Saturday, June 24, 2017

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It seemed like it was going to be an easy night for the Minnesota Vikings in their matchup with the New York Giants as they lead 17-3 at the end of three quarters. The Giants made the game a little closer with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings answered with their own touchdown in the fourth and held on for the 24-10 win.

With the win, Minnesota improves to 4-0 and and are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL this season.

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Treadwell, Pruitt, Boone Active
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The Minnesota Vikings’ second primetime game of 2016 finds the team at its healthiest in this young season. The offensive line is as intact as its been in weeks, the receiving corps is surprisingly deep, and a new tight end will make his debut tonight.

Alex Boone, who injured his hip last week, will start at left guard for the Vikings. He’ll be joined on offense by Laquon Treadwell, a healthy scratch against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. MyCole Pruitt is also making his first appearance of the year following a knee injury suffered in the preseason. His return comes as David Morgan, Minnesota’s productive rookie tight end, recovers from a knee injury suffered last week.

Minnesota’s inactive list is as follows:

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Written by Adam’s wife Danielle.

Another win! Our men are on a roll, let’s keep it going!

It was a nerve-racking start to last weeks game, being down 10 points in the first quarter, but thankfully our men know how to pull through. We are clearly a team to watch out for because we are doing fabulous.

Further proof of how great we are doing? Once again we have a player who was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Great job, Everson! Your tackles and sacks are what we need to continue to see in order to proceed with an amazing season.

This is the best our team has done since 2009. That year, we made it to the NFC Championship game and I know that we can surpass that game and go straight to the Super Bowl.

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Vikings versus Giants
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In an effort to be better educated about our opponents, we have been inviting a writer covering our opponent to Vikings Territory on a weekly basis to answer just a few quick question. This Vikings versus Giants matchup on Monday Night Football is no different, and we are pleased to welcome Andrew Furman of Ultimate NYG to talk a little bit of football this weekend.

Our two teams met not that long ago. 49-17 was the final score, in Minnesota’s favor, with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater capitalizing on three Eli Manning interceptions. Us Vikings fans know which part of that changed on our side of the equation, but what have been the biggest changes New York has seen since December to prevent a similar outcome?

The Giants defense was awful last year. There was no pass rush. This year, while not great, at least JPP (no longer wearing a cast) and Olivier Vernon (FA signing) get more pressure. Plus the signing of DL Damon Harrison has (together with the return of pectoral-tear injured DL Jonathan Hankins) shored up the run defense to where teams cannot run on them. The team is healthier now than then (new strength & conditioning coach), but injuries in the secondary here in 2016 are exposing the team to some of the same problems.

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Taking a dive into veteran reporter Mark Craig's new book on Vikings history.

Mark Craig

I’ll start with a bit of unbridled truth: I really wanted to like Mark Craig’s book, 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books, available October 1, 2016). For one, I’ve admired Craig’s work with the Star Tribune for years, and consider him a gifted writer and one of the more astute NFL minds in the market. Me criticizing him on sports writing would be like Ashlee Simpson giving Beyonce voice lessons. Two, as someone who has written a few books myself—and gotten my share of…um…mixed reviews—the last thing I want to do is drop the hammer on another author. Nothing changes the way you look at criticism quite as much as being on the receiving end.

So when I accepted the offer to review 100 Things, it was with mixed emotions. On one hand, I was excited to read Mark Craig’s first endeavor into book-length Vikings journalism. On the other, I was scared it wouldn’t be that good. That would make things complicated, and awkward.

I promised myself before I dove in, when I was done with the book, I’d write an honest review no matter what. I’d give my thoughts and overall impression as an admittedly half-baked reviewer, but one who tells the truth, because I cannot think of many things less interesting than reading a biased or otherwise insincere review. I’ve read my share of thinly veiled press releases, and I had no interest in spending time writing one.

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