Cousins, Vikings bounce back with revived passing attack
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Everson Griffen was asked what felt the best about the stress-reducing victory by the Minnesota Vikings over the New York Giants, and the 10th-year defensive end was as quick...
Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So much for the Minnesota Vikings being one dimensional. The passing game is back in synch with the run.
Add in the defense, and the reality is the Vikings have...
Cousins, passing game still missing when Vikings need them
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Even as the Minnesota Vikings had league-leading rushing totals the first three weeks of the season with Dalvin Cook, the team understood that, eventually, it would need...
Cousins, Vikings shut down by banged-up Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Cousins was sacked six times. Dalvin Cook had nowhere to go. It was a noticeably quiet afternoon for Adam Thielen.
On the rare occasion the Minnesota Vikings had the ball...
Vikings bring back WR Laquon Treadwell, PR Marcus Sherels
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have brought back a pair of familiar players, signing cornerback/punt returner Marcus Sherels and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Raiders start long road stretch with 34-14 loss to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For a team already on the way out of Oakland, set to move to Las Vegas next year, hitting the road for such a long stretch will hardly be the biggest challenge to face the...
Hungry? Adam Thielen has a Thursday night cure
Adam Thielen's Thursdays usually are busy. The star wide receiver has a full practice with the Minnesota Vikings as they implement their game plan for the upcoming opponent.
NFL 2019: Buzz is missing, but pressure persists for Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The buzz surrounding the Minnesota Vikings a year ago was unmistakable, after the addition of the best available quarterback to a roster that reached the NFC championship...
Treadwell being ‘showcased’ as Vikings search for receivers
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Being a first-round draft pick, Laquon Treadwell has received several opportunities to secure a role in the Minnesota Vikings' offense.
Vikings look good on offense in 34-25 win over Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kirk Cousins was flawless in his lone series in Minnesota's new offensive scheme, backup Sean Mannion delivered a scoring pass under a heavy rush, and the Vikings defeated New...
Even with Thielen and Diggs, Vikings need another go-to WR
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — No pair of teammates last season totaled more than the 215 combined catches amassed by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs for Minnesota.
Rookie Bradbury central to Vikings’ reworked offensive line
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Improving the offensive line was a clear priority for the Minnesota Vikings heading into this season.
An offense featuring quarterback Kirk Cousins, receivers Stefon...
Thielen deal shows Vikings’ commitment to keep core together
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Two years away from free agency, Adam Thielen was among the best bargains in the NFL.
Facing a tight salary cap situation, the Minnesota Vikings could have waited to...
Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed in principle to a four-year contract extension valued at $64 million.
Sweet or spicy? Super Bowl chilis with regional twists
ATLANTA (AP) — If the Super Bowl was a chili cook-off, it would come down to the sweetness of baked beans representing New England against the spicy punch of jalapenos coming out of Los Angeles.
Cousins, offense off track again as Vikings fall to Bears
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Kirk Cousins underthrew Adam Thielen, one of 10 failures to move the chains out of 11 third-down plays for Minnesota, two of the team's best players engaged in an animated and heated discussion on the sideline as the Vikings frustratingly settled for a field goal right before halftime.
A duo that connected on 113 passes for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in its first year together was struggling, again, in a late-season game to get in sync.
With spot in playoffs still unsecure, Vikings ride Rudolph
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The passing attack for Minnesota has largely been fueled this season by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who have flourished into one of the NFL's most productive and versatile wide receiver tandems.
Kyle Rudolph has again been in mostly a supporting role, often asked to assist a vulnerable offensive line with blocking and rarely the first option while running a route from his tight end spot with more than half of the throws made by Kirk Cousins sent to either Thielen or Diggs.
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Vikings offense continues to be missing in loss to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — While the Minnesota Vikings are still fully in control of their path to the postseason, Adam Thielen knows it's starting to slip away.
Ten points last week in New England. Seven points on Monday night in an ugly 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It's not good enough. The Vikings know it, and the frustration is beginning to build.
Too much talk, too few catches for Vikings receiver Thielen
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline.
Vikings enter tough stretch with fuel from victory over Pack
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work left just to make the playoffs before the championship chase even comes back into the conversation.
The Vikings face daunting back-to-back road games against New England and Seattle, with the every-four-years matchup against five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the Patriots up this Sunday afternoon and a Monday night meeting with the surging Seahawks in their deafening stadium on deck for Dec. 10.
Cousins, Vikings pass by Packers 24-17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Once Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings took the lead on Green Bay, they played with a fierce refusal to let it go.
They held onto the ball with the same determination.
Thielen, Diggs have helped Vikings stay on track
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Thanks to Adam Thielen, Minnesota's record book has already needed several revisions this year.
Just past the midpoint of the schedule for the Vikings, Thielen leads the NFL in receptions (78) at a pace that would fall four short of the all-time single-season mark (143). He leads the league with 947 yards. Kirk Cousins, the new prize quarterback with the annual $28 million salary cap hit, without prompting recently called Thielen the best player on this standout-laden team.
Adam Thielen on pace to challenge receiving records
Adam Thielen is doing things even Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss didn't accomplish in Minnesota.
The former undrafted wide receiver from NCAA Division II Minnesota State is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 yards receiving in eight straight games to start the season. Calvin Johnson also had an eight-game streak in 2012.
Minnesota mistakes: Thielen, Diggs cause costly turnovers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Thielen was putting together yet another stellar performance for the Minnesota Vikings, who were on the verge of extending a three-point lead late in the second quarter when Thielen plunged forward for extra yardage after a short first-down catch.
Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mike Zimmer gathered his team around him in a victorious locker room and let them in on what they just accomplished.
The Minnesota Vikings, he told them, had never defeated the Jets on the road — until Sunday. Kirk Cousins and the rest of his teammates broke out in big cheers to celebrate a 37-17 win.
Jets’ secondary will be down a few key players vs. Vikings
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets' secondary will be short-handed against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.
Cornerback Buster Skrine and safety Marcus Maye are out for the game Sunday, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson is doubtful to play.
Skrine has a concussion that has caused him to miss most of the last two games. Maye is dealing with a broken right thumb. Meanwhile, Johnson — the Jets' top free-agent signing — will likely miss his third straight game with a quadriceps injury.
Thielen it: Vikings star on record-setting receiving pace
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week during team drills with the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen stretched out his body and dived to try to catch an off-target pass.
Thielen immediately questioned aloud the wisdom of his decision to risk pain when ultimately the completion didn't matter. Thielen, though, couldn't resist. There's hardly a ball in the air he doesn't believe he can grab, and this is anything but blind faith.
Back-to-basics Vikings beat Cardinals 27-17 behind Murray, D
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw the ball right over the Arizona linebacker trailing Adam Thielen on third-and-1, a neatly executed seam route by Minnesota's star receiver after a stutter step sprung him open for a 13-yard touchdown catch .
Fitzgerald falls to 0-6 in hometown as Cards lose to Vikes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald found his friend Adam Thielen for a postgame hug at midfield following yet another loss for the Arizona Cardinals in Minnesota .
The embrace shared by these summer training and golfing partners could have served as a symbolic torch-passing from one star wide receiver born and raised in Minnesota to the next .
Minn.-raised WRs Fitzgerald, Thielen on stage in Cards-Vikes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Thielen wasn't even in high school yet when Larry Fitzgerald entered the NFL in 2004 with Arizona with the acclaim of the third overall pick in the draft.
With ‘innate’ accuracy, Cousins delivering for Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — As Kirk Cousins backpedaled in the pocket with Minnesota on the move late in the first half last week, Adam Thielen broke for the back corner of the end zone.
Cousins had to make an off-balance throw to beat a fast-approaching Michael Bennett, and Thielen had little room left in bounds to secure the catch with two Philadelphia defenders a step behind him.
FANTASY PLAYS: Saints-Falcons, SF-KC stacks for Week 3
Week 2 was another high scoring slate in the NFL and another week when daily fantasy sports contests were won by rostering the passing attack from just a handful of games.
FANTASY PLAYS: Changing fortunes for players on new teams
Changing teams alter a player's value and role in fantasy — the new circumstances change the opportunity for each player and lead to new outlooks on carries, touches and other factors.
As the new season approaches, here is a fantasy look at some players who ended up with new teams this season:
Vikings, Diggs reach deal on 5-year extension
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the "Minneapolis Miracle" pass into the NFL's top 10 highest-paid players at his position.
‘Miracle’ TD gives Diggs ‘old smile’ as contract year begins
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — More than four months have passed for Stefon Diggs since his yes-that-really-happened touchdown reception for Minnesota on the desperate last play from scrimmage gave the Vikings a postseason victory for the ages over New Orleans.
He still hears about the play a couple of times per week.
As nice as the accolades can be, they won't win the Vikings any games this year.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was in Rochester on Sunday night to tell the inspirational tale of his rise from a near college football afterthought to becoming a Pro Bowler in the NFL.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings to hold first workouts Monday
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, officially, begin Monday.
Broached with the topic of Super Bowl expectations in his introductory news conference a month ago, Cousins insisted he could only look a month ahead. But the work had unofficially began by reaching out to teammates. He was allowed to seek out receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for workouts, but not until Monday can he and his teammates convene with coaches in the Vikings facility.
Local Notebook: Thielen will speak at FCA fundraiser
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Night of Champions” fundraising dinner.
The event will be held on April 22 at the Rochester International Event Center.
Individual tickets for the event are $75, and table sponsorships also are available.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. A dinner, live auction and program featuring Thielen will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Vikings sign Kendall Wright, loading up the receiver corps led by Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs
The Vikings continued to adorn their offense with weapons for new quarterback Kirk Cousins on Friday, signing former Bears wideout Kendall Wright after his free agent visit began on Thursday.
Wright figures to join the team as a slot receiver who can pair with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the Vikings’ top three-receiver set. He caught 59 passes a year ago with the Bears, playing mostly in the slot, and had his best season in 2013 with the Titans, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards.
Vikings sign Kendall Wright, who led Bears in receiving
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed wide receiver Kendall Wright, who led the Chicago Bears in receptions and yards last season.
The Vikings announced the addition Friday, putting Wright in the mix behind standouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Laquon Treadwell, the team's first-round draft pick in 2016, is the only other wide receiver on the roster with significant NFL playing time on his resume. Treadwell had 20 catches for 200 yards in 2017.
Receiver Kendall Wright visits Vikings on his free-agency tour
As the Vikings draw closer to April 16, when they can officially welcome Kirk Cousins into their new practice facility for the start of offseason workouts, they continue to explore the possibility of putting more talent around their new quarterback.
Vikings’ Adam Thielen heading to Jamaica, not operating table, after suffering back injury in playoffs
Receiver Adam Thielen wont be attending Sundays Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium. He will, however, be ready for the start of the Vikings push for next years Lombardi Trophy, saying he wont require surgery after suffering back fractures during the NFC divisional playoff win against the Saints.
Suffering through a back injury, Adam Thielen gives it his best for Vikings
PHILADELPHIA Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen played in Sundays NFC Championship Game with a lower back injury that caused him a significant amount of pain, a source told the Star Tribune.
Thielen, one of eight Vikings players to play more than 1,000 snaps in the regular season, gutted through a fractured back, according to the NFL Network, an injury the receiver downplayed after the 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Drubbing deflates Adam Thielen’s hometown of Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes, Minn. Chris Byron knew the history. He had been let down before.
Im nervous as hell. Nervous as hell, he said before watching the Vikings game in Detroit Lakes, Adam Thielens hometown.
He had good reason to be.
Wearing matching No. 19 Thielen jerseys, Byron and his wife, Julie, sipped their beers and watched a game that would bring every Vikings fans worst fears to vivid life on the barroom TV screens.
2 Vikings starters questionable for Sunday’s game
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings starters WR Adam Thielen (lower back) and S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) are both listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
GALLAGHER: Sheldon native helps Vikings hone mental game
MANKATO, Minnesota | Minnesota Viking Adam Thielen does the almost unimaginable on Sunday: A former NCAA Division II wide receiver from Minnesota State University, Mankato, an undrafted rookie who climbed from practice squad to active roster to special teams to starting wide receiver to all-pro, plays for a berth in Super Bowl LII, a Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings' home field.
NFC title game preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
When the Vikings have the ball: The Eagles’ antennae will be up for “Seven Heaven,” the play call that gave us the Case Keenum-to-Stefon Diggs walk-off touchdown to change Minnesota’s postseason misfortunes.
Sendejo limited in practice after concussion vs Saints
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo is working his way back from a concussion that forced him out of the previous game.
Sendejo took part in a limited portion of practice Thursday for the second straight day, after a hit to the head from New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas knocked him to the turf and out of the game. The Vikings beat the Saints to advance to the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.