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Vikings get first win, drop Steelers to 0-4

By Michael David Smith

Both of the teams the NFL sent to London are bad. But only the Steelers are returning home winless.

The Vikings, led by backup quarterback Matt Cassel, jumped out to an early lead and managed to hold on and win 34-27. Minnesota’s defense sealed the win with a sack of […]

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 […]

One fan has taken the Christian Ponder bashing to the White House

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Christian Ponder played better Sunday, but that hasn’t eliminated the calls for his starting job. This particular call, however, seems a bit over the top.

A Vikings fan from St. Paul apparently has petitioned President Barack Obama to have Ponder removed by executive order as the Vikings starting quarterback, according to […]

Christian Ponder reportedly on short leash for Vikings

By Rosenthal, Gregg

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. Despite a playoff appearance last season, Ponder can’t afford many more games like that if he wants to keep his job.

Ponder is on a “much shorter leach” than anyone realizes,” […]

After Vikings’ Loss, Frazier’s Message Clear: ‘We Gotta Do Better’

By Cole Premo

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There wasn’t much to feel good about after the Vikings’ season-opening loss at Detroit Sunday and Leslie Frazier’s message Monday couldn’t have been clearer.

“We have some work to do,” Frazier said. “Without question.”

There weren’t a lot of positives to pull out of Sunday’s season opener.

The number […]

Week 1 Preview: Vikings at Detroit Lions

After months and months of anticipation, the 2013 NFL season is here! The preseason this year left a lot of Vikings fans uneasy, but rightfully so — the Vikings first-team offense looked mediocre at best, and consistently inconsistent most of the time. But then again, what does preseason mean, really? If you’ll recall, the […]

Vikes’ Allen To Test New-Look Line In Detroit

By smkitzman

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Riley Reiff had a quiet rookie season, playing all 16 games for the Detroit Lions while Jeff Backus remained the starter at left tackle.

Now Backus is retired, so that job belongs to Reiff and the first challenge this season will be a formidable one.

Reiff and the […]

First domino falls in Vikings running back Joe Banyard

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

Coach Leslie Frazier said cuts are one of the toughest parts of his job and he made one of the more difficult ones first on Saturday.

Running back Joe Banyard and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie were cut hours before the 5 p.m. CT deadline for all teams to trim their rosters from […]

PFT on NBCSN: Christian Ponder

Posted by Josh Alper on August 30, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

AP

It’s going to be a buys weekend of roster moves around the NFL and we’ll have all the latest for you on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, but we’ll also be talking to a player who won’t be doing […]

Lawrence Jackson among Vikings’ cuts

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 26, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

AP

As the Vikings make their way down toward the 75-man roster limit, defensive end Lawrence Jackson has lost his job.

Jackson, a former first-round pick of the Seahawks who played the last three years for the Lions, was released by Minnesota […]