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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens have struck a one-year, $730,000 contract with veteran cornerback Derek Cox. The team cut undrafted rookie wide receiver Jace Davis to create a spot for Cox, who is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints  Thursday. His salary-cap figure is $570,000 under the veteran minimum salary benefit. The Ravens are thin at cornerback with injuries to top corners Jimmy Smith (chest bruise), Lardarius Webb (lower back) and Asa Jackson (sprained ankle). Cox was cut this week by the Minnesota Vikings after recording five tackles in three preseason games.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
Tom Clancy wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms by NFL officials when he won a bidding war in February to buy the Minnesota Vikings.The league preferred that team president Roger Headrick, an ally of commissioner Paul Tagliabue, retain the team. Tagliabue even took seven weeks to decide that Headrick didn't have the right to match Clancy's offer.The league has since done its best to discredit Clancy's bid.There have been various reports quoting "league sources" in Minneapolis as saying Clancy doesn't have the financing to do the deal.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | January 2, 2014
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing his SUV, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is the second time Henderson has been arrested for suspicion on driving while intoxicated in recent months. The first arrest occurred on Nov. 19 in Minnesota.  Henderson was booked Wednesday on four charges, including second-degree drunken driving for refusing an alcohol test, according to the paper.
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The Sports Exchange | November 29, 2013
As if a 2-8-1 record that includes four blown leads in the final minute weren't enough, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier spent the day before Thanksgiving being confronted by reporters about a third player arrest in the past three weeks. Middle linebacker Erin Henderson, who missed three practices and last Sunday's game at Green Bay because of what Frazier called "personal reasons," was arrested Nov. 19 on probable cause for DWI and possession of a controlled substance in Eden Prairie, Minn.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk's opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman,” the outspoken Kluwe published a six-point takedown of what he calls Birk's “logical fallacy.” The crux of Kluwe's response - which is far less profane than his...
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By Vito Stellino | December 31, 1993
Site: RFK Stadium, WashingtonTime: 3TV: Channels 11, 9Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Line: Vikings by 7Records: Vikings 8-7; Redskins 4-11Last week: The Redskins lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 38-3. The Vikings beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-10.Last meeting: The Redskins beat the Vikings, 24-7, in the playoffs last year in what turned out to be Joe Gibbs' last victory as Redskins coach. Brian Mitchell ran for 109 yards, added 84 yards on returns and 16 yards on three receptions for a 209-yard day.The series: The Redskins have a 6-3 edge in regular-season games and a 3-2 edge in playoff games.
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By Vito Stellino | October 25, 1992
Site: Metrodome, Minneapolis, 1 p.m.TV: Channels 11, 9Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Line: Redskins by 2 1/2Last week: The Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-12, and the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 31-14.Last meeting: Although the Vikings routed the Redskins, 30-0, in their final exhibition game in August, the last game that meant something between these two teams was the 1987 NFC title game. The Redskins beat the Vikings, 17-10, a month after the Redskins won a 27-24 overtime verdict in the Metrodome in the regular-season finale.
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By Bill Plaschke and Bill Plaschke,Los Angeles Times | December 18, 1994
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The fans still sing a fight song here, in this place bereft of professional cheerleaders, and end zone dances, and quitters.The star running back still has never spiked the ball. The coach is thick-jowled, jolly and smokes cigars.More than an hour after important victories, players still can be found in their ragged game pants, their eyes filled with wonder."People had our whole team dead . . . dead and buried," Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman said yesterday. "Call me biased, stupid, crazy.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
Even though Mother Nature forced a squeeze play in this week's league schedule, few questions remain in the races for the Howard County girls title and regional playoff berths.Hammond, which assumed the No. 1 ranking today after beating then top-ranked Western, 61-60, in last week's Fuel Fund Classic, appears headed for its first Howard County championship.The Bears (16-1 overall, 10-0 league) also have a lock on the top-seeded spot in the Class 2A South region. As for the rest of the local teams, only Centennial mathematically has been eliminated from the regional playoffs although Atholton would need a lot of help to make it.In the county race, the Bears could end up edging four-time defending champ and No. 6 Mount Hebron (12-6, 9-1)
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By Matt Vensel | December 24, 2013
Bengals 42, Vikings 14 Strategy : In offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's take on the West Coast offense, the Bengals often ask quarterback Andy Dalton to make short drops and get the ball out of his hands in a hurry in a rhythm-based passing game, though Dalton will take shots downfield. The Bengals use a lot of single-back formations with either three wide receivers or two tight ends and try to remain balanced by running the ball with their two backs. Defensively, they continue to thrive with the scheme designed by head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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By Matt Vensel | December 9, 2013
Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Pitta was eased in early, playing about a dozen snaps in the first half, most of them on third down or in the red zone. His playing time picked up after halftime, especially late in the game when the Ravens had to use their hurry-up offense. Pitta said he played as much as he expected and that he felt fine after the game.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Crazy days like Sunday are why America loves football, proof that the NFL is the best reality show going. Heavy snow, at least by Baltimore standards, covered the field before the game and was so thick during it that all the Ravens could see on the other sideline -- and just barely -- were the purple pants worn by the Minnesota Vikings. The air was cold. Limbs were numb. The playing surface was so slick that a Zamboni or three would have come in handy. Mother Nature dominated the first three quarters before hitting the showers so the Ravens and Vikings could play maybe the most exciting fourth quarter in franchise history.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Moments after the Ravens' flailing defense suffered a series of late breakdowns that nearly cost them the football game on Sunday, the offense and special teams salvaged a dramatic victory. After the defense allowed touchdowns to Minnesota Vikings backup running back Toby Gerhart and rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson within a 42-second span at the end of the fourth quarter, the Ravens managed to pull out a 29-26 win at snow-covered M&T Bank Stadium through Jacoby Jones' kickoff return touchdown and Marlon Brown's game-winning touchdown catch.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
There will be plenty of time to ponder what this could do for the Ravens' season. But in the immediate aftermath of a 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings that mixed the exhilarating with the absurd, the Ravens were far too consumed with what they had just witnessed to worry about any of that. In the final 125 seconds, there was 36 points scored and five lead changes, each team believing it had scored the game-winning touchdown only to see it answered within seconds. The Ravens never did stop the Vikings.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
The Ravens are on a roll and so am I. Last week, as they picked up a second straight win by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, I nailed two of my predictions - and it would have been three if not for a hard hit and faulty chin strap. It's about time I started getting some of these right. So as the Ravens look to keep it going against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, I hope to do the same with these bold predictions. 1. BOTH TEAMS WILL RUSH FOR 100-PLUS YARDS: The Vikings are sixth in the NFL in rushing, mainly because their three favorite plays are "Peterson left," "Peterson right" and "Peterson up the middle.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 7, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- The big crowd was quiet now in the chilly dusk, and the players on the Minnesota Vikings bench were gathered at the edge of the sideline, imploring their offense to be big."At that moment," said Vikings running back Terry Allen, "you couldn't have told one of us that we weren't going to win the ballgame."The offense had boiled an 11-point Philadelphia Eagles lead down to four with a long touchdown drive on its last possession, and now, with five minutes left yesterday at Veterans Stadium, it had the ball back, first down, 70 yards to the end zone.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 2, 1995
MINNEAPOLIS -- Road 'dogs.The Chicago Bears love that role. Send them on the road, tell them they have no chance to win. Push them to the brink of extinction. And then watch them respond.They were underdogs at Miami in November and knocked off the AFC East champions. They were decided underdogs again in yesterday's NFC wild-card game, but emerged with a 35-18 victory at the Metrodome."For some reason, we seem to play better on the road," said veteran defensive back Maurice Douglass.This young Bears team is going places.
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By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson reaffirms with every trademark stiff arm, jump cut and burst of speed why he's the most dangerous running back in the NFL. Now he's the Ravens' problem heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens are bracing for a pivotal encounter against Peterson that represents the greatest test so far for their revamped group of inside linebackers. Since Ray Lewis retired in February, Daryl Smith has stabilized the middle linebacker spot while playing opposite a platooning group of weak-side inside linebackers in Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes and rookie Arthur Brown.
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