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Raymond, Hodges debut as injuries highlight Vikings inactives

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond and rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges will make their season debuts as the team will be without three starters when they kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at noon.

Cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) are inactive for the first […]

Week 4 N.F.L. Matchups

By TONY GERVINO

 

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin (22) gets past New Orleans Saints’ John Jenkins (92) during the second quarter of a game on Sept. 15 in Florida.

By TONY GERVINO

Cardinals (1-2) at Buccaneers (0-3)

1 p.m. Sunday Line: Buccaneers by 3

Once again […]

Steelers vs. Vikings: Breaking Down Minnesota’s Game Plan

By Tim Arcand (Featured Columnist) Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

For the Minnesota Vikings, when the 2013 NFL schedule came out, this Week 4 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers figured to be a big game—just not for this reason. Both teams enter the the game still looking for their first victory of the season. Neither team […]

Vikings support Christian Ponder, but coach says he must ‘suck it up’

LONDON — Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson doesn’t agree with the fans loudly calling for a change under center, but he’s not surprised starter Christian Ponder is under fire after his inconsistent play in the team’s 0-3 start.

“I don’t feel any different now than I did before,” Johnson told USA TODAY Sports on […]

The Clock Is Now Ticking on Leslie Frazier’s Reign with the Minnesota Vikings

By Zach Kruse (Featured Columnist) Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

The reign of Leslie Frazier as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings may have an approaching expiration date after an embarrassing home loss to the Cleveland Browns dropped his team to 0-3 to start 2013.

Less than a month into a contract year for Frazier, […]

Browns vs. Vikings: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Minnesota

By Tim Arcand (Featured Columnist) Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings again came within a minute of winning a game this week.

This time the Cleveland Browns offense shook off two second-half turnovers and scored with 0:55 remaining—their only points after intermission.

This was supposed to be an easy game for the Vikings. It was […]

What We’ve Learned About the Minnesota Vikings Through 3 Games

By Tom Schreier (Featured Columnist) The Vikings have to be careful or they are going to let Peterson’s talent go to waste. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

How did it come to this?

How did we go from “Hey, the Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson, are starting a third-string quarterback and tanking their season” to “The Browns […]

Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

By Arif Hasan (Featured Columnist) Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings played host to the Cleveland Browns in their home opener in an attempt to salvage their season and recover from their last-place standing in the division. Their failure might end the season, but there are still a number of takeaways from the game.

Final […]

Pregame: Get acquainted with new personnel in Vikings-Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings (0-2) are in desperate need of a confidence booster in their home opener after spotting division opponents two games on the road.

The script couldn’t have been written any easier: they’ll face a Cleveland Browns (0-2) team that flipped the switch to rebuilding mode as soon […]

Zulgad: Schedule offers huge breaks next few weeks for winless Vikings

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

The Cleveland Browns’ decision to bail on the 2013 season could not have come at a better time for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings opened the season with back-to-back road losses to Detroit and Chicago and there were some indications this week of growing tension at Winter Park.

In other words, the Browns […]