MINNEAPOLIS — With a boost from an illegal block penalty by the Buffalo Bills during a punt, the Minnesota Vikings finally crossed midfield with 9:36 left in the third quarter. Their next two plays were an incompletion and an interception. That was a fitting sequence in a game dominated from start to finish by, not the 16½-point favorite Vikings, but the previously winless Bills in the 27-6 decision . “I have not lost faith in this football team, but it just shows you
EAGAN, Minn. — For all the heads Mike Hughes has turned in practice with Minnesota since the Vikings picked him in the first round of the draft, they certainly harbored no plan to play him on 79 percent of the snaps on defense in his first real NFL game. That’s what happened in his debut, though, thanks to injuries to two fellow cornerbacks. Hughes had an interception return for a touchdown and a team-leading three pass breakups in Minnesota’s 24-16 victory over San Francisco.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins gave the Minnesota Vikings exactly what they needed for a victorious debut by their new quarterback. The throws Cousins made in tight coverage at important times were on target. And unlike Jimmy Garoppolo, he kept the ball out of the other team’s hands. Cousins passed for two touchdowns and the Vikings forced four turnovers, fueling a 24-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that stuck Garoppolo with his first loss in eight games as an NFL
EAGAN, Minn. — Terence Newman was among the many members of the Minnesota Vikings saddened by the release of 11-year veteran defensive end Brian Robison, one of the most difficult moves made during the weekend roster reduction. The departure of the team’s longest-tenured player made Newman think even deeper about the passage of time and his place in the game. Soon after Robison was let go Newman accepted an offer to serve as the assistant defensive backs coach and thus declare his
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota and Jacksonville had the top two defenses in the NFL last season, a major reason why the Vikings and Jaguars reached their respective conference championship games. Two joint practices and one exhibition game produced yet more evidence of the exceptional skill and sound scheme each team has on that side of the ball. Yannick Ngakoue had an 11-yard sack that helped Jacksonville hold Kirk Cousins and Minnesota’s starting offense to three completions and three