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Winter Park taking on feel of Mankato for Vikings

Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings may have left Mankato, but there was still a training-camp feel to practice on Monday.

Making sure his team was keeping pace, and intensity, with other NFL teams, head coach Mike Tice had his players practice twice rather than go through the typical morning walkthrough followed by an afternoon practice.

"We are still in training-camp mode," Tice said. "That's why we're going two-a-days today. A lot of teams in this league, if not all the teams in this league, are still in camp and not going to break camp until this week."

The team capped morning practice with a spirited red-zone scrimmage. In a rare occurrence, the defense won 3-2.

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Constantly taunted by receiver Randy Moss, who yelled "Get a defense out here!" after catching a touchdown pass, the defense erupted in cheers when cornerback Tyrone Carter intercepted a Daunte Culpepper pass for Moss to win the final series.

"I thought it was a very productive morning," Tice said.

"I felt like we could've used another week down there, of the training camp mentality."

SPECIAL TEAMS: Tice, who said after Friday's game against Buffalo that he was disappointed in the play of his special teams unit, says covering kicks should be simple.

"You run down and you hit somebody," he said.

Apparently not so simple for the players.

Tice said the coaches have simplified some of their schemes on special teams.

"We kind of changed things and simplified our kickoff coverage and hopefully that will help our guys not to have to think so much. They're all worried about defensive assignments and offensive assignments and then when they have some thinking to do on special teams, I think it's slowing them down."

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The Bills had 109 return yards on Friday night.

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