A Look at the 2017 Vikings Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Vikings slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 11 New Orleans Saints (Mon) 6:10 PM

Sep. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM

Oct. 1 Detroit Lions 12:00 PM

Oct. 9 at Chicago Bears (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 15 Green Bay Packers 12:00 PM

Oct. 22 Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 at Cleveland Browns (London) 8:30 AM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 at Washington Redskins 12:00 PM

Nov. 19 Los Angeles Rams 12:00 PM

Nov. 23 at Detroit Lions (Thu) 11:30 AM

Dec. 3 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM

Dec. 17 Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 PM

Dec. 23 at Green Bay Packers (Sat) 7:30 PM

Dec. 31 Chicago Bears 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: This NFC North team could get off to a quick start with two of the first three at home, including a tough trip to Pittsburgh in week two to take on the Steelers.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Three games on the road to end November and start December will be a hefty task for this team, with games against the Lions on Thanksgiving, long with the Falcons and Panthers.

LSU RB Leonard Fournette Has No Issues Being Compared to Adrian Peterson

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is possibly a player that the Minnesota Vikings could be taking a look at when the NFL Draft rolls up at the end of the month, a player that could take the place of one of the Vikings all-time greats Adrian Peterson.

Checking the LatestBettingSites.co.uk you can see that many think the Vikings are in the middle of the pack in the NFC, but adding a dynamic player like Fournette could be a key to getting the team back to the top of the NFC North, a division owned right now by the Packers, who lost to the Falcons in the NFC Title game in Atlanta.

Back to Fournette, he’s often compared to Peterson, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re both big, powerful rushers who dominated at the college level.

Peterson was the first running back selected in the 2007 draft, and indications are that Fournette will hold the same distinction in the 2017 draft.

Fournette, however does not like being compared to Peterson, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

“Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league. Someone who dominates the game as a single player, who wins one-on-ones, who makes guys miss,” Fournette told NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock at LSU’s pro day Wednesday. “I wouldn’t mind, but to me, that’s a little too much credit because he’s who I want to be.”

Fournette showed off his speed at the latest LSU Pro Day, as he ran a quicker 40-yard dash than many expected, coming in at 4.51 seconds.

He did struggle with his vertical leap, just 28.5 inches, which was outjumped by eight offensive linemen in Indy. By running back standards, that number puts Fournette in the first percentile, per Mockdraftable, of all logged RB combine jumps back to 1999.

Still, he’s an impressive player, and one the Vikings may take a long look at in a few weeks.

Peterson’s Replacement? Vikings Sitting with Packers FA RB Eddie Lacy

Packers free agent running back Eddie Lacy is set to visit the Seahawks, Vikings and Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Both the Seattle Seahawks’ and Minnesota Vikings’ interest in Lacy come as no surprise. The Seahawks have yet to solidify their backfield since Marshawn Lynch retired, and it appears the Vikings are in business for a new back after they declined to pick up Adrian Peterson’s option. Lacy is a bruising running back, but he certainly comes with risk.

He’s been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and his play has proven to be rather inconsistent. After racking up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons to start his career, he totaled just 1,118 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in his past two seasons combined.

However, at just 26 years old, Lacy still has plenty left in the tank. Now it’s just a matter of which quarterback will be handing him the ball.

Peterson Flirts with the Idea of Going to the Giants; Moving Him This Offseason Won’t Be Easy

Just weeks after saying on ESPN that the Giants are a team he’s “thought about” playing for in the 2017 season, Adrian Peterson took that thought to another level on Wednesday.

The Vikings running back tweeted late on Wednesday that the Giants have “been making some interesting moves,” Nicholas Parco of the New York Daily News reports.

While they just released wide receiver Victor Cruz, it’s likely the most “interesting” move Peterson is talking about is the release of running back Rashad Jennings.

That leaves Paul Perkins as the Giants’ primary back heading into next season, which you know with a high profile team like the Vikings isn’t going to fly, meaning they will go out in either free agency or the draft and look at potential running backs.

On many of the big name sites like Sports William Hill – one of the top betting site, the Giants are 25-1 for the Super Bowl, a number they will want to improve on as the season gets closer in 2017.

Back to Peterson, other than the knee issue that sidelined the 31-year-old for 13 games in 2016, there are other roadblocks in the way of him suiting up for Big Blue.

For starters, he is under contract for one more year in Minnesota.

Peterson will make $11.75 million in the final year of his three-year deal if he stays a Viking, which is a big if seeing how that’s an awful lot for an aging running back coming off a serious injury.

As a team the Vikings had the league’s worst rushing attack, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry with nine touchdowns and three fumbles, and carrying a player that is due to make that much money is simply not going to fly going into this season.

Yahoo Sports had an interesting thought as to what to do with AP and his mega deal.

With Peterson set to draw a non-guaranteed $18 million salary in 2017, the Vikings’ best option looks to be through a strict contract renegotiation in which they attempt to sign the seven-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal worth around $6.4 million with $3.2 million of it guaranteed. Minnesota would be wise to include a two to three-year option that can be picked up if his performance meets or exceeds expectations while incorporating specific production incentives and roster bonuses.

If a deal cannot be reached between the two sides, there is a good chance that the Vikings will cut Peterson before March 12th, when his $11.75 million base salary becomes guaranteed along with his $6 million roster bonus.

At soon to be 32 years old, Peterson is clearly on the downtrend of his NFL career. If the Vikings are smart, they will continue to shop him around, making sure they get the most they can for him.

However teams know that they might have a hard time finding a trading partner if his salary is still where it’s at. No matter how the Vikings look at it, moving AP is not going to be easy over the next few months.

Report: QB Teddy Bridgewater May Miss All of 2017

The Vikings last season went out and got Sam Bradford after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season. The team may have to go that option again, as reports from SI state that Bridgewater could be done for all of next season, just like 2016.

Teddy Bridgewater could miss the entire 2017 season as he continues recovery from knee surgery, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reports.

Bridgewater, a central piece of Minnesota’s offense and building process, was injured in practice in August prior to the 2016 season, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee while planting to throw a pass. Doctors reportedly told the team he will need at least 19 months, which would mean he misses the entire season again.

Report Claims Terence Newman Made the Defensive Switch for Vikings in Sunday’s Loss

Terence Newman

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes went into Saturday’s game planning to follow the orders of coach Mike Zimmer, who tasked Rhodes with shadowing Packers wideout Jordy Nelson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Early in the game, though, veteran cornerback Terence Newman told Rhodes that he could also cover Nelson, suggesting the two defenders simply stay on their respective sides of the field.

When Rhodes was eventually confronted by Zimmer on the sideline, he explained the difficult decision he faced: Listen to his coach or Newman, a respected leader of Minnesota’s defense.

Newman’s on-the-fly game plan only lasted a few series, but Nelson had already done plenty of damage en route to a seven-catch, 145-yard, two-touchdown first half. With Rhodes shadowing the wideout over the final two quarters, Nelson caught just two passes for nine yards.

After the game, Rhodes tried to cover for Newman, telling reporters: “We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers. Us as DBs felt like we could handle him.”

In reality, though, it was Newman who led the rogue operation until Zimmer stepped in and put an end to it. According to Rapoport, the Vikings have yet to administer any sort of discipline for Saturday’s incident.

Vikings Get Ugly Win in Jacksonville Over Jaguars 25-16

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Matt Asiata scored on a short touchdown run, Kai Forbath kicked four field goals and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 on Sunday, winning for just the second time in nine weeks.

Asiata had a chance to score three times, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run in the second quarter and fumbled at the goal line in the fourth.

Those mistakes hardly hurt against the hapless Jaguars (2-11), who dropped their eighth consecutive game and fell to 0-6 at EverBank Field this season.

Minnesota (7-6) hadn’t won on the road since Sept. 25 at Carolina. A loss to the Jaguars would have weakened their playoff chances.

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Midseason Review – Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings

The 2015 season was quite a big one for the Minnesota Vikings as it marked their final year playing at the TFC Bank Stadium and was also the first time in six years that they won the NFC North and clinched a spot in the playoffs. Although their hopes were ended with a narrow 10-9 loss to the Seahawks, hopes were high for this year.

They currently find themselves sitting in second spot in the NFC North, behind the Detroit Lions, but their form has lacked consistency – with 6 wins and 5 losses (at the time of writing). Their chances of improving on a decent season last time out were dealt a body blow before the action got underway when Teddy Bridgewater – their first choice quarterback – was ruled out for the season with an injury to his knee. They then went on to lose Adrian Peterson, their star running back, in the victory over the Green Bay Packers, but with quarterback Sam Bradford signed from the Eagles and slotting in well the Vikings looked to be able to overcome these setbacks. With an impressive 5 straight wins to start the campaign, few would have bet against them clinching the NFC North again and storming into the playoffs, but things went wrong for them just as quickly.

The early season form that brought great victories like the 22-10 win over reigning champions of the NFC Conference, the Panthers, was lost as they slumped just as suddenly. Perhaps the worst defeat during this period was the 10-21 reverse to the Chicago Bears, where they struggled throughout – although many consider the earlier 10-21 Eagles defeat to be the low point, due to the nightmare suffered by Bradford – who had been outstanding in place of Bridgewater up to that point. Although the Vikings defense looks one of the more solid in the division – and indeed the conference – they have ongoing offensive issues that impede their chances. It looks like being a frustrating season for Vikings fans and those who have bet on them, based on current form and 50/1 Super Bowl odds, so betting on $5 Million Touchdown at a mobile casino instead is perhaps smarter.

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Vikings vs Jaguars NFL Week 14 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-10)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 4-1  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Gus Bradley: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-15 vs. Dallas L 20-10 vs. Denver
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Jaguars 23 at Vikings 26 (OT). Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 2 TDs. Vikings K Blair Walsh converts 55-yard game-tying FG as time expires in 4th & GW 38-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/23/08: Vikings 30, Jaguars 12. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 80 yards & TD. Vikings LB Napoleon Harris has 27-yard FR-TD.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 118 (Min), 108 (Jax). XM: 388 (Min), 227 (Jax).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 280-393-2662-13-3-97.5 Blake Bortles: 282-483-2930-20-15-76.9
RUSHING Jerick McKinnon: 115-357-3.1-1 T.J. Yeldon: 103-373-3.6-1
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 75-806-10.7-2 Allen Robinson: 56-622-11.1-6
OFFENSE 296.8 334.1
TAKE/GIVE +13 (2L) -18
DEFENSE 303.4 (3L) 311.3
SACKS Danielle Hunter: 9.5 Yannick Ngakoue (R): 6
INTs Xavier Rhodes: 4 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 43.1 Brad Nortman: 46.3
KICKING Kai Forbath: 22 (4/5 PAT; 6/6 FG) Jason Myers: 70 (22/23 PAT; 16/19 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 222 yards & 3 TDs for 105.3 rating in only career meeting (10/6/13 with StL). Ranks 2nd in NFL in completion percentage (71.2)…RB MATT ASIATA aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. RB JERICK MC KINNON had TD catch last week…WR STEFON DIGGS has 48 receptions since Week 8, most in NFL. Has 22 receptions for 365 yards (91.3 per game) in past 4 vs. AFC. TE KYLE RUDOLPH ranks 2nd among NFC TEs with 5 TD catches. Since 2012, ranks 3rd among NFC TEs with 24 rec. TDs…DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 5.5 sacks in past 4. Tied career-highs with 2 sacks & 6 tackles last week. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 8 sacks in past 10 vs. AFC. Has 4 sacks in past 5 on road. DE BRIAN ROBISON had sack & FF in Week 13. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 2 sacks & INT in past 4 vs. AFC. S HARRISON SMITH ranks 2nd among NFL safeties with 84 tackles…JAGUARS: QB BLAKE BORTLES has 2+ pass TDs in 5 of past 6. Since 2015, has 55 pass TDs, tied for 5th in NFL…RB CHRIS IVORY had rush TD in Week 12. Has 151 scrimmage yards in past 2 meetings. RB T.J. YELDON is 1 of 6 in AFC with 1,000+ rush yards (1,113) & 500+ rec. yards (526) since 2015…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 5 rec. TDs in past 6 vs. NFC. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 20 TD catches. Leads team with 56 catches, 622 rec. yards & 6 TDs. WR MARQISE LEE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3…LB TELVIN SMITH had sack last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL since 2014 with 300+ tackles (321), 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ INTs (2). DE YANNICK NGAKOUE ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 6 sacks. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL (KHALIL MACK) with 6+ sacks (6), 3+ FFs (3) & INT in 2016. LB PAUL POSLUSZNY has 22 tackles (11 per game), 2 TFL & sack in past 2 vs. Min. Leads team with 97 tackles. DT MALIK JACKSON has 3 sacks in past 3.

What if the Vikings Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Vikings will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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