to pick up the 2015 season option on QB Christian Ponder. And Ponder says that is no big deal. Ponder was selected out of Florida State early in the first round in 2011, probably too early. He was thrown into the starter's role early. Probably too early. He was benched last year for veteran Matt Cassel, who looks to be the starter this season. Minnesota may also take a QB in the draft, which may mean that Ponder will simply be out of a job in the near future. To his credit, Ponder (and Adrian Peterson) did get the Vikings to the Playoffs in the 2012 season.
5/1/14: No question about it, Jim Brown is an NFL legend - and when he speaks, people listen. Brown had some interesting words last week when he said that the Vikings' Adrian Peterson could break the all time rushing record. Peterson is already regarded as the best back in the league. He posted over 2,000 yards just a season ago and came within 10 yards of breaking the single season rushing record. Breaking the all time mark would be even more impressive considering that the NFL has become a passing league. Good luck to AP on the all time record - it will not be easy to match.
4/24/14: The Vikings cannot afford to reach and miss in this draft. When they took QB Christian Ponder early in the first round a few years ago, even the most ardent Florida State fan was left wondering. Minnesota is searching for their franchise QB, of course, but may also be interested in reshaping their defensive line. Long gone are the Williamses and now Jared Allen. Jadeveon Clowney is probably not dropping to them, so they are looking elsewhere. There is a chance that the Vikings go with Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise State, who projects to be a strong edge rusher.
4/17/14: Running back Adrian Peterson is certainly the best player on the Vikings and one of the elite players in the league. That much is fact. Now Peterson has a new head coach in Mike Zimmer, who replaced Leslie Frazier. In a radio interview last week, Zimmer said he wants Peterson to be a leader on the team. Rather than consider these remarks a slight, Peterson says he understands where Zimmer is coming from, and that he is up to the task. For Zimmer's sake, it is good that Peterson is buying in, because the Vikings will not go anywhere without AP being at his best.
4/10/14: Defensive lineman Jared Allen became one of the best at his position during his six years in Minnesota. There was a time when the Vikings, with Allen, had one of the best front fours in the game. Vikings' fans are passionate about their team and players, so not only was it bad that Allen was released, it was a cardinal sin when he signed with the rival Chicago Bears. That means that Allen will return to Minnesota at least once a season while he is with Chicago. For his part, Allen respects the team and especially the fans, but fully expects to be booed when he returns.
3/27/14: If you think back just a few years ago, you may remember that the Minnesota Vikings had a very good team which boasted one of the strongest front four in the league. At the time (2010), the defensive line had Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, and Ray Edwards. Things have changed. Ray Edwards left for Atlanta and big money. He washed out. Pat Williams retired, while his StarCaps case was still pending. Jared Allen was allowed to leave a few weeks ago, and looks like he may sign with Seattle. Now Kevin Williams looks like he is out of Minnesota as well. He probably will be looking for a new job soon, but has no offers yet.
3/20/14: The Vikings seemed to have made it their priority to keep their own in this free agency period. To date, they have re-signed QB Matt Cassel, wide receiver Jerome Simpson, offensive lineman Joe Berger and guard Charlie Johnson. Johnson is the latest and has only missed one game in the last three years. Still out there is veteran defensive lineman Jared Allen. There was speculation that the Packers were interested, but they signed Julius Peppers. Allen is only 31, but has hinted at retiring if he cannot find the right deal for him. Considering what the Vikings have done so far, he may be back in Minnesota.
3/13/14: No one really knows who will be playing QB for the Vikings come September. Conventional logic dictates that it will not be Christian Ponder, the former first round pick who got the team to the playoffs in the 2012 season. New head coach Mike Zimmer says that the team would like to have Matt Cassel back if Cassel wants to come back. And then there the free agent option. Star running back Adrian Peterson says that the team instantly would be a playoff team if Michael Vick was the starting QB. Of course, the Vikings have a high draft pick this year, and may try to get a QB that way.
3/6/14: With Mark Davis saying that the city of Oakland is on their last chance, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke buying up a lot of land in L.A., and the Buffalo Bills rejecting the idea of a new stadium in Buffalo and preferring to renovate their own stadium, there is always speculation of a handful of teams moving to Southern California. Minnesota was one of those teams until they were able to agree on building a new stadium for the Vikings. The old Metrodome is now gone and the new stadium will not be ready for two more years, so the Vikings will play at U-Minnesota in 2014 and 2015. Which means playing outdoors.
2/27/14: When a father hires his son, there can always be questions about if said son is deserving of the job or if he got it because of the relationship. That type of question was posed to new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, whose son Adam is the linebackers coach for the Vikings. The elder Zimmer praised his son and referred to the reports he has received from players who rave about Adam. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not. There is generally a negative feeling about sons in the league until they prove themselves. See, for example, Kyle Shanahan and Brian Schottenheimer as examples.
2/20/14: There is a good chance that the Vikings faithful have not seen the last of QB Christian Ponder. Ponder was a first round pick a few years ago, and was a bit of stretch (some may say a panic move) when he was drafted so highly. He did QB the team to the playoffs in 2012, but that team was entirely carried on Adrian Peterson's monster year. Matt Cassel is now a free agent and may get a shot as a starter elsewhere. The Vikings are expected to pick a QB with the 8th overall pick in May, but Ponder may still be around to provide some competition and as a quality backup for the 2014 season.
2/13/14: If the QBs Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel (and to a lesser extent, Josh Freeman) were not already on notice, they are now. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner publicly stated that the team is in the market for a new young quarterback. That implies that they will draft one, and probably in the first round. Freeman seems like he is out the door already. The question for the Vikings is if they keep either/or Ponder or Cassel. Ponder led them to the playoffs two years ago, but Cassel was much better in 2013. But it looks like if either are kept, they will be backups next season.
2/6/14: The Vikings got past their final major roadblock for building a new stadium last week, as a financial case was essentially dismissed. That paves the way for the state and city to sell bonds to finance the construction of a new stadium. The Vikings will play the next two seasons outdoors at the University of Minnesota, similar to what the Chicago Bears did when Soldier Field was renovated a few years back (they played at the University of Illinois). It seems obvious to many fans that Minnesota should play outdoors and use the cold weather to their advantage. Of course, they may have never been outside in Minnesota for four hours in December before.
1/30/14: Mike Zimmer is now installed as the new head coach in Minnesota, replacing Leslie Frazier. Frazier is now in Tampa as part of Lovie Smith's new staff, serving as the defensive coordinator. Zimmer has hired Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson as part of the offensive staff. The role has yet to be made public, but he may be the offensive coordinator or, at least, work closely on the game planning. Wilson seemed to be in line for the Steelers' OC job two years ago until a house fire left him in the hospital with severe burns. Todd Haley got the job, but that does not seem to be a good match after a couple of years.
1/23/14: Congratulations to Mike Zimmer. Zimmer was a key architect of the Cincinnati Bengals defense for the last several year, making them one of the best units in the league. After far too long of a wait, he finally has the chance to be the head coach. The Vikings have a lot of issues, and it starts with the QB position. Christian Ponder is not the answer today - he should have been on the bench for a couple of years to learn the trade. The Vikings could try to trade up (perhaps to number two with the Rams) and reset the franchise.
1/16/14: Like every other NFL team hiring a new coach this offseason (or ever), the Vikings got the 'right guy'. Minnesota offered the job to long time defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has spent the past six years building up the Cincinnati Bengal defense into one of the best units in the NFL. He previously coached the defenses for Atlanta and Dallas. It will be the first time Zimmer has been the head coach of a team. The Vikings are also looking at Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same position, and presumably a new quarterback.
1/9/14: Like division rival Detroit, the Vikings are searching for their next head coach. Leslie Frazier was fired immediately following the regular season. He has already landed on his feet and will be the defensive coordinator in Tampa under Lovie Smith. The team is saying all the typical things but does not have an elite coach lined up. They interviewed Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Monday. They also interviewed former Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Tuesday. Arizona has one of the better defenses in the league, and both men are well respected for their work in the league.
1/2/14: The Vikings surprised no one this season (unlike in 2012 where they inexplicably made the playoffs), and that held true on Black Monday when the team fired head coach Leslie Frazier. The team fell to 5-10-1 in 2013 and never got their quarterback situation straightened out. Making matters worse was that the team burned $3 million by signing Josh Freeman in mid-season, and he only played in one game. The coaching search has already started and the Vikings are reportedly interested in Todd Bowles - defensive coordinator for Arizona. Whoever is the next coach must prepare for the cold as the team will spend the next two seasons playing at U-Minnesota in the outdoors.
12/26/13: With the latest loss - a 42-14 rout to the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals (at home, no less) - the coaching hot seat keeps getting warmer for Leslie Frazier. The Vikings surprised everyone last season with a playoff appearance that was largely powered by star running back Adrian Peterson. They have not had the same good fortune this season and will end up having a pretty high draft pick come April. The real questions are who will coach the team next season and who will be quarterback. In the meantime, the Vikings play out the string with their final game hosting the Lions this Sunday.
12/19/13: In the most surprising game of Week 15, the struggling Minnesota Vikings brought it all together and upset the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles. To be fair, the Eagles put up yards and points, but the Vikings scored more. Matt Cassel got the call at QB for the game and threw 382 yards and two TDs. WR Greg Jennings had his best game in years with 163 yards and a score. The performance may have secured Cassel a job for next season. The Vikings (4-9-1) face off against the Bengals (9-5) in Cincinnati this coming Sunday.
12/12/13: In a year of tough losses, this may have been the toughest. The Vikings faced the Baltimore Ravens in a blizzard and lost 29-26 on a last second Ravens touchdown. Worse, star running back Adrian Peterson was knocked out of the game in the first half with a foot injury. The injury is being termed a sprained and there is no word if Peterson will miss any more time. QB Matt Cassel threw fro 245 yards and two touchdowns in the snow, which is actually fairly impressive. The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-9-1 on the year. Minnesota returns to the comfy dome this Sunday to host the 8-5 Philadelphia Eagles.
12/5/13: The Vikings have not had a whole lot of success this season, so the few wins they do get are even sweeter. Matt Cassel got another start at QB, and was serviceable while going 20-33 for 243 yards and a TD. But this game was won as most games against Chicago are won - on the ground. The Bears atrocious run defense ruined their chances of winning again as Adrian Peterson logged 211 yards and rookie Coradell Patterson had two rushes for 27 yards and a score. The Vikings are still in last in the NFC North at 3-8-1 and head to 6-6 Baltimore this Sunday.
11/28/13: Minnesota lacks any real chance to make the playoffs, but they are still playing out the string and hoping to find their quarterback. Christian Ponder continues to get the starts while both Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman sit on the bench. Ponder battled the Green Bay Packers to a draw last Sunday, throwing for 233 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson had a monster game with 146 yards rushing and a touchdown. The 26-26 tie hurt the Packers more than it helped the Vikings. Minnesota has the chance to continue playing spoiler with the Bears coming to town this Sunday.
11/21/13: The Vikings sit at 2-8 after their 41-20 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota was never expected to win the game, but recent play gave some hope that they may be competitive. However, the offense was inept again, and it really seems that no one wants to be the starting QB. Christian Ponder went 13-22 for only 129 yards and one touchdown on the day, to go along with two interceptions.. He was benched for Matt Cassel, who was not much better at 5-13 for 78 yards and a TD and one INT. The Vikings have a week to figure out who will be under center before heading to Green Bay (5-5) this Sunday.
11/14/13: Minnesota earned their second win of the season last Thursday by holding off Washington at home. Christian Ponder got the nod to start at QB on the short week. He was 17 of 21 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in just under three quarters of work. He left the game with a dislocated shoulder but may be back next week. In a very telling move, Matt Cassell replaced Ponder and not new acquisition Josh Freeman. More importantly, the Vikings earned a much needed win, which was even more pressing considering the last second loss to the Cowboys the week before. The Vikings (2-7) head to Seattle (8-1) this Sunday.
11/7/13: Every loss is tough in the NFL, but some losses are tougher than others. The Vikings played well enough to win on Sunday, but fell to a last second touchdown to the Dallas Cowboys 27-23. The Vikings run defense was outstanding as Cowboys ran only a handful of times and only twice in the second half. Christian Ponder was the QB du Jour and put up Christian Ponder numbers: 23 of 37 for 236 yards and a touchdown. Hardly spectacular, but was good enough to earn another start in the Thursday Night Game against Washington (3-6)
10/31/13: The season just keeps getting longer for the Vikings as they suffered another loss last week. This time, it was a 44-31 loss to division rival Green Bay on the Sunday Night Game. Christian Ponder got the start at QB and was again ineffective. He threw for only 145 yards and no touchdowns. He got the call because new QB Josh Freeman suffered a concussion in his debut the previous week. The Vikings' season is out of control with a 1-6 record. However, it will be interesting to watch the development of WR Coradell Patterson and other young players. Minnesota travels to Dallas (4-4) this Sunday.
10/24/13: The Vikings certainly do not look like the team that surprised everyone and made the playoff last season so far. Minnesota started new quarterback Josh Freeman in the Monday Night Game, but it did nothing to help their sputtering offense. Freeman was historically bad, going 20-53 for 190 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in his Vikings debut. Unofficially, 16 of his 33 incompletions were overthrows. Part of this may be adjusting to new receivers and scheme, but Freeman is an experienced and talented veteran who should be able to adjust better. The Vikings are now 1-5 and face Green Bay 4-2) at Lambeau in this Sunday's night game.
10/17/13: The Vikings made the move to sign QB Josh Freeman as a free agent after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not start, but may next week. Matt Cassel got the call even though original starter Christian Ponder was available. Cassel led the team to their only win of the season a few weeks ago. But they needed more than any of these three as Carolina demolished the Vikings 35-10. The Vikings loss drops them to 1-4 on the year. They are in last place in the NFC North but have a good chance for a win in their next game - a Monday Night event at the New York Giants (0-6) in a game that the schedule-makers did not envision having only one win between both teams.
10/10/13: The Vikings returned from London and their reward was a bye week. Matt Cassel was the starting QB in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he may have to look for a new job soon. Or maybe Christian Ponder will be out in the cold. Minnesota signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' QB Josh Freeman to a contract for the remainder of the season. Freeman has struggled under Greg Schiano, but is still a capable QB and a former first round pick. He will likely not start this Sunday against the Panthers (1-4), but may get the nod in the weeks following.
10/3/13: Minnesota won their first game of the season by defeating the winless Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in London on Sunday. The NFL probably did not expect both teams to be winless going into the game, but that is exactly what happened. Backup QB Matt Cassel started for injured Christian Ponder and was surprisingly good. He threw for 248 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Minnesota took a 20-10 halftime lead but nearly squandered it. They were able to force a redzone fumble at the end of the game to seal their first victory. The Vikings have a week off with their bye in Week 5.
9/26/13: The Vikings were on the wrong side of the upset of the week, losing 31-27 to the visiting Cleveland Browns. The Browns were winless going into the game, were starting a previously third string quarterback (Brian Hoyer), and had just traded away their best player in Trent Richardson. But the Browns kept after the Vikings and ended up winning. Vikings QB Christian Ponder ran for two touchdowns, but that was pretty much the highlights for Minnesota. The Vikings now need to regroup and focus on the task at hand as they sit at 0-3 on the season. Next up: The Vikings host winless Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
9/19/13: The Vikings are 0-2 this season and not looking anything like the playoff team from a year ago. Twelve months ago, the Vikings shocked the 49ers, a win that propelled them to Adrian Peterson's near record setting season and a post-season birth. In Week 2, the Vikings could not hold on to a late lead against the Chicago Bears, as Jay Cutler threw a late TD to win the game 31-30. The Vikings may be the best 0-2 team in the league, but the NFC North is very difficult. Minnesota stays home this week to host the Cleveland Browns (0-2).
9/12/13: The Vikings got off to the right start. Adrian Peterson took his first carry of the season 70+ yards for a touchdown and an early lead over the rival Lions. But it got tougher from there. Peterson only managed another 15 yards on the ground the rest of the day and the Vikings turned the ball over too many times. Offensive lineman Johnathan Sullivan was injured when Lions' defensive tackle Suh threw a cheapshot block on a turnover. Suh has been fined $100,000 but no suspension. The Vikings have to put the tough start behind them, they now move on to Chicago to face the Bears, who beat the Bengals in their opener.
9/4/13: Despite getting to the playoffs last season, many still doubt Vikings QB Christian Ponder. Ponder is entering his third season, so there is reason to believe the game is slowing down for him. The Vikings, of course, still have the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson and some new wide receivers in Greg Jennings and Corradelle Patterson. Ponder may be running more this year than in past years. He is actually a pretty athletic guy, but there has not been any reason for him to run so far. The Vikings open the season against NFC North rival Detroit Lions on Sunday.
8/29/13: A year ago most experts scoffed when Vikings QB Christian Ponder said the team was going to the playoffs. There was little reason to believe in the Vikings at the time, but they did manage to make the postseason behind a historic year by running back Adrian Peterson. Fast forward to the current day and most people still do not respect the Vikings. They are, however, upgraded at receiver with Greg Jennings and Coradelle Patterson. The key to the season will be if Ponder can step up and deliver like he did late very last year.
8/22/13: What is the ceiling for star running back Adrian Peterson? Just about every fantasy league in the country has him as the first overall pick after last year's clinic on rushing. He came just nine yards short of the single season record, and that is in a league that favors quarterbacks and wide receivers. Peterson may well eclipse 2,000 yards again, but the pressure is really on QB Christian Ponder to step up. New WRs Greg Jennings and rookie Corradell Patterson should help. Patterson has looked great in the preseason, and may be the best rookie WR this year.
8/15/13: New wide receiver Greg Jennings got some flack for his perceived slight of Aaron Rodgers a few weeks ago, and now he is getting more after saying that the Packers "brainwashed" their players into thinking every other franchise was terrible to play for. All organizations want their employees to believe that they are the best place in the world, so that would not be unusual. In response, some Green Bay area merchants are now giving away old Packer Jennings jerseys. No word yet on if they will torch those that are not claimed by fans without the $70 dollars to buy another jersey.
8/8/13: New Vikings WR and former Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings apologized for comments about Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, sort of. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier spoke to Jennings about his comments towards his former QB. Jennings said he was joking and taking a jab at Rodgers. When asked if he would call and apologize, Jennings said he was apologizing right there and there is no reason to call. To be fair, this seems like a joke that was overblown by the media during the slowest time during the year. And if Rodgers has a real problem, then he should probably learn to lighten up.
8/1/13: Perhaps it is gamesmanship or maybe he really feels this way, but new Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings is saying what he can to get at Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers. He said that Rodgers, while being a great player and person, is overly sensitive to criticism and is not all about a team. Jennings is probably just trying to egg on Rodgers to help the Vikings, but head coach Leslie Frazier does not see it that way. He said that he will talk to Jennings and put an end to the gamesmanship quickly. Maybe he should not do that. If Jennings can get under Rodgers' skin then it could be a competitive advantage going forward.
7/25/13: Of course the biggest question facing the Vikings this year is if Christian Ponder can develop into a franchise quarterback. He showed flashes of brilliance late last season and helped get the team to the playoffs. But he still has something to prove. The other question is if Joe Webb can make the transition from QB to wide receiver. Webb played a few games at QB a few years ago and was surprisingly effective. But the team drafted Ponder and cast his lot with him. The Vikings could use Webb effectively because he is very elusive and the team needs that threat catching the ball.
7/18/13: There are no two ways around it - the Vikings 2012 season was a complete shock. No one figured they could make the playoffs in the NFC North, particularly with a developing QB in Christian Ponder and running back Adrian Peterson was coming off an ACL tear. Ponder did not have a great year, at least not until the end of the season. Peterson had about the best year in history. As great as it was, experts are expecting a drop in win totals this season. But do not tell the Vikings that. They were the only ones who believed in themselves last year.
7/11/13: There is a lot of consternation among the Vikings' faithful of who is going to step up in the passing game. After all, the team cannot hand off to Adrian Peterson 60 times per game. The addition of Greg Jennings should help. Jennings has been injured and was not much of a factor last season for Green Bay Packers. However, he is not that far removed from well over 1,000 yards and a lot of touchdowns. If he is healthy, and all indications so far say he is, then Jennings could be ready for a great comeback season and make life in Minnesota easier for starting QB Christian Ponder.
7/4/13: The Vikings added yet another former Green Bay Packers player, this time signing linebacker Desmond Bishop to $750,000 deal. He is just the latest in a growing line of Vikings players who played for the division rival Packers, including Greg Jennings and Brett Favre. In other news, Adrian Peterson was selected as the best player in all of football. He is deserving of the award - having returned from a torn ACL from December 24, 2011 to not only lead the league in rushing the following season, but come up only nine yards short of the all-time single season rushing record.
6/27/13: It is all smiles around the Vikings camp this year. A big part of that is that the team traded away the always unhappy Percy Harvin. Adrian Peterson answered some questions about Harvin, saying that there were no problems between the disgruntled receiver and the team, but also that it was best that Harvin is gone. It also helps that the team signed Greg Jennings and drafted Coradell Peterson. The question, as always, is if QB Christian Ponder can make the leap to the next level. He needs to be a field general rather than a game manager. At least he can always hand off to the best running back in the game.
6/20/13: Minnesota is looking to become Green Bay West. A few years ago, they signed former Green Bay QB, and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Favre wanted to stick it to the Packers and he did. He almost got the team to the Super Bowl - just a last second interception ruined that magical run. This year they have signed Greg Jennings to bolster a young group of wide recievers and help out Christian Ponder. They are also taking a look at former Packer Desmond Bishop. Bishop was released by the Pack due to ongoing injuries and new depth. So if the Packers ever let you go, then you may have a job in Minnesota.
6/13/13: Former Vikings WR Percy Harvin moped around for the past two seasons. Maybe he, as a former Florida Gator, did not like catching passes from Christian Ponder, a former Florida State Seminole. Or maybe he is just a diva. No one really knows. What is known is that the Vikings have to replace his productivity after shipping him off to Seattle for a first round pick. Veteran Greg Jennings, formerly of the rival Packers, is expected to fill that role. People forget that Jennings is still fairly young and is finally healthy. If Ponder continues to improve, then the Vikings could sneak back into the playoffs this year.
6/6/13: New Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings is opening up about his decision to move on to Minnesota instead of resigning with Green Bay. Jennings says that he spoke to former Packer and Vikings QB Brett Favre about a potential move, and Favre gave him the pros and the cons. The cons, apparently, was that the team had below average facilities. The pro was the welcoming nature of the Vikings organization. Jennings said that the fact that he felt like he was wanted was the biggest draw - even if it means catching passes from Christian Ponder instead of Aaron Rodgers.
5/30/13: Well the Vikings were not able to sign another cornerstone from a division foe. In they got Brett Favre (via the New York Jets) and recently pulled in wide receiver Greg Jennings. So it was only natural that the Vikings would try to acquire former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. It just did not work out. Instead, Urlacher chose to retire rather than play in another uniform. Minnesota needs some depth at linebacker, so it would not be surprising if they wait a few months and try to get a veteran after training camp cuts in August.
5/23/13: Just a few years ago, Joe Webb made a couple late season spot starts at QB for an injured Brett Favre - the first time Favre had missed a start in over 200 games. He did well and got a couple of victories. But it has been difficult for him to get on the field the last few years - since the team drafted Christian Ponder in the first round and named him the starter. Webb will have a better chance of getting some playing time now that he is moving to wide receiver - which he played in college. It also gives the Vikings the opportunity to use him on trick plays.
5/16/13: The Vikings are kind of becoming a secondary landing spot for former NFC Central stars. Brett Favre found his way there, and he encouraged Greg Jenning to try it out. Now, former Bears heart and soul Brian Urlacher is considering donning the purple in the near future. Urlacher is said to also be considering the Broncos. Denver probably has a better chance of advancing further in the playoffs than the Vikings, but maybe Urlacher feels he can have more of an impact on Minnesota's defense, plus the chance to punish the Bears two times each year.
5/9/13: A couple of intriguing items out of Vikings camp this week. First, defensive lineman Jared Allen says that QB Christian Ponder has to step up and take more of a leadership position within the team. Allen is not saying this as a criticism, but more for encouragement. While Allen is on the front lines, the need somebody behind him, literally. Minnesota moved around to get three first round picks, but did not address their middle linebacker position. Erin Henderson is the favorite to get the job, but there will be a competition for it. Also available, former Bears legend Brian Urlacher.
5/2/13: The Vikings draft grades from 'experts' has been all over the board. Some experts love that they were bold and traded around to get three first round selections. Others cite that they gave the New England Patriots too much to move up the 29th pick (to select Tennessee wide receiver Coradarrell Patterson). After the dust settled, the picked Sharrif Floyd (defensive tackle, Florida at No. 23), Xavier Rhodes (cornerback, Florida State at No. 25), and Patterson. In any case, they beefed up their defense and are trying to find a red zone target to help QB Christian Ponder.
4/25/13: The Vikings will have two picks in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday, the 23rd (their own) and the 25th from Seattle. Minnesota was, of course, much better than expected last year, largely due to Adrian Peterson putting the team on his back and Christian Ponder playing very well when he needed to. But the Vikings are a flawed team, so it is expected that they will address those needs this coming weekend. More than anything, they need a game breaking wide receiver – just like the one they traded to Seattle (Percy Harvin). Tavon Austin from West Virginia has been climbing draft boards and is a Harvin clone. Perhaps the Viking will package some picks to move up and take him.
4/18/13: As a bit of a surprise, Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams is taking a major pay cut to stay with the team. Williams restructured his deal. Instead of making $7.5 million next season, he will make $4.9 million and have the chance to be a free agent at the end of next season - unless Williams and the team agree to another new agreement. Williams is a five time first team Pro Bowler, but will be 33 in August. He only had 20 tackles and two sacks last year, but the Vikings are hoping he regains his strength and leadership as they try to climb the NFC North ladder.
4/11/13: Just under a year ago, Vikings QB Christian Ponder said that his goal was the Super Bowl for this team. Most people laughed him off, but the Vikings were resilient. They won enough games to unseed the favored Chicago Bears and earned a trip to the playoffs. That was a short lived trip as Green Bay knocked them out in the first round. But the seed is there. The sum of this team is greater than the parts, and they could once again sneak into the playoffs. They do need a replacement for Percy Harvin, but there are viable candidates available in the draft.
4/4/13: The Vikings are still better than people give them credit for. No one will argue that Christian Ponder is an elite QB. He was probably drafted too high and will continue to make mistakes. But Ponder is one of the smarter players in the game. The Vikings game plan is centered around Adrian Peterson, which allows Ponder the chance to develop (remember, he has only been in the league two years). Let us also not forget that the Vikings made the playoffs last year. And, since Green Bay is allergic to defense, this may the chance Minnesota needs to win the NFC Central this year.
3/28/13: There are two ways to get security as the starting quarterback in the NFL - be better than everyone else by a large margin, or make sure your backup is not a threat (Peyton Manning has a history of doing both). So no one in the Vikings organization was happier probably than Christian Ponder when the team signed former Chiefs QB Matt Cassel to a one year free agent contract to serve as Ponder's backup. Ponder is not elite, and was certainly a reach when he was selected in the first half of the first round, but he is certainly better than Cassel.
3/21/13: At some point, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are going to have to kiss and make up. But we are not at that point yet. Favre reportedly advised free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings to sign with the Packers hated rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Jennings should immediately become the team's number one receiver, especially with the trading of Percy Harvin, and the fact that no one outside of the twin cities can name another WR on the roster. Hopefully, the bad blood between the Packers and Favre will subside. In the meantime, this is good news for the Vikings.
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3/14/13: Minnesota finally got rid of their Percy Harvin headache. Harvin, easily the team's best wide receiver, has complained and moped about the Vikings for well over a year and may have asked for a trade some time ago. The Vikings sent him to the Seattle Seahawks for a first and seventh round pick in April, and a midround pick next year. That is a pretty steep price to pay for Harvin. Minnesota is now reportedly interested in signing former Packers number one WR Greg Jennings. When healthy, Jennings is a top end receiver, and does not come with the immaturity or attitude of Percy Harvin.
3/7/13: Tennessee Titans running back (running backwards?) Chris Johnson appeared on national TV this week and claimed that he will have more yards than Adrian Peterson next season. Peterson responded via Twitter, but took a high road rather than get involved in flame war with CJ2K. He basically said why would he care what Johnson says. Peterson is the reigning MVP and almost broke the single season rushing record in 2012, while Johnson again struggled, with the exception of the 95 yard TD run against the Jets. Just remember: MVPeterson, and not CJ500 when fantasy drafts come around.
2/28/13: Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman repeated tells people that he does not have any intent on trading away wide receiver Percy Harvin. That is not the same thing as saying he will not trade away the disgruntled wide out. So now there is a lot of speculation on what will happen and how much the Vikings can get for Harvin. Harvin has not been happy with the team for a long time now and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. That may well discount his value because teams may believe that he is just a rental looking to make a big payday when he is a free agent. So while many teams may want Harvin, probably few will actively pursue him.
2/14/13: The Vikings extended head coach Leslie Frazier's contract through the 2014 season. Had Indianapolis not had such an amazing story this past year - with head coach Chuck Pagano battling leukemia, assistant coach Bruce Arians leading the team to a 9-3 record in Pagano's absence, and rookie QB Andrew Luck acting like a veteran field marshal on the way to the playoffs, then Frazier may well have won Coach of the Year honors. After all, the Vikings were expected to win four or five games, but instead won 10 and made the playoffs. The extension is well deserved for one of the good guys in the NFL.
2/7/13: In a highly contested race, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won the league's Most Valuable Player award over Peyton Manning. In truth, he deserved it. Both had outstanding seasons and Manning won the Comeback Player of the Year Award. However, Peterson single-handedly carried the Vikings to the playoffs. His 2000+ rushing yards took a projected 5 win team to 10 wins. Manning made a playoff team better, but Peterson was more deserving this year against a tougher schedule. Peterson now has his sights on 2,500 yards next season, and he may be able to do in full health.
1/31/13: Adrian Peterson thinks that he will win the Most Valuable Player award for the 2012 season, and publicly said so. All the votes are in, though the winner has not yet been announced. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is considered the other favorite. Both had major injuries in the 2011 season (Manning: neck; Peterson: ACL), and both returned to elite level in 2012. The edge may go to Peterson because the Vikings were not expected to do much, but his running literally got the team into the playoffs, while the Broncos went to the playoffs the previous year.
1/24/13: The question in Minnesota these days is if Christian Ponder is really the guy who should be quaterbacking the team. Mr. Steele has had two mediocre seasons as the field general in the land of 10,000 lakes, and has not proven himself worthy or unworthy. The only question that is answered is that Joe Webb is not an NFL quarterback at this time. Ponder had arguably the best game of his career against the Packers in Week 17. But he was injured for the playoff game, leaving Vikings coaches and fans to wonder if he is the long-term answer.
1/17/2013: Minnesota's season was surprisingly strong. Not many expected the team to win six games, much less 10 and to make the playoffs. In fact, most experts had the Vikings finishing last in the NFC North.
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Minnesota Vikings Past Games Schedule and Minnesota Vikings Scores
|Dec 28, 2014||Chicago Bears - Minnesota Vikings||9 - 13|
|Dec 14, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Detroit Lions||14 - 16|
|Dec 7, 2014||New York Jets - Minnesota Vikings||24 - 30|
|Nov 30, 2014||Carolina Panthers - Minnesota Vikings||13 - 31|
|Nov 16, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Chicago Bears||13 - 21|
|Nov 2, 2014||Washington Redskins - Minnesota Vikings||26 - 29|
|Oct 26, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19 - 13|
|Oct 19, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Buffalo Bills||16 - 17|
|Oct 12, 2014||Detroit Lions - Minnesota Vikings||17 - 3|
|Oct 2, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - Green Bay Packers||10 - 42|
|Sep 21, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - New Orleans Saints||9 - 20|
|Sep 14, 2014||New England Patriots - Minnesota Vikings||30 - 7|
|Sep 7, 2014||Minnesota Vikings - St. Louis Rams||34 - 6|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: Minnesota Vikings - Kansas City Chiefs||30 - 12|
|Aug 16, 2014||Preseason: Arizona Cardinals - Minnesota Vikings||28 - 30|
|Aug 8, 2014||Preseason: Oakland Raiders - Minnesota Vikings||6 - 10|