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Offensive formations and film observations: Week 4 vs. Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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

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

Zulgad: Leslie Frazier can learn lesson from Gophers coach Jerry Kill

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

Jerry Kill left many scratching their heads Saturday when he not only reinstated Philip Nelson as his starting quarterback, but failed to get Mitch Leidner into the game in the Minnesota Gophers’ 23-7 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Leidner entered in relief of Nelson on Sept. 14 against Western Illinois after the […]

Frazier: 'Our quarterback is Christian Ponder'

By akrammer@1500espn.com

It was unknown whether sitting quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) would improve a stymied passing attack, but backup quarterback Matt Cassel’s command was one of many reasons the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ late-game comeback to hold on for the 34-27 win on Sunday in London.

On 2nd-and-10 with 3:29 left, Cassel appeared […]

Vikings injury report: Ponder, Cook, Sanford and Ellison out on Sun.

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings (0-3) will be without three starters when they kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) on Sunday in London.

Quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs), cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison (knee) did not practice on Friday and have been ruled out.

Ponder played the entire […]

Jerome Felton ready to boost Vikings’ running game

Jerome Felton made his first Pro Bowl appearance last year leading the way for MVP running back Adrian Peterson. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) BRIAN HALL | EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jerome Felton was forced to watch the Minnesota Vikings’ first three games of the season away from the team that gave him a three-year […]

Offensive formations and film observations: Week 3 vs. Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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

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

Vikings place rookie Zach Line on IR, free up spot for Felton

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Undrafted rookie fullback Zach Line’s dream came to an abrupt end on Monday when he was placed on injured reserve.

Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton returned from a three-game suspension and the team needed to make room on the roster before he can practice.

Line was the only undrafted […]

Felton returns from suspension, Vikings still need to make a cut

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton watched the first two road losses alone as he served his three-game suspension from a DUI arrest two summers ago.

On Monday, Felton returned to the team and is eligible to practice and play after being sidelined since Aug. 31. He’ll take the field […]

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 […]

Two fullbacks out, rookie Zach Line gets last shot as starter

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Zach Line understands the luck it takes to go from undrafted at the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie minicamps in May, to starting fullback in the NFL less than four months later.

The stars simply aligned for Line, who will make his third start on Sunday.

“Could things have worked out […]