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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.
In his nine plays in Friday night's 34-25 preseason victory over the Saints, quarterback Kirk Cousins provided a taste of what he hopes to do this season.
The Vikings covered 76 yards in eight plays with the first-team offense, with a 34-yard Kirk Cousins-to-Adam Thielen connection providing the early highlight of Friday night's preseason opener in New Orleans.
Defensive tackles Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph, as well as offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, were among nine players who did not dress for the Vikings' opening preseason game.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer explained to Mackensie Alexander in 2016 that there were two paths to take. The cornerback, eventually, took the correct one.
Bene' Benwikere's arrival extends a seemingly annual tradition of acquiring a veteran for the secondary late in the offseason
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called the team's defense complacent, lacking in grit equal to the offense. He added that players they better regain their competitive swagger in practice.
Kyle Rudolph stood out in Wednesday's practice with several contested catches that had quarterback Kirk Cousins saying he needs to trust the tight end more.
Injuries to starters have forced players such as tackles Jaleel Johnson and Hercules Mata'afa to take extra snaps, which can be both an invaluable and humbling experience.
Coach Mike Zimmer gave a pointed review of how the candidates to be the team's third receiver have done during the first few days of training camp.
Only reserved seats remain for the first three open practices this weekend as well as the night practice in on Aug. 3. Overall, nearly 72,000 of 80,000 available tickets for the 16 open sessions are sold.
If the Vikings' window to win with their largely homegrown collection of talent isn't closing, it's unlikely to get any wider. The 2019 training camp, then, is about moving on from the letdown of 2018.
Shortly after Kevin Stefanski filled out his first staff as the Vikings' permanent offensive coordinator, one of his first moves was to give away a piece of his newly acquired influence.
The offense is bring overhauled, the defense will continue working on new schemes. Coach Mike Zimmer sat down for a Q&A session about what needs to be done to return the Vikings to the playoffs.
WISE Ventures will field a team in the Activision Blizzard group.
Ahead of their second training camp at their practice facility in Eagan, the Vikings announced several changes in how the sessions will be run in July and August.
As players departed the team's practice facility in after the conclusion of Minnesota's mandatory minicamp, it was clear the offense has work to do.
During his first training camp with the Vikings in 1982 as a seventh-round tight end out of Brown, Steve Jordan found himself lined up…
With no fully guaranteed money in the deal beyond this season, however, there remains the possibility the Vikings could still decide to move on from Kyle Rudolph after 2019.
The added four years are worth $36 million, according to an NFL source, and tight end Kyle Rudolph will make $9 million in 2019, which is fully guaranteed.
The team is seeking to build depth behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. One of the possibilities is Colorado State draft choice Bisi Johnson.
As Peterson tossed footballs to campers Sunday in Hopkins, he seemed at peace with his relationship to the state where he achieved his greatest NFL moments to date.
Kevin Warren played a key role in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium and the Vikings' training complex in Eagan. The official announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.
The Vikings, as part of a new deal, could easily lower Kyle Rudolph's 2019 salary cap number by taking a similar approach to the one they used with Eric Kendricks last week.
It remains to be seen if running back Roc Thomas will face additional discipline from the NFL as the result of his guilty plea.
A move affecting veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph's status might be among the more obvious possibilities for the Vikings, but it's certainly not the only one.
Laquon Treadwell set career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season, but he was phased out of the offense under coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
The Vikings will likely ask several members of the class to play big roles quickly, especially on the offensive line.
For the first time since 1965, the Vikings used their first four picks on offensive players. "That's where we needed the help," GM Rick Spielman said. They didn't select a defender until the fifth round
Time will tell how long a partnership the Vikings will have with their newest offensive lineman. But in the initial stages of the relationship, Bradbury appeared to be right at home.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman was eager to accumulate picks Friday, even if coach Mike Zimmer was not.
Six-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State was an All-America last season and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's outstanding center.