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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Andre Roberts Jersey . -- The Minnesota Vikings are a mess. Coach Leslie Frazier said hes certain this can be cleaned up. Progress will have to happen fast, though, or else these early season issues will linger. "Weve got to look at what were doing and try to figure out ways to try to improve our team, and I think we can get that done," Frazier said Monday. "Im certain of it, that we can get that done, and weve got the right people on our team for it to happen." The Vikings (1-4) have allowed 31.6 points per game, third most in the league. The offence has plenty of problems, too, as evidenced by the two interceptions and four punts on nine possessions in a 35-10 loss Sunday to Carolina. The Vikings face the winless New York Giants (0-6) next Monday night. But if they dont figure out how to fix the soft coverage on third downs, increase their pass rush and put together the kind of sustained, time-consuming touchdown drives the Panthers enjoyed, then they wont be able to beat anybody. "Im a positive human being, but I also think theres something to a little negative reinforcement. I hope this sticks in everyones gut a little bit, in their craw," defensive end Jared Allen said after the game. He added: "I think it might be the worst home loss Ive ever experienced in my career." The starting quarterback is in question, after Matt Cassel was picked off twice Sunday. Josh Freeman could take over, and Frazier said hed like to make up his mind in the next few days. He said hes not leaning one way or another. "I want to sit down and discuss some things with those guys and make a decision as I get a feel for where they are," Frazier said. The coach acknowledged the challenge for a quarterback in joining a team with a season in progress and having to absorb the playbook so quickly. But he also called Freeman "a bright young man" and gave no indication that he felt Freeman wasnt ready. Hes only been with the team for one week, having been cut by Tampa Bay. Cassel said he didnt know if hed start again. "I hope that I am," he said. "I think that this team is going to turn things around, and I would love to be the starter. ... But at the same time, the coach makes the decisions. So well see." Tight end Kyle Rudolph wondered why this was an issue. Cassel is 48 for 69 for 489 yards and a 69.6 completion rate, three touchdowns and the two turnovers in two games since replacing Christian Ponder. "I dont see why. I think Josh needs some time to get comfortable here, learn the offence," Rudolph said. In three years under Frazier, the Vikings have lost their first game after their bye weeks each time, by a combined 108-27 score. "Its not a lost season. Weve just got to do some things a little better than what were doing, and if we do things will turn around for us," Frazier said. The secondary has struggled all season, a young group going through all kinds of growing pains without their leader Antoine Winfield. Frazier said struggling cornerback Josh Robinson will stay in the starting lineup, despite being at least partially responsible for two of Carolinas touchdown passes. While cornerback Chris Cook and safety Jamarca Sanford returned Sunday, the literal pains continued. Safety Harrison Smith suffered a turf toe injury on his left foot that required an MRI. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes sprained his right ankle, but he shrugged that off in the locker room Monday. "Nothing that can hold me back," he said. The Vikings also lost starting linebacker Desmond Bishop to a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee, another setback in a series of them in 2013 for this playoff team from the year before. Fraziers job status has grown tenuous with this bad start. The same goes for offensive co-ordinator Bill Musgrave and defensive co-ordinator Alan Williams. But Frazier voiced his support for them Monday. "Theyre working as hard as they can to put our players in the best position to succeed," Frazier said. "And our players, when theyre put in those positions, theyve got to execute their assignments when that happens." Austin Hooper Jersey . He was attracted by the punishing defence, the strong running game and a coaching staff he trusted. The 49ers announced Thursday that Manningham had signed a two-year deal to join the team he helped knock out in the NFC championship game two months ago in their latest offensive upgrade at wide receiver. Ty Sambrailo Jersey . LOUIS -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.TAMPA, Fla. -- Sometimes Steven Stamkos does things that his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates cant help but marvel at. "Just about every shift," linemate Tyler Johnson said. That was clear in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens when Stamkos went end-to-end before settling the rolling puck on his stick and firing a perfect shot far side past Carey Price. And even though the Lightning lost the game, that highlight and his two-goal night showed why Stamkos is the X-factor that can tip the balance of the series, no matter how well or how poorly the Habs play. "Thats what we expect out of him," winger Alex Killorn said Thursday. "As long as he continues that, I think he gives us a good chance of winning." Even with starting goaltender Ben Bishop and rookie-of-the-year candidate Ondrej Palat out with upper-body injuries, and even with more than a dozen players making their Stanley Cup playoff debut, the Lightning know they can count on Stamkos. And thats after the 24-year-old Markham, Ont., native missed four months with a broken leg. Stamkos returned March 6 and had five goals in his first seven games. But Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said that the stats were deceiving. "Those first 10-15 games, he wasnt himself," Cooper said Wednesday. "He was just slowly getting himself back. I would say these last five, six games that hes played, hes been an impact player for us." The only other player in the series who has the potential to make as much of an impact is Habs defenceman P.K. Subban, who has known Stamkos since the two played together for the North York Canadiens as eight-year-olds. Subban and Stamkos won a city championship together, then gold in 2008 with Canadas world junior team. Since, their families have remained close friends while theyve built up some healthy animosity as competitors. "I love playing against him," Subban said. "I like making him frustrated, and Im sure hell like to score on me. But the history that we have of playing each other, its been back and forth. When Im on the ice, Im sure he knows Im out there, and I know hes out there." Subban liked getting Stamkos involved in pushing and shoving after the whistle in Game 1 because it meant he was starting to get to him. Beyond that, the Habs defenceman expressed nothing but respect and admiration for his childhood teaammate. Sean Harlow Jersey. "That guy, as far as Im concerned, hes probably the best goal-scorer in the league," Subban said. "Good players like him they find ways to be invisible on the ice, and they appear when they have to appear. And players like Stamkos, (Sidney) Crosby and (John) Tavares, they have that ability to disappear and then youre looking over your shoulder and next thing you know the pucks between your legs and hes tapping it in backdoor." That was one of Stamkoss goals, when Killorn gave him a perfect pass on a two-on-one past a siding Andrei Markov. But it was his first of Game 1, a wicked shot that followed a breathtaking rush, that had everyone buzzing. More impressive than banking the puck off the boards to evade Brandon Prust or even the shot itself was how Stamkos managed to settle the puck down in a split second. Teammate J.T. Brown knows he could do the same, but only if he had 20 seconds. Subban didnt realize Stamkos found a way to get the puck down before firing the shot by Price. He simply appreciated how Stamkos finished things off with such subtle skill. "I think sometimes as a shooter, they recognize when to release it," Subban said. "Its not about how hard it is, its just about where you put it and how quick you get it off. He got it off pretty quick. I dont think he needed as much power behind it because he was skating so fast. He had so much momentum already." It was the games most memorable play on a night full of them. It shouldnt be shocking that Stamkos brought his best with the spotlight so bright, given how he beams about being back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. "Its an unbelievable experience," Stamkos said Wednesday. "Its the most fun a lot of guys have had playing hockey. The intensity is at a whole new level." Elite players find a way to reach or exceed that level. With Bishop unlikely to play this series and Palat a game-time decision for Game 2 Friday night, Tampa Bay as a team has plenty to work on. Turnovers are an issue and so is defensive-zone play, but Stamkos is far from a problem. Instead, he represents the Lightnings best chance to do something special at any given moment. "I dont know what he can do more," Johnson said. "Hes fun to play with, fun to watch, and Im glad hes on our team and not playing against him." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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