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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has become a bit of an expert at us-against-the world speeches. Sometimes Zimmer has to exaggerate, but he sure didn't need to entering Sunday's game against Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. He told his players that nobody but the Vikings thought they had a chance.
MINNEAPOLIS—Sam Bradford started calling his own plays when he was 9. The young quarterback was playing in his native Oklahoma City for the Putnam City Optimist Sooners. The coach was his father, Kent Bradford, and in a 1996 game the offense was bogged down. Finally, the coach figured he had nothing to lose. "Nothing was really working, so toward the end of the game, I just said, 'Hey, Sammy, go out and call a play,''' said Kent Bradford. "He called a pass play and we scored on the darn thing.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Captain Munnerlyn signed with the Vikings in 2014 but has not left North Carolina behind. Munnerlyn played for the Carolina Panthers from 2009-13 and maintains a...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The plan actually wasn't for Sam Bradford to take his first Vikings snap Sunday night, but it worked out OK. Bradford completed 22 of 31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 win over Green Bay in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Afterward, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he wanted Bradford to play in a 25-16 win at Tennessee in the Sept. 11 opener, but because he hadn't yet mastered the offense after being acquired on Sept. 3, Shaun Hill went the distance.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s injured right knee was diagnosed Monday as a torn meniscus. Coach Mike Zimmer said he didn’t know how long Peterson might...
MINNEAPOLIS—If you want to find out who will start at quarterback for the Vikings, there's little need to call Sam Bradford's father. He barely can get his busy son on the phone. Many believe Bradford will get the nod over Shaun Hill on Sunday night against Green Bay in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Bradford's parents, Kent and Martha, will come to the game from their home in Oklahoma City.
MINNEAPOLIS—Vikings starters Xavier Rhodes, Matt Kalil and Sharrif Floyd sat out practice a second straight day on Thursday, but coach Mike Zimmer is hopeful all will play Sunday against Green Bay. "I see a possibility that they all might be able to play on Sunday,'' Zimmer said. "We'll see.'' Rhodes, a cornerback, suffered a right knee injury while stretching and sat out last Sunday's 25-16 win at Tennessee in the regular-season opener. Offensive tackle Kalil (hip) and defensive tackle Floyd (knee) both played against the Titans.
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson this week watched the film of the Vikings' regular-season opener at Tennessee. It wasn't pretty. The veteran running back managed just 31 yards on 19 carries in last Sunday's 25-16 win. His average of 1.6 yards per carry was his lowest since he averaged 1.5 at Arizona on Dec. 6, 2009, and was the fourth-lowest of his 10-year career.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings against Packers. The first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. National television. That's plenty right there for people to discuss. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer is quite willing, though, to add more when it comes to not yet having announced his starting quarterback for Sunday night's game on NBC. "I just figured it'd be good sports talk radio,'' Zimmer quipped Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sent a text to replacement Shaun Hill before Sunday's game and he apparently didn't mention anything about the Vikings looking pretty. The message read, "Bring home a W.'' That's exactly what the Vikings did. They slogged their way to 25-16 win over Tennessee at Nissan Stadium in the season opener.