Vikings hire ex-NFL vet Kaeding as part-time kicking coach

Football 05/29/19, 16:46

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 working with Vikings specialists this spring. He's been at the practice facility a couple of times per week, with electronic communication between visits. ...

With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in draft

Football 04/18/19, 18:20

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 stability.The Vikings have consistently fielded one of the NFL's best defenses since coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. In the two ...

Vikings keep Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator

Football 01/09/19, 17:49

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.The Vikings announced Wednesday the appointment of Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator, avoiding another offseason of transition under Zimmer while ...

With Barr set high, pass-rushing Vikings hitting stride on D

Football 12/19/18, 18:26

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 ...

Update: Vikings off to good start with Stefanski

Sports 12/16/18, 13:54

The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times local):Interim Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has sure quickly settled in to his new role as the play caller.The Vikings have scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions against Miami.Kirk Cousins threw a 13-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs. ...

Vikings QB Cousins takes OC DeFilippo firing ‘personally’

Football 12/12/18, 18:59

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 ...

Playoff stakes high as Vikings travel to Seahawks

Football 12/06/18, 19:14

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 ...

On prove-it deal, Richardson giving Vikings plenty of value

Football 11/29/18, 17:11

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.The same day Kirk Cousins was introduced with his $84 million fully guaranteed contract, Zimmer was watching video of some ...

When Vikes visit Pats, Rhodes has ‘good chance’ of playing

Football 11/28/18, 17:17

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.Rhodes arrived in time to make the tackle after a 36-yard gain by the Packers, but in ...

Vikings reach halfway point with daunting stretch ahead

Football 10/29/18, 19:51

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.The challenge starts with the schedule. The next five ...

Vikings rule Barr, Compton, Cook, Sendejo out vs. Saints

Football 10/26/18, 21:19

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 ...

Vikings to ease Griffen in, unsure if he plays vs Saints

Football 10/24/18, 14:50

The Minnesota Vikings will gradually work in defensive end Everson Griffen this week in his return from mental health treatment, with his playing status for the upcoming game against New Orleans yet to be determined.Griffen rejoined his teammates for practice on Wednesday, his first time on the field in almost ...

Order restored for Vikings defense, after 3rd straight win

Football 10/22/18, 22:07

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, ...

Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17

Football 10/21/18, 21:14

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 ...

Thielen it: Vikings star on record-setting receiving pace

Football 10/15/18, 18:51

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 ...

Vikings lose rising star rookie CB Mike Hughes to torn ACL

Football 10/15/18, 17:09

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending a promising rookie season after six games.Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday, after Hughes was hurt in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's 27-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. Hughes was covering Cardinals ...

When Vikings visit Eagles, DeFilippo returns to native city

Football 10/04/18, 18:43

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.DeFilippo also held some frank offseason conversations with head coach Mike Zimmer ...

Pressure needs to be on for Vikings to rebound vs. Eagles

Football 10/01/18, 20:18

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.Opportunities for the Vikings to disrupt Goff's rhythm with a well-timed sack or a hurried incompletion were scant, as the high-octane Rams never let up in that 38-31 victory ...

Zimmer, Vikings scrambling for solutions to suddenly shaky D

Football 09/28/18, 20:05

The Minnesota Vikings have been built around a stifling defense since Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach.That foundation has developed a frightening amount of cracks, one-fourth of the way through Zimmer's fifth season. The Vikings allowed 456 passing yards in their 38-31 loss in Los Angeles to the Rams ...

Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

Football 09/24/18, 23:44

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.Griffen was ruled out on the pregame injury report against Buffalo on Sunday because of what was listed as knee trouble. When asked afterward why Griffen wasn't ...

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