For all the concern about Blair Walsh's move to a home outdoor stadium, the Minnesota Vikings' kicker had his season come to a pivotal point indoors.
Walsh had missed two field goals outdoors in his new temporary home, TCF Bank Stadium, in Week 14 bringing about the natural question of Walsh's consistency in the elements after spending his first two NFL seasons in the Metrodome....
A brutal hit while having a punt blocked sidelined San Diego's Mike Scifres with a broken left collarbone.
In came placekicker Nick Novak, charged with one of the most important roles in special teams. He hadn't punted since high school and barely practices it as a pro.
Yet he was more than comfortable with the challenge.
''I can do it,'' Scifres said after punts of 27, 33, 45, 51...
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December 24, 2014
Sunday's 37-35 loss, coming on a blocked punt for a safety in the final minute, stopped the Minnesota Vikings from possibly reaching .500 this season and was as disappointing a loss as the team has faced all season.
The reaction from fans is clear too, they are looking ahead to next season.
Here's what's on your mind this week:
Question: Will you get better offense linemen to protect...
The Miami Dolphins won't make the playoff this season, but at least they have this.
The Fins were knotted up with the Minnesota Vikings at home on Sunday with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were lining up for a punt, when things got nuts.
The snap bounced back to to punter Jeff Locke, who tried to get the kick out on time. But, alas:
Jeff Locke avg. 40.5 y/punt today, 44.9 for the year. @ChrisWarcraft avg. 45.0 his last yr. w/ #Vikings. pic.twitter.com/zix7qgm6ND
— Purple Jesus Diaries (@PJDiaries) November 3, 2014
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A slight breeze was in Blair Walsh's face as he lined up for a 51-yard field-goal attempt last weekend, the flags on the east goalpost at TCF Bank Stadium were nearly motionless.
Kicking into the closed end of the stadium, Walsh's kick had plenty of distance but bounced off the left upright. The miss, one of three in two preseason games this season, wasn...
On Wednesday morning the Vikings held a 15 minute special teams walkthrough. The special teams was the Vikings strength last season. Rookie punter Jeff Locke had a solid rookie year with a 44.2 gross punting average and a 39.2 net average and fellow rookie Cordarrelle Patterson led the NFL with 32.4 yard kick return average. Punt returner Marcus Sherels was second in the league with...