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.


Halftime report: Vikings 17, Eagles 9

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: December 15, 2013 - 1:23 PM

The Vikings hold a 17-9 halftime lead over the Eagles at the Metrodome. The Vikings have outgained the Eagles 257-179.

The good: Apparently quarterback Christian Ponder doesn’t give the Vikings the best chance to win. Matt Cassel had an impressive half (granted the Eagles entered the game ranked 29th in total defense). He went 14 of 20 for 202 yards and a touchdown.

Cassel once again has made wide receiver Greg Jennings his primary target. He recorded his first 100-yard game with the Vikings, and it only took a half. He had seven receptions for 114 yards. He caught a 57 yard touchdown pass from Cassel in the first quarter.

The bad: Without running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, the Vikings have 56 rushing yards. Matt Asiata has 13 carries for 28 yards. On third and goal at the three-yard line, the Vikings had an empty backfield – a strange sight to see with a healthy Peterson or Gerhart.

Asiata did score his first career touchdown (one-yard) with 1:06 left in the first half.

The ugly: Surprisingly, there isn’t much to say here for the Vikings. They’ve played well so far, but the Eagles offense has been pretty ugly after 30 minutes despite three injured corners for the Vikings. They had their most successful drive just before the half, which ended on a field goal.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s touchdown on 4th and 1 was called back due to a peel-back block penalty by quarterback Nick Foles. The Eagles settled for a field goal.

Foles is 10 of 16 for 122 yards. He also has five carries for 41 yards. Running back LeSean McCoy has four carries for 19 yards.

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Los Angeles - LP: Z. Greinke 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 4
San Diego - LP: J. Benoit 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: B. Logan 6
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 7 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Grilli 8
Miami - LP: S. Cishek 3 FINAL
Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler 4
Washington - WP: D. Fister 6 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: B. Norris 2
NY Yankees 4 Top 12th Inning
Cleveland 4
Atlanta - LP: E. Santana 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 4
Chicago Cubs - LP: D. Beeler 1 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 4
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra 4 FINAL
Boston - WP: K. Uehara 5
Kansas City - WP: A. Crow 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4
Houston 8 Bottom 9th Inning
Texas 4
Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 4 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 1
Pittsburgh 2 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 4
Minnesota 5 Top 3rd Inning
Seattle 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Francisco 1
Winnipeg 7/11/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 7/11/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 7/12/14 5:30 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 7/12/14 8:30 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Washington 72 FINAL
Chicago 65
Seattle 58 FINAL
Phoenix 78
New York 66 FINAL
San Antonio 80
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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