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Week 17 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears on Sunday, January 01, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Minessota Vikings came out as winners against their opponent Chicago Bears. Although already defeating the Vikings this year once, the Bears came into the game as a dissapointment. It was obvious they almost lost their faith with only three wins in the season.
Unlike the Bears, the Vikings have a lot to overcome, still. They won the game but can they stay strong? 38-10 was the final score and that is the strength they will need in the off season to come. The win was not a modest way to enter the 2017 season for the Vikings and the crowd loved it. Not all was perfect in the last season and they have plenty on their backs, and by playing this way, they are sure on the right track.
They didn’t make it to the playoffs nor win the division title and that is a big reason for the fans to be dissapointed. Let’s hope they learned the hard way and will make some changes game-wise and personnel-wise. All in all, they shined in this game and that was a great reminder for their fans to what exactly they can do on the field.
Week 16 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers on Saturday, December 24, 1:00 PM, Lambeau Field
The latest installment in the Packers-Vikings rivalry on 24th December at Green Bay, Wisconsin saw the Green Bay Packers crush the Minnesota Vikings 38-25. Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers performed excellently in this match, making up for his previous performance against the Vikings. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-6 with the Packers leading. The Green Bay defense was strong and allowed them to maintain a lead throughout most of the game. They scored 28 to the Vikings 15 in the first half with Rodgers accounting for all four scores.
With a score margin so wide, it was hard for the Minnesota Vikings to close the gap in the second half. Even Sam Bradford’s three touchdowns, including a 71-yard one, couldn’t save them The game also saw a stellar return of Jordy Nelson. He returned to his former playing level and had the Vikings changing their game plan to strategize how to stop him. Rodgers and Nelson’s excellent teamwork in connecting passes made the Packers unstoppable. The Green Bay Packers’ victory was almost like revenge for their last game with the Minnesota Vikings where they lost a close match 14-17.
Week 15 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, December 18, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 34-6. In what was one of the most noticeably worst performances of the season, they did not perform well in each phase of the game. The Vikings initially entered the game expecting to win the last 3 games of the season to make the playoffs. Bradford tossed for 291-yards having one interception and lost a fumble for the Vikings.
Andrew Luck tossed the final ball for two hundred and fifty yards and 2 touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts moved to a 34-6 triumph over Minnesota. Turbin scrambled for 2 touchdowns, Mike Adams constrained a fumble and included an interception attempt for the Colts 7-7 points.
F. Gore scrambled for 101 yards and Indianapolis dominated the Minnesota Vikings defense that is among the best in the NFL league. Peterson had only 22-yards on 6 conveys and lost a bumble in his 1st game back from a knee-injury for the Vikings.
But, Andrew Luck finished his twenty one of twenty eight passes and was scarcely touched throughout the game, hitting E. Swoope for a twenty seven yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter that gave the Colts a (17-0) point’s lead.
Week 14 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, December 11, 1:00 PM, EverBank Field
The Minnesota Vikings ousted the Jacksonville Jaguars with a final score of 25 to 16 during their match on Sunday. This was their 2nd win in 9 weeks. During the game, Matt Asiata got a score over a short touchdown run while Kai Forbath was responsible for 4 field goals.
Asiata got 3 chances to score but was stopped on a fourth and goal run smack in the 2nd quarter. He also fumbled right at the goal line during the 4th. However, these mistakes did not hurt the team against the rather hapless Jaguars, who were able to drop their 8th consecutive game. This is one of the worst seasons for Jacksonville, which fell to 0 to 6 at the EverBank Field.
The last time the Vikings won was September 25 at Caroline. This was all in good keeping, considering that if they had lost to the Jaguars, they would have drastically weakened their chances of a playoff. The Jaguars, on the other hand, have been solid in their prevention of long passes over the entire season. Before this match, they had allowed only 2 pass plays that were longer than 40 yards, only to give up 3 in the first half against the Vikings.
Week 13 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, December 01, 8:25 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Dallas Cowboys, who had 10 straight wins, hoped to improve their record to 11-1 best in the NFL, when they confronted the Minnesota Vikings at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Wilber had stripped the Minnesota Vikings punt returner Thielen and recouped the ball. This occurred at the Minnesota eight-yard line of thequarter final, hence setting up a touch-down in a seventeen to fifteen triumph over them for the Cowboys’ eleventh straight win.
The Dallas Cowboys running-game had also experienced considerable difficulties against Vikings defense, Wilber’s great play had a big impact to their win. They were held to a season-lows in focuses, in the 264 yards and 1st-downs thirteen and also trailed nine to seven when Wilber finally got to punch the ball out. Bryant got a eight yard touchdown go from his team-mate Prescott that helped the Dallas Cowboys eleven to one squeak it out. While Bryant completed with 4 catches for eighty four yards, including a fifty six yard leading to a set up a one yard TD by Elliott in the main half.
S. Bradford tossed a three yard touchdown go to McKinnon with twenty five seconds to play, yet his two point transformation toss cruised over Thielen’s head, prompting to the 6th loss in 7 games for the Minnesota Vikings 6-6. The Cowboys had only 2 turn-overs in the game, followed by a strip-sack of Robison by Prescort and also a fumble from the receiver L. Whitehead. This lead to an initial two giveaways in 5 games.
Week 12 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions on Thursday, November 24, 12:30 PM, Ford Field
Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions played an exciting game that ended in OT, Lions won 22:16 (3:0, 7:3, 0:6, 6:7, 6:0).
Matthew Stafford’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate in overtime gave Lions their win over the Minnesota Vikings. Tate managed to finish his opening drive by running through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith, a leap for victory.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that his team made yet another comeback: “Our guys have been able to do it. Not just once or twice, they’ve been able to do it a number of times.”
Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards. He had two touchdowns and an interception, and Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards. Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown for the Vikings. Vikings’ Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.
Despite the loss, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that: “For the first time in three weeks this team fought like I expected them to fight,” implying that he is satisfied with the level of commitment.
The Vikings were in the lead with 23 seconds of play left when Darius Slay intercepted the ball and set a game winning field goal. When Slay intercepted, he returned the pass 13 yard before he was tackled. The ball was ripped loose during the tackle, but the officials ruled that his knee was down.
Week 11 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 20, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Arizona Cardinals versus the Minnesota Vikings game, played four days ago was a season saver. The Vikings had lost four games in a row and their 30-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals broke it. A kick return for touchdown and 100-yard interception return did the trick for them. The credit for it goes to the defense. Defending a game against Carson Palmer of the Cardinals is not an easy feat. They won the game and topped the division. Sam Bradford went 20 for 28 for 169 yards with no interceptions. He completed by throwing a touchdown to Adam Thielen.
Though not an offensive game, Bradford held solidly under center. It was also Kai Forbath’s debut for the Vikings with a field goal to his name. It was for 27 yards run and earned his team three extra points. Matt Asiata of the offense had a two yard run in the second quarter. So there was a field goal and a total of two touchdowns in the 30 points for the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings game is noteworthy for various reasons. It is a feat that has been achieved by a team after 50 years in NFL history. The Dallas Cowboys did it last in 1962. In spite of all this, the Vikings’ per yard per carry statistics still needs improvement.
Week 10 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins on Sunday, November 13, 1:00 PM, FedEx Field
There was a do or die situation for both Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins in the game. After losing 3 games, Vikings had to do something big to win. But it was not that easy. Redskins were also fully prepared because they also knew how much they struggled to reach till there this year. But what happened then? Redskins defeated Vikings with final score of 26-20.
Vikings were planning of attack from last week. They worked on extra protection, short passes but there was still a lot of work they had to do for efficiency; but they failed. Vikings failed to punch the ball many a times but somehow they managed to pound Asiata 3 times. Vikings tried a lot to defeat but their most of tries seem to be unsuccessful. Collision is very common during the game within same team as well, but with every collision, players were injured badly. Statically, Washington is one of the worst teams in NFL against the run, but unfortunately, Vikings couldn’t take advantage of it. It is also said that the absence of Captain Munnerlyn is also one of the reason for the defeat of Vikings as they couldn’t manage team properly without him.
Week 9 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions on Sunday, November 06, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings saw the visitors run out 22-16 victors and the outcome hinged on Lions’ coach Jim Caldwell getting the clock reset with two crucial seconds late in the game. Detroit’s fifth come-from-behind victory this season owed much to the normally stoic Caldwell successfully arguing to have two seconds put back on the clock late in the fourth quarter of this overtime win. After converting a fourth-and-4, Minnesota needed to hang on for a less than two minutes. Detroit took their final timeout of regulation where Sam Bradford made an eight-yard pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs. He broke a tackle before diving forward to earn his team a 1st down at Detroit’s 3-yard line.
Initially, the play was ruled dead with just 1:11 left in overtime. A sideline conversation between the officials and Caldwell led to Detroit being awarded two crucial seconds. Replays confirmed that Diggs was already tackled and on the ground with 1:14 left to play. Three plays later, the Lions would score their go-ahead touchdown and they would hang on for a memorable win. The win leaves the Vikings on a three-game losing streak while the Lions became the first visiting team to win at the US Bank Stadium.
Week 8 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears on Monday, October 31, 7:30 PM, Soldier Field
The Minnesota Vikings were very ready to meet with the Chicago Bears during the North showdown. The Minnesota Vikings were embarrassed by the Bears on Halloween during their week eight games held on October 2016. The Vikings started off the game with offense and therefore struggled to establish a run. In the beginning, the Minnesota were very competitive, and they were able to start off the game on a high note until the drive went down and they were forced to pass the ball to the Bears. Having given up to the Chicago Bears, they were automatically locked on their ten-yard line where Chicago Bears took up offense from there.
After playing for a while, Howard finds a strategy, and he uses the hand tackles which resulted in a massive gain. The Minnesota Vikings fought them out of the end zone forcing the Chicago Bears to occupy the field goal making them score three goals against zero of the Vikings. The two teams traded punts for a while, and the Vikings defense put them in the end zone again. In the next match, the Bears had lead with six goals and after that thirteen against zero from the Vikings.
Week 7 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 PM, Lincoln Financial Field
Josh huff kickoff 98 yards to touch down, Carson Wentz also outplayed Sam Bradford which led the Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota 21-10 on Sunday. The Vikings suffer their first loss of the season from the hands of the eagles. Eagles break the last two game losing streak with a win while Eagles don’t look like the beaten time. Bradford come back to Philadelphia first time before the game since his trade to Minnesota. Eagles harassed and pressured their former quarterback and not allow to play the natural game which sacked his six times and forced him three turnovers this season.
The offense of the Eagles struggled had only generated the 239 yards and the firs fifteen downs, but they were lucky enough for the win. It was another week where Carson Wentz had looked more like a rookie than a superhuman. He continues to show the big flash of talent and had enough plays to keep their offense moving. After the terrible show against the Washington Redskins in the last game eagles have bounced back strongly
Week 5 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans on Sunday, October 09, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Vikings improve to five wins and no losses, staying undefeated, while the Texans lose their second game of the season.
The Texans did not have a great game on Sunday. They could not convert on third down very well, only once out of thirteen third downs were the able to get a first down. All they could do, passing wise, were short dump off passes that did not get them very far. And their rushing was meager, only twenty yards from Lamar Miller. In their two losses this season, the Texans sure have under performed as a team. They have been outscored by both New England and now the Vikings 58-13, or 45 points.
Brock Osweiler completed nineteen of his 42 passes, throwing for 184 yards, and threw one touchdown pass, and one interception in the game.
Sam Bradford completed 22 of his thirty passes, throwing for 271 yards, and threw two touchdown passes, and zero interceptions in the game.
Houston had a hard time scoring in the game. By the end of the first half, Minnesota had already scored 24 of their points, while the Texans scored six of theirs. The second half, both teams were only able to score seven each. By then, it was much too late, and Houston’s ability to hold the Vikings’s offense back was not enough.
Week 4 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants on Monday, October 03, 8:30 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings got an opportunity to give their best NFL’s defenses’ show in the U.S. Bank Stadium, and they show it in a big way. Vikings’ best defense gave just 10 points and continued their undefeated arrival with the victory of 24-10. The Score was held midway went through the second quarter.
Bradford connected Kyle Rudolph then extra point by Blair walk put the score towards 14-0. Rudolph got second place in Vikings and as its 25th match of his career. That was the moment when home team went into their locker room with a lead of 14-3. When a game has gone to minutes left in finishing the third quarter, Vikings was in the lead to 17-3. But josh brown worked and added some extra points to 17-10. Jerick Mckinnon took it all over, and the score was hitting at the 24-10 level when the game had remaining nine minutes to end. Walsh at the time tried harder to get that score. This made the Vikings 4-0 in the season of 2016 and got the reputation in the top three undefeated teams. Eli, this time again wasn’t performed well against Vikings. Vikings position of 4-0 in the regular season, put them hosting Houston Texans on a Sunday afternoon. Their hard work in the game paid them to win over New York Football Giants at night of Monday. Giants position dropped to 2-2, and they will move to Lambeau Field to confront Green Bay Packers.
Week 3 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 25, 1:00 PM, Bank of America Stadium
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers was the game to watch. Their history meeting are 13, and Minnesota Vikings are the ones leading 7-5 in the face to face match. They are 1-2 at Carolina Panthers and won there when a rookie by the name Christian ponder led them in a come from behind win in 2011. They presently met in 2014 November. The vikings are 2-0 while Carolina panthers are 1-1.
The biggest problem the Vikings have is their offensive. If Carolina Panthers want to win the game they have to shut down the running game and tee off Sam Bradford. Bradford looked very solid despite not knowing the playbook very well. The Vikings have a very strong receiver and thielen and Kyle Rudolph are also good strong players. Carolina Panthers are facing some problem in their offense line, with their key player having injuries like Jonathan Stewart, The Turner and Mike Remmers. Stewart might miss two weeks due to injuries his facing. Both offensive line are facing problems and each of their defenses will have a successful game.
Week 2 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 18, 8:30 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
In the first regular-season contest at brand new U.S. Bank-Stadium, Minnesota’s $1.1 billion football venue, Sam Bradford, the new Vikings quarterback, led his team to a 17-14 victory over the Packers. In a primetime clash between these two NFC North rivals, one of those rare times in the recent history that the Packers didn’t have the better quarterback Sunday. Bradford, acquired at the very-end of the preseason from the Eagles following Teddy Bridgewater knee-injury, threw for 286-yards and 2 touch-downs in his first-start for the Minnesota Vikings.
And who could have imagined that Bradford, in his-first-start for Minnesota, would outduel Aaron Rodgers? Rodgers threw one touch-down and one late interception, as the Vikings defeated Green Bay Packers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Aaron Rodgers completed only 27.3 per-cent of his passes thrown over 10 yards downfield. Bradford’s favorite-target was Stefon Diggs, who had 9 catches for 18- yards and a touch-down. Bradford completed 22-of-31 passes and no turnovers.
However, putting it mildly, the Minnesota ground-game was troublesome. Penalties were their biggest issue all-night. Green Bay appeared to be in good position to tie or win this game late, however, in spite of the offensive struggles. They, however, did not get any further as Vikings corner-back Trae Waynes intercepted Rodgers’ 3rd-down pass intended-for Davante Adams.
Star running-back Adrian Peterson completed with only 19 yards on 12 carries. He left this game in the third-quarter due to a right-knee injury and did not return. With 3-seconds to play, Sam Bradford dropped back, heaving a pass out-of-bounds to end this game. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay’s receiver will-forever have the first-touchdown in the Minnesota’s new stadium, a 1 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in the first-quarter, giving Packers a 7-0 lead. Green Bay hosts the Detroit Lions, who’re 1-1 following a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the last-minute on Sunday.
Week 1 of NFL Season 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 PM, Nissan Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings exercised their Week 1 theme ” Do Your Job” to secure a splendid win over Tennessee Titans. The game was by a wide margin immaculate, however a great deal of coarseness and somewhat streak went far, and the Vikings ended up as the winner 25-16.
Indeed, this was a game that gave Vikings fans blended feelings all through, and going into halftime down 10-0 started to start recollections of last season. Upon further survey, it wasn’t almost as awful as it at first appeared, with Blair Walsh missing his initial two field goal chances of the season leaving the Titans with a huge zero going into halftime.
In the principal half of the game that style of offense kept Titan defenders on their heels. The protection was still firm permitting just the one touchdown in the primary half on an especially astonishing solo exertion from DeMarco Murray.Then, the Vikings defense went to work after a poor first half, walloping Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota into a progression of opportune turnovers.
Clearly, from that game, Minnesota Vikings head Mike Zimmer and hostile facilitator Norv Turner are likely to relook at their offense taking after a dreary first half, yet that protective tape can presumably hold up.On the off chance that Mike Mularky can show Mariota and whatever is left of his offense to ace the super smooth transitioning on hold of scrimmage, where he moved and slid tight finishes and running backs to wide beneficiary positions and all over the line of scrimmage that group is going to wind up a troublesome one to cover.
Week 4 of NFL Preseason 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, September 01, 8:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
Thursday night saw a big NFL preseason match when Vikings played hosts to the Rams. The match had many thrilling performances by players of both teams. Pressley and Kearse Jayron had a very great and accurate formation and they caught the crowd almost all the time. A few remarkable faults in the game include that of Alexander Mackensie who gave the Rams the first breakthrough.
The Wide receiver Wright was also a great day’s player with almost four passes in the 36 yards range. For Presley, it was easy to score and he utilized every opportunity that came along. He seems to bring in Mexican tactics to the game and they are working out well. Rams defenders had a hard time stopping Treadwell who seems very fit for this season. His moves were accurate and yielding.
Although the Vikings won the match, it was a combination of poor Rams defense play and opportunity utilization. They need to work on ball feeding to Presley who is now a very great attacker for the team. The Rams needs some team organization and training to cover all the loopholes. With the season nearing, this game might indicate how they perform later.
Week 3 of NFL Preseason 2016: Minnesota Vikings vs San Diego Chargers on Sunday, August 28, 1:00 PM, U.S. Bank Stadium
The Vikings started with a fast down pass for Stefon Diggs.Hes was well covered by a 45-yard run by Jerick McKinnon right through the line.
Teddy Bridgewater proved his abilities by getting 3 out of the 5 possessions Minnesota acquired in the first half. Trae Waynes hooked up with Harrison Smith to make one of the best interceptions for the first half. This saw Vikings picking up for the game.
Badger made the first touchdown for the Vikings in their new stadium. Bridgewater continued his surprises by making 161 yards with a touchdown in the first half.
Although Laquon Treadwell managed just one reception for day, he pushed Vikings to the top. He helped Vikings get a 20-10 lead during the third quarter from his two-point conversion.
Rudolph was not left out for the day’s struggle. He pulled up for a touchdown against San Diego. However, all in all during the second quarter the Chargers made a goal. They managed a 23-10 lose art US Bank Stadium.
Vikings will be taking Los Angeles in their next preseason encounter.
Week 2 of NFL Preseason 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, August 18, 10:00 PM, CenturyLink Field
Over in Century Link Field after fighting against an 11 – 0 at half time it looked like the Seattle Seahawks were pressing towards victory against the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The game ended 18 – 11 for the visitors but it was an exciting game by most measures.
Seattle fans would most likely have been disheartened at the end of the first half having scored no points but thanks to Boykin there was a glimmer of hope of victory. Coming off a 17 – 16 pre season opener against Cansas city fans of the Seahawks would have been feeling optimistic.
Minnesota had one offensive touchdown which came in the second quarter. With the Vikings adding a field goal to their tally it did make for a difficult comeback for Seahawks. There is a short break for the Seahawks players before they face the Dallas Cowboys at the Century Link field. They will look to take the positives from their match against the Vikings and translate it into victory.
An exciting and very close game filled with exciting players to watch as well as offering the fans a lot of action. I’m sure we look forward to having an exciting season ahead.
Week 1 of NFL Preseason 2016: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, August 12, 7:30 PM, Paul Brown Stadium
The game saw quite a tussle between the teams who tried to iron out their own deficiencies and was quite evident throughout the proceedings of the game. The first half clearly belonged to the hosts as they rallied home by drawing the first blood as their rookies showed admirable resolutions. AJ Maccaron and Andy Dalton showed a lot of agility and grit as they pushed forward but were unable to score. But the man to look forward to on the field was Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings though should improve upon their defense and protect Bridgewater more often and regularly if they want to extract the maximum benefit from him.
Also, Shaun hill and Joel Stave in first and second half played the perfect second fiddle perfectly. The game did not have any major injuries, but as the season begins, the injured players from last season should cope up more and stay away from any physical trauma.
Minnesota Vikings NFL season 2015 recap
The Minnesota Vikings made the playoffs. You certainly saw how Teddy Bridgewater was able to progress under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner was able to make sure that a player like Bridgewater had a number of great checkdown options, stuff that wouldn’t stress the young quarterback out.
The development of Bridgewater’s relationship with Stefon Diggs is what Vikings really have to look forward to in the future. Diggs is an emerging star out of Maryland, and he was able to show up at times when a high priced star like Mike Wallace was not able to do so. Wallace is one of those players that can run a tremendous go route, but I would not say that you can depend upon Wallace in order to get things done and come up with a big play.
Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith were the leaders on the defense that the Vikings needed in order to make it to to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. You also started to see the emergence of Everson Griffin as a major sack and pressure presence in the game. Griffin is one of those players that is really finding his way in the league after coming out of USC and Vikings fans will be very happy with him for years to come.
Wild Card Weekend of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, January 10, 1:05 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The game between Seahawks and Vikings was played on Sunday where Seahawks emerged as the winners with a 10-9 victory over their opponents. This was the game with the highest number of viewers over the weekend. The game set a great mark in the history of NFL games after being played at a temperature of -6 degrees. As a show to fans support appreciation, the Vikings gave out Caribou coffee and free hand warmers to keep the fans warm.
The Seahawks didn’t make a score until Wilson made a short but accurate touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin in the 4th quarter. Adrian Peterson Fumbled with the ball on the next position giving a chance of a field foal to Steven Hauschka.
The Vikings however, took the ball at 39-yard line for the deciding drive with only 1.42 minutes left and were helped by a pass interference penalty on Kam Chancellor who drove straight in Seattle’s side. After the Vikings exhausted the clock for an inevitable win, Walsh lost the winner after he had made three attempts.
Chancellor missed a tackle after ripping the ball away from Peterson on a strenuous end of Kyle’s 24-yard reception. This left the Vikings ahead to the 18 having 1:26 left. Peterson had three more carries living the Vikings yard short of a first down. Despite the tough battle between the two, Seahawks managed to defeat the team that was seen to be a great challenge.
Week 17 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers on Sunday, January 03, 1:00 PM, Lambeau Field
The NFL decided to flex its schedule to fit the Vikings at Packers game in their Sunday Night Football time slot since this game would also decide the winner of the NFC North. It was set to be a close, hard-fought game that would glue fans to their seats and leave them wanting more. However, this is not what we were presented with.
Unfortunately, we saw the once mighty Packers struggle with their passing game yet again. They were forced to rely heavily on the run game but could not do so without committing penalties. The Packers seemed to be able to get no where while Minnesota was running circles around Green Bay. The Vikings went into halftime with a 6-3 lead and continued to press forward in the second half. By the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 20-3 and a Packers victory seemed distant.
This was coupled with the fact that the Packers had multiple turnovers, one of them being in the redzone. The Packers tried to find their way back into it and once again put the game on the line with their very last play. This time however, the Packers were not able to convert. The Vikings won the game 20-13 and were able to secure first place in the NFC North in years.
Week 16 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants on Sunday, December 27, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
It’s difficult to picture a scenario where the Minnesota Vikings could have confirmed their place in the playoffs with a more commanding victory than the one they ran away with against the New York Giants. With a 49-17 win, Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater should be impressed with the performance of the squad under his leadership. The Vikings extended their winning streak at home with the win that vaults them close to the league’s greatest prize. Their commanding performance over the Giants should serve as notice to the next team before them that they have come to play as the stakes get higher.
Adrian Peterson proved his value to the team with 104 running yards and a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Jerick McKinnon scored twice in the fourth quarter to seal the fate of the Giants. Eli Manning is no doubt reviewing game tape and trying to re-assess the three interceptions that he allowed throughout the game. One could expect that hard decisions may be ahead for the Giants who have now been excluded from the post season for four straight years. The Giants’ strong start to the season had many predicting that they could go all the way, which just goes to show that anything can (and will) happen in the NFL.
Week 15 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 20, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The game between Bears and Vikings was played on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium where Vikings emerged the winners with 38-17 win. The bears took the starting kickoff to the 50 but they had the first snap of the game and were called back on holding a penalty. The Vikings on the other hand took their initial drive for thirteen plays and 93 yards. Peterson was not running into the line and was shortly controlled by Teddy Bridgewater Lamarr Houston was the one to give Vikings the first touch down through an offside penalty and Bridgewater found Diggs 15 yards that let them to take the early lead.
The following drive for the Bears was brief and uneventful because Cutler was wrapped up and pushed down since he badly threw his arm. Bears were therefore forced to punt immediately. On the second and 8 of the following drive, Bridgewater found McKinnon again for 30 yards. After a sack from Willie Young, Wash Blair knocked a 53 yards home making it a 10-0 score.
The Bears were found in a little offense of their own since Jeremy Langford picked up 16 on 3 plays. Cutler found Mariani for 14 yards and pushed into Vikings territory. Cutler was sacked immediately for 9 yards and the Bears were forced to punt again. In the next play, Bridgewater dumped it to McKinnon just before Hurst Dove into his upper leg. The game ended with the Bears beating Vikings 38-17.
Week 14 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, December 10, 8:25 PM, University of Phoenix Stadium
The Arizona Cardinals are going to look back at this game and thank one Dwight Feeney who earlier on had no team and it was already a month into the season. When they came calling and he obliged, he proved why he shouldn’t have considered retirement at all. Stripping the ball from the Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater with five seconds to spare on the clock, Feeney deprived the Vikings a chance at field goal and this proved to be the deciding factor in the Cardinals win of 23 – 20. In a closely contested game that saw a lot of life in it.
Chandler Catanzaro also had a glorious moment when his 47 yard field goal that came with one minute and twenty three seconds to go was the winner for the Cardinals. Vikings, who were playing with a defense that had no regular starters, really gave the Cardinals a great game even though they won. Carson Palmer also had a great game by throwing 310 yards and two touchdowns and if Seattle loses at Baltimore then the NFC West is securely theirs. This was a really great game overall and it proved to show hat a great player Feeney is in the field.
Week 13 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 06, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
This game was never really close, after Seattle scored their first touchdown. Right now they are in line to score the second wild card spot (Minnesota occupies the first one). They did a good job winning a big game for them, this win could come in handy at the end of December. We are not that far away from deciding who will go to the playoffs.
Russell Wilson completed 21 of his 27 passes, throwing for 274 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown in the game. He had nine rushes for 51 yards.
Teddy Bridgewater completed seventeen of his 28 passes, throwing for 118 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. He also fumble the ball in the game, but they did not have more than one turnover in the game.
The only touchdown that Minnesota scored was in the third quarter; whereas Seattle scored at least a field goal in all quarters (and at bare minimum a touchdown for the first three quarters). Seattle scored fourteen points in the second and the third quarter. A member of the Vikings, Cordarrelle Peterson, did return a kick 101 yards for the only touchdown in the game. At least the only touchdown they scored was interesting.
Week 12 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 29, 1:00 PM, Georgia Dome
Vikings had a wonderful 20-10 win over their opponents Falcons. The vikes took a massive win as Adrian Peterson bounced back and forth and ran for 158-yard and Minnesota picked a 10 fourth-quarter which saw them attain their away victory. As for the Atlanta players, Matt Ryan went on with his uneven play and tossed two interceptions including one interception on third and goal.
In the first quarter, Falcons Tevin Coleman running back burst in the secondary. Unfortunately Vikings Linebacker Antony Barr popped the ball after a 46-yard run. Falcons Desmond Trufant defense, was blocked by the receive Wallace from scoring. However, Viking’s Andrew Peterson scored later.
In the second quarter after an interception, Falcon put together 67-yard 15 play that was scrapped by Shane Graham and kicked a 31-yard field goal. Flacons were therefore back in the game with a 7-3.
In the third quarter, Coleman scored a touchdown that would have put the Falcons in 10-7 match result. However, Tight end Tony Moeki was called for pinning on the run’s backside.
During the fourth Quarter, the falcons added a cheap and late touchdown of 1-yard pass. The game ended with a win of Vikings 20 and Falcons 10.
Week 11 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 22, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The Green Bay Packers walked away with a much well deserved win over the Minnesota Vikings by overcoming them 30 – 13. This win means that they are in the race for the title division after the win which came after a three game losing streak. The Packers pass rush was also evident in this game as they recorded a total of six sacks. Eddie Lacy as well as James Jones had a really comfortable game and their stellar performance was a surprise considering the stats that they had coming into this game. Facing the Chicago Bears next won’t be easy for the Packers but they can head into this with a little optimism.
The defense of the Packers did not look as convincing though and they need to head to head into the next game having made amends to this. Corey Linsey and Hyde suffered injuries and were unable to return to the field so this could prove to be a blow for them. This game was however great to watch and really packed a lot of energy for some plays and any fan that watched this was at least thrilled and especially the Packers fans who in recent weeks have been wondering when will they win again.
Week 10 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 15, 4:05 PM, O.co Coliseum
It was the Vikings taking on the Raiders at the latter’s own playing ground. This game was a trending talk of the town topic thanks to the much quality that the players gave out throughout the game. The winners of the day were however the Vikings as they topped their opponents in a 30-14 win on points. After the loss, the Raiders can now shift their attention to the upcoming game with the Lions in an effort to bolster much of their lost glory to the Minnesota’s much loved football team. Though the Raiders did really show some high quality offensive display much of the game’s control aspects were however showered unto the Vikings who made sure that the Raiders threats were neutralized from all corners. In the press conference briefing, Ravens coach Mr. Del Rio attributed their loss to lots of defensive errors; a move which his key players acknowledged and promised to work on further. To the Vikings this was just but another celebratory feat has for their last five games for most part has been nothing but winnings. For the both teams this was truly a defying moment in an effort to live up to the huge expectations which has always been levered onto the teams.
Week 9 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs St. Louis Rams on Sunday, November 08, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The Rams at Vikings was held in Minnesota and saw the Vikings win 21-18 against the Rams. The Vikings started the game on a lighter note but the overtime saw them win over their counterparts. Vikings showed the Rams how it is done. Adrian Peterson had a touchdown on 29 carries and went for 125 yards. This is one of the actions that gave Vikings a win. Vikings rarely get a penalty because they always play by the set rules. The game went on overtime and that is what led to the Vikings win.
There is no doubt that Vikings have gained a lot of points over Rams. It was unfortunate for the Rams to lose since they are the 6th best when it comes to defense. The game was tough but there has to be a winner and a loser in any game. The players had their own views regarding how the game was played. Some of the Vikings players were of the opinion that the Rams did not play the game fairly. No matter was conspired between these two teams; the winner went home with smiles on their faces. It is tough but they managed to pull it off and emerged the winner by 21 points.
Week 8 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears on Sunday, November 01, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
The Vikings appeared to be losing the late Sunday afternoon game against the Bears when a touchdown was made 5 minutes remaining hence leading a 20 – 13 advantage but the vikings caught up easily because of the struggling receiving corps. The vikings pulled up a 23 – 20 win. Though the vikings seemed to be losing this game, it ended up being Minnesota’s first win in Chicago since 2007. Adrian Peterson broke through the Bear’s defense and he ended up carrying the club’s offense for most of the day.
The vikings came up strong with this win. The Bears had beaten the viking 13 out of 14 match-ups played in Chicago.The Bears had also won seven straight match-ups against the Vikings at Soldier field.
The Vikings defense consisted of the most feared tacklers of the season. The Vikings also had to see off some of the best players due to injuries, Diggs, who had six catches on Sunday and now has a total of 25 catches on the season, made a very big impact on the game. With about 27 seconds remaining Charles Johnson came back for the Vikings. The 26-year-old 6-2 receiver scored a 36-yard game winning field goal for the Minnesota Vikings. The determination and willingness of the Minnesota Vikings led them to victory over the Chicago Bears.
Week 7 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 25, 1:00 PM, Ford Field
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions in an NFC North showdown 28-19 behind the quarterbacking of Teddy Bridgewater. Detroit took an early lead in the game but couldn’t hang on once the Vikings cranked up their pass rush and Bridgewater caught fire with his passing.
In the first quarter, Detroit’s Calvin Johnson caught a 46-yard pass and finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a fade route. The Vikings answered with a field goal. The Lions scored another touchdown on an Eric Ebron reception from the 6-yard line and it looked like it was going to be Detroit’s day, but it wasn’t to be. The two teams traded two long field goals in the second quarter and the Vikings scored a touchdown and another field goal as the Lions held on to a 17-15 lead at halftime.
The Vikes took the lead in the third when Stefon Diggs caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater. They added field goals in both the third and fourth quarters. Detroit scored a safety for their only points of the second half when the Vikings punter purposely ran out of the back of the end zone with a minute left in the game.
The Vikings defense sacked Stafford 7 times. Minnesota’s rookie receiver, Diggs, caught 6 passes for 108 yards. It looks like Minny got a steal in the fifth round with him. Bridgewater was 25/35 passing and 316 yards with 2 touchdowns for a great game from Teddy. Adrian Peterson had a 75-yard run for the Vikes but couldn’t do much else on the day.
Detroit’s rookie defensive tackle, Caraun Reid, had a good game in keeping Minnesota’s run game mostly in check. Stafford was 18/26 for 256 yards while running for his life from the Vikings pass rushers.
Minnesota is eyeing a playoff spot with a 4-2 record while Detroit, at 1-6, might consider tanking the rest of the season to position itself for a high draft pick.
Week 6 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, October 18, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
After a victory in his first preseason game as a head instruct, Mike Zimmer will lead the Minnesota Vikings towards the Arizona Cardinals.
In closing week’s victory, Matt Asiata rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to lead the Vikings in the 10-6 victory over Oakland. Unfastened agent signing Kurt Coleman additionally intercepted a bypass. This game marks the first preseason meeting between Minnesota and Arizona since 2004.
This can mark the very last domestic preseason recreation in 2014. The Vikings will go back to TCF financial institution Stadium Week 2 of the everyday season to keep the Vikings two-year stay at the campus of the college of Minnesota. The Vikings will play the 2014 and 2015 falls at TCF bank Stadium while the team’s new stadium is being constructed downtown on the equal site because the Metrodome. Subsequent Saturday the Vikings will tour to Kansas metropolis to play the Chiefs in their third preseason recreation while Arizona will host Cincinnati on Sunday.
Week 4 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos on Sunday, October 04, 4:25 PM, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
The Broncos took on the Minnesota Vikings in Denver and took a quick lead, earning 13 points in the first quarter, while bringing Minnesota’s offense to a stop. It seemed the Broncos had an easy win for the day, but with the Vikings intercepting one of Peyton Manning’s passes the game was 13-10 by the end of the second quarter. Despite the presence of a comeback, Denver extended their lead once more to 20-10 in the 3rd quarter.
Minnesota’ star running back, Adrian Peterson, took matters into his own hands and led a charge that put the game back to a 3 point difference. Afterwards the Vikings earned a field goal to tie the game at 20-20. However, in the 4th quarter, Manning shrugged aside his setbacks and came out gunning the ball. He hit a 17-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders and then on the next play hit Bennie Fowler for 11 yards. CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman moved the chains until Denver was set up for a 39-yard field goal attempt. With just under 2 minutes to go, Denver’s kicker, Brandon McManus, took center stage at this crucial moment.
Keeping his perfect record for the season, McManus made the field goal bringing Denver to a 3 point lead at 23-20. It was up to Denver’s defense to clinch the win and they pulled it off. Denver took the victory keeping their perfect record for this season.
Week 3 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs San Diego Chargers on Sunday, September 27, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings took on the San Diego Chargers on home turf Sunday September, 27. Vikings’ defense smashed the Chargers’ offensive line and took down Philip Rivers. Everson Griffen was a master at bullying blockers and was in Rivers’ dome all game long earning him 6 tackles, two sacks, and a pass defender. It was obvious that Mike Zimmer’s philosophy Sunday was Blitz, blitz, blitz, then repeat. The philosophy worked with interrupting Rivers’ quick passing game.
Adrian Peterson took some time getting going during the game, but the second half bruising back bulldozed defenders. He obliterated a defender with a stiff arm, running through Eric Weddle as if the safety was invisible for a 43-yard TD. Coming back strong, Peterson scored twice on Sunday. He had not had a TD since 2013. Holding at 126 yards on the ground.Teddy Bridgewater also struggled to get the act together early in the first part of the game, throwing off his back foot although steading later when the ground game started.
Bridgewater got his opening when Chargers corner Jason Verrett went out with a foot injury and Brandon Flowers was inactive due to a different injury, depleting the San Diego secondary count press receivers. Though the biggest headline of the game would be Norv Turner’s return to Minnesota Vikings stadium after he was fired from the Vikings back in 2012.
Week 2 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM, TCF Bank Stadium
The Detroit lions slumped to their second defeat on Sunday the 20th. In front of a crowd of slightly over 52,000, their hosts, the Minnesota Vikings at their home ground, the TCF Bank stadium in Minneapolis, thrashed the Detroit lions. This loss puts the Lions already (0-2) down in a tight spot with Denver who improved (2-0) on the same weekend, coming to the ford field this weekend. The Vikings were happy with the results, as they equaled their scores at (1-1). In addition, the Vikings were able to end the two-game losing streak to the lions with the win.
Although, the Lions knew they would be seeing more of Paterson, they did little to prepare for him. On the other hand, the Vikings came to make a statement, and this, they did immediately after the start of the game with an early touchdown by Kyle Rudolph. The Lions never looked any threatening until late in the second quarter when they reduced the deficit to 17-10. Stafford was never near accuracy for the Lions while Bridgewater, on the other side looked to be far much accurate. Overall, it was an entertaining game and we will wait to see what comes out of the weekends other big games.
Week 1 of NFL Season 2015: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers on Monday, September 14, 10:20 PM, Levis Stadium
A new attitude has come to the San Francisco 49ers with the hiring of Mike Singletary as the head coach. The 49ers are in the same division with the Arizona Cardinals; the reigning NFC West champs. Since they are so well coached the 49ers have a higher chance of winning in overall over the NFC West taking into consideration that they rather weak. The 49ers have to compete for the division crown that will get them in the playoffs regardless of whether they are in a weak division or not.
Even If the San Francisco 49ers won’t worry about the teams in their own division, they need to worry about other potential NFC contenders the likes of the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers among others.
If you are looking for the Hawks offense to explode on the soft 49ers’ secondary, this team; the 49ers gave up more than 40 points to Kansas City, Chicago and San Diego. They also gave up 38 to Philadelphia and 34 to Arizona.
Minnesota Vikings Season 2014
The Minnesota Vikings finished the season third in the NFC Northern Division with 7 wins and 9 losses. They did not make it to the playoffs though, so you have to wait for next NFL season to watch Minnesota Vikings games again. There was talk of Teddy Bridgewater being named Rookie of the Year but considering the team’s season, it seems unlikely to happen. Mike Wobschall did say that Teddy had proven himself as a quarterback.
The Green Bay Packers have proven to be the team’s Achilles heel again with the Packers thrashing them in both games – with the last game a disastrous loss at 42-10. They, in turn, crushed the Atlanta Falcons 41-28 in the very next game.
Week 17 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 28, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
While neither team had anything to play for, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings always play each other tough. The two long time rivals always want to beat each other, and Sunday was no exception. The Bears quarterback Jay Cutler came back after his one game benching and did not turn the ball over, however the offense seemed out of sync all day. The Bears could only accumulate 254 yards of total offense and 12 total first downs. Running back Matt Forte only rushed for 51 yards and star receiver Alshon Jeffery had 2 receptions for 34 yards. This late season collapse by the Bears which led them to a 5 and 10 record, there worst in 10 years.
These results would lead to the firing of Bears coach Marc Trestman after just two years. On the other side, the Vikings finished 7 and 9 under first year coach Mike Zimmer. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had another decent day, throwing for 209 yards and the go ahead 44-yard pass in the fourth. Bridgewater finished his rookie year with 2919 yards passing, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in only 13 games. Overall Bridgewater finished with a 6 and 6 record and has Vikings fans looking towards the future in a positive light. Another future star, Matt Asiata rushed for 91 yards and the Vikings seem to be building something towards next season.
Week 16 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 21, 1:00 PM, Sun Life Stadium
The Miami Dolphins came from behind to erase a 14 point deficit to defeat the Minnesota Vikings after having trailed until the dying minutes of the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, two quick successive scores handed Miami a 7 point lead and gave the Vikings a ninety one percent likelihood of clinching the game.
In response, the Dolphins manufactured an 11 play, 80 yard drive to bring both teams level with a minute and sixteen seconds of play left. The probability of a Viking’s win was bumped up to 40 percent but Minnesota was still projected to concede until a special team’s play changed their fortunes.
With only 41 seconds left, Dolphin’s Terrence Fede blocked a punt for safety thereby handing Miami a tight 37-35 triumph. Fede’s block notwithstanding, the Dolphin’s were still favorites to win with a 77 percent probability with possession of the ball and only in need of a solitary field goal to take the game.
Minnesota, who in similar fashion wasted a two-touchdown cushion in a loss to the Lions in the previous week, failed to hold on to their leads against a formidable Miami side.Lamar Millar’s plunge from a yard’s range on a third down just at the beginning of the fourth quarter put the Minnesota ahead for the first in the entire game and they never looked back
Week 15 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 14, 1:00 PM, Ford Field
The Detroit Lions sit atop the NFC North thanks to a 16-14 win versus the Minnesota Vikings and the Bill’s upset of the Green Bay Packers in Buffalo.
The Vikings didn’t go quietly, limiting Matthew Stafford to 153 yards and 1 TD on 17 for 28 passing and keeping Calvin Johnson in check to the tune of a mere 53 yards receiving. On the other hand, the better Johnson in week 15 was Charles Johnson of the Vikings who is emerging as a legitimate weapon for Teddy Bridgewater, hauling in 5 catches for 77 yards. Bridgewater, meanwhile, continues to look like a real NFL quarterback, unlike Johnny Football. Bridgwater threw for for 315 yards on an efficient 31 for 41 passing, but ultimately also threw two costly interceptions late in the second quarter of the game. The Lions didn’t do much to take advantage of the turnovers, but two Matt Parter field goals were all they needed to tack on to come away with the W.
The Lions now control their own destiny as they lead the division and face the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay in two weeks. Although the offense didn’t show it Sunday, it’s good enough to support its formidable defense and make a serious run in the playoffs if they can get by their next two foes.
Week 14 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs New York Jets on Sunday, December 07, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
The game was competitive as the score ended at a 24-30 giving Minnesota the win. This was after the game had an overtime after having a tie in the last quarter. Here is a breakdown of how the scores were all through the game. In the first quarter the Vikings scored 14 points while the Jets scored 12 points. In the second quarter, the Vikings still lead the score sheet recording 7 points. The Jets on the other hand scored 3 points only bringing the game to half break. The half time score was 21-15 with the Jets behind.
In the second half, the Jets came with a lot of pressure to the leading Vikings. In that first quarter, the Jets scored 3 points with the Vikings recording no score. In the final quarter, Jets scored 6 points while the Vikings recorded 3 points only. This brought the game to a tie and the match had to be awarded extra time to settle the score. It was unfortunate for the Jets as Vikings scored 6 points giving them the lead in the score sheet. The game therefore ended with the Minnesota Vikings taking the winning position against the Jets at 24-30.
T. Bridgewater of the Vikings recorded 2 touchdowns over 309 yards and 1 interception. C. Ivory of the Jets had 16 carries over 73 yards. P. Harvin of the Jets recorded 6 receives over 124 yards and 1 touchdowns.
Week 13 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers on Sunday, November 30, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
The Minnesota Vikings were able to catch some breaks on special teams, while also getting a solid performance from wide out Greg Jennings. The Vikings were able to defeat the Carolina Panthers by a 31-13 score. The Vikings were able to put Cam Newton on the ground with numerous sacks from Shariff Floyd and Everson Griffen. The Vikings did not even run that many plays in the game, only setting up thirty six in total. You have to be happy with the five carries that Ben Tate was able to give you in the game, as you realize that Matt Asiata may be more comfortable picking up blitzers like Ben Jacobs.
You are starting to see Teddy Bridgewater develop a solid relationship with Charles Johnson. Johnson was able to do some great work on a couple of catches against some credible corners like Josh Norman and Roman Harper. Roman Harper is a corner that can get turned around somewhat and the Vikings were able to also use Jarius Wright in the game. Wright caught two passes in the game, as the team’s best overall deep threat. The fact that the Vikins were able to get Kyle Rudolph ready for the game was a factor that really tamped down on some of the efforts of the Panthers linebackers.
Week 12 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 23, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
The Green Bay Packers faced the Minnesota Vikings at the TCF bank stadium, where they won over the Vikings with three points. The overall score was Green Bay Packers 24 and Minnesota Vikings 21 points. According to Vikings coach, Mike Zimmer, Matt Asiata was unable to play against the Bay Packers due to a condition that he suffered ten weeks ago and would require a clearance from a neurologist so as to play in the next game against the Panthers. Aaron Rodgers gave a nice throw of 209 yards and two touch downs which was pivotal in the winning of the Packers against the Vikings.
This led to Viking’s Matt Kalil confronting a fan after the game after their loss, while Phil Loadholt left the game with a torn pectoral muscle which will require him to undergo a surgery and have him miss the rest of the season’s games. Vikings loss might have been due to the many players that have suffered injuries this season. However, Vikings coach still believes that they can make without the injured players participating in the rest of the season. On the other side, the Packers played a good game and their coordination helped them win.
Week 11 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears on Sunday, November 16, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
The Minnesota Vikings came out with guns blazing but lost steam to lose 13-21 to their hosts, Chicago Bears. The Bears were given a big scare in the first quarter, going down 0-10 to their guests, the Vikings. This must have shaken them out of slumber because in the second quarter, they repaid the Vikings in kind, winning the quarter 14-0. The third quarter was a tough affair for both teams, each trying to out do the other. It ended at 0-0. In the final and penultimate quarter, it was the hosts who once again showed their mettle, prevailing to win it 7-3.
The results only helped to level the season records for both teams. Both of them are at 4-6, a record of below average performers.However, it was the Bears who had the last laugh for several reasons. One, this was their first home victory of the season. Secondly, it was only their second victory in seven matches. This was a morale booster for them and evidence that they still have what it takes to win matches. Both teams have their work cut out. They need to sharpen their offenses and defenses as they prepare to face their upcoming opponents.
Week 9 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Washington Redskins on Sunday, November 02, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
Minnesota and Washington played a back and forth game, trading leads six different times until the Vikings won the game. The biggest highlight of the game was the return of Robert Griffin for Washington. His return was not sensational nor was it bad, it was average. He threw for 251 yards and a touchdown, and ran for twenty-four yards. He had one interception and was sacked five times.
The star of the game for Washington was Alfred Morris. The star running back rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Morris’ co-star of the game, DeSean Jackson caught four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings had the better players on this day as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 268 yards and a touchdown. He passed the ball to eight different receivers, and did turn the ball over once. The Vikings all-star for the game was Matt Asiata, as he scored three touchdowns. He only carried the ball ten times for twenty-six yards, but he made it all count.
Washing is heading into a bye week, which they need to help them recover from the last minute loss. The Vikings are getting a bye this week, giving their team a rest. The bye may not be a benefit for the young team as they have just built some momentum to their season and the bye week could stop the momentum they have built.
Week 8 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, October 26, 1:00 PM, Raymond James Stadium
Chase Ford was a key in the Vikings 19-13 win over the Buccaneers, Ford caught 6 passes for 61 yards in the game. We cannot deny the impact that having Chad Greenway in the lineup can have for the Vikings. Due to the stability that is created by Greenway at linebacker, a young star like Anthony Barr can have more success. You want to be able to say that players like Xavier Rhodes are starting to become comfortable with the scheme set up by defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.
The Vikings were able to capitalize on the fact that Bucs running back Doug Martin had to leave the game with a foot injury. Martin had proven to be difficult to bring down earlier in the game. Jasper Brinkley was able to patrol a number of areas and reach the boundaries, thus making some difficult tackles. Jerico McKinnon continues to handle the majority of the running load for the Vikings, but it should be easier to defeat a team with a decimated defensive line like the Bucs. Matt Asiata has to get more than four carries in a game in order for the Vikings to win the future. Teddy Bridgewater was able to capitalize on a confused Bucs secondary late in the game. Jarius Wright only caught three passes in the game, he showed a certain amount of frustration about not being able to get open more.
Week 7 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 19, 1:00 PM, Ralph Wilson Stadium
The Bills won on the scoreboard Sunday against the Vikings, 17-16. They were able to make Teddy Bridgewater feel very uncomfortable in his first road game. Leodis McKelvin led the way for the Bills with 2 interceptions, giving him 4 on the year which puts him in a tie for the league lead. Despite having four turnovers, including two 2 from QB Kyle Orton, Buffalo was able to overcome them and win. Leading an impressive 80 yard 3 minute drive which had many of its moments, Kyle Orton stayed composed and was able to come up with passes like a 22 yarder to TE Scott Chandler on a fourth-and-20 and a 29 yard pass to WR Chris Hogan which put them on the 1-yard line.
Orton capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, and the extra point gave the Bills the lead. Teddy Bridgewater has now been sacked 20 times over his last three games. A quarterback cannot develop when he has no time to throw. While the Bills won on the scoreboard, they lost both their star RBs in Fred Jackson (pulled groin, 2-4 weeks) and CJ Spiller (broken collarbone, season). This game was a good example of a good team finding a way to win, and a bad team finding a way to lose.
Week 6 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 12, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
The Detroit Lions and their top-ranked defense proved that they can win without the likes of star receiver Calvin Johnson and starting running back Reggie Bush, who were both out with injuries this week. The Lions defense dominated the game and Detroit got the 17-3 win on the road in Minnesota against the 2-4 Vikings that now occupy last place in the NFC North. The Lions defense came up with 8 sacks and 3 interceptions against the Vikings and QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Lions QB Matt Stafford’s only TD pass came on a 41 yard pass to third-string running back Theo Riddick in the first quarter. That would be all the Lions needed to come away with the win but they also got a solid effort from Joique Bell with 74 yards and a TD. The Vikings offense proved incapable of moving the ball downfield. The Lions defense held the Vikings to only 258 total yards. The only thing that went wrong for the Lions was continued woes in the kicking game as newly signed Matt Prater was 1 for 3 on field goal attempts. The Vikings travel to Buffalo for week 7 while Detroit will be home to the New Orleans Saints.
Week 5 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers on Thursday, October 02, 8:25 PM, Lambeau Field
Many are in prophesying that this game gave a sign of things to come. Quite a soggy event this was. Interestingly enough the favor of NFL fans
seemed to have provided the magic, giving the Green Bay Packers this decisive victory against the Minnesota Vikings. Though Packers were guilty of rushing their defense, the game pretty much played in trenches compared to passing which was not seen a lot. Looking at how the Packers have been playing their last three away games, their approach was different with the Vikings tour. They capitalizeon the Vikings defense this saw the Packers’ offense credited with five touchdowns. However, many will argue that the due credit will be to their Packers’ defense whose ferocious pass rush paved way for this. The play exhibited by Mike Daniels and Julius Pepper will probably go well in proving the Packers can actually rely less on Clay Mathews.
Thursday’s game was indeed a turning point for the Packers, their approach for the last four games being filled with their lack of an attack. My bet will be on them if they keep their last play this will be their turning point.
Week 4 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 28, 4:25 PM, Mall of America Field
The Atlanta Falcons were gashed up front, giving up more rushing yards than they probably expected to the likes of Matt Asiata and Jared McKinnon. Matt Ryan saw some pressure coming from the likes of Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr was able to record a sack in the game. The Vikings won by a 41-28 score, despite an extremely solid performance from both Steven Jackson and Roddy White.
Teddy Bridgewater was able to show that he is very capable of running the Vikings offense as a young quarterback. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner put him in some very good situations. Harrison Smith continues to be a leader on defense who has proven that he can not only make a large number of open field tackles from the safety position, but Smith can also get after the quarterback for the Vikings. Matt Ryan learned that on Sunday when Smith sacked him. The Vikings continue to get a solid effort from defensive tackle Everson Griffin against a somewhat depleted Falcons offensive line. You start to get the sense that once head Mike Zimmer is able to clean up some of the clear mental lapses, that the Vikings defense should be running on all cylinders. Matt Ryan was able to have some success on check down plays that Zimmer would surely like to see corrected, he doesn’t want to see linebackers misdiagnosing the play.
Week 3 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 21, 1:00 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
In a game of two quarters per side, it were the hosts who prevailed 9-20 against their visitors, the Vikings. It was a game of two quarters per side because each side won two quarters, the margin of victory making the difference. The Saints prevailed in the first and last quarter, 0-13, 0-7 respectively, while the Vikings took the second and third quarters 6-0, 3-0 respectively. This was the Saints first victory this season. It was a morale booster for them.
The match was played over a week of distractions on the Vikings side. Adrian Peterson had been drafted into the starting line up, only for him to be withdrawn indefinitely to deal with child abuse accusations facing him. During the match, they lost Matt Cassell to a toe injury, replacing him with rookie Teddy Bridgewater. They will have to rise above the distractions and the loss as they prepare for their next game against the Falcons on Sunday, 28th. On the other hand, The Saints will be seeking to win their next game against the Cowboys, to prove that their victory over the Vikings wasn’t a fluke.
The game was played on Sunday 21st at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Louisiana.
Week 2 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings vs New England Patriots on Sunday, September 14, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
On Sunday the 14th New England patriots enjoyed an overwhelming 30 points win over 7 points acquired by Minnesota Vikings. The game that started at 1.00 pm at the TCF bank Stadium, Minneapolis was parked with action. In the fast quarter NE patriots had a majority 10 point over MN Vikings 7 points. Minnesota Vikings was blotted by six sacks, four interceptions by Matt Cassel.NE patriots sealed there victory by domination the second, third and final quarter registering 14, 3 and 3 pints respectively. Chandler had two sacks and returned a field goal for a touchdown minutes to halftime. The game elevated Brady to third place behind of, Brett Farver and Peyton Manning. It was his 149th win as a starter.
Julian Edelman finished six catches for 81 yards making it hard for Xavier Rhodes, unable to catch up with him. Stevan carried twenty five times for one hundred and one yards. NE had 16 1st downs while Minnesota Vikings had 17. Both teams had 9 passing 1st downs. They recorded close total play of 60 and 61 for NE and MI respectively. This match maintained Patriots reputation of consistently avoiding consecutive losses after 2001. It makes Under Belichick the sixth coach to reach 200 NLF victories. New England patriots are 8-4 in the series.
Week 1 of NFL Season 2014: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams on Sunday, September 07, 1:00 PM, Edward Jones Dome
The Minnesota Vikings set of the new era of Mike Zimmer in style. They took out the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at 36-6 at the Edward Jones Dome. The defense and Coedarrelle Patterson wee the talk of the game. The game ended with him having only three catches over 26 yards on a total of five targets. However, he ran 102 yards with the ball which includes the 67-yard ran that triggered the rout.
The defense on the other hand had five sacks and two turnovers. One of the turnovers came back to be a touchdown. The turning point of the game was probably at the very first interception. As the first half was coming to an end, the Vikings were 6 points up. Shaun hill, Vikings former quarterback tried to force out a pass and a catch was made by Josh Robinson. The Vikings had to make four plays and move 35 yards before they could get their first touchdown. Matt Cassel made a pass to Greg Jennings over the defenders to the end zone, which took them to a 13-0 lead.
The Rams got Austin Davis in the second half but the Vikings still dominated. The only productions that the Rams got was when in the third quarter drive and their very last drive on the offensive which both ended in field goals.
Disappointing season for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013
After achieving a modest record of 10-6 in the 2012 NFL season, The Minnesota Vikings will be undoubtedly disappointed with their 2013 Season. Despite having star running back Adrian Peterson and the acquisitions of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings were only able to finish fourth in their NFC North which was dominated by the Green Bay Packers.
Perhaps the most disappointing statistic of the Viking’s 2013 season is their failure to win a single game on the road for the first time since 2001 with a dismal away record of 0-7-1. While their offence did reasonably well statisically, they proved to be shockingly poor defensively, conceding 480 points throughout the entire season (this was four points shy of the NFL all time record).
The poor season that the Vikings were destined to have could be foreseen in their disappointing pre-season. The team were only able to pick up one win from four, a narrow 24-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans at the Mall of America Field. Their first NFL game against the Detroit Lions was similarly woeful. Despite leading 14-13 after the first half, a complete Vikings collapse led to the Lions comfortably running away with the game, winning 34-24.
With losses against the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns, it would take a trip to London for the Vikings fortunes to change. They played the Pittsburgh Steelers as apart of the NFL International Series where two Adrian Peterson touchdowns and 140 rushing yards secured the Vikings first win of the season. Sadly, whatever hope this gave the Minnesota fans was soon crushed as the Vikings went onto to lose their next four games. The low point of this losing run was a humiliating 35-10 defeat at home to the Carolina Panthers.
It was a dismal first half of the season for the Vikings. They had to wait to until the 7th of November to pick up their first win on American soil where two fourth quarter Blair Walsh field goals guided them to a 34-27 over the Washington Redskins. They failed however to carry this momentum into their game with the Seattle Seahawks where they lost 41-20 to the eventual Super Bowl champions.
Their best run of form came after this game where they were able to follow up a 26-26 draw against the Green Bay Packers with a dramatic victory over the Chicago Bears in overtime. However, in their game against the Baltimore Ravens which contained a thrilling fourth quarter ended 29-26 in favour of the Ravens. This officially ruled them out of the play-offs. They ended their season with a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals and a narrow victory 14-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.