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Led by first-round pick Garrett Bradbury — who has a chance to become the first Vikings rookie since 2012 to play every snap of the season — the Vikings' 2019 rookies have stepped into significant roles.
After being badly beaten on a long touchdown pass, Xavier Rhodes argued with Mike Zimmer, threw his helmet and shoved a teammate. "I know my role," Rhodes said. "I need to play it better."
Seattle scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, using a strong running game and a long touchdown pass that led to a shouting match between Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
If the Vikings are going to deliver their most important road victory in four years, they'll have to surmount Seahawks quarterback and MVP candidate Russell Wilson.
For a coach who's long said he loves proving people wrong, Mike Zimmer can put a big prize in his cross hairs on Monday night when the Vikings play at Seattle.
Adam Thielen had targeted Monday's game in Seattle as an opportunity to return, but sources said his hamstring injury flared up again during a practice.
A hamstring injury has sidelined Adam Thielen for most of the past five games. It appears Thielen will be back for Monday's game in Seattle.
Kirk Cousins' name has crept into MVP conversations, as the result of a seven-game run in which he's completed 73.3% of his passes for 2,020 yards and 18 touchdowns against one interception.
The Vikings have been able to put Dalvin Cook in the zone scheme he ran at Florida State, and he's averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season as the Vikings head into their bye week.
The late bye week gives the Vikings a chance to get healthy before their big December slate.
Kirk Cousins' three second-half touchdown passes and the Vikings' defensive resolve lead to the team's biggest comeback since 1992.
THE CALL As formidable as the Vikings have been at home so far this season, it's tough to see them losing this one against an unproven quarterback like Brandon Allen.
If the fullback is something of an endangered species in the NFL, the Vikings' scheme can be considered a refuge. And if that's the case, Gary Kubiak is one of its caretakers.
Mike Zimmer said the Vikings' addition of Gary Kubiak is "probably the best thing that's happened to me since I've been here."
Cook is ahead of Peterson's pace for total yards and touchdowns after 10 Vikings games.
The Vikings had fashioned a 6-3 record going into Sunday night knowing they hadn't won the kinds of games that are unavoidable in any kind of a meaningful playoff run. That changed against Dallas.
It isn't known how long Linval Joseph will be out of action, but it's worth noting the team didn't make a move to put him on injured reserve after the operation.
Story lines to follow for Sunday night's game, plus a final score prediction.
The number, however you'd like to cut them, aren't good for the Vikings. But only six teams in the NFL have won more than two of five games on the road against better-than-.500 opponents.
Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo played eight seasons in Minnesota before leaving as a free agent.
Coach Mike Zimmer was more unhappy with his offensive line than with Kirk Cousins, except for the fact that his quarterback "gave up way too much information" in discussing his performance.
As October's wins over teams with middling records gave way to a daunting second-half road schedule, Kansas City defeated the Vikings in part because they slipped their moorings in the 26-23 loss.
The Vikings officially listed wide receiver Adam Thielen as questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City.
The Vikings have tried to preserve the health of their players with an emphasis on rest and recovery that head coach Mike Zimmer admits is "against my nature a little bit."
Though Vikings defensive back Jayron Kearse apologized on Monday for his arrest over the weekend, coach Mike Zimmer didn't sugarcoat his feelings on the issue.
Second-year cornerback Holton Hill wants to earn his team's trust back after two four-game suspensions for violating league drug policies.
Dan Bailey booted four field goals, then let the offense run the ball and eat the clock while the defense throttled the Redskins offense.
A strong defensive performance, and opportunities for Dalvin Cook to run, should help the Vikings build a comfortable lead.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen said he's doing everything he can to try and be on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium for Thursday night's game.
Adam Thielen's hamstring injury is expected to keep him out of Thursday's game against Washington. Instead, the Vikings will turn to rookie receiver Bisi Johnson and expect a few others to step up in the passing attack.
The Vikings' early-season offensive frustration was further buried under 503 yards gained, four touchdown passes by Kirk Cousins and aggressive play calling that held off the Lions.
Detroit coach Matt Patricia favors aggressive man-to-man coverage on star wide receivers. The Vikings' Stefon Diggs relishes the challenge, saying "you've just got to get open."
The Vikings' pass protection was praised after the QB able to find targets downfield against the Eagles.
Stefon Diggs caught three touchdown passes, including plays of 62 and 51 yards in a 2 1/2-minute span, as the Vikings jumped to an early lead and crushed a Philadelphia comeback attempt with more offense.
The Vikings could have a tough time establishing a ground game against the NFL's No. 1 run defense.
Ifeadi Odenigbo, a former seventh-round pick, has found a role with the Vikings, even if it took some trial, error, diet changes and new ZIP codes to get there.
"When the president calls ... I'm going to give him a call and see what he needs."
Once the ball is snapped, coach Mike Zimmer said, the Vikings' penalties are frequently a result of being in poor positions that tempt players to grab.
Kirk Cousins passed for 306 yards and Dalvin Cook rolled up 216 yards of offense, while Adam Thielen caught two touchdown passes and Stefon Diggs said he wanted to be in Minnesota despite being fined more than $200,000 for two days away from the team last week.
The Twins' working knowledge of how to handle Yankees 30-year-old righthander Masahiro Tanaka amounted to little.
It isn't known whether Diggs' absence is a sign of dissatisfaction with the team, but he appeared upset on the sidelines at various points during Sunday's loss.
Even though Chicago was playing without two of its star defensive players, the Vikings' overhauled running game was brought to a standstill. Will future opponents adopt the Bears' tactics.
Kirk Cousins was taken down six times and lost a fumble as the Vikings fell into last place in the NFC North after a 16-6 defeat at Soldier Field.
Conventional wisdom on Sundays says pass, pass, pass, but the Vikings try to find their own sweet spot on the ground. They've run the ball on 103 of their 168 plays, a 61.3% clip
Before his first game against the Bears of the 2019 season on Sunday, Kirk Cousins on Wednesday made it clear last season's pair of losses still irk him.
With receiver Chad Beebe out because of torn ligaments in his ankle, the Vikings reached back into their recent past for some receiver depth before Sunday's game against the Bears.
For just the third time since the start of the 2018 season, the Vikings' leading receiver Sunday was not named Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph or Adam Thielen.
Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison ran for touchdowns as the Vikings had 211 yards rushing and, for the second time playing at home, didn't throw a pass in ther fourth quarter.
Recall what happened a year ago against the Bills.
Whether Mike Hughes returns from a torn ACL on Sunday against the Raiders remains subject to clearance from the team's medical staff.
A year removed from a well-publicized mental health issue, Everson Griffen is 'one of the hardest working guys we've got,' according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Kirk Cousins believes his future with the Vikings is on the line. "I'm not going to be playing quarterback here much longer if I go out and play the way I did this past Sunday."
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer insisted the video review of Stefon Diggs' nullified touchdown misread the actions of Dalvin Cook, who was called for pass interference on the play.
After Green Bay jumped to an early 21-0 lead the Vikings were their own worst enemies as their rally attempt fell short, with quarterback Kirk Cousins having one of the worst games of his pro career.
Mackensie Alexander, who dislocated his right elbow Sunday against the Falcons, won't play against the Packers, and Mike Hughes — still working his way back from a torn ACL -- is listed as doubtful.
In something of an odd twist for a rivalry that's revolved around offensive headliners for nearly 30 years, the defenses could be the keys to Sunday's game between the Vikings and Packers.
When Matt LaFleur coaches his first regular-season game at Lambeau Field, he'll try to slow down the quarterback he helped bring into the NFL. Kirk Cousins will be trying to win for the first time in Green Bay.
Upgrades arrived at Brooklyn Center High School courtesy of Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's charitable foundation, and Thielen and his wife, Caitlin, foresee more coming.
Safety Jayron Kearse might need to fill in if cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes are unavailable.
Tests ahead, starting with the Green Bay Packers next Sunday at Lambeau Field, will likely require more balance than what the Vikings showed in Sunday's 28-12 victory over the Falcons.
The offensive overhaul has resulted in a familiar scheme for Kirk Cousins (after the addition of Gary Kubiak as assistant head coach) and more accouterments for the quarterback.
The Vikings made some moves in hopes of sparing Kevin Stefanski from a rocky start in his first full season of calling offensive plays.
Two days after cutting Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings made a move to add the other wide receiver who piqued their interest in the 2016 draft.
Kaare Vedvik was claimed by the Jets off waivers, preventing him from joining the practice squad.
Former first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell was among the Vikings cuts on Saturday, a group that also included kicker Kaare Vedvik and QBs Kyle Sloter and Jake Browning.
Kyle Sloter should see plenty of action in his team's final preseason game tonight at Buffalo. His fourth-quarter preseason heroics have earned him a cult following among Vikings fans.
As the Vikings began preparations Monday for their final preseason game, they took something of a novel approach with starters and some others who won't be playing.
Vikings' starters slogged through their third preseason game, a performance sour enough to earn an unsparing critique from coach Mike Zimmer. Kirk Cousins faltered, completing only three of 13 passes.
Stephen Weatherly spent a week as the test pilot for the Vikings' new Player Executive Leadership Program, an internship the team hopes can eventually enrich their players' professional prospects for life after football.
Heading into the Vikings' final two games of the preseason, the challenge before the team's young defensive backs is this: They must improve on their uneven play.
The Vikings were on offense for more than two-thirds of the game in the 25-19 victory over Seattle that featured 11 third-down conversions in 18 tries. "I thought we moved the ball well," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Kirk Cousins says improvement can't be judged yet at this point of the preseason.
In his fifth season with the Vikings, Anthony Harris will join the starting line-up, teaming up with All-Pro safety Harrison Smith in the secondary.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he plans to take a look at all three players in the Vikings' second preseason game against Seattle on Sunday.
Trading for Kaare Vedvik leaves the Vikings with another round of decisions to make about their specialists — long an enigma on the roster — as the preseason plays out.