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Vikings
November 18
To beat the Bears, Cousins stepped away from his usual patterns

To beat the Bears, Cousins stepped away from his usual patterns

Kirk Cousins was at his best against the Bears when he broke away from how the Vikings usually attack their opponents to take advantage of where Chicago was vulnerable.
Vikings
November 17
No longer blowing leads, Vikings defense now delivering in the clutch

No longer blowing leads, Vikings defense now delivering in the clutch

The Vikings’ ability to close out a game on defense is a different story than we saw in their 1-5 start, when they gave up double-digit leads on the way to one-point losses
Vikings
November 16
Vikings place Dru Samia on COVID-19 reserve list

Vikings place Dru Samia on COVID-19 reserve list

Assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher also did not travel to Chicago for Monday night’s game, presumably after he was deemed to have been in close contact with Samia.
Vikings
November 14

Vikings midseason report: Coaches try to patch it together

The Vikings are halfway through their 2020 schedule at 3-5. Every day leading up to Monday night's game in Chicago, we'll break down how each…
Blogs
November 14
Vikings release right guard Pat Elflein

Vikings release right guard Pat Elflein

A day after the Vikings activated Pat Elflein from injured reserve, despite the fact his surgically-repaired left thumb was still preventing him from practicing, it…
Vikings
November 14

Cutting, Ham return; Irv Smith Jr. still sidelined

Long-snapper Austin Cutting and fullback C.J. Ham returned to the field Saturday as the Vikings got in their final practice before Monday night's game in…
Vikings
November 13
Vikings midseason report: Special teams

Vikings midseason report: Special teams

The Vikings are halfway through their 2020 schedule at 3-5. Every day leading up to Monday night's game in Chicago, we'll break down how each…
Vikings
November 13
Vikings mailbag: Are playoffs really possible? What's up on the offensive line?

Vikings mailbag: Are playoffs really possible? What's up on the offensive line?

Looking at the Vikings' remaining schedule, is it possible for them to win six of the eight remaining games? Would 9-7 equal a playoff berth?
Vikings
November 13
Midseason report: Cousins holds key to the Vikings' second half

Midseason report: Cousins holds key to the Vikings' second half

Before and after giving Kirk Cousins a two-year, $66 million extension in March, the Vikings talked about how they expected him to improve in his second season with the team.
Vikings
November 12
Midseason report: Vikings defensive backs a patchwork of progress

Midseason report: Vikings defensive backs a patchwork of progress

Personnel changes, injuries and some misjudgments about what was possible got the Vikings secondary off to a rocky start.
Vikings
November 12
Vikings rookie offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland ran on the field during team introductions before his first game as a starter.

Midseason report: Offensive line hitting stride with rookie Cleveland

The offensive line grown into a more confident, cohesive group since desperation forced them to insert Ezra Cleveland into the starting lineup at right guard three games ago.
Vikings
November 12
Cornerback Dantzler returns to practice for the Vikings

Cornerback Dantzler returns to practice for the Vikings

Injured forced the Vikings to use rookie Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd and newcomer Chris Jones during last week’s win over Detroit.
Vikings
November 12
Midseason report: Big changes continue for defensive line

Midseason report: Big changes continue for defensive line

Instead of being the bulwark of the defense, the line has been one of its biggest sites of change, with young players stepping in to play key roles.
Vikings
November 11
Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks

Midseason report: Linebackers lack depth, but Vikings have elite leader

As the defense has crumbled around him, Eric Kendricks has continued to be just as fluid, instinctive and effective as ever.
Vikings
November 11
Midseason report: Big things from receivers Jefferson and Irv Smith Jr.

Midseason report: Big things from receivers Jefferson and Irv Smith Jr.

Rookie receiver Justin Jefferson has exceeded all expectations so far and tight end Irv Smith Jr. has been doing what people hoped for in his second season.
Vikings
November 11
Cook named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (again)

Cook named NFC Offensive Player of the Week (again)

The Vikings star running back becomes the NFC’s first non-quarterback to earn its weekly honor in back-to-back games since 2017.
Vikings
November 10
Midseason report: Running attack will keep cooking if Dalvin stays healthy

Midseason report: Running attack will keep cooking if Dalvin stays healthy

If Dalvin Cook stays healthy and the Vikings make a surge from their 1-5 start into the playoffs, he will garner some MVP consideration.
Vikings
November 10
How it works: Offensive line gives an inch so Dalvin Cook can pile up yards

How it works: Offensive line gives an inch so Dalvin Cook can pile up yards

Cook’s other-worldly success has overshadowed the line’s progress. It has taken important steps forward in two wins since the bye week, building confidence heading into one of their toughest match-ups of the season
Vikings
November 9
Peterson was 'famine, famine, feast' while Cook rarely got stuffed in Vikings win

Peterson was 'famine, famine, feast' while Cook rarely got stuffed in Vikings win

The fact that Dalvin Cook’s first 200-yard game came with Adrian Peterson on the opposite sideline was not lost on either running back after the Vikings beat Detroit 34-20.
Vikings
November 8
Pregame: Vikings only down three cornerbacks with Harrison Hand active vs. Lions

Pregame: Vikings only down three cornerbacks with Harrison Hand active vs. Lions

The Vikings will only be down three cornerbacks on Sunday against the Lions as rookie Harrison Hand (hamstring) will suit up after being limited in…
Vikings
November 7
Dantzler, two other cornerbacks won't play against Detroit

Dantzler, two other cornerbacks won't play against Detroit

Once again, the Vikings will be thin at cornerback after ruling out three players ahead of Sunday’s game vs. the Lions.
Vikings
November 6
Vikings mailbag: Will Pat Elflein get his job back? 7-9 vs. 3-13?

Vikings mailbag: Will Pat Elflein get his job back? 7-9 vs. 3-13?

Even when Pat Elflein is fully recovered from his thumb surgery, will there be a starting spot for him on the Vikings' offensive line?
Vikings
November 4
Vikings cornerback update: Dantzler, Fields, Hill miss practice; others return

Vikings cornerback update: Dantzler, Fields, Hill miss practice; others return

Cameron Dantzler was injured in a scary scene when his helmet collided with safety Anthony Harris’ thigh on the final play of the first quarter at Green Bay.
Vikings
November 4
Easy call: Cook's career day rewarded with Player of the Week honor

Easy call: Cook's career day rewarded with Player of the Week honor

Just the third Vikings player to score four touchdowns in one game, Dalvin Cook had 32 touches for 226 yards in the upset victory at Green Bay
Vikings
November 3
How did the Vikings adjust to beat the Packers? Here's what happened

How did the Vikings adjust to beat the Packers? Here's what happened

Mike Zimmer’s altered approach and some standout plays led to one of the most improbable wins of this NFL season. “It really tested the group as a whole,” linebacker Eric Kendricks said.