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  1. O-line key to Bridgewater's success?

    Tom Carpenter

    Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater never got a chance to settle into things last week when he returned from his ankle injury. The Detroit Lions relentlessly got pressure on him -- hitting him 13 times, sacking him eight times -- and he ended up tossing thre...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  2. Who's to blame for Vikings' O woes?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Minnesota Vikings have scored exactly one touchdown in their past two games and are tied for 28th in scoring at 17.3 points per game. Sure, they obviously miss Adrian Peterson and have a rookie quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) under center, but it...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  3. Why is Cordarrelle Patterson struggling?

    Tom Carpenter

    On Sunday, Cordarrelle Patterson continued to look entirely like a bust, pulling in just two receptions (for the third week in a row) for 15 yards. He also failed to do anything with his first rushing attempt since Week 3, running for only two yards....

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  4. Why is Stafford getting sacked so much?

    Tom Carpenter

    Last season, 25 quarterbacks were sacked more times than Matthew Stafford, who was put on the turf just 23 times. After five games this season, no quarterback in the NFL has been sacked more than Stafford (17 sacks). Surely, the Lions O-line must ...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  5. Will Jaguars turn to Storm Johnson?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart during the offseason to replace long-time stud RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Unfortunately, Gerhart has looked every bit the backup that he was during his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, averaging an embarrass...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  6. Latest buzz on status of Bush, Bell

    Tom Carpenter

    Although their field-goal kicking woes are the obvious reason why the Detroit Lions lost Sunday to the Buffalo Bills, injuries to their backfield played a role, too. Reggie Bush left the game early with a sprained ankle and Joique Bell was inactive w...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  7. Latest buzz on Patterson's hip, role

    Tom Carpenter

    Remember all of that promise and upside that Cordarrelle Patterson carried under the direction of Minnesota Vikings OC Norv Turner. Well, the skills remain but we've seen nary a hint of a breakout since Week 1, when he rushed three times for 102 yard...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  8. Will Norv get Cordarrelle revved up?

    Tom Carpenter

    After rushing three times for 103 yards and a score, plus catching three passes for an additional 26 yards, in Week 1, it appeared that Cordarrelle Patterson was ready to live up to the preseason breakout hype he had across Fantasyland. Since then, t...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  9. AD's impact on new Vikings stadium

    Tom Carpenter

    Losing arguably the best running back in the NFL is going to be tough for the Minnesota Vikings' chances of winning games, but how will Adrian Peterson's indefinite -- and perhaps permanent -- absence from the Vikes impact the franchise off the field...

    Blog | September 21, 2014
  10. Will McKinnon push Asiata for touches?

    Tom Carpenter

    With Adrian Peterson inactive for Week 2, the Minnesota Vikings leaned on Matt Asiata, who managed to total 84 yards and a score on 18 touches. Asiata has managed to exceed expectations when he's had enough touches, but those expectations remain low ...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  11. Concern about Vereen's workload?

    Tom Carpenter

    In the season opener, it looked like the New England Patriots were going to ride RB Shane Vereen often this season. He finished the loss to the Miami Dolphins with seven rushes for 36 yards and a score and five catches for another 35 yards -- not eye...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  12. Extra motivation for Cordarrelle vs Pats?

    Tom Carpenter

    We all know that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick chooses his limited public words more carefully than a PR professional, so he all but never gives his opponents bulletin-board material. However, Cordarrelle Patterson, whose Minnesota Vik...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  13. Will Cassel start over Bridgewater?

    Tom Carpenter

    UPDATE: Per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Vikings players have been told that Matt Cassel will start over Teddy Bridgewater. --- All signs have been pointing to Matt Cassel opening the season as the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback over Teddy Bridg...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  14. Do Vikes need more depth at tackle?

    Tom Carpenter

    For all of the questions the Minnesota Vikings have at quarterback and on defense, they have one of the top offensive lines in the NFL. However, right tackle Phil Loadholt suffered an injury to his lower left leg during Saturday's exhibition game. It...

    Blog | August 24, 2014
  15. Is there a cap on Gerhart's upside?

    Tom Carpenter

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to lean on Toby Gerhart as their lead back this season. He touched the pill only 353 times in four seasons as Adrian Peterson's backup with the Minnesota Vikings, but his career 4.7 YPC makes him an intriguing break...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  16. Weight loss a plus for TE Rudolph?

    Tom Carpenter

    Already a talented pass-catcher, Kyle Rudolph got a significant bump in statistical potential during the offseason when TE-whisperer Norv Turner joined the Minnesota Vikings as their offensive coordinator. It appears he also has benefited from dro...

    Blog | August 18, 2014