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Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings take on the Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is at noon (CST). The Vikings are 4-1 on the road this season, while the Falcons are 3-2 at home.

Both teams are hot, as the Vikings have won seven straight games and the Falcons have won four of the past five.

The Vikings, still blazing after a Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, have the opportunity to add fuel to their playoff positioning while burning Atlanta’s in the process.

Last week, Atlanta’s offense finally ignited. The Falcons exploded for 516 total yards in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Julio Jones, the Dirty Birds’ leading pass catcher, scorched the Buccaneers secondary for over 250 receiving yards. The Falcons offense caught fire on third down, going 11 of 14 and improving its league-leading third-down conversion percentage.

In Sunday’s showdown, both teams face a heat check. Looking to douse Atlanta’s flame is an even hotter Minnesota squad.

The Vikings counter with a defense that is best in the NFL at smothering opposing offenses on third-down (28.5%). Through 11 games, the top-5 unit has at times been suffocating. This week, it will be tasked with perhaps its most difficult assignment of the season: extinguishing a prolific NFL offense in its home stadium.

The Vikings defense versus the Falcons offense; it’s a great matchup on paper. Let’s take a look at how the numbers stack up, five storylines to follow, matchup history, the injury reports for both teams, game implications, and a Borman Breakdown complete with a score prediction.

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Welcome to the next installment in the Vikings Free Agency Primer Series: Interior Defensive Line. Check out our other primers on QuarterbacksWide Receivers, Tight Ends, Defensive Ends, Cornerbacks and Safeties!

It is officially March, which means you have survived another month without Minnesota Vikings football; give yourself a pat on the back. More importantly, however, the turn of the month signifies that NFL free agency is right around the corner.

One week from today Adam Schefter will be blowing up your Twitter feed, ESPN will be pumping instant-reaction articles and countless football fans across the United States will be complaining about a decision their favorite team made. And that, my friends, is what makes professional football king of the world.

Rick Spielman and the Vikings are set to begin a critically important free agency period on March 9th (Bookmark this Link!). Minnesota has few holes across its depth chart, but the weaknesses Mike Zimmer’s club will aim to address are quite sizable, to put it kindly.Finding an offensive lineman or five is atop the Vikings’ to-do list, Adrian Peterson’s departure lends reason to running back representing a position of need

Finding an offensive lineman or five is atop the Vikings’ to-do list, Adrian Peterson’s departure lends reason to running back representing a position of need, the unresolved futures of Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn has created a bit of a stir and questions marks at linebacker have garnered headlines, but what about the interior defensive line positions?

The answer to this question largely keys on the health of one man: 2013 No. 23 overall pick Sharrif Floyd.

Reports are surfacing that the Vikings have worked out Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe.

Poe (6’ 4” – 346 pounds) solidified his status as this Draft’s top nose tackle with a superb display at the NFL Scouting Combine which included a 4.87 second forty time.  He is expected to come off the board in the first round, but it would be a stretch to call him a candidate to be drafted in the third spot currently occupied by the Vikings.

The team’s interest in top prospects outside the top three is not unsurprising, however.

The Vikings appear to have genuine interest in moving backwards if the right offer presents itself and they need to be prepared to pull the trigger on other top prospects should that situation become reality.  Secondly, since they own the 35th pick too, they need to be prepared to select a top prospect that happens to fall into their lap.

The Vikings have also visited with Boise State defensive tackle Chase Baker.

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