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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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.
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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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
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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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
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December 26, 2020
Saints loss shows again Vikings have a tackling problem

Saints loss shows again Vikings have a tackling problem

The team has missed 134 tackles this season — the most by far under Mike Zimmer — according to Pro Football Focus.
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December 25, 2020
Ham added to list of Vikings' injured not playing in New Orleans

Ham added to list of Vikings' injured not playing in New Orleans

Fullback C.J. Ham played through a quad injury against the Bears, but he was added to the list of injured Vikings players ruled out for today's game.
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December 24, 2020
Injury report: Vikings defense further thinned heading into New Orleans

Injury report: Vikings defense further thinned heading into New Orleans

Five Vikings players have been ruled out, including three more on an already paper-thin defense heading into the Christmas Day game.
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December 22, 2020
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, center, and tight end Kyle Rudolph, right, did not play against the Bears on Sunday.

Eight Vikings players sidelined at Tuesday's practice ahead of Friday game vs. Saints

Among the injured players were three linebackers in Eric Kendricks (calf), Todd Davis (ribs) and Troy Dye (concussion).
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December 22, 2020
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky gained 144 of his 202 passing yards after fake handoffs Sunday.

Film review: How a thinned Vikings front was gashed by the Bears

Bears coach Matt Nagy arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium with a plan to attack through running back David Montgomery and building Mitchell Trubisky's throwing lanes with play-action.