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How will PAT Rule Change Affect Blair Walsh and the Vikings?

It is perhaps the most overlooked play in all of football, yet, due to a recent NFL rule change, the PAT has been brought to the forefront—for a bit, at least—of NFL discussion. The extra point—having been altered for experimentation in the 2014 preseason—has now been pushed back 13 yards to the 15-yard line, resulting in roughly a 32 or 33-yard attempt for NFL place kickers...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings & K Blair Walsh Have Had “A Little Bit Of Communication” Regarding An Extension

Vikings K Blair Walsh tells Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune that there has been “a little bit of communication” between his agent, Brian Mackler, and the team regarding a contract extension in recent months. Walsh mentioned that he would “love” to remain with the Vikings, but added that the financial figures will obviously need to work for ... The post Vikings & K Blair...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kicker Blair Walsh opens up about future with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh knows he has to bounce back after missing nine field-goal attempts last season. The 2015 season is a contract year for Walsh, so he must make haste on his way to a comeback. "I would love to stay a Viking. This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker," Walsh told Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune. "But at the same...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

PAT changes makes life trickier for NFL kickers

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh admits he and his peers have long regarded extra points as "afterthoughts." Not anymore. What was considered the most boring play in football got a whole lot spicier Tuesday at the NFL's spring meeting in San Francisco. Team owners approved a one-season change that will move the line of scrimmage for extra points back to the 15-yard line, resulting...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Vikings and Spielman Have Found Gems in the Late Rounds of the Draft

Since Rick Spielman became a member of the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2006, he has played a part in the Vikings drafting the likes of running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Percy Harvin, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and safety Harrison Smith.All of these players have one thing in common, they were all selected in the first round of the NFL Draft...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings and Spielman Have Drafted Some Late-Round Gems

Since Rick Spielman became a member of the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2006, he has played a part in the Vikings drafting the likes of running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Percy Harvin, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and safety Harrison Smith.All of these players have one thing in common, they were all selected in the first round of the NFL Draft...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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
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