2017 Vikings effective in blitz on both sides of ball

Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Chase Roullier (73) blocks Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Zimmer's system frequently employs a variety of blitzes, most notably the double-A gap look with linebackers and/or safeties. As such, one would expect the Vikings to be one of the more effective blitzing teams in football. And they did not disappoint in 2017....

Vikings 2018 Roster Preview: Offensive Line

Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff (71) waits to take the field against he Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 26-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Clayton Brooks has been previewing the Vikings roster group by group. Now it is time for the unit that has been the thorn in Vikings fans' side for millennia: the offensive line. Offensive Line Projected Starters (Left to Right): Riley Reiff, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Mike Remmers, Rashod Hill Reserves:Josh Andrews, Aviante Collins, Tom...

The Dream for Aaron Lynch

With a transfixed focus on surrounding the franchise’s salvation Mitchell Trubisky, it seemed as if pass rush had been shoved to the depths of the laundry list of offseason needs. In all reality, purging a crew that propelled the Bears to seventh in the...

Diggs, Thielen Should See More Downfield Success

Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota's receiving duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs is one of its greatest assets. Their one-two punch is a big reason why fans are clamoring for Rick Spielman to re-sign Diggs as soon as possible. The Vikings' offense blossomed in 2017, largely due...

Vikings’ Defense Surprisingly Low on Big Plays

Dec 24, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) and safety Andrew Sendejo (34) at Lambeau Field. The Packers beat the Vikings 38-19. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings' 2017 defense was consistently lauded as one of the best units in recent memory, and for good reason. They boasted three All-Pros, Pro Bowlers at all three levels and the top defense in both yards and points per game. But for all...

Taking Inventory: Kickers/Punters

As apart of an ongoing series, Taking Inventory aims to assess every position set on the Bears, taking a peek at the previous season and provide a sneak peek into projections for the certain group. For day nine, we take a gander at the...

Vikings, Danielle Hunter agree to extension

Dec 17, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates his sack in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings have agreed to a five-year extension with defensive end Danielle Hunter, as reported by NFL.com's Tom Pelissero. Pelissero said on Twitter that he believes the deal will be worth around $72 million over the five-year span. https://twitter.com/TomPelissero/status/1011981575339302913 Though there have been indications that the...

Determining Kirk Cousins’ Fantasy Value

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Kirk Cousins' signing with Minnesota is first and foremost a matter of Super Bowl-contention. Still, if our readers are anything like Vikings fans we know, they tend to not only obsess over fantasy, but make efforts to draft as many Vikings as possible. And...

Taking Inventory: Defensive Backs

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LeGarrette Blount picked as Lions player most likely to disappoint

The Lions have invested quite a few resources into revamping arguably the worst rushing attack of the past decade. Last offseason, they added big-name free agents such as T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner and this year, they drafted Frank Ragnow, Kerryon Johnson and signed LeGarrette Blount. The work...

Vikings Key Games to Watch in 2018

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls out a play in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Last season, many analysts (including this writer) looked at the Vikings' schedule and thought "this could be a tough year." The mixture of road games and stout opponents seemed daunting. Alas, the Vikings proved those people wrong and went on to win 13 games....

Taking Inventory: Linebackers

As apart of an ongoing series, Taking Inventory aims to assess every position set on the Bears, taking a peek at the previous season and provide a sneak peek into projections for the certain group. For day seven, we take a gander at the...

Taking Inventory: Defensive Line

As apart of an ongoing series, Taking Inventory aims to assess every position set on the Bears, taking a peek at the previous season and provide a sneak peek into projections for the certain group. For day six, we take a gander at the...

Taking Inventory: Offensive Line

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Full Press Coverage: Detroit Lions News and Notes Roundup

With organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in the rearview mirror, we have officially entered the "dead period" of the offseason. No worries, though, there is still plenty going on with the Lions. Let's recap the events of the past week or so, shall...

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