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Big London crowd revels in Vikings' win over Steelers

By Henry Hodgson NFL.com

LONDON — There was a packed house at Wembley Stadium as 83,518 fans watched the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27.

International Series games Year Winner Loser Score 2013 Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 2012 New England Patriots St. Louis Rams 45-7 2011 Chicago Bears Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 […]

Matt Cassel to start for Vikings over Christian Ponder

By Patra, Kevin

Christian Ponder fans across the pond won’t have the opportunity to see the quarterback play Sunday.

The Vikings announced Friday that backup quarterback Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in place of Ponder, who suffered a rib injury in Week 3.

Ponder was held out […]

It's official, Matt Cassel will start against the Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Christian Ponder era may be over, barring how well backup quarterback Matt Cassel performs when he makes his first start for the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in London.

The Minnesota Vikings verified Twitter account announced the news early Friday morning.

Ponder has started 29 games since being drafted […]

Leslie Frazier: 'We want Christian to play' for Vikings

By Sessler, Marc

The Minnesota Vikings don’t have a victory this season, and they might not have their starting quarterback Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

With Christian Ponder battling sore ribs, Matt Cassel took the majority of first-team snaps during Wednesday’s practice across the pond. Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters, per NFL […]

Browns' early QB switch allows Vikings to change gears, prep for Hoyer

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Cleveland Browns could’ve masqueraded behind backup quarterback Jason Campbell as their starter all week, but instead opted to announce Wednesday that they’ll start third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Hoyer, a Cleveland native, has played for the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals […]

Zulgad: Refusal to use Cordarrelle Patterson a complete mystery

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

There are plenty of disgruntled folks at Winter Park following the Vikings’ 0-2 start, but there is one man who has the right to be the most ticked off.

He also should be demanding answers.

General manager Rick Spielman sent second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks to the New England Patriots in April […]

Football Outsiders projects that Vikings could be worst team in NFL

By nsandell@1500espn.com

Could the Minnesota Vikings go from being a playoff team in 2012 to being the worst in the NFL one year later?

FootballOutsiders.com thinks so.

In its latest 2013 season projection, the well-regarded pro football analytics site has the Vikings saddled with an NFL-worst 4.9% chance of making the playoffs and a predicted […]

Training camp Day 12 quick hits: Two-minute drill executed well

•The Vikings conducted the two-minute drill again during Sunday’s practice.

Quarterback Christian Ponder found the most success, completing all four passes he attempted, including a 20-yard connection to tight end Kyle Rudolph over linebacker Chad Greenway on a seam route. Ponder also connected with running back Adrian Peterson on a swing route, receiver Jerome Simpson, […]

Frazier happy with Vikings' off-field track record in recent offseason

MANKATO, Minn. — Any publicity is good publicity, right?

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier knows that’s not the case in the NFL and is enthused his players stayed relatively out of trouble in the offseason.

As former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez waits on trial for murder and other players across the league […]

Done deal: Vikings sign all three first-round draft selections

The Minnesota Vikings’ trio of first round picks are all signed and ready to report on time to training camp.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, the 23rd-overall pick, cornerback Xavier Rhodes (No. 25) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 29) signed their contracts on Thursday morning, ensuring that they will be expected to be in Mankato […]