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Through four games, the Vikings had eight takeaways, at least one in each game. In six games since then, they’ve had three takeaways, four games with none. But the slumping Falcons have been turnover-prone.
How the teams stack up in the NFL this week, from the Patriots on down.
As Vikings' veteran Terence Newman can attest, coach Mike Zimmer stresses the mental side of the game.
Among other things, a team built around defense, Adrian Peterson and favorable field position needed a better performance from punter Jeff Locke.
Before Sunday’s game, the Vikings had league lows of 48 accepted penalties and 57 total. Sunday, they had 10 total penalties.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been "taking great advantage" of his opportunity to play this year following the child abuse case that kept him out for almost all of last season.
Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton empathized with the Denver QB on late-career injuries, boos and benching.
The first-place Vikings will be at full strength when they face the second-place Packers in Sunday’s NFC North showdown at TCF Bank Stadium.
Asked if he sensed a shifting of power in the NFC North, Peterson said, “It kind of brings a smile to think about that, but you can’t get caught up in that [hype].”
Teddy Bridgewater will never have the cannon arm that Aaron Rodgers has. But the ability to extend plays is something that Bridgewater has picked up from watching the Packers quarterback.
The injured Vikings center vows he’ll be playing next season.
The Patriots remain on top, just ahead of the NFL's only other unbeaten team, the surprising Panthers.
Patterson’s pronounced zigzagging finish at the end of the run nearly caused some of his excited teammates to run onto the field too soon to help celebrate.
At 37, Vikings defensive back snagged two pickoffs in one-on-one battles.
Takeaways from Sunday's Vikings' victory in Oakland, including Kyle Rudolph calling his dropped catch in the end zone 'easily the worst play' of his career.
The Vikings are 6-2 because offense, defense, special teams blend comfortably.
With Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator, the Raiders have at least 34 points in three straight games.
Getting to the NFL isn’t easy. Staying in the NFL might be harder. But this season, the oldest Vikings are making key contributions.
Teddy Bridgewater, Sharrif Floyd, Terence Newman and Eric Kendricks each appeared to make progress toward returning to action Wednesday.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher defended himself, his defensive coordinator and his team over the Vikings' outrage at the hit that caused Teddy Bridgewater's concussion.
The unbeatens are down to three, with the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers all 8-0.
Rams rookie Todd Gurley had his moments, but veteran Adrian Peterson won the battle Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Linval Joseph made 10 tackles, seven solo, against the Rams.
Five takeaways from Sunday's victory at TCF Bank Stadium.
In Minnesota, it’s a good day to enjoy having dropped out of the Chase to Los Angeles a while ago.
Vikings rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks has been ruled out of the Rams game because of injured ribs that prevented him from practicing this week.
The Vikings are playing as many as six wide receivers per game and all are contributing - and having fun in the process.
Teddy Bridgewater ranks 26th in the NFL in fourth-quarter passer rating (84.8), but Sunday was a good illustration of what the Vikings’ young quarterback is capable of doing in the closing minutes.
Sunday in Chicago, the Vikings were credited with only one sack. But if you look at some of the critical pressure moments in the game, the team’s pass rushing story starts to add a few more bruises to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Here's Mark Craig's Week 9 NFL power rankings, from the Patriots to the Lions.
Rookie receiver Stefon Diggs was the star but the Vikings got their winning field goal after Charles Johnson's 35-yard gain.
Marcus Sherels had the third punt return for a touchdown of his career, a Vikings record.
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings victory in Chicago.
The Vikings have 17 sacks and rank eighth in the league in sacks per pass play. They are also third in quarterback knockdowns with 42 and have 10 sacks off blitzes.
Of Adrian Peterson’s 61 carries the past three games, 15 (or 24.6 percent) have resulted in negative yardage. Peterson also has sprinkled in runs of 75, 23 and 48 yards for a touchdown.
When the Vikings’ passing game is going well, Teddy Bridgewater spreads the ball around.
Fullback Zach Line shows a team-first mind-set that coach Mike Zimmer wants.
A look at how the NFL stacks up this week.
Price goes on IRThe Vikings placed cornerback Jabari Price on season-ending injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, and signed linebacker Brandon Watts…
Sullivan could miss season; Floyd has operation on knee.
One thing that does affect the NFL’s man of steel is seafood. That was discovered during training camp in 2012 when Peterson ate gumbo and needed to go to the hospital.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was 7-for-8 for 128 yards and two touchdowns when Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway started Stafford’s downfall.
Stefon Diggs became more of a force as the game went on while Calvin Johnson started fast and faded.
Benchwarmer Bob knows that. He played on Vikings teams that won with defense.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, a surprise game-day scratch because of an illness Sunday, returned to practice Thursday.
The 1-5 Lions are last in the NFL in turnover ratio (minus-8), giveaways (18), points allowed off turnovers (59) and turnover points differential (minus-41).
When it comes to juggling snap counts, situational substitutions and old-fashioned gut instincts, no NFL assistant has a tougher job on game day than a defensive line coach.
Several short-yardage stops swung momentum when the Chiefs were threatening to score.
1. Faith on fourth-and-1Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 5 yards when coach Mike Zimmer decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Kansas…
His brothers’ needs swayed Stefon Diggs more than any recruiting pitches
The Vikings star doesn’t need any gimmicks, just a little daylight. So far, he's on pace to carry the ball 300 times this season going into Sunday's game against Kansas City.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn’t think the Chiefs will change much even though their offensive identity was built around injured running back Jamaal Charles.
Even without star running back Jamaal Charles, Kansas City can’t be overlooked Sunday by the Vikings.
A look at who tops the charts this week, according to Star Tribune NFL writer Mark Craig.
We sit at the NFL’s quarter pole with no reason not to believe the Patriots and Packers will meet in the Super Bowl in Santa Clara in four months.
Rookie Eric Kendricks has 19 tackles, has shown speed in coverage and notched his first career sack, against Peyton Manning, on Sunday.
The Vikings are encouraged by Sunday’s game. But Mike Zimmer is leery of the line between encouraged and satisfied.
Pass protection remains Adrian Peterson’s personal kryptonite, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the old dog is eager enough to learn this new trick of keeping quarterback Teddy Bridgewater upright.
The key block on the play came when left tackle Ryan Harris, a Cretin-Derham Hall grad, pulled and cut linebacker Chad Greenway to the ground.
Ryan Harris finds himself protecting Peyton Manning after four years away
The Vikings have a few strengths they hope to draw upon as they take coach Mike Zimmer’s 2-7 road record to Denver to tussle with Peyton Manning.
The Broncos have pieced together an offensive line that is still a work in progress as the Vikings head to Denver.
As head coaches, Norv Turner and Wade Phillips have been fired from Washington to Oakland to San Diego to Denver to Buffalo to Dallas. But they have stellar reputations running the offense for their teams.
A look at how the Star Tribune's NFL writer ranks 'em:
Five takeaways from Sunday's game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Stacking the tackle box with extra manpower made it no contest up front, and the Vikings feasted.
Adrian Peterson wanted a record and a milestone as a rookie in 2007 at the Metrodome against San Diego.
Ex-Vikings coach Brad Childress has enjoyed his nebulous role as Chiefs ‘spread game analyst’
Unheralded but scrappy, Justin Trattou isn't even a second-teamer on the depth chart but he's made a key interception for the Vikings.
After calling the league office to discuss another matter, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he struck up a conversation about Anthony Barr’s personal foul penalty late in Sunday’s 26-16 victory over the Lions.
A look at how the teams stack up this week.
Betting you can predict the outcome of NFL games and win money is, well, a gamble. Nine favorites lost straight up in Week 2.
Teddy Bridgewater downplayed that element of his game, even after scoring the second rushing touchdown of his career.
The Vikings gave up more yards rushing in the first eight snaps and five minutes of the Week 1 loss to San Francisco than they surrendered to the Lions in 70 plays over 60 minutes.
As owners of the Vikings, last Monday night wasn’t particularly pleasant for the Wilfs.
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