Final Vikings 53-Man Roster Projections: Defense and Special Teams

Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) celebrates his sack during the fourth quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings make their final roster cuts later today. Here are my final projections for who makes it out on defense and special teams.

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Roster Bubble Questions in Vikings’ Final Preseason Game

Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas (32) carries the ball during the third quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Traditionally, the fourth preseason game is for filling out the roster, identifying which fringe guys are in and which are out. The Vikings are fairly secure across the board with their starters. Even their regular rotation guys are well established at this point. As such, expect to mostly see young bubble players in action tomorrow as the Vikings travel to Tennessee.

Javon Wims: Locked for a Roster Spot

In most preseason games, stellar performances from roster-bubble level players usually end up swept underneath the rug, pinning the praise on the opposing second strings that allowed for such an impressive performance. However, in the seventh round rookie receiver Javon Wims’ case, the 114...

4 reasons to watch the Lions’ preseason matchup with the Browns

Just one more game. That's all that's left before the 2018 regular season kicks off and the Lions take on the New York Jets in Week 1. Before that, however, the Lions must play their fourth and final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on...

Vikings Position Battles: Wide Receiver

Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chad Beebe (84) leads the Vikings onto the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars before the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota's receiver room has been one of the more interesting groups to watch since spring practice started. Several unexpected names have emerged as fan favorites and a few expected contributors have disappointed. With roster cuts a short ways away, now is a good time to evaluate the wide receiver battles by taking the pros and cons of each roster candidate's case. 

Vikings Keep the Drama Going with 21-20 Win

Aug 24, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jake Wieneke (9) celebrates his game winning 2 point conversion in the fourth quarter against Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Preseason games do not end in much more exciting factor than this one did. With a late touchdown and two-point conversion, the Vikings pulled out a dramatic 21-20 win over the Seahawks in front of their home crowd. 

Matchup Breakdown: Lions vs. Buccaneers

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It is Week 3 of the NFL preseason and tonight we get to witness the Lions' third and most important exhibition game. The team traveled 1,084 miles to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like I have done for the previous two...

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Key Matchups

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will conduct their pre-season dress rehearsal against the Detroit Lions. Here’s what to watch for as they Bucs play in Raymond James Stadium for the first time this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were victorious in back to back road...

What to Watch For in Vikings’ Most Important Preseason Game

Sep 11, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) pumps up the fans in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The third game of the preseason is the one to watch. The first team offense and defense will play at least half the game, a little more of the playbook will probably be used and a good chunk of the final decisions will begin taking shape. The Vikings have looked a little hit-and-miss on the offensive side and downright stacked top-to-bottom on the defensive side. Will week three be a continuation of that, or will new stories take shape?

TBT: Sheriff Denny Green Gets His First Win

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Call it the new Sheriff’s first showdown. Dennis Green was 43 years old on Sept. 6, 1992. He was also on the eastern sideline of Lambeau Field, preparing to make his National Football League coaching debut against the Packers’ Mike Holmgren, who, like Green, was another acorn of the Bill Walsh one-Super-Bowl-win-after-another coaching tree.

Vikings Defense and Special Teams Roster Projections: Two Weeks Left

Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Two weeks remaining before roster cuts and a whole lot of preseason football left to be played. The Vikings made a move this week that could have major implications on the final roster. Here we predict what those implications are with our second-to-last roster projections for the defense and special teams.

Vikings Sign Former Bengals Safety Iloka

Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings just bolstered an already-stout secondary. Former Bengals safety George Iloka has officially signed with Minnesota on a one-year deal, first reported by NFL.com and confirmed by the Vikings. The Bengals released Iloka Sunday in a move to save cap money.

What to Make of Kirk Cousins

After a rotating carousel of quarterbacks that all flashed promise the last few seasons, the Vikings spent 84 million dollars this offseason in an attempt to solidify the position. Kirk Cousins posted solid statistics during his time in Washington. He threw for over 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns each of the last three seasons. Now, Cousins joins a Viking team with the expectations of Super Bowl contension.

Packers Possible 53-Man Roster, Cuts, And Bubble Players

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Week two of the preseason is in the books and with another two to go, let's take a look at the Packers possible 53 man roster heading into the regular season.   By Frank Bonincontri @TheFFLWire At the halfway point of the preseason, players have either put some...

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