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Winning weekend? Keys to Vikings, Gophers victories

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Monday will be a wonderful day if the Vikings and Gophers can each come away victorious this weekend. The Vikings host the NFL's most bizzare team, Cleveland, and the Gophers host San Jose State and one of the nation's best quarterbacks, David Fales.

The Poineer Press has five keys for the Vikings and Gophers to walk away with wins.


  1. Start fast and finish strong
  2. Pressure QB Brian Hoyer
  3. Give the ball to Adrian
  4. Unleash Cordarrelle Patterson
  5. Play with a sense of urgency


  1. Don't ask Mitch Leidner to do to much
  2. Make Fales fail
  3. Run with power
  4. Don't fumble
  5. Get off to a fast start

FOX Sports North says the Gophers must find a way to keep Fales in check. It might be easier than it looks because Fales' top target, Noel Grigsby, is out with an injury. Grigsby is the active FBS leader in career receptions (237).

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