Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is hopeful that starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play this weekend in Oakland despite suffering a concussion on Sunday.

— The Vikings aren’t the “Greatest Show on Turf,” but they keep finding ways to win football games and surviving close contests is becoming their identity.

— The Vikings won the overtime toss in Sunday’s 21-18 overtime victory against St. Louis and chose to give the ball to the Rams and take the wind.

— Linebacker Chad Greenway stepped into an every-down role on Sunday and handled the expanded duties well.


— Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio likes his young team’s fight after a close 38-35 defeat on the road at Pittsburgh.

— Veteran Charles Woodson is Oakland’s best defensive back even though he’s old and hurt.

— The Raiders secondary could use some adjustments and additions after a disappointing Week 9 performance.


Players have the day off and will be back in the building at Winter Park Wednesday.


The Vikings defense has been the most consistent part of their 6-2 start. They have the seventh-best total defense in the league and haven’t given up more than two touchdowns in single game this season. However, coach Mike Zimmer wants more from his group. “Defensively we play well most of the time, [but] we have these lapses here that don’t allow us to be an elite defense. … We have mental errors, but it’s typically more about guys getting themselves out of position to be able to help, so there was a couple of those. There was a couple where we let our eyes be in the wrong place, which caused us to be in bad positions, things like that. I just think if we can eliminate some of these things, then we can get better.”

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