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Vikings
January 28
Grading the Vikings: Hunter leads group filled with talent, questions

Grading the Vikings: Hunter leads group filled with talent, questions

After another strong season together, during which the Vikings ranked among the top five in sacks, unprecedented change may be on the horizon for the defensive line.
Vikings
January 27
Grading the Vikings: Why Kendricks was among NFL's top linebackers

Grading the Vikings: Why Kendricks was among NFL's top linebackers

As modern NFL offenses stress defenses with motion and misdirection, Eric Kendricks solved many of those problems by seemingly being everywhere at once.
Vikings
January 25
Grading the Vikings: Offensive line improved, but talent gap still clear

Grading the Vikings: Offensive line improved, but talent gap still clear

The talent gap between the Vikings offensive line and the NFC’s best defensive lines was especially evident in losses to the 49ers, Packers and Bears.
Vikings
January 24
Vikings assistant GM Paton withdraws from Browns GM search

Vikings assistant GM Paton withdraws from Browns GM search

Vikings assistant general manager George Paton withdrew from consideration as the Cleveland Browns continue interviews for their next general manager, a league source confirmed.
Vikings
January 23
Grading the Vikings: Cousins has best season. Was it worth $100 million?

Grading the Vikings: Cousins has best season. Was it worth $100 million?

Kirk Cousins is positioned well for possible extension talks this offseason entering the final year of a three-year, $84 million contract. How much can he get?
Vikings
January 23
Former Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Vikings coaching moves: Edwards could go to Dallas, another assistant gone

The Cowboys hired Mike Nolan to be their defensive coordinator, but George Edwards could land with the team in a different capacity.
Vikings
January 21
Five Vikings added to Pro Bowl, including Cousins and Rhodes

Five Vikings added to Pro Bowl, including Cousins and Rhodes

Three of the Vikings, including cornerback Xavier Rhodes, are being added as replacements for San Francisco players who are going to the Super Bowl.
Vikings
January 21
Grading the Vikings: Season of adjustment for Diggs and Rudolph

Grading the Vikings: Season of adjustment for Diggs and Rudolph

Perhaps no players braced for more change during the Vikings’ latest offensive playbook transition than receivers and tight ends. How did that go?
Vikings
January 20
Grading the Vikings: Cook's breakout sets up payday; will Vikings buy in?

Grading the Vikings: Cook's breakout sets up payday; will Vikings buy in?

A look at how the Vikings backfield sets up in for 2020 is the first in our eight-part series grading the 2019 team and looking ahead to how the future could shape up.
Vikings
January 20
Ham named to first Pro Bowl as alternate, replacing 49ers fullback

Ham named to first Pro Bowl as alternate, replacing 49ers fullback

The San Francisco 49ers’ 37-20 win in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game over the Green Bay Packers is sending at least one Vikings player to the Pro Bowl.
Vikings
January 12
Stefanski named Browns head coach; what other changes are ahead?

Stefanski named Browns head coach; what other changes are ahead?

The Vikings will be looking for a fifth offensive coordinator in five years, a run that started with Norv Turner’s resignation and includes two head-coaching promotions.
Vikings
January 11
Thielen set to play through ankle injury; Sendejo will fill in again

Thielen set to play through ankle injury; Sendejo will fill in again

Receiver Adam Thielen put his heavily-taped ankle through a pregame warmup that lasted fewer than 10 minutes at Levi’s Stadium.
Vikings
January 10
Alexander on IR, Kearse won't play, rookie cornerback added to roster

Alexander on IR, Kearse won't play, rookie cornerback added to roster

The Vikings put cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who had arthroscopic knee this week, on injured reserve Friday, a day before their playoff game against San Francisco.…
Vikings
January 10
Vikings mailbag: How do the Vikings win this one? Why a Saturday game?

Vikings mailbag: How do the Vikings win this one? Why a Saturday game?

Solving the skills of the 49ers and the mysteries of NFL scheduling are among the things that Vikings fans want to know about leading up to Saturday's game.
Blogs
January 8
Film review: 49ers' flurry of pre-snap motion a unique challenge for Vikings defense

Film review: 49ers' flurry of pre-snap motion a unique challenge for Vikings defense

Before every 49ers snap on Saturday afternoon, Vikings defenders will start solving the puzzle of Kyle Shanahan's offense that sends its players east and west…
Vikings
January 7
Surgery sidelines Alexander; could his time with Vikings end?

Surgery sidelines Alexander; could his time with Vikings end?

Mackensie Alexander had an operation to repair a meniscus tear and will need to decide whether he wants to test the free-agent market.
Vikings
January 6
In Vikings' wild-card win over Saints, Thielen returns as a deep threat

In Vikings' wild-card win over Saints, Thielen returns as a deep threat

On Sunday, he made a catch that set up the game-winning score to Kyle Rudolph.
Vikings
January 5
Mackensie Alexander out, Ifeadi Odenigbo in for Vikings in New Orleans

Mackensie Alexander out, Ifeadi Odenigbo in for Vikings in New Orleans

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who played 541 snaps defending the slot for the Vikings this season, is officially inactive for Sunday's NFC wild-card game against the…
Vikings
January 3
Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman get vote of confidence from Vikings ownership

Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman get vote of confidence from Vikings ownership

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman (pictured) both have contracts through next season. As the team prepared Friday for its wildcard playoff…
Blogs
January 3
Vikings corners Mackensie Alexander, Mike Hughes will not play Sunday in New Orleans

Vikings corners Mackensie Alexander, Mike Hughes will not play Sunday in New Orleans

The Vikings secondary will be without two of its top four cornerbacks during Sunday's NFC wild-card game in New Orleans. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who played…
Vikings
December 31, 2019
Somehow pressuring Brees among Vikings' challenges in New Orleans

Somehow pressuring Brees among Vikings' challenges in New Orleans

Of all the things you know about future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, the most debilitating should be he’s the NFL’s least-sacked and least-pressured quarterback.
Vikings
December 30, 2019
Reports: Browns again request interview with Vikings OC Stefanski

Reports: Browns again request interview with Vikings OC Stefanski

Kevin Stefanski, leading the Vikings’ eighth-ranked scoring offense in his first season as coordinator, was a finalist after twice interviewing for the Browns job last year.
Vikings
December 30, 2019
What does Vikings' playoff path look like?

What does Vikings' playoff path look like?

Here's some FAQs on the Vikings’ upcoming schedules: both their playoff path and their 2020 slate.
Vikings
December 29, 2019
Vikings sit six starters for today's game vs. Bears; Cousins not expected to play

Vikings sit six starters for today's game vs. Bears; Cousins not expected to play

With the NFC's sixth playoff seed in Minnesota, the Vikings deactivated six starters among seven inactives before Sunday's game against the Bears. Linebacker Anthony Barr,…
Vikings
December 24, 2019
Packers didn't need to blitz Cousins to pressure him into poor play

Packers didn't need to blitz Cousins to pressure him into poor play

In both of their Border Battle victories, the Packers pressured Kirk Cousins, mostly through the middle of the Vikings’ offensive line, winning with their ability to rattle Cousins without blitzing him.

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