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Daily Norseman 2 hours ago

Be A Part Of A Vikings Training Camp Preview

I briefly mentioned something about this on the Twitter yesterday, but I wanted to do something separate about it here to make sure that everyone sees it and/or has a chance to contribute. As a part of our Training Camp coverage in Mankato, three of our writers. . .Ted Glover, Arif Hasan, and Di Murphy. . .are going to be a part of a "roundtable" type of Minnesota Vikings preview of the upcoming season, along with some other folks. (I don't mean to slight those other folks, by any means. . .I just, honestly, don't have any idea who they are.) One of the segments on the broadcast. . .and, yes,...
Daily Norseman 2 hours ago
Getting to Know the Enemy: Green Bay Packers

Getting to Know the Enemy: Green Bay Packers

The Daily Norseman converses with a blogger from the Packers site AllPackersAllTheTime.com. One of Sun Tzu's rules of war include: Know Your Enemy and as such, this serves as a good preview of training camp and the Preseason, from a Green Bay Packers perspective. I was recently invited by a blogger and friend of mine in the music business, who goes by the handle "Bearmeat" over at the blog AllGreenBayPackers.com to do a question/answer session as a sort of "View of the Enemy" sort of thing.  We swapped questions about each other's team in the lead-up to training camp.  If you're...
Daily Norseman 3 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings Top Plays Of 2013: The Wright Stuff

Minnesota Vikings Top Plays Of 2013: The Wright Stuff

I'm going to cheat a little bit on this one, as I've already broken this play down once. Still, it isn't every day that you see a guy beat All-World cornerback Richard Sherman like this. . .it was the only time Sherman was beaten on a "go" route all season. . .so it's worth highlighting again. This play came with the Minnesota Vikings trailing the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 10-3 early in the second quarter of their Week 12 contest at CenturyLink Field. Let's once again go to the NFL.com "All-22" film to see what happened. We start out with the Vikings coming out in a formation with...
Daily Norseman 3 hours ago
Chase Ford Likely To Start Camp On PUP List

Chase Ford Likely To Start Camp On PUP List

The Minnesota Vikings are descending on Mankato for their annual Training Camp, which begins tomorrow. Head coach Mike Zimmer said that one player might start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (or PUP) List, and it appears we know who that player is. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, tight end Chase Ford showed up to Mankato today with his foot in a walking boot. Ford expects he will be back for around the start of the regular season. Ford said he had surgery last week to put a screw in his foot. Ford called it a stress fracture. His said his foot had been...
Daily Norseman 9 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/24

We are approximately T-24 hours from the Minnesota Vikings' first Training Camp practice of 2014, ladies and gentlemen! Everyone will be getting to Mankato today, and the team will take the field for the first time tomorrow. Just a heads-up that we're going to be doing separate Open Threads for Training Camp-related stuff. We'll have the regular Open Thread for the normal zaniness and shenanigans that it entails, but we'll have a separate one with the feed from our writers on the scene. We're probably going to have to institute the "no GIF" rule on the Training Camp open threads so they...
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago

A Pre-Training Camp, Final 53-Man Roster Prediction

The Daily Norseman offers up one opinion on how the final 53-man roster could shake down after Training Camp and the Pre-Season are completed. Training Camp is only days away!  Woo!  So, now is the perfect time for a Week One Depth Chart prediction.  I put this up on my twitter this afternoon, but I felt that I should expand upon my picks a little more and provide some rationalization.  So, here is my attempt at guessing who will make the final 53-man Vikings roster for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL Season. QB: Cassel, Bridgewater, Ponder Remember, this is the Week 1 roster.  I want...
Daily Norseman Jul 23, 2014

Adrian Peterson Top Rated Running Back In Madden NFL '15

"How completely and utterly surprising," said nobody with so much as an iota of common sense. The folks from Electronic Arts are going to be releasing ratings for various position groups in Madden NFL '15 throughout the next couple of weeks, and our friends over at PastaPadre have the ratings for the top running backs for your viewing pleasure. (And the quarterbacks, too. But really, at this point, who cares about that, am I right?) As should have been expected, Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson is the top-rated player in the game at his position, posting an overall rating of...
Daily Norseman Jul 23, 2014
Kluwe To Delay Lawsuit; Settlement Talks Resume

Kluwe To Delay Lawsuit; Settlement Talks Resume

In today's installment of Oh, For the Love of All Things Good and Holy Just Please Make This Crap F***ing Stop Already Please Please Please, it turns out that former Vikings' punter Chris Kluwe is going to delay filing his lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings, and settlement talks between the two sides have started again. The story, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "We have spoken with the Vikings lawyer Joe Anthony and we have agreed to recommend to our clients that they continue with their conversations,'' Halunen said Wednesday. "We will not be taking any action pending the completion...
Daily Norseman Jul 23, 2014
Minnesota Vikings Loaded With Young Talent

Minnesota Vikings Loaded With Young Talent

It's a pretty special occasion when ESPN, an entity that stops just short of outright disdain for anything relating to Minnesota sports, has anything positive to say about our favorite state's sports teams. But, today is our lucky day, as they've accidentally fell asleep at the switch long enough to declare what most of us already know. That there's a lot of very good. . .and very young. . .talent on the Minnesota Vikings' roster. Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders. . .which, I guess, isn't really a part of ESPN, which makes this slightly less surprising. . .ranked all 32 NFL teams by how...
Daily Norseman Jul 23, 2014
And Now For Something Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different

Apparently, the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be the largest mass murderer of birds in history. If you're a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, and a fan of the new Vikings stadium, you're a terrible person. Because you, gentle citizen, are part of a systematic eradication of migratory birds in Minnesota. In short, you're either a bird murderer, or on the side of bird murderers. You see, birds are, for the most part, pretty stupid.  When they look through a clear window, they can't tell it's a window. And if they want to land on a spot that's between them, a clear window, and the ground,...
Daily Norseman Jul 23, 2014
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/23

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/23

The players, coaches, and staff of the Minnesota Vikings will be reporting to Mankato TOMORROW, and Training Camp will be kicking off in just 48 hours or so. We will be there in force. . .you know, if we haven't already mentioned that at some point. . .and we are very much looking forward to bringing you the best coverage on the interwebs. As great as the past couple of years have been, this year promises to be even better. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Ted and Di spent some time on the Purple FTW Podcast yesterday. Go ahead and give it a listen. . .good...
Daily Norseman Jul 22, 2014

Minnesota Vikings' Top Plays Of 2013: Two Guys, One Sack

In his six seasons as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, defensive end Jared Allen was one of the most prolific sack artists in the history of the team. His 85.5 career sacks in the purple and gold is the third-highest (official) total in franchise history, trailing only John Randle (114) and Chris Doleman (96.5) in that regard. In 2013, he notched 11.5 sacks, the second-lowest total he had as a member of the team, but he gave Vikings' fans one of the more memorable ones of his career on a night that. . .well, didn't contain a whole lot of positive memories. Let's go to the Monday Night...
Daily Norseman Jul 22, 2014
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/22

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/22

In just 48 short hours, Minnesota Vikings football players will begin descending on Mankato for this year's Training Camp. We have almost reached the finish line of the off-season, ladies and gentlemen. . .isn't that awesome? Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Our friends at OutSports have reached the same conclusion that a lot of folks have about the Kluwe issue. -It looks like Adrian Peterson may have married his long-time girlfriend recently. -Teddy Bridgewater doesn't want to talk about the quarterback competition that's upcoming. -Speaking of Bridgewater, he...
Daily Norseman Jul 21, 2014
So Adrian Peterson Got Married, Apparently

So Adrian Peterson Got Married, Apparently

After the past couple of days, it would appear as though we could use something positive to talk about, and we got one from the guy that generally does that for the Minnesota Vikings. (Provides positive things to talk about, I mean.) The annual Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala was held last night in Minneapolis, and Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson was in attendance. Peterson brought somebody with him as well. His new wife, Ashley. Honored to have newlyweds @AdrianPeterson & Ashley with us tonight for #starkeygala! Congratulations to you both! pic.twitter.com/OcVjuYF8Cy — Starkey...
Daily Norseman Jul 21, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater Doesn’t Want To Talk About Quarterback Competition

Sounds like Bridgewater isn't going to really be the most quotable quarterback ever. BUST! Training camp starts this week/ weekend (OH DEAR G-D IN HEAVEN THANK YOU) for the Minnesota Vikings, and with the opening bell of that comes also the beginning of one of the biggest post-draft issues of our offseason: the quarterback competition, and who will be our starter come Week 1 at St. Louis. (SPOILER ALERT from my imminent prediction piece: we play football.) In theory we have three vying for the top spot: veteran Matt Cassel, rookie Teddy Bridgewater, and dude who's married to a hot chick...
Daily Norseman Jul 21, 2014
Adrian Peterson And Trade Value

Adrian Peterson And Trade Value

It isn't going to happen, but Grantland supposes on what many Vikings fans think is unthinkable Over at Grantland, Bill Barnwell ranked the 50 most tradeable/valuable assets in the NFL, and Vikings superduperstar RB Adrian Peterson came in at #42.  Here's Barnwell's reasoning: 42. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Last year, Simmons suggested you could win 10 games with Peterson, a half-decent defense and schedule, and Dennis Quaid at quarterback, leaving unanswered the question about whether he would have preferred Quaid to Christian Ponder, Freeman, and Cassel. But 2013 really illustrated...
Daily Norseman Jul 21, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater, Other Rookies React To Madden '15 Ratings

It's getting close to the time where the latest iteration of Madden NFL will be launching for your gaming platform of choice. You know, unless that platform is PC because. . .well, just because. Electronic Arts is going to start releasing the full ratings today, but apparently they asked some of the NFL's rookie class of 2014 what they thought their ratings should be. . .and then gave them their actual ratings. As you'd expect, Teddy Bridgewater is a part of the montage that EA is presenting. There aren't any of the clips about what he thinks he should be rated, but he does have a reaction to...
Daily Norseman Jul 21, 2014
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/21

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/21

Happy Monday, everybody! My apologies for being a little scarce last week. . .had a course I had to sit through that took up most of my time. But I'm back, and not a minute too soon, because it's TRAINING CAMP WEEK, baby! That's right. . .starting on Friday, our crew of writers will be among the throng of media in Mankato watching the Minnesota Vikings prepare for the 2014 NFL season. Oh, and we're just 17 days away until the first pre-season game of the season, as the Vikings will make their TCF Bank Stadium debut. . .well, their intentional debut, anyway. . .against the Oakland Raiders....
Daily Norseman Jul 20, 2014

Chris Kluwe Has Lost The Moral High Ground

For months, it was assumed that Mike Priefer had done or said something pretty bad. It turns out he had, but Chris Kluwe has made himself look as bad as Priefer. When the Vikings released an abbreviated report on the Kluwe saga this past Friday, what should've been the headline--Mike Priefer did, in fact, use a homophobic slur, lied about it twice before admitting it, and getting suspended for it--quickly became something much uglier. Former punter Chris Kluwe has said that part of the reason he has been a crusader for Gay Rights and marriage equality is to help change the culture in the...
Daily Norseman Jul 19, 2014

From Boom to Bust: Building a Predictive Quarterback Model

The Daily Norseman offers up another installment of From Boom to Bust, this time with the help of a statistician. This past off-season I took it upon myself to develop a metric for evaluating quarterback prospects for the NFL draft.  My goal was to create a metric that could ultimately help predict which draft-eligible quarterbacks would be most likely to succeed in the NFL by identifying which traits quarterback prospects had in common with successful NFL quarterbacks when they were coming out of college.  If you missed the series of articles the first time, you can get caught up by...

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