Vikings driven to have the league's best defense -- currently No. 2

The Minnesota Vikings' defensive unit is currently tied for second-best in the NFL in terms of points allowed per game (17.0). Even that, however, is not enough for a Vikings team that wants to have the league's top defense by the end of the season."We're going to get there,'' defensive tackle Tom Johnson said, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. "That's the attitude you've...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings must fill voids on D-line Minnesota controlled the line of scrimmage on defense and offense in Week 2 ... The Vikings are likely to turn to veteran Tom Johnson , who has played well in ... Stefon Diggs Wins Pepsi Rookie of the Week Eden Prairie, MN (October 23, 2015) – Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has been named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week after his performance...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings reach purchase agreement in Eagan Eric Oslund The Minnesota Vikings announced that they have reached a purchase agreement on Eagan property and will look into it further as a possible spot for a future ... Ex-Vikings QB Ponder expecting boos in Minnesota return The game comes just over four years after the Vikings selected Ponder 12th overall, three years after he helped...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

HOF Perspective – By Cary McLaughlin

Greetings, my name is Cary McLaughlin, I am a hidden away blogger known as CM1 that Cristy offered the chance to ‘Go less amateur’. So I’ll shed the handle and open up a bit. Very exciting! As a writer, or more an enthusiast who writes, I look at very specific details of game play. I think like the player and I love to see them make adjustments, change technique, execute...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Takeaways from Hall of Fame Game

Its Clear everyone is ready for Football. The Hall of Fame Game drew a record number of viewers Sunday night. The Vikings first preseason game is in the books and I have a few takeaways for the game. Vikings Defensive Line will Dominate The Defensive line was clearly a strength of this team. Everson Griffen looked disruptive, getting off blocks quick and apply pressure. Sharrif...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 in 2015: The best defensive tackles in the NFL today

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Irvin, Greenway inspire kids to reach higher ► Greenway is the humble farm kid from South Dakota who became a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. Irvin is the flamboyant former ... Cordarrelle Patterson Could Have A Big 2015 Season ► The 2014 campaign did not go according to plan for Cordarrelle Patterson after such an exciting rookie season. As Minnesota Vikings...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings DT Johnson acquitted in disorderly conduct case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson has been acquitted of all counts stemming from his October arrest at a Minneapolis restaurant. Johnson was charged with three misdemeanor counts, including disorderly conduct, after authorities say he refused orders to leave Seven, a downtown steakhouse and sushi lounge. Authorities used a chemical spray and a stun...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Who's Going to Have a Breakout Season for the Vikings in 2015?

Minnesota has their guys that everyone expects to be big contributors this season: Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson pending his situation, Mike Wallace, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Everson Griffin and Harrison Smith. But much like Charles Johnson was for the team last season, the Vikings are going to need more from places you would least expect it.OffenseCordarrelle Patterson...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  My beloved Minnesota Vikings kick off week...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Minnesota Vikings Offseason Moves

Matt Asiata View image | Minnesota brought back Asiata on a 1-year deal to help the running back corps, which is very much in flux and will be until the Adrian Peterson situation gets figured out. Asiata will be in a rotation for Norv Turner’s offense, which will allow Asiata to be a short yardage gainer on 3rd down or a red zone threat to pound it into...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson’s Teammate: “He Definitely Has a Chip on his Shoulder”

Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has not worked out at the team’s facility for over six months. However, Peterson has been working out with Vikings defensive lineman Tom Johnson all along. Johnson had nothing but powerful comments to share regarding Peterson’s current shape and how he’s been working out. I’d say he’s one of the strongest guys pound for...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Vikings Land Michael Johnson This Time?

Last offseason the Minnesota Vikings were interested in defensive end Michael Johnson. It came as no surprise. They were coming off a season where they were ranked 31st in the league in total defense and gave up the most points in the league. They were set to move on from the aging Jared Allen and more importantly Johnson played for Mike Zimmer from 2009-2013 with the Cincinnati...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings, DT Tom Johnson finalize 3-year contract

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their three-year contract with defensive tackle Tom Johnson. The Vikings announced the deal Wednesday. Johnson was second on the team with a career-high 6 1/2 sacks, playing on a rotational basis behind starters Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph. His contract is worth as much as $7 million, including $3 million guaranteed...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Vikings Re-Signing Tom Johnson

The Vikings re-signed there most important free agent JUST before free agency begins this week. Tom Johnson has been re-signed to a 3 year deal worth 7 million dollars. The 31 year old was signed last year to a 1 year deal and over acheived by putting up 6.5 sacks and proving to be a viable assett to the Vikings defensive line rotation.It’s a good sign the Vikings made it a priority...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings Re-Signing DT Tom Johnson To A Three-Year, $7M Contract

Tom Pelissero reports that the Vikings are re-signing DT Tom Johnson to a three-year contract worth $7 million. According to Pelissero, Johnson’s agreement also includes $3 million guaranteed. Johnson’s agent, Bardia Ghahremani, told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press las week that his client was looking for a multi-year agreement, so it looks like they did a pretty good job of ...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting the Fate of the Vikings Current Free Agents

The Vikings don’t exactly have a loaded class of free agents for 2015, in fact, it’s a mildly gross group of guys. BUT, that doesn’t mean some of them won’t be coming back. Below is a quick breakdown of each free agent and our prediction if they will return in purple in 2015 or if their services will be taken elsewhere. Christian Ponder, Quarterback Years with the Vikings...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Vikings Free Agents Will be Back in 2015?

  The Minnesota Vikings have 13 players from the 2014 roster that could hit the open market in free agency (8 unresticted, 5 restricted) in 2015. The list of players includes two players who were starters in the season opener, reserves that were forced into starting roles during the season due to injuries and suspension, and players who were not able to find playing time during...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Free Agency: Defensive Line

A giant cloud of confusion and doubt is over the entire relationship between the Panthers and former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy this offseason.On July 15th, Hardy was given a guilty verdict by a Mecklenburg County judge. He has since appealed and his jury trial will start on Feb. 9. He is set to become a free agent on March 10.Hardy has told several players that he wants to...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

See Which Vikings Made the Naughy or Nice List for the 2014 Season

“I feel it in  my fingers,  I feel it in my toes.  Christmas is all around us and so the feeling grows….” Yes the immortal words of Billy Mack still ring true to this very day.  With Christmas upon us it’s time to look at the Minnestota Vikings  roster and coaches and see who’s been naughty or nice this year. OFFENSE Teddy Bridgewater QB – NICETeddy has developed...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to watch: Vikings at Lions

Three games remain in the season for the Minnesota Vikings to show their growth under new coach Mike Zimmer. Two road games the following two weeks will provide plenty of challenge for the young team and its first-year head coach. Minnesota travels to Detroit this week after officially being eliminated from the playoffs. The Vikings (6-7) can put a big dent in the Lions (9-4) playoff...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings down four starters for Sunday's game at Detroit

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mike Zimmer started Friday's press conference by stating the Detroit Lions at 9-4 are where the Minnesota Vikings would like to be. Getting to Detroit's level won't be easy with four starters declared out for this Sunday's road game against the Lions. Minnesota will be without three defensive starters in defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, rookie linebacker Anthony...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Crucial Matchups for Panthers in Minnesota

1. Panthers offensive tackles vs. Everson Griffen, Tom Johnson and Brian RobisonThe Vikings rewarded a relative unknown in Griffen with a big contract this offseason. Many people questioned why they gave him such a big contract. But he has shown what the front office saw in him and leads the Vikings with nine sacks; which is tied with DeMarcus Ware for ninth in the league. Johnson...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Defensive Improvement the Biggest Positive in Minnesota

Considering that the Vikings were ranked 31st in the league last year in total defense and gave up the most points in the NFL, they had nowhere to go but up this year. The question was how much better they would be. So far they have played better than expected. They are currently ranked 13th in the league in points per game (22.1) and are first in the NFL with 30 sacks. Mike Zimmer...
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November 01, 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...
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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