Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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How's Teddy Look
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It’s a question at the top of every fan’s mind — “How’s Teddy look?” That would be Teddy Bridgewater, third-year quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings. He’s the emerging face of the franchise after leading the Vikings to an NFC North title last season. He’s the center of attention, a budding star expected to take “the next step” in 2016.

Every snap and throw from Bridgewater is viewed under a microscope. Release points and deep ball trajectories find their way onto the lens, where fans and analysts do their best to explain his game. Opinions vary; some see Bridgewater as an average, top-15 quarterback, while others think Bridgewater is on the cusp of greatness.

Breaking Bridgewater down is a worthwhile endeavor, regardless of opinions; he plays the most important position in the country’s most visible sport. That’s why we’re taking the question literally; and over the course of the preseason and regular season, we’ll try our best to answer it.

At halftime and at the conclusion of every game, we’ll provide in-depth stats and insights on Bridgewater and the Vikings’ offense. We’re tracking every snap and passing play to bring you exclusive, real-time analysis on Minnesota’s quarterback, starting tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Vikings Inactives: Plenty of Rest Against Cincinnati
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Ten players didn’t make the trip to Cincinnati for the Minnesota Vikings and won’t take the field in the team’s first preseason game of the year. They’re joined by Adrian Peterson and Brandon Fusco, who traveled with the team but will not suit up tonight.

A few notable names include Jarius Wright, Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels, and Eric Kendricks; all were starters in 2015 and expect to remain so when the regular season begins.

The full list of players, per the Vikings’ official Twitter account:

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A Testing Ground for Minnesota
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Tonight will mark quite the occasion. The Minnesota Vikings will begin the much anticipated 2016 season by taking on the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason exhibition game that means very little in so many ways.

However, that doesn’t mean this game is meaningless.

Preseason injuries can immediately and dramatically shift a team’s outlook and is always a primary concern this time of year. Many Minnesota Vikings are going to play their first live-action NFL football under the Paul Brown Stadium lights tonight. A number of roster spots, and even some starting spots, are up for grabs on this highly talented and competitive roster that Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have assembled.

So, with all of that being said, I wanted to take some time before packing up my purple-clad family and heading to Cincinnati and jot down a list of the five things I am hoping to see out of our Vikings tonight.

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VT Question of the Week

Top of the Vikings' Depth Chart
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In the NFL, or the “Not For Long” league, change is imminent. Even for tenured starters, there comes a time when change must happen. Exorbitant contracts are the enemy of the front office. Father Time waits for no one. Rookies and free agents step in, ripping starting spots from those at the top of the depth chart.

It’s a cruel reality, and it’s no less cruel for the Minnesota Vikings. The team will take the field for its first preseason game on Friday night, where today’s starters may only see a handful of snaps. Tomorrow’s potential starters, however, will enjoy an extended amount of time under the lights.

These next four weeks will be crucial in the development of a final 53-man roster. Although the Vikings released a preseason depth chart earlier this week, that list is sure to change. Starters at the top may end up on the bench, and reserves may leap-frog their way into the starting rotation. With that in mind, the Vikings Territory team is back to predict how the top of the Vikings’ depth chart will change by the start of the regular season.

Which starter on the preseason depth chart won’t be a starter come Week 1?

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    Photo courtesy of Chris Price.

    Training camp is an intense grind day in and day out, for all who are involved. What the practice highlights don’t show you is the mass of people who are a part of the machine that produces an NFL product every Sunday.

    The modern day NFL, however, is a 24/7 job for so many others who are a part of the Vikings organization, including Viking Territory’s good friend Lindsey Young. You wouldn’t have to spend much time hanging around these parts to bump in Young’s work.

    For more than two years, Young brought a unique perspective to your day-to-day Vikings coverage and explored the personal stories tied to the team. Her work became so well known and respected, it caught the attention of the Vikings themselves, and she departed Vikings Territory to become the first female writer in Vikings history.

    After a little less than a year with the organization, I thought it would be fun to highlight Young’s transition to the NFL. After sharing so many stories with us, it might be nice to hear hers.

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