Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— One laid-back kicking session over the bye week was what kicker Blair Walsh, who has made 10 straight field goals, needed to get back on track.
— Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said giving the ball to running back Adrian Peterson, a big play waiting to happen, is like playing the lottery.
— Eric Kendricks was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month.
— Wide receiver Jarius Wright returned to practice yesterday.
— Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has gotten off to a rocky start this season.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee says he is looking forward to tackling Peterson, whom he called “the best back in the NFL.”
— The Bears appear to have found a good offensive coordinator in Adam Gase, who brought lessons learned from Peyton Manning in Denver.
— The Bears may have to shuffle their offensive line Sunday if rookie center Hroniss Grasu can’t play because of a neck injury.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Practice is at 11 a.m. Coach Mike Zimmer’s press conference is after that. And then the Vikings pack their bags for Chicago. They leave tomorrow.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs hasn’t just been the best wide receiver on the team. By one measure, he has been the most efficient in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs has averaged 3.27 receiving yards every time he runs a route. That’s tops in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is second at 3.01. Now, we’re talking about a small sample size here, of course, but it’s still impressive stuff. For the sake of comparison, that’s twice as effective as Mike Wallace, who is averaging 1.6 yards per route run.