Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler was injured vs. the Chicago Bears in Week 15.

Under Zimmer, Vikings have needed good health to reach the playoffs

Two players who stood out, two concerns for the team, two trends to watch and one big question after the season-ending 37-35 win over the Lions.

Here's a look at the Vikings' 2021 opponents

January 3
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski
The 2021 NFL season is a long way away, but the Vikings' opponents have already been set, including a meeting with Kevin Stefanski's Browns.

Vikings-Lions inactives: Alexander Mattison, Rashod Hill set to start in season finale

January 3
Vikings-Lions inactives: Alexander Mattison, Rashod Hill set to start in season finale
The Vikings will be without nine Week 1 starters due to injury or personal reasons during Sunday's season finale in Detroit.
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Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Te

Vikings draft: Top need for the team? It's upgrading the defensive line

No matter where it comes from — tackle or end — the Vikings need more pass rush in 2021. An early draft pick is an intriguing possibility. Here are five prospects to know.
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March 4
FILE - Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) is shown during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, Sat

Vikings draft: Strong group could provide boost for offensive line

The Vikings' annual endeavor to shore up the offensive line continues this spring with a strong offensive line class projected for the draft. Here are five names to know.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) and s running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrated a defensive turnover at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday Septem
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March 3
Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

With Anthony Harris expected to be a free agent this month, the Vikings will likely be looking for safety help. Here are some top rookie prospects at that position.
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March 2
Vikings draft: Do the Vikings need another young cornerback?

Vikings draft: Do the Vikings need another young cornerback?

Mike Zimmer likes what the Vikings have in cornerbacks Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler. But is the team stocked well enough at that position?
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March 1
Vikings draft: Receiver prospects to know as pro days get underway

Vikings draft: Receiver prospects to know as pro days get underway

Pro days start at several college football programs will fill in for the NFL scouting combine, which was canceled amid the pandemic. Here are some prospects who could fill the Vikings' needs.
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February 26
Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) pulls in a 2-yard touchdown pass after getting past Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson (50) and afety Anthony Har

Vikings mailbag: Expectations for free agency? Potential cuts? Safety options?

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman typically slow plays free agency, and the circumstances this offseason likely won't change in that regard.
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February 21
Dalvin Cook is letting others do the running this offseason.

Vikings' Cook tries out team ownership, but fans call the shots

The star running back is a part-owner of a team in Fan Controlled Football, the latest start-up league trying to capture attention in the NFL offseason.
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February 11
 Vikings offensive lineman Riley Reiff in 2019.

Vikings add $1 million bonus to Reiff's contract, making up for lost incentive

A positive COVID test prevented left tackle Riley Reiff from playing in the Jan. 3 season finale and reaching a playing-time incentive that was in his contract.
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February 6
Alabama defensive backs coach Karl Scott.

Vikings expected to hire Alabama's Karl Scott as DB coach

Scott, who'd worked for Nick Saban the past three years, would replace Daronte Jones.
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January 30
Vikings team president Mark Wilf, left, chairman Zygi Wilf, center, and general manager Rick Spielman.

Vikings might need to cut more than $12 million of cap space

The salary cap for 2021 could be lower because of empty stadiums — and lost revenue — due to COVID-19
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January 29
Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers both figure to be starting quarterbacks in the NFC North next season, but the offseason trade market for quarterbacks w

Vikings mailbag: Who will be the best NFC North QB next year?

A crazy NFL quarterback market could drastically alter the NFC North landscape. How could that impact the Vikings?
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January 27
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph finished this season with only one touchdown, the fewest of his career.

Vikings' Rudolph says he won't take pay cut to 'just block every play'

During an interview with former Viking Ben Leber, tight end Kyle Rudolph said he wants to contribute as a receiver somewhere even if that's not in Minnesota.
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January 26
Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones spent one year in Minnesota after replacing Jerry Gray.

Vikings lose DB coach Daronte Jones to LSU

Players and coaches praised the job Jones did after replacing Jerry Gray in 2020, leading a secondary with four rookies in the midst of a pandemic that wiped out the NFL's offseason program.
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January 8
Kirk Cousins and his offensive line in September.

Mailbag: Will the Vikings finally address guard? What's the plan at coordinator?

The Vikings enter another offseason with questions about the offensive line, Gary Kubiak's replacement and what gets blown up to prepare for the 2021 season.
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January 7
Roster overhaul ahead? A look at the Vikings top five free agents

Roster overhaul ahead? A look at the Vikings top five free agents

The Vikings have 14 players on their current roster who could end up with other teams in 2021. Here's a look at how their five highest-profile free agents performed this season.
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January 6
Vikings assistant general manager George Paton

Vikings' Paton attracting plenty of interest in GM searches

Vikings assistant general manager George Paton will interview with the Lions today, and has interest from several other teams
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January 6
Vikings' Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of Week for four touchdowns in Detroit

Vikings' Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of Week for four touchdowns in Detroit

For the third straight Vikings-Lions game, Minnesota emerged with an NFC player of the week.
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January 1
Cornerback Harrison Hand had an interception against the Saints last week.

Vikings mailbag: Who could play more in Detroit? Outlook for 2021 NFL Draft?

Because of a run of injuries, inexperienced defensive linemen and cornerbacks should get plenty of playing time during Sunday's season finale in Detroit.
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December 30, 2020
Film: Five players who could be building blocks for the Vikings

Film: Five players who could be building blocks for the Vikings

There are questions about the Vikings secondary and offensive and defensive lines, but there also have been a handful of (non-first round) players flashing long-term potential.
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December 29, 2020
Kyle Rudolph made a one-handed touchdown catch on Sept. 27 at U.S. Bank Stadium against Tennessee.

Vikings put tight end Kyle Rudolph on injured reserve

Guard Kyle Hinton was activated from the practice squad