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Adrian Peterson powers Vikings 38-22 over Rams

 

For the third straight week, tragedy has again gripped our consciousness, this time away from the NFL — the horrific events in Connecticut on Friday. Sunday all across the NFL there were moments of silence and athletes and fans showing heartfelt expressions of sorrow for the senseless murders of the 26 victims.

The Vikings and Rams, before kickoff, gathered at midfield holding hands, with both head coaches and one player wearing the jersey number 26 representing the lives lost at the Sandy Hook school. President Barack Obama, speaking at a memorial service Sunday, said, “These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change.”

The Vikings kept alive their Wild Card playoff hopes by dominating the St. Louis Rams 36-22. The Vikings improved to 8-6, and with two games left they have positioned themselves as the number-six seed in the rugged NFC. Continue Reading →

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Vikings lean on Peterson in 21-14 win

 

The Vikings ended a two-game losing streak with 21-14 win over Chicago before 64,134 fans at Mall of America Field Sunday while the first winter storm of 2012 was pounding the area with as much as a foot of snow on the Metrodome roof. The great Adrian Peterson continued his remarkable MVP-like season. His march to glory Sunday came with 154 yards, two touchdowns, and a season-high 31 carries. Most of Peterson’s yards, 104, were in the first quarter, helping the Vikings get off to a fast 14-0 start. And getting the partisan big crowd in the game, he ripped off another big 51-yard run. Continue Reading →

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Bears smack Vikings to regain first place

CHICAGO — On a spectacular sun-splashed Sunday in my hometown of Chicago at historic Soldier Field, the Vikings had their bubble of expectation busted by the monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears — Bears 28, Vikings 10. It was more like a mauling. Clearly, for whatever reason, the Vikings were not ready Sunday. Jay Cutler returned to the starting lineup at quarterback for the Bears after battling concussion symptoms, and maybe that was enough to inspire the Bears, who had lost back-to-back prime time contests to 10-1 Houston (13-6, the game in which Cutler suffered a concussion) and to 8-2-1 San Francisco, who beat the Bears up 32-7 on Monday Night Football. The Vikings were just what the Bears needed, a team half-stepping along but not totally committed to getting the job done. Continue Reading →

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Peterson proving he’s back in a big way!

Last January during the Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, many of the players in the game signed a giant get-well card to Adrian Peterson. Lou Lampson, a buddy to the stars, organized it. He knew Peterson’s dapper was down. It was intended to let him know he was missed by the guys and they were all pulling for him. The network cameras of NBC TV zoomed in on the huge card, and Peterson, back home in Texas thousands of miles away recovering from knee surgery, saw it and was brought to tears. Continue Reading →

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NFL cream begins to rise

 

GLENDALE, AZ — Here we go! Baseball is done, thankfully, before November with San Francisco sweeping Detroit to capture their second World Series in three years. The NBA starts this week, and the National Hockey League can’t figure out what to do. The NFL has reached the midway point in the season. Atlanta remains the lone unbeaten team at 7-0 and currently is the class leader of the NFL. Continue Reading →

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Vikings bounce back, beat Cardinals 21-14

 

Seven games into the 2012 season, the Vikings forged forward with a 21-14 hard-fought win over the Arizona Cardinals. Minnesota is now 5-2 and remained undefeated at home at 4-0. Sunday’s Mall of America Field sellout crowd of 61,068 was the largest of the season. They watched the incredible record-setting Adrian Peterson run for 153 yards and a determined 13-yard touchdown to lead the way. The Vikings bounced back on both sides of the ball from a rough week in Washington. Continue Reading →

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Vikings survive Jaguars 26-23 in overtime

 

Victory is so sweet, especially when you work hard, change your approach to everything you do, and things just work out. Sunday the Vikings were looking for a fresh start after a miserable 2011 season when they finished 3-13. Getting players to buy into what you’re doing takes positive results. For the Vikings, it started with winning at home and finding a way to somehow start turning this program around from the depths of the NFC North. Jacksonville, like the Vikings, finished last in their division in 2011, so they looked at the Vikings as a great opportunity to get a win. Continue Reading →

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Nobody’s perfect in the NFL

 

 

PHOENIX — After 19 straight wins over 364 days, the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers’ bid for a perfect season ends in Kansas City. The Chiefs pulled off the shocker of the weekend, beating the Packers 19-14. Romeo Crennel, the interim head coach of Kansas City, replaced Todd Haley, who was fired during the week. The former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Crennel made the most of his second chance by putting together a game plan and getting his players to execute it. Kansas City started Kyle Orton at quarterback, his first start of the season. Continue Reading →

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Packers delete Vikings 45-7

 

 

GREEN BAY — It’s no longer a rivalry, folks — it has turned into a one-sided reality show in which the Minnesota Vikings can no longer compete with the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay beat the Vikings for the fourth straight time Monday night, sweeping the season series for the second straight year. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has swept the Vikings in four of the six years (2006-7, 2010-11) since he’s been head coach. “This game was a significant victory for us,” McCarthy said. “That was our goal all week. Continue Reading →

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