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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings

Jan 19, 2017 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings but he openly talked about other teams he would consider in free agency, such as the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."

"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."

The Vikings have a team option on Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. They have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year and would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Vikings' Secondary Freelanced On First Series Against Packers

Dec 25, 2016 11:47 AM

The defensive backs of the Minnesota Vikings freelanced on the first series of their game in Week 16 against the Packers when Terence Newman covered Jordy Nelson.

As soon as the first series ended, Mike Zimmer addressed the players, and the situation was corrected.

The game plan called for Xavier Rhodes to cover Nelson one-on-one on the outside, but not when Nelson was in the slot.

Nelson caught seven passs for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

As soon as the first series ended, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed the players, and the situation was corrected.

The game plan called for Xavier Rhodes to cover Nelson one-on-one on the outside, but not when Nelson was in the slot.

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Adrian Peterson Out For Week 16 Against Packers

Dec 23, 2016 1:20 PM

Adrian Peterson has been ruled out for Week 16 for the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers.

Peterson returned for Week 15 from his meniscus surgery and rushed six times for 22 yards.

Peterson had said earlier this month he would only play if the Vikings were in playoff contention, adding it would be "pointless" to play if the Vikings weren't able to make the playoffs. 

Peterson, who turns 32 in March, is on a team option for the 2017 season that includes a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year. Peterson would carry an $18 million cap figure in 2017, and it seems likely the Vikings would pursue a restructured contract with the three-time NFL rushing leader, rather than picking up the option as it currently exists.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Adrian Peterson Returning For Week 15

Dec 16, 2016 3:36 PM

Adrian Peterson will play in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’m gonna go ahead and go this week,” Peterson said. “I’m getting back out there and looking forward to joining my team as we continue on this journey to make the playoffs.”

Peterson hasn't played since Week 2 when he tore his meniscus and underwent surgery.

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Adrian Peterson Plans To Return To Vikings In Week 16

Dec 13, 2016 5:46 PM

Adrian Peterson intends to return to practice this week and plans to play in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers, he told DJ Skee on Tuesday.

"This week is going to be big for me," Peterson said. "My plan, and my vision, is to be back for the Green Bay game. That's what I'm envisioning.

"My eyes are still set on being in Houston for the Super Bowl. ... That's been my vision. With us still in the (playoff) hunt, that hasn't changed at all."

Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2.

The Vikings are two games back of the Detroit Lions in the NFC West, but sit just one game back of the NFC's second Wild Card spot.

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Adrian Peterson Will Only Return If Vikings Remain In Playoff Hunt

Dec 7, 2016 1:45 PM

Adrian Peterson is working on returning from his meniscus surgery this season but he will only do so if the Minnesota Vikings are in playoff contention.

Peterson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Sept. 22.

The Vikings have lost six of their last seven games after a 5-0 start.

"I'm thinking that we're going to make the playoffs, so that's what I'm keeping my mindset on," Peterson said. "So, if that's not the case a week or two from now, we can settle back around."

Mike Zimmer has declined on several occasions to discuss a timetable for Peterson's return, but said on Wednesday that Peterson's health -- not any other determining factors -- would dictate when he'd return.

"The guys that are out here, I'm trying to coach the best I can," Zimmer said. "If he comes out, I'll try to coach him the best I can, whenever that is."

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Sam Bradford Questions No-Call On Failed Two-Point Conversion

Dec 2, 2016 8:17 AM

Sam Bradford expressed frustration after Thursday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys after he appeared to be hit in the facemask on a two-point conversion attempt with just 25 seconds left in regulation.

The Cowboys defeated the Minnesota Vikings 17-15 in Minneapolis.

Bradford badly overthrew Kyle Rudolph on the potential game-tying play.

"He told me that I did not get hit in the face mask," Bradford said after the game of a conversation he had with officials.

"At the end of the day, that's a game-changing play and you've got to make those calls," defensive end Brian Robison said. "At the end of the game, Bradford gets hit in the face. That's an opportunity for us to score and tie the ballgame, but it doesn't get called."

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Mike Zimmer To Undergo Emergency Eye Surgery

Nov 30, 2016 11:36 PM

Mike Zimmer was to have emergency eye surgery Wednesday night and his status for Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys is uncertain.

Zimmer had surgery to repair a torn retina on his right eye Nov. 1, after he had scratched his eye during the Vikings' loss to the Chicago Bears on Oct. 31.

Doctors had initially told Zimmer he ran the risk of going blind in the eye if he did not have the first surgery.

Interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and offensive line coach Tony Sparano have both been NFL head coaches, and Shurmur assumed offensive play-calling duties when Norv Turner resigned Nov. 2, the same day Zimmer first discussed his eye surgery.

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Adrian Peterson Running On Side During Vikings' Practice
Adrian Peterson is on track to make a December return before the playoffs.

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Adrian Peterson Could Return As Early As Week 15
Adrian Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week.

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Adrian Peterson Resumes Light Running
Adrian Peterson is still receiving treatment on his knee following September surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and his timetable for a return continues to be December.

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Vikings Sign Kai Forbath To Replace Blair Walsh
Kai Forbath, who kicked for Washington from 2012 to 2015 and spent part of the 2015 season with the Saints.

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Vikings Release Blair Walsh
Blair Walsh missed an extra point in Sunday's loss against Washington, bringing his total up to four misses this season.

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Vikings Sticking With Blair Walsh For Now
The Vikings worked out a number of kickers on Tuesday, but have decided to stick with Blair Walsh for now.

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Vikings To Work Out Several Kickers
The Vikings plan to take a look at several kickers after Blair Walsh missed twice in an overtime loss to the Lions on Sunday.

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Norv Turner Felt He Was Holding Back Vikings' Offense
Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Vikings in a surprising move.

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Norv Turner Steps Down As Offensive Coordinator Of Vikings
Pat Shurmur will be the interim offensive coordinator of the Vikings, replacing Norv Turner.

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Vikings, Brad Childress Deny Claim Of Past Bounty System
The Vikings and former coach Brad Childress have denied allegations that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the Saints.

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Vikings To Receive Extra Pick From Eagles If They Reach NFC Title Game
The announced deal had the Eagles receiving the Vikings' first-round draft pick in 2017, as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018 in exchange for Sam Bradford.

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Viking Sign Jake Long
Despite suffering a pair of ACL tears, Jake Long has been in the mix all offseason long.

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Vikings Want Adrian Peterson To Play Entire Career In Minnesota
The Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson on injured reserve, but both sides are hopeful for a December return in the event of a playoff run.

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Adrian Peterson To Undergo Meniscus Surgery, Miss 3-4 Months
Adrian Peterson has a "bucket handle tear" of the meniscus, which typically has a minimum recovery time of three to four months.

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Vikings Sign Ronnie Hillman
Ronnie Hillman was cut by the Broncos before the start of the 2016 season.

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Adrian Peterson Tears Meniscus In Right Knee
Mike Zimmer said a timetable for Adrian Peterson's return is uncertain at this point.

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Adrian Peterson Leaves Game With Knee Injury
Adrian Peterson will get an MRI on the knee Monday morning, though the injury wasn't thought to be serious and might keep him out for a week.

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Sam Bradford Likely To Start For Vikings In Week 2
Sam Bradford took every first-team snap in practice this week.

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Sam Bradford Picking Up Vikings' Offense 'Extremely Quickly'
The Vikings won't name a starting quarterback until Sunday, but Sam Bradford may have a greater chance to start than initially believed.

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Surgery Reveals Teddy Bridgewater Tore Multiple Ligaments In Knee
Teddy Bridgewater underwent surgery this week in Dallas.

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