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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.
Rookie Ameer Abdullah made a flashy debut for the Detroit Lions last week that showed off his versatility.
Teddy Bridgewater plans to rein in his excitement. Wednesday, he admitted to being “too excited,” too “sped up” and of “overdoing it” in the season opener.
Week 1 results in the NFL often turn heads, but they’re not so good at forecasting the future.
Mark Craig's power rankings entering Week 2 of the NFL season.
Takeaways from Monday night's 20-3 loss to the 49ers.
The popular take on Bridgewater is he’ll continue to progress because of his poised pocket presence, a deepening command of offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense and an accuracy level that saw him complete 72.1 percent of his passes over the final five games last year and a team preseason record 82.9 percent this preseason.
The Vikings will finish 9-7 and make the playoffs - but who will be the last team standing?
One man's prediction for the upcoming season.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph is back, bringing the offense more versatility and deception
Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson has a preferred cliché he’ll trot out to keep from overextending his praise for a player’s potential: The proof is in the pudding.
“When that first snap comes," Adrian Peterson said of Monday's season opener, "I’ll take a deep breath and be ready to roll.”
Rhett Ellison is a key special teams player and a hybrid offensive tool who has to know how to line up at four different positions: the X (split end), the Z (flanker), the Y (tight end) and F (fullback).
Vikings receiver Jarius Wright, a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, signed a four-year, $14.8 million deal with $7 million guaranteed Thursday.
In the wake of 'Deflategate' the NFL established new procedures on the inspection and handling of footballs on game day. Vikings quarterbacks say it won't affect them.
A look at the regulations for NFL footballs.
Saturday was a symbolic day that perhaps best describes where the Vikings were at the end of the 2013 season and where they’re presumed to be heading in 2015.
The average Vikings fan probably doesn't know that Joe Berger has 38 career starts, including 18 at three different positions since joining the Vikings in 2011.
Teddy Bridgewater's goal is to complete more than 70 percent of his passes.
Gerald Hodges, a backup at both outside linebacker positions, will get the start at middle linebacker in the Vikings’ preseason game in Dallas on Saturday.
The Vikings aren’t ready to announce their starting middle linebacker for the fourth preseason game, but second-round draft pick Eric Kendricks hasn’t hurt his chances of ultimately securing the job for the Sept. 14 season opener.
No one’s quite sure how long it will take to polish Cordarrelle Patterson’s raw ability, so, he appears to be a role player without much of a role behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright.
Phil Loadholt and Carter Bykowski are out due to season-ending injuries and T.J. Clemmings is the starter at right tackle. David Yankey and Tyrus Thompson are the new men trying to be the next man at tackle.
As the Vikings showed vs. Bucs, proper positioning is the key to improvement.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen, whose fate in 2015 is up in the air, made the roster last season after making the practice squad in 2013.
What stood out most about the Vikings on Saturday was the speed with which quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill played both mentally and physically.
Clemmings didn’t look crisp, but he also didn’t appear to make any glaring errors in Saturday's preseason game.
Brian Peters won’t be a Hall of Famer. But he’d settle for being the next Heath Farwell, an undersized linebacker who went from undrafted rookie to Pro Bowl special teamer
Bill Zimmer passed away Tuesday night in Naples, Fla., at the age of 84.
We all could take a deep breath, tone down the hype and admit we don’t know how the Vikings will do this year.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is confident his tight end will be in the right place at the right time.
Fleet feet weren’t the only reasons behind Stefon Diggs’ 62-yard punt return during the Vikings’ 14-3 victory over the Steelers in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Both starting units played only one series as a group before turning things over to backups that made enough plays to silence a pro-Steelers crowd . Teddy Bridgewater threw six passes, completing five.
As Sunday's Hall of Fame Game looms to kick off the Vikings' season, Adrian Peterson vows to be best player in NFL history.
A 1 minute, 14 second NFL Hall of Fame acceptance speech was handled by Mick Tingelhoff’s presenter, Vikings Hall-of-Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton
The 75-year-old skipped a media event Friday as the week caught up to him.
Vikings great Mick Tingelhoff finally donned the gold jacket of a Hall of Fame member.
The Vikings have been blessed with a number of players who have put together long streaks of consecutive played games, which aren't expected to be as common anymore.
NFL’s iron menThirteen NFL players have started at least 200 consecutive regular-season games, and five have played for the Vikings. A look at those 13:
Jarius Wright is thankful for his NFL career, especially because his best friend Greg Childs, the former Vikings and Arkansas receiver, has suffered another injury setback in the CFL.
Pass protection is really, really hard for an NFL running back. So hard that even Adrian Peterson isn’t great at it. But keeping Teddy Bridgewater upright will be vital to the Vikings success.
The durable, tenacious center finally gets his day in the football sun as he prepares for Canton.
The Vikings tried Gerald Hodges in the middle "just to see what he’s like in there.”
A daily dispatch from Mankato:
Third-year receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has mostly worked with the second team during training camp but has impressed coach Mike Zimmer.
Shaun Hill has built a name for himself heading into his 14th NFL season. That wasn’t the case during his first go-round with the Vikings.
“The contract stuff doesn’t really come into my mindset when I step on the field,” Smith said. “When I’m on the field, I want to go make plays. End of story.”
The new contract makes Blair Walsh the fourth-highest paid kicker in the NFL.
The Vikings are a trendy playoff pick with Adrian Peterson here.
The Vikings have been under Wilf ownership since 2005.
On Tuesday, a ball was snapped on the first play of Adrian Peterson’s first on-field football activity since last September. “Everybody knew Adrian was getting the ball,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Although he admits it could benefit struggling left tackle Matt Kalil, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the decision to move Brandon Fusco from right to left guard had nothing to do with that.
Intercepting the opposing quarterback can be a wonderful, game-altering experience. The Vikings should try it more often.
Among the things to 'like' about this year's NFL draft: The Vikings' Rick Spielman keeping Adrian Peterson and ignoring agent Ben Dogra’s unprofessional behavior
The Vikings took UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, then added LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Jameis Winston goes No. 1, but others fall down the board.
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