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

Minnesota Vikings v Jacksonville Jaguars

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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Vikings Will Have Coach Mike Zimmer Back This Week Vs Jacksonville

Mike Zimmer

The Vikings announced today that head coach Mike Zimmer has resumed coaching and is expected to travel to Jacksonville for Sunday’s game, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Zimmer, the 60-year-old coach who missed his first NFL game Thursday due to emergency eye surgery, will address reporters Wednesday during his regularly scheduled press conference.

He’s expected to join the team flight on the 1,475-mile trip to Jacksonville.

After Emergency Eye Surgery; Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer May Miss Game Vs Dallas

Mike Zimmer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, putting his availability in doubt for Thursday night’s game against Dallas at U.S. Bank Stadium, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman released the news in a statement about Zimmer, who had his third eye surgery in a month.

“Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery (Wednesday night),” Spielman said. “His status for coaching (Thursday’s) game is uncertain. I have met with the coaches and players and we have a contingency plan in place if Mike is unable to coach against Dallas.”

Spielman was scheduled to speak to the media in a conference call on Thursday morning.

Zimmer, 60, had surgery to repair a torn retina Nov. 1 and had another procedure Nov. 8.

Zimmer revealed Nov. 2 he had scratched his eye during a 20-10 loss at Chicago on Oct. 31, and had trouble seeing during the game. He missed a scheduled press conference on Nov. 1 because of his first surgery.

Zimmer met with the media outdoors on Nov. 2 while wearing dark glasses. He said then he had been warned that any delay in treating the torn retina would have put him at risk for blindness.

“It’s probably a good thing that I scratched my eye during the game,” Zimmer said then. “Otherwise, I may not have caught it in time. But hopefully everything will be all right.”

If Zimmer can’t coach Thursday, the Vikings could turn to one of two assistants who have been NFL head coaches. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur coached Cleveland from 2011-12 and served one game last year as Philadelphia’s interim coach. Offensive line coach Tony Sparano coached Miami from 2008-11 and was interim coach with Oakland for 12 games in 2014.

Vikings Center Joe Berger and PR Marcus Sherels Ruled Out Vs Cowboys

Joe Berger

The Vikings have ruled out starting center Joe Berger and punt returner Marcus Sherels for tonight’s game against the Cowboys, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Second-year center Nick Easton is expected to get his first NFL start with Berger still recovering from the concussion he suffered last Thursday.

The Vikings listed wide receiver Stefon Diggs and cornerback Terence Newman as questionable. But both players, who sat out last week, are expected to suit up after participating in multiple practices this week.

Rookie cornerback Mackensie Alexander is doubtful to play tonight.

The Vikings also ruled out defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a formality considering he has not practiced with the team since September.

Cowboys at Vikings NFL Week 13 Capsule

DALLAS COWBOYS (10-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COWBOYS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER Series tied: 11-11  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 1-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-26 vs. Washington L 16-13 at Detroit
LAST GAME 11/3/13: Vikings 23 at Cowboys 27. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 337 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 7-yard TD to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining. Cowboys DT Nick Hayden has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/10: Vikings 24, Cowboys 21. Minnesota WR Percy Harvin has 95-yard KR-TD. Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 2 INTs & 9 tackles.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Dal), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1). 226 (Dal), 225 (Min).

STATS

PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 231-340-2835-18-2-108.6 Sam Bradford: 248-348-2415-12-3-98.3
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 243-1199 (1L)-4.9-11 (2L) Jerick McKinnon: 106-316-3.0-1
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 58-647-11.2-5 Stefon Diggs: 67-747-11.1-2
OFFENSE 407.6 294.9
TAKE/GIVE +3 +12 (2L)
DEFENSE 362.2 307.0 (3L)
SACKS Tyrone Crawford: 3.5 Danielle Hunter: 7.5
INTs Barry Church: 2 Xavier Rhodes: 4
PUNTING Chris Jones: 46.5 Jeff Locke: 44.5
KICKING Dan Bailey: 94 (34/34 PAT; 20/22 FG) Kai Forbath: 13 (4/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: Rookie QB DAK PRESCOTT leads NFL rookies in pass yards (2,835), pass TDs (18) & rating (108.6). In 5 career road games, has 1,350 pass yards (270 per game), 10 TDs & 1 INT for 119.5 rating…Rookie RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads NFL with 1,199 rush yards & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,502) & rush TDs (11). Has 306 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 on road…WR COLE BEASLEY has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 on road. WR DEZ BRYANT has 49 TD catches since 2012, most in NFL. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 6. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had TD catch in Week 12. TE JASON WITTEN had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs with 1,072 receptions & 11,768 rec. yards…DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 7 sacks in past 7 on road. LB SEAN LEE ranks 2nd in NFC with 105 tackles. Aims for 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had INT in last meeting…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 295 yards & TD for 103.4 rating in last meeting (11/8/15 with Phi.). Has passed for 1,261 yards (252.2 per game) with 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 109.2 rating in 5 games at home with Min…RB MATT ASIATA aims for 4th in row with rush TD…WR STEFON DIGGS ranks 3rd in NFC with 67 receptions. In past 4, has 40 receptions (10 per game) for 357 yards & TD. WR ADAM THIELEN has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 260 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in last meeting. Ties for NFC lead among TEs with 5 rec. TDs…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last meeting. Has 28.5 sacks since 2014, 2nd in NFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has 8 sacks in past 7 at home. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack last week. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 390 tackles since 2012, 2nd among NFC safeties.

Late Pick Seals Vikings Fate; Fall on Thanksgiving to Lions 16-13 in Detroit

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

Darius Slay dropped into coverage as if he was going to cover a deep route and pounced on an opportunity to help the Lions come back to win another game.

Slay intercepted Sam Bradford’s pass from the left hash across the field to help send the Lions into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Slay returned the interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left to set up Matt Prater’s 40-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 16-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

Minnesota could have stuck with the conservative approach it took on offense for much of the game and played for overtime on its last drive, but coach Mike Zimmer allowed Bradford to pass and Slay made him regret it.

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