Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Brian Hoyer

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The Minnesota Vikings came out of Week Five victorious, and enter the bye week unbeaten, hoping to find some relief when it comes to their excessive injury report. Most pressing, the offensive line continues to fall apart with Andre Smith being the latest to join the Injured Reserve following an announcement that he’ll have surgery to repair his triceps.

The Vikings have an extra week to heal up and sort things out, which will include looking at some free agent blockers, but under the guidance of Mike Zimmer the team continues to find a way to win. They are the last undefeated team of 2016. They are tops in the NFC North.

They are the team to beat and our NFC North enemies get five more tries at it before the season is out. So, we take our weekly look around the division to see what is going on with our greatest foes.

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The Minnesota Vikings advanced another week and remained undefeated, and with a 4-0 record they have two more wins to their name than any other NFC North opponent, and the early success gives even the most reasonable expectation of a post-season appearance.

They still have to square off against their NFC North foes in five more contests, however, and considering three of those games will be away from the home-field hospitality of U.S. Bank Stadium it is certainly worth keeping a watchful eye on our closest enemies.

The Vikings have a +10 turnover differential so far in 2016. The defense is fearsome at their worst and downright devastating at their best. The offense continues to play efficiently enough to win and take care of the football, while signs of progression give us hope that things can get better in the near-enough future.

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If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest free agency news, be sure to follow Arif’s live blog here on Vikings Territory. 

Sunday marked the second day of a busy free agent tampering period, which saw the Vikings sign two key players to new contracts. Tom Johnson, a cog in the defensive tackle rotation, agreed to a three-year, $7 million contract with $3 million in guarantees. The Vikings’ long snapper, Cullen Loeffler, also signed a one-year deal with the team.

In addition to the signings, reports also linked the Vikings to a few more free agent names, including guard Mike Iupati and safety Rahim Moore. Below, we take a quick look at all of the potential targets:

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The Vikings’ Week 3 match against the Browns on Sunday isn’t necessarily a “must win,” but another loss would be devastating.

Especially now, with news that Cleveland will be without starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has been ruled out with a sprained right thumb.

The Browns announced via twitter that head coach Rob Chudzinski has informed third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer that he will start against Minnesota.

Chudzinski’s decision to go with Hoyer over the veteran and supposed second-string quarterback Jason Campbell is quite interesting. Hoyer is a fifth-year player and has one career start. Campbell is a eighth-year player and has 71 career starts.

Update: Later in the day, the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round pick. The Vikings will be facing a third-string quarterback and a backup running back Sunday.

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