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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. How uptight are the Minnesota Vikings with the playoffs on the line over the season's final two weeks?
So uptight that they staged a dance-off between defensive linemen Fred Evans and Everson Griffen recently. Minnesota is focused on trying to win its third road game of the season Sunday when it travels to 12-2 Houston before the season finale at home against Green Bay. But the Vikings (8-6) won't be uptight, either, with the stakes raised this season after missing the playoffs the past two years and going through a 3-13 debacle last year.
"You don't want to go into a game like this tight or tense because of the circumstances," Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. "You really want to go out there and play with great confidence and not be all wound tight. They are not wound tight. That is definitely the truth."
Here are five things to watch as the "loosey-goosey" Vikings travel to face the Texans and try to boost their...
BEST OF MAXIM
According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPNRadio.com, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and wide receiver Percy Harvin got into a heated argument likely regarding Harvin’s injury that landed him on injured reserve.
According to four NFL sources, Harvin and Frazier had another heated exchange weeks later in front of some players and staff members, fueling speculation about...
The early Christmas presents keep on coming for the ladies this year, especially if you're a Minnesota Vikings fan. Most recently, Jared Allen dressed as Santa Claus to attend a players' Christmas party. The difference between this outfit and the Santa outfit John Sullivan worse earlier this week is that this one is TIGHT. And I don't just mean across his chest, but,...
With two weeks left in the regular season, the race for MVP has been whittled down to a two-man contest, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson.
While arguments can also be made for Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt, the reality is that Manning and Peterson both overcame impossible, insurmountable odds. And both performed at a level that exceeded all expectations.
The Texans have a chance to clinch the top seed in the AFC this week.
Now that we're in the last two weeks of the season, the playoff scenarios are starting to come into focus.
Here's a look at the scenarios and my predictions:
AFC - Playoff Scenarios
HOUSTON TEXANS - Playing Minnesota
Houston can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win...
Minnesota Vikings (8-6) at Houston Texans (12-2)
The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive last week, as they are one of many 8-6 teams in the NFC. They are long shot hopes, however. Not only do they not control their own destiny, their final 2 games are against Houston and Green Bay, two of the better teams in the NFL. Making matters worse, the Vikings are in a bad spot trends...
The Minnesota Vikings have activated cornerback Chris Cook
from the team’s injured reserved and placed him on its 53-man roster, the club
G Mark Asper and TE Allen Reisner have been waived. CB Chris Cook activated to 53-man roster. #Vikings
— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) December 22, 2012
Cook has been out for two months since suffering a broken
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson's remarkable season in his return from knee surgery has led him to being the top vote-getter among all NFC players in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.
Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' four-time Pro Bowl back who leads the league with 1,812 rushing yards, finished fourth among all players in the fan voting, which qualifies as 13 of the...
PICTURE THEM ROLLIN'
After eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season, Texans running back Arian Foster rewarded his offensive linemen with an early Christmas gift of Segways.
It's almost Christmas time, and if you haven't wasted your money on the Minnesota Vikings fan in your life by purchasing crappy Vikings shirts from the Purple Jesus Diaries' Merchandise Shop, then you're clearly doing it wrong. If you bought one of ours I can guarantee you that it will make an adult human male giggle and prance like a youngling opening up a GI Joe...
Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Smith was fined by the league Friday for his helmet-to-helmet hit during last Sunday's game. According to the Indianapolis Star, fines for hits against Luck have totaled $129,000 this season.
Chad Greenway already has a career high in tackles with two games to play and leads the league, but he’s becoming more comfortable as a vocal leader, too.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. In the NFL, some milestones and records mean more than others.
Whether it's Tom Brady's 50 passing touchdowns in 2007 or Brett Favre's 297 consecutive starts, a few numbers simply captivate football fans.
Last year, 5,000 passing yards was the milestone of the moment, but three players getting there in the same season knocked off the shine. One hundred...
HOUSTON -- The basic idea was nothing new. A running back wanted to show his appreciation for his offensive line. Usually that involves a series of steak dinners, a watch, something generic enough for everybody but expensive enough to mean something to a millionaire.
Well, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is unusual. Wednesday he gave every member of the Texans' offensive...
HOUSTON (AP) --The Minnesota Vikings don't need record-setting days from Adrian Peterson to stay in the playoff race.
Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping the Vikings (9-6) keep their postseason chances alive with a 23-6 upset of the Texans on Sunday. Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart added a score and Blair Walsh...
‘Tis the season for giving and showing your appreciation, which is why Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has apparently decided to show the men who open up holes for him every Sunday how much they mean to him.
Foster is fourth in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards, meaning his offensive line has been working hard on the field this season. Now that Foster has decided to buy...