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Bleacher Report – Vikings

Failure to capitalize in all three phases keeps Vikings winless

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was given 51 seconds, one timeout and a four-point deficit to try to rectify his team’s slow start this season and give his critics something to chew on before calling him out.

Much like the previous drives, Ponder completed four passes under seven yards — […]

Vikings injury updates: Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, A.J. Jefferson

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — As training camp rolled around, depth in the secondary was a concern for the Vikings. That lack of depth manifested itself Sunday, as Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford and A.J. Jefferson left the game with injuries. Jefferson returned in some defensive packages, but Cook and Sanford remained on the sidelines.

Marcus […]

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook injured groin, will miss rest of game

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook tweaked is groin in the first half Sunday and will not return, according to the team.

When Cook initially went to the sidelines, he was listed as “probable” to return, but was downgraded to “questionable” before being ruled out during half time.

With Cook out, A.J. Jefferson played right […]

Vikings off to good start against Browns

By Mike Wilkening

The winless Vikings are off to a fast start against fellow 0-2 club Cleveland.

Adrian Peterson’s two-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead 5:47 into the game.

The VIkings were 3-of-3 on third downs on the drive. Quarterback Christian Ponder was sharp, completing 3-of-4 passes […]

A can’t lose game for Vikings

How little do the Cleveland Browns care about Sunday’s game against the Vikings? Judd and Dubay say the Vikings would have to work to lose this one. #judd #1500ESPN #Vikings

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’ […]

League says Bears didn’t commit violation on game-winning play

By Mike Florio

When Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett for the game-winning (with extra point) touchdown to beat the Vikings, the Bears weren’t lined up in an illegal formation.

We say that because plenty of Vikings fans have argued that they were, and that a flag should have been thrown.

The […]

Vikings offense moved the chains, but failed to put the game away

By akrammer@1500espn.com

CHICAGO — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson shook his head when asked about his lost fumble after Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

But Peterson’s disappointment multiplied when the following question inquired into how difficult it is to come away with just six points after your defense creates two turnovers in the […]

Halftime: Vikings give up late FG, down 24-21 in wacky first half

By akrammer@1500espn.com

CHICAGO — The Minnesota Vikings have one NFC North road win in the last 10 attempts and Sunday’s first half at Soldier Field provided a puzzle that could piece together for their second divisional road victory since 2009.

Rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson recorded his first NFL touchdown on a 105-yard kick return to […]

Glazer: Ponder on shorter leash than believed

By Mike Florio

Outwardly, the Vikings are committed to quarterback Christian Ponder. Inwardly, maybe not.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the leash on the third-year ball-thrower is shorter than believed. If Ponder continues to struggle (he had three interceptions last week), the 12th pick in the 2011 draft could be benched for Matt Cassel.

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