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Robert Griffin III
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals are two of the surprise teams in the NFC this season, with both teams near the top of their respective divisions.
They've had success in similar ways, starting with strong defenses. But both teams are coming off losses which have momentarily changed the outlook of their seasons. Minnesota (4-2) is trying to prove last week's loss against the Washington Redskins and dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was a fluke. Arizona has lost two games in a row after a surprising 4-0 start.
Here are five things to watch as the Vikings host the Cardinals and both teams try to get back on the winning track:
1. A salivating matchup for Minnesota defensive ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison.
Allen and Robison, who combined for 30 sacks last year but have just five total this season, would seem to have the type of matchup they can build up their sack numbers. Arizona has allowed a league-high 28 sacks and tackles D...
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Minnesota Vikings second-year quarterback Christian Ponder appeared to confirm on Twitter that he is currently dating ESPN personality Samantha Steele.
If life is a competition, then Christian Ponder thinks he is winning. The second-year quarterback has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record, and he also is doing well in the girlfriend department. Ponder confirmed over Twitter that he is dating ESPN reporter Samantha Steele, whom he met on the set of ESPN College GameDay. He is pretty proud of himself for the nice pull. “I’m proud...
Christian Ponder is no longer one of Minnesota's most eligible bachelors.
Not only does the Vikings quarterback have his team at 4-2, but his personal life seems to be going just as well.
In a tweet Thursday, Ponder confirmed to the world that he is dating ESPN college football sideline reporter Samantha Steele.
A fan tweeted "Is @cponder & @Samantha_Steele dating...
Before the season began, back when we were still polishing the dust of our crystal balls, did any of us see either the Vikings or the Cardinals having 4-2 records heading into Week 7?Come on now, don’t lie.I admit before the season began I made some jokes about Minnesota in my Fantasy Football team preview. I wish I could take them back. Really, I do.But the fact is the Vikings...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed
another practice Thursday due to a lingering ankle injury. The running back
told reporters that it’s been “hurting consistently” since he sustained the
injury, but he says he’s going to suit up against the Arizona Cardinals this
weekend, reports Tom Pelissero of 1500espn.com.
"Since I twisted it up...
The Arizona Cardinals had no answer for Adrian Peterson. Minnesota's star running back ran for a game-high 153 yards and a touchdown and the Vikings' defense sacked John Skelton seven times to lead Minnesota to a 21-14 triumph over the Cardinals Sunday afternoon at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The loss was Arizona's third in a row and dropped them to 4-3 on the season...
Jared Allen offered assessments of the Cardinals’ O-line, their QB situation, the improved maturity of the Vikings and playing Thursday night games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson ran for 153 yards and a first-quarter touchdown, and the Minnesota Vikings survived an ugly second half to hang on and beat Arizona 21-14 Sunday to hand the Cardinals their third straight loss.
Percy Harvin caught Ponder's only touchdown pass, but Ponder threw an interception that led to a second-quarter touchdown run by LaRod Stephens-Howling...
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The Vikings got two of their best players back on the field Friday, which should give them all available options for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.