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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 […]

Pregame: Injuries, backups play key roles in Vikings-Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

If last week’s situation against the Cleveland Browns, in which the Minnesota Vikings faced a third-string quarterback, wasn’t enough to get a win — a matchup against the winless Pittsburgh Steelers could do the trick.

The Vikings (0-3) and Steelers (0-3) kickoff at dinner time in London, noon CT, on Sunday and, […]

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 […]

Zulgad: Christian Ponder only part of problem with disappointing Vikings

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

Much of the anger over the Minnesota Vikings’ 0-3 start has been directed at Christian Ponder.

This comes as no surprise.

It’s always easy to point at the quarterback when times are tough and, in Ponder’s case, he has never been seen by fans as the solution to this franchise’s issues at that […]

Cook, Greenway and others offer mixed bag on defensive breakdown

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said there’s ‘clarity’ between the players about the current 0-2 record and what needs to happen to turn it around.

However, that clarity appeared to be lacking in the waning moments of the 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears. Many players offered mixed opinions […]

Pregame: Battles in the trenches matter most in Vikings-Bears

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ victory at the Detroit Lions last season is their only NFC North road win in the last 10 road trips.

Quarterback Christian Ponder’s lone division road victory wasn’t of his own volition, as he threw for just 111 yards and was backed up by special teams […]

Notebook: Williams probable, misses practice

Kevin Williams (John Emms/Viking Update) By Tim Yotter VikingUpdate.com Posted Sep 13, 2013 Defensive tackle Kevin Williams missed practice Friday, but it was for personal reasons, not his knee injury. Plus, updates and notes on other injuries for the Vikings and Bears, potential fines from last week and more. Despite missing Friday’s practice with […]

Breaking down the film from the Vikings' loss to the Lions

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of Vikings’ film breakdown in 2013. With grades on a scale of 0 to 5 in parathenses, here’s a summary of each position’s involvement in the 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Quarterbacks (1.5) Christian Ponder (56 snaps) looked like he was in his midseason form from last […]

Notebook: Jared Allen doesn't just say he's healthy, he looks healthy

By akrammer@1500espn.com

After multiple offseason surgeries, Minnesota Vikings defense end Jared Allen has proclaimed his health and resurgence this preseason, but on Sunday, he proved it.

Allen, 31, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder as well as a procedure described as a ‘minor cleanup’ of his knee, both on Jan. […]

Halftime: Vikings defense bends, doesn't break with 14-13 lead

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings lead the Detroit Lions 14-13 after two quarters of turnovers, big gains and forgettable plays.

The Lions lead in nearly every statistical category: First downs: DET: 16, MIN: 7; plays: DET: 45, MIN: 19; yards: DET: 269, MIN: 174; time of possession: DET: 20:58, MIN: 9:02.

But the Vikings lead […]