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18. MINNESOTA (8-7-1)
LAST SEASON: Crumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried into 2018 with new QB Kirk Cousins following trip to NFC championship game previous year, fading...
49ers rookie T McGlinchey in for another tough test vs. Mack
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The schedule makers dealt Mike McGlinchey a rude welcome to the NFL.
The rookie right tackle for the San Francisco 49ers had three of his first four games on the road, including matchups against elite pass rushers like Minnesota's Danielle Hunter, Kansas City's Justin Houston and Melvin Ingram of the Chargers.
Looking back at that experience now, McGlinchey acknowledges it was almost crippling.
With Barr set high, pass-rushing Vikings hitting stride on D
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hit their familiar stride on defense during the second half of the season, after some uncharacteristic earlier struggles.
There's been no better example of this lately than Anthony Barr.
"He's always been a good player," coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think he's probably taking it to another level right now."
Defensive adjustments have fueled recent surge by Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fumble gave Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions a fresh set of downs early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, another opportunity to start climbing back into the game.
Though they held an 11-point lead, the Vikings had been unable to pull away. On the first play after the change of possession, Stafford faked a handoff to Kerryon Johnson and rolled out to his right.
NFL sack leader Danielle Hunter ‘just lets it rip’ for Vikes
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The physical attributes Danielle Hunter has used to amass his league-leading total of 11½ sacks this season are so ideal that some of his Minnesota Vikings teammates have taken to calling him "Create-A-Player," the feature on Madden NFL that allows gamers to concoct the seemingly perfect computerized prospect.
Sad sack Lions: Stafford downed 10 times in loss to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Lions were at a disadvantage, playing in a deafening stadium against a daunting Minnesota defense that's rounding into form at midseason.
Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud.
This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter.
Inspired by Olympian, Vikings power through for victory
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings took only two healthy defensive ends to Philadelphia, a true test of conditioning and determination for Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly at a position where backups frequently rotate in for breathers.
Vikings release DE Robison, add retiring CB Newman as coach
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The competiveness of the NFL leaves little room for sentiment, not even for the most accomplished, respected or trusted players.
Brian Robison and Terence Newman were the latest reminders of that, left off the regular-season roster by the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday when the deadline for reaching the 53-player limit arrived.
Stacked Vikings still hard at chase for championship
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The end of last season for the Minnesota Vikings came suddenly and lopsidedly, falling hard in the NFC championship game a week after soaking in the euphoria of advancing on an improbable last-second touchdown pass.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Already owning one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, the Minnesota Vikings have made another addition to their front four this summer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with Danielle Hunter, making him one of the top 10 highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL while securing another core player before he could reach free agency.
The deal, which was done on Wednesday, is worth up to $72 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms weren't disclosed by the team.
Everson Griffen sounded as wise as he is strong when asked Tuesday what it meant to be a part of the defense the Vikings are building.
First, the second-team All-Pro right end praised his front office for all the core defenders it has re-signed in the past year. Then he talked about the signing of tackle Sheldon Richardson and the rise of left end Danielle Hunter, referring to the 23-year-old physical marvel as the young buck.
If you trust the math, there is a way for the Vikings to afford Kirk Cousins
The Vikings remained publicly agnostic about their quarterbacking options last week at the NFL combine; coach Mike Zimmer laid out the strengths and weaknesses of all his in-house candidates, while General Manager Rick Spielman batted away a report that the Vikings had decided not to use the franchise tag on Case Keenum and said the team had not made a decision on any of its options.
Mitchell Trubisky took the snap, dropped back to pass and his pocket immediately began to collapse. Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph and defensive end Danielle Hunter converged on him like lions stalking their prey.
Trubisky backpedaled into the end zone before offering a quarterback’s universal sign of panic. He flipped the ball sidearm to no one in particular before ducking for cover.
For Stephen Weatherly, Vikings’ Renaissance man, football is only part of the story
The minutes before meetings in the Vikings defensive line room are time for casual chatter, for the members of what might be the NFLs best defensive front to get to know one another.
Danielle Hunter is second on the Vikings with seven sacks this season, but coaches say he just started to hit his stride last Sunday against the Bengals.
Hunter sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on third down once in the 34-7 win.
His four pressures on Dalton, according to Pro Football Focus, were the second most among NFL defensive ends last weekend, when he played with some welcomed recklessness.
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- Norfolk Daily NewsDid Danielle Hunter intercept Kyle Fuller's Defensive Player of Week award?November 9, 2018
- Star TribuneVikings' defensive line play regains its dominanceNovember 8, 2018
Vikings’ five extra points: Can’t fool Danielle Hunter three times, Pat Elflein shows why he’s the man
1. Goal-to-go? No problem
Vikings’ five extra points: Latavius Murray shows power, Terence Newman shows football IQ
1. Goffs confidence becomes confusion
Vikings’ pass rushers prepared to feast on beleaguered Washington offensive line
Sundays game between the Vikings and Redskins will be full of reunions.
They start with Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden, two 2014 head coaching hires and, respectively, the former defensive and offensive coordinators of the Bengals. But the on-field connections intensify along the offensive and defensive lines, which likely will carry the biggest weight in deciding between two NFC teams jockeying for power.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Griffen, Vikings’ defensive line pose challenge for Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Everson Griffen doesn't take much credit for his place in NFL history.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end joined stud pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only three players with a sack in each of his team's first eight games of the season since the league began tracking the stat in 1982. Griffen talks like a chunk of his 10 sacks belong to fellow linemen Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph.
Packers: David Bakhtiari sounds like he’ll miss his fifth straight game
GREEN BAY — David Bakhtiari admitted that he hasn’t been the most pleasant fellow to be around while sidelined by a hamstring injury.
The Green Bay Packers left tackle likes to say that he has “a terrible case of FOMO” — the fear of missing out — and he’s been missing out on a lot since sustaining the injury late in the regular-season opener. Four games, to be exact.
“He’s semi-miserable to be with right now,” offensive line coach James Campen said Thursday night. “But we love him.”
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-8)
New faces: LT Riley Reiff, RT Mike Remmers, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Latavius Murray, WR Michael Floyd, C Pat Elflein, DT Jaleel Johnson.
Key losses: RB Adrian Peterson, LT Matt Kalil, CB Captain Munnerlyn, WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson, LG Alex Boone, LB Chad Greenway, RG Brandon Fusco.
Brian Robison the last man standing for the Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brian Robison watched Chad Greenway retire in the offseason and Adrian Peterson leave to sign with the New Orleans Saints.
Those two longtime Minnesota Vikings stars were really the only contemporaries for the defensive end drafted in the fourth round in 2007.
Vikings stop Newton, snap Panthers’ home win streak 22-10
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries —and keep finding ways to win football games.
Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and the Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers' 14-game home winning streak 22-10 on Sunday.
Packers offensive line ready for challenge against Vikings
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers, and their revamped offensive line, didn't waste time in looking ahead to Sunday night's matchup at Minnesota.
"About 35 seconds ago," center J.C. Tretter said on Monday afternoon, about 24 hours after the Packers held off the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23 for a season-opening victory.
"That's when we left the meeting room. We're done with Jacksonville. Now, we're on to Minnesota."
Vikings score 2 TDs off turnovers in beating Titans 25-16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Kendricks returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter and Danielle Hunter scored a 24-yard TD off a fumble return and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Tennessee Titans 25-16 in their season opener Sunday.
The Vikings wound up forcing three turnovers in the span of just under seven minutes and also had two sacks.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — In an atmosphere of constant turnover in the chase for fresher, cheaper NFL talent, age can be as much of an asset as size, smarts, speed and strength.
Danielle Hunter was quite the addition to the Minnesota Vikings last year. Not only did he rank second among all rookies with six sacks, taking full advantage of a part-time role, but Hunter was the youngest player in the league.
"I use it as an advantage," said Hunter, who won't turn 22 until...