Dunkin’ Deuces :: 9/12 Edition

Minnesota Vikings

Questions abound about Vikings offense after inauspicious start

1500 ESPN Twin Cities – ‎7 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Vikings‘ performance on offense in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Chargers raises major questions, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities in his postgame update from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Full coverage of the Vikings is

My View From The Top Of Qualcomm Stadium

Daily Norseman – Christopher Gates – ‎4 hours ago‎
As I stated in the Game Thread leading up to Sunday’s match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers, I spent my Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. I want to preface this by saying that the Charger fans I encountered on

Vikings must play smarter and better

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Sid Hartman – ‎6 hours ago‎
The Chargers game was a tale of two halves, with Minnesota performing poorly in wasting a 17-7 lead. Photo: Mark Humphrey, Associated Press Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said “We didn’t play smart” following the team’s 24-17 loss to San Diego after

Villaume: Week One Vikings‘ Report Card

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎6 hours ago‎
Only a few Vikings will be evaluated in Week One. Winfield had a hand in ten tackles, many of them bringing down Mike “Marion Butts” Tolbert. Antoine sacrificed himself throughout the game. He also forced a fumble; and had an interception. Minnesota

Defense also contributed to fade

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kent Youngblood – ‎6 hours ago‎
But the Vikings defense managed to get decent pressure in a first half that ended with the Vikings leading 17-7. The only Chargers score came after an interception that gave them the ball on the Minnesota 6-yard line. Other than that?

Peterson will need help

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Mark Craig – ‎6 hours ago‎
SAN DIEGO – Thoughts from the Qualcomm Stadium press box as the Chargers were beating the Vikings 24-17 … 1 Adrian Peterson ran for 198 fewer yards against the Chargers than he did four years ago while setting the NFL rushing record.

Peterson’s prediction fueled Chargers’ second-half effort

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Tom Krasovic – ‎6 hours ago‎
Peterson rushed for 74 yards in the first half, but the Chargers had the final say Sunday after shutting out the Vikings in the second. “We felt really disrespected,” linebacker Takeo Spikes said after San Diego’s 24-17 victory.

Q & A with $100 million man Adrian Peterson

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
SAN DIEGO — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spoke with three of us at the team hotel about his new long-term deal with the team. It’s a seven-year, $96 million deal that can rise to $100 million with an escalator, and comes with $36 million in

Vikings drop season opener to Chargers 24-17

KARE – ‎11 hours ago‎
With the Minnesota Vikings sputtering badly, Philip Rivers got the opening he’d … The Associated Press SAN DIEGO – With the Minnesota Vikings sputtering badly, Philip Rivers got the opening he’d been waiting for all afternoon.

Tolbert guides Chargers over Vikings

KARE – ‎11 hours ago‎
Percy Harvin gave the Vikings (0-1) the lead with a 103-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff, and Minnesota went into halftime with a 17-7 lead. But the Vikings were shut out in the second half, when new quarterback Donovan McNabb was largely a

In this prehistoric offense, passing seems to be extinct

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Jim Souhan – ‎6 hours ago‎
The Vikings ran for 159 yards and a 6.1-yard average, and still couldn’t throw the ball. Last season Childress and then Favre fell out of favor in Minnesota, as their difficult relationship and diminishing returns defined a lost season,

Chargers’ second half too much

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎6 hours ago‎
SAN DIEGO – The Vikings slinked out of Qualcomm Stadium, kicking themselves all the way back to Winter Park for blowing a 10-point halftime lead, Percy Harvin’s season-opening 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a rare opportunity to beat a
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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Gophers lose to Aggies in Kill’s home debut

Minnesota Daily – Mark Vancleave – ‎5 hours ago‎
The Aggies ran a little more than five minutes off the clock, pounding the ball with Clay before punting to the Gophers. Minnesota regained possession at its own 11-yard line with 2:02 left in game. Gray, who rushed for 110 yards on Saturday,

Gophers replay: New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎6 hours ago‎
A year after finishing last in the nation in sacks, the Gophers still haven’t recorded one in 2011. Only five teams in the FBS have played two games without a sack this year, and Minnesota is the only one from a BCS conference.

Sore head, red face linger for Kill

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Phil Miller – ‎6 hours ago‎
Gophers coach Jerry Kill “feels like he got hit in the head” a day after suffering a seizure on the sideline during Minnesota’s 28-21 loss to New Mexico State on Saturday, his brother said, but the side effect that will linger longest has little to do

Minn. Coach Improving After Seizure Late in Game

FOX 9 News – ‎15 hours ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is showing signs of improvement and resting comfortably at a hospital after suffering a seizure late in the Gophers‘ home opener against New Mexico State. Team physician Pat Smith said in a statement Sunday

Kill Continues to Rest, Improve Following Seizure

Gophersports.com – ‎19 hours ago‎
University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill continued to show signs of improvement Sunday morning and is resting comfortably at a local hospital after suffering a seizure late in the Golden Gophers‘ home opener at TCF Bank Stadium.

Coach Kill Health Status

Gophersports.com (blog) – Ryan Maus – ‎Sep 11, 2011‎
6:30 pm: The media was just addressed by Gophers team doctor Pat Smith following the episode, an apparent seizure, suffered by head coach Jerry Kill during today’s game. He says that Coach Kill, who since his cancer, has a history of seizures,

Gophers coach Kill has seizure, leaves game

KARE – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is listed in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering a seizure late in the game against New Mexico State. It’s the third time in his coaching career that Kill has had a seizure on game day.

Gophers Coach Suffers Siezure, Collapses on Field

FOX 9 News – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill collapsed on the field at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday after he reportedly suffered a seizure. Fans watched in silence as Kill was carried off the field in a stretcher with

Recap: New Mexico State 28, Gophers 21

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
The senior had 10 tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass to help his team hold off the Gophers. Minnesota had 419 yards of total offense but failed to convert on 10 of 12 third-down tries. NMSU, leading 21-14, took possession on its own 6-yard

Scoggins: In crisis, game fades to background

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Chip Scoggins – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
A seizure suffered by Gophers coach Jerry Kill during the team’s final drive was a reminder of more important things than winning or losing. Rebecca Kill, wife of Gophers coach Jerry Kill, watched as medics worked on her husband after he had a seizure

Last week – a moral victory, this week – a moral loss

GopherHole.com – Nadine Babu – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
Coming into the Gophers‘ first home game, there was so much excitement surrounding the program. We just came off of a very respectable loss at USC, and saw a lot of potential in a number of players. Coach Kill embraced the game day

Price keeps going up for willing foes

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kyndell Harkness – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
Corey Kibbel danced to the music before the home opener for the Gophers against New Mexico State at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, September 10, 2011. It’s not easy for a school with only 50000 seats in its stadium to find opponents
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Minnesota Twins

Postgame: Inge reflects on 2009 collapse, Perkins laments pitch choice, Benson

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Joe Christensen – ‎Sep 10, 2011‎
Brandon Inge said as much after hitting his walk-off homer against Glen Perkins in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Twins. With one more victory at any point in the 2009 season, Inge remembers, the Tigers could have avoided even playing a Game 163

Tigers get one last chance this year against Twins punching bag

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Joe Christensen – ‎19 hours ago‎
DETROIT — The Tigers are 13-4 against the Twins heading into their final meeting of the season today. Already, this is the most losses the Twins have had against one team in a season since they went 5-14 against Cleveland in 2001.

Postgame: Tigers catcher Alex Avila continues to show Twins his might

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Joe Christensen – ‎Sep 9, 2011‎
Avila went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double and three runs scored in Detroit’s 8-4 victory over the Twins on Friday. The 24-year-old All-Star is now batting .303 with a .394 OBP, .527 SLG, 18 homers and 72 RBI. “I think anybody who’s seen him

Youth, as main course, is bland

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Joe Christensen – ‎6 hours ago‎
With more Twins rookies playing regularly than in recent history, optimism has given way to harsh reality. Minnesota Twins‘ Joe Benson, left, gets safely into second base for a double. Photo: Duane Burleson, Associated Press DETROIT – Sunday was rookie

American League Game Summary – Minnesota at Detroit

KARE – ‎10 hours ago‎
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Doug Fister threw seven innings of three-hit ball and Jose Valverde struggled before earning his club-record 43rd save, as the Detroit Tigers held on for their ninth straight win in a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins

Twins fall to streaking Tigers 2-1

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Noah Trister – ‎14 hours ago‎
Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings in another terrific start for Detroit, outdueling Diamond and leading the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Diamond (1-4) allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in six innings.
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