Posted September 04, 2013 on
Christian Ponder is hoping to show his coach, general manager and Vikings fans that Year 3 is his time and he can lead an improved passing offense.

Christian Ponder: 'This whole team is hungry'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Entering his pivotal third season as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder knows his proving ground will be on the field as he tries to steer the team to another playoff appearance. Ponder's success, and future, rides on how he complements MVP running back Adrian Peterson and works with his new receiving weapons, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle...

NFC North preview: Minnesota Vikings

To the surprise of many, the Minnesota Vikings ended their 2012 campaign with a 10-6 record and a second place finish in the NFC North, earning themselves a playoff berth in the process. While their trip to the 

Brian Hall's Sept. 5 Vikings mailbag

The Minnesota Vikings begin the regular season Sunday on the road against the Detroit Lions, which means roster questions have taken a backseat to the players that made the roster and the games that will matter. As a reminder, we'll be running a weekly Vikings' mailbag during the season to answer your questions. In advance of the first game, here is what's on your mind...

Samantha Ponder Still Coolest Wife in NFC North

When we last checked in with Samantha Ponder, her and hubby (Vikings QB Christian Ponder) were producing the only watchable items from ESPN's ESPYs Award Show. Since then, both the NFL and college football season has started, making Ponder pretty busy with training camp and preseason games and Samantha Ponder pretty busy traveling with College Gameday.  Despite this, she...

Investigation of Vikings owners near completion

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is almost through with its review of the Vikings and their ownership group, and construction of the team's new stadium is expected to go on as planned. MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement Wednesday that "based on the information received to date, we have indications that the team will have the financial...

Vikings offensive tackles couldn't be less alike

With Matt Kalil under contract through 2015 and Phil Loadholt locked up a year longer than that, the Minnesota Vikings boast a sturdy and talented pair of offensive tackles they can include in the core of their roster for many more seasons. The similarities of the recent high draft picks stop there, though. Kalil, the first-rounder in 2012, and Loadholt, a second-round selection...

Allen feeling age facing different Detroit lineman

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Every time Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has lined up against the Detroit Lions in his career he's put his hand in the dirt and looked across the line at left tackle Jeff Backus.Allen has seen Backus more than any other left tackle thanks to those twice-yearly matchups. For the first time against Detroit, Allen will see a new face across from...

Locke explains the art of Aussie-style punts

Jeff Locke has a couple of unique punting qualities that made him intriguing for the Vikings. His ability to kick it Aussie style for the best chance of being downed just outside the end zone is one of them. He explains the concept, the difficulties and mentors in doing it.

Undrafted fullback likely to pave way for MVP

Zach Line went undrafted and was asked to make a position switch for the Vikings. Now, with Jerome Felton suspended, Line apparently will be asked to block for Adrian Peterson, the NFL MVP. Line, Peterson and Leslie Frazier talked about the challenge and Line’s progress.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: Three Bold Predictions

The Minnesota Vikings visit their division rivals, the Detroit Lions, to open up the season on Sunday.Last year, the Vikings swept the Lions in both of their matchups 20-13 and 34-24, respectably. Division games will be important for both of these teams right away as they look to unseat the reigning champions, the Green Bay Packers.Here are three bold predictions for the game.Cordarrelle...

Sherels is the Little Cornerback That Could

Marcus Sherels has never been the first option, but he is an option the Vikings keep choosing. He is a roster survivor in the sometimes cruel and business-first world of the NFL.

Vikings cornerbacks accept the Mega-challenge

The Vikings had some success against Calvin Johnson last year when Chris Cook was available. When he wasn’t, Johnson had his way with the Vikings. Cook, Xavier Rhodes and Johnson himself talked about the challenge.

Frazier Says Winfield Welcomed Back Anytime, Seriously, Please

Rosters across the NFL were finalized this past weekend, as teams were forced to cut players in order to get to the required 53-man limit. In some cases, young players who needed more seasoning were cut, while others were veterans who just couldn't quite compete with the younger players in the league. One such player for the Seattle Seahawks was CB Antoine Winfield, a former...

Vikings-Lions Preview

Adrian Peterson busted through defenses on his way to one of the best seasons in NFL history for a running back while guiding the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff appearance in 2012. Calvin Johnson's record-setting performance didn't have the same effect on the Detroit Lions, who finished below .500 for the 11th time in 12 years. Their teams will look for each...
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