Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily look at what's happening on the Vikings beat:
While the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority was investigating the finances of the Wilf family this fall, the Vikings were adamant in saying the review of the team's owners had to get done in time to break ground on the team's new stadium in November. Otherwise, construction would have to wait until next spring, potentially delaying the opening of the $975 million facility.
Well, apparently the November deadline could be fudged by a few days.
The Vikings will break ground on the new stadium Dec. 3, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, after the team and stadium authority agreed on how to reach a $737.7 million "guaranteed maximum price" for construction costs.
Stadium groundbreakings are largely ceremonial, more about photo opportunities and soundbites than actual construction progress. But the most significant element of the news is that MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said the stadium will still be on track for a 2016 opening. The Vikings' path to this point has contained numerous fits and starts, but at this point, it seems like things are finally ready to move forward.
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
We took a detailed look at the Vikings' remaining schedule, and analyzed how the tough slate could affect the team's positioning for the 2014 draft.
We're just seeing this now after it posted on Monday, but Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune had an amusing catalog of coach Leslie Frazier's comments on the Vikings' quarterback pecking order throughout the season.
Writing for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton says the answer to the team's QB woes isn't on the roster right now.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings, who said Sunday he expected to play in his return to Lambeau Field, repeated those comments at a charity event Tuesday, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Adrian Peterson is 28 this season, and history shows he could be headed for a drop-off soon, writes Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com.