Vikings
September 8
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shook players hands before kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Hartman: Packers will provide truer test for Vikings next weekend

The Packers' 10-3 victory at Chicago on Thursday, combined with the Vikings' easy victory, sets up a game that will give some hints about post-season possibilities for both sides.
Vikings
September 8

Instant replay: Vikings 28, Atlanta 12

GIANT DEFLATION Atlanta drove to the Vikings 2 to start the second half before Matt Ryan threw an interception to Anthony Harris: “We had a…
Vikings
September 8
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talked with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after the game.

Cousins knows not every game will be like this one

Kirk Cousins threw only 10 passes against Atlanta, which was a surprise that may not be repeated again this season.
Vikings
September 8

Tracking Kirk Cousins

The Vikings' playbook pivot was in full effect throughout Sunday's 28-12 win against the Falcons, during which Cousins attempted the fewest passes (10) of his NFL career as a starter.
Vikings
September 8
Linval Joseph registered a sack of Falcons QB Matt Ryan, but was mostly his same old disruptive self at his defensive tackle position in the Vikings�

Five points from Vikings-Falcons game

1. Joseph returns as unique inside forceGive Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph an assist on Anthony Harris' second interception in Sunday's 28-12 win over the…
Vikings
September 8

Vikings-Atlanta game balls

Dalvin Cook, Vikings running backWith a new focus on the running game, Cook got 21 of the team's 38 carries Sunday. He ran for…
Vikings
September 8

Vikings-Atlanta by the numbers

1Blocked punts in the season opener by the Vikings in team history. Eric Wilson had one Sunday in the first quarter.15Players in Vikings history who…
Vikings
September 8
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook celebrated a touchdown during the first quarter.

Vikings voices: Seven key players break down the victory

The Vikings received big performances from players on offense and defense in their season-opening victory. Dalvin Cook, Anthony Barr and others share their postgame thoughts.
Vikings
September 8
Minnesota Vikings’ Eric Wilson (50) blocked a punt by Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) in the first quarter.

Fresh plan produces first blocked punt since 2014

Coordinator Marwan Maalouf introduced the play Wednesday. Linebacker Eric Wilson completed it Sunday.
Vikings
September 8
Anthony Harris of the Vikings intercepted a pass by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan in the third quarter Sunday.

Safety Harris proves himself to be a 'certified baller' once again

Anthony Harris, who starred in Sunday's victory over the Falcons, showed once again how well he works in the defensive backfield with Vikings star Harrison Smith.
Vikings
September 8

Vikings-Atlanta individual statistics

individual statsRUSHINGAtlanta No. Yards Avg. Lg TDIto Smith 6 31 5.2 16 0Matt Ryan 2 24 12.0 12 0Devonta Freeman 8 19 2.4 5 0Russell…
Vikings
September 8

Vikings-Atlanta scoring

SCORING 1 2 3 4 FinalFALCONS 0 0 0 12 12VIKINGS 14 7 7 0 28FIRST QUARTER VIKINGS 14, FALCONS 0VIKINGS — Adam Thielen 23…
Vikings
September 8
Mike Zimmer: 'I like this team'

Mike Zimmer: 'I like this team'

Mike Zimmer says that playing to his team's strengths was a key factor in beating Atlanta.
Vikings
September 8
Dalvin Cook: 'It was a great start'

Dalvin Cook: 'It was a great start'

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who scored two touchdowns, was happy with the tone set by the Vikings in their season-opening victory.
Vikings
September 8
Anthony Barr: 'This is home'

Anthony Barr: 'This is home'

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr says the Vikings defense was able to sustain an aggressive style against the Falcons, holding them scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Vikings
September 8
Kyle Rudolph: 'Our defense played unbelievable'

Kyle Rudolph: 'Our defense played unbelievable'

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph joked about a run heavy game and credits special teams for field placement.
Vikings
September 8
Xavier Rhodes credits aggressive defense for victory

Xavier Rhodes credits aggressive defense for victory

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was pleased with the play calling on defense in Minnesota's 28-12 win over Atlanta.
Vikings
September 8
Anthony Harris says defense was hungry

Anthony Harris says defense was hungry

Vikings safety Anthony Harris had two interceptions and recovered a fumble, which helped boost Minnesota to a 28-12 victory in the home opener.
Vikings
September 8
Adam Thielen says turnovers helped spark win

Adam Thielen says turnovers helped spark win

Wide receiver Adam Thielen has d touchdown in Minnesota's home opener against Atlanta in the 28-12 victory, but says there's a lot of work to do looking forward.
Vikings
September 8
Scoggins: Seven key moments during the Vikings' dominating victory

Scoggins: Seven key moments during the Vikings' dominating victory

The game started with a sack. Then a blocked punt. Then a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. That's a textbook example of starting a season on the right note.

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