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Sun, Oct 12 Lions (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 19 @ Bills (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 26 @ Buccaneers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 2 Redskins (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 16 @ Bears (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 23 Packers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 30 Panthers (12:00 PM)
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Sun, Dec 21 @ Dolphins (12:00 PM)
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I consider it an honor and a privilege to run this website. Not only do I have a hobby that allows me to write about my favorite football team, and surround myself with the best Vikings writers on the internet, but I feel particularly proud of the quality of human beings that make up our little community here at VT.
I’ve never been prouder of my little corner of the internet, and the people that make it what it is, than I’ve felt over the last few weeks.
In case you missed it, I decided to continue my tradition of raising funds during the offseason for a worthy cause by gathering an unprecedented amount of donations. The money was to go to Dakota, who is diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, and her family that had to relocate from Colorado to Ohio because of the impact elevation has on her condition.
The original article goes into greater detail, and I encourage you to read it here, but I am so proud to announce that we exceeded our goal of $1,000 in a very short amount of time. This proves, once again, that the Vikings fans that hang around in these parts are some of the greatest people you are going to find anywhere.
A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of going to Dakota’s house and presenting her with your collective generosity. First, Dakota and her little brother, Conrad, were presented with authentic jerseys that were customized with their names and favorite numbers. I then gave her parents, Isaac and Laura, a check for the remainder of the money that they will be able to put towards medical and travel expenses.
The smiles were priceless and Dakota assured me that, even though she was born a Broncos fan, that their entire household will always be cheering on the Vikings from this point on (unless, maybe, they play Denver in the Super Bowl… we’ll cross that bridge when we get there). I received word that Conrad was so impressed with his jersey that he wore it to bed that night.
So, to Manuel, Tony, Rob, Richard, Adam R., Fran, Erik, the people who donated to Arif’s training camp fund (and Arif), and the number of you that donated anonymously: THANK YOU!
The entire Schonlau family expressed a lot of gratitude to me, but I was sure to let them know I’m just the figurehead, and that it was your generosity that really made this happen.
The contributions will make a big difference in the life of a little girl who deserves the kindness of strangers an infinite amount more than she ever deserved to have such serious struggles at such a young age. What is more, as her parents pointed out, Dakota’s original article got well over a thousand reads and they are excited to have that many more people aware of this horrible disease.
So, thank you all again, and I hope everybody is as thrilled as I am knowing there will be a few extra smiling faces cheering on our beloved purple this season.
As we have mentioned a number of times, it has been a great honor to be invited to take part in the Vike Fans audio previews of the coming season. Tom Moore and the gang have one heck of an operation going over there and we encourage you to check them out on a regular basis and also register for their forums to join in on their many, many discussions.
Last in the series, but certainly not least, are these two great season preview segments from VT’s own Lindsey Young and Carl Knowles. Lindsey is on offense and Carl is taking the defense. Enjoy!
The Vikings open the 2014 season with a much-anticipated matchup against the St. Louis Rams. The time to obsess only over our Vikings roster is over and we must now be aware of the teams that stand between us and the 2014 playoffs.
With the opener almost upon us, I asked Nathan Kearns to answer a few questions about the Rams and what we can expect to see. Nathan is an Editor over at the Ramblin Fan, as well as a die-hard Rams fan, and helps us understand our first real enemy of 2014.
I asked Nathan to make a prediction at the end of this, but first he was kind enough to answer five questions about this Rams team:
Pop in a tape from Week 8 through Week 17 of the St. Louis Rams 2013 season and you will get a pretty solid idea. Much like when Bradford went down last season, Jeff Fisher and company will revert back to a conservative offense that relies heavily on the running game. Shaun Hill is a more accurate thrower than Kellen Clemens, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams take a few more shots down the field. However, for the most part, it will be a run-oriented offense, with a mix of play-action and short throws to move the football down the field.
We here at VT had the good fortune of getting to know Tom Moore and the other fine folks over at VikeFans.com. They are one of the most hopping, and most well-informed, Vikings forums on the internet. Meanwhile, Tom and the gang keep putting together some of the best Vikings content you can find anywhere, and it comes most often in the form of some great radio-style interviews.
Considering the regular bits with Pete Bercich, the interviews of legends like Tommy Kramer, and the on-field updates from first round picks, it was a great honor when VT was asked to participate in a series of preseason conversations with Tom Moore.
Each of us will spend some time talking to Tom this week, and we will be sure to post each video as they become available, but we encourage you to make VikeFans.com a part of your regular Vikings-news diet and considering registering yourself as a member of their forums if you aren’t already.
First up is Darren Page discussing the rookie class, which is mighty timely considering final cuts are almost upon us. Enjoy!
This is an exciting season for the Vikings and also for us here at Vikings Territory. This site has grown a lot since last season and we are excited about a few other things to come.
Still, I don’t want to lose our “little guy” atmosphere and thought I’d re-introduce myself to the masses.
I am Adam Warwas. I’m 29. I live near Bowling Green, Ohio and have for the last two years. Prior to that, I lived and played in Valdez, Alaska for nine years. I grew up in Monticello, Minnesota and have always been a Vikings fan. I design power lines for a living and do my best to manage VT, and provide the occasional post, in my free time. Previously, I spent a few years as the editor of Vikings Gab where I penned over 2,000 articles.
The Vikings made headlines for a number of reasons on Monday (naming your starting quarterback will do that), but it was how head coach Mike Zimmer decided to end his opening statement that actually added some shock value to the day’s events (naming Matt Cassel your starting quarterback doesn’t bring much shock value).
Zimmer went out of his way to talk about his feelings towards Pro Football Focus, the internet’s most popular source of football analytics, and the message was seemingly directed at media outlets and Vikings fans. Since I technically qualify as both, and Zimmer is kind of scary, I listened to him.
“The last thing that I want to talk about before I let you guys go is this Pro Football Focus thing,” Zimmer said, as transcribed by S.I. “I know everybody wants to get the scoop on this, but quite honestly there’s not really anybody… I look at the grades and I can’t tell you what a 0.7 is or anything like that, but I know that the people that are grading our games and our defenses and our offenses, they don’t know if the tackle gets beat inside, if we weren’t sliding out to the nickel or who our guys are supposed to cover. I guarantee they don’t know who is in our blitz package and what they are supposed to do. I would just ask everybody to take that with a grain of salt, including our fans. We as coaches get paid a whole bunch of money to do the jobs that we do, evaluate the players that we evaluate and grade them how we grade them and not based on someone else.”
“That’s off my chest,” he said before prompting the Q&A portion of his presser. “Go ahead.”