The Hitman Cometh: Harrison Smith's Rise to Elite Status

On a defense that seesawed up and down in its performances in 2014, Harrison Smith’s play shone brightest for the Minnesota Vikings. Despite the Pro Bowl snub, after the great season he had, he should enter the discussion as not only the best player in Minnesota, but also one of the league’s best safeties.Coming out of Notre Dame in 2012, Smith was a sought-after prospect. Minnesota...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Have To Get This Offseason Right

View image | gettyimages.com Despite the Vikings finishing the 2014 season with a 7-9 record, the potential for a better future was evident throughout. They had the 5th youngest team out of the 32 franchises, with the average age of 25.58. Several rookies played important roles throughout the year, most notably the fan-voted Pepsi Rookie of The Year, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Three NFL teams that will improve next year

On Sunday, I discussed three teams that I was sure wouldn’t match their success of 2014 in 2015. Let’s turn that on its head and discuss the 2015 season with a little more optimism. If there are teams that are going to be getting worse, then there should also be teams that get better, right? Let’s address a trio of teams that I feel pretty confident that will improve their...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Fifth-year option decisions looming for Vikings on Kalil, Smith

One was vilified by the public and analysts for the failings of the Vikings offensive line last season, the other was perhaps the most valuable player on Minnesota's defense. The perception regarding left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith couldn't be any different heading into an important offseason for the two former first-round NFL Draft picks. The Vikings will have to...
Via Fox Sports North
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Free Agent Target — Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty made a splash in 2010 after the New England Patriots drafted him 27th overall out of Rutgers. The 5’10”, 186-pound cornerback finished his rookie season with 60 tackles, one sack, and 7 interceptions, surprising many along the way.Even more surprising, then, was his switch to free safety in 2012. Bill Belichick has always been known as a creative defensive mind...
Via Pro Football Spot
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Harrison Smith Has “No Intentions” Of Playing For Anyone Other Than Vikings

Vikings S Harrison Smith recently mentioned that he has “no intentions” of playing for another team when asked about potentially signing a long-term extension with Minnesota. “That’s all I’ve thought of doing,” Smith said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings' defensive turnaround in Year 1 with Zimmer provides hope for more

The Cover-2 defense had run its course in Minnesota. Once one of the consistent defensive philosophies, the scheme had become a predictable shell for the Minnesota Vikings, who slipped to one of the worst defenses in the NFL over the past several seasons. Quarterbacks like Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had strong, accurate arms to exploit the zones, and often would know where he was...
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January 29, 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...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Top Five Plays of 2014: #5

In Week 1 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings visited the St. Louis Rams in what was expected to be a battle of two underachieving teams. That September day, the Vikings overachieved and started the year off with a bang, beating the Rams 34-6 in convincing fashion. We dive deep into Harrison Smith's fourth quarter interception, the exclamation point on an emphatic win and the...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: PFS 2014 Season Awards, Part II

Comeback PlayerChris - S, Harrison SmithAfter 2013 was lost to an agressive case of turf toe, Smith was back with a vengeance in 2014. He was third in the NFL among safeties with five interceptions and PFF graded him behind only Eric Weddle at the safety position. The Vikings secondary has received a bad reputation, but Smith and the emergence of Xavier Rhodes could mean that a full...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: PFS 2014 Season Awards, Part I

MVP Chris - HC, Mike ZimmerHow in the heck can a coach be considered MVP? I mean...it's most valuable player, right? Well, look at what the Vikings had to go through. They lost their star running back, their pass catching corps turned out to be abysmal, their offensive line got ravaged by injury with Matt Kalil regressing for another season, and Zimmer still led the team to a 7-9...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings will enter offseason with key pieces in place for future

Last year at this time the Minnesota Vikings had their brooms out ready to clean house, however, this time around the brooms are in the closet and the team is ready to make the next step. The 6-9 Vikings record may not be ideal, but has tracked improvement and hope in the future behind first year coach Mike Zimmer and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. “It’s pretty incredible...
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December 28, 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...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Three storylines to follow in Lions-Vikings

The Detroit Lions play their regular-season home finale Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in a game that has been pushed back to a 4:25 p.m. start time. Here are three storylines to follow plus a prediction: --- When you have a history like the Lions, it's not surprising that a good season like this one leads to a lot of "first time ever" and "first time since" opportunities....
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings 7 Round NFL Mock Draft | December Edition

While it is only December, we couldn’t contain ourselves to start rolling out the monthly 7 round predictions for the Vikings 2015 draft. With the season not even over yet and free agency not even in sight this is about as raw of a mock as you can get, so lets not get overly riled up over the results. Round 1 – Landon Collins S, Alabama As of now the Vikings appear to be selecing...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' defense continues to improve, shuts down Panthers in frigid conditions

MINNEAPOLIS -- The coughing fit seized Mike Zimmer like the mighty arctic winds howling through his players' ear holes. Red-faced, watery-eyed and raspy, the first-year Vikings coach excused himself from the microphone to clear out his icy lungs. First, four hacks. Then an explanation of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's improved deep ball-passing, specifically timing. Two more coughs...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Takeaway: Time for Vikings to Focus on the Future

After Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves in last place in the NFC North with a 4-7 record. Any hope that the Vikings had of making the playoffs in 2014 just about disappeared after suffering their ninth defeat in their last 11 games against the Packers.Now that Minnesota is out of playoff contention, it is time for the organization...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' defense feels letdown despite holding Packers to 24 points

MINNEAPOLIS -- Harrison Smith quietly cut the tape off his wrists and politely told a reporter he wanted to shower following Sunday's loss before speaking with the media. The Minnesota Vikings safety perhaps wanted time to collect his thoughts. Smith and the Vikings had finished off a near-miss loss to the Green Bay Packers. Later, Smith quietly slipped on a long-sleeve grey Henley...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers-Vikings capsule

GREEN BAY (7-3) at MINNESOTA (4-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - Packers by 10 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 7-3, Minnesota 4-6 SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 57-49-2 LAST MEETING - Packers beat Vikings 42-10, Oct. 2, 2014 LAST WEEK - Packers beat Eagles 53-20; Vikings lost to Bears 21-13 AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 3, Vikings No. 24 PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH ...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

This Just In: Female Minnesota Football Fans Unfaithful

When people say “Hide your kids, hide your wives”, they’re saying that because most of your wives are cheating heathens who like the Green Bay Packers. Dick’s Sporting Goods put out a Tweet-ograph (That’s a word I just made up for an infograph that was released on Twitter!) covering the top selling female jersey for each state, according to something called “Jersey Report...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

This weekend in NFL stupid

Stupidity comes in waves in this league. While last week was one of the stupidest of the NFL season thus far, there were only 13 games this weekend and the dumb moments were kept to a minimum. Still, we’ve got some goodies for you… The stupidest unnecessary roughness penalty  There’s at least one every week related to a “hit” on a quarterback. This time, Robert Griffin...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

This weekend in NFL stupid

Stupidity comes in waves in this league. While last week was one of the stupidest of the NFL season thus far, there were only 13 games this weekend and the dumb moments were kept to a minimum. Still, we’ve got some goodies for you… The stupidest unnecessary roughness penalty  There’s at least one every week related to a “hit” on a quarterback. This time, Robert Griffin...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Injury Update: Xavier Rhodes evaluated for a concussion

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was shaken up late in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins, after teammate Harrison Smith landed on him awkwardly as the two defended a pass to Redskins' wide receiver DeSean Jackson. #457496338 / gettyimages.com Rhodes went to the locker room to be evaluated for a possible concussion, and he was able to return...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Midseason MVP and biggest surprises

It may be hard to believe, but following the week 8 win over Tampa Bay, the Minnesota Vikings are half way through their schedule. Eight games down, eight left to go. There is still a lot of football to be played, and the Vikings are no where near out of the playoff race just yet. The season has had it’s ups and downs, no question about it, but there have been plenty of bright...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Midseason Awards

With the season half in the books, it is time to roll out the Vikings Midseason Awards. We take a quick look at the top players for the Vikings in 2014, and the duds of 2014. Most Valuable Player Onebar | Harrison SmithHas been the leader of the defense and is constantly making plays and around the ball, I see a Pro Bowl berth in his future. Lupagus | Anthony BarrBarr leads the...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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