Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.
Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.
Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.
Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Matt Cassel is confident he’ll remain the Vikings’ No. 1 quarterback.
— WR Greg Jennings says the Vikings offense can be successful if players are unselfish.
— Rookie G David Yankey and rookie S Antone Exum played a lot against the Raiders.
— Check out some photos from Vikings training camp.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 12, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The Packers traded disappointing DE Jerel Worthy to the Patriots.
— The Lions activated DE Ziggy Ansah from the PUP list.
— The Bears are optimistic after breaking training camp.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings are back in Mankato. Their walkthrough is at 10:30 a.m. and practice is at 3:00 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Pro Football Focus recently released its ranking of the NFL’s offenses, and the Vikings came in 11th, surprisingly ahead of teams such as the Bears, Falcons and Cowboys. PFF ranked the team’s offensive line as the NFL’s second best — due in large part to their run blocking — and they said their running backs were the third-best bunch in the league. The receivers, which included tight ends, came in at 12th. But you can probably figure out what the missing piece is in their eyes; they ranked the team’s quarterback group 27th in the NFL. But it brings up an intriguing thought: How good will this offense be if the Vikings figured out their quarterback situation?
|Atlanta||2||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Washington||0||Top 9th Inning|
|Boston||1||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Detroit||1||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Toronto||5||Top 7th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||3||Top 8th Inning|
|St. Louis||5||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Los Angeles||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|LA Angels||1||Bottom 1st Inning|
|San Diego||3:05 PM|
|Chicago WSox||3:05 PM|
|San Antonio||6:00 PM|
|LA Clippers||9:00 PM|
|New Orleans||9:30 PM|