Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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The Vikings have started hot enough to keep hope alive, but an NFL team’s postseason hopes are contingent on their injury report, so Vikings fans have had plenty to fret about since that fateful practice that led to Teddy Bridgewater missing the entire season.

The injuries are piling up, with left tackle Matt Kalil and running back Adrian Peterson the latest to create headlines and cause concern, but the 2-0 Vikings still present reasons for optimism to their loyal fans.

Today, I’m taking you around the web to visit all of our friends and see what is being written about this team, via our weekly “Links of the Week” tradition.

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Sunday night could not have gone any better for the Minnesota Vikings during their win over the hated Green Bay Packers. The Vikings played their very first regular season game in front of a record crowd of 66,813 screaming Minnesota fans.

But exactly how loud was it Sunday? How did it compare to the Vikings’ old home at the Metrodome? Luckily, a few people who attended Minnesota’s Week 2 victory have taken some time to provide answers to those questions and much more about their experience last weekend.

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Vikings Territory

Hey! It is Vikings Territory‘s birthday! Which birthday exactly?

We’re Five!

That’s right, folks. After about a five minute strategy session via Skype, and about three dollars worth of investment, and about three minutes worth of preparation, Brett Anderson and I flipped on the switch (actually, it was just him, he doesn’t let me touch the switches) that turned the lights on here at VT half a decade ago.

It has been a wild ride, with plenty of successes and failures along the way, but we are both proud of what we have created here… and where it is headed.

We started off celebrating the rare times when literally dozens of people were on the site at once. And now, today, we are privileged enough to celebrate the days when tens of thousands of people have graced us with their presence in a single day.

There have been a lot of things that we’ve accomplished, ones we could go on for hours about with pride and excitement, but this post was created with something more important in mind than patting ourselves on the back.

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Vikings Place Kalil on Injured Reserve, Sign RB Ronnie Hillman
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The loss of Adrian Peterson was supposed to be the biggest news out of Winter Park today, but when Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer took the podium this morning, everything changed.

Zimmer quickly addressed Peterson’s surgery, then announced the team had placed left tackle Matt Kalil on Injured Reserve. According to Andrew Krammer, Kalil’s hip injury has been an issue since the preseason. The injury appears to be season-ending, forcing T.J. Clemmings into the starting role at left tackle.

Last season, Clemmings started every game at right tackle for the Vikings and struggled in his rookie season. There’s plenty of room for improvement when Clemmings makes the switch, as Kalil was Pro Football Focus’s 65th-ranked offensive tackle this season.

Later in the press conference, Zimmer announced a few changes in the backfield. He named Jerick McKinnon the starter for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and announced the team’s signing of free agent running back Ronnie Hillman.

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