Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings defense showed off its depth against Chicago and Arizona, but is close to returning to full strength.
— Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 16-for-18 passing on third down in the past two weeks and the efficiency is starting to pay off for the Vikings.
— The more snaps rookie defensive end Danielle Hunter takes, the more he proves the Vikings might have found something special. Matt Vensel’s three takeaways from Sunday.
— The NFL will announce the Pro Bowl rosters tonight and the Vikings have several players that could have their name called.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— The New York Giants will be without arguably their best player Sunday against the Vikings after the NFL suspended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday.
— The Giants aren’t unraveling, they have been lost since the first day of the season.
— The Giants are still alive in the playoff race, but could be eliminated before they take the field on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Players have the day off and will be back at Winter Park on Wednesday. Away from the field, Vikings injured center John Sullivan and several teammates will host an early holiday party for young patients and their families at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Bridgewater has put together back-to-back career-best performances, hinting that the Vikings could have a future successfully passing the football. He threw for 335 yards against Arizona and completed four touchdown passes against Chicago. The recent success isn’t enough for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer to give up on the run, though. “We want to run the football and we want to be efficient throwing the ball,” Zimmer said. “I don't particularly see us as a team that’s going to be throwing the ball every play. That’s just not who we are built to be right now. I think you can see when we’re effective throwing the football by how much better we can be offensively.”