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A fierce pass rush made nine sacks to pair with a dominating 21-point first quarter that got the Vikings back on track at U.S. Bank Stadium.
As the Vikings try to lift themselves out of a situation mostly of their own making at the tail end of a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations, they have precious little time to right the ship.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he and interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski met with the Vikings' offensive players, though Zimmer would not discuss what either of them said in the meeting.
The Vikings were held scoreless until a meaningless touchdown with 73 seconds to play, and the defeat allowed three teams to move within a half-game of them for the final playoff spot in the NFC.
The Vikings will have a chance to take this one if they can slow down Seattle's top-ranked run game, but it'll be tough against a Seahawks team that appears to be finding its stride.
If the Vikings are to make the kind of deep playoff run many had predicted for them, it's very possible they will have to do much of it on the road.
Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Friday there were "two or three instances" where the Vikings threw the ball when they should have run it instead.
The Vikings' head coach mentioned the possibility of delegating more in-game defensive adjustments to defensive coordinator George Edwards.
The protection was strong; the production, less so.
In addition to failing another key test against a tough opponent, losing to New England put the Vikings in a more precarious position for the postseason.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 124-20 at Gillette Stadium in his career, having already beaten the Texans and Chiefs this season, and 32-4 at home in December
The five-time Super Bowl champions are the standard to which coach Mike Zimmer and the Vikings aspire.
Safety Andrew Sendejo's season came to an official end Tuesday when the Vikings put the veteran safety on injured reserve.
Smart, mistake-free football was key.
With playoff spots up for grabs, the Vikings firmed up their chances by handling Green Bay thanks to a masterful showing by Kirk Cousins, who upstaged Aaron Rodgers.
Both the Vikings and Packers could be looking at some dire playoff prospects with a loss Sunday night.
A Vikings loss to the Packers would put them third in the NFC North, 2 ½ games behind the Bears. A loss by the Packers — which would be their sixth in as many road games — would drop them to 4-6-1.
Move will boost team's cap room from $280,000 to more than $4.2 million
The Vikings are tied with the Eagles — the team they faced in the NFC Championship Game last year — for 26th in the league with 16 turnovers, already having surpassed their total from all of 2017.
The Vikings offense struggled for most of the 25-20 loss, including a fourth-quarter pass by Kirk Cousins that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, as the Bears expanded their lead in the NFC North.
After a strong game against Detroit, and a bye week, second-year pro Dalvin Cook could get more work Sunday night at Chicago.
Growing up in suburban Chicago, legendary Bears linebacker Mike Singletary was Cousins' youth football coach, and he went to school with Walter Payton's children.
The Vikings claimed former Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers Nov. 8, and he comes to the Vikings hoping to reboot his career.
After this week's bye, the Vikings return with back-to-back Sunday night games against NFC North opponents followed by a pair of road games against a pair of tough opponents.
Dalvin Cook recorded the fastest speed by a ball carrier in the NFL this season on his 70-yard run, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He also played more than expected.
The Vikings were able to come after Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford with such ferocity that not much else factored into the final outcome.
While teams around the division, and around the league, discard picks from their 2015 drafts, the Vikings' 2015 group has helped form the bedrock of their team.
One of the most pressured QBs in the NFL still produces when pass rushers are closing in on him.
Coach Mike Zimmer refuses to single out miscues made by wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the loss to New Orleans on Sunday.
The man who made perhaps the most iconic play in franchise history has little need to contort himself to fit views of who he should be.
The Vikings have beaten the Saints twice in 13 months at U.S. Bank Stadium, but with injuries on defense, they could have a tough time slowing down Drew Brees in time to get a third victory against New Orleans.
Xavier Rhodes' Week 8 availability could be of particular concern to the Vikings as they prepare to face Drew Brees and the Saints.
Everson Griffen is scheduled to practice this afternoon, and coach Mike Zimmer said of the player's time away from the team: "I don't think it's as unique as we make it out to be."
From the end of the Eagles game to the third quarter of Sunday's victory over the Jets, the Vikings stopped opponents on 20 consecutive third-down attempts.
Jets coach Todd Bowles coached with Mike Zimmer in Dallas, and was the only other finalist for the Vikings job in early 2014 whose name became known
After the Vikings signed Cousins for less than the Jets offered, some reports suggested the New York team felt used in the quarterback's free-agency negotiations.
Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes will be lost for the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament suffered Sunday against Arizona.
Though he still completed 70.5 percent of his passes on Sunday, Kirk Cousins' day against the Cardinals — during which he went 24-for-34 for 233…
The Vikings overcame seven tipped passes and the likelihood that their first-round draft pick will be lost for the season by relying on a previously absent running game and stout defense.
If the Cardinals can win, it would be the franchise's first victory in Minnesota since 1977, when they were in St. Louis and the Vikings were at Met Stadium.
Vikings Insider: A couple of years before the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, they brought in David Johnson for a pre-draft look following his college career at Northern Iowa.
While Everson Griffen remains away from the team dealing with mental health issues, the Vikings have turned to Stephen Weatherly, who forced a pivotal fumble in the victory over the Eagles.
Bringing in John DeFilippo at offensive coordinator and Kirk Cousins at quarterback paid off for the Vikings as they built a 17-point lead and held off the Eagles 23-21 in their NFC title-game rematch.
As Harrison Smith continues to fashion a career that could have him on a Hall of Fame trajectory, he's driven by an approach that leaves little room for half measures.
A Week 5 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions wouldn't avenge the NFC title game loss, but its benefits would be clear.
Mike Zimmer is presiding over a defensive unit that currently ranks 22nd in the league in points per game and gave up the fourth-most yards in team history on Thursday.
A Vikings team that gave up only 41 plays of 20 yards or more last season has allowed 17 in the first four games of 2018, including seven by the Rams on Thursday night.
Everson Griffen's hospitalization is a stark reminder that NFL players are not immune to the mental health struggles that affect approximately one in five U.S. adults.
The Los Angeles Rams team the Vikings will face Thursday night is the NFC's first to 3-0, with the league's top-ranked defense and its fourth-ranked offense.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen remains away from the team for what coach Mike Zimmer called "a personal matter" after Griffen was involved in an police incident Saturday.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen and his wife launched the Thielen Foundation on Tuesday by shining a spotlight on one of the nation's most pernicious yet elusive health crises: Children's mental health issues
Stacy Coley was waived to make room for Bailey; Johnson is coming back after spending only one game with the Seahawks.
Rookie Daniel Carlson missed three field goals, including two in overtime, as the Vikings rallied with 22 points in the fourth quarter on an afternoon when Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns.
Aaron Rodgers is front of mind for the Vikings, despite his knee injury sustained last week against Chicago.
Mike Zimmer got an early peek at Aaron Rodgers' flair, and he hasn't forgotten. "I don't want to say anybody's the best," Zimmer said. "But he's pretty darn close to being the best guy."
Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback and Tom Compton is expected to start at left guard when the Vikings open their season on Sunday. The two were 23-year-old rookies together with the Redskins.
Less experienced Isidora was the other option to fill in for Elflein.
There was a long offseason, training camp and the preseason. But now the lights come on for Kirk Cousins as Vikings quarterback.
Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson faces stresses as he moves along the same path Blair Walsh followed.
Terence Newman is about to turn 40, and with the Vikings having younger defensive backs pushing for time he has decided to hang up his cleats.
Cornerback, 39, will retire and take a role on Vikings staff.
When the Vikings plunged dramatically into free agency for Kirk Cousins, they made it clear that 2018 is win-now time.
Mike Boone, Brandon Zylstra and a handful of Vikings defenders made their final cases Thursday night in preseason game No. 4 - a 13-3 victory.
The big-name Vikings are unlikely to play. For players on the bubble, though, their closing argument comes tonight — and that means the game at Tennessee is anything but inconsequential.
The addition of Jones gives the Vikings another option in case Pat Elflein, still recovering from shoulder and ankle surgeries, isn't ready or they need a versatile backup.
Just days ago, the Vikings were nowhere on George Iloka's radar. Now, he'll take on an immediate role while reunited with Mike Zimmer.
After Saturday's preseason loss left the Vikings with a slew of injuries, they needed to add and subtract players from the training-camp roster.
The Vikings offense was less crisp in their second preseason game, losing at U.S. Bank Stadium to Jacksonville.
The Vikings' preseason game against Jacksonville could be more useful than most after joint practices.
That success, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said Thursday, is a result of extensive film study — but it can be undone if there's not the same attention to detail from the rest of the offense.
As first-round pick Mike Hughes continues to impress the Vikings in training camp, coaches are giving him more of a chance to shine.
Roc Thomas saw how the Vikings had used Jerick McKinnon, what they were going to be missing and realized he might be able to succeed in Minnesota by imitating a bit of what the former third-round pick had done.
The Vikings opted to hold running back Dalvin Cook out of their preseason opener against the Broncos on Saturday night
Kirk Cousins was 4-for-4 with a TD pass for the Vikings in the preseason opener Saturday night; Denver's Case Keenum struggled.
The Vikings, who were already trying to replace one of their starting guards from the 2017 season, will now likely spend the year without their other returning starter.
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