Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 21, replaced Pro Bowlers with minimum-wage players and hardly missed a beat in a 37-17 victory over the New York Jets. They might have to do it again Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had no news to share on linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, both of whom finished Sunday's game in East Rutherford, N.J., on the sideline. Asked Monday if he had an update on the longtime starters, coach Mike Zimmer said, "No."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was a celebration Sunday when Adam Thielen tied an NFL record, but it wasn’t by the Vikings wide receiver. Thielen caught nine passes for 110 yards in Minnesota’s 37-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, giving him 100 or more yards receiving for the seventh straight game to open a season. That tied the record set by Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers in 1961. Thielen shrugged off the accomplishment, saying he only cared about getting a victory. But members of Hennigan’s family had a much different reaction.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—TNew York media spent much of the week ripping quarterback Kirk Cousins for his decision in March to choose the Vikings over the Jets in free agency. What did Cousins think about that? “I never read it, so I don’t even have any knowledge to be able to process it or incorporate it into my approach,” he said. “I try to believe that ignorance is bliss and I try to stay as ignorant as possible.”
HUFFMAN, Texas — Taylor Hennigan had never heard of Adam Thielen a week ago. Now, he's scrambling to read everything he can find about him. That's because Thielen, the Vikings' fifth-year wide receiver, can tie Charlie Hennigan's NFL record of seven straight 100-yard receiving games to open a season. Hennigan, who died last year at age 82, accomplished the feat with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1961, and AFL records were absorbed into the NFL when the leagues merged in 1970.
EAGAN, Minn.—After rushing for a career-high 155 yards last week against Arizona, Latavius Murray has a surprise in store for his offensive linemen. The Vikings running back provided some details Friday. He's planning on a special meal that will be delivered next week. "I'm working on getting them something that we haven't had in awhile," Murray said. And what if he has another big game Sunday at the New York Jets? Would he consider doubling down? "Why not?" he said. "I'll take care of them."
A pair of banged-up teams meet Sunday, Oct. 21, at MetLife Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings will be without four starters in running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), tackle Riley Reiff (foot), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) and defensive end Everson Griffen (personal reasons). And starting nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee, ankle, shoulder) was listed Friday, Sept. 19, as questionable.
EAGAN, Minn. — Expectations are high when your nickname is "Hollywood," and that's just fine with Holton Hill. With cornerback Mike Hughes out for the season with a torn ACL, the Vikings could turn to another rookie for help. Hill, undrafted out of Texas, is a candidate to replace Hughes as the primary kickoff returner — and could help make up for the 63.6 percent of the snaps Hughes played on defense. "It's unfortunate what happened to Mike, but I feel like someone that could come in and fill those shoes, so I'll just take on a role," Hill said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Dan Bailey is an NFL kicker and amateur meteorologist. Whenever Bailey is about to kick at an outdoor stadium, he spends time studying the projected weather in that city. With his Vikings facing the New York Jets on Sunday, Oct. 21, at often-windy MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Bailey has been checking the weather regularly this week.
ST. PAUL — With Linval Joseph ailing, the Vikings have added depth at nose tackle with David Parry. Joseph sat out practice Wednesday, Oct. 17, with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries. He had missed two plays in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-17 win over Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium after banging his left leg into teammate Danielle Hunter. On Tuesday, the Vikings signed David Parry, who was with them prior to being released Sept. 18. Parry played in Minnesota's first two games, including getting a sack Sept. 16 at Green Bay.
EAGAN, Minn. — Last May, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan signed a contract extension that will make him the first NFL player to earn $30 million in a season. In August, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers got an extension that will pay him even more. Kirk Cousins would have beaten them to it had he agreed to a deal with the New York Jets in March.