Earlier today, the Vikings 2010 preseason schedule was released. You can read more about that by clicking this link, but here are the key points:
Game 1 – August 13 or 14 at St. Louis
Game 2 – Sunday, August 22 at San Francisco – 7 p.m. on NBC
Game 3 – August 27 or 28 vs. Seattle
Game 4 – Thursday, September 2 vs. Denver
- Three of the four games are against teams from the NFC West. The Vikings went 3-1 vs. that division last year in the regular season, with the only loss coming against the Cardinals, who are the only team from said division Minnesota doesn’t play in the upcoming preseason.
- The exact dates / times the three games without said info may not be available for a while. Not a huge deal since they are just preseason games, but at the same time it’s frustrating that they don’t have that info buttoned down from the get-go.
- The Vikings play their first two games of the preseason on the road and then the final two at home. Always nice to have the third preseason game, often the only one that the starters play more than a few series, at home.
- Pretty cool to have a Sunday night game that’s nationally televised on NBC.
- In the first game against St. Louis, the Rams could be showcasing a high-end rookie quarterback, since they have the first overall pick in the Draft.
- The Seahawks could have a much different feel to them than they did last November when the Vikings beat them at Mall of America Field, with new head coach Pete Carroll at the helm.
- Wonder if the 49ers are a little steamed still given the way the last meeting between these two teams ended?
What are your thoughts?
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For the 3rd straight year, vikings.com is feeding off the hype of March Madness and doing a weekly feature called Mock Madness, which tracks the draft projections of several national football observers, such as Pat Kirwan of NFL.com and both Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN.
The feature began 2 weeks ago with Mock Madness 1.0 and continues this week, with added experts and projections.
To view Mock Madness 3.0, click here.
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The NFL has yet to announce when the 2010 regular season schedule will be revealed, but according to TVGuide.com’s online guide, ESPN2 has a SportsCenter episode scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. CST entitled “NFL Schedule Release Special.” There is nothing listed for NFL Network that day that would reflect a special regarding the schedule release, but regardless, we should know the exact date and time soon.
As for preseason opponents, that will be released tomorrow at 2 p.m. CST.
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With reports of free agent DE Mike Montgomery and the Vikings agreeing to a 1-year deal, Minnesota appears to be making a splash in the free agent market after a brief void of inactivity. Along with the reported signing, the Vikings may be creating some more attention by taking a closer look at a Draft prospect.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that University of Virginia CB Chris Cook is conducting a private workout for the Vikings today, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.
There has been a lot of speculation on the Vikings’ Draft “needs” and the secondary has garnered most of the attention, as we touched on briefly earlier today. The concern with the Vikings’ secondary revolves around the injuries of Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield. There has also been some anxiety over the production numbers from last season with the Vikings ranked 19th in passing yards allowed and just 26th in INTs, so perhaps taking a closer look at the draft-eligible CB may suite the Purple’s best interest.
Various scouting reports label the 6-2, 210 pound CB as versatile with great speed and coverage skills – traits that may intrigue the Vikings to add talent and depth to a secondary unit that already has positive potential.
Tags: Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin
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Heading into the 2010 season, one of the areas for minor concern when it comes to the Vikings defense is the area of cornerback. Pro Bowler Antoine Winfield is coming off an injury-plagued 2009 season but plans on being 100 percent come training camp. Veteran Cedric Griffin, however, tore his ACL in the season-ending loss to the Saints and may not return to action until after the 2010 season gets underway, depending upon how his rehab and recovery goes. The Vikings brought back Benny Sapp to provide depth in the secondary, and rookie Asher Allen got ample playing time last year due to Winfield’s injury, so he should be improved as he embarks on his sophomore campaign.
According to the Star Tribune, the Vikings recently had veteran corner Tye Hill, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, in for a visit at Winter Park in an effort to further bolster the secondary’s depth. Hill’s visit to the Twin Cities came on the heels of a visit to the Tennessee Titans, and today, Hill inked a one-year deal with the Titans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
There are of course several free agent corners left on the market, and many NFL Draft pundits believe the Vikings could address the position via the upcoming Draft as well.
Tags: Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Benny Sapp, Cedric Griffin
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Per the Twitter feed of the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will be the guest host tonight on “Sports Soup,” which airs at 10 p.m. CST on Versus.
According to the show’s website, the show ” is an all-new, original studio show on Versus. Think “The Soup” meets “The Daily Show” for sports. At a time where traditional outlets for sports news and commentary have suffered from decreasing quality and pressure to maintain tired clichés, “Sports Soup” provides viewers with a fresh take on the sports spectrum they care so dearly about.”
Sounds like this is right up Allen’s alley, so it should be an interesting watch.
The show will replay on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. CST, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CST, and Monday at 8:30 a.m. CST. It appears as though the show’s website posts video from prior episodes about a week to ten days after the original airing, so if you miss the broadcasts, check back with the website to view the on-demand video in a week or so.
Tags: Jared Allen
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It may be the offseason, but that isn’t going to stop Vikings P Chris Kluwe from competing.
Kluwe and his band – Tripping Icarus – are part of a KQRS promotion that will afford 2 local bands the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi when the hit group visits St. Paul on April 7 and 8. The promotion is driven by fan voting on KQRS.com, with 8 local bands competing for the 2 spots. The top 2 vote-getters will win the promotion.
To vote for Tripping Icarus, click here.
So when you’ve gotten your fill of Vikings news on vikings.com, head over to the KQRS.com promotion and vote for Tripping Icarus.
Tags: Chris Kluwe
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According to the Twitter feed of the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, the Vikings have come to terms with free agent defensive end Mike Montgomery. Various online reports said that Montgomery, a former Packer, was at Winter Park on Monday for a visit. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, according to Zulgad.
Montgomery played his college football at Texas A&M and has five career sacks at the NFL level. He’ll provide depth at the defensive end position and a bit of insurance in case Ray Edwards, who is a restricted free agent, does not return to the team.
Tags: Mike Montgomery
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Right now on the home page the fan poll is set up for you to vote for the Vikings 2009 Special Teams Play of the Year. There are 4 options and all are quite worthy of earning the distinction as the top play of the year on special teams.
But I have an opinion on which one is just a little better than the rest.
Percy Harvin was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, but there’s no doubt a big part of Harvin’s impact on the Vikings in 2009 was with the special teams unit, specifically as a returner. It’s fitting, then, that Harvin has 2 of the 4 plays that are up for special teams play of the year.
My vote for Vikings Special Teams Play of the Year is Harvin’s 101-yard kickoff return TD in the 3rd quarter against San Francisco in Week 3. That play gave the Vikings a 20-17 lead over the 49ers late in the 3rd quarter and ultimately helped set the stage for the Vikings most dramatic play and win of the season, when QB Brett Favre hooked up with WR Greg Lewis in the back of the endzone with just 2 seconds to play in the game.
Harvin’s return gave him his 3rd career TD and also a TD in his first 3 NFL games. It also was instrumental in the Vikings moving to 3-0. It’s my pick for Vikings 2009 Special Teams Play of the Year.
Do you agree or disagree. Let us know in the comments below but also remember to back to the home page and cast your own vote. Also remember to stay tuned to vikings.com for more voting on Vikings plays of the year.
Tags: Greg Lewis, Percy Harvin
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The Vikings have one defensive lineman from Texas A&M already on the roster – DT Pat Williams – and according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune they will be visiting with another.
Former Packers DE Mike Montgomery, according to Zulgad, will be visiting with the Vikings on Monday. Montgomery was a 6th round pick of the Packers in 2005 and even signed a 2-year contract extension last year, but he didn’t fit well in Green Bay’s new 3-4 scheme and the club released him earlier this month.
Montgomery stands at 6-5, 282 pounds and had his best season in 2008 when he had 2.5 sacks and 59 tackles in 14 games. Zulgad says in his report that Montgomery would compete for backup roles at both end spots along the Vikings line and he could also be moved inside on passing downs.
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