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Nov 17, 2020
Dane Mizutani: We owe Vikings GM Rick Spielman an apology

Dane Mizutani: We owe Vikings GM Rick Spielman an apology

A few weeks ago, the Pioneer Press (meaning me, in this case) published the equivalent of a hit piece in which this particular columnist completely eviscerated Vikings general manager Rick Spielman for his train of excuses on the ride to the team’s 1-5 start this season. And yet, over the past three weeks, the Vikings […]
Nov 17, 2020
Vikings safety Harrison Smith helps defense create its own energy

Vikings safety Harrison Smith helps defense create its own energy

All-pro safety Harrison Smith has talked all season about how the Vikings defense has to create its own energy with no fans in the stands as most games this season. He took matters into his on hands against the Bears on Monday night at Soldier Field, intercepting quarterback Nick Foles on the first drive of […]
Nov 17, 2020
Vikings sign center Brett Jones to 53-man roster off practice squad

Vikings sign center Brett Jones to 53-man roster off practice squad

Vikings center Brett Jones is back on the 53-man roster. A source said Tuesday that Jones was signed off the practice squad. He takes the spot on the roster that came open when guard Dru Samia was placed Monday on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive. Jones began the season on the practice squad […]
Nov 17, 2020
Vikings rookie WR Justin Jefferson continues to impress Randy Moss

Vikings rookie WR Justin Jefferson continues to impress Randy Moss

Before Monday night’s game at Soldier Field, ESPN analyst Randy Moss spoke on the air about how much he likes Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. The rookie then went out and impressed Moss even more. Jefferson caught eight passes for 135 yards in Minnesota’s 19-13 win over Chicago. That enabled him to tie Moss’ 1998 […]
Nov 17, 2020
John Shipley: Playoffs? If the Vikings get there, they’ll be on a roll

John Shipley: Playoffs? If the Vikings get there, they’ll be on a roll

One of these teams might make the playoffs. It’s hard to believe. After Monday night’s game in Chicago, well, at least it’s easier to believe it might be the Vikings. Minnesota won a tight battle of attrition at empty Soldier Field, 19-13, its third consecutive victory since a 1-5 start to extend the Vikings’ hopes […]
Nov 17, 2020
Bob Sansevere: Kirk Cousins rises to occasion, ends his Monday night jinx

Bob Sansevere: Kirk Cousins rises to occasion, ends his Monday night jinx

With Cook unable to dominate from the very start, the Vikings needed Kirk Cousins to — gulp, yikes, oh no — step up.
Nov 16, 2020
Vikings top Bears 19-13 behind two TD passes from Cousins to Thielen

Vikings top Bears 19-13 behind two TD passes from Cousins to Thielen

The Bears were determined to stop Dalvin Cook, and largely did. But they couldn’t slow the Vikings down much through the air.
Nov 16, 2020
LB Ryan Connelly inactive for Vikings at Chicago

LB Ryan Connelly inactive for Vikings at Chicago

With the Vikings having six healthy linebackers, Ryan Connelly was inactive for Monday’s game at Chicago. Todd Davis was active after being activated last Tuesday off the COVID-19 list. The Vikings also have available Eric Kendricks, Eric Wilson, Troy Dye and Hardy Nickerson. After being picked up off waivers Sept. 6 from the New York […]
Nov 16, 2020
Jets claim Pat Elflein off waivers from Vikings, Dru Samia to COVID-19 list

Jets claim Pat Elflein off waivers from Vikings, Dru Samia to COVID-19 list

It didn’t take long for Pat Elflein to land on another team. The New York Jets on Monday claimed the guard off waivers two days after he had been let go by the Vikings. Elflein was waived because the Vikings plan to stick with rookie Ezra Cleveland as the starting right guard and they saved […]
Nov 15, 2020
Vikings rule out Cameron Dantzler for Monday, remain depleted at cornerback

Vikings rule out Cameron Dantzler for Monday, remain depleted at cornerback

The Vikings won’t be getting any help Monday night for their depleted cornerback corps. Minnesota on Sunday downgraded to out rookie Cameron Dantzler, who had been listed as questionable on Saturday due to a concussion, for the game at Chicago. Dantzler was hurt on the final play of the first quarter Nov. 1 at Green […]
Nov 15, 2020
Vikings prepare for their personal house of horrors: Soldier Field

Vikings prepare for their personal house of horrors: Soldier Field

Mike Zimmer got a bit defensive this week when asked about how the Vikings have habitually struggled at Soldier Field over the past couple of decades.
Nov 15, 2020

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins going for his first win over Bears on MNF

VIKINGS (3-5) AT BEARS (5-4) ·     Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. Monday ·     Where: U.S. Bank Stadium ·     TV: ESPN, WCCO-Channel 4; Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Lisa Salters ·     Radio: KFXN-FM 100.3; Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Ben Leber, Greg Coleman ·     Series: Vikings lead 60-56-2 ·     Line: Vikings by 3 The Bears have beaten the Vikings four straight times, the longest streak since […]
Nov 15, 2020
John Shipley: Vikings’ season on the brink, and here comes an old nemesis

John Shipley: Vikings’ season on the brink, and here comes an old nemesis

Nick Foles wasn’t all that interested in reliving the 2018 NFC Championship Game this week, which is understandable because he’s currently leading a Chicago Bears offense that can politely be described as sputtering.
Nov 14, 2020
Charley Walters: Vikings’ Dalvin Cook was wise to accept contract extension

Charley Walters: Vikings’ Dalvin Cook was wise to accept contract extension

It turns out that Dalvin Cook’s decision to accept the Minnesota Vikings’ $63 million, five-year contract extension just before the start of the season was the right one. Had Cook, 25, the NFL’s rushing leader, decided instead to play out the final year ($1.3 million) of his rookie contract and seek free agency, it would […]
Nov 14, 2020
Vikings TE Irv Smith again misses practice, long snapper Austin Cutting returns

Vikings TE Irv Smith again misses practice, long snapper Austin Cutting returns

Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. again did not practice Saturday due to a groin injury, making it unlikely he will play Monday at Chicago. However, fullback C.J. Ham returned to practice after being out two days with what the team termed a shoulder injury and a designation of “not-injury related.” Long snapper Austin Cutting […]