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November 3
Podcast: Hunter's injury a brutal turn for him, and Zimmer's Vikings

Podcast: Hunter's injury a brutal turn for him, and Zimmer's Vikings

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand discuss Mike Zimmer's challenge ahead, and uncharacteristic flaws the Vikings need to fix quickly.
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November 2
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) showed his frustration after turning it over in downs during the first quarter, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Minneapo

This three-play stretch shows how offensive line let down the Vikings

A series of plays in the second half of Sunday night's loss to Dallas helps to show how poor blocking doomed the Vikings offense — and had lasting effects.
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November 1
Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson misjudged one of the few deep balls Kirk Cousins threw Sunday night.

After fast start, Vikings offense hit the brakes vs. Cowboys

Ben Goessling's Second Thoughts: Kirk Cousins' average throw Sunday was 5.2 yards short of the first-down marker — the shortest mark in the NFL in Week 8.
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November 1
Podcast: Offense outperformed by back-up Rush in embarrassing loss

Podcast: Offense outperformed by back-up Rush in embarrassing loss

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Chip Scoggins recap the 20-16 loss from U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings fell apart on both sides of the ball in critical moments.
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October 31
Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, center, stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 3

Vikings-Cowboys inactives: Prescott not playing; Rush starts for Dallas

Prescott tested his injured calf during a pregame workout at U.S. Bank Stadium, but he is officially inactive against the Vikings. Quarterback Cooper Rush will get his first NFL start for Dallas.
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October 30
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenny Willekes (79) flushed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9) out of the pocket in the second half of an

Vikings elevate defensive end Kenny Willekes, tight end Luke Stocker for Sunday

Willekes, the 2020 seventh-round pick out of Michigan State, will make his NFL debut Sunday night after Stephen Weatherly was traded to the Broncos.
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October 27
Podcast: Sizing up the Vikings defense as the Cowboys come to town

Podcast: Sizing up the Vikings defense as the Cowboys come to town

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand preview Sunday night's game, and answer your questions in the weekly Vikings mailbag.
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October 26
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, right, and running back Ezekiel Elliott lead the league’s highest-scoring team.

Vikings facing strongest test against full-throttle Dallas offense

The Vikings defense will have its hands full Sunday night against a high-powered Dallas offense. Here's a look at where the Cowboys have thrived, and one area they've stumbled.
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October 22
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Vikings mailbag: Sizing up a tough stretch? Corner options?

In the latest Vikings mailbag, Andrew Krammer answers reader questions about the upcoming schedule and who is the most overrated and underrated player on the roster.
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October 21
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Building him up: Breaking down Christian Darrisaw's starting debut

A deeper look at Darrisaw's first NFL start revealed an impressive combination of strength and athleticism that has been elusive for this Vikings offensive line.
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October 17
Podcast: Vikings keep living on the edge during overtime win in Carolina

Podcast: Vikings keep living on the edge during overtime win in Carolina

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Chip Scoggins recap a rollercoaster afternoon from Bank of America Stadium, where the Vikings needed nearly 600 yards and overtime to dispatch the Panthers.
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October 17
Vikings players warm up in Charlotte.

Inactives: Vikings offense near full strength for Sunday in Carolina

The Vikings' top weapons — Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen — are active against the Panthers despite dealing with injuries, and first-round tackle Christian Darrisaw will make his first start.
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October 13
Vikings receivers Justin Jefferson (18) and Adam Thielen rested Wednesday.

Receivers Jefferson, Thielen held out of Vikings practice

The Vikings are a little banged up after five games as Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen were among six injured players sidelined at Wednesday's practice.
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October 13
Podcast: Vikings offense still adjusting before facing a fast Panthers defense

Podcast: Vikings offense still adjusting before facing a fast Panthers defense

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand discuss coordinator Klint Kubiak's offense, the left tackle rotation with Rashod Hill and Christian Darrisaw, and more.
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October 12
Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (32) broke a tackle of Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) scoring in the fourth quarter.] Jerry H

Why does the Vikings run defense keep springing leaks?

The Vikings defense is starting to come together, but there remains a major flaw that should be of added concern because of the team's next three opponents.
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October 11
Podcast: Confidence in offense a topic after Cousins leads comeback win

Podcast: Confidence in offense a topic after Cousins leads comeback win

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Jim Souhan discuss the confidence in the Vikings offense, or perhaps lack thereof from the coaching staff, from U.S. Bank Stadium after the narrow 19-17 win over Detroit.
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October 10
Running back Dalvin Cook on the field before the Vikings took on the Denver Broncos in a preseason game in August.

Vikings inactives: Dalvin Cook to miss second game due to ankle injury

Running back Alexander Mattison will get his second start of the year for Cook, who was listed questionable for the third straight week due to a sprained right ankle.
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October 8
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) has five sacks in four games.

Vikings mailbag: New contract for Hunter? Trade buzz? Fit for Barr?

Send questions to @Andrew_Krammer on Twitter or andrew.krammer@startribune.com. Listen for answers on the weekly Access Vikings podcast or find them here on Friday mornings.
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October 6
Podcast: Winless Lions come to town at just the right time for Vikings

Podcast: Winless Lions come to town at just the right time for Vikings

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand preview Sunday's game against the winless Lions, losers of eight straight going back to last season.
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October 5
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) was forced too through and incomplete pass by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell (58) lat

Even Vikings best blockers were no match for Browns. Here's why

A deeper look at how the Browns bulldozed the Vikings' offensive line, throwing off its timing and creases in the run game while affecting Kirk Cousins' ability to find open targets.