Sunday, August 20, 2017

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This whole losing thing is really starting to get old. Maybe the Minnesota Vikings could come up with a few plays this Sunday to actually end the game with more points than their opponent?

Strange concept, but if done right, it may work.

The Vikings came close last week, holding the Detroit Lions to three points and 36 total yards in the second half until their very last two drives. But unfortunately, it was those last two drives that ended up winning the game for the Lions and handing Minnesota their third straight loss of the season.

Now in order for the Vikings to avoid losing four games in a row this weekend against the Washington Redskins, there are a few suggestions they may want to take into consideration.

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Vikings Territory Midseason Awards
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It’s the halfway point of the season, meaning it’s time to take stock of the current Minnesota Vikings. Adam Patrick put together his own recap earlier in the week, but now, we’re giving you the power to assess exactly where this team stands.

At the end of last season, we handed out fan-voted awards to a number of players. You named Harrison Smith the Vikings’ best defensive player, declared Eric Kendricks the team’s most outstanding rookie, and agreed that Adrian Peterson deserved two awards — best offensive player and most valuable player.

But this year’s roster is completely different, and such, deserving of a little midseason evaluation. Gone are Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Wallace, and the architect of the 2015 offense — Norv Turner. In their place, Sam Bradford and a trio of complementary backs are doing their best to keep a Pat Shurmur attack afloat.

On defense, the core remains, and at the beginning of the year, was one of the league’s best units. Injuries and a regression to the norm, however, have spelled trouble for Mike Zimmer and Co. in recent weeks. There’s plenty of individual talent, but collectively, the “Purple Reign” hasn’t lived up to its name since Week 5.

After the jump, we’ll open the polls and give you a chance to vote on four awards — Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Offensive Player, Most Valuable Defensive Player, and Most Valuable Special Teams Player. Remember, we’re picking the winners based on eight games; these will certainly change as the season progresses!

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VT QOTW

Blair Walsh is the Vikings' kicker
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The desire of football fans rarely matches the actions of their favorite football teams. Take the Minnesota Vikings, who just this week tried out multiple field goal kickers at Winter Park.

Fans continue to clamor for Blair Walsh’s replacement, but the Vikings opted to move forward with their struggling placekicker. This season, Walsh is 12-for-16 and 13-for-16 on extra points. To some, his most recent misses cost the Vikings a momentous football game, but Walsh remains the team’s one and only option.

Whether fans like it or not, the Vikings made a decision, one dictated by the realities of the salary cap and the roster’s current state. And with said business decision comes the uncertain reality of Walsh as a key contributor moving forward.

Knowing Walsh may serve as the key to a playoff berth (and beyond), I asked the Vikings Territory team to assess his prospects moving forward. Their answers, following the jump:

 Is Blair Walsh a lost cause?

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This week, I do my duty as an American and attempt to find the Vikings a new kicker. In this search, we turn inward, and have a makeshift audition with one of Vikings Territory‘s finest, Austin Belisle. Very spry, that one.

Plus, I try to further motivate the team with my score prediction. This and more, on this week’s Bump & Run. 

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The downward spiral continued Sunday as the Detroit Lions upset the Minnesota Vikings 22-16 at US Bank Stadium. Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal for the Lions (5-4) to force overtime shortly after the Vikings (5-3) took a 16-13 lead with just 23 seconds to play in regulation.

Mathew Stafford connected with Golden Tate for the game winning 28-yard touchdown on the opening drive of overtime to end the contest.

Stafford threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but the Vikings actually produced more first downs and out-gained the Lions 337 to 311 net yards. An inability to capitalize in the red zone, poor third down defense, a block field goal and a missed extra point was the storyline behind the Vikings defeat.

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