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The Minnesota Vikings are going primetime in more ways than one for their third preseason game on Sunday at San Francisco.
The third preseason game always holds more meaning, and features more time for the starters. Minnesota will be on Sunday Night Football and will get a look at one of the favorites in the NFC for the Super Bowl.
Here are five things to watch as the Vikings travel to face the 49ers:
1. A certain running back in the backfield
There's a little matter of Adrian Peterson playing in his first preseason game. Remember him? The MVP running back has practiced throughout the offseason and training camp, but hasn't played in the preseason. Not surprisingly, Minnesota's offense has looked a little disjointed without its best player. Peterson's arrival in the backfield should change the outlook, from the Vikings' point-of-view as well as the way defenses attack.
Minnesota's offense still begins with Peterson as option 1. Coach Leslie Frazier has s...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson must be itching for more work.
The Minnesota Vikings MVP running back hasn't played in a game in the preseason and is expected to get his first game action this Sunday when Minnesota travels to San Francisco for the third preseason game. He'll get more time Sunday, but probably not a lot of it.
"We've discussed that with Adrian...
If things don’t work out, there’s always Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line, so unstable at this time last year, grew up at a tremendous rate and played well in the 2012 regular season. It was expected to be a comforting presence within the team this season, but in their game against Buffalo, they let QB Christian Ponder get sacked twice and Matt Cassel...
Adrian Peterson has carried the Vikings franchise on his back for years. Last season he came back from a torn ACL to break 2,000 yards. He defies logic each year but this is the year that all the carries finally catch-up with him.
Here are the top 5 RB, plus a bonus to keep an eye on:
Doug Martin - Young, healthy and on a team that wants/needs to run.
Viking wide receiver Jarius Wright has officially been cleared after his August 16th concussion. Wright won’t play in this Sundays game versus the 49ers, and is most likely done for the preseason. All signs point to him taking his spot as the number 3 receiver on the team come week 1, when the Vikings travel to Detroit. This is great news as the Vikings are heavily relying on Wright...
MINNEAPOLIS -- As of Friday morning, the notion the Wilf family's legal issues may affect construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium is no longer hypothetical.
Groundbreaking on the project, originally slated for October, has been pushed back a month. Negotiations between the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority have ceased for the time being. If disconnect...
Adrian Peterson is one of the greatest runners ever to wear a an NFL jersey. He came back from knee surgery to lead his Minnesota Vikings to a playoff berth in 2012. He also came dangerously close to relegating Eric Dickerson to second place on the single-season rushing title.Now, Peterson has gone one step further in his quest to be the greatest running back ever. In an interview...
During the 4th quarter of the Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers preseason game on Sunday night an idiotic fan ran onto the field. The rumor is the fan was tackled on the sideline by Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson, but there isn’t any video evidence to confirm that. Hopefully this guy is ready to pay a hefty fine and spend the night in jail.
Kyle Rudolph has some of the surest hands in the NFL, with a 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame fit for the type of tight end who can be one of his team's best passing targets.
As long as he plays for the Minnesota Vikings, though, his potential is probably not on track to become the next Tony Gonzalez. No matter how much ability Rudolph has as a receiver, run blocking must be an equally...
When Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Erin Henderson
suffered his ankle injury during Thursday’s practice session, he told Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune that he immediately assumed the worst considering the
intense pain he was experiencing. However, following the initial shock and pain
of the injury, Henderson realized it “wasn’t too bad.”
“Really, really painful...
The third preseason game is supposed to be the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the best example of what is to come in two weeks when the Minnesota Vikings open the season on Sept. 8 at Detroit.
As usual, the first-team offense and defense played longer on Sunday in a 34-14 loss at San Francisco, against one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Sunday...
After retiring from football before the 2005 season, Rich Gannon began a career in sports broadcasting. Currently, Gannon is an analyst for NFL on CBS and co-hosts the radio program The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio. In the NFL season opening week, Rich Gannon, paired with Marv Albert on CBS, will call the Oakland Raiders at the Indianapolis Colts.
The Raiders are the very...
The third preseason game usually carries the most weight for teams looking to finalize their rosters. For the 49ers, most of the starting jobs appear to be set. But there remain some interesting battles that are worth keeping an eye on in Sunday night’s game when they host the Minnesota Vikings. Inside we break down a few noteworthy competitions.