Monday, April 24, 2017

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After zero points and two missed field goal attempts by the enigmatic Blair Walsh in the first half, the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) looked far from the 2015 team that won 11 games and an NFC North division title. But something happened at halftime (likely Mike Zimmer losing his voice and making up new ways to use certain four letter words) and the Vikings scored 25 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a Week 1 defeat of the Tennessee Titans (0-1) by a score of 25-16.

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Down a Cornerback vs. Titans
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Week 1 of the 2016 regular season kicks off in a little over an hour, and the Minnesota Vikings will take the field with Shaun Hill starting at quarterback. ESPN’s Ben Goessling confirmed Hill’s place at the top of the depth chart, though that may change if Hill plays poorly today and Sam Bradford continues to progress in practice.

Bradford is active and may see some playing time this afternoon, but a few other names won’t take the field. Most notably, two of Minnesota’s 2015 starters on offense and defense — cornerback Xavier Rhodes and slot receiver Jarius Wright.

With Rhodes out, Trae Waynes will start at left cornerback and Terence Newman on the opposite side. Charles Johnson and Stefon Diggs are Minnesota’s top-two receivers, with Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell pushing for time in three and four-receiver sets.

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Adam Warwas presents five bold predictions for today’s Vikings versus Titans game.

How’d you sleep? Yeah, me neither.

The much anticipated start of the 2016 Minnesota Vikings season is just hours away, with the first stop being Tennessee, and I think we here at Vikings Territory have hit about every storyline from about every angle… sometimes at an admittedly excessive rate. What can I say? The whole gang of contributors here loves their Minnesota Vikings.

Now it is time for our collective offseason analysis, our breakdowns of a paper roster, to take to the actual turf in pursuit of greatness. The Teddy Bridgewater disaster will doubtless have a rippling impact throughout the season, voiding some of our offseason projections, but that won’t stop us from trying to shake the magic eight ball in search of hope and optimism.

Here are five bold predictions, largely based on my own stated opinions from this offseason, for what could unfold on the field today.

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We have discussed this team’s oldest players. We have discussed them going from one of the NFL’s youngest teams to the second oldest this last offseason. We’ve also discussed the youngest players that are currently listed as starters.

Today, in the wake of the 36 year old Joe Berger getting a one-year contract extension, we wanted to take you on a tour of the contract situations of other Vikings players as they prepare to open the regular season in Tennessee tomorrow.

Rick Spielman has been known to negotiate an in-season extension or two as a reward for good performance, and it is possible a few options for this treatment currently exist on the roster.

Here is the list of Vikings first-teamers that will play the first game of their last season under their current contract tomorrow.

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It’ll surprise few people that the son of Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has some talent. Duron Carter has had multiple NFL tryouts after a troubled college career, including with the Vikings at one point, but he has never been able to take his game to the world’s largest stage other than during a very brief stay with the Colts.

Instead, Duron Carter destroys opponents in the Canadian Football League as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.

The website 3 Down Nation recently recapped some of Carter’s moment in Montreal that don’t exactly reflect well on him, including a recent altercation with a teammate and a moment in 2014 where the team actually held a vote regarding their ability to play alongside the star playmaker.

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