Vikings Fall for First Time in 2016; Lose to Eagles 21-10 in Philadelphia

Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles

Josh Huff returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, Carson Wentz outplayed Sam Bradford and the Eagles beat Minnesota 21-10 on Sunday, handing the Vikings their first loss of the season.

The Eagles (4-2) snapped a two-game losing streak while the rested Vikings (5-1) hardly looked like an unbeaten team after having a bye.

Bradford returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his trade to Minnesota eight days before the season opener paved the way for Wentz to start. Bradford was 7-7 in his only season with the Eagles and won his first four starts for the Vikings.

But the Eagles pressured and harassed their former quarterback all game, sacked him six times, and forced his first three turnovers this season.

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Vikings at Eagles NFL Week Seven Inactives

Vikings: WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Jarius Wright, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE MyCole Pruitt, G Nick Easton, LB Kentrell Brothers, G Willie Beavers

WR Bryce Treggs, S Terrence Brooks, CB CJ Smith, OL Josh Andrews, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Isaac Seumalo, DT Bennie Logan

Vikings at Eagles NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   6 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Doug Pederson: 0-0
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 5: W 31-13 vs. Houston) L 27-20 at Washington
LAST GAME 12/15/13: Eagles 30 at Vikings 48. Minnesota QB Matt Cassel passes for 382 yards & 2 TDs. Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushes for 51 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/28/10: Vikings 24, Eagles 14. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 118 & TD. Vikings CB Antoine Winfield records 2 sacks, FF & 45-yard FR-TD.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mike Mayock. SIRIUS: 136 (Min), 82 (Phi). XM: 386 (Min), 82 (Phi).


PASSING Sam Bradford: 88-125-990-6-0-109.8 (2L) Carson Wentz (R): 102-157-1186-7-1-99.9
RUSHING Jerick McKinnon: 57-174-3.1-1 Ryan Mathews: 53-206-3.9-3
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 25-372-14.9-1 Jordan Matthews: 22-344-15.6-2
OFFENSE 302.6 338.8
TAKE/GIVE +11 (1L) +6 (3L)
DEFENSE 287.6 (2L) 312.0
SACKS 3 tied: 4 Fletcher Cox: 4
INTs Trae Waynes: 2 Rodney McLeod: 2
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 43.6 Donnie Jones: 44.3
KICKING Blair Walsh: 37 (10/12 PAT; 9/12 FG) Caleb Stugis: 49 (13/14 PAT; 12/13 FG)


VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 271 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5. Aims for 8th in row with 90+ rating…RB MATT ASIATA had 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Had 101 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 46 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had rec. TD in Week 5. Had TD catch in last meeting. WR ADAM THIELEN had career-high 7 receptions & 127 yards with TD in Week 5. WR JARIUS WRIGHT had 95 rec. yards in last meeting. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 3 of past 4…DE DANIELLE HUNTER has sack in 4 of past 5. DT LINVAL JOSEPH had sack in last meeting (10/27/13 with NYG). DE BRIAN ROBISON had 2 sacks & FF in Week 5. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 6th in row with PD. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of past 4 on road. CB MARCUS SHERELS had 79-yard PR-TD in Week 5. Leads NFL with 2 PR-TDs in 2016. S ANDREW SENDEJO had INT in Week 5…EAGLES: Rookie QB CARSON WENTZ averaging 289.5 yards per game with 4 TDs for 112.3 rating in 2 home games…RB RYAN MATHEWS has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Rookie RB WENDELL SMALLWOOD had 86-yard KR-TD in Week 6. RB DARREN SPROLES had 112 scrimmage yards (79 rec., 33 rush) & TD catch in last meeting (12/18/11 with NO)…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS aims for 5th in row at home with TD. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. TE ZACH ERTZ had TD catch in last meeting…DT FLETCHER COX has 7 sacks & FF in past 5 at home.

LB CONNOR BARWIN had sack in last meeting. LB NIGEL BRADHAM had 10 tackles in Week 6. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS had 8 tackles, sack & INT in last meeting. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 64-yard INT-TD last week. S RODNEY MC LEOD led team with 12 tackles in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles.

Vikings Leading WR Stefon Diggs Still Not Taking the Practice Field

Stefon Diggs

Back from the bye week, the Vikings were still without leading receiver Stefon Diggs, who missed last week’s game against Houston due to a lingering groin injury that has bothered him for a couple weeks, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Receiver Jarius Wright, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and tight end MyCole Pruitt also were not practicing.

Guard Brandon Fusco was limited during offensive line drills as he recovers from a concussion that knocked him out of the win against the Texans.

New tackle Jake Long continued working on the left side during position drills.

Vikings Place OT Andre Smith on IR; Work Out Jake Long

Andre Smith

Another starting Vikings offensive tackle is headed for injured reserve, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Andre Smith is set to undergo surgery Tuesday on his injured right triceps, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Smith suffered the injury on the sixth snap of the Vikings’ win last week against the Giants.

The Vikings offense was already playing without starting left tackle Matt Kalil, who is done for the season after undergoing hip surgery last month.

So the Vikings worked out free agent tackle Jake Long, the former No. 1 overall pick from the 2008 draft, on Monday morning, according to Zimmer. Long, 31, has not started a game since 2014, during which his season ended due to a second torn anterior cruciate ligament in less than a year.

Long will likely be one of a few free agents visiting the tackle-needy Vikings during this bye week.

Vikings Stay Perfect; Slam Texans 31-13

Houston Texans v Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota’s opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday.

Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Sam Bradford, who produced another turnover-free game and deftly guided the Vikings (5-0) into their bye week.

Osweiler was overmatched by Minnesota’s relentless rush and coverage, finishing 19 for 42 for 184 yards, one interception and a late touchdown pass while taking four sacks.

The Texans (3-2) were denied on 12 of 13 third downs, unable or unwilling to do much other than dump off short passes. Lamar Miller only had eight carries for 20 yards during a dud of a performance by the Texans that felt a lot like the 27-0 loss at New England two weeks ago.

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Texans at Vikings NFL Week Five Inactives – Diggs Officially Out

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, CB Kareem Jackson, RB Jonathan Grimes, G Oday Aboushi, TE Stephen Anderson, DE Brandon Dunn

Vikings: WR Stefon Diggs, TE Rhett Ellison, OT Andre Smith, DT Sharrif Floyd, TE David Morgan, RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers

Texans at Vikings NFL Week Five Capsule



STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. Tennessee W 24-10 vs. New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/23/12: Vikings 23 at Texans 6. Minnesota QB Christian Ponder passes for 174 yards & TD. Vikings’ defense holds Houston to 187 total net yards & records 4 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Vikings 28, Texans 21. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 139 yards & TD. Vikings QB Gus Frerotte passes for 182 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou), 108 (Min). XM: 383 (Hou), 228 (Min).


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 90-146-949-5-6-74.8 Sam Bradford: 66-95-719-4-0-105.5 (3L)
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 93-351-3.8-0 Jerick McKinnon: 37-138-3.7-1
RECEIVING Will Fuller (R): 19-323-17.0-2 Stefon Diggs: 25-372-14.9-1
OFFENSE 334.5 290.5
TAKE/GIVE -3 +10 (1L)
DEFENSE 287.8 306.0
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 Everson Griffen: 4 (T3L)
INTs Andre Hal, Quintin Demps: 1 Trae Waynes: 2
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.3 Jeff Locke: 43.0
KICKING Nick Novak: 33 (6/6 PAT; 9/11 FG) Blair Walsh: 30 (6/8 PAT; 8/11 FG)


TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 as starter in career vs. NFC with 105.6 rating…RB LAMAR MILLER had 150 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 58 rec.) & rush TD in only game vs. Min. (12/21/15 with Mia.). Has 429 scrimmage yards (107.3 per game) in 4 games with Hou…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 27 catches for 348 yards (87 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR-PR WILL FULLER had TD catch & 67-yard PR-TD last week, 1 of 4 rookies in past 15 years with rec. TD & PR-TD in same game. Leads NFL rookies with 323 rec. yards…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 6 (incl. playoffs). LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY leads team with 38 tackles. Has sack in 2 of past 3. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack last week. Has 5 sacks in past 8. LB JOHN SIMON has 3 sacks in past 5. CBs A.J. BOUYE (6) & JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (5) lead club in PD. S QUINTIN DEMPS had INT last week…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD had 3 TD passes in only career meeting (10/13/13 with Rams). Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. RB JERICK MC KINNON rushed for 85 yards & TD in Week 4…WR STEFON DIGGS has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had TD catch in last meeting…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in past 3. DT LINVAL JOSEPH has sack in 3 of past 4. LB CHAD GREENWAY had 9 tackles, sack & FF in 11/2/08 meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. AFC. Has 6+ tackles in 7 of past 8 at home. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. CB TERENCE NEWMAN aims for 4th in row vs. Hou with PD. CB TRAE WAYNES has INT in 2 of past 3. S HARRISON SMITH had 7 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. Led team with 9 tackles in Week 4. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT last week.

With The New Season Of Football Starting Will The Vikings Make The Playoffs This NFL Season?


Having enjoyed two action packed weeks of the new NFL season so far, we take the time to assess the Vikings start to the season so far. If you’re looking for the best ways to bet on football, we’ve got you covered as we take a look at Minnesota’s recent results and predict their chances of making the playoffs this season.

Game 1 vs. Tennessee Titans

Although they made hard work of it, but when push comes to shove the Vikings showed that they can win without Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Head coach Mike Zimmer likely breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end of the game as his offensive line looked very lackluster in the first half but fortunately Shaun Hill (quarterback in the absence of Bridgewater) held his nerve in his first starting appearance for the Vikings and racked up a number of completions throughout the game. The defense was also strong in the second half and took control of the game, as they forced three turnovers in the process to earn a winning score of 25-16 over the Titans.

Eric Kendricks and kicker Blair Walsh were some of the key players in the game doing most of their damage in the second half but it was Danielle Hunter who caught a botched snap, outran Andre Johnson and put the Vikings up 22-10 at the time, essentially putting the game out of reach for Tennessee. The Vikings were left with a few things to think about as they headed into week two but they would have been glad to get their first game out of the way and with a winning start.

Game 2 vs. Green Bay Packers

It was a debut to remember for Sam Bradford who was easily the best player on the field. The quarterback had only joined Minnesota 14 days prior and was thrown straight into the action where he tore up the history book as he threw more yards than any other debut QB in Vikings history. Bradford completed 23 of his 31 passes on route to 17-14, it may be narrow, but it’s enough to protect the Viking’s 100% start to the season so far.

The offensive line is currently a concern as they struggled throughout much of the game and will have a lot to think about heading into game 3. It was also a game to forget for Adrian Peterson, he was found at every turn by the Packer’s offensive line and a rushing attack from the running back never materialized.

However, the defensive line can be very proud of themselves as they remained tight and only allowed Green Bay to make two touchdowns.

The Rest Of The Season

The Vikings should be proud of their season so far, but at the same time, cautiously aware that there is a lot of the season yet to be played. Peterson will need to improve on the last game, and quickly, while there is now healthy competition in the quarterback area with Bradford and Bridgewater to battle it out for that key slot. After narrowly missing out on the playoffs at the hands of the Seahawks last season, Minnesota will be eager to make amends and reach the playoffs this season, and they have all the necessary qualities to do it.

Giants at Vikings NFL Week Four Capsule




STREAKS   5 of last 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 0-0 Mike Zimmer: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 29-27 vs. Washington W 22-10 at Carolina
LAST GAME 12/27/15: Giants 17 at Vikings 49. Minnesota RB Jerick McKinnon rushes for 89 yards & 2 TDs. Vikings S Harrison Smith has 35-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Min).


PASSING Eli Manning: 76-107-925-4-3-98.1 Sam Bradford: 40-59-457-3-0-107.8
RUSHING Rashad Jennings: 31-102-3.3-0 Jerick McKinnon: 19-53-2.7-0
RECEIVING Odell Beckham: 19-280-14.7-0 Stefon Diggs: 20-325 (2L)-16.3-1
OFFENSE 396.7 265.3
TAKE/GIVE -6 +8 (1L)
DEFENSE 339.7 295.0
SACKS 4 tied: 1 Everson Griffen: 4 (T2L)
INTs Trae Waynes: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Brad Wing: 51.5 (1L) Jeff Locke: 42.6
KICKING Josh Brown: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/6 FG) Blair Walsh: 24 (3/5 PAT; 7/9 FG


GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING aims for 3rd in row with 350+ pass yards…RB ORLEANS DARKWA had rush TD last week. RB RASHAD JENNINGS had 136 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 62 rec.) in last meeting…WR ODELL BECKHAM had 7 receptions for 121 yards last week. Reached 200 catches (206) & 3,000 rec. yards (3,035) in 30th career game, fastest in NFL history. Rookie WR STERLING SHEPARD had 5 receptions for 73 yards & TD in Week 3. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games…DT DAMON HARRISON led team with 10 tackles in Wek 3. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 8 tackles, sack & FF last week. DE OLIVIER VERNON had sack last week, 1st sack with NYG. LB JONATHAN CASILLAS had 9 tackles & 1 sack in last meeting. S NAT BERHE had FF last week, 1st career FF…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD has passed for 457 yards & 3 TDs with 0 INTs for 107.8 rating in 2 starts with Min. Threw for 320 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting (1/3/16 with Phi)…RB JERICK MC KINNON rushed for 89 yards & 2 TDs in only career meeting… WR STEFON DIGGS has TD in 2 of past 3 at home…TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 7 receptions for 70 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…DEFENSE recorded 8 sacks in Week 3, tied for the third-most in a road game in team history. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 3 sacks in Week 3. Has 6 sacks in past 4. DT TOM JOHNSON had first-career INT last week. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 12 tackles in Week 3. CB MARCUS SHERELS had 54-yd PR-TD in Week 3. Had 86-yd PR-TD in 10/21/13 game vs. NYG. CB TRAE WAYNES aims for 3rd in row with INT. S HARRISON SMITH had 7 tackles & sack last week.