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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed QB Taylor Heinicke to the practice squad and released WR Demarcus Ayers from the practice squad.

Heinicke, 24, was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent out of Old Dominion on May 6, 2015. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, made the Minnesota 53-man roster as a rookie in 2015 but was inactive for all 16 games. He began the 2016 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list before being elevated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 8, where he was inactive for the last seven weeks of the season. Heincke was released by Minnesota on Sept. 11, 2017.

Ayers, 23, was signed by the New England Patriots to the practice squad on September 4. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Houston. Ayers spent time on the active roster and practice squad for the Steelers as a rookie, seeing action in two regular season games with one start and finishing with six receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. He played in two postseason games and caught three passes for 27 yards. He was released by Pittsburgh on Sept. 2.

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Fans have the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game

The Green Bay Packers and the USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin in Partnership with Pick ‘n Save, are offering fans the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings through the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Contest.”

On or about Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, a random drawing will select 25 winners from among all eligible entries received. Each randomly selected winner will be awarded a $50 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop.

Of the 25 winners, 10 finalists will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Lambeau Leap Instructional Overview and Meet and Greet with a Packers player in a classroom setting at Lambeau Field and a Lambeau Leap tryout on Dec. 5, 2017.

Of the ten participants who undergo Leap tryouts, the participant with the best overall leap will be selected as the Grand-Prize winner, based on criteria outlined in the Ultimate Leap Contest Official Rules as listed on www.TheUltimateLeap.com. The remaining nine finalists will receive a jersey autographed by a Packers player.

The Grand-Prize winner will be invited to take the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap” on Dec. 23, 2017, during the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field and will receive the game ball from the contest, an authentic Green Bay Packers team jersey with his/her name on the back, four VIP sideline passes for pre-game, and four Club Seats to the game.

Fans can also watch for the Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Traveling Wall at participating Pick ‘n Save locations to practice the Ultimate Leap in person. The Traveling Wall will make its first appearance this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pick ‘n Save at 5800 S. 108th Street in Hales Corners, Wis. and those who visit can be entered to win the contest.

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Matt Ryan and the Falcons figure to fly out of the gates. But then … (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Every year we see a team light September on fire only to fade down the stretch. Last year the Eagles and Vikings appeared to be Super Bowl contenders before both faltered over the second half of the season and failed to even make the playoffs. The 2017 season will be no different. A franchise will climb toward the top of everyone’s power rankings by Week 5 only to be on the outside looking in at the playoff race by Week 17

The most likely contender for that title this season is none other than the Atlanta Falcons, a team that’s been the hot starter/slow finisher as recently as 2015 when they came out the gates 5-0 before finishing 3-8 over their next 11 games. The biggest reason why is simply the difficulty of the second half of their season. From Weeks 9 to 17 the Falcons have to play all six of their division games as well as face the Cowboys, Seahawks and Vikings – three teams with a combined record of 31-16-1 last year. Let’s break it down further though to get a picture of how the Falcons season could play out.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has not talked to Adrian Peterson or his agent about the running back’s contract for the 2017 season, but Spielman said no matter what happens with Peterson in the next two weeks, “Adrian will always be a Minnesota Viking.”

Peterson, who turns 32 on March 21, has a team option for the 2017 season that would pay him $18 million and trigger a $6 million roster bonus if he’s on the roster by the third day of the league year. The Vikings have to make a decision on Peterson’s option by the start of the league year on March 9, but it seems likely that the team would try to work out a restructured deal if it plans to keep him, rather than bringing him back on the option.

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The Vikings face off against the 10-1 Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. For the 6-5 Vikings it’s an incredibly important game not just because it’s a measuring stick against one of the best teams in the league, but because the Vikings could certainly use the win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“Well, they’re the best team we’ve played,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after Tuesday’s practice. “I mean, we are 6-5, last time I checked, I don’t know. Did they take some away? But yeah, they’re a good team.”

Zimmer is right. It looked like Minnesota’s schedule was full of tests to start the season, but teams like the Panthers, Packers and Cardinals have ended up being duds.

The Cowboys have the league’s best running game, and the passing attack with Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley isn’t anything to laugh about.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Terence Newman was on the inactive list at Detroit last week for the first time in two seasons with Minnesota.

Newman had a neck injury that didn’t have enough time to heal with only three days between games.

With Dallas due in on Thursday, seeing Newman on the sideline again would sure be a surprise.

The age-defying 38-year-old cornerback was listed as a full participant in practice on Tuesday, and the Vikings could use all hands on deck against the potent offense the league-leading Cowboys (10-1) will bring.

Then there’s that natural pride factor of wanting to perform well against his original team with several close friends still donning the silver helmets with the famous navy blue star. Newman, who still keeps a home in the Dallas area, played for the Cowboys for nine seasons through 2011.

“We shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears together,” said Newman, who was drafted in the first round out of Kansas State in 2003. “I love those guys.”

Barry Church, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick are still around on the defense from Newman’s last team with Dallas.

Dan Bailey, Dez Bryant, Doug Free, Tony Romo, Tyron Smith and Jason Witten are familiar faces to him on the other side of the ball, with the same unfulfilled goal.

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After playing games on Thanksgiving, dosage the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings will compete on Thursday for a second straight week. Dallas is looking to take one more step towards securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, look and they could severely damage Minnesota’s postseason hopes with a win on the road in Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season.

Winning 10 of their first 11 games, viagra 60mg the Cowboys are just a few victories away from locking up the best record in the NFC. Just a few weeks ago, the Vikings were in the running for the top seed in the conference, as well. But the two teams have gone in completely opposite directions, and Dallas is a three-point road favorite in Minnesota, via OddsShark, as a result.

Following a 5-0 start, the Vikings are one game out of first place in the NFC North and just a game over .500. Minnesota’s sputtering offense has overshadowed the NFL’s No. 2 scoring defense, and it will make it difficult for them to defeat the NFC favorite and a top Super Bowl contender. They’ll host a team on “Thursday Night Football” that’s coming off a 31-26 victory over the Washington Redskins, scoring at least 24 points in every contest during their 10-game winning streak.

Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continued to look like top MVP candidates in Dallas’ most recent win. The quarterback posted a 108.9 passer rating with two scores, and the running back totaled 120 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns of his own.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a contract extension with safety Harrison Smith on Monday morning, the team announced.

Smith will earn $51.25 million over the next five years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including a $10 million signing bonus. Smith’s deal includes $28.578 million guaranteed against injury and runs through 2021, a league source told ESPN’s Ben Goessling. Smith was already scheduled to play on his fifth-year option this year.

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Being an NFL fan can be tough sometimes, cialis especially if you were rooting for the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota fans thought they were on the brink of defeating the Seattle Seahawks and advancing to the NFC Divisional Round when Blair Walsh missed an easy 27-yard game-winning field goal.

Needless to say, the Vikings fans did not take it well.

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MINNEAPOLIS — On a day when the Vikings played in the coldest game in franchise history, health the play of their offense mirrored the weather.

It wasn’t glitzy or glamorous, just hard-nosed football in the frigid elements.

And in a game where neither team lit up the scoreboard, the Vikings said they wanted to eat up the clock, control the line of scrimmage and play keep away from a potent Seattle offense.

The overall results weren’t eye-catching — 29 carries for 58 yards, an average of two yards per rush. But the Vikings felt like they succeeded against a stout Seattle defense.

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