Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Each day he is at the TCO Performance Center, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins sees a reminder of how costly turnovers can be in the NFL. A sign in the quarterbacks room, he said, features detailed takeaway stats during Mike Zimmer’s five seasons as head coach.
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the Minnesota Vikings’ annual night practice in August, coach Mike Zimmer got fans charged up when he declared, “You’re going to be awfully proud of them in February” as the crowd roared. If the season ended now, though, the Vikings wouldn’t be anywhere near Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. In fact, they wouldn’t even be in the playoffs. At the midpoint, they’re 4-3-1 and in second place in the NFC North behind Chicago (4-3).
EAGAN, Minn. -- Any game film Vikings receiver Adam Thielen watches of Sunday night’s loss to New Orleans might be missing a key play. Late in the first half of the Vikings’ 30-20 loss to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen lost a fumble at the New Orleans 14-yard line. Marshon Lattimore scooped it up and ran it back 54 yards, setting up to a touchdown that gave the Saints a 17-13 halftime lead and momentum for the rest of the night.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen have carried the Vikings offense all season. They were doomed, though, on Sunday when both committed a costly turnover. In a 30-20 loss to New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen lost a fumble late in the second quarter that was returned 54 yards, and Cousins threw an interception that was returned for a Saints touchdown early in the third quarter.
EAGAN, Minn. — If Vikings running back Dalvin Cook needs any cheering up, Latavius Murray says he’s there for him. Cook will miss his fifth game out of the past six Sunday , Oct. 28, against the New Orleans Saints with a left hamstring injury. This comes a year after he was lost for the season in the fourth game with a torn left ACL.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have spent this week being reminded of the “Minnesota Miracle.” That’s been both good and bad. With the New Orleans Saints returning to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night, Oct. 28, nine months after Stefon Diggs’ unforgettable catch and run to the end zone beat them 29-24 in a playoff game, highlights of the play seem to be airing all over the place.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Pro Bowl defenders Xavier Rhodes and Anthony Barr have sat out the past two days of practice, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer remains optimistic they will play Sunday against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium. Zimmer had said Wednesday the chances were “pretty good” of the two playing. He said Thursday that remains the case and the two are “doing really good.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- When Minnesota Vikings rookie tackle Brian O’Neill played basketball in high school, his teammates called him “Meats.” That nickname is certainly to come up again in the next day or so.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Adam Thielen caught just 16 of his 247 career receptions from Teddy Bridgewater, but the impact the former Vikings quarterback had on him goes far beyond statistics. “I probably wouldn’t be the receiver I am today without him,” Thielen said Thursday, Oct. 25.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nine months after the "Minnesota Miracle," the New Orleans Saints are returning to U.S. Bank Stadium. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught the dramatic winning pass in a playoff game in January, figures the Saints will come in Sunday night, Oct. 28, with a "chip on their shoulder." New Orleans coach Sean Payton doesn't see it that way.