December 31, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson picked up the Minnesota Vikings and gave them a thrilling ride to the playoffs, where the next stop on this improbable journey is, yes, Green Bay. This game was so full of action, intrigue and tension they're going to stage it again next weekend. Peterson finished 9 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, but he still powered the Vikings past the Packers, 37-34, on Sunday with 199 yards to set up a rematch at Lambeau Field in a first-round playoff game.
February 15, 2013 |
After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, Leslie Frazier has reached an agreement on a contract through 2014. The Vikings exercised the fourth-year option on his contract Wednesday, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013. He was entering the final year of his deal, and talks of an extension started to become an issue publicly as the Vikings mounted a stunning December run to the playoffs. Stuck at 6-6 and without injured receiver Percy Harvin, the Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson to four straight victories, including a thriller over Green Bay in the regular-season finale to thrust them into the postseason.
May 2, 2015 |
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
September 7, 2016 |
THEY GOT the news in different ways. Zach Ertz got an 8 a.m. call from Sam Bradford. Rodney McLeod was watching the college football pregame show when the crawl across the bottom of the screen informed him that his team's starting quarterback had been traded. Bryan Braman saw it on Twitter. Wentz himself, memorably, told reporters Monday he'd been lying "in a cornfield . . . somewhere in Jersey," early Saturday morning, hunting geese, when Eagles coach Doug Pederson called to tell him Bradford had been traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
May 13, 2014 |
Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. A four-year starter at Villanova, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Cox led the Wildcats last season in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (111/2). In 48 career games, he had 18 sacks, 331/2 tackles for loss, and 105 tackles overall. He will try to make a Vikings team that has another local defensive lineman, second-year tackle Sharrif Floyd, a product of George Washington High, who was a first-round draft choice last season.
September 5, 2016 |
Beyond the universal reaction of stunned, it was all a matter of perspective how one might view the transaction disseminated from Eagles headquarters Saturday morning. Eight days before the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, Howie Roseman traded starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings. Wow, wow, and triple wow. For those who did not think the Eagles had even a sliver of hope to accomplish something good this season, this could be considered the greatest trade in franchise history.
October 26, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Doug Martin ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and caught a 64-yard touchdown pass, one of three thrown by Josh Freeman, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Minnesota Vikings, 36-17, Thursday night. The Bucs came out strong against Minnesota's sputtering offense. Martin had 214 total yards and took a screen pass all the way on the fourth play of the second half to give Tampa Bay (3-4) a 27-10 lead. After Connor Barth's third field goal made it 30-10, Adrian Peterson had a season-best 64-yard touchdown run that briefly gave Minnesota (5-3)
September 12, 2016 |
IF CARSON Wentz's first NFL start, Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, goes anything like his first college start, Eagles fans will be ready to dye their hair red and throw him a parade. On Aug. 30, 2014, Wentz took the helm of the FCS North Dakota State Bison against Iowa State, an FBS school, at Ames, Iowa. The Bison fell behind, 14-0, early, in front of a hostile crowd of 54,800 at Jack Trice Stadium. "Carson just got the guys together in the huddle, and I remember he was like, 'Hey, we're going to put a drive together here.' I think it was literally the next play, our running back (John Crockett, now on IR with Green Bay)
September 7, 2016 |
If you just look at the numbers on Carson Wentz's playing resume, they don't translate to a quarterback who should be ready to make his first NFL start this weekend. Just 23 college starts at Division 1-AA North Dakota State. Only 612 pass attempts there, which was nearly a thousand fewer than the guy taken just ahead of him in this spring's draft, Jared Goff. And, oh yeah, only one abbreviated preseason appearance this summer, thanks to two broken ribs. Interestingly enough, though, when the NFL kicks off its 2016 season this week, it will be Wentz who will be starting and Goff who will be sitting.
November 14, 2012
Ben Roethlisberger continues to undergo tests and evaluation on his right shoulder, after he injured it during Monday night's 16-13 win over the Chiefs. Roethlisberger took a hard hit from Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, then left the game with his throwing arm held limp against his body. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has a sprain in his shoulder. But Tomlin could not provide any timetable for when his QB might return. "Obviously, his injury puts his participation in the questionable category," Tomlin said of Roethlisberger's status for a Week 11 game against Baltimore.