Vikings
October 11
Vikings rookie Christian Darrisaw (71) made his debut at left tackle after one snap on special teams last week, getting 28 snaps mostly against Lions

Darrisaw makes Vikings debut at left tackle, rotates with Hill

Christian Darrisaw's debut went smoothly considering he was mostly unnoticed, which is a good thing for an offensive lineman. The rookie first-round pick got 28 snaps to Rashod Hill's 36.
Vikings
October 11
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrated after throwing a touchdown to Alexander Mattison in the second quarter.

Mattison's game among his best for Vikings — then it was among worst

Alexander Mattison spent roughly 4 ½ hours in one of the best, worst, happy, sad, up, down and then up again stress-testing days you'll ever see an NFL player experience.
Vikings
October 11
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks’ interception was part of a rough day for Detroit quarterback Jared Goff.

Five extra points: Play calls, penalties and run defense hamper Vikings

A conservative game plan, some ill-timed penalties and more porous run defending were problems for the Vikings, but Jared Goff had a worse day for the Lions.
Vikings
October 10
Defensive end Everson Griffen (97) celebrates after sacking Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the first quarter.

'It feels good.' Griffen plays his way back into the Vikings' starting lineup

Since re-signing with the Vikings in late August, Everson Griffen has produced at a level coaches couldn't ignore. He has four sacks, including two Sunday.
Vikings
October 10
Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold was sacked three times and intercepted three times Sunday against the Eagles.

Up next for the Vikings: at Carolina

The Panthers are 3-2 with new quarterback Sam Darnold and a defense that is among the best in the NFL in yards and points allowed.
Vikings
October 10
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph kicked a 54-yard field goal to win the game.

Vikings-Lions game balls

Greg Joseph, Everson Griffen and Eric Kendricks helped the Vikings hold off the Lions.
Access Vikings
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.
Vikings
October 9
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense have lacked production in the second half of games this season.

Four reasons the Vikings must beat the Lions on Sunday

The Vikings' schedule only gets tougher after Sunday's matchup with winless Detroit, the kind of game that good teams should be able to put away.
Sports
October 9
Patrick Peterson and the Vikings better be in a winning mood again Sunday against Detroit.

Souhan: If Vikings lose to Lions, light the match

Historically, Vikings teams that don't beat Detroit fail to make the playoffs. And if this team fails to make the playoffs, changes will come top to bottom.
Vikings
October 9
Mike Zimmer greeted tight end Chris Herndon before Sunday’s game against Cleveland.

Neal: Vikings are not 'pretty darn good.' They are 1-3

Enough with the talk. Beat Detroit. Then Carolina. Then Dallas. Then let's talk.
Vikings
October 9
Arizona tight end Maxx Williams had a career-best game against the Vikings in Week 2 with seven catches for 94 yards.

Ex-Gophers tight end Williams having breakout season for 4-0 Cardinals

On the NFL: Waconia, Minn., native Maxx Williams has 15 catches for 179 yards — 113 after the catch — and a touchdown, putting him on a pace to shatter career highs.
Gophers
October 9
Former Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman might make his NFL debut Monday for the Ravens after spending three weeks on injured reserve.

Former Gophers in the NFL in 2021

Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams is among several former Gophers currently on NFL active rosters, including:
Vikings
October 9
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter h as five sacks already this season and will be facing a struggling left tackle on Sunday.

Vikings-Lions preview: Three story lines, two key matchups and one prediction

The Vikings have won seven in a row against Detroit, which is 0-4 and has an injury-riddled roster heading to U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings
October 8
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team. Will they stay that way vs. the 49ers?

Mark Craig's Week 5 NFL picks against the spread

Mistakes were made in Week 4. (Picking the Lions? Never again.) How will our NFL Insider get back on track?
Vikings
October 8
 Lions coach Dan Campbell

Lions scouting report: Injuries pile up on both lines for Vikings game

At least five starters, including the left tackle, center and top pass rusher, won't be available when 0-4 Detroit comes to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Vikings
October 8
Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander has a weekly routine, involving several trips to the tub, to try to stay healthy.

Keeping cornerbacks healthy and sharp remains an issue for the Vikings

The team's depth in the secondary will be tested again with Cameron Dantzler and Harrison Hand on the COVID-19 list.
Vikings
October 8
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Cook questionable for Sunday; Pierce won't play but Barr will return

Nose tackle Michael PIerce will miss the game against Detroit while Barr is expected to play in his first game in 13 months.
Access Vikings
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.
Vikings
October 8
Vikings linebacker Nick Vigil (59) had 30 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown and a sack in four starts.

Vikings' linebacker group nears full strength with Anthony Barr's return

Nick Vigil and Blake Lynch have earned praise from the coaching staff for filling in for the injured Barr.
Vikings
October 7
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook injured his right ankle in Week 2 at Arizona.

Cook says he isn't injured, but that he's 'playing through pain'

Star running back Dalvin Cook is confident he can continue playing through his swollen ankle until he's "back to being 100 percent."