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The new era got off to quite a start last week and it looked startlingly like the old era or at least the last year of the old era. After getting mopped by the Bears at Soldier Field the Colts now host the Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
Last week the Vikings scraped by Jacksonville in overtime behind Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and a suddenly-effective Christian Ponder. The Vikings defense didn't impress me as much as I'd expected with a relatively tame pass rush. Still they got to Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert twice.
The Colts struggled in all phases of the game. From pass protection issues to a lack of committment to the run, the offense sputtered and ultimately collapsed beneath the weight of turnovers. The defense started strong then rolled over for Jay Cutler and the unexpectedly explosive Bears offense. Special teams were better than last year but Adam Vinatieri yanked a field goal to end the first half.
Which leads me to this week's 7 Questions...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Antoine Winfield took his usual place in the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup for last week's regular-season opener at the Metrodome, but he was playing through pain four days after learning his brother had been murdered in Akron, Ohio.
Winfield, 35, played the Vikings' win over the Jaguars with his brother in his thoughts. Anthony Travis, 30,...
As the Indianapolis Colts try to even their record in their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings, several players enter the game with some chips on their shoulders after last week's loss in Chicago. Andrew Luck threw three picks and would like to redeem himself against the young Vikings secondary. Donald Brown had two key drops that could have extended Colts' drives...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. All the talk of improvement and growth this offseason for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder finally gave way last week to a chance to prove it in a regular-season game.Ponder came through with his most efficient game in his 11th career start. He was 20 of 27 passing for 270 yards. He didn't throw a touchdown, but he also avoided interceptions...
Adrian Peterson's comeback from reconstructive surgery on his left knee is the latest example of what makes him Minnesota's one-of-a-kind running back.
Peterson says he hopes his recovery inspires ''a lot of people'' to keep a positive attitude toward the injury. He says he believed if he remained committed to working hard in his rehabilitation program that...
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Coming in at number one on Dick’s Sporting Goods new online tool is Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Russ Paine had never met anyone like Adrian Peterson.
Paine has done decades of work with professional athletes, and Peterson's return to the Minnesota backfield about 8 months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee still left him amazed.
"This guy is in the top half of one percent of the human bodies in the world," said Paine,...
Indianapolis is going to protect Andrew Luck at all costs.
Even if that means shaking things up this season.
After watching their new franchise quarterback hit the ground far too often in Sunday's loss at Chicago, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano wasted no time in sending a message to the Colts' offensive line: Things must improve.
Join Kyle Rodriguez and Scott Kacsmar as they discuss Week One in the NFL, the first installation of comeback data in 2012, and quarterback's third down performance.
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was a full participant in practice Wednesday, according to SBnation.com.Fantasy Spin:Peterson had no swelling or soreness Monday following his 17-carry performance less than nine months removed from major knee surgery. The Vikings running back should be started with confidence going forward.
Vikings CB Antoine Winfield was back at practice Friday after attending his brother’s funeral in Ohio, calling it “one of the toughest days of my life.”
Previously on Outside the Boxscore, we've posted some pretty hilarious work by the folks over at Funny or Die and in this post, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney gets our laughs.
Watch as he stars in this parody cereal commercial for "Freeny-O's"
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Andrew Luck had the type of first regular-season NFL game that many rookie quarterbacks have endured of the years; too many mistakes, too many turnovers contributing to a loss.Luck wasn't expected to be just any rookie starter though. Luck was supposed to be the sure-fire, once-in-a-generation talent that would transcend the position. He was considered the...
Christian Ponder is being allowed more freedom in the offense the more familiar he gets with the offense and coordinator Bill Musgrave. Plus, Jerome Felton’s efficiency as a blocker was rewarded by extended playing time, and find out just how young the Vikings have become.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Alan Williams spent 10 years with the Indianapolis Colts as a coach for one of the most stable franchises in the NFL for the past decade.As the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, Williams returns to Indianapolis this week for Sunday's game between Minnesota and the Colts, he looks around and doesn't see the familiarity with which he was used...
Colts receiver Austin Collie will practice this week and could
make his first regular-season appearance Sunday against