Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Rookie tight end Mycole Pruitt caught a touchdown pass from Mike Kafka and rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned a punt 62 yards to the 1-yard line to setup a short Joe Banyard touchdown run as the Vikings beat the Steelers 14-3 in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night.

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Finally, Minnesota Vikings football to talk about that doesn’t come in Twitter/Vine/Periscope form (no offense everyone who did a great job covering training camp). Actual Minnesota Vikings football was on our televisions tonight, however, and nothing tops that.

Here are some notes from how the starters did in limited action in Canton tonight:

A Robert Blanton tackle on a well diagnosed screen play followed by a nice Xavier Rhodes run defense play set the Vikings defense up with a third and long on Pittsburgh’s first drive which got even longer on a third down delay of game penalty. The Steelers resorted to another screen play on third down, but despite plenty of room, the Vikings defense closed in quickly to force the punt.

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The Minnesota Vikings kick off the preseason in less than an hour, when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers as part of the annual Hall of Fame Game. It’s an exciting night for fans around the country, and a chance for rookies and backups to prove their worth to the Vikings coaching staff.

A handful of Vikings, however, did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio. Earlier tonight, the team released a list of those who did not travel:

According to KFAN’s AJ Mansour, the starters will play just 8-12 snaps tonight, meaning we’ll only get a brief glimpse of Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the team’s first-stringers tonight.

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More Than Words Announcement

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR #MORETHANWORDS DONATION TODAY

As most of you are aware by now, we have set an ambitious goal of raising over $10,000 for the “Chad’s Locker” program headed up by Chad Greenway and his Lead the Way Foundation by August 22nd.

The response has been amazing, as we’re currently right around $5,000 raised (new update coming soon), and Greenway reached out to us with a message he wanted past along to all the readers here at Vikings Territory.

Fans, Friends & Family,

I wanted to take a few minutes to write you all a personal letter regarding the #MoreThanWords Campaign. However, let me preface this whole thing with one simple statement: I am not a writer, I’m a football player. That being said, my parents taught me manners. And, when someone does a good thing for you, you write them a thank-you letter.

Your efforts to restock our children’s lockers across the Twin Cities deserve the biggest of thank you’s.

So far we’ve raised nearly $4,000 for the #MoreThanWords Campaign. As a result, children across the region will get the chance to take a break from their “hospital life” and just feel like a kid, again. The significance of this fun distraction cannot be overstated; these small moments make a huge impact in these children’s lives.

Thank you.

Thank you for your donations, for your time, for your retweets, for your facebook likes, and thank you for doing all of this without expecting anything in return. My wife and I started the Lead the Way Foundation in 2008 and every single year, like clockwork, you folks outdo yourselves. I will never forget what you all have done.

I wish I could say more, but I have to get back to camp. With one week left let’s keep the momentum rolling with #MoreThanWords, everyone! In the spirit of what I said earlier: even the smallest actions, moments, and donation can make the biggest difference. You can be that difference.

Gratefully,
Chad Greenway

We still have a long ways to go to meet our goals and I just want to take this opportunity to again encourage you all to make a donation if you can help. For every $10 you donate on behalf of Vikings Territory, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Vikings jersey of your choosing and some other great prizes (one of which is really cool and will be announced soon).

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR #MORETHANWORDS DONATION TODAY

 

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Fran Tarkenton “never knew Mick Tingelhoff to have a bad day,” and this may have been his best friend’s greatest moment yet.

The moment, 37 years in the making, has come and gone, and it’s one Vikings fans will never forget — Mick Tingelhoff is finally a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On the field, Tingelhoff was one of the greatest Vikings of all time, starting every game in his illustrious 17-year career and leading the franchise to 10 division titles. In 240 career games, he earned a reputation as one of the smartest, quickest, and strongest offensive lineman in the league, and his longevity is a testament to the toughness that led him to Canton, Ohio.

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