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Metrodome finale signals change for Vikings’ specialists Walsh, Locke

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings rookie punter Jeff Locke is used to working in cold weather conditions about once a year, which dates back to his college days at the University of California-Los Angeles.

That’ll change next season as the Vikings are set to play two seasons at the […]

After chat, the ‘dumbest smart guy,’ Jeff Locke’s punts have improved

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. – Even though the Vikings aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the final quarter of the season will primarily be about establishing who should be here next year.

Through that lens, rookie punter Jeff Locke’s recent improvement is encouraging for Vikings fans.

He battled bouts of inconsistency earlier this […]

Halftime: Defensive setbacks have Vikings trailing 14-3 to Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings defense was supposed to be at full strength on Sunday when facing the Carolina Panthers, but returning members Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford both had mishaps in the game’s first few plays.

After linebacker Chad Greenway sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to force a three-and-out, Cook was called for a […]

Final Thoughts: Vikings vs. Panthers

Mike Wobschall vikings.com

In every NFL matchup, there are a seemingly endless amount of angles to analyze. It’s hard to get to them all during the week of practice, and I’m sure there were some that slipped through the cracks despite all of the Vikings vs. Panthers preview content we provided on vikings.com this […]

Notebook: Matt Cassel gets second start, but Josh Freeman is on deck

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Friday what he had already told former starting quarterback Christian Ponder – that reserve Matt Cassel has passed him in the pecking order and will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier wouldn’t say what the plan is for former Tampa […]

Defensive sets and film observations: Week 4 vs. Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to another installment of ‘Defensive sets and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Pittsburgh Steelers.

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 name […]

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 to […]

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: 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 […]

Notebook: Christian Ponder on the run while honing his arm

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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 […]