The Vikings are coming strong for this season after a surprising 10-6 record, on the 2012 NFL season. Get your Vikings Tickets and watch live your favorite NFL team. The Minnesota Vikings had a busy off-season getting the missing pieces of their roster. The new and shiny rooster additions are between others the three first round picks Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Mike Casel.
The Minnesota Vikings belong to the black and blue, NFC North division. Due to the Green Bay Packers being a dominate force in the division, the Vikings have not had many championships over the past decade. The team is building a new stadium, which they will share playing space with the University of Minnesota football team. They currently play in the Herbert H. Humphrey Metrodome, called the HHH or dome for short, which had to be repaired due to damage from a blizzard and heavy snows during the winter of 2012. The seating capacity is 64,000 people. So get you NFL Vikings tickets and say good bye to this great Vikings House.
Quarterback Matt Cassel was signed as well as Greg Jennings and Jacob Lacey. Michael Jenkins and Antoine Winfield were both released. Pat Williams announced his retirement in April, just one day after his league suspension was up. Many other free agents were signed in an effort to beef up the defensive line and provide support for the offense, both of which have been weak in recent years.
The biggest player move to happen when the 2012 season was over was the trade of star Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings management thought they could do better with some key draft picks and trades for other players in the league. All-star Jared Allen remains with the team and is working on rehab for a shoulder injury he sustained during the end of the 2012 season. He hopes to have a great season as he is in the last year of his contract and wants to work on an extension before the season is over. He hopes to be ready to play when the team starts training camp in the summer.
The other powerhouse for the Vikings offense is Adrian Peterson, who will remain at the running back position. He hopes to continue to be an offensive powerhouse and set rushing records behind the new talent at the offensive line positions. He says he wants to improve on his 2,097 yards of rushing that he made during the 2012 season and be the #1 rusher. As it was, he earned the NFL MVP award for his comeback from an injury during the 2011 season.
The Vikings had a moderate draft, according to experts. In order to get higher picks, three in the 20s, they were willing to let current players go to other teams. Their first pick was in the tackle position, with Sharrif Floyd from Florida. Their second choice was also for the defense when they picked cornerback Xavier Rhodes from Florida State. The third choice in the draft came with Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee, who is a receiver.
There have been a few changes in the coaches for the Vikings. Ryan Ficken, who was already a coach with the team, moves in to the assistant special teams coordinator role. Jeff Howard will step in as one of the assistant coaches. Leslie Frazier, who is beginning his third year at the helm of the team, remains in the head coach position.
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