Monday, September 25, 2017

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It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Vikings have activated superstar running back Adrian Peterson, effectively making the running back eligible to play against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 15.He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which required was damaged to the point of

He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which was damaged to the point of requiring surgery on a second-half carry against the Green Bay during the team’s 17-14 victory over the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium back in Week 2.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 31

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Co-Hosts BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (NFCN Barroom) bring back do-it-all Vikings analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the Labor.

Primary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson’s return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.

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Former Third-Round Pick Emerging as an Elite Pass-Rusher for Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings have always been a team that values great pass-rushing talent. Whether it comes from the interior defensive line, off the edge, a linebacker or even from somewhere in the secondary; Minnesota has consistently placed an emphasis on pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

So, when the Vikings parted ways with two of their top sackers in franchise history following the 2013 NFL season in defensive end Jared Allen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams, it should not have come as a shock that the team was immediately interested in reloading with premiere talent and high-ceiling players.

This reboot included handing defensive end Everson Griffen a lucrative 5-year contract extension, signing nose tackle Linval Joseph away from the New York Giants, adding veteran defensive tackle Tom Johnson, selecting UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton during the 2014 NFL draft as well as bringing in UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter and Newberry linebacker Edmond Robinson during the 2015 NFL draft.

With exception to the selection of Crichton during the third round of the 2014 draft, all of these moves have played an enormous role in the Vikings becoming one of the most dangerous pass-rushing defenses in the NFL. While players like Griffen, Joseph and Barr have garnered more attention for their successes, no player has sacked quarterbacks with more regularity during the 2016 season than Hunter — a second-year talent who was universally considered to be “raw” and “a few years away” coming out of Louisiana State University.

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This is it, the final three games of the 2016 NFL season and the Minnesota Vikings basically need to win all of them to even have a shot at making the playoffs. There are scenarios where the Vikings can get into the postseason with one more loss, but their chances dramatically decrease if they can only win two out of their final three games.

So first in line for Minnesota to focus on are the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have won their last three games on the road and this matchup just happens to be in the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium (a place where Minnesota has lost two of their last three games).

What are some tactics that the Vikings can use in order to get a win on Sunday and keep their name in the NFC playoff picture?

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It’s not official, but Adrian Peterson’s set to return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings. On a Friday afternoon radio appearance with Dash Radio, Peterson declared he’s “ready to roll” when the Vikings take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.

“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, per the Star Tribune’s Andrew Krammer. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”

Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers and returned to the practice field this week. With three practices under his belt and a titanium brace on his right knee, Peterson feels comfortable enough to join his teammates for Minnesota’s final playoff push.

For Peterson to play, the team will need to officially activate the 31-year-old running back and make a roster move. No such action’s been taken, but the Vikings did designate Peterson to return from Injured Reserve earlier this week and could realistically move him to the active roster by Sunday morning.

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