December 2012 - Minnesota Vikings Wiretap

Peterson's Splits More Favorable In Vikings' Losses

Dec 29, 2012 5:49 PM

Adrian Peterson has had a historical season by any measure.

But Peterson's best games haven't necessarily come in wins for the Minnesota Vikigns. 

In Minnesota’s wins, Peterson has 210 carries for 1,136 yards, a 5.41 yards per carry average; in Minnesota’s losses, Peterson has 104 carries and an outstanding 7.4 YPC average.

Among the 23 running backs with at least 50 carries in both wins and losses this year, that’s the most drastic split in the NFL.

Chase Stuart/Football Perspective

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Peterson Given 18 Percent Chance Of Breaking Dickerson's Record

Dec 29, 2012 5:39 PM

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are giving Adrian Peterson an 18 percent chance of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record.

Peterson enters Week 17 needing 208 yards to break Dickerson's record. 

Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984.

Michael Rand/Star Tribune

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Peterson Sits Out Thursday's Practice

Dec 27, 2012 3:47 PM

Adrian Peterson did not practice on Thursday, but he is expected to play as usual in Week 17.

Peterson has recently been bothered by abdominal soreness.

Peterson left Week 16's win early due to the injury.

Mark Craig/Star Tribune

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Full List Of 2012 Pro Bowlers

Dec 27, 2012 12:10 PM

The following players have been voted to the 2012 Pro Bowl.

AFC Offense

Quarterbacks — Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos; Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Running backs — Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs; Arian Foster, Houston Texans; Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Fullback — Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens

Wide receivers — A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals; Andre Johnson, Houston Texans; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts; Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Tight ends — Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tackles — Duane Brown, Houston Texans; Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos; Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns; Marshall Yanda, Baltimore Ravens

Guards — Logan Mankins, New England Patriots; Wade Smith, Houston Texans

Centers — Chris Myers, Houston Texans; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Defense

Ends — Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos; Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Interior linemen — Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens; Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

Outside linebackers — Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts; Von Viller, Denver Broncos

Inside/middle linebackers — Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs; Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots

Cornerbacks — Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos; Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets; Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans

Strong safeties — Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs; LaRon Landry, New York Jets

Free safety — Ed Reed, Baltimore

AFC Specialists

Placekicker — Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns

Punter — Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs

Kick returner — Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens

Special team — Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

NFC Offense

Quarterbacks — Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers; Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Running backs — Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Fullback — Jerome Felton, Minnesota Vikings

Wide receivers — Victor Cruz, New York Giants; Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions; Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons; Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Tight ends — Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons; Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Tackles — Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks; Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guards — Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints; Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Snee, New York Giants

Centers — Jeff Saturday, Green Bay Packers; Max Unger, Seattle Seahawks

NFC Defense

Ends — Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings; Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears; Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants

Interior linemen — Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Henry Melton, Chicago Bears; Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Outside linebackers — Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers; Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Inside/middle linebackers — NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers; Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

Cornerbacks — Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals; Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

Strong safeties — Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers

Free safeties — Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers; Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks

NFC Specialists

Placekicker — Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

Punter — Thomas Morstead, New Orleans Saints

Kick returner — Leon Washington, Seattle Seahawks

Special team — Lorenzo Alexander, Washington Redskins

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Ponder Married ESPN's Samantha Steele Last Week

Dec 19, 2012 11:56 AM

Christian Ponder and ESPN's Samantha Steele were wed last week in St. Croix County Court by Court Commissioner Stephen Dunlap, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported.

Steele tweeted Wednesday morning: "Twitter is so tricky. Who knew that 'she's pregnant' & 'they'll be divorced soon' are just the 2012 version of 'congrats'! Thx guys! :)"

Ponder is trying to help the Vikings reach the playoffs.

Ponder has received criticism for the timing of the relationship given his struggles.

Paul Walsh/Star Tribune

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Peterson Gaining More Yards Per Rush Than Ponder Per Pass

Dec 13, 2012 11:39 AM

Adrian Peterson is averaging 6.04 yards per carry this season, which surpasses Christian Ponder's 5.98 yards per pass average.

Peterson has 1,600 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season for the Minnesota Vikings.

Jeff Darlington/

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Peterson Guarantees 2k Yards, Eyes Eric Dickerson

Dec 10, 2012 1:27 PM

Adrian Peterson needs 400 yards over the final three weeks of the season to hit 2,000 yards, something he believes is easily achievable.

"Without a doubt," said Peterson. "It'll happen. Two thousand, that's easy. I'm eying Eric.''

Eric Dickerson holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,105, which was set in 1984.

Peterson has 210 yards and 154 yards in the past two weeks and feels like he is close to being back from knee surgery.

"I feel like I'm there, but there's more to come,'' Peterson said. "I'm not surprised at all. In fact, this is what I envisioned. When I was running hills in the offseason, running the gassers, I planned to come back stronger than ever, and I was convinced I could." 

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Vikings Searching For Receiver With Harvin Done For 2012

Dec 6, 2012 2:59 PM

Percy Harvin's 2012 season is over with the Minnesota Vikings' decision to place him on injured reserve.

"It certainly is disappointing that I was not able to finish out this season with my teammates. As a competitor I definitely wanted to get back out on the field but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team," he said. 

"I appreciate the efforts of our medical staff and the support of our fans in helping me through this process and look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever."

The Vikings are searching for a receiver, according to a source.

"We are searching to see what is out there. Our scouts are putting together a list of what is out there. We are going to talk about it today," the source said.

The source was asked if they may consider signing Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens.

"We'd have to think about that. Each one of those guys have some baggage."


Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

Christian Ponder Engaged To ESPN's Samantha Steele

Dec 6, 2012 2:04 PM

SI's Richard Deitsch is reporting that Vikings QB Christian Ponder is engaged to ESPN reporter Samantha Steele.

The two met earlier this year on the set of ESPN's "College GameDay." Ponder had confirmed in October that the two were dating.

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Jared Allen Has Been Playing With Torn Labrum

Dec 2, 2012 1:35 PM

Jared Allen has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder during the entire season.

"It is a tear that required surgery," Glazer said. "He knew about it going into the season. They told him if you have the surgery you are going to miss this year. He decided to hold off and have it after the season. But that shoulder has been bad all season long. Hasn't missed practice, but it's just kind of hanging on there. That's one of the reasons he's down from 22 sacks all the way down to seven right now."

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports (via Journal Sentinel)

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