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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings weren't sure if they could count on Everson Griffen after two spotty seasons, despite the potential he flashed as a pass rusher.
After two games as a nearly-every-down defensive end, Griffen's progress has been clarified. With personal growth through a tragic experience, some technique improvement and a recent chance for more playing time, Griffen has proven his worth and helped strengthen the Minnesota defense at a critical time.
"You've got to take full advantage of the opportunity, and that's all I did," Griffen said after practice Friday. "Just showing them that they can trust in me and that I'm accountable. When your number is called, you have to be ready to play and go in there and perform."
Brian Robison sprained his right shoulder early in the Dec. 16 victory at St. Louis, so Griffen was promoted from his nickel-package role to the base defense. He returned an interception for a touc...
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is having a monster year, and a miraculous one at that. After tearing his ACL and MCL on December 26, 2011, Peterson came back this year with a purpose, defying the medical norm for recovery of an injury of that nature.
Now he's poised to break the single-season rushing record.
But he'll need a very big game against the Green...
Vikings CB Antoine Winfield has put together quite the season, despite the fact that he’s currently 35-years-old. While his 2012 success has really helped a young Vikings team, it will also create a bit of an issue in regards to the team’s salary cap during the offseason.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press writes that Winfield’s contract included a playing-time clause that...
A 9-6 record and a shot at the playoffs shows good signs for the future of the Minnesota Vikings, meaning hopeful improvement to win the NFC North.The dominance of running back Adrian Peterson and a mediocre defense has been the crutch of Minnesota this season, but what are some things or who are some players that can help the Vikings wear the crown of their division?Keep in mind...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson never doubted himself during his recovery from major knee surgery. One game and 208 yards away from the single-season NFL rushing record, he isn't going to start now.Peterson, who leads the league with 1,898 rushing yards and is 207 away from Eric Dickerson's single-season record, believes the record will fall Sunday when the Minnesota...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings couldn't have gotten any better health news in advance of Sunday's win-and-in playoff scenario.
Minnesota (9-6), which can earn a playoff spot with a win Sunday at home against the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers (11-4), expect to have leading rusher Adrian Peterson, 14-year veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive...
Vikings fullback Jerome Felton knew he had a chance at the Pro Bowl after talking to players and despite not winning the fan vote. His value has shown with Adrian Peterson’s success.
While Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive
lineman Jared Allen are expected to suit up for today’s pivotal matchup against
the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman Brian Robison is less likely to play,
according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Two of the Vikings' best players – cornerback Antoine
Winfield (knee) and defensive end Brian Robison ...
Last week: 14 (+1)
Net points per drive: 0.04 (16th)
DVOA: -0.8% (16th)
Weighted DVOA: -4.4% (19th)
RT Phil Loadholt: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 20 yards on 3 attempts
FS Harrison Smith: Allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 6 solo tackles, 3 stops, 1 sack on 2 blitzes, 1 penalty
CB Antoine Winfield...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A Vikings win and they'll be playing in the postseason. A Packers win and they're the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and will have a first-round bye. Oh, yeah, and Adrian Peterson is 208 rushing yards away from breaking the NFL's all-time mark that's been held by Eric Dickerson since 1984.
This is as good as it could possibly get for a Week 17...
The Vikings moved up two spots, to 12th, in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings, and the national media are starting to see more than just Adrian Peterson as assets on the team.
Green Bay Packers (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (9-6)
There are many reasons to like the Vikings here. They’ve played great football at home, going 6-1 with wins over San Francisco and Chicago, as opposed to 3-4 on the road. They played the Packers tight a few weeks back and that was in Green Bay. They’re also playing very good football right now, winning 3 in a row since that...
It’s getting closer to the post season and the Houston Texans have not shown the same explosiveness on offense that they have in the first quarter of the season. The Texans hosted the Vikings at Reliant Stadium and were very gracious hosts as they allowed the Vikings to put their feet up on the table and make themselves at home. The game never seemed out of control or out of hand...
It's pretty simple for the Green Bay Packers: Beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road Sunday and earn a direct ticket to the NFC divisional playoffs.
The scenarios get a little more complicated after that, though.
If Minnesota can end a five-game losing streak against its NFC North rival, it secures the team's first postseason berth since 2009 -- and likely sets up a rematch...