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With Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton both hitting free agency and the Vikings seeming to lack a definite in-house option to line up opposite Harrison Smith, speculation is swirling that Minnesota will add a starting safety either via free agency or …
Posted on 10 February 2016 | 1:01 am
Mike Zimmer is the reason Minnesota Vikings are growing
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer made two big coaching changes by hiring Tony Sparano as the offensive line coach and Pat Shurmur to coach the tight ends. What makes both coaching moves interesting is that both Sparano and Shurmur were …
La Canfora: Vikings Hires Say a Lot About ZimmerVikings.com
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 9:36 pm
Revisiting the Vikings' Great Favre Caper of 2010
MINNEAPOLIS — The election of Brett Favre to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 has brought back a wave of interviews with, public appearances from and stories about the Ol' Gunslinger. Former Minnesota Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson was …
Green Bay Packers fan film seeks Minnesota Vikings fansFOXSports.com
Minnesota Vikings fans sought for 'bad guy' parts in Green Bay Packers movieWTMJ-TV (press release) (registration) (blog)
Brett Favre looks back at his time with Minnesota Vikings247Sports
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 6:51 pm
Minnesota Vikings will have to make tough decision on Matt Kalil
The Minnesota Vikings have some tough decisions to make when it comes to the personnel they want to have on the roster in 2016. The one that stands out the most has to be left tackle Matt Kalil who is entering the final year of his contract. According …
Posted on 9 February 2016 | 5:37 pm
Draft order for first three Minnesota Vikings picks set
Super Bowl 50 is in the books and that means the 2016 NFL Draft is starting to take shape. The first 95 picks of the draft are now set and the Minnesota Vikings will have the 23rd pick in each round. They will start with first round with the 23rd …
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 3:34 pm
Defense-first Super Bowl champ provides hope for Vikings
This year, five of the six NFC playoff teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, were among the league's top 12 in points allowed. It's no longer true, if it ever was, that a champion's pedigree can include a wanton disregard for defense. Here the …
Top offseason questions facing the Vikings1500 ESPN
Defense still does it and Minnesota Vikings have itScout
Minnesota Vikings owner looks ahead to 2016 season247Sports
Vikings.com –Vikings Journal (registration) (blog) –Vikings Territory
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 12:15 pm
Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson voted Ground Player of Year winner by fans
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was named FedEx Ground Player of the Year by a fan vote for the fifth time in his nine-year career. Vikings at Packers (NFC North Championship): 1/3/16. The Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson celebrates …
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Posted on 6 February 2016 | 11:10 pm
More Minnesota Vikings In Bad Lip Reading, Part 2
This one gives us some more appearances by members of our favorite football team, as three members of the Minnesota Vikings appear in this second installment. Adrian Peterson is back for a second appearance, as you'd expect (though the BLR folks do …
Minnesota Vikings in Bad Lip Reading: NFL 2016 Part 2The Viking Age
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Posted on 6 February 2016 | 8:03 am
A No-Trade Offseason Plan for the Minnesota Vikings
While this raises the specter of Adrian Peterson's 2017 contract ($18 million cap hit in 2017), it does present us with a completely different set of options for Minnesota in free agency and the draft. While we don't net the second-rounder I predict …
Posted on 5 February 2016 | 2:13 pm
Report: Minnesota Vikings Interested In Drafting Derrick Henry?
We'll have our first edition of the 2016 installment of our Mock Draft Database posted here the weekend before the Combine starts, and with the Minnesota Vikings picking much farther down the draft board than we've seen the past couple of years, we …
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Posted on 3 February 2016 | 3:51 pm
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It’s probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos’ championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let’s say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case. This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday. All-world pass rusher and free agent-to-be Von Miller will get the franchise tag, but that will eat up a lot of cap room. We don’t know who the quarterback will be — it’s probably going to be Brock Osweiler, but he was inconsistent and will get a huge pay bump. And if he hits free agency there’s no guarantee he’ll be back. There are a few teams who are desperate at quarterback. If Osweiler escapes and Manning retires as expected, things might get really scary in Denver. Assuming Miller gets the tag and/or a long-term deal, and Osweiler gets overpaid a bit to stay, that doesn’t leave much for other free agents like defensive lineman Malik Jackson, linebackers Danny Trevathan, running back Ronnie Hillman and guard Evan Mathis. Linebacker Brandon Marshall and running back C.J. Anderson are restricted free agents. Veterans like guard Louis Vasquez and tackle Ryan Clady could get cut to clear up cap room. Pass rusher DeMarcus Ware might not survive Denver’s offseason either, considering cutting him would save $10 million and the Broncos have young rushers Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett behind him. No matter which tough decisions Elway makes, this will be a much different roster next season. Elway has done a great job as a GM, and he’ll do fine in reshaping Denver going forward. But you can’t just pencil the Broncos in as the team to beat next season. Not yet, anyway. It’s way, way too early to power rank all 32 teams for next season, but it’s fun to try. These rankings will shift dramatically once we get through free agency and the draft, so take them for what they’re worth. Consider these power rankings a snapshot as we head into the offseason (and next to each team’s name are the early odds to win Super Bowl LI from the Hard Rock in Vegas): 32. Cleveland Browns (100-to-1) Maybe Josh Gordon comes back and can finally be trusted. Maybe the quarterback the Browns take second overall will be the right guy, finally. Hue Jackson was definitely a good hire for them. But there’s a long, long way to go. 31. Tennessee Titans (75-to-1) The Mike Mularkey hiring might end up going wire to wire as the strangest move of the offseason . But the Titans do have a very promising quarterback in Marcus Mariota and have the No. 1 pick. They should be better. They won’t be good, just better. 30. Jacksonville Jaguars (50-to-1) Win totals the last five years: 5, 2, 4, 3, 5. Sure, the offense looked better, but Blake Bortles still needs to show some consistency. It’s hard to trust them to make a huge leap yet, considering they’ve been so bad for so long. 29. San Francisco 49ers (50-to-1) This Colin Kaepernick-Jets talk gives us something to discuss this offseason, but it’s not like he’s a free agent and it’s not like the Jets seem all that interested. So there’s that. Kaepernick had a bad 2015 and he has a $16 million cap hit for 2016, but it would be foolish for the 49ers to cut him now. They have plenty of cap space, and $16 million is a relatively small investment to see if Kaepernick can blossom with Chip Kelly. 28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55-to-1)
Posted on 9 February 2016 | 7:51 pm
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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 12:41 pm
After his Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl 24-10 over the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Peyton Manning said he would ”take some time to reflect” before deciding if he will retire. The 18-year veteran got his 200th career victory and second title in this Super Bowl. It ended an at-times rocky season for Manning in the Broncos, and the quarterback said ”this game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness.
Posted on 8 February 2016 | 7:24 am
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 5:48 pm
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Almost everyone seems to think the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl 50, and beat the Denver Broncos rather handily. That has been the vibe in the Bay Area, and the betting in Las Vegas reflects it too. Jay Kornegay, who runs the sports book at the Las Vegas Westgate, said earlier this week that 85 percent of bets are coming in on the favored Panthers, according to Jason Logan at Covers.com . The Panthers were favored by 5.5 points on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. Before we book the victory parade in Charlotte for next week, it’s worth looking at the history of some of the notable upsets in Super Bowl history. Alfred Williams was involved in one of the six major upsets in Super Bowl history, as an All-Pro defensive end for the 1997 Denver Broncos. The Broncos were 11-point underdogs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and won 31-24. The problem with asking Williams how the Broncos pulled off that upset is he never thought it was an upset. “We were way better than them. Period,” said Williams, who these days hosts a radio show in Denver. “We went across our individual matchups and I couldn’t see where they were better than us. They weren’t better than us at running back, they weren’t better than us at quarterback, they weren’t better than us at wide receiver or tight end or offensive line or defensive line for that matter. We matched them everywhere. I don’t understand why we were not favored.” Williams said he never knew what the point spread was that week. He said he realized most people expected the Packers to win, but he never did. “I hear that and I laugh. Because I’m like, man, maybe people really did think we were going to lose that game,” Williams said with a shrug. Williams is biased, but he thinks this Broncos team can pull off the seventh big upset in Super Bowl history. So as it turns out, not everyone in the Bay Area believes the Panthers will roll. “This team has a lot of old, salty veterans who can play,” Williams said. “People don’t understand who the Broncos are right now. They’re a tough, resilient, do-whatver-it-takes football team.” To qualify as a major Super Bowl upset for this post, the winning team had to be at least a 7-point underdog coming in, based on Vegas Insider’s Super Bowl betting history . Not every upset is the same, but there are lessons to be learned from each of the six shockers in Super Bowl history. (We’ll even include Super Bowl XXXII, even though Williams insists it wasn’t an upset.) Super Bowl III New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7 Colts were favored by 18 points We all know the Jets were confident coming in, given Joe Namath’s famous guarantee and all. And the Jets played well but it’s easy to see why they won: The Colts had five turnovers, and the Jets had one. Even an 18-point underdog has a shot when it’s plus-four in turnovers. Three of the Colts’ interceptions were thrown at the Jets’ 4-yard line, the Jets’ 15 and the Jets’ 25. One pick came when Earl Morrall missed Johnny Orr running wide open on a trick play. The Colts also missed a couple field goals, including a 27-yarder early on. The Jets did a fine job running the ball and moving the chains with a short passing game, but turnovers were the key. The Colts did not play well. Ingredients for the upset: Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers Super Bowl IV Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7 Vikings were favored by 12 We have to take into account that sometimes the line is way off. That might have been the case for Super Bowl IV as everyone was still under the impression the AFL was the NFL’s junior varsity. Looking back, the Chiefs had a phenomenal team. They had seven Hall of Fame players and a Hall of Fame coach in Hank Stram. But again, turnovers were key. The Vikings had five. The Chiefs had one. Kansas City’s defense had a great day, limiting Minnesota to 239 yards, 13 first downs and a single second-half touchdown after the Chiefs already held a 16-0 lead. Ingredients for the upset: Turnovers, stifling defense, bad betting line Super Bowl XXV New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19 Bills were favored by 7 This upset featured complementary football at its finest. The Giants’ offense pounded the ball on the ground and held the pigskin for an amazing 40:33. That kept the Bills’ great offense off the field. And Buffalo didn’t do much when it had the ball. The Giants took away the deep pass, giving up just one toss of more than 20 yards. Thurman Thomas had a fine day on the ground, but the Giants were willing to live with that. And then there was some luck, as Scott Norwood missed wide right at the end. Ingredients for the upset: Time of possession, limit big plays, missed field goal at the end Super Bowl XXXII Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24 Packers were favored by 11 Williams’ feelings about this game aren’t unique. Many players from that Broncos team will say they were very confident they were going to win because they felt they were the best team. And as we look back, the 1996-98 Broncos were a phenomenal football team. Coach Mike Shanahan also had a great day, effectively taking All-Pro defenders Reggie White and LeRoy Butler out of the game with his play-calling. And the Broncos got a phenomenal effort from Terrell Davis, who rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns despite missing about a quarter due to a migraine headache. We’ll also give Williams some credit: There’s no way this Broncos team should have been a double-digit underdog against anyone. “We just played our normal game,” Williams said. “We didn’t make any adjustments. We just played football.” Ingredients for the upset: Coaching, great individual performance, bad betting line Super Bowl XXXVI New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17 Rams favored by 14 Of all the upsets on the list, this one is among the hardest to figure out. The Rams dominated the box score. St. Louis had 26 first downs to New England’s 15, 427 yards to 267 for the Patriots, and controlled the ball for 33:30. Tom Brady had 92 passing yards going into New England’s final drive. New England was just 2-of-11 on third downs. Turnovers were huge. St. Louis had three. New England had none. Cornerback Ty Law’s pick-six of Kurt Warner was the biggest play of the game. A fumble by the Rams gave the Patriots field position at St. Louis’ 40-yard line and they cashed in a touchdown. It was also curious that the Rams didn’t use Marshall Faulk more, giving him just 17 carries compared to 44 pass attempts for Warner. Give Bill Belichick credit for doing some things to take Faulk away. And while the Patriots gave up a lot of yards, they got key stops. St. Louis didn’t reach the end zone until the fourth quarter. Then, of course, when New England needed it, Brady came alive and led one great drive to set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal. Ingredients for the upset: Turnovers, big defensive score, clutch last-minute drive Super Bowl XLII New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14 Patriots favored by 12 The Patriots were on the wrong end of an upset just six years later. This game was dominated by the Giants’ defensive line, which got consistent pressure on Brady and sacked him five times. Due to pressure the Giants held an offense that is among the best in NFL history to just 14 points. The Patriots were stuck on 7 points until the final three minutes. New York also didn’t give up any big plays. The longest pass play for the Patriots was 19 yards. Their longest run was 9 yards. New England couldn’t effectively run the ball, with just 45 yards on 16 attempts. The Giants made New England one-dimensional but still didn’t allow any big pass plays. The Patriots took the lead with 2:45 left. Then Eli Manning led a game-winning drive highlighted by David Tyree’s famous helmet catch. New York coverted a fourth down and two third downs on that drive, including a third-and-11 after Tyree’s catch. Ingredients for the upset: No big plays allowed, dominant pass rush, clutch late drive – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 4:31 pm
The first NFL game Brett Favre ever attended, as a teenager growing up in Mississippi, was the final home game of Ken ”The Snake” Stabler’s career. Favre, a New Orleans Saints fan, traveled the hour-or-so drive from home to the Superdome on that Sunday in 1984 with his father, older brother and uncle – and it was a thrill to watch a guy who electrified a stadium the way Favre himself would one day. ”All of a sudden, the crowd goes crazy, and it’s because Ken Stabler poked his head out of the locker room.
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 12:30 pm
Cam Newton is now a Super Bowl quarterback with an MVP award. Newton, the Carolina Panthers star, won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards Saturday night. ”It means so much, but not just for myself,” Newton said in a video acceptance speech for the MVP award.
Posted on 7 February 2016 | 7:24 am
Cam Newton and the rest of his ”Dabbin”’ dancing, selfie-with-the-clock-still-running Carolina Panthers will try to avoid the same fate the 2007 Patriots or the 1968 Colt, teams whose seemingly inevitable coronation instead turned into a crowning moment for the underdog. Don Shula’s first truly great team came four years before he led the Miami Dolphins to perfection. With the Green Bay Packers dynasty in its twilight, the Colts picked up the mantle of NFL’s best and ran with it.
Posted on 6 February 2016 | 5:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt has been found guilty of one count of bank fraud.
Posted on 6 February 2016 | 3:06 am
By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Former quarterback Troy Aikman says he is fortunate to have gotten out of the NFL in good health as news of brain trauma in recently deceased former players is mounting, and he knows others are suffering. “I know there’s people that I played with and against and those before me that are really battling some tough times as a result we assume from having played the game,” the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys told Reuters on Thursday. Two days before, a specialist said a study of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler’s brain following his death last year showed signs of CTE, which is closely associated with the repeated head blows common in boxing, hockey, football and other contact sports.
Posted on 6 February 2016 | 1:36 am