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San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings: a tale of two football stadiums – The Guardian

The Guardian

San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings: a tale of two football stadiums
The Guardian
Despite state regulations and immense pressure from the Audubon Society and local officials, the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, built by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, plans to utilize non-bird-safe glass, which is also less energy efficient.

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 12:35 pm

2014 Predictions: Minnesota Vikings – ESPN (blog)

2014 Predictions: Minnesota Vikings
ESPN (blog)
Minnesota's last win at Soldier Field came in 2007. Against a dangerous Bears offense — and in Jared Allen's first matchup against his old team — the Vikings' losing streak in Chicago doesn't figure to end. Keep an eye on cornerback Xavier Rhodes in

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 12:05 pm

5 Good Impressions From The Minnesota Vikings Preseason – The Viking Age

Bleacher Report

5 Good Impressions From The Minnesota Vikings Preseason
The Viking Age
The Minnesota Vikings ended the preseason 4-0 and showed a lot of positive things that fans haven't seen in a while. With plenty of reasons to be excited about the team going forward, I decided to do a list of some of the things that have me most
Vikings' safety situation still in fluxESPN (blog)
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 9/1Daily Norseman
Minnesota Vikings 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis, X-Factors and Bleacher Report
CBS Local -Rant Sports -fanatix
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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 11:14 am

How the Minnesota Vikings Can Stop the Rams Offense in Week 1 Matchup – Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report

How the Minnesota Vikings Can Stop the Rams Offense in Week 1 Matchup
Bleacher Report
The Minnesota Vikings' new-look defense will take the field for the first time in 2014 against a St. Louis Rams offense with new pieces of their own. Many things remain the same though. The Rams offense is still led by offensive coordinator Brian …

Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:45 am

Minnesota Vikings Fielding One Of The NFL’s Youngest Rosters – Daily Norseman

Minnesota Vikings Fielding One Of The NFL's Youngest Rosters
Daily Norseman
The average age across the Minnesota Vikings' roster is 25.58 years of age. In the NFC, only the St. Louis Rams (25.09) and the Dallas Cowboys (25.44) skew younger. The Rams. . .who the Vikings will see on Sunday in the 2014 season opener. . .are the …

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 6:52 pm

Linval Joseph returns to practice for Vikes – ESPN (blog)

Linval Joseph returns to practice for Vikes
ESPN (blog)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who was hit in the left calf by a stray bullet in an Aug. 9 nightclub shooting in Minneapolis, returned to practice for the first time since the shooting on Sunday, and was a full participant again
Vikings' Linval Joseph returns to practice for first time since shootingSI.com
Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph good to go for openerTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:36 pm

Minnesota Vikings Sign Cornerback Chris Greenwood To Practice Squad – Daily Norseman

Minnesota Vikings Sign Cornerback Chris Greenwood To Practice Squad
Daily Norseman
Greenwood was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft (#148 overall) by the Detroit Lions. He played his college ball at Division III Albion College in Michigan. He has played for both the Lions and the Dallas Cowboys over the course of his

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:59 pm

Vikings have league’s fifth-youngest roster – ESPN (blog)

Vikings have league's fifth-youngest roster
ESPN (blog)
MINNEAPOLIS — Since the start of the Minnesota Vikings' organizational overhaul in 2011, when Rick Spielman put a greater emphasis on building through the draft, the team's roster has typically ranked among the league's youngest. The youth movement …
Spielman: Vikings 'looked at 20' possible waiver claims1500 ESPN
As Expected, Christian Ponder Survives Roster CutsThe Viking Age

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 12:01 pm

Minnesota Vikings Roster Moves: Vikings Claim MarQueis Gray, Mike Harris On … – Daily Norseman

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota Vikings Roster Moves: Vikings Claim MarQueis Gray, Mike Harris On
Daily Norseman
The 53-man roster isn't even 24 hours old, and already we have seen a few significant changes to it thanks to the waiver claim process. The Minnesota Vikings were at #8 on the waiver priority list, as it was based on last year's draft order, and
Vikings claim Gray, Harris off waiversESPN (blog)
Vikings Sign Ex-Gopher MarQueis Gray, As Tight EndCBS Local
Minnesota Vikings Claim Former Gopher MarQueis Gray Off WaiversVikings Territory
The Viking Age -TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press -FOXSports.com
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Posted on 31 August 2014 | 8:15 pm

Vikings’ practice squad (nearly) complete – ESPN (blog)

Vikings' practice squad (nearly) complete
ESPN (blog)
The Vikings' practice squad is at nine, and the final spot could be slotted for offensive lineman Austin Wentworth, whom the Vikings waived on Sunday; a league source said the team was hoping to add Wentworth to the practice squad if he made it through …

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 7:37 pm

Yahoo Sports – NFL – Minnesota Vikings News

Addition of Williams gives depth to Seattle’s line (The Associated Press)

Cliff Avril watched Kevin Williams going through practice drills, amazed by what he was seeing from a defensive tackle entering his 12th season. It’s why Seattle pursued Williams so much during the offseason. I’m definitely going to pick his brain to see if I can steal another five years.” The addition of Williams in June seemed like a smart way for Seattle to add a veteran to its defensive line at a relative bargain. Williams gives Seattle the chance to go big and play a front of three defensive tackles in run situations, but his quickness off the snap means he can also be used in passing downs.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:55 pm

McCoy has sights set on 2,000 yards rushing (The Associated Press)

LeSean McCoy holds eight Philadelphia Eagles team records, is a two-time All-Pro, and already declared to the world that he’s the best running back in the NFL. ”There’s different things that I can get better at,” McCoy said.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 9:16 pm

Renovated Vikings defense ready to play for real (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Vikings will have seven new starters in their base defense this season. After giving up the most points in the NFL last year, the Vikings have been busy undertaking a renovation project that began when Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach. One, strong safety, has remained that way after the relatively surprising release of veterans Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman. Robert Blanton has been listed first on the depth chart, with Andrew Sendejo behind him, but Zimmer declined to declare a winner.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 8:40 pm

NFL Preview Week: 12 second-year players ready to break out (Shutdown Corner)

Coaches often say that the biggest growth in an NFL player occurs between the first and second season. Rookie confusion can lead to second-year clarity and a sense of being unencumbered. In this rush-to-judgment league, it’s easy to forget last year’s draft class. But here are some of the second-year players who might be ready to remind everyone just how good they still are: Cleveland Browns pass rusher Barkevious Mingo — When you listen to him talk this preseason, the words “comfortable” and “confident” are used a lot. That’s because Mingo, who was always seen as a work in progress entering the league, now has his body and mind properly shaped to be an impact player. The Browns will have a strong top three edge rushers with Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard and Mingo and can rotate them and keep them fresh. Mingo likely will be an open-side rusher (the offense’s left side) and will be his best to use quickness and length to distract and disrupt quarterbacks. He had three of his five sacks in his first three NFL games but wore down. Now, in Year 2, Mingo should have the stamina to put up double digits in that category. [Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ]

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 1:45 pm

NFL Preview Week: Top 10 wild cards for the 2014 season (Shutdown Corner)

One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were a joke, the Houston Texans were a Super Bowl contender, the Carolina Panthers were (at best) a middling team and Chip Kelly was an intriguing fascination, but also as the proverbial college coach coming to the big, bad NFL. How much our opinions changed of them in short order. Four months from now, most of what we know will be unwritten or rewritten. There will be some out-of-left-field developments, some behind-the-scenes contributors and some unexpected changes to the NFL landscape. [Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] We’re here to try to predict those. Call them the “wild-card” factors — the either-or propositions around the league that could sway a team (or teams) from 6-10 to 10-6, from putting their coaches on the hot seat to putting the team in the postseason derby. Here’s our list of the top 10 for the 2014 NFL season: Rob Gronkowski — The New England Patriots have the best all-around tight end when he’s healthy (Jimmy Graham is the better receiver of the two), as the classic “Y” player in this offense who can be as devastating as a run blocker as he is a seam splitter and red-zone threat. But Gronkowski has been saddled with injuries the past two seasons and is coming off a torn ACL last season, and he did not play a snap in the preseason so we’re left to speculate his availability for Week 1 and for the remainder of the season. The Patriots are just a different animal offensively with Gronk on the field, and healthy. Tom Brady had an up-and-down 2013 season, with his lowest full-season completion percentage since 2003. But Brady was markedly better with Gronk in the lineup from Weeks 7-14:   Games Completions Attempts Passing yards Touchdowns Interceptions Completion % Yards/attempt 7 (with Gronk) 182 284 2205 13 5 64.1 7.76 9 (without Gronk) 198 344 2138 12 6 57.6 6.22 2013 total 380 628 4343 25 11 60.5 6.92 Brady trusts Gronkowski more than anyone not named Julian Edelman, and the relationship and symmetry with Danny Amendola appears stronger in Year 2. Watch for the development, too, of two bigger targets outside in Brandon LaFell and Tim Wright, along with two excellent screen/short passing game options in running backs Shane Vereen (who missed half the season with a wrist injury that affected his ability to catch the ball) and rookie James White. But Gronk is the biggest X-factor. His mere (healthy) presence can make the Patriots’ offense a top-five unit again, and that means this could be another Super Bowl team. Referees calling things tighter — Book it: The greater emphasis on calling pass interference, defensive holding and illegal contact from the preseason will linger into regular season. There’s no throwing on the brakes, so to speak — not when refs have been instructed to call these pass-related infractions much tighter. To ask them to go back to the other enforcement of the rules would be disingenuous and pointless. Now, could we see a settling in back toward the norm by midseason? Sure, or after defenses complain. That’s also bound to happen. It will be a major talking point if, say, the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks opener is marred by a maelstrom of yellow flags because the world will be watching on Thursday night. If that happens, then everyone’s radars — which already have been attuned after the preseason madness — will be up for the rest of Week 1. It very well could be the takeaway talking point after the first slate of games. The Seahawks are the team believed to be the one that could be the most affected by stricter enforcement of these penalties, but there are others. The Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and others will feel the effects with how handsy they get on opposing receivers. Teams will have to adjust. There might be a leveling off of the flags at some point, but expect the preseason flurry to carry over into the early part of the season.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 12:34 pm

National Football League roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) – San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for “inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant”. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.

Posted on 1 September 2014 | 2:54 am

Vikings sign ex-Gopher MarQueis Gray, as tight end (The Associated Press)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have claimed tight end MarQueis Gray and offensive tackle Mike Harris off waivers.

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 9:45 pm

Three-Down Linebackers (Rotoworld)

Jeff Ratcliffe gives you a heads up on which linebackers play three downs for all 32 teams.

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 7:27 pm

Crocker, Coleman, Evans among Vikings cuts (The Associated Press)

One of the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest question marks entering training camp was who was going to step in to start at the safety position opposite standout Harrison Smith. One month, four preseason games and two roster cutdowns later, the question remains. The Vikings released veterans Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford, who started 41 games for them over the previous three seasons, on injured reserve on Saturday night, leaving them light on experience at safety as the season opener against St. Louis approaches. Longtime defensive lineman Fred Evans was also among the final cuts as the Vikings chose to go younger at defensive tackle behind starters Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd.

Posted on 31 August 2014 | 12:15 am

Durham, Leshoure among Lions cuts (The Associated Press)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Wide receiver Kris Durham and running back Mikel Leshoure were among 22 cuts by the Detroit Lions on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit.

Posted on 30 August 2014 | 9:37 pm