No soft launch needed for Barr, seasoned Vikings defense
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Before the first snap of the season, the Minnesota Vikings settled into their usual spots before a slight shift by defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen to their...
LaFleur remembers how challenging it was facing Zimmer’s D
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Matt LaFleur remembers vividly how challenging it was facing Mike Zimmer's defense.
Zimmer's defensive unit held LaFleur's offense to a single touchdown...
Falcons, Vikings in similar spots, needing defense to lead
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings have entered this season in a similar place, almost eerily so as they prepare to play each other in the opener.
With Colquitt, Vikings hope to have found kicking continuity
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For the fourth consecutive season, the Minnesota Vikings will take a kicker and punter pair into their opener that's different than the year before.
Vikings are kicking themselves after misses by Kaare Vedvik
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Vikings thought they had found a reliable option.
But Kaare Vedvik's rocky performance in the third preseason game has done little to reassure coach Mike...
Vikings Preview Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1)
New faces: C Garrett Bradbury, RG Josh Kline, DT Shamar Stephen, TE Irv Smith Jr., RB Alexander Mattison, P/K Kaare Vedvik, LS Austin Cutting, WR Jordan Taylor,...
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.
As Cook rests, Vikings get long look at backup running backs
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer knows the potential and importance of running back Dalvin Cook to the Minnesota Vikings, so the coach is taking the cautious approach to Cook's workload during the...
Specialist spots still in flux, as Vikings add kicker/punter
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have spent the first part of training camp in an all-too-familiar search for stability with their specialists for the kicking game, an issue that has...
Familiarity for several Saints when they play Vikings
If they get on the field Friday night — and most of them are expected to play — a handful of former Vikings and current Saints will see some familiar faces on the other side.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Acclimating to a new offense, the Minnesota Vikings are likely to be without at least one offensive starter in their preseason opener at New Orleans on Friday...
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With six players who have been to the Pro Bowl and only one new starter in a well-regarded scheme that has remained largely unchanged entering a sixth season under coach Mike...
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...
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Nine months removed from an ACL tear in his left knee, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has yet to be cleared to return to action.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Three seasons ago, when the Minnesota Vikings stumbled after a 5-0 start and finished just 8-8, one of their many problems was a negligible contribution by their collection of...
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- Star TribuneVikings enter last three games on thin ice and down a fired offensive coordinatorDecember 16, 2018
- Star TribuneMackensie Alexander's improvement boosts Vikings pass defenseDecember 14, 2018
- Star TribuneGame with Patriots presents Vikings with golden opportunityDecember 1, 2018
Vikings Training Camp Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Eagan, Minnesota
LAST YEAR: Stumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried with expensive new QB Kirk Cousins into 2018,...
Vikings, Rudolph reach contract extension agreement
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings weren't willing to part with Kyle Rudolph despite their lack of salary cap space, and the ninth-year tight end sure didn't want to leave.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired nine-year NFL veteran Nate Kaeding as a part-time kicking coach.
Kaeding, a two-time Pro Bowl pick with the San Diego Chargers, has begun...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be constructing a new front five yet again this year.
Perhaps this will be the spring they can finally plant a couple of seeds for...
Vikings Draft Preview Capsule
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...
Free Agency-Vikings Capsule
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Anthony Barr, DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Latavius Murray, CB/PR Marcus Sherels, K Dan Bailey, DT Tom Johnson, G Tom Compton, G Nick Easton, WR Aldrick Robinson, QB...
Spielman: Vikings pick up 2020 option on Zimmer’s contract
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer's contract for 2020.
General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement in Indianapolis at the NFL...
Vikes add Kubiak as assistant head coach, offensive adviser
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer's turned-over staff.
The Vikings announced the move on Monday night.
Kubiak spent the last two seasons as a senior personnel adviser with the Denver Broncos after stepping down as their head coach due to health concerns. Zimmer picked Kevin Stefanski to be his offensive coordinator, his first time in that role.
Vikings keep Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's offense since coach Mike Zimmer was hired has frequently lacked the scoring punch to keep up with the rest of the league.
Coincidentally or not, continuity has been missing, too.
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."
Vikings QB Cousins takes OC DeFilippo firing ‘personally’
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings went all-in on Kirk Cousins as their long-sought franchise player last spring, they paired him with a new offensive coordinator considered to be part of the current wave of up-and-coming quarterback developers and innovative play-callers putting a strong imprint on the NFL.
The partnership with John DeFilippo that had so much potential lasted nine months.
Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, still seeking to salvage a season that started with Super Bowl designs, made a last-ditch move to capture a mid-December spark by firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
Playoff stakes high as Vikings travel to Seahawks
SEATTLE (AP) — With where both the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks sit in the NFC standings, Monday night's matchup might as well carry a playoff title.
NFC play-in game? NFC elimination game?
"I think going on the road with that crowd and the type of football team that they are, I think yeah, a little bit. These next four games will determine what we do and where we go and how we perform in the clutch. Yeah, I guess you could say that," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Middling Minnesota: Vikings hit final stretch, not in stride
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Though one quarter of the regular season remains for the Minnesota Vikings to finish strong, none of their biggest tests have so far revealed a team playing like the championship contender it was built to be.
The Vikings still have a better-than-average chance of returning to the playoffs, but for all the individual standouts on this roster there has not been enough collective evidence in 2018 that this is more than simply a better-than-average squad.
On prove-it deal, Richardson giving Vikings plenty of value
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just secured their new quarterback with the splash move of the NFL's offseason. Coach Mike Zimmer was busy working on addressing another area that needed an upgrade.
When Vikes visit Pats, Rhodes has ‘good chance’ of playing
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Xavier Rhodes was trailing Green Bay's Davante Adams in coverage along the sideline late in the fourth quarter last week. Aaron Rodgers let the ball fly and Minnesota's best cornerback raced to catch up.
Vikings reach halfway point with daunting stretch ahead
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings hit their stride last year well before midseason, using an eight-game winning streak to build a 13-3 record for the second seed in the NFC.
This year, the second half of the season is going to be much more difficult.
Vikings rule Barr, Compton, Cook, Sendejo out vs. Saints
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have ruled our four injured starters against New Orleans, linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring), left guard Tom Compton (knee), running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) and strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin).
Left tackle Riley Reiff (foot) was listed as doubtful after being held out of practice Friday. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (foot) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) were listed as questionable for Sunday.
Vikings ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays against Saints
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Everson Griffen was back at practice with the Minnesota Vikings for the first time in almost six weeks, a significant point of progress in returning to his spot at right defensive end and re-establishing his pass-rushing and run-stopping skills in a game setting for the NFC North leaders.
Order restored for Vikings defense, after 3rd straight win
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings sputtered into the second quarter of their season after a concerning and humbling performance by their well-decorated defense in Los Angeles, raising questions about whether this team was still among the NFL's elite and in contention for the Super Bowl.
Sure, that game came against the thriving Rams, the league's only unbeaten team behind an offense that has been borderline-unstoppable.
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.
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.
Vikings lose rising star rookie CB Mike Hughes to torn ACL
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending a promising rookie season after six games.
When Vikings visit Eagles, DeFilippo returns to native city
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Over his first few months on the job as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, John DeFilippo diligently worked on developing his system around the skill-position pillars he inherited and learning the strengths and weaknesses of his new players.
Pressure needs to be on for Vikings to rebound vs. Eagles
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With play-action pass after play-action pass, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams just kept picking Minnesota's proud and proven defense apart.
Zimmer, Vikings scrambling for solutions to suddenly shaky D
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have been built around a stifling defense since Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach.
Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week, the Minnesota Vikings were concerned enough about Everson Griffen's state of mind that they barred the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end from practice until he had a mental health evaluation.
After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team on Tuesday and out of action indefinitely. Coach Mike Zimmer said Griffen would not travel with the team to play the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.
Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been sidelined indefinitely by an undisclosed situation that has caused concern within the organization about his well-being.
Humbled Vikings seek to move forward from annual dud
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a boost from an illegal block penalty by the Buffalo Bills during a punt, the Minnesota Vikings finally crossed midfield with 9:36 left in the third quarter.
Their next two plays were an incompletion and an interception.
Vikings’ Sendejo fined $53,482 by NFL for hit vs. Packers
NEW YORK (AP) — Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $53,482 by the NFL on Friday for his hit during a play in Minnesota's tie at Green Bay last weekend.
Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after tackling Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in the third quarter. The safety knocked into Adams with his right shoulder just after Xavier Rhodes made initial contact.
BUFFALO (0-2) at MINNESOTA (1-0-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE - Vikings by 16
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 0-2, Minnesota 1-1
SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 8-5
LAST MEETING - Bills beat Vikings 17-16, Oct. 19, 2014
LAST WEEK - Bills lost to Chargers 31-20; Vikings tied Packers 29-29
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 32, Vikings No. 3
BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (25T), PASS (31)
Vikings sign ex-Cowboys kicker Bailey after cutting rookie
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed kicker Dan Bailey, owner of the second-best field goal percentage in NFL history and replacement for rookie Daniel Carlson.
Bailey's deal was done on Tuesday, after the Vikings waived Carlson fresh from his 0-for-3 game at Green Bay.
The fifth-round draft pick from Auburn missed field goals of 48, 49 and 35 yards, with the last two failed tries coming in overtime and forcing the Vikings to settle for a 29-29 tie with the rival Packers.