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 weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— What have we learned about the Vikings during their 3-0 preseason start?
— RT Phil Loadholt is going to be OK after injuring his ankle the other night.
— The Vikings won’t be facing Rams QB Sam Bradford in the season opener.
— Head coach Mike Zimmer has yet to name his starting quarterback.
— Zimmer’s defense flashed potential in Saturday’s win over the Chiefs.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
Say what you want about the preseason. Winning is contagious.. I love the way this TEAM goes to work!! #Vikings
— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) August 24, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Packers NT Josh Boyd is ready to step in for the injured B.J. Raji.
— The Bears defense took a step back in a blowout loss to the Seahawks.
— Lions rookie OLB Kyle Van Noy is worried that he has a sports hernia.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings return to Winter Park for two days of practice before heading to Nashville. Zimmer will talk before practice and the locker room will be open to media. Practice begins at 12:50 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings have gone undefeated in the preseason six times in their history, but a perfect preseason is no guarantee for regular-season success. In four of the seasons, they had a winning record and in three they made the playoffs. One of their undefeated preseasons was 1973, when they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. But the last time they went undefeated was 2001, the year after their 41-0 loss in the NFC title game. They would go 5-11 that season.
|Cleveland - LP: T. House||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||9||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: K. Graveman||3|
|NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey||8||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||2|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: T. Koehler||8|
|Toronto - LP: B. Cecil||2||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: E. Frieri||4|
|Atlanta - WP: S. Miller||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan||2|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||4||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Matusz||5|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Belisle||5||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: A. Reed||1|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||5||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Brown||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: B. McCarthy||11||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||8|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: V. Pestano||4|
|Minnesota - WP: T. Stauffer||8||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||5|
|Real Salt Lake||0||FINAL|
|Sporting Kansas City||4||FINAL|