Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Behind enemy lines

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I’m taking a different approach with this week’s Quote of the Week, going behind enemy lines to get a sense for San Francisco’s Week 1 preparations. Since I technically live in 49ers country, and work just minutes from their new stadium, I hear the chatter almost every morning on my way to work. And this week’s radio waves were filled with talk of stopping Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

On Friday, 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini addressed The Return and spoke to Peterson’s unrivaled abilities, which fans will get to see for the first time since the All-Pro running back took the field in September 2014:

“(Peterson) tests the integrity of your front,” Mangini said. “And there are plenty of examples on tape where things have broken down, and he generates something that a lot of backs can’t generate.

“Plus, he’s a guy that gets stronger as the game goes on. It’s not like he shoots his gun early in the game and slows down. He builds tempo.”

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    The much anticipated debut of the 2015 Minnesota Vikings will take place late this evening and we here at VT don’t just write about the Vikings, we’re all super fans ourselves, and we are every bit as excited for the action as you are.

    As you prepare your eyeballs for a football feast, I’ve decided to give them a little warmup by compiling all of the primer information in one spot. Here is a quick recap of the preview content we’ve put together here at VT.

    OFFENSIVE MATCHUP by lindsey young

    Lindsey thinks that, despite concerns along the offensive line, the Vikings have enough ingredients for an explosive offense to put on a show against suddenly San Francisco defense. Teddy Bridgewater is earning some high praise, including from his star running back, Adrian Peterson.

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    Last year’s version of Minnesota’s defensive line featured a heavy rotation, as expected under the watchful eye of Mike Zimmer, and a starting lineup with mostly new faces.

    Outside of left end Brian Robison, the 2014 defensive line featured new starters across the board, including Everson Griffen replacing the ultra-popular Jared Allen as the primary pass rusher. Veteran run-stuffer Linval Joseph was a free agent acquisition while Sharrif Floyd was elevated to starting duties.

    Now, with one full year under their belt, each of the starters has returned and they have high expectations for themselves.

    Master Tesfatsion of the Star Tribune recently caught up with Floyd and confirmed that they are aiming for big things this year.

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    Coach Zimmer guarantees you'll have fun!

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    Daily Fantasy Sports are blowing up, and NFL teams are jumping on the opportunity to join the exploding, $1 billion-plus industry. DraftKings, an ever-popular destination for fans in need of a weekly fantasy football fix, recently announced a partnership with 12 organizations, including our very own Minnesota Vikings.

    Enter the Week 1 Vikings Territory Contest Now!

    The partnership, announced in conjunction with the DraftKings $10 Million Guaranteed Millionaire Maker Fantasy Football Contest, will bring fans closer to their favorite teams through a number of different fantasy football offerings. Each week, users around North America can play single-day online games for cash and prizes against their friends for a small fee. According to the team’s official website, the opportunities are endless as DraftKings expands its partnerships:

    “Offering the best user experience is always our number one goal at DraftKings and partnering with 12 football teams of this caliber ensures that we will have the best games and offerings for the DraftKings community,” said DraftKings CEO Jason Robins.

    “The sky is the limit for our partner teams and their fans this NFL season, as we host the largest contest in daily fantasy sports (DFS) history in Week One, join forces with ESPN to seamlessly bridge daily and season-long fantasy football, collaborate with FOX Sports on unique TV integrations and open in-stadium lounges at three outstanding facilities.”

    In addition to the new features listed above, the company will also offer “exclusive fantasy games and money-can’t buy experiences to fans in these markets” as well as “premium in-stadium branding and online extensions on each teams’ digital platform.”

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