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Lions, Vikings both desperate for win for different reasons

Dec. 02, 2021 11:11 AM EST

MINNESOTA (5-6) at DETROIT (0-10-1) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox BETTING LINE: Vikings by 7, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Minnesota 6-5; Detroit 6-4-1. SERIES RECORD: Vikings lead 79-39-2. ...

Vikings deem Dalvin Cook 'day to day' with shoulder injury

Nov. 29, 2021 18:58 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook's availability this week for the game at winless Detroit is in doubt because of an injury to his left shoulder, but coach Mike Zimmer stopped short on Monday of confirming a long-term absence. Cook was hurt...

Vikings visit 49ers in matchup of NFC wild-card contenders

Nov. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EST

MINNESOTA (5-5) at SAN FRANCISCO (5-5) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, Fox BETTING LINE: 49ers by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Minnesota 6-4; San Francisco 4-6. SERIES RECORD: 49ers lead...

Jefferson gives Vikings go-to target, and big-game mentality

Nov. 22, 2021 18:18 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Jefferson strutted onto the field for pregame warmups wearing a black-and-purple T-shirt bearing the likeness of his Hall of Fame predecessor Randy Moss. That was quite the bold statement by Minnesota's precocious wide receiver, particularly...

1st-place Packers visit Vikings, with Dillon at RB for Jones

Nov. 18, 2021 11:13 AM EST

GREEN BAY (8-2) at MINNESOTA (4-5) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox BETTING LINE: Packers by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Packers 9-1, Vikings 5-4. SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 63-55-3. ...

Win overshadows another strange second half for Vikings

Oct. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After Greg Joseph’s game-winning field goal went through the uprights on Sunday, euphoria overcame the Minnesota Vikings. Teammates lifted Joseph on their shoulders as they celebrated the 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. An...

Cousins thriving while Vikings find balance on offense

Sep. 27, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins took the shotgun snap and had the Seattle Seahawks’ pass rush immediately closing in. The Minnesota quarterback lofted a pass into the middle of the field while backpedaling, a potentially scary situation for a team nursing a 10-point lead and looking to...

Vikings aim to stop 7-game skid vs. Wilson, Seahawks

Sep. 23, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (1-1) at MINNESOTA (0-2) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, Fox OPENING LINE: Seahawks by 1, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Seahawks 1-1, Vikings 1-1. SERIES RECORD: Seahawks lead 13-5. ...

Hexed? Vexed? Vikings try to stay on track after missed kick

Sep. 20, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings haven't given up on Greg Joseph. He said he's still confident in himself, too. After a second straight excruciating loss, thanks to the latest miss on a late-game kick for this seemingly star-crossed franchise, the Vikings have...

Burrow and new-look Bengals open against Cook, Vikings

Sep. 09, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

MINNESOTA (7-9) at CINCINNATI (4-11-1) Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox OPENING LINE: Vikings by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook SERIES RECORD: Vikings lead 7-6 LAST MEETING: Vikings beat Bengals 34-7 on Dec. 17,...