NFL Week 12 Capsule – Packers at Vikings



STREAKS 7 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 13-4-1 Zimmer: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 53-20 vs. Eagles L 21-13 at Bears
LAST GAME 10/2/14: Vikings 10 at Packers 42. Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy rushes 13 times for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws 3 TD passes.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/27/13: Packers 44, Vikings 31. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson catches 7 passes for 123 yards & 2 TDs (11, 76). Packers RBs Eddie Lacy & James Starks each add rushing TDs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 126 (GB), 138 (Min.). XM: 230 (Min.).


  1. Rodgers: 209-313-2748 (3C)-28 (1C)-3-120.1 (1L)
Bridgewater (R): 137-225-1479-4-6-75.0
RUSHING Lacy: 129-547-4.2-5 McKinnon (R): 98-484-4.9-0
RECEIVING Nelson: 60-998 (1C)-16.6-9 (T3L) Jennings: 36-463-12.9-2
OFFENSE 369.5 309.1
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1L) +1
DEFENSE 377.4 340.5
SACKS Peppers: 5 Griffen: 9 (2C)
INTs Hayward: 3 (T3C)
  1. Smith: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Masthay: 46.2 Locke: 44.1
KICKING Crosby: 82 (3C) (37/38 PAT; 15/17 FG) Walsh: 69 (15/15 PAT; 18/22 FG)


PACKERS: Are 2nd team in NFL history (1950 Rams) to score 53+ points in consecutive games…QB AARON RODGERS has won 8 of past 9 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs) with 24 TDs, 3 INTs & 125.2 rating. In 13 starts vs. Min., has 30 TDs, 4 INTs & 118.5 rating, incl. 138.7 mark in Week 5. Leads NFL with 120.1 rating…RB EDDIE LACY has rushed for 309 yards (103 per game) & 4 TDs in 3 meetings, incl. 105 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5. Has 232 scrimmage yards (116 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 2…WRs RANDALL COBB & JORDY NELSON each had TD in Week 5. Cobb leads NFL WRs with 10 TDs & Nelson ties for 2nd with 9. Cobb has TD in 6 of past 7 (7 TDs). Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 4,000+ yards (4,320), 30+ rec. TDs (39) & 16+ avg. (16.5). Rookie WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 1st career TD in last meeting…LB JULIUS PEPPERS had 49-yard INT-TD in Week 5 & became 1st player in NFL history with 100+ sacks & 10+ INTs. Had 52-yard INT-TD last week. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 3.5 sacks in past 4. In past 5, CB CASEY HAYWARD has 3 INTs & scored 2 TDs (82-yard INT-TD, 49-yard FR-TD)…VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER aims for 5th in row with TD pass…RB JERICK MC KINNON leads NFC rookies with 484 rush yards. In past 6 at home, RB MATT ASIATA has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.)…WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 109-yard KR-TD in only home meeting vs. GB. Has TD in 7 of past 15 (4 rush, 4 rec.). WR CHARLES JOHNSON had 6 catches for 87 yards last week, both career-highs. WR GREG JENNINGS needs 37 rec. yards to reach 500 for 8th time in career…LB ANTHONY BARR leads NFL rookies with 3 FRs & is tied for rookie lead with 4 sacks. Has 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 FRs (1 TD) & FF. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN is 2nd in NFC with 9 sacks. Has 7 sacks in past 6. Has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. GB (incl. playoffs). S HARRISON SMITH had INT in Week 5 & has INT in 2 of 3 meetings. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs & Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT last week.

NFL Sacks Peterson; RB to Sit Till At Least April 2015

Adrian Peterson

The NFL announced Tuesday that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season, ESPN reports.

He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Peterson is appealing the suspension right away, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to Peterson, explaining his decision to sit him the rest of the year.

n the letter to Peterson, Goodell wrote:

“The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision,” Goodell wrote. “Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.”

Goodell outlined a series of mitigating circumstances surrounding Peterson’s punishment, including the presence of a child, the use of a switch and his lack of “meaningful remorse.”

“First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old. The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child,” Goodell wrote. “While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse — to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement — none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child. Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father.

“Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

“Third, you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”

Additionally, Goodell noted that the injuries suffered by Peterson’s son as well as Peterson’s claims that he would continue to punish his children were a concern for the league.

“Your plea agreement in Texas, and the related violation of the Personal Conduct Policy, arise out of abusive injuries that you inflicted on your son earlier this year,” Goodell wrote. “Based on public reports of your statements and photographs that were made public at the time of the indictment, you used a ‘switch’ — a flexible tree branch — to punish your son, striking him in the ankles, limbs, back, buttocks, and genitals, leaving visible swelling, marks, and cuts on his body and risking severe and long-term damage. The visible injuries were such that a local pediatrician in Minnesota, upon examining your son, felt obligated to make a child abuse report to the police. According to contemporaneous media reports, police and medical examiners termed the cuts as ‘extensive’ and as ‘clinically diagnostic of child physical abuse.’

“Based on the severity of those injuries, a grand jury made up of citizens of Montgomery County, Texas, voted to indict you on a felony charge, reflecting their belief that there was reasonable cause to conclude that you had overstepped the bounds of acceptable corporal punishment and engaged in physical abuse of your child. Moreover, it appears that this is not the first time that you have punished children in this way. Public statements attributed to you indicate that you believe that this kind of discipline is appropriate and that you do not intend to stop disciplining your children this way.”

NFL Week 12 Lines – Vikings Home Underdogs vs Packers

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Vikings Fast Start Fades In 21-13 Loss To Bears

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears

Based on the first quarter Sunday it looked as if the Vikings were right in their element Sunday taking on the Bears at Solider Field.

But as quickly as they seemed to build it, the team couldn’t hold a 10-0 lead, and fell to the reeling Bears 21-13 to fall to 4-6 on the season.

The Vikings had a shot late to possibly tie the game, but Bears DB Ryan Mundy intercepted Teddy Bridgewater’s 29-yard pass in the end zone in the closing minute to seal the defeat.

Even playing in flurries most of the day, Bears QB Jay Cutler, torched the Vikings defensive backfield for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The Vikings went up 10-0 when they ran a successful fake punt and Andrew Sendejo went 48 yards to set up a Bridgewater to Rhett Ellison 7-yard touchdown.

Blair Walsh hit a field goal to make it 10-0 in the first 15 minutes, and all seemed to be going the Vikings way.

Less than two minutes into the second, the Bears got on the board when Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery with a 27-yard touchdown to make it a three-point game.

Chicago took the lead with just under three minutes left in the half when Brandon Marshall hauled in Cutler’s 44-yard throw to make ti 14-10 at the half.

Bridgewater threw for just 158 yards and touchdown. The Vikings put up 96 yards rushing, but after Sendejo the leading rusher was Jerick McKinnon with just 38 yards.

Jeffery had 135 yards receiving and a touchdown catch, and Marshall added 90 yards and two TD receptions, including a 4-yarder in the fourth quarter that made it an 11-point game. Matt Forte ran for 117 yards.

The Vikings were held to 243 yards, while the Bears amassed 468 yards in the win.

Minnesota will take on the Packers at home Sunday.

Video: Harrison Smith Talks Vikings, RG III and Peterson

Vikings safety Harrison Smith joins Damon Amendolara on “The Doug Gottlieb Show” to discuss the controversial call involving RGIII, his thoughts on Adrian Peterson, and much more.

Redskins vs Vikings NFL Week 9 Inactives

Redskins: QB Kirk Cousins, WR Aldrick Robinson, RB Silas Redd, CB Greg Ducre, LB Jackson Jeffcoat, G Spencer Long, T Tyler Polumbus.

Vikings: CB Jabari Price, S Antone Exum, G David Yankey, T Austin Wentworth, TE Kyle Rudolph, LB Brandon Watts, FB Zach Line

Vikings Fall In Final Seconds To Bills in Buffalo 17-16

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

The Vikings seemed to have it all going their way, but then as good as they played on defense in the first three and a half quarters, their defense fell flat in the final seconds as the Bills topped the Vikings 17-16 in Buffalo.

Kyle Orton broke the Vikings hearts, as he completed a 2-yard pass to Sammy Watkins in the left front-corner of the end zone with 1 second remaining for the win after the extra point.

The stunning touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle.

Three plays later, Orton hit Watkins on a crossing pattern for an 18-yard gain on third-and-12. The QB set up the decisive score by threading a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at 2 along the left sideline.

Teddy Bridgewater’s third career start was average at best, as he went 15 of 26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Minnesota (2-5) lost its third in a row.

Cordarrelle Patterson had 4-yard touchdown catch, and rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had 103 yards rushing. The Vikings settled for three field goals by Blair Walsh on four drives inside the Bills 40.

The Vikings D was very good for the most part, making it a tough loss. The D forced four turnovers (an interception and three fumbles) and had six sacks, including a career-best four by Everson Griffen.

In the end though, the D failed when they needed it most, as Orton picked them apart, drove the 80 yards, and got the score to break the hearts of the Vikings fans.

Poll: Vikings vs Bills – Who Takes Home This Week Seven Matchup?

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

NFL Week 7 Capsule – Vikings vs Bills



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Marrone: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-3 vs. Lions L 37-22 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 12/5/10: Bills 14 at Vikings 38. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 107 yards & 3 TDs, including 43-yard score. Vikings WR Sidney Rice adds 105 receiving yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/1/06: Bills 17, Vikings 12. Buffalo RB Willis McGahee rushes for 78 yards & TD. Buffalo WR Lee Evans catches 7 passes for 92 yards & WR Peerless Price records receiving TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Tim Brando, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 102 (Min.), 139 (Buf.). XM: 225 (Buf.).


PASSING Bridgewater (R): 54-87-655-0-3-70.8 Orton: 54-81-607-3-2-90.9
RUSHING Asiata: 64-226-3.5-3 (T2C) Spiller: 68-234-3.4-0
RECEIVING Jennings: 20-268-13.4-1 Jackson (RB): 30-245-8.2-1
OFFENSE 314.7 327.0
DEFENSE 332.0 (3C) 336.7
SACKS Griffen: 4 Dareus: 5 (T3C)
  1. Smith: 3 (T1L)
McKelvin: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Schmidt: 43.9
KICKING Walsh: 42 (9/9 PAT; 11/13 FG) Carpenter: 48 (9/9 PAT; 13/15 FG)


VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes 1st career road start. In 1st 3 games (2 starts), has completed 62.1 pct. (54 of 87) & has 7.53 avg. gain…RB JERICK MC KINNON has 206 rush yards, 2nd most by NFC rookie. Averaging 5.0 yards per carry, 2nd highest by NFL rookie with 200+ yards. Had career-high 6 receptions last week. RB MATT ASIATA has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 games. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has TD in 6 of past 11 (4 rush, 3 rec.). In past 3 vs. AFC, has 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) & averages 57 yards per TD. WR GREG JENNINGS leads club with 20 receptions & 268 rec. yards…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 6.5 sacks in past 8. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN has 41-yard INT-TD & 2 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. S HARRISON SMITH has INT in 2 of past 3. Leads team with 3 INTs, incl. 81-yard INT-TD. Munnerlyn ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB ANTHONY BARR has 2 sacks, tied for most by NFL rookie. LB JASPER BRINKLEY had sack last week. DT TOM JOHNSON has career-high 3 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFC DT…BILLS:  In 2 starts with Bills, QB KYLE ORTON has completed 54 of 81 (66.7 pct.) for 607 yards with 3 TDs for 90.9 rating. In last home game vs. Min. (10/19/08 w/ Chi.), passed for 283 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.5 rating…In past 6 vs. NFC, RB C.J. SPILLER has 520 scrimmage yards (438 rush, 82 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON scored 29th career rush TD last week, tying WRAY CARLTON for 4th in club history. Leads AFC RBs with 30 catches…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) has 26 catches & 311 rec. yards, tied for most among AFC rookies, with 2 TDs. Last week, TE SCOTT CHANDLER had 6 rec. for career-high 105 yards. WR CHRIS HOGAN had career-highs in catches (5) & yards (72) & scored 1st career TD vs. NE …DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 11.5 sacks in past 9 vs. NFC. DT MARCELL DAREUS has 5 sacks in past 4. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 45 tackles.

Lions vs Vikings Wednesday Injury Report


Practice Report



RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (quadricep)



S Jerome Couplin (ribs)



RB Joique Bell (concussion), RB Theo Riddick (hamstring), CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle)


Practice Report



LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), S Harrison Smith (ankle)



DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip)



RB Matt Asiata (groin), QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle), LB Michael Mauti (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle)