Winter Park Rewind: September 9 - 13

Posted Sep 14, 2013 looks back on the (short) week what was at Winter Park via the "Winter Park Rewind."

September 9

Though technically posted late on Sunday night, we'll cheat and count this look back at four key takeaways from the Lions loss as Monday material. Then, the week started off as it always does with Mike Wobschall's Monday Morning Mailbag, where he addressed fan questions, mainly ones concerned with the Vikings' offense after Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Two of the bright spots from Sunday's game were Adrian Peterson's long touchdown run and Jerome Simpson's diving catch.  We posted the on-field highlights of both:

Head Coach Leslie Frazier addressed the media on Monday to talk about the loss:

We had the voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, in studio on Monday to do his "Vikings Derby" game highlight, where he looks back at the game as if we was calling a horse race which of course he does at Canterbury Park during the summer.

The NFL Network crew then took a look at Ndamukong Suh's cheap shot on John Sullivan's knee during Sunday's game.

September 10

Wobschall started off the day looking at comments from Frazier on Monday, specifically about Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of playing time vs. the Lions and how that could change as early as this weekend in Chicago. The AP sent us a story talking about how turnovers -- the Vikings had four on Sunday, plus the pick six that was called back on Suh's penalty -- must subside for the Vikings to succeed. We posted our first game preview article for Sunday's Vikings-Bears game. Speaking of Suh, he was fined $100,00 for the hit on Sullivan. Take a look around the division via our NFC North News and Notes column. Finally, see where the experts from around the web place the Vikings in their power rankings after the week one loss.

Check out this photo gallery showcasing the 50 years of the Vikings-Bears rivalry.

From a video perspective, we posted the Pick 6 Video Mailbag on this day, where again, offensive issues were on the minds of fans.

September 11

Wobschall looked at five key storylines to follow this week heading into Sunday's game at Soldier Field. Given the Vikings strong pass rush, teams are going to continue to use screens and quick-hit passing plays against the Vikings; Wobschall looks closer at this trend. On the injury front, Kevin Williams, who missed last weeke's game due to the knee injury he suffered vs. the 49ers in the preseason, returned to practice. The AP sent us their game preview article, focusing on the Vikings looking to end their losing ways in Chicago, a place they've lost five straight years at.

Click here to view images from Wednesday's practice.

Ponder and Frazier addressed the media on this day after the team's morning walk-thru:

Off subject from the season at hand, NFL Network sent us a video they shot with Greg Jennings in the offseason that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at his offseason workouts:

September 12

Another AP story was sent our way, with this one focusing on the usually stout Vikings offensive line vowing to play better in Chicago after struggling vs. the Lions. This AP story came by way of Chicago, and talks about the Bears being more worried about their pass rush than they are about stopping Adrian Peterson. In his weekly "Coach Speak" article, Wobschall looks at specific comments by the three Vikings coordinators: Bill Musgrave on Jerome Simpson's big first game, Alan Williams on a possible Kevin Williams return, and Mike Priefer on trying to stop future Hall of Famer Devin Hester. The AP also looked at Williams potential return and what it would mean for the defense which struggled in his absense.

View photos from Thursday's practice here.

Speaking of the coordinators, here are the videos of their weekly press conferences:

As usual on Thursdays, Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen addressed the media in the locker room before practice:

Finally for the day, NFL Films sent us their weekly preview of Sunday's game.

September 13

Wobschall took a closer look at Charles Tillman for the Bears and the havoc he can cause in the secondary. Both teams issued their final injury reports of the week, with everyone on both sides being listed as probable. In a new feature here on, former Vikings player and coach Pete Bercich, who is now of course the team's color analyst on the Vikings Radio Network, shared his thoughts on the game.

Speaking of Bercich, he also went into the film room with Paul Allen as a part of this week's "Vikings GamePlan."

Allen and Wobschall go over the three keys for the Vikings to head home from Chicago on Sunday with a 'W' in this week's "Winning Formula."

Frazier addressed the media on Friday regarding the team's injury situation and more.

Finally, the NFL Network playbook crew gives us their take on the game and make predictions as well.