EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have almost every key player back from the 2017 team that won 14 games and went to the NFC championship game. Their new quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is playing up to his big contract. They’re one kick away from starting this season unbeaten. For all their strengths and stability, let alone dwindling space under the salary cap, the Vikings still sought upgrades at three positions in the three days that passed since their 29-29 tie at Green
EAGAN, Minn. — With a roster built for the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were in no position to practice patience with a struggling kicker. Rather than hoping Daniel Carlson could refocus after missing all three of his field goal attempts in the tie game at Green Bay, the Vikings waived the rookie on Monday and punted on the fifth-round draft pick they used on him five months ago. Two of Carlson’s misses came in overtime on Sunday, forcing the Vikings to settle for a 29-29
GREEN BAY — Wide right, times two. Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday. The rookie’s final attempt went to the right of the uprights, just like his kick from 49 earlier in overtime. Carlson also missed from 48 in the second quarter. Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with
GREEN BAY — For the Minnesota Vikings, it’s more about whether Aaron Rodgers will have his full bag of tricks while playing with a knee injury than if he’ll be playing at all. The Vikings are thoroughly convinced the Green Bay Packers quarterback will be in uniform today when they visit Lambeau Field. “I don’t know if he’s mobile. I don’t know if he can run. We don’t know anything,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.
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.
EAGAN, Minn. — With his first real game for the Minnesota Vikings in the books, Kirk Cousins has another initiation coming this weekend: a visit to Lambeau Field. Cousins and the Vikings play in Green Bay on Sunday, an earlier than usual contest for control of the NFC North. The only other times since 2000 that the Vikings have faced the Packers on the road in September were the season openers in 2003 and 2008. For Cousins, well, talk about diving right in. “It’s a great
GREEN BAY — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn’t buying it. The Green Bay Packers can say all they want that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is day to day with a knee injury. The two-time NFL MVP will be given the whole week to get ready for Sunday’s game against Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy said. “Yeah, well, you know he walks on water, so I’m sure he’s going to play,” Zimmer said Wednesday in a conference call. Green Bay returned to the practice
EAGAN, Minn. — For Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings, the final stage in the comeback has been completed. Eleven months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee , Cook finished a regular season game without any setbacks. In case there were any questions about whether the Vikings would seek to ease him back into action, well, he was on the field for 80 percent of the snaps in the season opener. “A lot of stuff to work on, a lot of stuff to get done in practice, but
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
MINNEAPOLIS — When Kyle Shanahan took over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers last year, his top priority was acquiring the type of quarterback he could try to help mold into the star this franchise of Joe Montana and Steve Young has lacked for so long. Before the 49ers got Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan and general manager John Lynch had their eyes on Kirk Cousins. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for Cousins in the fourth-round draft pick’s first two years in the NFL with