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From Christian Ponder's off-target throws for Minnesota to San Diego's depleted offense to a bunch of bungled calls by the replacement officials, this was a preseason game in every way.
The Chargers at least went home happy with the way their defense is playing. The Vikings were reminded that their offense isn't ready yet for September.
Nick Novak's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the Chargers a 12-10 victory over the Vikings on Friday after 20 penalties, 13 punts and 11 sacks between the two teams.
''Probably even more so than an emotional lift for us, it's a deflator for the opposing offense,'' said outside linebacker Larry English, who had two of San Diego's five sacks.
Well, the Vikings weren't that down. But they realized they weren't sharp. Their offensive possessions in the first half? Punt, punt, missed field goal, fumble, interception, punt, punt and, finally, a 29-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
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Toby Gerhart is from southern California, so living in Minnesota was foreign for him, and so was having to deal with all the snow.
The Minnesota Vikings released 15 players to comply with the 75 man roster limit that is required by Monday, August 27. The 15 players released are as follows: wide receivers Kamar Jorden, AJ Love, Kerry Taylor, Bryan Walters, offensive linemen Bridger Buche, Grant Cook, Levi Horn, linebackers Solomon Elimimian, Tyler Nielsen, defensive linemen Anthony Jacobs, Ernest Owusu, Tydreke...
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's had enough with these replacement officials after watching them for three weeks of preseason games.
With the regular season less than two weeks away, Kluwe took to Twitter on Friday night to call for an end to the labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association after an ugly 12-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
San Diego first-round draft pick Melvin Ingram left the Chargers' preseason game against Minnesota because of a bruised left thigh.
The 18th overall draft pick out of South Carolina went down late in the third quarter Friday night while rushing the passer. He crumpled to the turf and was in noticeable pain as he was helped off the field by two trainers. The Chargers announced...
The "dress rehearsal" preseason game didn't go as well as the Minnesota Vikings might have hoped.
Hosting the San Diego Chargers in the third preseason game, Minnesota resembled more of the team that went 3-13 last season instead of the team coming off an impressive win last week against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings lost 12-10 against San Diego as Nick Novak kicked...
San Diego Chargers coaches have decided to sit starting QB Philip Rivers and star TE Antonio Gates. This decision is most likely in light of the two losses of key offensive weapons in two weeks of pre-season play.
However, the decision is also two fold. They most likely chose to sit those two particular players not only because they are so important to the offense, but because...
According to Scott Bair of the North County Times, the Chargers will hold out both quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates for tonight’s preseason game.
Bair wrote; “Given that Gates is as healthy as he’s ever been, the risk of changing that was too great, especially when so many Vikings starters will be playing for an extended period.”
If Gates can stay...
Nick Novak's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the San Diego Chargers a 12-10 victory on Friday over Minnesota, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of the starting offense.
Nate Kaeding made field goals of 50 and 54 yards for the Chargers (No. 16 in the AP Pro32 rankings). Novak, the token training camp competitor who'll most likely...
The Vikings entered the preseason with several positions up for grabs, but no one has emerged as the clear-cut answer for Jerome Simpson’s replacement at split end. Plus, the offensive line reacts to five sacks surrendered, Harrison Smith explains his penalized hit, the linebackers made plays, the replacement officials are criticized, a big donation and much more.
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As EVERYONE knows, the biggest news from last Friday was that I attended a Minnesota Vikings football game. The second biggest piece of news was the the Minnesota Vikings played a football game. So let's talk more about me (:-D). What I noticed while I was at this game was just how many weird jerseys Vikings fans still carry around. Weird ones. It's not like most places where...