Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:33:31 GMT2016-10-22T06:33:31Z
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:33:31 GMT2016-10-22T06:33:31ZSam Bradford has been both steady and spectacular, leading the league in completion percentage while connecting on highlight-reel throws.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:36:11 GMT2016-10-22T04:36:11Z
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:21:11 GMT2016-10-22T02:21:11ZEvery week following the Access Vikings Gameday Preview podcast we’ll delve deeper into the player Andrew Krammer pegged as a key difference maker for the upcoming game. The evolution of Brian Robison is one of the reasons for the Vikings defensive line’s success this season. Robison, the 33-year-old defensive end in his 10th NFL season, has embraced new assignments in the playbook that have him, at times, running away from the quarterback. Though on Sunday in Philadelphia, the Vikings have to like his outlook going forward in the upcoming matchup with Eagles rookie right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who will start his second game for the suspended Lane Johnson. Last week, the guy across from Vaitai, Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan, accounted for 2.5 sacks on five quarterback hits as Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz took five sacks in a loss. Enter Robison, whose play has yet to drop off with age. And they’re not giving him much of a break. Only Everson Griffen has played more snaps along the defensive line this season as Robison is on pace to play more than 900 snaps for the sixth straight year. Against the Texans two weeks ago, Robison showed again he’s still a handful when you let him rush the right edge. He twice sacked Brock Osweiler, letting a third just out of his grasp. Robison is also asked to make an impact beyond his sack totals as a movable piece in Mike Zimmer’s blitz schemes. Whether his hand is in the turf at left end or he’s standing over a guard or center as the defensive tackle, Robison could be dropping back to cover a tight end or running back. At the line, he’s given responsibilities to call stunts or twists depending on their own play call. Sometimes he’s setting the pick to free another teammate. On this third-and-12 against the Texans, Robison is standing between right guard and right tackle with Danielle Hunter at left end. At the line, Robison lurches forward to create the slightest hesitation from the linemen and drops to cover the tight end. Click here if this video is not displaying. Griffen, Hunter and even Tom Johnson have dropped into coverage to boost the unpredictability of this Vikings defense. Though their teeth really come out when they’re let loose to attack the quarterback. Many, especially Griffen, have an impeccable timing for the snap and a wide array of pass-rush moves. And on Sunday against the Eagles and their rookie right tackle, keep an eye on Robison when he lines up at his traditional spot of left end. All four of his sacks this season, including two strip-sacks, have come from there. Click here if this video is not displaying.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:31:48 GMT2016-10-22T04:31:48Z
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:07:38 GMT2016-10-21T23:07:38ZWide receiver Stefon Diggs is expected to return to the lineup Sunday against the Eagles after practicing for a third straight day today. Diggs, who is dealing with a groin injury, was a full participant today after being limited the past two days. He’s officially listed as questionable. The injury sidelined him in the win over the Texans before the bye week. Top pick Laquon Treadwell (thumb) is also questionable while fellow wide receiver Jarius Wright (ankle) is doubtful for the game in Philadelphia. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and tight end MyCole Pruitt (knee) won’t play. Neither player participated in practice this week, and coach Mike Zimmer indicated yesterday that Floyd won’t be back anytime soon. Offensive linemen Brandon Fusco, Alex Boone and Jeremiah Sirles will all be available to play against the Eagles despite being listed on the injury report throughout the week. Ditto for outside linebacker Anthony Barr.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:09:37 GMT2016-10-21T23:09:37ZAggressive safety Sendejo is showing more patience.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:21:20 GMT2016-10-22T06:21:20ZThe Vikings take on Sam Bradford’s former team, the Eagles, and his replacement Carson Wentz on Sunday.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:13:57 GMT2016-10-21T06:13:57Z
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:49:24 GMT2016-09-28T12:49:24Z
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:18:55 GMT2016-10-21T01:18:55ZBrent Tehven is a former North Dakota State football player, part owner of an NDSU-themed bar in Fargo, an acquaintance of Bison-turned-Eagles QB Carson Wentz … and a season-ticket holder for the Vikings. So when the Vikings travel to play Wentz’s Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia, Tehven like many others will have an interesting set of loyalties. “Fans are going to cheer for the Vikings but also for Carson,” said Tehven, a reserve defensive end for the Bison from 2000-2003 and a West Fargo High graduate. “It won’t be a heated rivalry. They want to see him do well. If he goes 28 for 30 with 300 yards and the Eagles lose, this community will largely be happy.” That echoes a lot of the Twitter responses I received. Virtually every fan who identifies with both the Vikings and NDSU wants the Vikings to win — and for Wentz to play well. Said @Marcusarilleous, summing up the majority of the responses: “I will always cheer for the Vikings, however as an alum I will support Carson Wentz playing well and hopefully staying healthy!” But there’s no doubting Wentz’s impact, says Tehven, after watching the evolution of fans on fall Sundays this year at Herd and Horns Bar and Grill, which he owns along with former NDSU punter Mike Dragosavich. The bar, located near the NDSU campus, is a North Dakota State hangout on Saturdays. It gained recent attention when Wentz spent time there during the Eagles bye week and dropped a $500 tip on a $1,000 tab. On Sundays last year, the bar was dominated by Vikings fans — not uncommon, since many North Dakotans, without a home state NFL team to root for, cheer for the purple. But this year on Sundays? “Now it’s a 50-50 split with Vikings fans an Eagles fans,” Tehven said. “If you live in Fargo or somewhere in North Dakota most likely you’re a Viking fan but there are a lot of Bison fans who are football fans who aren’t tied to the Vikings. They have their hometown hero to cheer for and they’ve jumped on Carson.” Tehven likened it to North Dakota State fans cheering for the Bills in the 1990s after former Bison star Phil Hansen was drafted — or more recently when he spotted a lot of fans in Penguins gear to cheer on former Moorhead High star Matt Cullen. Wentz, though, is an extreme example — a high-profile player who played a major role in NDSU’s five consecutive national championships before being drafted No. 2 overall by the Eagles. He still has the hottest-selling jersey in the NFL, and Tehven said local sporting goods store Scheels can’t keep anything Wentz-related in stock because it sells so quickly. If Twitter is any judge, there’s a small backlash to Wentz-mania, but that’s to be expected with any craze. If people were really tired of it, Tehven wouldn’t be going to Philadelphia to chronicle the game for Bison Illustrated — along with tons of other Bison alums he knows. And he wouldn’t be anticipating a bigger-than-usual crowd Sunday at the bar, where they figure to sell plenty of the cheesesteak sandwiches recently renamed “The No. 11.” Said Tehven: “We’ll have a great crowd at the bar. I’m a business guy, and it’s good for business.”