Friday, May 6, 2016

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It seems as though the stream of Minnesota Vikings news has reached its slow period at this point in the NFL offseason. Soon enough, the NFL Draft will be taking place and the first sessions of offseason workouts will begin.

Even with the lack of news, there still seems to be plenty of topics to explore within the Vikings world.

favorite first round memories
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The 2016 NFL Draft is less than a month away, making now the perfect time to reflect on prior draft day experiences. To celebrate the peak of the offseason, I’ve asked the Vikings Territory team to share their favorite first round memories and recall the one moment in Minnesota Vikings draft history that stands out in their minds.

What’s your favorite Minnesota Vikings draft night (Round 1) memory?

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NFL owners, head coaches, and general managers attended the league’s annual four-day meeting in Boca Raton, Florida this past week. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was one of this year’s attendees and provided the media with some interesting answers to their questions.

Prospect talk is also continuing to heat up as the 2016 NFL Draft is now less than 40 days away. The speculation and ideas of what Minnesota will do with their first round selection still remains a hot topic among the team’s fans and media.

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The Vikings offseason is starting to heat up as rumors and opinions are floating around everywhere recently. However, any rumor that was discussed this week was trumped by the news of former Minnesota defensive end extraordinaire Jared Allen announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Allen will go down as one of the best to ever put on a Vikings helmet. His time spent in Minnesota sacking countless opposing quarterbacks could potentially lead to him being presented with a gold jacket in the near future.

  • He has a very long way to go, but what are the chances that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can pass Emmitt Smith as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader?
  • Where did you spend your Valentine’s Day? Minnesota safety Andrew Sendejo might have everyone beat with the greatest destination to take a date.
  • The Vikings hired a new Strength and Conditioning coach this week and his name is Brent Salazar. Most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs, Salazar will attempt to put an end to pectoral injuries occurring in Minnesota among other things.
  • For the first time since 2000, the Vikings could be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the football field. Randy Moss might come out retirement to play in this one.
  • Will Minnesota re-sign guard Mike Harris this offseason? If they decide to do so, will he end up becoming their starting right tackle in 2016?
  • Draft Season has been doing some outstanding work for us here at Vikings Territory, Their latest mock draft has Minnesota sticking to one specific side of the ball.
  • Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not have an impressive statistical season by any means in 2015. However, he did have one of his best games this year against the Super Bowl champions.
  • Cornerback Terence Newman provided a spark for Minnesota last season. Would re-signing the 37-year-old be in the team’s best interest?
  • As for this week’s Moment of Zen, Jared Allen explains the mystique behind his famous hairstyle…

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Thanksgiving for Minnesota Vikings
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The NFL’s slate of games won’t be released for another two months, but schedule-makers are already planning an exciting Thanksgiving for Minnesota Vikings fans. According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, the Vikings are “likely” to play the Detroit Lions on Turkey Day.

Minnesota hasn’t played on Thanksgiving since 2000, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-15. The Vikings are 5-1 all-time in Thanksgiving Day games, with both of their most recent victories coming against the Cowboys. In 1998, Randy Moss famously caught three passes, all of which resulted in touchdowns. That dominating team would go on to win the game 46-36 and finish the season 15-1.

Below, a look at the results from each of Minnesota’s Turkey Day games, per the team’s official website:

  • 11/27/1969 vs. Detroit, 27-0 W
  • 11/26/1987 vs. Dallas, 44-38 W OT
  • 11/24/1988 vs. Detroit, 23-0 W
  • 11/23/1995 vs. Detroit, 38-44 L
  • 11/26/1998 vs. Dallas, 46-36 W
  • 11/23/2000 vs. Dallas, 27-15 W

Historically, the Vikings have fared well against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Although their lone loss came at the hands of Detroit in 1995, they’ve outscored the Lions 88 to 44 in three total games.

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