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
— NT Linval Joseph is OK after being shot in the calf at a nightclub yesterday morning.
— S Kurt Coleman is happy to be out of Philly and in Minny competing for a starting spot.
— Head coach Mike Zimmer was mostly pleased with what he saw from the Vikings.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
In dying need of a barber in MN. For business inquires please DM me. Sincerely, Wolverine
— Jabari Price (@JayPrice04) August 9, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The Lions protected their red zone in their preseason win over the Browns.
— OLB Julius Peppers made his Packers debut in their preseason-opening loss.
— TE Zach Miller had a memorable debut for the Bears.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings are back in Mankato with a brief walkthrough at 11:20 a.m. and practice at 3 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings committed just ten holding penalties in 2013, the lowest total in the league.
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||6||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||2|
|Toronto - LP: M. Castro||5||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: K. Uehara||6|
|Tampa Bay - LP: B. Gomes||1||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: J. Wilson||4|
|Washington - LP: D. Fister||4||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: E. Stults||8|
|NY Mets - WP: C. Torres||3||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: S. Cishek||1|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||6||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: J. Marquis||9|
|Pittsburgh - LP: V. Worley||0||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Hammel||4|
|Seattle - WP: T. Walker||3||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo||1|
|Detroit - WP: D. Price||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: T. Milone||4|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: J. Lackey||1|
|Colorado - WP: T. Matzek||5||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: C. Anderson||4|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||9||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: J. Benoit||4|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Lincecum||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: C. Frias||8|