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2018 Schedule
6-5-1, 2nd in NFC North
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2dWarren Sharp and Preston Johnson

Best bets for Vikings-Seahawks

The Seahawks are favorites against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Will they cover? Here are our best bets for the game.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

John DeFilippo on opportunities he saw where the Vikings could have run the ball more in New England: "In the first half I thought we were pretty balanced. When you take out the third downs and those things. During that mock drive, there was probably – I went back and self-scouted myself – there were two or three instances where we threw the football on that 1st-and-10 from around the 26 that we probably should have run the football and made that aware to him and my thoughts on that. It's just like anybody. I look to go out each week and improve myself. You're always self-evaluating yourself and looking for ways to get better."

Woodson, Bruschi: Winning at Seattle tough for Vikes (1:13)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Weatherly on how the QB stretch of Rodgers, Brady, Wilson will prepare the Vikings for the caliber of play they'll face if they make the postseason: "The one thing I like is that we've experienced a lot of different quarterbacks, a lot of different styles of offenses, and throughout the season we've had a lot of ups and downs, so playing these next four games, it's a four-game season. Do what we have to do. But at the end of it, when we go to the playoffs, we have experienced a lot, so nothing will be new to us. I think that'll help."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL announced its 32 nominees for the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Kyle Rudolph is once again the Vikings nominee for he and his wife Jordan's work with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Rudolph opened "Kyle Rudolph's End Zone" last December, a therapeutic space the Vikings TE designed for patients going through treatment.

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5dAaron Schatz

Predicting the NFL wild-card races

It's a muddled mess in both conferences, with 14 teams still in the mix. Here's an updated ranking of each wild-card contender's chances.

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7dCourtney Cronin

Zimmer rues moving off run game late vs. Pats

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer cited a "lack of consistency" as to why the team's run game faltered during a 24-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

After saying he felt the offense panicked after getting down 17-10, Zimmer was asked to clarify what he meant and if he could tell that the team was panicked by paying attention to their body language on the sideline: "I don't pay attention to body language. I usually tell them what the body language is supposed to be. No, I don't think there was panic. When they went up 17-10, I mean, it was still a seven-point game. There's still a quarter left, almost a quarter left. I think maybe instead of continuing to do what we've been doing to get us back in the ballgame, we might've tried to do too much probably, in a lot of spaces."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer has critiqued the Vikings offense in recent weeks, from having too much 'volume' to not running the ball enough. I asked Zimmer how the process of installing the game plan works and whether John DeFilippo has as much autonomy to design/call what he wants as Pat Shurmur did, and what Zimmer's role is during the week: "I'm always involved with him. I sit down there and talk to him a lot about a lot of different things during the week. But I mean, yeah, it's about the same with Pat."

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

The Patriots like matching up their cornerbacks against wide receivers more than any other team. Yesterday was another great example of that. Jason McCourty had primarily been playing on the perimeter, but the Patriots moved him to the slot in order to match him up with Adam Thielen. Stephon Gilmore shadowed Stefon Diggs on the outside. Normal slot man Jonathan Jones barely played and J.C. Jackson took on nickel duties, playing outside against Laquon Treadwell and Aldrick Robinson.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

You have to imagine the Laquon Treadwell experiment is closing in on the end in Minnesota. He fell behind Chad Beebe before his injury and ran well behind Aldrick Robinson yesterday. The 2016 1st-round pick is only 23 years old, but has yet to emerge now nearly three seasons into his career.

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8dCourtney Cronin

Thielen: 'Cheap' play sparked Belichick exchange

Adam Thielen attributed his heated exchange with Patriots coach Bill Belichick to losing his emotions after what the Vikings receiver perceived to be a "cheap" play by New England in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Thielen explains what led to his words for Bill Belichick, which was sparked by the Patriots getting extra time to challenge Latavius Murray's spot on the 4th/inches run after Patrick Chung got injured: "I just thought the play was cheap. I wasn't directing it towards him. I just thought the play was cheap, but like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me because it's a smart football play if you are in that situation. Why not? It's not cheating because there's no rule against it from a guy going down. I don't know if he was hurt or not. He might have been hurt. That's fine. It is what it is. But like I said, just interesting timing for a guy to go down when it's a close play."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer's late first-half challenge sparked a huge change in momentum for the Vikings, which capped off an impressive two-minute drive starting from their own 26 yard line after the Patriots were stopped on 3rd-and-1 and forced to punt. Minnesota went 74 yards on 7 plays in 1:37 at the end of second quarter, highlighted by Adam Thielen's first catch of the game -- a 5-yard touchdown reception. The Vikings could have gone into halftime tied had Dan Bailey not missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. For now, they'll settle trailing 10-7.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be interesting to see how the Vikings utilize Xavier Rhodes, who is active despite dealing with a hamstring injury he sustained vs. GB. If he's fully healthy, I'd expect him to shadow Josh Gordon. If he's healthy ENOUGH to play but still dealing with lingering issues, which wouldn't be surprising due to the fact that he was pretty limited during his first and only day of practice on Friday, it'd make sense for this to be the first game all season where Rhodes hasn't shadowed a specific receiver and rather stay on his side of the field.

Team Stats

Passing Yards274.8
Rushing Yards86.1
Points For22.9
Points Against22.5