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There is a rumour that Vikings is going to host the Thanksgiving prime-time

Dallas Cowboys is not alone in the NFC East team that is going to play in the Thanksgiving in 2019

The Philadelphia Eagles is going to play in the 2019 season on Thanksgiving day, according to John Ourand of the the Sports Business Journal
It is said by Ourand in the interview of Sports Illustrated Media podcast the previous week. The schedule of the game has not been officially announced yet. However, he said that it is going to be that the Eagles would be present to play in the Minnesota game in Thanksgiving day.

Ourand in the interview of Sports Illustrated Media podcast the previous week said that he had not actually wrote about that however he did hear from someone that Philadelphia and Minnesota would be present to play together in the Thanksgiving prime-time. He continued that although it was not set in stone yet but he was told that it was very likely.

If there is a likelyhood that game will happen, it will be an exactly match like in the NFC Championship of 2017 season in that game the Eagles did won 38-7 over their opponents. However, the time they play is different from the previous one. Moreover, the quarterback position is going to be changed as well
In the NFC game, Nick Foles fight against Case Keenum. If the game to be schedule as we expect, the two team will meet at Thanksgiving prime time, in the quarterback, it may be Carson Wentz is the one going to be against Kirk Cousins.
In 2017 Thanksgiving The Viking was present to play. Minnesota game will open in Thanksgiving day makes us all excited. It will start on Nov. 28 (Week 13). In addition, the other games, according to Ourand, will be played between Dolphins and Bears
Last but not least, The dates of the games are going to be announced in the NFL schedule in April.

Vikings preserve Stefon Diggs in fold through 2023 season

Minnesota Vikings – Stefon Diggs has signed a five-12 months extension worth $81 million general that ties him to the team for the following six seasons.

The deal, introduced without rules by using the Vikings on Tuesday, keeps Diggs with the crew through the 2023 season and includes simply more than $40 million in guaranteed cash, a source advised Schefter.

“Lot of good things took place, just sort of like soccer,” he said. “Right things appear, terrible matters show up, sort of roll with the punches. That is how my lifestyles has been pretty tons. I try not to get too excessive or too low, simply form of pass ahead. whilst first-rate things happen, you take that moment, you savour it. Be thankful for everything that happens because proper matters don’t take place to absolutely everyone.”

The new agreement for Diggs, whose final season on his rookie deal is for $1.9 million, dwarfs the only signed with the aid of Vikings receiver Adam Thielen final in March. It also makes Diggs the sixth NFL receiver to get a deal really worth a median of $16 million per season, but the handiest one in every of that institution yet to put up a 1,000-backyard season.

Thielen, who led the Vikings with 91 receptions and 1,276 yards final season, signed a 4-yr, $22 million extension that protected $10 million guaranteed.
Diggs and Thielen mixed for two, a hundred twenty five receiving yards closing season, which ranked 0.33 in the NFL at the back of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Steelers (2,450) and Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu of the Falcons (2,147).

Diggs, coming off a profession year in which he led all receivers in contested catch charge (sixty four.5 percent), has progressively climbed the ranks and earned his location a few of the league’s top wide receivers.

The Vikings have agreed to the maximum guaranteed cash of any NFL crew for the reason that start of the 2018 league year, doling out $212 million.

Kirk Cousins’ $84 million agreement is truthly a disaster for the Vikings

3 years. $84 million. Completely guaranteed.
Those had been the terms of the agreement the Vikings were greater than happy to provide Kirk Cousins nine short months in the past. After Minnesota’s playoff hopes have been dashed with a 24-10 domestic loss to the Bears, it’s become easily obvious that betting on Cousins become a mistake — a mistake that has closed this proficient Vikings crew’s top notch Bowl window for the duration of the deal … and likely long after that.
Minnesota has spent the last few months realizing why Washington had a lot trouble committing to Cousins for greater than a 12 months at a time. He is merely a strong quarterback whose approach to the game inflates his numbers and, in turn, his price tag.
Take this season, just looking on the box ratings, Cousins appeared to play nicely in 2018. Well, almost a 3rd of his completions did not genuinely improve the Vikings’ possibilities of scoring.

Sunday’s sport changed into a super example of Cousins capacity to supply numbers that don’t virtually capture how poorly he’s performed. He put up a non-disastrous 79.4 passer rating. He walked into sacks, exceeded up on open receivers downfield to throw to covered ones and couldn’t get close on any of his downfield tries. His performance changed into a pay attention made up of all of the horrific trends Cousins has been setting on movie for years.

After running through his initial progressions, Cousins drops his eyes and steps right into a sack rather than trying to get outdoor of the pocket to extend the play, which could have allowed him to discover Dalvin prepare dinner strolling huge open in the flat.

The Vikings offensive overall performance Sunday was a irritating one. And the frustration was perfectly encapsulated with the aid of an exchange among Adam Thielen and his quarterback, all through which Cousins tells the megastar receiver he doesn’t have “10 seconds within the pocket”…

Cousins is correct: He does not have 10 seconds within the pocket. But he could do a miles higher process of avoiding sacks and buying time for his receivers to shake unfastened. Cousins has never had that in his recreation. He’s in no way been a quarterback who can transcend what’s around him and make plays out of shape. He has continually been a fabricated from what’s around him, which is why such a lot of have been reluctant to anoint Cousins as a quarterback really worth constructing round.

Cousins is not the foundation of the Vikings’ offensive troubles. Minnesota’s offensive line has been terrible and the strolling game has been ineffective. but Cousins’ sizeable fee tag must be factored in. The Vikings had the assets to improve the blocking however chose, as an alternative, to pour all of that money into Cousins with the desire that adding a seasoned Bowl-stage quarterback would cowl up the group’s deficiencies. as the Vikings found out in 2018, Cousins is not capable of gambling at a pro Bowl-level without perfect conditions around him.

Vikings Shine, NFC Wins 30-21

The Vikings sent six players to Sunday’s Pro Bowl and all six played an important role in the game as the NFC pulled out a 30-21 victory to defeat the AFC for the second consecutive season in Hawaii.

The AFC squad dominated the game statistically, but costly mistakes forced by the NFC were too much to overcome. Led by a productive ground game, the AFC outgained the NFC 415 to 309, including a 136-77 advantage on the ground. But a lost fumble and two interceptions somewhat neutralized those advantages and rendered a 26-16 first-down advantage and 36:14-23:46 time of possession edge meaningless.

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. – a Minnesota native – followed up his two-touchdown performance in the Super Bowl with a pair of scores in the Pro Bowl and the game’s MVP award.

Fitzgerald’s first touchdown, a two-yard toss from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter, gave the NFC a lead it would not relinquish. But it was a series of highlight-caliber plays from several Vikings that setup the NFC’s second-half rally.

After the teams exchanged punts to begin the third quarter, the AFC began their second possession of the half on their own 12-yardline and with a 14-10 lead. Vikings defensive back Antoine Winfield tallied two tackles during the drive while the AFC battled to get to midfield, but then a 22-yard pass to Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez followed by a few moderate gains got the AFC down to the NFC 32-yardline. And that’s when Winfield finally stopped the drive, intercepting a pass from Kerry Collins intended for Brandon Marshall at the 11-yardline. Winfield returned it 20 yards to set the NFC up at their own 30-yardline.

Although they were unable to convert Winfield’s interception into points, the NFC was able to flip the field position and punted away. On the second play of the AFC’s ensuing drive, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen sacked Collins, forced him to fumble, recovered the fumble and returned it four yards to the AFC ten-yardline. One play later, Adrian Peterson pranced in for a ten-yard score that gave the NFC its first lead of the game at 17-14.

The teams exchanged touchdowns after Peterson’s score, as Ravens running back Le’Ron McClain tallied a five-yard touchdown and then the NFC answered when Fitzgerald registered his second touchdown catch of the game. The NFC added two field goals late in the game to wind up at 30 points.

Kevin Williams recorded four tackles on the day and Pat Williams tallied three stops. Winfield had four tackles to go with his interception and Allen had three tackles to go along with his sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Peterson took home MVP honors in the 2007 Pro Bowl with 16 carries for 127 yards and two scores. With six-time Pro Bowler Steve Hutchinson starting at left guard, Peterson had eight carries for 48 yards and one score on Sunday and also added two receptions for 15 yards.

Mock Madness 3.0

For the 2nd consecutive year, vikings.com is feeding off of college basketball’s March Madness by creating a weekly feature titled “Mock Madness” that will track the draft opinions of several well-respected prognosticators on a weekly basis.

The crowning of North Carolina’s men’s team on Monday night and Connecticut’s women’s team on Tuesday night officially ended March Madness, but Mock Madness will continue on as the NFL draft approaches.

The NFL draft will occur in late April and only then will we find out the next generation of Vikings players. But until then we have the mystery of who the Purple will select and the chance to take a guess at who that selection will be.

Who will be there for the Vikings at pick #22? Will Minnesota select an offensive player or will they instead choose to fortify their defense?

While no one can provide a concrete answer to those questions just yet, everyone can certainly take a guess. And instead of spending an endless amount of time searching the internet for ideas on what will be available when the Vikings are on the clock, you can check vikings.com each week to get an update on what everyone is projecting.

Without further ado, here is Mock Madness 3.0! You can also take a look back at Mock Madness 1.0 and 2.0.

NFL.com – Pat Kirwan

Kirwan has published the 5th version of his mock draft, and not a whole lot has changed from the Vikings perspective. Percy Harvin is his pick for the Vikings at #22. He says Harvin “gives the Vikings a guy who can help as a returner, slot receiver and runner. He should be a terror in that indoor stadium,” Kirwan says.

ESPN.com – Mel Kiper, Jr.

Kiper increased the intensity a bit this week by issuing a 4-round mock draft; now that’s some serious stuff. He provides something original this week, projecting WR Kenny Britt as the Vikings pick at #22. “Britt has a ton of talent and is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential,” says Kiper. He also says Oregon C Max Unger will be the Purple’s 2nd-round pick and Oklahoma G Duke Robinson will be the 3rd-round selection.

Scout.com – Chris Steuber

Scout.com’s Draft Analysis has kept his projection the same this week, pegging WR Darrius Heyward-Bey as the Vikings pick in the 1st round. Heyward-Bey measures in at 6-2, 210 pounds, but as a former track athlete he’s also exceptionally speedy. “The Vikings can go in a lot of directions with this pick by selecting a QB, WR or OT. Eben Britton is possible, but Heyward-Bey is rising,” says Steuber.

Profootballweekly.com – Nolan Nawrocki

Nawrocki enters Mock Madness for the first time and he offers up something original as well. While most pundits are predicting the Vikings will select a receiver in the 1st round, Nawrocki says DT Peria Jerry out of Ole Miss will be the selection. At 6-2, 299 pounds, Jerry might be considered somewhat undersized, but he has a good motor and is good with his hands. “Jerry fits defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s D perfectly,” Nawrocki says.

Check back next week for more Mock Madness!

Spielman, Johnson Audio

Vikings second-year safety Tyrell Johnson and Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman both appeared live in KFAN’s Press Box studio on Friday, April 10 with Paul Allen.  Click the links below to listen to and/or download the interviews.

Griffin Signs Contract Extension

The Minnesota Vikings have signed CB Cedric Griffin to a contract extension, it was announced today. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

“We are glad to have Cedric as our right cornerback going forward,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “He is an aggressive, physical, contact football player, whose best football is in front of him.”

Griffin, a 2nd-Round pick in 2006 out of Texas, has played a major role in providing run support from the secondary and helping establish the Vikings as the NFL’s top run defense in each of the last 3 seasons. He has started 38 of the 46 games he has played in with 223 total tackles, 170 solo tackles, 3 INTs, 42 passes defensed and 7 forced fumbles in his career.

“I’m definitely excited to get an extension done with the Vikings,” Griffin said.  “I thank God for all I’ve been blessed with and thank my family for all the support they have given me to help me reach this point. I wanted to stay with the Vikings because I think we have an opportunity to continue building on what we have started there. I think the defense has gotten better every year and I just love the coaches there- Coach Childress, Coach Frazier and Joe Woods especially. I have a great respect for how Joe prepares us every week and love playing for him. There’s a real family atmosphere at the Vikings and a real feeling that people care about you.”

The 4th-year veteran is coming off a career season in 2008, when he led the Vikings secondary and ranked second on the team with 100 tackles, had 13 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception. He also recorded 4 solo tackles and had an interception in the 2008 NFC Playoffs against Philadelphia.

“We are going to get better every year on defense,” Griffin said.  “We took a big step last year and I expect to improve again this year. It’s important to me to be thought of as a good tackler and good cover man. Our defense demands you be tough in run support and I enjoy that part of the game.”

New Season Ticket Payment Option

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday they will begin offering season ticket owners the noncredit-based payment option eLayawaySPORTS. The Vikings are just the second NFL team – behind the New Orleans Saints – to offer the plan, which allows consumers to pay for season tickets over time and receive their order once it is paid in full.

“With the current economic environment, the Vikings continue to explore ways that will make it more feasible for fans to enjoy our games,” said Steve LaCroix, Vikings Vice President of Sales/Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer. “In conjunction with keeping ticket prices the same in 2009, the eLayawaySPORTS plan is the next step in those efforts. It provides a convenient alternative for our fans to maintain their support of the Vikings, and we’re very excited to present this new option for purchasing season tickets.”

eLayaway is a payment processor that allows merchants to offer an automated layaway payment plan to both online and in-store customers. eLayawaySPORTS, the company’s newest subsidiary that began in November, lets sports teams extend ticket sales and licensed merchandise to millions of credit-conscious consumers in order to maintain and expand their fan base.

“The demand for a fiscally responsible payment option is very real amongst not only retail consumers but also sports fans alike,” said eLayawaySPORTS CEO Sergio Pinon. “We are very happy to welcome the Vikings into the eLayawaySPORTS network. Offering eLayaway as a payment option is not only a victory for their organization but their fan base as well.”

Like traditional layaway, eLayawaySPORTS consumers make payments over time for season tickets. These customized weekly or monthly payments are automatically deducted from customers’ bank accounts on specific payment dates selected by the consumer. The technology charges a 1.9% flat transaction fee and zero interest.

eLayawaySPORTS will give fans the opportunity to pre-pay for their season tickets in a manner that meets their lifestyle and budget and receive the tickets when the package is paid in full, as with traditional eLayaway transactions.

For more information on the eLayawaySPORTS plan, please contact the eLayaway Merchant Relations Team at 877.352.9292 or visit www.eLayawaySPORTS.com. To reserve 2009 Vikings season tickets, please call 612-33-VIKES or visit www.vikings.com/eLayaway.

Celebrating 30 Years

Vikings Owner / President Mark Wilf, Head Coach Brad Childress, linebacker Ben Leber and several members of the team’s front office joined University of Minnesota President Robert H. Bruininks, Dr. Aaron Friedman and other university and community leaders at the University of Minnesota’s Eastcliff Residence on Thursday night to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Vikings Children’s Fund partnership with the university’s department of pediatrics and children’s hospital.

Under the stewardship of the Wilf family and with the guidance of Childress, the Vikings organization has seen a steady improvement from a 6-10 record in 2006 to a 10-6 record in 2008 that was highlighted by a division championship. And while on-field results have continued to climb, so too have the philanthropic efforts of the organization.

“The Vikings have a tremendous tradition of civic involvement,” Wilf explained. “This past season, all 53 players on our roster participated in community outreach efforts. This is something of which we are extremely proud.”

The Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF) was established in 1978 and has since raised over $8 million to give back to those in need. In 2007, the VCF donated $170,000 to the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics, increasing the total amount donated to $4.5 million.

“This partnership is tremendously important to the Vikings organization and to my family and our ownership group,” Wilf said. “The VCF is a means for Vikings players, coaches, cheerleaders, staff and their families to focus their community support to help those in need.”

Thursday’s event included a reception with appetizers and beverages followed by a brief program, which included remarks from Wilf, President Bruininks and Dr. Friedman. At the conclusion of the event, President Bruininks closed with a few more remarks and a toast.

“Thanks, Mark, and to all of you for joining us for a celebration at Eastcliff this evening,” President Bruininks remarked to close the event. “It is our way of acknowledging the wonderful partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and the Vikings Children’s Fund and their funding of our pediatric scientists as they search for the causes and cures for childhood disease.”

President Bruininks mentioned that despite the unusually challenging times the nation is facing currently, the University of Minnesota is well-positioned for success. He also said the relationship between the Vikings and the University of Minnesota is one example of how partnerships can work to improve society and children’s health.

Childress, who is on the board of the Vikings Children’s Fund, said “Anytime you can do something for kids, whether it’s special needs kids – my daughter teaches special needs – (it’s a good thing). We’re more fortunate and it’s easy for us to give back.”

Notes:

— During his remarks, Mark Wilf congratulated President Bruininks on being chosen Executive of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

— The VCF holds several events annually, with one of the most notable being “Arctic Blast” in central Minnesota. The 14th Annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally will be held at Lake Mille Lacs this Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8.

Peterson Wins FedEx Award

Adrian Peterson has taken the league by storm in his first two seasons in the NFL and now he has won another prestigious award. FedEx and the NFL announced the winners of the sixth annual FEDEX AIR & GROUND® NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AWARDS at a press conference in Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Peterson was honored as the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing with 1,760 yards.

“I’d like to thank Fed Ex for this great award and for the donation of $25,000 to the Safe Kids Program in Minnesota, I think they will be able to do some great work with that money in our community,” Peterson said. “I really want to show my love to the fans, not only in Minnesota, Texas and Oklahoma, but all over the country to took the time to vote for me. I really appreciate it. I’m happy for Drew Brees, too. He had a heck of a season, throwing for 5,000 yards is an amazing accomplishment. He’s another Texas guy, that’s just the way we do it down here.”

Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints was named the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year.

In honor of the winners’ outstanding play, FedEx is donating $25,000 to the Safe Kids USA coalitions in New Orleans and Minneapolis, the local chapters in each player’s market.In addition, the Tampa Safe Kids coalition received a $25,000 donation the week before Super Bowl XLIII.

Peterson became the first Vikings running back to earn an NFL rushing title. His 1,760 rushing yards and ten 100-yard games established new franchise single-season rushing records in both categories.Peterson averaged 110.0 yards per game on the ground in 2008 to break his own Vikings record for a season set in 2007 at 96.0 yards per game.Peterson also became the fifth player in NFL history to rush for 3,000+ yards in their first two seasons.Continuing to demonstrate his dominance in the field, Peterson amassed 192 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries in the Vikings Week 10 28-27 win over the Green Bay Packers.Peterson was nominated for four FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week awards in 2008, winning three times.

Brees and Peterson were selected from a panel of three finalists in each of their respective Air and Ground categories.The finalists were chosen by a panel of NFL experts based on the season’s fan voting.The other FedEx Air NFL Players of the Year finalists were quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals, while the FedEx Ground NFL Players of the Year finalists included running backs Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons and DeAngelo Williams of the Carolina Panthers.

More than 1,156,000 fan votes were cast at NFL.com from Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 23, to decide the winners.

For the fifth season in a row, the Air & Ground program was a win for the local community.As part of this season’s Air & Ground program, FedEx teamed up with Safe Kids USA – a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children – to deliver safe kids.Throughout the season, FedEx made weekly $1,000 donations in the names of the Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week to their local Safe Kids coalitions to fund pedestrian safety improvements.Some examples of these pedestrian safety improvements include:

FedEx also hosted special safety education events at a series of elementary schools in NFL markets to educate students about pedestrian safety.

In Tampa, the police helped identify an area around Sulphur Springs Elementary that was susceptible to speeding, so part of FedEx’s $25,000 donation was used to install speed tables around the area to slow down traffic.

In Dallas, the Safe Kids coalition used data on local motor pedestrian collisions to identify Arcadia Park Elementary school as the host for future education programming because the location ranked highest in motor pedestrian collisions.

This year, FedEx surpassed the $1 million mark in funding to create safer communities for children as part of the Air & Ground Program.