Found September 17, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier seems prepared for his team to play many games this season the way the first two weeks have unfolded, with games being decided in the final two minutes.Late-game offense pushed the Vikings to a win in the opener and a tie on Sunday with 31 seconds left. Fraziers concern is how the defense has handled the two-minute situations."We're not doing very well right now in two-minutes, the two minutes before the half, the two minutes at the end of the game," Frazier said. "That's glaring. We've got to do better. The way our team is built, we're going to play a lot of close games."Following Christian Ponder's touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 31 seconds left Sunday, Minnesota felt it was headed to overtime for the second straight week.All the defense had to do was keep the Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck out of field-goal range for Adam Vinatieri. Three plays later, the...

Vikings on losing side of 'wild ride' this week

After winning 26-23 in overtime in Week 1, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was asked if he was bracing for a "wild ride" this season. Frazier simple answer was, "It could be." Sunday's 23-20 loss at the Indianapolis Colts was another wild ride. Frazier had also talked last week about being ready to play a lot of close games, the importance of finishing...

Christian Ponder: “Football is my girlfriend”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is single and plans on keeping things that way.  It looks like there’s only room in his heart for one love right now, and that’s football. “Football is my girlfriend,” Ponder told me last week, when he, ahem, refused to go along with my speculation that the Vikings would put a beating on the Colts. “I’m not saying that,”...

Vikings waive WR Gurley, sign T Kropog

Tori Gurley's stay on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad didn't last long. Just over two weeks after adding the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, the club announced Tuesday that it had waived Gurley and added offensive tackle Troy Kropog to the practice squad. Gurley, 24, rejected a contract offer on the Vikings active roster last season in order to stay with Green...

Vikings need touchdowns, not field goals

If the Minnesota Vikings have proved one thing through two games this season, their games must be watched until the very end. The game is not over until that final second ticks off the clock. Sunday at Indianapolis looked very similar to last week when Minnesota rallied in the final seconds and won in overtime. The Vikings were on the flip side in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the...

Hurry-up offenses are hurting the Vikings

For all that has gone right for the Minnesota Vikings in the thick of their first two games, their defense has revealed a crucial flaw in those critical closing moments that determine success in the NFL. When the intensity has picked up for the offense on the other side, Minnesota's defense has been glaringly vulnerable to giving up scores. The Vikings were at their worst during...

Vikings' Henderson learns from Wayne score

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. After close games, certain plays can be magnified and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was having a hard time letting go of one pivotal play in Sunday's 23-20 loss against the Indianapolis Colts.Henderson was responsible for covering Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne down the middle of the field when Wayne got behind the linebacker for a 30-yard...

Special teams lead Vikings in NFL rankings

The Vikings have a number of top-10 rankings in the NFL, and they have been especially strong on special teams. On offense, the leaders are no surprise – Percy Harvin and Christian Ponder. See how the Vikings fared in numerous top- and bottom-10 categories among the NFL rankings.

Up next: Vikings doomed by defensive lapses

For all that has gone right for the Minnesota Vikings in the thick of their first two games, their defense has revealed a crucial flaw in those critical closing moments that determine success in the NFL.

PJD's Game Two Recap: Vikings Gonna Vike

Vikings Gonna Vike: Let's get the bad news out of the way first - The Vikings lost in a total heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon, when they fell 20-23 to the Colts. Not to say that this loss was wholly unpredictable. I mean, we all saw it coming. I was expecting a loss before we even started the game, and even more so, when they were driving for the game tying touchdown...

Week 3: 49ers-Vikings matchup

San Francisco at Minnesota Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minn. - TV: FOX; DirecTV: 706 *TV announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa *Keys to the game: Adrian Peterson said last week that he's about 95 percent of his pre-injury self. The Vikings need every percent they can get against San Francisco's stifling run defense...

Kuharsky's notes on Colts-Vikings

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN says that he loved Luck's pocket presence and mobility during the Vikings matchup, among other notes.  What I liked: Luck is just fantastic on the move, whether it’s a relatively small step up or slide over or a big rollout or run away from pursuit. Obviously he cannot lose 22 yards trying to run out of a late sack and has to surrender at times. But...

Vikings might be ready to increace Adrian Peterson’s work load

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has indicated that they believe running back Adrian Peterson might be ready to have his workload increased this week. “We think he’s getting to that point where we can think about a few more carries,” Frazier said, via the Sacramento Bee. “He’s getting close to that point, so we’ll see how he does this week in practice. …...
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