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Notebook: Vikings' D-line breaks through, doubles sack total in win

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings defensive line’s breakout game couldn’t have come at a better time as their depleted secondary allowed 383 passing yards in Sunday’s 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

Defensive end Jared Allen had his first monster game of the season after not registering a stat in a loss […]

Backup Matt Cassel leads balanced attack for Vikings' first win

By akrammer@1500espn.com

One can only imagine the emotion in the Minnesota Vikings locker room on Sunday after they flew more than 4,000 miles to London for their first win of 2013.

After losing two of their first three games on last-minute touchdown passes, the Vikings (1-3) toppled quarterback ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers […]

Halftime: Vikings up 20-10 over Steelers with pair of home-run plays

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings finally received a collective effort during Sunday’s first half from London against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as their playmakers made plays.

All with backup quarterback Matt Cassel at the helm.

Receiver Greg Jennings’ first reception of the opening stretch went for a 70-yard touchdown after Jennings made a few defenders miss […]

Defensive sets and film observations: Week 3 vs. Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of ‘Defensive sets and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Cleveland Browns.

Every Wednesday after a game, we’ll take a look at what the Vikings defense looked like, bring you five key takeaways from film study and hand out a proverbial game ball and […]

Notebook: Jared Allen says Vikings' situational play is 'embarassing'

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he was looking forward to a bulk of one-on-one matchups with Cleveland Browns All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas.

However, the Browns consistently chipped Allen with other linemen and he finished with just one quarterback pressure on 70 snaps in Sunday’s loss that featured […]

Notebook: Cordarrelle Patterson says patience comes naturally

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jarius Wright knows a little about what Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is going through.

Maybe not to the extreme of a first-round pick, but Wright’s rookie role last season was that of a bench warmer, until receiver Percy Harvin was injured and he stepped in.

“It’s way […]

Desmond Bishop will likely play more, bolster linebacker corps

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mild hysteria ensued when word got out that first-round pick and rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson only played six snaps in Sunday’s loss at the Chicago Bears.

Coach Leslie Frazier said that issue will get ‘rectified,’ meaning that Patterson will play more this Sunday. But perhaps an even more impactful […]

Cook, Greenway and others offer mixed bag on defensive breakdown

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said there’s ‘clarity’ between the players about the current 0-2 record and what needs to happen to turn it around.

However, that clarity appeared to be lacking in the waning moments of the 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears. Many players offered mixed opinions […]

Frazier shoulders blame for Bears' game-winning drive

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Much talk has been made of the Minnesota Vikings pointing fingers after the 31-30 loss at the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but coach Leslie Frazier said most of the blame falls on him, outside of some poor executions.

After the Vikings defense allowed just 76 yards on four Bears’ […]

Pregame: Battles in the trenches matter most in Vikings-Bears

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ victory at the Detroit Lions last season is their only NFC North road win in the last 10 road trips.

Quarterback Christian Ponder’s lone division road victory wasn’t of his own volition, as he threw for just 111 yards and was backed up by special teams […]