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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 […]

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: Jared Allen says Vikings' situational play is 'embarassing'

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he was looking forward to a bulk of one-on-one matchups with Cleveland Browns All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas.

However, the Browns consistently chipped Allen with other linemen and he finished with just one quarterback pressure on 70 snaps in Sunday’s loss that featured […]

Desmond Bishop will likely play more, bolster linebacker corps

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mild hysteria ensued when word got out that first-round pick and rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson only played six snaps in Sunday’s loss at the Chicago Bears.

Coach Leslie Frazier said that issue will get ‘rectified,’ meaning that Patterson will play more this Sunday. But perhaps an even more impactful […]

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 […]

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 […]

Desmond Bishop likely won't play Sunday at Detroit

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop has rehabbed and waited more than a year to get back on a NFL field and play in a meaningful game.

The seven-year veteran may have to wait at least another week.

“Not this week,” Bishop said Thursday. “Just waiting for my opportunity.”

Bishop […]

Notebook: Chris Cook says Megatron 'brings out the best' in him

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook remembers facing Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in college, when both were members of Atlantic Coast Conference programs in 2006.

Seven years later, Cook will lineup against Johnson again when the Vikings open up the regular season at the Lions on Sunday.

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Vikings make final cuts, announce 53-man roster

The Vikings made the final preparation for the regular season Saturday, when the team announced it trimmed its roster to 53 players.

We’ll list the players cut first, followed by the current 53-man roster.

Players waived (19):

TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, S Brandan Bishop, OL Travis Bond, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, […]

Prediction for Vikings' 53-man roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings preseason came to a close Thursday night with 29 contributors on the sideline as their replacements beat the Tennessee Titans 24-23.

Coaches and team officials have until Saturday at 5 p.m. CT to trim the roster down to 53.

“It is without question, one of the toughest parts […]