The Vikings are locked and loaded and ready to make a deep run this upcoming season. With a combination of talented young players and skilled veterans, the Vikings are poised to fight for NFC North supremacy. Division rivals, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers look ready to spoil Minnesota's plans.
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The 2016 NFL season did not go as well for the Vikings as expected. They had a brilliant start (5-0) to the season with notable wins over Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers. From the defense to the offense, everything seemed to be working well until injuries began to mount on the offensive line. And from Week 6 onwards, their performance came crashing down, making them finish the season at 8-8. Given their exceptionally strong performance in the beginning of the campaign, this certainly was a disappointment for Viking fans.
The Vikings are two weeks into their preseason. Based on the performances in these games, it will be determined as to which Vikings make it to the final 53-player roster list on September 2.
Standout Moments in Minnesota Vikings History
Bud Grant Hired as Coach – On March 10, 1967, one of the biggest turning points in the history of the Vikings was when the team’s founder Max Winter replaced Norm Van Brocklin with Bud Grant as head coach. Brocklin had struggled to keep the Vikings’ performance consistent throughout his six years with the team.
Rather than going for a traditional choice for the demanding job, Winter opted for Grant. He was an esteemed coach from the CFL but nobody knew what to expect from him in the NFL.
Under Grant, the Vikings dominated the league between 1969 and 1977. Leading the team to four Super Bowl appearances, Grant is regarded as the most successful coach in Vikings history and one of the greatest in the NFL.
The First Game of Fran Tarkenton - The Vikings were a brand new expansion team playing against a well established Chicago Bears at the Metropolitan Stadium on September 17, 1961. Hence little competition was expected. However, the football world was pleasantly surprised when the 21-year old rookie Fran Tarkenton emerged onto the scene in spectacular fashion. He came off the bench to toss four touchdowns and led the Vikings to a historic come-from-behind win (37-13) against the Bears.
The unexpected outcome had the fans cheering in the stands and set the foundation for one of the most storied franchises in the NFL.
Minnesota Vikings Arch Rivals
Green Bay Packers - The Vikings-Packers rivalry is a bitter one indeed. For decades this rivalry has been fueled at numerous occasions. One such instance is when after fifteen seasons with the Packers, quarterback Brett Favre returned to the Lambeau Field as a Viking on November 1, 2009. It was an emotional moment for Packer fans to see him in a different uniform. What made it worse was that his four touchdowns led the Vikings to a 38-26 victory against a team he had been an integral part of.
Detroit Lions - On September 22, 1974 Lem Barney intercepted quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone on the last play of the game to secure a 20-16 win for the Detroit Lions at the Tiger Stadium. This ended the Lions’ losing streak to the Vikings since Brunt took over. In his book, Charlie Sanders who played tight end for the Detroit Lions shared some stories about his time with the Lions. He told that the Lions were not allowed to have beards or long sideburns. They couldn’t even wear white shoes. The deal between the players and Rick Forzano (Lions’s coach) was that he would repeal these policies if they defeated the Vikings. And that is precisely what happened.
Greatest Players in Minnesota Vikings History
Minnesota Vikings may not have a glorious history of championships but they’ve made four Super Bowl appearances.
Cris Carter- Although his problems with alcohol and drugs deeply affected his career in the NFL while he was with Philadelphia Eagles, Cris Carter overcame his weaknesses as a Viking. He was hailed for his use of the sidelines, soft hands and crisp route running. During his 12-year stint with the Vikings, Carter hauled 1004 catches for 12,383 yards and 110 receiving touchdowns.
Randy Moss - In his seven years with the Minnesota Vikings, Randy Moss had 587 catches for 9,316 yards and 92 touchdowns. In 1998, he helped the team become the number two-ranked offense by scoring 556 points (which was an NFL record at the time). As a Viking, Moss made it to the Pro Bowl a total of five times.
Minnesota Vikings Live Games
An outdoor stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, TCF Bank Stadium is being rented by the Vikings until the construction of their brand new stadium, US Bank Arena, is completed. To recognize that the venue is a statewide facility and to pay tribute to the support of all Minnesota citizens, the names of the state's 87 counties are cast in stone around the perimeter of the first level of the venue. The arena gives fans an opportunity to explore the great campus of the University of Minnesota and learn about its rich history.
The preseason schedule is out and you can have a look at it to see which upcoming game of the Vikings you want to catch live.
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