Perfect No More — Vikings Sink Themselves to First Loss

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The Minnesota Vikings have now experienced what every other team in the NFL has — a loss. Calm down Vikings fans, it’s only one game against a tough opponent on the road. And I will give credit where credit is due — the Eagles came up with a solid game plan and played well enough to win the game. But in my eyes, this game is all about the purple shooting themselves in the foot, over and over. Like the Week 1 loss last year to the woeful San Francisco 49ers, this was an uncharacteristic game from this Vikings team.

The obvious jumping off point is the atrocious play of the offensive line. We all knew this unit was the Vikings glaring weakness and it really showed on Sunday. Though the offensive line lost battle after battle and never got settled, a lot of factors contributed to Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense getting blown up.

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Vikings Put Giants to Sleep — Rise to 4-0

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The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0. The last time they were 4-0… well, I can’t talk about that because it brings up too much pain (cough, 2009).

The NFL has surely taken notice of the Mike Zimmer led Vikings, one of the three remaining unbeaten teams. At this moment, they are undoubtedly one of the top three teams in the entire league — I think the Broncos are best until they prove otherwise and a Brady-led Patriots team are still elite. Still, top three in the entire league right now? When’s the last time we’ve said that (cough, 2009)?

The Minnesota Vikings turned in another start-to-finish, lights out performance and dismantled the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants barely showed a pulse for the duration of the entire match.

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Kryptonite Crushes Superman — Vikings Smother Conference Champs

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In the past two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings faced off against the past two NFL league MVPs. In the past two weeks, the Vikings defense has made both look pedestrian. The Vikings made the pair look like Cleveland Brown quarterbacks.

These two quarterbacks are on their way to the HOF (if Cam stays on his current trajectory of greatness), and both looked disheveled, intimated and confused versus the Vikings defense. The two quarterbacks combined for two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, four interceptions, three fumbles and were sacked a total of 13 times.

This. Defense. Is. For. Real.

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Stefon Diggs Shines on National Stage — Vikings Beat Green Bay Packers

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Even if you aren’t a football fan, it was no secret the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers squared off in a heated divisional matchup last night in Minneapolis. Not only was this an important game for both teams (and their respective fan bases), but this was the big U.S. Bank Stadium unveiling to the football world. Oh, and on top of that, the Vikings started a quarterback, Sam Bradford, who was on a different team two weeks ago. Even with all that considered, the biggest moments last night were Stefon Diggs emerging as a star in the NFL. Diggs helped the hometown Minnesota Vikings edge the Green Bay Packers 17-14 on Sunday.

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Vikings Training Camp Underway

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Ah, it’s that time of year again! The yearly ramp-up before the NFL season begins and the Vikings’ trek to Mankato begins.

Last year, Minnesota Connected was able to chronicle some of training camp.

This past Saturday marked the 2015 report date for the players, but Sunday was the first open practice held by head coach Mike Zimmer (full schedule here). Practice runs each day 10:30-11 a.m. and 2:45-5 p.m.

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Vikings Select Trae Waynes in First Round

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The Vikings headed into Thursday night’s 1st round of the NFL draft with the 11th selection. For the first time since 2011, the team ended up with only one first-round pick.

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Take a Look at Vikings Free Agency

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Now that we’ve passed a point between the NFL draft and free agency, the NFL is still in charge of capturing the sports fans’ attention with the craziest opening to the free agency period that we’ve ever seen.

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Vikings Week 5 – Review, Preview and Talking Points

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“Time heals all wounds,” said a wise man once. With the sting of the Vikings Thursday night expedition to Wisconsin receding into the catastrophes gathering dust in Minnesota’s collective memory, it is finally time to move on.

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Minnesota Vikings Week 3 – Review, Preview and Talking Points

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If expectations had been higher, the past few weeks would go down as one of the most painful times in Minnesota Vikings history. Fortunately, even the brightest-eyed and bushiest-tailed fans (like myself) only predicted an 8-8 season before kickoff in St. Louis. Now we can just savor the fact that if our season is on its way to a dark, sad place (like it probably is) we’ll get a decent draft pick and won’t have to get the let down of just missing the playoffs.

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Minnesota Vikings Week 2 – Review, Preview and Talking Points

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In my semi-professional opinion, nobody in Viking-land wants to read about the 30-7 route of our beloved team this past Sunday. Other than the painful reminder of how underwhelming the men in purple are without their star running-back, the game helped to put optimism on hold (and the bandwagon keys back in the drawer).

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