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Minnesota Vikings (10-6-0)


NFC North Spin cycle: Bears, Packers win ugly

Posted Oct. 29, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
All four NFC North teams stayed home in Week Nine, and only the Vikings failed to make use of their advantage.

Ponder struggling but will not be benched by Vikings

Posted Oct. 28, 2012 @ 1:24 p.m. ET
Vikings QB Christian Ponder is in a rut, but he's not in danger of being benched soon.

Former Viking top pick gets 15 months for fraud

Posted Oct. 27, 2012 @ 9:15 p.m. ET
Michael Bennett was sentenced to 15 months on Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud three months ago.

Vikings CB Cook has a broken arm

Posted Oct. 26, 2012 @ 1:51 p.m. ET
Vikings CB Chris Cook suffered a broken arm in Thursday night’s loss to the Buccaneers and will be out for an extended period of time.

Martin, Buccaneers race past Vikings

Posted Oct. 25, 2012 @ 11:57 p.m. ET
RB Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two TDs, and the Buccaneers blew out Minnesota 36-17 on Thursday night.

Key matchup: Bucs defense vs. Vikings QB Christian Ponder

Posted Oct. 24, 2012 @ 4:34 p.m. ET
In today's Key Matchup, we consider the opportunity awaiting Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who has a chance to end his slump against the Bucs.

Week Eight primer: Falcons-Eagles a game in contrasts

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 7:06 p.m. ET
Here are the top 15 story lines for Week Eight as we approach the midpoint of the season.

NFC North Spin cycle: Peterson carries load as Ponder slumps

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 3:03 p.m. ET
Things continued looking up for the Bears, Vikings and Packers in Week Seven after victories over the Lions, Cardinals and Rams, respectively.

Chudzinski, Wannstedt not making proper adjustments

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:56 p.m. ET
Carolina's Rob Chudzinski and Buffalo's Dave Wannstedt are struggling to adjust; Adrian Peterson's incredible season; and more from Week Seven.

London lukewarm to NFL's desire to grow game overseas

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m. ET
Sources overseas told PFW that interest in the NFL abroad currently falls far short of what it would take to support a full-time franchise.

Vikings hand Cardinals third straight loss

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 4:33 p.m. ET
Adrian Peterson ran 23 times for 153 yards and a first-quarter touchdown and the Vikings beat Arizona 21-14.

NFC North Spin cycle: Are Packers back now?

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 4:27 p.m. ET
The Packers' convincing win over the previously undefeated Texans was the NFC North's highlight attraction in Week Six action.

Vikings to host game in London

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 2:36 p.m. ET
The Vikings will be hosting a game in London in 2013, team vice president Lester Bagley confirmed Sunday.

RG3 helps Redskins snap home losing streak

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 7:51 p.m. ET
Robert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and the Redskins snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a 38-26 win over the Vikings.

Key matchup: Redskins RB Alfred Morris vs. Vikings' run defense

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 5:57 p.m. ET
The Redskins' impressive rookie runner Alfred Morris will face an improved Vikings defense.

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Jennings, Greg (WR)

Posted March 15, 2013 @ 6:57 p.m.
Jennings has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the latest Green Bay Packer to head across the border and join their bitter NFC North rivals. Jennings made his decision on Friday, giving the Vikings the No. 1 receiver they so desperately needed after trading Percy Harvin to Seattle.
Jennings caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season. He bolsters a thin receiving group that grew thinner when the Vikings traded star Percy Harvin to Seattle earlier this offseason. Jennings joins safety Darren Sharper, kicker Ryan Longwell and, of course, quarterback Brett Favre as high-profile Packers to defect to Minnesota. Like all the rest of them, Jennings will be looking to prove that his best days are not behind him.

Cassel, Matt (QB)

Posted March 15, 2013 @ 2:35 p.m.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent quarterback Matt Cassel. The Vikings announced the signing Friday, one day after agreeing to terms with the former Patriot and Chief to be the backup to starter Christian Ponder. Cassel was waived by Kansas City on Thursday with two years left on his contract.
Cassel led the Patriots to an 11-5 record in place of the injured Tom Brady in 2008. He was traded to Kansas City in 2009, made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and struggled the past two seasons. He threw six touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in nine games last year.

Cassel, Matt (QB)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 3:19 p.m.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Cassel. The Vikings and Cassel came to agreement on Thursday, the same day he was formally released by the Kansas City Chiefs with two years left on his contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by Fox Sports, has not been announced.
Cassel spent the last four years in Kansas City. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,796 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games last year.

Cassel, Matt (QB)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 10:07 a.m.
The Chiefs have cut ties with Cassel, who lost his starting job to Brady Quinn last season and then watched Kansas City trade for Alex Smith to be his replacement.
Cassel was the first major acquisition by the Chiefs under previous general manager Scott Pioli, and he was quickly given a six-year, $63 million contract. But after leading the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2010, Cassel struggled to live up to the same expectations.

Jennings, Greg (WR)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 10:04 a.m.
The Minnesota Vikings are interested in Jennings, the latest Green Bay Packers free agent pursued by their NFC North rivals.
The agent for Jennings, Eugene Parker, told The Associated Press his client was visiting the Vikings on Thursday. ESPN first reported the trip. The 29-year-old Jennings is coming off a second straight injury-affected season so fantasy owners should beware.

Simpson, Jerome (WR)

Posted March 13, 2013 @ 3:12 p.m.
Simpson has signed with the Vikes.
The team announced the deal Wednesday, the day after NFL free agency began.

Henderson, Erin (LB)

Posted March 13, 2013 @ 3:11 p.m.
Henderson has signed with the Vikes.
The team announced the deal Wednesday, the day after NFL free agency began.

Loadholt, Phil (T)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:32 p.m.
The Vikings re-signed Loadholt on Tuesday.
Loadholt has been the Vikings starter at right tackle for his whole career, missing only one game in four seasons.

Jennings, Greg (WR)

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 9:29 a.m.
The Green Bay Packers declined to use their franchise tag on Jennings, meaning the star wide receiver will become an unrestricted free agent next week.
The agent for Jennings, who ranks in the top 10 on the all-time Packers reception list, can begin speaking with other teams as soon as Saturday, although no deal can be signed until March 12, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.

Peterson, Adrian (RB)

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 11:48 a.m.
Peterson had surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday. The Vikings made the announcement on their website and say they "expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns." Peterson had the procedure in Philadelphia.
Peterson, who also was named offensive player of the year after returning from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards, was bothered by an abdominal injury for the last month of the season. He sat out the fourth quarter against Houston in December, which may have kept him from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

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