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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Receiver Jerome Simpson had his man beat to the inside on a simple slant route and quarterback Christian Ponder put the ball on target for what should have been a first down and a potential momentum-advancing play early in the Minnesota Vikings' 28-10 loss on Sunday.
Less than three minutes had gone by on the game clock and Minnesota had gained the advantage over the hometown Bears because of a Matt Forte fumble and Chad Greenway recovery. The Vikings were in scoring position on third-and-four when Ponder let that pass go to Simpson, the offseason free-agent signee who was expected to have a big impact this season. Then Simpson dropped the pass, with the ball going straight through his hands and deflecting off his shoulder pads for what would have been a first down in the red zone.
Instead, the Vikings had to settle for a Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. Little did Simpson, Ponder and the team know the drop would set the tone for the rest of ...
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It’s not often that a team with a winning record is deemed to be dead in the water, but it sure feels that way for the Minnesota Vikings after last week’s dismal performance against the red-hot Chicago Bears. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall shredded the Vikings defense while Christian Ponder and the Vikings offense fell completely flat in an important NFC North game. Even with...
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This is Minnesota Vikings linebacker Audie Cole getting into the holiday spirit a bit earlier than usual this season. That's him rocking an outstanding Christmas sweater vest, going beyond just the normal "Ugly Christmas Sweater" mode and going full blown with the vest and everything. And ONLY the vest. Doing so pushes this dangerously...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings are in the most important stretch of their season and are now dealing with several injuries that could linger into the week.
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the league with 1,236 rushing yards, suffered a shoulder strain in Sunday's game. Meanwhile, tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed the team bus to Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday morning, but reportedly hailed a taxi cab in front of the team hotel and made it to the game on time. After missing the team bus, Peterson managed to get a cab just after 10 a.m. CT, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The NFL Network reported that Peterson arrived at Soldier...
The Minnesota Vikings were coming off their bye week refreshed and positive heading into the final stretch of the season, while the Chicago Bears were recovering from an embarrassing Monday night loss and wondering whether quarterback Jay Cutler would be in the lineup.
Then, Minnesota went dormant in the first half of Sunday's NFC North showdown at Chicago and the Bears took...
The Vikings had breakdowns in several statistical categories, living up to Jared Allen’s assessment of how games in Chicago usually go for the Vikings. Plus, receivers dropped numerous passes with Jerome Simpson leading the way, and the playoffs are still very much a possibility after Sunday afternoon’s results.
I admit it. It’s important to admit fault when you are wrong. I had the Vikings winning only 2 more games back when they were 3-1, but it turned out the Detroit Lions are in the midst of a catastrophic, ball-kicking season, so the Vikings were able to sweep the season series. What I have noticed, thought, is a turn in the overall mood of the Vikings fan base.
So now, Vikings fans...
These are the types of hits that the NFL is trying to get removed from the game. Louis had no idea that Allen was there and Allen launched himself at Louis, trying to blow him up. Leaving his feet for this block is not only unnecessary but extremely dirty. Had Allen not left his feet, I would be okay with this hit, but the fact that he targets Louis’ head is a huge problem...
Leslie Frazier was critical of the Vikings’ numerous dropped passes Sunday, saying it would be an emphasis in this week’s preparation for the Green Bay Packers.
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Chicago Bears (7-3)
Jay Cutler might be the most undervalued player in the NFL. In the last 2 seasons, when he starts, the Bears are 14-5 and score 26.8 points per game. When he doesn’t, they are 1-6 and average just 13.1 points per game. That isn’t all him. For instance, Matt Forte missed a few of those games as well and Caleb Hanie, who started 5...