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'Bread-and-butter' play sets stage

'Bread-and-butter' play sets stage

startribune.com Updated Dec 9, 2012
Adrian Peterson began the game with a 51-yard run, giving the Vikings momentum and him a boost in his quest for the rushing title.
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  • Timberwolves VOTW: Ricky Rubio Backyard Wrestler

    Timberwolves VOTW: Ricky Rubio Backyard Wrestler

    timberpups.com Dec 9, 2012
    As we get closer and closer to Ricky Rubio’s return to the court, Foot Locker has launched a new ad featuring the Pups Boy Wonder.  Personally, I think the ad is hysterical but I’m admittedly terribly bias towards anything Rubio is involved with. It
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  • Pep talks spark Vikings victory over Chicago

    Pep talks spark Vikings victory over Chicago

    startribune.com Dec 9, 2012
    Messages from veteran players, owners and coaches were an effective catalyst.
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  • Second half: Vikings vs. Chicago

    Second half: Vikings vs. Chicago

    The Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 21-14 at home Sunday.
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  • Game plan's success renders Ponder moot

    Game plan's success renders Ponder moot

    All that concern about the quarterback became no issue when the Vikings were able to win by their preferred method, running the ball.
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  • Hartman: Wilf indicates he's confident in coach

    Hartman: Wilf indicates he's confident in coach

    startribune.com Dec 9, 2012
    Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and his brother, team president Mark Wilf, both backed Leslie Frazier.
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  • Scoggins: 'Freshmen' make pair of plays that are game-changers

    Scoggins: 'Freshmen' make pair of plays that are game-changers

    startribune.com Dec 9, 2012
    They may be rookies, but Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith have grown up quite a bit on the field.
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  • Your Sunday Night Football Open Thread

    Your Sunday Night Football Open Thread

    deadspin.com Dec 9, 2012
    Detroit at Green Bay (NBC) : Plenty of things to yak about during this game. For instance: the Packers started the day tied atop the NFC North with the Chicago Bears. With a win tonight they will be all alone after Chicago lost to the Vikings. Lose and …
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  • Why Don't Players Use The League, Team Or Union-Provided Drivin…

    Why Don't Players Use The League, Team Or Union-Provided Driving Services After A Night Out Drinking?

    deadspin.com Dec 9, 2012
    Just about six months ago, the NFL had a particularly rough week with players being charged with driving while intoxicated. Lions DT Nick Fairley, Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Vikings fullback Jerome Felton were all charged with varyin…
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  • The Kick Is Up, And It's Good!: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    The Kick Is Up, And It's Good!: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 9, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the double-bird field goal salute, Rex Ryan digesting a delicious meal and Lee Smith being eaten by Bills fans. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Vikings punter Chris Kluwe campaigns for Ray Guy via uniform Po…

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe campaigns for Ray Guy via uniform Post-It note

    Minnesota Vikings punter is known for being outspoken. He has been a vocal proponent of gay rights, and he often uses his Twitter account to stump for important causes. During the Vikings 21-14 win over the Bears, Kluwe used his uniform to push for anot…
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  • Another fine coming for Everson Griffen

    Another fine coming for Everson Griffen

    profootballtalk.com Dec 9, 2012
    As the Vikings hold on to a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen won’t be holding on to the full amount of his future game checks. Griffen, fined this week for a questionable roughing-the-passer call for a hit on Pa
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  • Pregame injury for Robbie Gould

    Pregame injury for Robbie Gould

    ESPN.com Dec 9, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Here's an early injury report from the Metrodome: Chicago Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould suffered a calf injury during pregame warm-ups. As a result, punter Adam Podlesh took the opening kickoff. His kick hit at the Vikings' 2-yard line …
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  • Vikings inactives announced for today's game

    Vikings inactives announced for today's game

    startribune.com Dec 9, 2012
    The Vikings will host the Bears today. Kickoff is at noon.
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  • Pregame amusement: 'Do the Cutler' dance video

    Pregame amusement: 'Do the Cutler' dance video

    startribune.com Dec 9, 2012
    Upload brings this to you from the Chicago Tribune web site. Can you bring these moves to the Metrodome?
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bears-Vikings Recap 01:51

    Sunday Blitz: Bears-Vikings Recap

    Dec 9
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Vikings' 21-14 win over the Bears
  • Video - Vikings postgame press conference 06:31

    Vikings postgame press conference

    Dec 9
    Vikings react following game with Bears
  • Video - Peterson's Big Day Lifts Vikings 00:32

    Peterson's Big Day Lifts Vikings

    Dec 9
    Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings over the Bears 21-14.
  • Video - Week 14: Adrian Peterson highlights 02:48

    Week 14: Adrian Peterson highlights

    Dec 9
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gashed the Chicago Bears' defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns to bring his streak to seven consecutive games of more than 100 rushing yards.

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