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Vikings
February 12
Deadlines, key dates, NFL Combine: What's ahead for the Vikings?

Deadlines, key dates, NFL Combine: What's ahead for the Vikings?

This time around, the Vikings won’t be guaranteeing anybody $84 million. But some pivotal roster decisions need to be made in the coming weeks.
Vikings
February 11
Upgrading the offensive line? Ten men who could help the Vikings

Upgrading the offensive line? Ten men who could help the Vikings

The best offensive linemen typically don’t become available, but there are more than a handful of probable unrestricted free agents who could intrigue the Vikings.
Vikings
February 7
Back-up QB Sloter welcomes Kubiaks to Vikings, has huge aspirations

Back-up QB Sloter welcomes Kubiaks to Vikings, has huge aspirations

The Vikings’ hiring of Gary and Klint Kubiak was welcome news to Kyle Sloter, who has big goals for someone who has never taken a snap during a regular-season NFL game.
Vikings
February 6
Minnesota Vikings Everson Griffen.

Griffen's contract puts status with Vikings in question for 2019

While the contract did extend the marriage between the Vikings and Griffen on paper, its structure did something else: It guaranteed the Vikings the kind of leverage they could exert over Griffen in the coming weeks.
Vikings
February 5
Source: Vikings pondering a change with left tackle Reiff

Source: Vikings pondering a change with left tackle Reiff

Riley Reiff had a poor second season in Minnesota plagued by a foot injury he played through during the first half of the schedule.
Vikings
February 2
Steve Hutchinson

Hutchinson falls one step short of Hall of Fame

Former Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson will have to wait at least another year on the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But there is some good news for Hutch and his fans.
Vikings
January 29
Cook could take off in Vikings' revamped offense in 2019

Cook could take off in Vikings' revamped offense in 2019

Teams coached by recently added assistant Gary Kubiak teams have long prioritized zone running schemes that helped make Terrell Davis a Hall of Famer and turned Arian Foster into an elite rusher.
Vikings
January 18
Vikings grades: O'Neill a silver lining for the offensive line

Vikings grades: O'Neill a silver lining for the offensive line

The surprising emergence of rookie Brian O’Neill as a starter at right tackle was the sole bright spot in an offensive line that clearly needs more help before the 2019 season.
Vikings
January 17
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, left, reached for Adam Thielen after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Vikings grades: Thielen, Diggs were lifelines in a troubled season

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs became only the seventh duo in NFL history to each catch 100 passes apiece in a season.
Vikings
January 16
Vikings grades: Rudolph, Cook filled underwhelming roles

Vikings grades: Rudolph, Cook filled underwhelming roles

Talent wasn’t the issue for Vikings' tight ends and running backs. But opportunities and situations were consistent limits.
Vikings
January 15
Vikings grades: Cousins' season was a bust when it mattered the most

Vikings grades: Cousins' season was a bust when it mattered the most

The Vikings collectively failed during Kirk Cousins' first season in Minnesota, with the team ranking 19th in scoring and 26th in both third downs and in red zone performance.
Vikings
January 14
Vikings grades: Safety Smith leads a deep secondary

Vikings grades: Safety Smith leads a deep secondary

The Vikings defense became the NFL’s first since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1998 and 1999 to force the fewest passing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
Vikings
January 10
Vikings grades: Linebacker Barr's season leaves you wanting more

Vikings grades: Linebacker Barr's season leaves you wanting more

At the center of the Vikings’ defensive issues to begin 2018 were a pair of linebackers either running toward or put into the wrong places at the wrong times.
Vikings
January 9
Vikings grades: Hunter among the elite; others on defensive line struggle

Vikings grades: Hunter among the elite; others on defensive line struggle

Danielle Hunter emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL while several others on the defensive line didn't stand out during the disappointing season.
Vikings
January 7
Offensive coordinator candidate Koetter reportedly has another offer

Offensive coordinator candidate Koetter reportedly has another offer

Former Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, whose name emerged Monday as a candidate to replace Kevin Stefanski with the Vikings, reportedly has a job offer from Atlanta.
Vikings
January 4
Vikings' Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith voted second-team All-Pro

Vikings' Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith voted second-team All-Pro

Danielle Hunter can add an All-Pro selection to his career year. Hunter was voted as a second-team All-Pro pick by a national panel of 50…
Vikings
December 31, 2018
Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes: 'Lesson learned' about rushing back from injuries

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes: 'Lesson learned' about rushing back from injuries

A year after being named a first-team All-Pro cornerback, Xavier Rhodes had a career-low seven pass deflections in 14 games for the Vikings this season.…
Vikings
December 31, 2018
Several decisions await Vikings after disappointing season — starting at top

Several decisions await Vikings after disappointing season — starting at top

The Vikings' fall, from a 13-3 season in 2017 to an 8-7-1 record and missing the playoffs in 2018, is bound to produce offseason questions.…
Vikings
December 30, 2018
Vikings-Bears inactives: Xavier Rhodes will not play

Vikings-Bears inactives: Xavier Rhodes will not play

Rookie cornerback Holton Hill will be put in another big spot Sunday against the Bears, since the Vikings' top corner is inactive. Xavier Rhodes will…
Vikings
December 28, 2018
Kendricks out for Vikings, two Bears starters doubtful

Kendricks out for Vikings, two Bears starters doubtful

Four Vikings players have been ruled out for Sunday’s win-and-in game against the Bears.
Vikings
December 28, 2018
Vikings have allowed NFL's most fumble and interception return TDs in 2018

Vikings have allowed NFL's most fumble and interception return TDs in 2018

A year after leading the league in both scoring defense and yards against, the Vikings aren't going to repeat either title in 2018. They rank…
Vikings
December 27, 2018
Mailbag: Who are the Vikings offensive and defensive MVPs?

Mailbag: Who are the Vikings offensive and defensive MVPs?

Every Thursday morning we'll answer your Vikings questions submitted for our weekly Access Vikings podcast and post-game OverTime video. From @jrm531: Heading into Week 17,…
Vikings
December 26, 2018
Sixth seeds in NFC have better first-round records than fifth seeds

Sixth seeds in NFC have better first-round records than fifth seeds

Since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, the NFC’s sixth seed is 14-14 in wild-card games. The NFC’s fifth seed is 9-19 in wild-card games.
Vikings
December 24, 2018
Vikings fans celebrated late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday.

At Chicago? Dallas? L.A.? Here are all the Vikings playoff scenarios

“Win and in. I’m O.K. with that,” coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday afternoon following the 27-9 victory against the Lions. But what if... And what about ... Here are your answers.
Vikings
December 23, 2018
Vikings-Lions inactives: Receiver Laquon Treadwell a healthy scratch

Vikings-Lions inactives: Receiver Laquon Treadwell a healthy scratch

Receiver Laquon Treadwell is a healthy scratch for the first time since his 2016 rookie season. The former first-round pick will not play for the…

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