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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Sadly, I predicted this might happen, so I used a Twinspires promo code and bet on the Lions for the win.

Vikings Back to Winning Ways with Big Plays in 30-24 Win Over Cardinals

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.

Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score in Minnesota’s 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Vikings stop their four-game losing streak.

“It’s been a long, long, long month, but it’s good to feel this again,” said coach Mike Zimmer, who urged his team multiple times this week to stop chasing those momentum-shifting plays and focus instead on fundamentals. “It’s good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work.”

The Vikings (6-4) held onto their first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming in four days. After scoring twice each on defense and special teams during their NFL-best 5-0 start, the Vikings failed to produce a return touchdown over their last four games until this breakthrough.

They also sacked Carson Palmer four times, two by Danielle Hunter, for the most since their last victory six weeks ago.

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NFL Week 11 Cardinals at Vikings Inactives

Cardinals: S Tyrann Mathieu, WR Chris Hubert, CB Tharold Simon, G Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Corey Peters

Vikings: WR Jarius Wright, LB Edmond Robinson, TE David Morgan, OG Zac Kerin, T Rashod Hill, QB Taylor Heinicke, DT Sharrif Floyd

Beat Up Vikings Offensive Line Has Another Challenge Sunday Against Arizona

Minnesota Vikings v Washington Redskins

The Vikings offensive line has been more like a M*A*S*H unit as of late, as the team has lost three, count it THREE tackles – Matt Kalil, Andre Smith and Jake Long and they overall have had to start 10 different linemen in order to try to protect Sam Bradford on top of trying to open holes in the run game.

Bottom line – it’s not been easy, not as easy as this Australian gaming page anyway.

Nevertheless, first-year offensive line assistant Tony Sparano says that he’s trying to do whatever he can to make the unit come together, and even try to make them as good as they can be as the team sits at 5-4, tied with the Lions for first in the NFC North and getting set for a game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I see it as a challenge and I love a challenge,” Sparano said Thursday via NFL.Com.

“Whatever the chess pieces are when we go out there, we have to figure out a way to play to the best of our ability to give ourselves a chance to win football games. That part of it I enjoy.”

While the line has had their struggles, losing leading rusher Adrian Peterson, a guy who can make holes where there are none, has made it even harder this season for the line.

The Vikings are dead last in the league, 32 of 32 at rushing the football, putting up just 69.8 yards per game. It doesn’t matter how good your defense is, (and even that’s been suspect as of late), you are not going to win many games rushing for that low a number.

Consider that Dallas, who by no surprise at this number are 8-1, lead the NFL with 161 rushing yards per game, a number the Vikings run game can only dream about at this point.

“I’m not sleeping a lot lately these days,” Sparano said. “It’s something, obviously, I haven’t been a part of, these scenarios where you go 10-12 linemen deep. There’s been a lot of moving parts and a lot of change.”

Sunday won’t be easy by any means for the Vikings or the run game, as the Cardinals come in with the NFL’s second-best defense and a couple of big name pass-rushers in Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.

If the Vikings offensive line can’t get it together, it could be another long day for a team that hasn’t won a game since week five.

Vikings Place OT Jake Long on IR; Ink Rookie Tackle Rashod Hill

Jake Long

The Vikings placed offensive tackle Jake Long on injured reserve Tuesday and replaced him on the roster with undrafted rookie tackle Rashod Hill, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Hill, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., was on the Jaguars practice squad.

A source said the Jaguars tried to sign Hill to the 53-man roster after the Vikings first expressed interest on Monday, but he deemed Minnesota a better opportunity.

Long suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon injury in Sunday’s 26-20 loss at Washington. He tweeted Tuesday a picture of himself on a plane and wrote, “Flying out to get surgery. Time to get this done.”

The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Hill has yet to appear in an NFL game and is considered by some to be a late bloomer. He went to Southern Mississippi and wasn’t invited to the combine in February. He signed with the Jaguars as a free agent.

Vikings at Redskins NFL Week 10 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-3) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 10-9  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-0 Jay Gruden: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 22-16 (OT) vs. Detroit Bye (Wk. 8: T 27-27 at Cincinnati in London)
LAST GAME 11/2/14: Redskins 26 at Vikings 29. Minnesota RB Matt Asiata rushes for 3 TDs. Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater passes for 268 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/14/12: Redskins 38, Vikings 26. Washington S Madieu Williams has 24-yard INT-TD. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III passes for 182 yards with TD & adds 138 rush yards with 2 TDs.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 121 (Min), 145 (Was). XM: 88 (WW1), 386 (Min), 227 (Was).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 166-243-1715-9-1-99.0 Kirk Cousins: 215-321-2454-12-7-93.1
RUSHING Matt Asiata: 71-227-3.2-2 Matt Jones: 99-460-4.6-3
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 48-546-11.4-2 Jordan Reed (TE): 42-415-9.9-3
OFFENSE 298.8 410.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (2L) 0
DEFENSE 298.9 (3L) 369.8
SACKS Everson Griffen: 6 Ryan Kerrigan: 7
INTs 3 tied: 2 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 43.2 Tress Way: 44.2
KICKING Blair Walsh: 49 (13/16 PAT; 12/16 FG) Dustin Hopkins: 72 (18/19 PAT; 18/22 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD is averaging 271.8 yards & has 9 TDs with 2 INTs for 92.1 rating in 5 career meetings. In past 8, has 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.5 rating…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for 3 TDs in last meeting, 1 of 3 career 3-TD games…WR STEFON DIGGS had career-high 13 receptions (80 rec. yards) last week. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had TD catch in 11/7/13 meeting. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD…DE BRIAN ROBISON has 6 sacks & 3 FFs in past 9. Had sack in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. LB CHAD GREENWAY had INT in Week 9. LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for 4th in row on road with 9+ tackles. CB XAVIER RHODES aims for 7th in row on road with PD. Since 2014, S HARRISON SMITH leads NFL safeties with 5.5 sacks…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 458 yards & 2 TDs in Week 8. Has 15 career games with 300+ pass yards, tied for most in franchise history (HOFer SONNY JURGENSEN) …Rookie RB ROBERT KELLEY rushed for career-high 87 yards & 1st career TD in Week 8…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 9 receptions for 107 yards & TD in Week 8. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR DE SEAN JACKSON is averaging 7 receptions, 157.5 yards & TD per game in past 2 vs. Min. TE JORDAN REED had 9 receptions for 99 yards & TD in Week 8. Has 14 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for most among NFL TEs…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF in Week 8. LB WILL COMPTON had 10 tackles & INT in Week 8. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of past 4 at home. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 5.5 sacks in past 4. LB TRENT MURPHY had sack in last meeting. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 3 at home. CB JOSH NORMAN had 6 tackles & 3 PD in Week 8. Has 41 PD since 2014, 2nd most in NFL. Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career sack in Week 8. S DONTE WHITNER has 19 tackles (6.3 per game), FF & INT in 3 career meetings.

Vikings Lose Third Straight; Fall in Overtime to Lions 22-16

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Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in overtime to give the Lions a 22-16 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

After Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime, Tate finished the opening drive when he ran through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith and leaped in for the winning score.

Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (5-4), who have won four of their past five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards.

Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (5-3), who started the season 5-0 but have imploded since coming out of the bye. Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.

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Lions at Vikings NFL Week Nine Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, RB Justin Forsett, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Riley Reiff, OL Joe Dahl, CB Johnthan Banks, TE Khari Lee

Vikings: OG Alex Boone, LB Eric Kendricks, WR Jarius Wright, DT Sharrif Floyd, OG Zac Kerin, TE MyCole Pruitt, TE David Morgan