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Oddity: Vikings Habitually Lose Week 2 Heartbreakers

By: Sam Ekstrom | KFAN.com @SamEkstrom

If you are walking away from the Vikings’ Week 2 loss with a familiar bad taste in your mouth, it’s because the Vikings have made an annual habit of losing Week 2 heartbreakers.

Since 2007, Minnesota has lost six of seven Week 2 contests. In those defeats, they’ve […]

Vikings-Lions: 5 Storylines To Watch

Mike Wobschall vikings.com

It’s finally here. The regular season is upon us. The Vikings open the 2013 season this Sunday by playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in the Motor City, with kickoff slated for noon CT. This marks the first time the Vikings have opened with a road division game since 2008 […]

Zulgad: Matt Cassel gets valuable experience in Vikings’ offense

MINNEAPOLIS — Since signing Matt Cassel to a two-year, $7.4 million contract in March, the Minnesota Vikings have given no indication that they want the veteran’s presence to cause a quarterback controversy.

Cassel made it clear shortly after he joined the Vikings that he knew Christian Ponder was the starter and that has been reinforced […]

First-round pick Sharrif Floyd prepared to contribute on special teams

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will pay his dues on special teams before fulfilling his perceived destiny as veteran Kevin Williams’ replacement.

As the University of Florida’s premier defensive tackle for the past two years, Floyd didn’t play a big role on the Gators’ special teams, but said he has been […]

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh striving to avoid a sophomore slump

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings’ special teams coach Mike Priefer and Blair Walsh sat down after the kicker’s stellar season and watched every kick to see where the rookie Pro Bowler needed to improve on to avoid a sophomore slump.

Walsh took notes as he and Priefer studied every kickoff, field goal and point after […]