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Christian Ponder throwing against the Titans last season.
The (0-3) Minnesota Vikings take on the (1-2) Tennessee Titans Thursday night in Minneapolis. The Vikings look to get the offense in sync before the regular season gets under way. The team doesn’t necessarily care about winning the ball game, but this is a game that needs to be played at a regular season tempo.
Christian Ponder had a solid performance last week against the 49ers. Other than the fumble he lost in the 1st quarter and an interception he threw, Ponder left the game 17-of-23 for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. He orchestrated solid drives for each of his short touchdown passes. That is great news for Vikings fans, especially with Adrian Peterson not getting full reps.
This game is very important for backups to get first team work, especially at the fullback and defensive tackle positions. Earlier this week, Vikings fullback Jerome Felton was suspended 3 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Rhett Ellison and Zach Line take over the position for the interim. Ellison has been out of the lineup so Line may have an opportunity to start week one if he has another solid performance.
Personally, I like Line and believe he has performed very well in all of the preseason games thus far. Ellison may still have the leg up on Line at the moment, but this could be Line’s big chance.
Now, most of us thought the Vikings d-line situation was perfect. Rookie Sharrif Floyd was getting better, Kevin Williams was still healthy, and oh yeah, Jared Allen. The defensive line was looking better than ever until Floyd went down to injury in the beginning of the preseason. Vikings fans weren’t worried because Williams was fine and Floyd was drafted to learn the position and develop before taking over for Williams in the future.
We took this for granted as Vikings fans. Now Kevin Williams is down with a knee injury he suffered against the 49ers last week.
Who will step up?
The battle is now between Christian Ballard and Fred Evans. Ballard has amassed only a sack and a tackle in the preseason and Evans only has two tackles. This worries me coming into this preseason game. Even if Williams’ injury doesn’t cost him a chunk of this season, the risk for another injury is still there all year. Hopefully, these guys perform well tonight to help Vikings fans breathe a little easier come next week.
The defensive line isn’t the only thing to look at this week. The secondary hasn’t been all that spectacular. Chris Cook has been out a majority of the preseason and the secondary has been beaten on many deep passes.
BEST OF MAXIM
On Sunday night, Joe Looney of the San Francisco 49ers threw a block on a defenseless Kevin Williams in which it looks like he purposely dove at the big defensive tackles knees. Well even though Looney has apologized and said he was not trying to hurt Williams, the Vikings defense has had enough. Today Jared […]
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton admitted to USA Today Sports that he cried over his three-game suspension. “Man, it hurts a lot,” Felton said after the Vikings’ preseason finale on Thursday night. “I’ve shed tears about it. It’s embarrassing just for it coming back
Can Ponder Play?
Tonight, the Minnesota Vikings play their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. After what feels like four scores and three preseason games ago, this lazy debacle will finally wrap up so we can move on to the regular season games and some real NFL football. As a Vikings fan, when I say "real NFL football", I of course am referencing football...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When Joe Webb went high in the end zone Sunday to pull in a three-yard touchdown catch, the physical gifts that have intrigued the Minnesota Vikings coaches for years were apparent.
Up against San Francisco's third-year cornerback Perrish Cox, Webb jumped high in the air, using all of his 6-foot-4 frame and remarkable leaping ability to catch a floating...
Minnesota Vikings backup lineman Seth Olsen suffered a pretty scary injury Thursday night in his team’s final preseason game.
Olsen sustained a neck injury and had to be taken off the field strapped down to a stretcher after taking a knee to the head in the second quarter of the Vikings’ game against the Titans, according to USA Today Sports. The fourth-year offensive lineman...
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Seth Olsen was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday night after a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.
Olsen was blocking on a screen pass when he took a knee from Solomon to his helmet and went down. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman raced to his side and immediately called for a stretcher as a hush fell...
Thursday's preseason finale, in which the Minnesota Vikings host the Tennessee Titans, is all about the final push for roster spots prior to Saturday's deadline to reach the 53-man limit for the regular-season roster.
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But they have taken a significant step this week in hopes of resuming those negotiations.
As of Wednesday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority's investigation into the team's ownership was moving along...
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Most people don’t care about the fourth and final week of preseason games in the NFL. Starters rarely see the field and the game is all about a bunch of guys who might not play for anyone this season. But these are games where you can discover gems like Colin Kaepernick and Alfred Morris before the regular season begins. For me these are my favorite...
With Kevin Williams’ status uncertain for the regular-season opener, the Vikings don’t want to take any risks with his backup. Plus, injury updates and more.
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We Made It!
We did it! Sure, I mean we won our game last night versus the Titans, our first and only preseason win, but moreso I mean we finally made it! We survived all of the crap that people made us put up with during this preseason and ridiculous training camps and Joe Webb conversations and punching your eyeballs from watching Christian Ponder and oh god, it's over....
A year away from the game gave LB Desmond Bishop a new appreciation for his health. The last couple weeks of strong play have given him a new opportunity at a starting position.