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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings earned their spot as a playoff team this season, finishing a seven-win turnaround from last year and taking the final four games in must-win fashion to advance to Saturday"s NFC playoff opener at Green Bay.
Minnesota proved it can play with anyone in beating four playoff-hopeful teams over the past four months. And as the NFL has seen in recent years, beware the hot team come playoff time. The New York Giants won three of their final four games last year to resuscitate their playoff hopes and won the Super Bowl. A year earlier, the Packers got hot at the right time in winning the Super Bowl.
The Vikings hope the trend continues. Five things to watch as Minnesota tries to become the latest team to surprise in the playoffs:
1. The maturation of Christian Ponder.
Like it was during the Vikings surprising start, the biggest key to the late-season push was the play of Ponder, Minnesota"s inconsistent second-year starting quarterback. R...
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He just rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, nine yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record; he wants to compete in the 2016 Olympics, return kicks and try coming off the edge to block a field goal, and he says he’s healthy enough for 12 more games. Only one man, the biggest freak athlete in all of football, could possibly do all of this: Vikings running back Adrian...
GREEN BAY, Wis. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is inactive for Saturday night's playoff game at Green Bay, unable to get over the sore right elbow he hurt in last week's regular-season finale against the Packers.
Joe Webb will start for Minnesota. NBC first reported the news on its broadcast of Saturday's earlier playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals...
Packers fans aren’t going to let Adrian Peterson forget just how close he was to breaking Eric Dickerson’s record. Nine yards short. That’s it. This banner was spotted by KARE-11 (Minneapolis-St.Paul) reporter Keith Leventhal at a Packers bar earlier today.
It’s been making the rounds on the internet today and new developments are surfacing that Peterson himself might be...
The Minnesota Vikings were soundly defeated by the Green Bay Packers 10-24 and the biggest truth the game proved is the continued decline of the value of franchise running backs in the NFL. Adrian Peterson was the biggest story going into the game, because he was only 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season record with 2,097 yards after coming back from major knee...
Adrian Peterson was shut down and Christian Ponder sidelined.
That left the Minnesota Vikings short-handed, overmatched and barely able to do much of anything against the Green Bay Packers.
Peterson was held to 99 yards, after gaining 199 and 210 in the first two games against Green Bay, and Joe Webb struggled in place of Ponder as the Packers rolled to a 24-10 victory over the...
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder bruised his elbow Sunday against the Packers and was limited in practice Wednesday as a result. SOURCE: Judd Zulgad, 1500ESPN.comFantasy Spin:Vikings coach Leslie Frazier didn't seem overly concerned about Ponder, according to Zulgad. Ponder is by far the worst of the eight quarterbacks who will play this weekend in the first round of the...
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Saturday's playoff game.Fantasy Spin:He has been on the injury report for one reason or another for most of the season, but that didn't keep him from coming within eight yards of Eric Dickerson's NFL single-season rushing record. The Vikings star running...
Though many eyes will be on stars Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt and Von Miller this month, the NFL playoffs are really about one position and one position only: quarterback.
Consider this: Since Brad Johnson won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, the only quarterbacks to win Super Bowls have been the following men:
1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Ben Roethlisberger...
In Week 17, our picks went 10-6 ATS and yours truly (131-120 ATS for the season) is ready to move into lead against the pick ‘em league leader Beantown Brawlers (133-118 ATS). I’m currently in 2nd in the pick ‘em league, 2 games behind the leader, with 11 games to play. Hopefully, you were able to build up your bank roll with some of Brandon’s Bowl Picks. Oregon and Texas...
As all the sports world knows, the Green Bay Packers will face the Minnesota Vikings for the second time in six days tomorrow evening on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Packers won the first game several weeks ago, and the Vikes took the game on Sunday. This game? Well, it will be cold. But as Packer fans we hope that, in the end, the ViQueens feel much colder much longer...