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Purple Reign Redeux: A Front Office Football 7 Story

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In our last Purple Reign story, the Vikings had either been very dominant, or crippled by the injury bug. This injury bug must have carried over to my Xbox, and the old Purple Reign is no more. But this time, we're ready to re-write the script, with GM Bundy at the helm of the 2014 Vikings again, ready again to take on the NFL and bring the Vikings their first (of hopefully many) Lombardi trophy. 


1st Pre-Season Game, 2014

The Vikings absolutely dominated the Raiders, though at times the score board didn't show that. 


Scoring Summary

6:24 Q1: Raiders 3, Vikings 0 Janikowski 41 yard kick

1:16 Q1: Vikings 7, Raiders 3 Ponder 6 yards to Patterson (Walsh kick)

13:05 Q2: Vikings 14, Raiders 3 Munnerlyn 68 yard INT return (Walsh kick)

7:08 Q2: Vikings 14, Raiders 6 Janikowski 38 yard kick

2:14 Q2: Vikings 14, Raiders 13 Carr 11 yards to James Jones (Janikowski kick)

6:21 Q4: Vikings 17, Raiders 13 Walsh 48 yard kick


The Raiders had 22 first downs to the Vikings 14, but the Vikings rested Adrian Peterson and other key starters. The Vikings were outgained 391 to 186 in offensive yards, but they managed to go 20-28 for 105 yards passing, which coach Zimmer and GM Bundy considered to be a good showing. "We punted more than we wanted to, but it was a good game for being our first preseason game," noted coach Zimmer. "We saw a lot out of the young guys and new acquisitions, so we're just looking forward to how this preseason will go."


Teddy Bridgewater led the Vikings with a 15/20 for 75 yards performance, with no TDs, no picks, and was sacked once. Jerick McKinnon also starred as a rookie, rushing for 82 yards on 18 carries, and hauling in 6 passes for 16 yards. Jerome Simpson also had a good day, with a 4 catch, 47 yard performance. 


Punting for the Vikings was undraftee Dennis O'Field. O'Field punted 6 times, finishing with a 48.0 average and a 41.7 NET. Defensively, undraftee inside linebacker Jacob Reed led the Vikings with 9 tackles, while Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph each recorded a sack. 


The last notable thing for the Vikings offense was that they were only truly successful running to the left, averaging 5.1 yards per carry there. The Vikings run defense needs work, as Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for 130 yards on 21 carries (6.19 avg), but the pass defense only allowed 62% of passes to be completed, for just over 6 yards for attempt. 

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2nd Preseason Game 2014, at Arizona

Last week, the Vikings held their own against the Raiders. This week, they struggled mightily at the Cardinals. 


Scoring Summary:

6:17 Q1: Cardinals 7, Vikings 0 Ellington 4 yard run (Catanzaro kick)

1:27 Q1: Cardinals 7, Vikings 3 Walsh 41 yard kick

8:06 Q2: Cardinals 10, Vikings 3 Catanzaro 29 yard kick

2:06 Q3: Cardinals 13, Vikings 3 Catanzaro 20 yard kick

8:46 Q4: Cardinals 16, Vikings 3 Catanzaro 45 yard kick


The Vikings continue to struggle moving the ball down field, managing only 174 yards. They only completed 53% of their passes, going 21 of 39 for 180 and two picks. The Vikings also gave up 6 sacks for 36 yards, and managed just 30 rush yards on 17 carries. "It was not a good day for him," Zimmer said, referring to Vikings QB Matt Cassel. "He did have a nice 13 yard run, but towards the end of the game, he had a chance to go win the game for us, and he ended up picked off twice." GM Bundy had this to say: "His performance this week certainly gave us something to think about. We don't currently have plans to end his contract, but it certainly took him out of the running for the starting role." Jacob Reed continues to be a force, recording 6 tackles and a pick, and could lock a roster spot up. Antone Exum played well at SS, and could fight Robert Blanton (who was inactive this week) for the starting job. 


The Vikings continued to struggle defensively, and hopefully it will be resolved next week when the starters play the majority of the game. Jonathan Dwyer managed 89 yards and a 5.93 average against the Vikes, while Andre Ellington had 52 yards, a TD, and a 5.2 average. 

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3rd Preseason game 2014, at Kansas City

The Vikings started the week with a few injuries in Arizona, losing Lorenzo Alexander to a strained triceps, and Jerome Simpson to a hyperextended elbow. They join Jarius Wright (sprained thumb, probable) and Anthony Barr (hyperextended elbow, questionable) on the injury report. Wright will likely play, while Barr, Simpson, and Alexander will not. The Vikings also released P Jeff Locke, meaning Dennis O'Field has won the punter position. They also signed receiver Jeremy Gallon, formerly of Michigan. 


It was a very close game with the starters out there. The Vikings finally put up some yards (327), with Adrian Peterson in action. The Chiefs did jump out to an early lead, but it turned into a nail-biter of a game.


Scoring Summary:

11:19 Q1: Chiefs 3, Vikings 0 Santos 34 yard kick

10:25 Q1: Chiefs 10, Vikings 0 Cyrus Gray 55 yard run (Santos kick)

7:39 Q1: Chiefs 10, Vikings 7 Teddy Bridgewater 16 yards to Greg Jennings (Walsh kick)

2:42 Q1: Chiefs 17, Vikings 7 Alex Smith 7 yards to Cyrus Gray (Santos kick)

13:41 Q2: Chiefs 17, Vikings 14 Teddy Bridgewater 31 yards to Kyle Rudolph (Walsh kick)

8:22 Q2: Chiefs 17, Vikings 17 Walsh 18 yard kick

5:41 Q2: Vikings 24, Chiefs 17 Josh Robinson 49 yard INT return (Walsh kick)

12:51 Q3: Vikings 24, Chiefs 20 Santos 43 yard kick

8:37 Q3: Vikings 27, Chiefs 20 Walsh 37 yard kick

3:56 Q3: Vikings 27, Chiefs 27 Aaron Murray 3 yards to Anthony Fasano (Santos kick)

13:34 OVERTIME: Vikings 30, Chiefs 27 Walsh 44 yard kick


In what seemed like the first legitimate action for the Vikings, the team came out excited. "We had some missed opportunites, with 3 interceptions and a missed field goal, but they missed one and threw 2 picks, so it evened out." said coach Zimmer. "We didn't hit the ground game like we had wanted, but we got Adrian some touches, and we'll see where it goes from here." Teddy Bridgewater went a perfect 9 of 9 for 165 yards and 2 TDs. "Teddy is going to be our starter, no question," said GM Bundy. "Tonight's performance just blew us away, he was accurate, and mature, and exciting." Things did not bode so well for Christian Ponder, who went 14/25 for 143, 3 picks, and was sacked 3 times.


Next week players will fight for the fringe roster spots, with some notable highlights being Matt Cassel vs. Ponder for the #2 QB spot, Jeremy Gallon vs. Rodney Smith for a fringe roster spot, and Audie Cole and Jacob Reed for the #2 ILB spot.

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Preseason Week 4 2014, at Tennessee


Scoring Summary

12:19 Q2 Titans 3, Vikings 0 Succop 18 yard kick

0:41 Q2 Titans 10, Vikings 0 Jake Locker 7 yards to Justin Hunter (Succop kick)

9:28 Q3 Titans 17, Vikings 0 Jake Locker 8 yards to Shonn Greene (Succop kick)

12:35 Q4 Titans 24, Vikings 0 Jake Locker 9 yards to T.J. Graham (Succop kick)


The Vikings managed just 223 yards, and Matt Cassel looked terrible, going 11 of 32 for 112 yards and a pick. Ponder finished 5 of 6 for 49 yards. Jerick McKinnon led the Vikings with 32 yards on 7 carries, while Jarius Wright caught 6 passes for 50 yards. Audie Cole and Eric Willig both played nicely on the inside. They held Shonn Greene to under 3 yards per carry on 33 carries, a feat the Vikings had been hoping to accomplish much earlier. 

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Final Cuts, 2014

QB Matt Cassel

RB Joe Banyard

WR Rodney Smith

LG David Yankey

RT Darrell Clancy (waived with injury settlement)

ILB Eric Willig

CB Shaun Prater

SS Mistral Raymond

Final Signings

QB Connor Rubisch, UDFA Ohio State

Rubisch signed on as a backup in the CFL after going undrafted in the NFL. He finished the season going 16-18 for 127 yards and 2 TDs, playing in garbage time for the Toronto Argonauts. He tried out with the Cleveland Browns before signing with the Vikings.

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Week 1, 2014. At St. Louis.

Injury Report: Rams (Kendall Langford, torn thumb ligament, questionable. Mike Person, strained hamstring, questionable). Vikings (Lorenzo Alexander, strained triceps muscle, probable. Jerome Simpson, hyperextended elbow, probable.)

Vikings inactives: TE MarQueis Gray, WR Jerome Simpson, G Tony Rucker, LB Michael Mauti, LB Lorenzo Alexander, LB Audie Cole, S Andrew Sendejo.

Scoring Summary

The Coon Rapids Hunt Club First Blood of the Season: Q2 11:01 Vikings 7, Rams 0 Teddy Bridgewater 1 yard to Jarius Wright (Blair Walsh kick)

Q2 8:45 Vikings 7, Rams 3 Greg Zuerlein 40 yard kick

Q2 3:05 Vikings 14, Rams 3 Bridgewater 48 yards to Cordarrelle Patterson (Walsh kick)

Q2 0:03 Vikings 14, Rams 6 Zuerlein  53 yard kick

Q3 11:30 Vikings 14, Rams 13 Austin Davis 13 yard run (Zuerlein kick)

Q3 4:07 Rams 16, Vikings 13 Zuerlein 55 yard kick

Q3 1:56 Rams 19, Vikings 13 Zuerlein 40 yard kick

Q4 9:17 Rams 26, Vikings 13 Davis 2 yards to Kenny Britt (Zuerlein kick)

Q4 2:03 Rams 29, Vikings 13 Zuerlein 33 yard kick

FINAL SCORE: Rams 29, Vikings 13

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Around the league, Chicago beat up on Buffalo (20-7), Seattle beat Green Bay (24-17), and Detroit beat the Giants (24-14). It’s important to remember, conference games carry a lot of weight, and this Vikings loss won’t be taken lightly. Teddy played like a rookie today. He was really exciting early, but the second half for the entire team was depressing, and 4 of our 6 second half drives resulted in interceptions, and the other two were punts. Blair missed a field goal early, and those missed points gave the Rams some inspiration.

Teddy finished 15/26 (57%) for 190 and 2 TDs and 4 picks. He connected most with Jarius Wright, 4 catches for 33 yards, and connected for the most yards with Cordarrelle, 3 for 69. Our ground game was off, with Adrian struggling to 41 yards on 14 carries. Jerick McKinnon looked nice on his 2 runs, gaining 32 yards with a 27 long, and we’ll see if he gets more work in the future.

Coon Rapids Hunt Club Trophy Player of the Game: Rams K Greg Zuerlein (17 points, 5/6 FGs, 55 Long, 2PAT)

Charging Rhino Safaris Offensive Player of the Game: Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (3 catches, 69 yards, 1TD)

Jeff’s Home Security Defensive Player of the Game: Rams CB Janoris Jenkins (3 Interceptions)

We’re on to New England!

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The Vikings Mid-Week Report Week 2, 2014

The Vikings suffered two knee injuries in their game at St. Louis last week, and it seems like star running back Adrian Peterson and DE Corey Wooton could miss the game versus New England. Both were officially cleared by the team doctors for practice, but have been limited all week by the coaches.

“New England… they’re banged up, too, and they’re for sure missing Dominique Easley, for sure missing Jamie Collins, and they’ve got a couple guys doubtful (Kenbrell Thompkins and Don Jones) and another questionable (James Develin). They’re in the same ship as us. We just need to field the best team we can, and it should be a competitive game,” said Mike Zimmer.

The Vikings released TE MarQueis Gray in order to sign an additional running back (C.J. Anderson, formerly of the Broncos). Jerome Simpson should see snaps this week, with Jeremy Gallon likely being deactivated. The Vikings have also signed for Rams QB Sam Bradford, and released QB Christian Ponder.

Week 2, 2014. Vs. New England

Vikings inactives: RB Adrian Peterson, WR Jeremy Gallon, G Tony Rucker, DE Corey Wooton, LB Lorenzo Alexander, LB Audie Cole, LB Michael Mauti

The Vikings looked weak to start out the game, allowing 20 straight points, but this game was a very exciting finish. 

Scoring Summary

Q1 8:06 Patriots 3, Vikings 0 Stephen Gostkowski 37 yard kick

Q1 4:40 Patriots 6, Vikings 0 Gostkowski 43 yard kick

Q1 1:30 Patriots 13, Vikings 0 Tom Brady 17 yards to Rob Gronkowski (Gostkowski kick)

Q2 12:40 Patriots 20, Vikings 0 Darrelle Revis 79 yard INT return (Gostkowski kick)

Q2 3:40 Patriots 20, Vikings 7 Teddy Bridgewater 3 yards to Jerome Felton (Blair Walsh kick)

Q2 2:01 Patriots 20, Vikings 14 Matt Asiata 2 yard run (Walsh kick)

Q4 2:16 Vikings 21, Patriots 20 Bridgewater 16 yards to Kyle Rudolph (Walsh kick)


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What a finish that was, the defense showed up in the second half and Teddy led the Vikings to his first ever 4th-quarter comeback! Teddy finished 29/42 (69%) for 260 yards, 2TDs, and 2 picks (bringing his season totals to 44/68 (64.7%) with 4 TDs and 6 picks). C.J. Anderson finished with 36 yards and Jerick McKinnon 38, and the two averaged 3.36 yards per carry together, which isn’t impressive, but is very much an improvement on last week. Jarius finished with 5 grabs for 69 yards, and Jerome Felton had 4 for 53 and a score. Marcus Sherels had a really nice interception return, and the team got after Brady with 6 sacks (2.5 by Everson Griffen and 1.5 by Brian Robison!). The Vikings still have some holes on defense, allowing 102 yards on 14 carries between Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, but it was a big finish, and showed we can compete with the best of them! Skol!

Coon Rapids Hunt Club Trophy Player of the Game: Vikings FB Jerome Felton (4 grabs, 53 yards, 1TD)

Charging Rhino Safaris Offensive Player of the Game: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (10 carries, 76 yards, 3 receptions, 26 yards)

Jeff’s Home Security Defensive Player of the Game: Vikings DE Everson Griffen (4 tackles, 2.5 sacks)

Around the league, Green Bay over the Jets (31-6), 49ers over Bears (24-14), and Panthers cream the Lions (40-14).

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The Vikings mid-week Report, Week 3, 2014.

Coming off of that wild win, the Vikings will have to check themselves before heading to New Orleans this week. Captain Munnerlyn and Brandon Fusco will both miss the next month of playing time, Munnerlyn with a separated shoulder and Fusco with a strained foot ligament. To add another corner, the Vikings released Lorenzo Alexander, who had struggled through an injury and was buried on the depth chart at ILB. They signed UDFA rookie CB Teddy Barger, who played at Missouri. This is the Saints home opener, and they’re coming off of two big wins in which they allowed only 13 total points.

Week 3, 2014. At New Orleans

Vikings inactives: RB Matt Asiata, WR Jeremy Gallon, G Brandon Fusco, DE Corey Wooton, LB Audie Cole, LB Michael Mauti, CB Captain Munnerlyn

Scoring Summary:

Q1 10:48 Vikings 3, Saints 0 Blair Walsh 40 yard kick

Q1 5:24 Vikings 3, Saints 3 Shayne Graham 53 yard kick

Q1 0:56 Vikings 10, Saints 3 Teddy Bridgewater 8 yards to Greg Jennings (Walsh kick)

Q2 2:49 Vikings 10, Saints 10 Drew Brees 18 yards to Marques Colston (Graham kick)

Q3 9:32 Saints 17, Vikings 10 Travaris Cadet 46 yard run (Graham kick)

Q3 4:36 Saints 17, Vikings 17 Bridgewater 8 yards to Cordarrelle Patterson (Walsh kick)

Q3 4:01 Saints 24, Vikings 17 Mark Ingram 68 yard run (Graham kick)

FINAL: Saints 24, Vikings 17

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The Vikings played a tight game with another top contender, but it was all for naught, as they drop to 1-2 on the season. Bridgewater had his first turnover-free game, and looked impressive at times. What hurt the Vikings was that they had to punt 11 times. 11 times! Teddy finished 22/42 (just 52%) for 232 yards and 2 TDs. Adrian had his best game of the season, but still looks pretty average, getting 89 yards on 24 carries. Cordarrelle had a great game, with 8 grabs for 93 yards and a score, and Jennings added 5 for 69 and a score.

Defensively, this Vikings team continues to be terrible at run-stopping, though they allowed the bulk of their yards on the two TD runs (114 of 156 rushing yards). Drew Brees looked bad against the Vikings secondary, though, with just 21 completions on 46 attempts (45.6%!) and 3 interceptions (Harry Smith twice, and Exum once).

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The Vikings mid-week Report, Week 4, 2014.

The Jets beat the Bears 29-2 last week, while the Lions beat Green Bay 37-28. Detroit is in the sole possession of the NFC North, and the Packers are now at the bottom due to tie-breakers.

The Vikings continue to fight injuries, this week having lost Vlad Duccasse and Jarius Wright. Duccasse has a strained rotator cuff, and could probably play if need be. Wright is out, though, with a hyperextended knee.

The 49ers have also been fighting injuries. With “repetitive concussion syndrome”, Antoine Bethea is listed as out for 129 weeks, and Quinton Patton is out 39 weeks with a torn patellar.

This week, the Vikings host the Falcons.  The Falcons are 2-1, but are 3rd in the NFC South because the Panthers and Saints are both 3-0.

Week 4, 2014. Vs Falcons.

Vikings inactives: RB Matt Asiata, WR Jarius Wright, G Vlad Duccasse, G Brandon Fusco, LB Audie Cole, LB Michael Mauti, CB Captain Munnerlyn

Scoring Summary

Q1 4:41 Vikings 3, Falcons 0 Blair Walsh 43 yard kick

Q2 12:58 Falcons 7, Vikings 3 Matt Ryan 5 yard run (Matt Bryant kick)

Q2 7:52 Falcons 10, Vikings 3 Bryant 35 yard kick

Q2 3:13 Falcons 17, Vikings 3 Ryan 6 yards to Jacquizz Rodgers (Bryant kick)

Q2 0:30 Falcons 17, Vikings 10 Teddy Bridgewater 4 yards to Greg Jennings (Walsh kick)

Q3 7:25 Falcons 24, Vikings 10 Ryan 5 yards to Eric Weems (Bryant kick)

Q3 3:05 Falcons 24, Vikings 13 Walsh 42 yard kick

Q4 12:15 Falcons 24, Vikings 16 Walsh 28 yard kick

Q4 9:20 Falcons 31, Vikings 16 Ryan 3 yards to Roddy White (Bryant kick)

FINAL: Falcons 31, Vikings 16

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This is quickly turning into a tough season for the Vikings. Other than week 1, they’ve played very good teams very closely, but ultimately, they haven’t had things go their way. A missed field goal and an interception, both in the second half, really gave this game away. Adrian only carried 6 times for 39 yards, and CJ Anderson added 27 yards on 8 carries. Teddy went 24/35 (68%) for 187, 1TD, and 1 pick. Jeremy Gallon had two really big catches totaling 50 yards to lead the Vikes. Dennis O’Field had a sucky day, only getting 43.8 yards per punt, and 32 NET. Everson had another 2.5 sack game, and Robison added another 1.5.

Jacquizz Rodgers ran all over the Vikings, with 141 yards on 24 carries. Matt Ryan finished 21 of 30 for 3TDs and 233 yards. Julio Jones had 5 grabs for 106 yards.

It is going to be a rough week at practice, especially for these linebackers.

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The Vikings mid-week Report, Week 5

Add Andrew Sendejo and Rhett Ellison to the list of banged-up Vikes. Rhett has a severe wrist sprain, and is out 5 weeks. He could be an IR designation. Sendejo could also see the IR, though he only has a bruised ribcage.

The Vikings have signed TE Jason Herriman, an UDFA out of South Carolina. The Vikings have also signed ILB Larry Tietsworth, an UDFA out of Northwestern, G Wally Flood of Colorado, and released RB Matt Asiata, OT Mike Harris and WR Adam Thielen. A late signing of former Montana State WR Lamar Wishek was also reported.

This week the Vikings are at Green Bay.

Week 5, 2014. At Green Bay.

Vikings inactives: WR Jarius Wright, G Vlad Ducasse, G Brandon Fusco, LB Audie Cole, LB Michael Mauti, CB Captain Munnerlyn, CB Andrew Sendejo. Injured reserve TE Rhett Ellison.

Scoring Summary

Q1 8:17 Packers 7, Vikings 0 Aaron Rodgers 6 yards to Jordy Nelson (Mason Crosby kick)

Q2 9:24 Packers 14, Vikings 0 Rodgers 7 yards to Nelson (Crosby kick)

Q2 6:01 Packers 21, Vikings 0 Rodgers 20 yards to Nelson (Crosby kick)

Q2 2:15 Packers 28, Vikings 0 Rodgers 30 yards to Eddie Lacy (Crosby kick)

Q2 0:03 Packers 28, Vikings 3 Blair Walsh 37 yard kick

Q3 9:23 Packers 28, Vikings 10 Adrian Peterson 1 yard run (Walsh kick)

Q3 4:32 Packers 31, Vikings 10 Crosby 19 yard kick

Q4 15:00 Packers 38, Vikings 10 Rodgers 22 yards to Randall Cobb (Crosby kick)

Q4 14:45 Packers 38, Vikings 17 Teddy Bridgewater 80 yards to Jerome Simpson (Walsh kick)

Q4 9:07 Packers 45, Vikings 17 Rodgers 5 yards to Lacy (Crosby kick)

FINAL: Packers 45, Vikings 17

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The Vikings hardly stood a chance today. Rodgers did whatever he wanted, and apparently he wanted to throw for 399 yards and 6 TDs. Eddie Lacy added 85 yards on 18 carries.

There’s not much positive to say for the Vikings. Teddy… looked bad, at 59% (25/42). 276 yards and a TD, but the TD (and 80 yards) were kind of fluky, and were way beyond the competitive part of the game. Adrian scored his first TD of the year, so there’s that. 13 carries for 71 yards. Dennis O’Field had another bad day. This was just truly a miserable game. Oh, and we suffered a ton more injuries, losing John Sullivan for a couple weeks, Jerome Felton is done for the year with a herniated disk, Jeremy Gallon is out with a strained tennis elbow, and Sharrif pulled his groin. 

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The Vikings mid-week Report, week 6, 2014.

Jeremy Gallon and Jerome Felton have officially been placed on IR. Former Eastern Kentucky WR Gustavo Reck has been signed, as has Sam Houston State punter Wendell Jenson. Both will see immediate action.

The Vikings host Detroit this week. The Lions are 2-3, and on the road average just 14 points per game, allowing 34. The Vikings score 18.5 at home, allowing 25.5.

Week 6, 2014. Vs Detroit.

Vikings inactives: WR Jarius Wright, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Andrew Sendejo, LB Michael Mauti, LB Audie Cole, G Vlad Ducasse, G Brandon Fusco. Injured reserve: Rhett Ellison, Jerome Felton, Jeremy Gallon.

Scoring Summary

Q1 7:44 Vikings 7, Lions 0 Cordarrelle Patterson 85 yard punt return (Blair Walsh kick)

Q2 13:57 Vikings 14, Lions 0 Teddy Bridgewater 4 yards to Gustavo Reck (Walsh kick)

Q2 6:59 Vikings 21, Lions 0 Bridgewater 6 yards to Adrian Peterson (Walsh kick)

Q2 5:05 Vikings 21, Lions 7 Matthew Stafford 31 yards to Golden Tate (Matt Prater kick)

Q2 2:07 Vikings 28, Lions 7 Bridgewater 44 yards to Lamar Wishek (Walsh kick)

Q3 10:22 Vikings 28, Lions 14 Stafford 12 yards to Reggie Bush (Prater kick)

Q3 4:37 Vikings 35, Lions 14 Bridgewater 6 yards to Patterson (Walsh kick)

FINAL: Vikings 35, Lions 14

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What a game for the Minnesota Vikings! No turnovers, they forced 3 of their own, and just an exciting game overall! Whatever coach Zimmer said last week, along with the miserable loss to the Packers, it really lit a fire under this team this week.

Adrian had his first 100 yard game of the year, getting 101 yards on 24 carries. Teddy finished 20/26 (76.9%) for 211 yards and 4 TDs! Four touchdowns! Adrian added 5 catches for 55 yards and a score, Xavier Rhodes had 2 picks, and Teddy Barger added another. The only facet the Vikings struggled in was punting again, with Windell Johnson not showing much improvement over Dennis O’Field’s latest slump.

The Vikings held the Lions to 26 rushing yards on 14 carries. Stafford finished 33/57 for 347, with those 2 TDs and 3 picks. 

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The Vikings mid-week Report, Week 7, 2014.

The Vikings couldn’t escape injury against the Lions, as Harrison Smith and Antone Exum both were hurt. Smith had an ab strain and could miss up to a month, and Exum pulled his groin. Jarius Wright should return this week, after missing the last couple games.

The Vikings released ILB Audie Cole, who hasn’t been active yet, and signed UDFA from Florida State FB Seth Kagan.

The Vikings travel to Buffalo this week. The Bills are 2-4 (1-2 at home, scoring 21 per home game and allowing 22). The 2-4 Vikings are 0-3 on the road, scoring 16 and allowing 32.6 per away contest.

Week 7, 2014. At Buffalo.

Vikings inactives: WR Gustavo Reck, G Vlad Ducasse, G Brandon Fusco, LB Michael Mauti, CB Captain Munnerlyn, FS Harrison Smith, SS Antone Exum. Injured Reserve: Rhett Ellison, Jeremy Gallon, Jerome Felton.

Scoring Summary

Q2 9:48 Vikings 7, Bills 0 Teddy Bridgewater 11 yards to Kyle Rudolph (Blair Walsh kick)

Q2 2:50 Vikings 7, Bills 7 EJ Manuel 3 yards to Sammy Watkins (Dan Carpenter kick)

Q2 1:07 Vikings 14, Bills 7 Bridgewater 39 yards to Jarius Wright (Walsh kick)

Q3 7:07 Vikings 21, Bills 7 Adrian Peterson 20 yard run (Walsh kick)

Q3 1:52 Vikings 21, Bills 10 Carpenter 49 yard kick

Q4 11:56 Vikings 24, Bills 10 Walsh 42 yard kick

Q4 7:04 Vikings 24, Bills 17 Manuel 24 yards to C.J. Spiller (Carpenter kick)

Q4 0:07 Vikings 27, Bills 17 Walsh 21 yard kick

FINAL: Vikings 27, Bills 17

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Another week, another win! Adrian had 23 carries for 107 yards, Teddy went 17/22 (77%) for 190 yards and 2 scores, no turnovers, and the defense came away with 2 interceptions. Wright finished with 4 grabs for 79 yards and a score. Teddy Barger had another pick, and Sherels added one. Wendell Jenson finished with a 47.0 average, a big improvement from last week. 

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The Vikings mid-week Report, Week 8, 2014.

The Vikings opened the week announcing that Vlad Ducasse was cleared to return… and released, signing 5th year pro Alex Boone after his release from the 49ers.

There were no Vikings injured this week, and Captain Munnerlyn will return to action. The Vikings take on the Buccaneers in Tampa this week, and the Buccaneers have yet to win a game.

Week 8, 2014. At Tampa.

Vikings inactives: WR Gustavo Reck, G Brandon Fusco, G Wally Flood, LB Brandon Watts, CB Jabari Price, FS Harrison Smith, SS Antone Exum. Injured reserve: Rhett Ellison, Jeremy Gallon, Jerome Felton.

Scoring Summary

Q1 1:47 Buccaneers 3, Vikings 0 Patrick Murray 18 yard kick

Q3 0:05 Buccaneers 3, Vikings 3 Blair Walsh 29 yard kick

Q4 13:54 Vikings 10, Buccaneers 3 Xavier Rhodes 85 yard INT return (Walsh kick)

FINAL: Vikings 10, Buccaneers 3

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Each team had 4 turnovers in a really sloppy game. Other than the Packers, the Vikings have played to the level of their opponents, but that’s not a good thing when you’re playing the winless Buccaneers. Adrian Peterson and C.J. Anderson both saw work this week, totaling 97 yards on 29 carries between the two. Teddy went 20/27 for 153 yards, no TDs, and 2 picks. Cordarrelle led with 5 grabs for 48 yards. In addition to the Rhodes pick, Sherels and Sendejo also had picks. Wendell Johnson had an average day at the office punting.

The Bucs were limited because of Mike Glennon’s 3 INTs, but Glennon finished 29/45 for 329 yards. Vincent Jackson had 8 catches for 99 yards.

Adrian sprained his knee in the game, and we’re waiting to hear finite results. 

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The Vikings have had an up-and-down season so far, upsetting the Patriots, getting destroyed by the Pack, and barely squeaking by the Buccaneers. Injuries have plagued the Vikings, as well as a lack of depth at positions that seem to be injured.


In the 1st half of the season, Teddy Bridgewater has looked like the rookie he is, but he’s also had some “All-Pro” moments. Teddy is 172/262 (65.64%), with 1699 yards, 14TDs, and 9 picks.

The Vikings have only rushed for 3 TDs on the year, and one of the guys who scored one (Matt Asiata) is no longer on the team. Adrian leads the team with a 4.19 average and 494 yards, with 2 scores, while Jerick McKinnon is 4.18 and 92 yards, and CJ Anderson 187 and a 3.4 average.

Cordarrelle Patterson leads the team in receptions, with 37 for 361 and 3 TDs. Greg Jennings has 27 for 259 and 2.


Jasper Brinkley leads the D with 46 tackles. Anthony Barr has 15 assisted tackles, and Everson Griffen has 7.5 sacks. Marcus Sherels and Xavier Rhodes are tied with 3 INTs.

Special Teams

Cordarrelle is exciting with his returns, though he has a 15.3 AVG, which is 6th in the league. Greg Jennings has a 29.1 AVG on kickoff returns, currently good for 7th in the league. Blair Walsh is 8/10 on  FGs with a 43 Long. Dennis O’field has the 16th ranked punting average at 44.7, and Wendell Jenson is 18th at 44.4. Josh Robinson is 2nd in the league with 20 special teams tackles.


The 4-4 Vikings have to step it up in a few areas. The Vikings have allowed the 8th most rushing yards, and the 5th highest rushing average. They’ve also allowed the 4th most passing yards. Offensively, they have the 12th ranked rushing offense for yards, but 20th for average. They have the 24th ranked passing yards offense, and are 25th in yards per passing attempt.

The Vikings have been scoring 19.625 points per game, and allowing 22.875. In 5 road games, they are 2-3, scoring 17 points per game and allowing 23.6.

The remaining schedule could be tough, but there are only 3 road games left. Week 9 they host the Redskins (4-3-1), Week 10 is a bye, Week 11 they go to Chicago (5-3) before hosting Green Bay (5-3) and Carolina (4-4), finishing at Detroit (3-5), at Miami (2-5), and then home against Chicago (5-3). The first half of the schedule featured a SOS of just .475, while the second half is .518.

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