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The Viking Age:
It’s been a long time coming for Phil Loadholt, but the massive offensive tackle is finally beginning to fulfill the promise he showed when the Vikings drafted him in the second round out of Oklahoma.Thrown into the fray as a rookie in 2009, Loadholt held his own, helping protect Brett Favre on his way to one of his best statistical years. Things went backward in 2010 however, not just for Loadholt but the entire offensive line. 2011 looked like it would be a much better campaign for Loadholt, especially after he showed up in camp in the best shape of his life, but early struggles had many observers whispering that maybe his potential would never be realized. False starts and glaring blow-bys plagued the third-year man, leading some to speculate that his starting job might be in jeopardy.Then Sunday’s Arizona game happened. Loadholt looked dominating in his run blocking for Adrian Peterson, and performed better than usual in pass protection. The uber-wonks at Pro Football Focus gave...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings coach Leslie Frazier implored his teams playmakers to come up with the big plays Minnesota needed to finally win a game.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — If his pass protectors repeat their performance from Monday night in Detroit, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler might be on the wrong end of another dubious sack record. Cutler, who was sacked an NFL-record nine times in the first half last October at the New Meadowlands Stadium,...
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The plan to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in a Twin Cities suburb would take longer and cost more than estimated by the team and strain Ramsey County's tax capacity, according to agencies asked by Gov. Mark Dayton to analyze the proposal.