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Vikings
October 13
Here's how the Vikings stopped Rossell Wilson (until they couldn't)

Here's how the Vikings stopped Rossell Wilson (until they couldn't)

Cornerback Cameron Dantzler had a nightmare ending in what was shaping up to be a strong game for the Vikings’ young defense. His game mirrored the team's effort.
Vikings
October 12
Love it or hate it, Zimmer's fourth-down gamble fit aggressive pattern

Love it or hate it, Zimmer's fourth-down gamble fit aggressive pattern

Mike Zimmer decided to go for the kill Sunday night in Seattle. Whatever you think of his decision, it’s worth realizing the choice fits with how the Vikings head coach has been operating over the past few years.
Vikings
October 11
Cornerbacks Hill, Boyd inactive for Vikings vs. Seahawks tonight

Cornerbacks Hill, Boyd inactive for Vikings vs. Seahawks tonight

Their absences mean the Vikings will again lean heavily on rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler, along with Mike Hughes (who returns from a neck injury), as they try to handle the Seahawks’ offense.
Vikings
October 8
Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins (88) makes a catch over Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first half of an NFL

Vikings coaches still annoyed by Harrison Smith's ejection vs. Texans

Asked if they were able to use what happened to one of the league’s more decorated safeties as a teaching tool for their young defensive backs, co-defensive coordinators Adam Zimmer and Andre Patterson said no.
Vikings
October 7
Big play earns Boone NFC's special teams honor for the week

Big play earns Boone NFC's special teams honor for the week

Boone’s forced fumble set up the Vikings offense for a quick field goal drive at the end of the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-23 win over the Texans.
Vikings
October 6
No fans policy continues for Vikings-Falcons game Oct. 18

No fans policy continues for Vikings-Falcons game Oct. 18

The team plans to again host 250 family members of Vikings staffers, as it did for the Tennessee game, to “test our game day protocols” for the Falcons game.
Vikings
October 6
Gary Kubiak changed course during Sunday's victory at Houston.

Here's how Kubiak's aggressive first-down calls lifted Vikings to victory

After opening with the focus on the run, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak made a quick pivot that helped the Vikings to victory over Houston. Here's how that came about.
Vikings
October 5
In Vikings' victory, rookie Jefferson breaks into Cousins' 'circle of trust'

In Vikings' victory, rookie Jefferson breaks into Cousins' 'circle of trust'

Trust, particularly for quarterback Kirk Cousins, seems to be a valuable commodity. And it looks like first-round draft choice Justin Jefferson has earned it based on what we saw during the Vikings victory over Houston.
Vikings
October 4
Texans tight end Jordan Akins is hit by Vikings safety Harrison Smith, right, after catching a pass during the first half

Zimmer defends Smith after ejection: 'He's not a dirty player'

The NFL's supervisor of officials said he confirmed the call, which he said met the rulebook standard for ejection. Mike Zimmer clearly did not agree.
Vikings
October 4
Vikings have no positive COVID-19 tests, ready to play in Houston

Vikings have no positive COVID-19 tests, ready to play in Houston

An NFL source said early Saturday morning the Vikings’ PCR tests returned no positive results for the sixth straight day, after a spate of positive COVID tests from the Titans forced the Vikings to close their facility.
Vikings
October 3
Cornerback Kris Boyd, receiver Tajae Sharpe late scratches for Vikings in Houston

Cornerback Kris Boyd, receiver Tajae Sharpe late scratches for Vikings in Houston

The Vikings downgraded cornerback Kris Boyd to out on Saturday afternoon due to the hamstring injury he played through last week against the Titans, and…
Vikings
October 2
Vikings-Texans injury reports: Cameron Dantzler set to return; Danielle Hunter gets second opinion

Vikings-Texans injury reports: Cameron Dantzler set to return; Danielle Hunter gets second opinion

The good news on the Vikings' injured cornerback front is rookie Cameron Dantzler is set to return on Sunday in Houston from a rib injury…
Vikings
September 29
Vikings safeties caught in play-action woes. Here's how it happened

Vikings safeties caught in play-action woes. Here's how it happened

The defense’s big-play problem persisted as the safeties have carried a heavier load in run support for a weakened defensive front during the Vikings' 0-3 start.
Vikings
September 28
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was pressured on a Hail Mary pass near the end of the game.

Vikings' biggest blown lead at home in nine seasons was group effort

The end of Sunday's loss to the Titans was “more of a disaster than chaos,” Mike Zimmer says. Plus, two players who stood out, two trends to watch and one big question.
Vikings
September 27
Vikings bring 250 staff, family to game; cornerback Boyd will play

Vikings bring 250 staff, family to game; cornerback Boyd will play

The Vikings are hosting the maximum 250 ‘fans’ — staff and family members — allowed under state COVID-19 regulations. They’re testing fan protocols “in preparation for the potential return of fans" later this season.
Vikings
September 25
Mailbag: When will the Vikings win a game? Just what did they expect?

Mailbag: When will the Vikings win a game? Just what did they expect?

An 0-2 start while allowing the second-most points in the NFL is as bad as it gets. The opening gamesw have left Vikings fans with a lot of questions.
Vikings
September 24
Vikings signing veteran linebacker Todd Davis to one-year deal

Vikings signing veteran linebacker Todd Davis to one-year deal

After losing linebacker Anthony Barr to a season-ending pectoral injury, the Vikings are signing a veteran with plenty of starting experience.
Vikings
September 23
Cornerback Hughes' neck resurfaces on Vikings' injury report

Cornerback Hughes' neck resurfaces on Vikings' injury report

Mike Hughes watched Vikings defensive backs run through position drills from the sideline of Wednesday’s practice.
Vikings
September 22
Breaking down a breakdown: Young Vikings, Cousins and puzzling play calling

Breaking down a breakdown: Young Vikings, Cousins and puzzling play calling

A longer look at Sunday's loss helps to explain Kirk Cousins' dreadful 15.9 passing rating and other trouble spots that need fixing.
Vikings
September 21
Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs

On a big day for Diggs, Vikings still struggling to replace him

If things keep going as they have, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings react. Coach Mike Zimmer often talks about how he loves proving people wrong, and he’s got quite the chance to do it here.
Vikings
September 20
Vikings-Colts pregame: Rookie CB Jeff Gladney positioned for more in Indy

Vikings-Colts pregame: Rookie CB Jeff Gladney positioned for more in Indy

Among the top Vikings storylines are new contributors after two injuries — cornerback Cameron Dantzler (rib) and right guard Pat Elflein (thumb) — popped up this week.
Vikings
September 18
Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler tackling Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling during Sunday's season opener.

Rookie defensive back Dantzler will miss Colts game with injury

Rookie Cameron Dantzler, who worked his way past Jeff Gladney to win the nickel cornerback job for last week’s Vikings season opener, will be out with a rib injury.
Vikings
September 16
Jared Allen

Allen among six ex-Vikings up for Pro Football Hall consideration

The current list of 130 players, including defensive standouts Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, will be whittled down to 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2021.
Vikings
September 15
Here's how Aaron Rodgers played keep-away from Vikings' defense

Here's how Aaron Rodgers played keep-away from Vikings' defense

Mike Zimmer said he can do a “better job” with the young Vikings cornerbacks after Sunday’s loss. But how Zimmer uses his veteran safeties can also have an impact.
Vikings
September 14
Rough start for Vikings corners, and here's why it wasn't a surprise

Rough start for Vikings corners, and here's why it wasn't a surprise

It was a ghastly debut for the Vikings’ new-look defense, and the progress of the team’s young cornerbacks will have to be measured over the course of the season.
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