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Backup Matt Cassel leads balanced attack for Vikings' first win

By akrammer@1500espn.com

One can only imagine the emotion in the Minnesota Vikings locker room on Sunday after they flew more than 4,000 miles to London for their first win of 2013.

After losing two of their first three games on last-minute touchdown passes, the Vikings (1-3) toppled quarterback ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh […]

The Morning After: Five Observations From The Vikings 31-27 Loss To The Browns

Photo – Adam Bettcher (Getty Images)

By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com @AjKFAN

Minneapolis, MN – So the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Cleveland Browns 31-27 yesterday. So they’re defense got carved apart by a third string quarterback. Just when you think that it couldn’t get any worse, you take a look at the […]

Browns get first win, while Vikings drop to 0-3

By Mike Wilkening

On a Sunday afternoon where the AFC North regained some luster, its last-place team pulled the biggest surprise.

The Browns, four days after trading tailback Trent Richardson to Indianapolis in a stunning move, rallied to beat the Vikings 31-27 in Minneapolis on Sunday. The win is the Browns’ first of the season […]

Big plays give Browns halftime lead at Minnesota

By Mike Wilkening

One of Sunday’s most entertaining games has taken place in Minneapolis.

Yes, we’re serious.

The Browns, led by passing game led by quarterback Brian Hoyer and wideout Josh Gordon, have a 24-17 lead after two quarters at Mall of America Field.

The Browns also used two second-quarter trick plays on special teams […]

Leslie Frazier wants to see more of Cordarrelle Patterson

By Josh Alper

The Vikings traded up into the first round in April to get wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and discussion immediately began about how he and Greg Jeninngs would be frequent targets for Christian Ponder in the passing game.

It hasn’t turned out that way. Patterson had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown […]

Leslie Frazier never thought to bench Christian Ponder

By Wesseling, Chris

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder reportedly entered Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears with a “much shorter leash” than anyone realizes.

After Ponder’s first four series versus the Bears produced three punts and a pick six, his trio of second-half scoring drives kept Vikings coach Leslie Frazier off his back.

“I […]

One national power ranking has the Vikings rated as low as 28th in NFL

by Derek Wetmore 1500ESPN.com

On Tuesday, columnist Phil Mackey noted that national pundits seem lower on the Vikings season outlook than the local media and fans. Wednesday, Pro Football Focus added their hat to the arena.

The site, which is football-centric and stat-heavy, published its preseason power rankings, which averaged power rankings from eight analysts.

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Vikings-Lions: 5 Storylines To Watch

Mike Wobschall vikings.com

It’s finally here. The regular season is upon us. The Vikings open the 2013 season this Sunday by playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in the Motor City, with kickoff slated for noon CT. This marks the first time the Vikings have opened with a road division game since 2008 […]

The national media thinks the Vikings are going to be pretty mediocre

There appears to be a disconnect between how local followers – fans, media, etc. – and national followers view the Minnesota Vikings’ chances in the NFC this season.

Locally, it’s safe to say most people believe the Vikings – despite a tougher schedule, especially on the road – can get back to the 10 or […]

Power Rankings Roundup: Where Do The Vikings Stand?

 

Vikings PR

We cruise around the interweb to see where various sites and experts have the Vikings slotted in their weekly power rankings…

ESPN

17. Minnesota Vikings: Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record survived Adrian Peterson‘s onslaught by 8 yards last year. In 2013, it might not be so lucky.

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