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Vikings
October 7
Trump calls to congratulate Cousins after Vikings win in New York

Trump calls to congratulate Cousins after Vikings win in New York

The brief conversation included talk of President Trump’s upcoming rally Thursday in Minneapolis, but Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is not planning to attend, a team spokesperson said.
Vikings
October 7
Barr shines in aggressive and varied role for Vikings in win over Giants

Barr shines in aggressive and varied role for Vikings in win over Giants

After tough games against the Packers and Bears, Anthony Barr contributed in a variety of ways against the Giants — and coach Mike Zimmer hinted there could be more of that coming.
Vikings
October 6
Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs during pregame warm ups.

Vikings reportedly fine Diggs more than $200,000 for unexcused absences

He's expected to play today against the Giants in New Jersey.
Vikings
October 6
Stefon Diggs active for Vikings vs. Giants

Stefon Diggs active for Vikings vs. Giants

While the Vikings' discipline for Stefon Diggs apparently cost the receiver a large sum of money following his absences this week, he'll play on Sunday…
Vikings
October 2
Zimmer not a fan of Cousins' apology to Thielen on radio show

Zimmer not a fan of Cousins' apology to Thielen on radio show

The conversation came up after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins apologized to Thielen on his weekly “Under Center” radio show and podcast,
Vikings
October 1
How did Chicago's defense bring the Vikings to a screeching halt?

How did Chicago's defense bring the Vikings to a screeching halt?

The offense’s lack of aggressiveness started with quarterback Kirk Cousins, who missed the first of what would be a handful of downfield opportunities on the first play.
Vikings
September 30
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacted as he looked to the scoreboard from the sidelines late in the fourth quarter. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE

Can the Vikings' offense be effective when it has to rely on Cousins?

There are plenty of takeaways from a 16-6 loss in Chicago, but that big question still looms for the Vikings.
Vikings
September 29
Mackensie Alexander returns for Vikings; Bears without two defensive stars

Mackensie Alexander returns for Vikings; Bears without two defensive stars

The Vikings are much healthier than the Bears entering Sunday afternoon's NFC North matchup in Chicago. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander will play for the first time…
Vikings
September 27
Week 4 NFL picks: Bears shouldn't double doink away this game

Week 4 NFL picks: Bears shouldn't double doink away this game

Five underdogs won outright last week. Nine of them kept the favorites from covering. A 10th would have covered, but Bill Belichick — his heart…
Vikings
September 27
Mailbag: How should Vikings deal with Bears' superstar Khalil Mack?

Mailbag: How should Vikings deal with Bears' superstar Khalil Mack?

The Vikings showed last season they could shut down Bears standout linebacker Khalil Mack. But that created other problems that will need to be solved Sunday.
Vikings
September 24
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and offensive line.

Vikings' red-zone offense running wild, but bigger tests await Cousins

Mike Zimmer sought balance for his Vikings offense, but the closer Kirk Cousins has gotten to the opponent’s end zone, the fewer passes he’s thrown through a 2-1 start.
Vikings
September 23
With 'clean edges' present, Cousins thrived on play action against Raiders

With 'clean edges' present, Cousins thrived on play action against Raiders

He hit seven of his nine play action attempts on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus, throwing for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Vikings
September 22
Vikings LB Anthony Barr

Vikings-Raiders: Barr out; DB Mike Hughes to make his '19 debut

Almost exactly 11 months after injuring multiple ligaments in his left knee, Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes will return to play his first game Sunday against…
Vikings
September 20
Week 3 picks: Vikings won't pull a Buffalo this time, will they?

Week 3 picks: Vikings won't pull a Buffalo this time, will they?

Expect order to be restored around the NFL this week. But will that include the Vikings and Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium?
Vikings
September 20
Mailbag: Should Vikings trade for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey?

Mailbag: Should Vikings trade for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey?

The Vikings are reportedly one of six NFL teams to reportedly make “substantive inquiries” about Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who wants to be traded.
Vikings
September 19
Cousins' issues, Cook's path and a deeper look at that nullified TD

Cousins' issues, Cook's path and a deeper look at that nullified TD

Mike Zimmer summed up Kirk Cousins’ play at Lambeau Field in four words, a good thing because that conversation could otherwise last an entire afternoon.
Vikings
September 16
Pressure was a constant for Cousins in Vikings' loss to Packers

Pressure was a constant for Cousins in Vikings' loss to Packers

While the spotlight in the Vikings' loss to Green Bay will be focused on Kirk Cousins, the quarterback was again asked to operate under heavy pressure for most of the game.
Vikings
September 15
Guard Pat Elflein, linebacker Ben Gedeon ruled out for Vikings vs. Packers in Green Bay

Guard Pat Elflein, linebacker Ben Gedeon ruled out for Vikings vs. Packers in Green Bay

The Vikings will be without guard Pat Elflein and linebacker Ben Gedeon for Sunday afternoon's game in Green Bay. Elflein, who emerged from last week's…
Vikings
September 14
Week 2 picks: Vikings one of nine predicted road winners

Week 2 picks: Vikings one of nine predicted road winners

Oddsmakers are predicting more smiles for road teams this week as eight are favored Sunday and Monday.
Vikings
September 13
Vikings mailbag: Offensive line depth chart, a two-back attack, more

Vikings mailbag: Offensive line depth chart, a two-back attack, more

What does the latest change in Vikings offensive line do to the team's depth chart? An answer to that question and others posed by fans.
Vikings
September 12
Vikings place receiver Josh Doctson on injured reserve

Vikings place receiver Josh Doctson on injured reserve

Doctson’s start with the Vikings will have to wait at least another eight weeks after the wide receiver injured a hamstring.
Vikings
September 12
Hutchinson, Birk among Vikings on early 2020 Hall of Fame list

Hutchinson, Birk among Vikings on early 2020 Hall of Fame list

Offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson, a five-time first-team All-Pro, is expected to make his third straight appearance among the final 15 modern-era players who'll be discussed,
Vikings
September 11
Safety Harris named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Safety Harris named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

In his 10th start for the Vikings, Anthony Harris intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in the victory over Atlanta.
Vikings
September 10
Brett Jones

Vikings re-sign Brett Jones, waive Brandon Dillon

The Vikings re-signed guard Brett Jones and waived tight end Brandon Dillon on Tuesday. Kicker Chase McLaughlin was released from the practice squad on the…
Vikings
September 10
The Vikings' pass rush has evolved, and Anthony Barr is very involved

The Vikings' pass rush has evolved, and Anthony Barr is very involved

A five-man front is the Vikings’ latest defensive evolution. And being unable to counter that unusual look forced Atlanta’s tailspin in the first quarter of Sunday’s 28-12 win.

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