Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
The Vikings improved to an NFC North-leading 8-3 as they beat the Falcons 20-10 in Atlanta for their fourth consecutive road victory. Matt Vensel took us inside the game.
Anthony Barr showed why he can be a big star in the league, writes columnist Jim Souhan.
Adrian Peterson notched 158 yards against the NFL’s top run defense.
Julio Jones leads the NFL in catches and yards, but he met his match in Xavier Rhodes.
Five intriguing things happened during the game, and Mark Craig dissected them.
Without Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, the Vikings were thin at safety … but got big games from two backups.
We had more – reaction from Sid Hartman and Michael Rand, polls, comments and action from around the league.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took a lot of the blame down in Hotlanta … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s coverage is here.
Sunday’s opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, is trying to claw its way back into the playoff race. A 39-30 victory over Pittsburgh got the Hawks to 6-5 as Russell Wilson threw five touchdown passes. Seattle lost TD Jimmy Graham to a season-ending injury. Complete coverage from the Seattle Times is here.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Coach Mike Zimmer often gives players a “Victory Monday” following a win, so most of the players available today will be those getting treatment for injuries … which is to say, a lot of them. Zimmer holds his news conference at 2 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings’ little nuisance injuries will be piling up when they have to play a Thursday night game in Arizona next week. Back-to-back games against the top teams in the NFC West will require the team to battle the nagging injuries that pop up this time of year … as the playoff races often become a battle of attrition.