Allen, Peterson Lead Positions In Pro Bowl Voting

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2011 – 4:57 pm

Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson have been among the best players at their positions this season, and fans are voting accordingly. Allen is the leading vote getter among all NFL DEs with 488,239 votes and Peterson is the leading vote getter among all NFL RBs and the 5th leading vote getter in all of the NFL with 680,428 votes.

Earlier this week, we promoted Vikings LB Chad Greenway as being worthy of consideration. Another big game on Sunday against Denver parlayed with a few impact plays – forced/recovered fumbles, INTs and sacks – along the way will start to garner him more consideration.

2012 Pro Bowl voting will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones through Monday, December 19. Click here to cast your vote.

The teams will be announced at 7:00 pm (ET) Tuesday, December 27 on a special NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

The 2012 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 pm (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 21-22.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

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Vikings, McNabb Part Ways

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2011 – 3:26 pm

The Vikings and Donovan McNabb agreed to the veteran QB’s release on Thursday.

“I had a discussion with him and we both agreed mutually that this was the best decision for both parties,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. “He was and has been a great player for our league for a long, long time. I have a lot of affection and love for Donovan. A tremendous person and a tremendous competitor, and we really wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. He did a good job for us here. He really helped our young quarterbacks. He did a good job in a lot of ways.”

McNabb is a 13-year NFL veteran who joined the Vikings at the end of this past July. In 6 games as the Vikings starter, McNabb completed 60.3% of his passes for 1,026 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs. He was replaced as the team’s starter before a Week 7 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

McNabb spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected with the #2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Following his final year in Philadelphia in 2009, McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins in April of 2010 and played one season there before being dealt to the Vikings.

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Pagac’s Background Will Help Vikings Prepare For Tebow, Broncos Running Game

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2011 – 12:53 pm

We’re in an era of football now where one of the most valued attributes a college QB can possess is experience and familiarity with running a “pro style” offense. And that’s one of many reasons there is so much intrigue surrounding Broncos QB Tim Tebow right now – his most tangible attribute is the ability to run a college style offense in the NFL.

Tebow’s been a hard player for opposing defenses to contain of late, as he’s guided the Broncos to a 5-1 record since taking over as the team’s starter in Week 7. In a league that displays and glorifies prolific passing attacks, Tebow and the Broncos are racking up wins by running the football. Since Tebow was named Denver’s starter, the Broncos have a run-to-pass ratio of 249 to 135.

Much of the difficulty in stopping the Broncos rushing attack is that their scheme is not the standard NFL running scheme. It’s literally an option offense, similar to those you’d see watching college football on Saturdays. As good as the Vikings are at stopping the run, containing Tebow and the Broncos ground game on Sunday will be a tall task.

But there is good news. Vikings Defensive Coordinator Fred Pagac is no stranger to stopping the option offense. Pagac spent 23 years coaching at his alma mater – Ohio State University – and has seen plenty of the option offense in his day. In 1998 with Pagac as defensive coordinator, the Buckeyes led the nation in rushing defense, ranked 2nd in pass defense and were 4th in overall defense. Also, Ohio State played in 20 bowl games while Pagac was on staff.

Pagac’s long tenure in the college ranks will serve him and the Vikings defense well this week as they prepare to face Tebow, one of the best college players of all-time and a player who is doing in the NFL exactly what he did in college – win.

“Going back to college and playing option football,” Pagac responded when asked about the adjustments he had to make in preparing for Denver this week. “That’s part of their package now. They have different looks that they run base football out of, they have different looks that they’re running the spread zone reads, the option game, so obviously we’re going to have to be prepared on all facets of the game.”

As for Tebow specifically, Pagac, who has seen a countless number of impressive offensive players in his 34 years as a football coach, was complimentary in talking about the 2nd-year pro.

“He’s a competitive son of a gun that’s a good football player,” Pagac said. “Big, strong kid. Very, very competitive, and obviously he’s like playing with a second running back in the game and you’ve got to be alert to it.”

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Frazier: Vikings Fighting To Get “Over The Top” In Close Games

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2011 – 7:38 am

The Vikings 2011 season has not gone according to plan, as a lopsided 2-9 record has the team far from the expectations that preceded the season. But while the Vikings record to this point in the season is lopsided, most of the team’s 9 losses have not been lopsided mismatches. That shouldn’t come as any sort of consolation to the team or its fans, but it does indicate that the Vikings are capable of turning it around over the last 5 games of this season.

The type of losses the Vikings have suffered on the road to the Bears (29 points) and Packers (38 points) have been rare this season. In fact, outside of those defeats the Vikings have lost just one other game by more than 7 points. The Vikings are 1-6 in games decided by 8 points or fewer, and the team lost its first 4 games of the season by a combined 19 points (4.75 points per game). Add to that the fact that the Vikings held leads of 10, 17 and 20 points at halftime of their first 3 games, and it’s clear this Vikings team has the capability to win any given week.

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier refuses to blame the losses on injuries or bad luck, and instead explained that his team just hasn’t been able to make the plays necessary to grind out close wins. But he also shouldered some of the blame on himself and insisted that his team continues to battle on a weekly basis to get things turned around.

“I think our team has been fighting week in and week out and we haven’t made enough plays to get over the top in some games,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “More angry with myself in not being able to get us where we needed to be so we wouldn’t be 2-9, but I think our guys have fought week in and week out and tried to put us in a position in the fourth quarter to have a chance to win games and we just have to find a way to get over the hump so we can gain some confidence and build on that and hopefully that will be this weekend.”

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Play The Vikings GameDay Challenge

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 1, 2011 – 12:19 am

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