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NFC North looks like it could put up plenty of points this season


Green Bay’s grab of the NFC North for the third straight season, giving the Packers seven of the 12 titles since the division formed, was predictable.

That unremarkable 8-7-1 record they won it with was the real surprise.

Chicago took a step back, too, and Minnesota plummeted badly. Detroit was the […]

Halftime: Defensive setbacks have Vikings trailing 14-3 to Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings defense was supposed to be at full strength on Sunday when facing the Carolina Panthers, but returning members Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford both had mishaps in the game’s first few plays.

After linebacker Chad Greenway sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to force a three-and-out, Cook was called for a […]

Frazier ‘hopeful’ that Bishop, Smith and Rhodes aren’t out long time

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings won’t be able to leave the 35-10 defeat to the Carolina Panthers completely behind, as defensive players Harrison Smith, Desmond Bishop and Xavier Rhodes all suffered injuries that removed them from the game on Sunday.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Smith is dealing with a turf toe injury, Bishop has a […]

Rookie Xavier Rhodes, out with ankle, the latest blow to the secondary

MINNEAPOLIS – Xavier Rhodes injured his ankle while covering deep pass attempt in the second quarter. The ball fell incomplete to Ted Ginn Jr., but Rhodes appeared to trip near the sideline and came up limping.

He returned to the game, but left in the second half for good and will not return.

Rhodes had […]

Desmond Bishop will not return to the game Sunday after a knee injury

MINNEAPOLIS — Linebacker Desmond Bishop drew his first start of the season Sunday, but it didn’t last long.

Bishop, who had played well in backup duty this season, was injured in the first half. The team announced it is a knee injury and he will not return Sunday.

Bishop went down holding his left leg […]

Adrian Peterson active vs. Panthers, Josh Freeman is not

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play against the Carolina Panthers as he was not on the team’s inactives list.

Newly added quarterback Josh Freeman will be inactive for his first game in purple, leaving once-starting quarterback Christian Ponder to backup now-starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Safety Mistral Raymond is inactive for […]

Pregame: Cook, Sanford return to boost secondary in Vikings-Panthers

The ‘Kalil Bowl,’ as it’s been dubbed, comes at a pivotal place for both the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) and the Carolina Panthers (1-3) in their respective schedules.

For the Vikings, their quarterback situation is week-to-week, but they’ll have these next two games against relatively easy opponents to see what quarterback Matt Cassel has left […]

Report: Adrian Peterson’s son has died, according to police

Adrian Peterson’s young son has died, according to multiple reports. He was 2.

The boy was the victim of an alleged assault in Sioux Falls, S.D., and was reportedly in the hospital in critical condition with injuries to his head.

Peterson was absent from practice Thursday, when he took a personal day to address the […]

Notebook: Matt Cassel gets second start, but Josh Freeman is on deck

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Friday what he had already told former starting quarterback Christian Ponder – that reserve Matt Cassel has passed him in the pecking order and will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier wouldn’t say what the plan is for former Tampa […]

Frazier: ‘Matt Cassel is…our starting quarterback’ for Sunday’s game

by Andrew Krammer and Derek Wetmore

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Ending nearly a week of speculation, Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Sunday, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Friday at Winter Park.

Cassel performed adequately in replacement of Christin Ponder on Sept. 29, as the Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in London. Ponder […]