Posted August 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Vikings tied for the league lead in sacks last season, so opposing quarterbacks should've been pressured into forcing plenty of bad throws that the secondary could take the other way. But rarely happened against a depleted group of defensive backs and the Vikings matched the NFL's worst interception total in 2011. ''I don't know the exact number we had last year,'' cornerback Antoine Winfield said. Eight. ''That's it?'' Winfield said, shaking his head. ''That's pretty low.'' Only seven came from the secondary. All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen, who was busy applying all that pressure with his 22 sacks, had an interception in the season opener. ''We had a lot of opportunities last year. We just didn't catch `em,'' said Winfield, who appeared in only five games because of a strained neck and then a broken collarbo...

Aromashodu still in the WR mix for Vikings

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Vikings hope punt returner emerges soon

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. With 19 days remaining before the regular season begins, the Minnesota Vikings are still looking for someone to step forward and win the punt returner job.Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has been testing at least four players at the position for the entirety of training camp and the preseason. For Priefer, it might come down to stability versus potential...

Vikings WR Jerome Simpson relieved to be free of the clutches of the ‘Iron Pimp’

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Brett Favre’s First Game as Offensive Coordinator is a 64-6 Win

It looks like Brett Favre didn’t lose his tenacity or his penchant for leading an offense when he retired from the NFL. His Oak Grove High Warriors (Hattiesburg, MS) pounded Sumrall Bobcats by a score of 64-6. It was just like the old days for the former Packer, Jet, and Viking. The new offensive coordinator was not afraid to pull out all the stops in his first game. The Warriors...

Report: Peterson won't play in preseason

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Camp Comments: If you touch Adrian Peterson “you’re cut” from the team

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All Day No Play

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