The defense’s big-play problem persisted as the safeties have carried a heavier load in run support for a weakened defensive front during the Vikings' 0-3 start.
The end of Sunday's loss to the Titans was “more of a disaster than chaos,” Mike Zimmer says. Plus, two players who stood out, two trends to watch and one big question.
The Vikings are hosting the maximum 250 ‘fans’ — staff and family members — allowed under state COVID-19 regulations. They’re testing fan protocols “in preparation for the potential return of fans" later this season.
An 0-2 start while allowing the second-most points in the NFL is as bad as it gets. The opening gamesw have left Vikings fans with a lot of questions.
After losing linebacker Anthony Barr to a season-ending pectoral injury, the Vikings are signing a veteran with plenty of starting experience.
Mike Hughes watched Vikings defensive backs run through position drills from the sideline of Wednesday’s practice.
A longer look at Sunday's loss helps to explain Kirk Cousins' dreadful 15.9 passing rating and other trouble spots that need fixing.
If things keep going as they have, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings react. Coach Mike Zimmer often talks about how he loves proving people wrong, and he’s got quite the chance to do it here.
Among the top Vikings storylines are new contributors after two injuries — cornerback Cameron Dantzler (rib) and right guard Pat Elflein (thumb) — popped up this week.
Rookie Cameron Dantzler, who worked his way past Jeff Gladney to win the nickel cornerback job for last week’s Vikings season opener, will be out with a rib injury.
The current list of 130 players, including defensive standouts Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, will be whittled down to 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2021.
Mike Zimmer said he can do a “better job” with the young Vikings cornerbacks after Sunday’s loss. But how Zimmer uses his veteran safeties can also have an impact.
It was a ghastly debut for the Vikings’ new-look defense, and the progress of the team’s young cornerbacks will have to be measured over the course of the season.
Sure, it’s unusual that the Vikings are opening the season at home against the Packers. It has never happened before. But that, unfortunately, is, not the only strange thing about the Vikings’ first game of the 2020 season.
Over half of the starting jobs changed hands from last year’s Week 1 defense, starting with cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Holton Hill.
The Vikings also announced they will wear t-shirts with the names of 200 individuals who have been killed by acts of racism or police brutality during Sunday’s pregame efforts to bring awareness to social justice issues
Danielle Hunter has been placed on the Vikings' injured reserve list, which means he can't play until Oct. 4 vs. Houston. But there's no guarantee he'll be ready then.
Chase McLaughlin, who went undrafted in 2019 out of Illinois, will be an emergency option behind Vikings kicker Dan Bailey.
Meredith “Mimi” Kol-Balfour, a Minneapolis Southwest graduate, is the first recipient of a George Floyd Legacy Scholarship, established with a $125,000 endowment by the Vikings in June.
Ryan Connelly, who had two interceptions in three starts as a Giants rookie linebacker, returns to Minnesota as the Vikings continue rotating linebacker depth.