Found September 12, 2013 on DraftSeason:
The Vikings had a very disappointing game in Detroit, that they ended up losing 34-24.  While the offense and Christian Ponder struggled mightily, there were plenty of other areas that need to step up their play if the Vikings have any chance of winning this Sunday against the Bears. 5. Jeff Locke’s Punting The Lions routinely had excellent starting field position throughout the game last Sunday and that had a lot to do with the poor punting of Jeff Locke.  Locke punted the ball 5 times with a paltry average of 34.8 yards.  The Lions benefited by starting many drives from anywhere from their own 45 yard line, to just inside Vikings territory.  Locke has to return to his preseason form as the Vikings cannot afford to give away that field position to a team like the Bears. 4. Pass Rush The Lions don’t exactly have  a top notch offensive line, but they held the Vikings in check throughout the entire game, and held Jared Allen to only one sack.  The defensive line is supposed to be a st...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Leslie Frazier: Vikings players aren’t pointing fingers at Christian Ponder

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says don’t just blame quarterback Christian Ponder, who had four turnovers, for the team’s 34-24 season-opening loss at Detroit. “On Sunday, it was not all about 

Vikings remain confident in Christian Ponder

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Four turnovers have placed the crosshairs directly on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder after Sunday's 34-24 season-opening loss at Detroit. Those sights aren't from coach Leslie Frazier. Frazier reinforced Ponder is the team's starting quarterback, telling the Chicago media Ponder's job is "not in jeopardy" during a...

Finding: Wilfs capable of financing their portion of Vikings new stadium

MINNEAPOLIS -- Any potential obstacles to construction of the Vikings' new stadium appear to have been cleared.The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority released its findings Friday in a due-diligence review of team owner Zygi Wilf and his family members whom a New Jersey judge says didn't live up to their end of agreements with two real estate partners. MSFA and its lawyers...

DT Kevin Williams ready to return, aid Vikings' rush defense

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Kevin Williams is expected to return to a Minnesota Vikings' defense that allowed the ninth-most rushing yards last week when Minnesota plays at Chicago on Sunday. Williams, the Vikings' longtime anchor at defensive tackle, missed last week's game because of a bone bruise suffered in the third preseason game, but he's listed as probable for...

Cordarrelle Patterson waiting for chances on offense and returning

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cordarrelle Patterson's talent as a receiver and runner in the draft was rivaled only by Tavon Austin and enticed the Minnesota Vikings to draft Patterson in the first round. The expectation was Patterson would provide an immediate impact as a returner while developing as a receiver. The expectation was dependent on Patterson getting the ball on kickoff...

Matt Kalil, Vikings offensive line looking for bounce back

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Matt Kalil could sense the Detroit Lions having success against him last week while the play was going on. He was on his own on the left side of the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line and felt Detroit's pass rushers constantly trying to beat him inside. What Kalil couldn't figure out then was the reason for the Lions' continued approach inside...

Ponder, Frazier go under the microscope

After a three-interception performance, there were few concrete answers about the quarterback play at Winter Park. Christian Ponder and Leslie Frazier admitted more consistency is needed, but Frazier put the entire team at fault for the loss.

Webb could be valuable scout-team option

Joe Webb is a receiver, but as the Vikings’ season progresses, he could provide valuable option looks on the scout team after the bye.

Bishop: Vikings now Packers’ top rivalry

The Vikings have always considered the Packers their top rivalry, but Green Bay hasn’t always reciprocated. Now, another in the long line of Packers defects, Desmond Bishop, says the Vikings have overtaken the Bears as Green Bay’s top rivalry.

Vikings contemplate NFL’s discipline system

After Ndamukong Suh received a $100,000 fine for a low block on John Sullivan, Vikings players with a history of fines, like Jared Allen and Harrison Smith, responded to questions about fines versus suspensions, or a dollar amount that makes an impression.

Simpson exploits run-focused defense

Jerome Simpson took advantage of a Lions defense concerned with stopping the run and had the best opening day of any Vikings receiver in the last 10 years. Coaches, Simpson and Christian Ponder discuss the coverages, the yardage that was left out there and more.

Vikings DT Williams working his way back

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams returned to practice Wednesday, with the Vikings hopeful he would play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Dreams 2013 - PJD's Fantasy Football Week 1 Review

With the return of football season and demoralizing Vikings football comes the even more soul crushing game of fantasy football, and the inept team you drafted! Well, that MOST of you drafted. We again take a look at the PJD Fantasy Football league, which comprises of readers, former readers, and a couple of randos that got real damn lucky to engage with me. And not all of these...

Undefeated Chicago Bears to hold Minnesota Vikings winless

Fresh off an impressive comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), the Chicago (1-0) Bears now play host to the division rival Minnesota Vikings (0-1) in Week 2.  The Vikings suffered a bad road loss to Detroit last week and will be looking to avoid falling to an 0-2 hole with both losses coming from […]The post Undefeated Chicago Bears to hold Minnesota Vikings winless...

Five Players To Watch: Week Two

The Minnesota Vikings (0-1) come to Soldier Field on Sunday looking to upset the Chicago Bears and avoid two straight losses to open the 2013 NFL season. The Bears needed the Vikings to lose to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 of the 2012 season to have a chance at the playoffs. Both, the Bears and Vikings finished with 10-6 records, but the Vikings held the head-to-head edge over...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.