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Daily Norseman 4 hours ago

2015 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints Select Shaq Thompson

It's the final day of our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and we're back to the New Orleans Saints with pick #31. This pick, obviously, belonged to the Seattle Seahawks until just hours before NFL free agency got underway, when they traded this pick to the Saints in exchange for tight end Jimmy Graham (who, as you may know, used to play basketball). The team solidified their offensive line at #13 with the selection of Brandon Scherff, and GM Austin Blanch has turned his attention to the defensive side of the ball with this selection. With the 31st pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman...
Daily Norseman 10 hours ago

Family Guy Fires A Shot At Adrian Peterson, Vikings

Have to give a hat tip to the folks over at The Viking Age for having this one first. . .or, at the very least, being the ones with a decent quality video of it. The show Family Guy lampoons a number of different subject, and on their most recent episode, they set their sights on the Minnesota Vikings. . .more specifically, as you might expect, on running back Adrian Peterson. The video is shown above. If you're not familiar with the way Family Guy works, or you're easily offended, you might want to avoid it. Personally, even as someone that hasn't been entirely (or even marginally) pleased...
Daily Norseman Apr 26, 2015

Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson Has "Grown Up A Lot"

If one were to make a list of the most disappointing Minnesota Vikings' player in 2014. . .non-Adrian Peterson category, naturally. . .the name of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson would probably be on the top of the list, and certainly in the top two (yeah, Matt Kalil, we're looking at you here). After finishing the 2013 season with a flourish despite uncertainty at the quarterback position, Patterson was expected to make a huge jump in 2014. However, he was unable to do that, as his production both as a receiver and on special teams went way down. Now, with the 2015 NFL Draft...
Daily Norseman Apr 23, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select Arik Armstead

We've gotten to the 28th overall pick in our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and the Denver Broncos are now on the clock. SpencerN was running the show for the Broncos for this selection, and with things seemingly pretty well set on the offensive side of the ball in the Mile High City. . .well, for at least one more year with Peyton Manning at the controls. . .he turned to the defensive side of the ball and found himself a project. With the 28th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select. . . Arik Armstead, defensive tackle, University of...
Daily Norseman Apr 23, 2015

Looking At ESPN's Schedule Predictions For The Minnesota Vikings

After the NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, the writers from ESPN's network of football sites went through and predicted how the team they covered would do in 2015. Now, granted, it's ridiculously freaking early for this sort of thing, but it gives us something to look at. Ben Goessling, who does a fine job covering our favorite team for the four-letter, predicted a 9-7 finish for the Vikings in 2015. How does that compare to how the writers for the Vikings' opponents think they'll do against the Vikings this coming season? Well, let's compare the two. Week Opponent Goessling's...
Daily Norseman Apr 23, 2015

E.J. Henderson To Announce Vikings' Second Round Pick

In keeping with what they've done the past couple of seasons, the National Football League will be having former players announced the second-round draft choices of their former teams at the 2015 NFL Draft. The choice for the Minnesota Vikings is a player from their not-too-distant past. Per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, linebacker E.J. Henderson will be announcing the Vikings' selection on Friday night in Chicago. Henderson, of course, was a second-round pick himself, as the Vikings selected him with the 40th overall selection in 2003 out of the University of Maryland. He...
Daily Norseman Apr 23, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select Malcom Brown

We're up to the 27th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and this selection belongs to a team that we've heard way, way too much about in Viking-land this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys. While the Cowboys have lost a couple of pieces this offseason, they're still a pretty solid club, and have a couple of different directions they can go with this pick. General Manager paulser21 decides to shore up the defensive side of the ball, and he doesn't have to travel terribly far to do so. With the 27th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select....
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Select Breshad Perriman

Moving right along in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, we come to the Baltimore Ravens and the 26th overall selection. The Ravens are going to have a bit of a different look next season, with defensive stalwart Haloti Ngata ending up in Detroit (boooooooooooooooo) and deep threat Torrey Smith taking his game to San Francisco. With this selection, General Manager lmoe12 decided to take a swing at replacing one of those two players. With the 26th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select. . . Breshad Perriman, wide receiver, University of...
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

Minnesota Vikings Draft Survivor: Semifinals

We are down to the final three in our Minnesota Vikings Draft Survivor competition, ladies and gentlemen. We started out with thirteen potential prospects for our favorite football team, and ten of them have been sent packing. Here's who we've said goodbye to so far. Round 1 - Melvin Gordon, RB, WisconsinRound 2 - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)Round 3 - Andrus Peat, OT, StanfordRound 4 - Shane Ray, DE, MissouriRound 5 - Shaq Thompson, LB, WashingtonRound 6 - Landon Collins, S, AlabamaRound 7 - La'el Collins, OT, LSURound 8 - Marcus Peters, CB, WashingtonRound 9 - Kevin White, WR, West...
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

Minnesota Vikings Draft Survivor: DeVante Parker Eliminated

For the second round in a row, the Daily Norseman faithful have taken a wide receiver prospect and kicked them off of our virtual island. This time around, the victim was Teddy Bridgewater's college teammate from Louisville, DeVante Parker. Of the 1,677 votes cast, Parker came away with 691 votes, or right around 41% of the pie. Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes was the runner-up this round with 28% of the vote (462 votes), while Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff finished in third place with 17% (279 votes) and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper was the low man once again with 15%...
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

Norse Code Podcast Episode 69: Dirty Jokes, the New Schedule, Tradrian Peterson and Golden Anniversaries

The NFL's push for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl draws an unwarranted amount of attention, both from the NFL itself and us. We also talk the new schedule, the draft and obviously Adrian Peterson. A lot of mailbag questions and tangents on Chip Kelly, too. We go off on a lot of tangents and fully enjoy our three-man episode setup, and include a healthy football discussion to boot. Chip Kelly and the NFL's self-promotion highlight our talks, but there's a lot going on. *****Download Link Here***** Episode Notes: One of my favorite projects of the year is the consensus big board...
Daily Norseman Apr 22, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Select T.J. Clemmings

We're into the last quarter of our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and we kick it off with the league's worst playoff team last year, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers finished with the same 7-9 record that our beloved Minnesota Vikings did, and took a pretty good thrashing from the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, but that was still good enough for them to win the awful NFC South and even manage a playoff victory. The Panthers have a couple of directions they could go with this pick, but one of their needs stands out above all of the rest. With the 25th pick in the 2015 Daily...

NFL schedule release: 49ers installed as 3.5-point favorite against Minnesota Vikings

The San Francisco 49ers schedule release means it is time for a gambling for Week 1. It is not a surprise they are a favorite at home against Minnesota. The NFL schedule was released Tuesday evening, which means we now know the San Francisco 49ers will open the 2015 season at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Although we haven't even gotten to the NFL Draft, we do already have a a spread for Week 1. The LV SuperBook released preliminary lines shortly after the schedule release. The 49ers have opened as a 3.5-point favorite against the Vikings. That line will...
Daily Norseman Apr 21, 2015

Your Minnesota Vikings 2015 Schedule

We've known the Minnesota Vikings' opponents for the 2015 season for some time, and now the National Football League has let us know when and where the Vikings will be playing those teams. So, without any further ado, here is your 2015 Minnesota Vikings schedule! Week Date Opponent Time 1 9/14 at San Francisco 49ers 9:20pm 2 9/20 Detroit Lions 12:00pm 3 9/27 San Diego Chargers 12:00pm 4 10/4 at Denver Broncos 3:25pm 5 10/11 BYE WEEK n/a 6 10/18 Kansas City Chiefs 12:00pm 7 10/25 at Detroit Lions 12:00pm 8 11/01 at Chicago Bears 12:00pm 9 11/08 St. Louis...
Daily Norseman Apr 21, 2015

Vikings Finalize Dates And Times For PreSeason Games

While we await the release of the 2015 NFL regular season schedule, we can let you know that the Minnesota Vikings have finalized the dates and times for their preseason games. We got the preseason schedule last week, but some of the dates and times were still up in the air. So, the team's five. . .yes, five. . .pre-season contests will look like this. Week Date Time Opponent Location HOF 9 August (Sun) 7:00 PM Pittsburgh Steelers Canton, OH 1 15 August (Sat) 7:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minneapolis, MN 2 22 August (Sat) 7:00 PM Oakland Raiders Minneapolis, MN 3 29 August...
Daily Norseman Apr 21, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Jalen Collins

We have officially hit the three-quarter pole in our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock. We've heard the Cardinals mentioned as a possible destination for Adrian Peterson in a trade, so at first blush it appears that a running back could be in order at this spot. However, Cardinals GM Siberia101 has other designs on what Arizona should do with their selection here. With the 24th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select. . . Jalen Collins, cornerback, Louisiana State University Here's what Siberia101...
Daily Norseman Apr 21, 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Select Andrus Peat

We are up to the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and one of our division rivals, the Detroit Lions. They're being run by DN community member "just_rob," and he's making a selection for them to help them out a spot that the Lions have, seemingly, had issues for quite a long time now. With the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select. . . Andrus Peat, offensive tackle, Stanford University Here's what just_rob had to say about why he made this selection. I was actually going to select Erick Flowers as I...
Daily Norseman Apr 20, 2015

Taking a Look at Matt Kalil

The Daily Norseman uncovers a startling correlation and trend in Pro Football Focus grades for Matt Kalil over the course of his short career. As the NFL draft fast approaches, the Vikings have a lot of different directions they could go in trying to reload the roster for the 2015 season.  Months ago Rick Spielman and the team began identifying the team's biggest needs to address this off-season, and while offensive line is surely a part of those needs, it remains to be seen if left tackle is among them.  This study looks at Matt Kalil's performance over his first three seasons as the...
The Falcoholic Apr 20, 2015

Free Agency Rumor: Falcons "in the mix" for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Many have been wondering where the best running back in the last decade will play in 2015. Not many considered it to be Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons need to rebuild a team that has been, at their very best, watchable the last two seasons. They could potentially look to add another running back to pair with the young, electric Devonta Freeman. According to a "source close to the situation," the Falcons could pair Freeman with the controversial Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press broke the news, which included the Vikings plan to...
Big Cat Country Apr 20, 2015

Adrian Peterson trade rumors: Jaguars name in the mix?

The Jaguars have been linked to Adrian Peterson a few times in trade rumor talk. The NFL reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson last week, which means that teams no longer have to worry about if he will be suspended or not for the 2015 season, if they were interested in trading for him. There have been a lot of rumblings that Peterson has not been happy with how the Vikings handled his situation and wants out of Minnesota. The issue going forward seems to be if the Vikings can get the kind of compensation you'd think you'd be able to get for Peterson and if there's a team...

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