EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — For Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks, a decade of playing next to Anthony Barr made it easy to be on the same page with his close friend and former roommate — simply with a knowing glance.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year, $12 million contract with linebacker Jordan Hicks, continuing a revamp on defense to fit a new scheme and work around the salary cap.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has returned to the lineup for a critical game against Pittsburgh, after missing just one week with a shoulder injury.
Cook was on the active list for the Vikings to face the Steelers, despite the shortened recovery time with the Thursday night game.
The Vikings have slowly but surely regained their footing as one of the best defenses in the NFL. After giving up 327 yards and 27.5 points per game over their 1-2-1 start to the season, they have given up only 247 yards and 18.3 points per game over their current three-game winning streak.
1. Zimmer has last laugh on blitzing Garoppolo
No, Jimmy 7-1 Garoppolo wont win every NFL start. And Sundays 24-16 loss to the Vikings also proved he isnt infallible against the blitz. In 14 first-half dropbacks, Garoppolo was blitzed only twice.
The Vikings’ Anthony Barr, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns involved in power plays of another kind
In whatever pro sports battles exist between the rich (players, coaches) and ultrarich (owners and the leagues themselves), the path to more money or power on either side usually flows through the notion of leverage.
It seemed only fitting the Vikings would seize control of the Bengals by confusing quarterback Andy Dalton with a wrinkle to the Double A Gap blitz package that Mike Zimmer concocted in Cincinnati and parlayed into his first head coaching job in Minnesota.