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Here is a position-by-position, player-by-player breakdown of the 2019 roster, with beat writer Ben Goessling's early predictions for how the roster will look in 2020.
Mike Hughes was first listed on the Vikings' injury report with a neck injury after the team's Week 17 game against the Bears; he played 28 of the team's 75 snaps in the game
For the first time in his six seasons as Vikings head coach, Mike Zimmer and his staff will be facing personnel decisions that could be some of the most difficult they've had to make.
Changes to the coaching staff began Sunday with Kevin Stefanski being named Cleveland's head coach, and there are big questions ahead on and off the field.
As the season ended, what stood out most was perhaps the size of the gap between the Vikings and the 49ers team that will host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.
There's something to be said for a team that's starting to believe in itself.
It appears Vikings fans should be cautiously optimistic about Adam Thielen playing in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the 49ers.
You'll find the handprints of veteran coach Mike Shanahan all over the NFC playoffs. His son coaches the 49ers and there are strong connections to the Vikings and Packers, too.
The running back had 31 touches against the Saints, including 28 carries, but says he's fine now.
With the 49ers up next on Saturday, their wild-card win is already ancient history.
Season took positive turn with big game against New Orleans.
Kirk Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime for the win. Next up is a Saturday game at San Francisco, the NFC's top seed.
Kirk Cousins and a growing group of NFL quarterbacks have bonded through an online devotional group and started working with Christian ministry Pro Athletes Outreach.
The team is confident as they prepare to face the Saints; the oddsmakers, not so much.
Chicago rallied for a 21-19 win on an Eddy Piniero field goal with 48 seconds left. Minnesota will play on the road as the No. 6 seed Sunday at the Saints
… only one of these teams is preparing for the postseason.
The team's middle linebacker suffered a quadriceps injury in Monday's loss to the Packers, while the running back continues to heal from chest and shoulder injuries.
With the Vikings' playoff position secured, Mike Zimmer and his assistants have options on who to play against the Bears in their last regular-season game.
Green Bay's defense was a major reason the Packers controlled the NFC North this season. On Monday night, that defense was a major reason the Packers clinched the division title.
The Vikings won't have Dalvin Cook, but should find room to run against a suspect Packers defense.
The decade began with the Packers winning their fourth Super Bowl. It ends with the teams tussling for a division title that's been in Minnesota more often than Green Bay over the past five years.
Special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf made a point to praise his rookie long snapper Friday.
The Vikings will send Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Dalvin Cook — but not Eric Kendricks or Kirk Cousins — to the Pro Bowl next month.
The Vikings forced seven turnovers in a game for the first time in almost a quarter-century and could have a playoff berth locked up even before playing the Packers next Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Home-field advantage isn't what it used to in some places thanks to a bigger traveling contingent, as fans get comfy in opposing stadiums.
An abundance of purple-clad fans might not be enough to push the Vikings on top.
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.