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Notebook: Vikings' D-line breaks through, doubles sack total in win


The Minnesota Vikings defensive line’s breakout game couldn’t have come at a better time as their depleted secondary allowed 383 passing yards in Sunday’s 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

Defensive end Jared Allen had his first monster game of the season after not registering a stat in a loss […]

Raymond, Hodges debut as injuries highlight Vikings inactives


Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond and rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges will make their season debuts as the team will be without three starters when they kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at noon.

Cornerback Chris Cook (groin), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) are inactive for the first […]

Minnesota Vikings Not Looking To Make Immediate Changes

By cbsexaminer

By Joseph Gunther

(credit: Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than starting winless in three games. To make matters worse, the team lost the last two by giving up touchdowns in the final minute of the game.

The Vikings have missed opportunities on the field, been predictable on offense […]

Cook, Sanford to have MRI exams as Vikings leave for London


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings secondary was a question mark heading into the 2013 season, but after allowing almost 1,000 passing yards through the first three games — it’s a glaring weakness in this winless team.

And now safety Jamarca Sanford (quad), cornerback Chris Cook (groin) and cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle) […]

Vikings injury updates: Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford, A.J. Jefferson


MINNEAPOLIS — As training camp rolled around, depth in the secondary was a concern for the Vikings. That lack of depth manifested itself Sunday, as Chris Cook, Jamarca Sanford and A.J. Jefferson left the game with injuries. Jefferson returned in some defensive packages, but Cook and Sanford remained on the sidelines.

Marcus Sherels, […]

Halftime: Vikings down 24-17 against new-look Browns


INNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings opened with a bang against the Cleveland Browns, converting on running back Adrian Peterson’s fourth touchdown of the season to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive for their third straight 7-0 start of the season.

But just like the last two games, the momentum died quickly against a Browns […]

Notebook: Vikings taking 'must-win' mentality into Soldier Field


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ numerous fundamental errors and mental mistakes against the Detroit Lions on opening weekend set the tone for this Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.

It’s a must win.

Or at least the game will be approached that way, even though the season just started.

“This game […]

Seven inactives for Vikings, Guion to start for Williams


The Minnesota Vikings announced seven inactives for Sunday’s regular season opener at the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety Mistral Raymond, rookie linebackers Gerald Hoges and Michael Mauti, guard Jeff Baca, defensive end George Johnson and defensive tackle Kevin Williams will not suit up.

The most notable of the inactives is safety Mistral […]

Zulgad: Trying to talk Antoine Winfield out of retirement a no-brainer

by Judd Zulgad

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Leslie Frazier might not lead the campaign to get Antoine Winfield to reconsider his decision to retire, but it’s clear that some of Frazier’s players are going to see if the veteran cornerback is really done.

“I will most definitely call him and try to talk him […]

Zulgad: Vikings need Chris Cook to prove he can remain on the field

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Chris Cook didn’t worry much about taking notes when he attended defensive meetings at the University of Virginia.

But then Cook was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 and began sitting next to Antoine Winfield as the defensive backs met at Winter Park. Cook observed, and eventually began to copy, […]