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Draft week preview: Quarterbacks


Each coach that drafted a first-round quarterback not named Cam Newton in 2011 has been fired.

That’s what’s at stake when a muddled quarterback class combines with itchy general managers and owners that reach for the next franchise cadence caller.

So it’s understandable when local consensus around the Twin […]

5 Things To Note After Panthers Defeat Vikings

By Eric Henderson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the final seconds ticked down, Cam Newton walked across the field to find Adrian Peterson and offered a warm embrace.

It was a moment of comfort for Peterson, who was playing two days after his 2-year-old son was killed in an alleged case of child abuse in […]

Cam Newton scores 4 TDs in Panthers' rout of Vikings

By Rosenthal, Gregg

All of the quarterback conversation in Minnesota has distracted fans from a deeper, uncomfortable truth about the Vikings: It’s not all about the quarterback.

Leslie Frazier‘s defense has been a disappointment all season, and that was never more obvious than during Carolina’s 35-10 dominating win in Minnesota on Sunday.

The Panthers‘ offense […]

Panthers dominate Vikings 35-10

By Darin Gantt

A week ago, if you’d have suggested to many Panthers fans that Derek Anderson would have replaced Cam Newton, some of them (OK, the insane ones) might have taken you up on it.

But Sunday, Anderson was just the victory cigar, coming in to finish the fourth quarter of a ridiculous 35-10 […]

Notebook: Christian Ponder on the run while honing his arm


CHICAGO — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is on pace for 80 rushing attempts this season after six attempts for 18 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

For perspective, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton logged 126 and 127 rushing attempts in his first two years in the league, respectively.

“I can […]

Vikings wary of falling into read-option ‘trap’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL goes through fads, trends and strategies that coaches concoct or adopt from different levels of the game to gain an edge on the field.

Copycats ensue (see: the Wildcat) and in seemingly a blink, a quarter of the Minnesota Vikings regular season schedule includes teams that play this generation’s […]

Gameplanning For Colin Kaepernick

By: Sam Ekstrom | @SamEkstrom

With the preseason’s “dress rehearsal” on the horizon, the Vikings will be gameplanning in earnest for the first time.

Defensive coordinator Alan Williams may be facing one of his toughest tests of the year in preparing for mobile San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The fleet-footed QB rushed for […]

Zulgad: Not even Peyton Manning had as easy of night as Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder will have at least one thing going for him as he prepares for the Minnesota Vikings’ second preseason game on Friday night at Buffalo. The third-year quarterback will be extremely well rested.

Ponder played only two snaps in the Vikings’ 27-13 exhibition loss on Friday to Houston at the Metrodome, completing his first […]