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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 […]

Steelers-Vikings: Seven things to watch for in London

By Rosenthal, Gregg

If desperation resulted in great football, Sunday’s matchup in London between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings would be the game of the week.

It’s more likely that this will be a hard-fought, sloppy game that comes down to the wire. Let’s break it down:

2013 International Series: Steelers vs Vikings

Take […]

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 […]

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 […]

Halftime: Vikings down 24-17 against new-look Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

INNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings opened with a bang against the Cleveland Browns, converting on running back Adrian Peterson’s fourth touchdown of the season to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive for their third straight 7-0 start of the season.

But just like the last two games, the momentum died quickly against a Browns […]

Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti activated, to make NFL debut

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Michael Mauti will have come full circle from three major knee surgeries when he makes his NFL debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Mauti was inactive for the first two games at the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, but an injury to fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison […]

Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings: Live Grades and Analysis for Minnesota

By Arif Hasan (Featured Columnist) Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings played host to the Cleveland Browns in their home opener in an attempt to salvage their season and recover from their last-place standing in the division. Their failure might end the season, but there are still a number of takeaways from the game.

Final […]

Line To See Boost In Play Time If Ellison Misses The Vikings’ Home Opener

By Joseph Gunther

Credit, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings have been blessed not to have suffered a serious injury so far this season. This week is no different with only Rhett Ellison being a question mark to play in Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns. The second-year tight end suffered a hyperextended knee […]

Def. coordinator Alan Williams sheds light on coach-playcaller relay

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams were both defensive backs coaches during the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl season in 2006.

Williams said their history goes a long way in being a cohesive, clearly-communicated unit between a head coach and the defensive play caller.

“The neat […]