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Adrian Peterson Left Off Pro Football Focus' Top 101 Players

May 16, 2016 12:53 PM

Pro Football Focus left Adrian Peterson off their list of the top 101 players in the NFL from the 2015 season.

While PFF analyst Sam Monson conceded that Peterson “may still be the best pure runner in the league with the ball in his hands,” he pointed to Peterson’s fumbles in 2015, his lower frequency of broken tackles and his limitations in the passing game as reasons for his exclusion.

“His 2.3 yards per carry after contact was bettered by 28 other runners. Twenty-five other running backs broke tackles at a higher rate,” Monson wrote in this explanatory piece. “And of course he is bad enough as a blocker and receiver that he effectively is only a two-down player that doesn’t even see the field in the most critical situations for the Vikings.”

Peterson's $11 million for the 2016 season is guaranteed.

Matt Vensel/Star Tribune

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Adrian Peterson Would Like Preseason Carries For First Time Since 2011

May 6, 2016 10:07 AM

Adrian Peterson would like to play in the preseason, something he hasn't done since 2011.

"I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit," Peterson said in a phone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years."

Peterson tore his ACL in December of 2011 and the Minnesota Vikings have been extremely cautious with him ever since.

Andie Hagemann/NFL.com

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Moritz Boehringer Becomes First Draft Pick Outside North America

Apr 30, 2016 8:58 PM

Moritz Boehringer has become the first draft pick who didn't play in North America.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Boehringer with the 186th overall pick of the draft.

Boeringer comes to the Vikings from the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League.

Boehringer had 70 catches for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns in 21 games with the Unicorns in 2015 and was named the GFL's Rookie of the Year. 

Ben Goessling/ESPN

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Jerry Jones Compares Titans-Rams Trade To Herschel Walker Deal

Apr 15, 2016 6:41 PM

Jerry Jones compared the Tennessee Titans' trade of the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams to the Herschel Walker trade he made after buying the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings to rebuild their roster.

"I was surprised, but knowing the organization I'm not surprised," Jones said Thursday night, via ESPN.com. "They're really showing their colors. Step out there and go to Los Angeles, and then when you look at how they're setting their sails and it doesn't surprise me at all with what they're looking for in the future. It goes to show you certainly need to be thinking about your moves way in advance of the draft if you're going to go this early. I applaud them. It sounds like they got (what) they wanted.

"Then you've got to look at Tennessee and see all those draft picks. I didn't know Herschel Walker was still around."

Jones' Herschel Walker trade comment is the most interesting aspect of his take.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33

Feb 18, 2016 10:32 AM

Jared Allen has announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 33.

Allen was a fourth round pick out of Idaho State by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 and quickly became one of the NFL's best pass rushers.

Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

Allen signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 and spent six of his best seasons there before joining the Chicago Bears. Allen's final game ends up being Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)

Jan 8, 2016 5:51 PM

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense. 

The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the playoffs begin.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers at Washington

Bye Teams


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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)

Jan 5, 2016 2:40 PM

The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2015 season ranked first in Football Outsiders' Total DVOA following their blowout victory of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks have now finished first in DVOA for four straight seasons, which is the first time the feat has been accomplished.

The Cincinnati Bengals rank second in Total DVOA ahead of the Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs.

These were also the five teams, the Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs, to finish the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings

Jan 4, 2016 12:47 AM

The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 9th
4:35 PM EST: Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (ESPN)
8:15 PM EST: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

Sunday, January 10th
1:05 PM EST: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (NBC)
4:40 PM EST: Green Bay Packers at Washington (FOX)

Divisional Weekend

Saturday, January 16th
4:35 PM EST: 3/4/5 at New England Patriots (CBS)
8:15 PM EST: 3/4/5 at Arizona Cardinals (NBC)

Sunday, January 17th
1:05 PM EST: 4/5/6 at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:40 PM EST: 4/5/6 at Denver Broncos (CBS)

Championship Weekend

Sunday, January 24th
3:05 PM EST: AFC Championship (CBS)
6:40 PM EST: NFC Championship (FOX)

Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7th
6:30 PM EST: AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion (CBS)

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Vikings-Packers Flexed To Sunday Night Football

Dec 27, 2015 11:57 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will play at the Green Bay Packers NBC's Sunday Night Football in Week 17.

The winner of the game will earn a home playoff game as the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

The Vikings and Packers have each already clinched a playoff spot.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Mike Zimmer Questions Final Play Call By Vikings In Loss To Cardinals
With 13 seconds left and no timeouts, the Vikings opted to call one more play to get kicker Blair Walsh closer than the 48-yard kick he could have attempted at the time.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Mike Zimmer Admits Adrian Peterson Should Have Received More Carries
Adrian Peterson only received eight carries against the Seahawks.

Sean Wagner-McGough/CBS Sports

Adrian Peterson: Vikings Outcoached 'In So Many Different Ways'
Adrian Peterson met with Mike Zimmer after the game to share his concerns.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson: 2014 Was Blessing In Disguise
Adrian Peterson has also been motivated by turning 30 last March.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Teddy Bridgewater To Start For Vikings Despite Last Week's Concussion
Shaun Hill is the Vikings' backup at quarterback.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson Denies Sickness Being Caused By Chewing Tobacco
Adrian Peterson vomited after the flight, according to Chris Myers.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Believes He Could Have Gone To NFL From High School
Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns as a high school senior in 2003 and then went on to rush for 1,860 yards with 15 touchdowns -- 5.9 yards per carry -- as a true freshman.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

NFLPA Investigating Concussion Suffered By Brandon Fusco
The ATC spotter in Minnesota apparently missed Brandon Fusco had suffered a concussion during Week 2's game.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Trusts Norv Turner
Adrian Peterson showed some awkwardness receiving carries when the Vikings were in the shotgun formation.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson 'Hesitant' In Shotgun After Skipping Entire Preseason
Adrian Peterson didn't touch the ball until the second drive of the game, as the Vikings threw on their first three plays.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Bridgewater: Peterson Is A 'Mad Man' After Being Away From Football
Teddy Bridgewater was asked about Adrian Peterson and how he was the top priority of opposing defenses even in 2009 when Brett Favre was playing at his best.

Mark Craig/Star Tribune

Jarius Wright Signs Four-Year, $14.8M Extension With Vikings
Jarius Wright had 42 catches for 588 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Cris Carter Apologizes For 'Fall Guy' Advice
Cris Carter told the rookies if they were to get into trouble off the field, it was important to have someone who would step forward and take the blame.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Adrian Peterson: I'm The LeBron Of The NFL
Adrian Peterson disputes the contention from Jamaal Charles that the Chiefs' running back is the LeBron James of the NFL.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Vikings To Give Adrian Peterson As Many Carries As Possible
The Vikings will pay Adrian Peterson $26 million over the next two seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Jabari Price Receives Two-Game Suspension
Jabari Price was arrested for drunken driving after the Vikings' final game of the 2014 regular season, and pleaded guilty to careless driving on April 10.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson, Vikings Agree Upon Restructured Contract
Adrian Peterson was due base salaries of $12.75 million, $14.75 million and $16.75 million in the next three seasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Brett Favre Not Attempting Comeback, Believes He Can Still Play In NFL
Brett Favre finished his career with the Vikings.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Matt Cassel Could Be Cut By Bills Before Season
The Bills can save $4.15 million by releasing Matt Cassel before the start of the season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com