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Reviewing the 2014 Minnesota Vikings: Coaching Staff

A lot can be and was said about the job GM Rick Spielman did this past season, but no personnel move benefitted the team more than the hiring of Mike Zimmer to be the head coach. Zimmer assumed control of a team that was coming off one of the worst seasons in its storied history...but how did he and the other coaches do? Let's look at the four major coaches, special teams coach Mike...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings defense and special teams dominated their division this year

The Minnesota Vikings are unquestionably headed in the right direction. The latest evidence comes from the genius nerds at Pro Football Focus, who named seven Vikings to their all NFC North team. Six of them play on defense and special teams. Check out more of the Top 30 Special Team Photos of 2014 here: http://t.co/RRpuHxiHEK pic.twitter.com/AOQYiYHw8e — Andy Kenutis (@AndyKenutis...
Via cover32 - Vikings
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Bridgewater leads Vikings to 13-9 win over Bears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, guiding the Minnesota Vikings past Chicago 13-9 on Sunday to put one more blemish on a forgettable year for the Bears. Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season and the Vikings (7-9) ended coach Mike Zimmer's first...
Via Fox Sports North
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bridgewater, Vikings get by Bears 13-9

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, guiding the Minnesota Vikings past Chicago 13-9 on Sunday to put one more blemish on a forgettable year for the Bears. Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season and the Vikings (7-9) ended coach Mike Zimmer's first...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to watch: Vikings at Dolphins

It seems hard to believe, but the Minnesota Vikings have just two games remaining this season. Minnesota travels to Miami this week for the season's final road game. The Vikings (6-8) are 6-3 outside the NFC North this season. They are 2-5 on the road. The Dolphins (7-7) are fighting to get into the playoffs in the AFC. They are 3-3 at home with games against Minnesota and the New...
Via Fox Sports North
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings coach says kicking issues are mental, while Walsh expresses confidence

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When Blair Walsh burst onto the scene as a surprising Pro Bowl kicker in his rookie season, the Minnesota Vikings were praised for finding a diamond in the rough in the draft's sixth-round. Walsh set an NFL record by connecting on 10 field goals of 50 yards or more. The double-digit plateau was a rarity in the NFL. Walsh is now being judged against his standout...
Via Fox Sports North
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings-Dolphins Capsule

MINNESOTA (6-8) at MIAMI (7-7) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX OPENING LINE - Dolphins by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 9-5, Miami 7-6-1. SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 7-4 LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Vikings 14-10, Sept. 19, 2010 LAST WEEK - Dolphins lost at Patriots 41-13; Vikings lost at Lions 16-14 AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 18, Vikings No. 23 VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Walsh tries to kick through slump for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) This is not the way Blair Walsh wants to finish the season. The Minnesota Vikings kicker is 1 for 6 with field goal attempts over the past two games. His success rate has fallen to 71 percent, the lowest of any regular kicker in the NFL this year. Walsh went 0 for 3 against Detroit last week, though one field goal try was blocked and another was a long shot...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Hall's Dec. 18 Vikings mailbag

The end of the 2015 season is winding down for the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has two games left to continue the progress with first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The goal is clear. Sitting at 6-8 heading to Miami this week, the Vikings want to finish this season with a .500 record and two wins. The questions regarding the team have lessened...
Via Fox Sports North
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Fourth-quarter play a learning experience for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Another loss by eight points or fewer had the Minnesota Vikings focused on their struggles at the end of Sunday's game at Detroit. Minnesota allowed the final 16 points to the NFC North-leading Lions Sunday and weren't able to capitalize on two late drives with a chance to retake the lead in the 16-14 loss. The Vikings' last four losses have been by a total...
Via Fox Sports North
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

PJD’s Week 15 Recap: How To Become The New Lions

I don’t know, maybe that’s not fair. The Lions of yesteryore have and were completely awful. I mean, they are the only team in the modern era to have gone 0-16. That’s super bad! No one else has done that in recent history. Lions, you’ll always have that! So, no, the Vikings aren’t THAT bad, but boy oh boy, did they look pretty bad on Sunday when they ended up losing 14...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things we learned: Vikings at Lions

When Blair Walsh's desperate 68-yard field-goal attempt fell short, the Minnesota Vikings were left with a 16-14 loss after allowing the final 16 points to the Detroit Lions. Minnesota had led throughout before Detroit's field goal with 3 minutes, 38 seconds remaining. The Vikings then had two chances to retake the lead before falling short and going to 6-8 this season. Head coach...
Via Fox Sports North
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions sweat out 16-14 win over Vikings

DETROIT (AP) Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North. The Lions (10-4) are now even atop the division with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo earlier in the day, but Detroit didn't have an easy time, spotting the Vikings (6-8) a 14-0 lead...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings blow 14-0 lead in loss to Lions

DETROIT (AP) -- Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North. The Lions (10-4) are now even atop the division with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo earlier in the day, but Detroit didn't have an easy time, spotting the Vikings (6-8) a 14-0...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions grab lead in NFC North with victory over Vikings

Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North. The Lions (10-4) are now even atop the division with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo earlier in the day, but Detroit didn't have an easy time, spotting the Vikings (6-8) a 14-0 lead before a pair...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings blow 14-0 lead in loss to Lions

DETROIT (AP) -- Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North. The Lions (10-4) are now even atop the division with Green Bay, which lost to Buffalo earlier in the day, but Detroit didn't have an easy time, spotting the Vikings (6-8) a 14-0...
Via Fox Sports North
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions sweat out 16-14 win over Vikings

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions are now agonizingly close to a playoff spot. And agonizing is a pretty good way to describe their latest victory. Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North. Detroit spotted Minnesota a 14-0 lead before slowly...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite more outdoor field-goal misses, Vikings' Walsh remains confident

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Hours spent at TCF Bank Stadium during the summer led Blair Walsh to an understanding of the wind patterns at the outdoor stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. Walsh, the Vikings kicker who spent the majority of his first two NFL seasons indoors in the Metrodome, knew there would be an adjustment. Seven games this season has made Walsh more knowledgeable...
Via Fox Sports North
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets vs. Vikings: Mushroom Stamp Winner

OK, obviously I gave it to Jarius Wright, as you can tell by the picture above, but it could have easily gone to any of the guys below: - Teddy Bridgewater: The rookie strikes again late in the game, both with impressive play with 23 seconds left to get the Vikings into a game winning field goal try (which ****-head Blair Walsh missed), but then also with his audible after recognizing...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings-Bears Capsule

MINNESOTA (4-5) at CHICAGO (3-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE - Chicago by 4 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 5-4, Chicago 3-6 SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 54-50-2 LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Bears, 23-20, OT, Dec. 1, 2013 LAST WEEK - Vikings had bye; Bears lost to Packers 55-14 AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 21, Bears No. 27 VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (10), PASS...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Vikings look to cut out penalties on special teams

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Among the tasks for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, a day after their dramatic, overtime win at Tampa Bay, was a special teams meeting. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer wanted to address some of the breakdowns on special teams in recent games. Only Zimmer didn't make his way to special teams coordinator Mike Priefer's office to speak with kicker Blair Walsh, punter...
Via Fox Sports North
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cool kicker: Walsh unfazed by efforts to ice him

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Go ahead and try to ice Blair Walsh. The Minnesota Vikings' third-year kicker seemingly has ice in his veins and stays cool under pressure. In fact, Walsh doesn't mind being "iced" like he was Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice called timeouts seconds before Blair Walsh attempted half-ending field-goal attempts. "I know coach (Leslie) Frazier is on...
Via Fox Sports North
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings report card: Flipping the script

A week after seeing a win snatched away in the final seconds, the Minnesota Vikings were on the other end on Sunday at Tampa Bay. What appeared like another late collapse was salvaged by Minnesota's own 2-minute drive and game-tying field goal before Anthony Barr ended the game in overtime. The Vikings (3-5) snapped a three-game losing streak when Barr stripped Buccaneers tight end...
Via Fox Sports North
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers continue to prove DNA of a winner is out of their reach

TAMPA, Fla. -- The difference between relief and gut-wrenching pain on fall Sundays is small, and this season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a nasty habit of becoming too familiar with the wrong outcome. NFL A 19-13 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings was the latest sick thrill ride, a game that featured the Bucs falling behind 10-0 and looking incapable of producing a single...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers continue to prove DNA of a winner is out of their reach

TAMPA, Fla. -- The difference between relief and gut-wrenching pain on fall Sundays is small, and this season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a nasty habit of becoming too familiar with the wrong outcome. NFL A 19-13 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings was the latest sick thrill ride, a game that featured the Bucs falling behind 10-0 and looking incapable of producing a single...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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