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Zimmer Confirms Vikings will Work Out Kickers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed to Twin Cities media members on Monday that the team will be working out kickers on Tuesday.

"We have to look at all avenues as far as what gives us the best opportunity to win football games," Zimmer said.

In Sunday's overtime loss to the Lions, Blair Walsh missed the extra point attempt after Minnesota's first touchdown of the game and later had a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked by Detroit.

Walsh did make a 33-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

After the Vikings second touchdown, they kicked a touchback with 23 seconds remaining on the clock, but Zimmer said that was not the play call.

"We were trying to kick it between the 10 and the 5-yard line," he explained.

"At some point in time, you have belief and confidence in guys, because you know what they've done in the past," Zimmer said. "We've missed three extra points this year; we've missed several field goals. The way our games are being played, they're probably going to come down to a lot of close games; I hope so, anyway."

Over eight games, Walsh is 13 of 16 on PATs and 12 of 16 on field goal attempts.

When asked what the chances are that Minnesota will sign a new kicker, Zimmer responded with, "I don't know. We'll see."

Here are four other topics covered by Zimmer during his podium session:

If given a do-over

When reviewing film from yesterday's matchup and pulling out the pros and cons of their performance, Zimmer said he "messed up" the final 27 seconds of the game.

The Vikings allowed Lions quarterback Matt Stafford to complete a 27-yard pass on second down to receiver Andre Roberts, and the play set up Matt Prater to kick a 58-yard field goal and tie the game at 16 as regulation time expired.

"We haven't practiced that particular coverage in about two and a half weeks," Zimmer said. "We didn't line up very good in it. So consequently, we played poorly there."

Looking at the bigger picture of the three-game losing streak following the bye week, Zimmer also said he would approach things much differently if he could have a do-over. As it stands, he'll make different decisions surrounding bye weeks moving forward.

"Since we're 0-3 since after the bye, definitely there are things I would do differently," Zimmer said. "I gave them an extra day off, so I won't do that ever again. So that was one of them. I may even go in pads."

Timetable on Adrian Peterson?

After Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in the Week 2 game against the Packers, he was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 23. According to league rules, a player must remain on IR for a minimum of eight weeks before being cleared to return to the active roster.

Zimmer told media members that he is unsure of the timetable for Peterson's potential return.

"I really don't know," Zimmer said when asked if the team anticipates him back. "Honestly, I don't know what the situation is going to be."

The Vikings have the option to activate one player from IR to the 53-man roster.

'We're not the '85 Bears'

During his press conference, Zimmer said that he continues to feel positive about a number of things from yesterday's game, despite the loss. He believes the team is moving in the right direction, and he believes the players feel the same way.

One thing Zimmer addressed was the way fans and media perceived the Vikings after starting the season 5-0.

"I know everybody was acting like we were the '85 Bears for a while, but that's not who we are," Zimmer said. "We're a pretty solid defensive team that typically doesn't make a lot of mistakes, that typically doesn't give up a lot of points, that's usually good on third downs – which we weren't yesterday – but we're not going to be the greatest thing on turf.

"We just go about and try to do our job," Zimmer continued. "That's what's made us good in the past. We go out, we do our job, everybody does their job – play together, know where we're supposed to be, play smart, and play tough. That's who we are defensively."

View game action images from Sunday as the Vikings took on the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday.

A look at the Lions' 42-yard run

Detroit's biggest run play of the day at U.S. Bank Stadium occurred in the first quarter. On a third-and-7 situation, Stafford handed off to running back Theo Riddick, who made it 42 yards before being stopped by Captain Munnerlyn.

Zimmer said the big play was a combination of good offense by the Lions and missed opportunities by the Vikings.

"Yeah, [we] had a chance to tackle him, but we missed a tackle. But yeah, it was a good play call," Zimmer said. "The worst part about the whole thing wasn't necessarily the trap, but we didn't cup the ball with the backend [secondary], and so it ended up getting out to the side and then up around the corner.

"They make good calls, too," he added.

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