Randball
January 6
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Top 10 grade makes us ask: Is Cousins really the problem?

The QB has been up and down, but data suggests on the whole he has been well above average for the Vikings.
Vikings
January 6
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (right, with safety Harrison Smith) got career years from several offensive skill players, but his defense was decimated by

Souhan: Zimmer's optimism must be tempered

Assuming better defensive health is fair. But so is assuming less good fortune in terms of offensive health, which is worrisome because of the Vikings' lack of quality depth at wide receiver, offensive line and quarterback.
Vikings
January 6
Jared Allen in 2013.

Former Viking Allen is finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Jared Allen, the former Vikings defensive end standout, joins Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson among the list of 15 finalists.
Vikings
January 6
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter of a loss to Tennessee in September.

With NFL's playoff parity, Vikings are again on the outside looking in

On the NFL: Every year since 1990, at least four teams have made the playoffs that didn't the year before. And the Vikings are a model for postseason inconsistency.
Vikings
January 5
Mike Zimmer wants to fix a couple of areas, come back in 2021 “with a vengeance.”

Zimmer's look at 2020 Vikings centers on defensive injuries, offensive consistency

In short, the Vikings might go into next season betting they can return to the playoffs simply with a better-executed version of the approach they took in 2020.
Vikings
January 5
Anthony Harris

Pending free agent Harris says Vikings hold 'special place' for him

Safety Anthony Harris again embarks on unrestricted free agency after a disappointing season for the Vikings playing on a one-year franchise tag.
Vikings
January 5
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey during a Dec. 6 game against Jacksonville.

Reusse: NFL's 'fire coordinator' scam now covers special teams

Did the Vikings' Marwan Maalouf not tell Dan Bailey to make more kicks, or K.J. Osborn to stop bobbling punts?
Vikings
January 5
Vikings special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf during training camp in 2019.

Maalouf is out as Vikings' special teams coordinator

After the unit struggled this season, Coach Mike Zimmer said he'll let the two-year contract of Maalouf expire and search for a replacement.
Randball
January 5
Gary Kubiak in 2019.

Are Vikings (and Cousins) headed for six coordinators in six years?

With offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak at least mulling retirement, the Vikings could be making a new hire again.
Vikings
January 5
Coach Mike Zimmer watched the second-half action as the Vikings battled the Lions in Detroit on Sunday.

Scoggins: Zimmer's legacy as Vikings coach hinges on this offseason

The Wilfs should start by issuing an edict to their coach and GM Rick Spielman: Missing the playoffs again next season won't be acceptable.
Sports
January 4
The Vikings finished fourth in total offense this season with Gary Kubiak calling the plays.

Kubiak's future is key offseason question for Vikings

Offensive coordinator job has had a lot of turnover.
Vikings
January 4
Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) in November.

Vikings' Odenigbo has 'disappointing year' leading defensive line

Ifeadi Odenigbo, a 26-year-old defensive end, is a restricted free agent this offseason and knows NFL opportunities can be fleeting.
Access Vikings
January 4
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.
Randball
January 4
Roughing penalty on Cousins sack tops Sunday's strange NFL moments

Roughing penalty on Cousins sack tops Sunday's strange NFL moments

Week 17 in the league proved to be one of the weirdest in an already wild season.
Vikings
January 4
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) crossed the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown during the second half Sunday.

Cousins at his best? The record says mediocre

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is 51-51-2 in his career, and his top statistics came in games he didn't win.­
Sports
January 3
The Lions’ Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu — receivers Vikings coach Mike Zimmer knows well  — roamed free in the Vikings secondary. Jones had eig

Lions receivers feast on Vikings' decimated defensive backs

A patchwork Vikings secondary limped to the finish during Sunday's 37-35 victory in Detroit, allowing seven more completions of at least 20 yards.
Access Vikings
January 3
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski

Here's a look at the Vikings' 2021 opponents

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
January 3
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson makes a catch as Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai, left, and cornerback Amani Oruwariye defend during the

Souhan: Where would Vikings be without rookie sensation Jefferson?

Is Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson the NFL offensive rookie of the year? And did he have a better rookie season than Randy Moss turned in?
Vikings
January 3
Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) dives forecextra yard in the second half against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Saturda

Vikings end mediocre season with win: 'We just weren't good enough'

"Maybe it's the best we could have done," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after Minnesota finished the season 7-9 and out of the playoffs.
Vikings
January 3

Vikings-Lions game balls

Handing out the hardware after Sunday's season finale