Found October 05, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
  It it officially time for the league to take notice of the Vikings. After back-to-back wins over powerhouse teams in San Fran and Detroit, Minnesota is not only a surprise of the first quarter of the season – but they might actually have the weapons needed to contend and compete for the duration of the season. Coming into the season, there were questions aplenty surrounding the team. Was AD healthy? Was Percy content? Could Ponder take the next step in his second season? Who would be catching the ball? So far it looks like those questions have been answered and then some. AD is back to jump cutting his way between tackles and up the field. Percy Harvin is putting the league on notice to never give him an inch. Ponder is managing the games and not making mistakes while allowing his playmakers to make plays. Kyle Rudolph has shown flashes of brilliance that could make him a deadly red zone threat. So what do the Titans have to compete with the vaunted Vikin...

Ponder and the Vikings emerge as dark horse contenders

While it’s still a little early to label the Minnesota Vikings as NFC North favorites, they certainly look like the most consistent team in the division. Christian Ponder has been playing solid football and looks to be a promising quarterback for a Vikings team that hasn’t seen much consistency at the position in the last decade or more. The defense has looked good enough and...

Purple Jesus Diaries answers Total Titans' questions about the Vikings

Thanks to PJD for Purple Jesus Diaries, Bloguin's Vikings blog, for helping us to preview this week's game up in Minnesota. In addition to answering questions for us, he also sent me questions I answered for him, which you can read here. Without further ado, the Q&A: Total Titans: Christian Ponder: who is he, and what are his strengths and weaknesses? He's...

Vikings making creative, consistent use of Harvin

Percy Harvin's versatility, athleticism and toughness have made defending him difficult for Minnesota's opponents. Figuring out the most effective way to use - and protect - him has been a challenge for the Vikings, too. The experiment was so uneven last year - while the team finished 3-13 - that Harvin demanded better from the coaching staff, seeking clarity on his role...

Vikings have turned corner on special teams

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings went on the road last week and won a game against the Detroit Lions, ending their NFC North losing streak without scoring an offensive touchdown.Improved special teams units, exemplified last week with two return touchdowns and five touchbacks, have played a big role in Minnesota's surprising 3-1 start. With a rookie kicker who has met...

Vikings defense anchored by wise veterans

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- There's plenty of experience left in Minnesota's defense, despite the rebuilding project that has turned over so much the roster in the last year. If a mini-Mount Rushmore monument were made for this group, the faces of veterans Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield would certainly be featured. The older guys are still...

Webb talks backup duties, Blazer and more

QB Joe Webb’s Vikings career has run the gamut, but he remains committed to dutifully serving his role as the backup. He talked about how he helps Christian Ponder, the past as a receiver and where that Blazer package has been.

Vets still guiding Vikings 'D' but youth the fuel

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The veterans on the Minnesota Vikings defense are still significant contributors. Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield continue to make their mark. But the source of the improvement this season can be traced straight to the young guys. Rookie Josh Robinson, who has the team'...

Rookie Smith bringing physicality to secondary

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Detroit Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson has created nightmares for Minnesota Vikings' coaches and defensive backs for five years, feasting on a secondary unable to handle his length and speed and often unwilling to be physical with the 6-foot-5, 239-pounder. In nine games against Minnesota, Johnson had 41 catches for 575 yards and six touchdowns. Last...

Peterson downplays rivalry with Johnson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Two seasons ago, a meeting between Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, two of the NFL's premier running backs, would have been a highlight on the NFL's weekly schedule. Sunday's game, with Johnson's Tennessee Titans visiting Peterson's Minnesota Vikings, would have been billed as a matchup involving perhaps the game's biggest breakaway...

Vikings will have to limit Johnson, Reynaud

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Fresh off back-to-back wins, the Minnesota Vikings return home to the Metrodome to face the Tennessee Titans this week, dealing with heightened expectations.Minnesota (3-1) has already matched last season's win total with wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. The Vikings feel they are prepared to handle the success this season."I think...

Donovan McNabb Playing Pickup Basketball & ESPN’s Teboner Confirmed

• GULP: Kate Upton in dirty teacher glasses• Sweaty Donovan McNabb playing pickup ball• Video: Packers fan middle fingering a camera• Obvious: ESPN has giant boner for Tebow• OMG! Jeter’s ex walking around in these pants• 16 Brides Doing Kegstands At Their Wedding• Jordan Carver…something…HANDBRA!• Hottest Australian Hooters Girl of the Day: RaechelFiled under: Daily Dump

Titans vs. Vikings: PJD's Masturbatory Game Five Preview

Game Five?! How the hell did this happen already? We're on the fifth game of the season? And the Vikings have a winning record?! That's what really freaks me out. Even if they lose this game they'll still have a winning record! We have so many wins losses don't even matter!! We're so good. ... That's not entirely true, but it should convey my overall...
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