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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks off the field after the Jacksonville Jaguars intercepted a pass he threw during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Rivers looks to rebound from 2 interceptions in Colts opener

Sep. 16, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Throwing two interceptions and missing an open receiver for a potential touchdown will never cut it in Philip Rivers' world. He expects more. So the eight-time Pro Bowler and new Indianapolis Colts quarterback spent the last few days dissecting mistakes, making corrections, forgetting...

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a 24-yard touchdown pass over Minnesota Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Young Vikings CBs fail 1st test, fall to Rodgers, Packers

Sep. 13, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Since Mike Zimmer was hired as coach of the Vikings in 2014, Minnesota has built one of the NFL's best defenses. His acumen as a teacher and strategist will be stress-tested like never before this year. Aaron Rodgers took full advantage of the young cornerbacks and the empty stadium in...

Ravens hope Jackson and upgraded D lead to Super Bowl run

Sep. 8, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

BALTIMORE RAVENS (14-3) New faces: : DE Calais Campbell, DE Derek Wolfe, G D.J. Fluker, LB Patrick Queen, RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Devin Duvernay, LB Malik Harrison. Key losses: G Marshal Yanda, DT Michael Pierce, TE Hayden Hurst, RT James Hurst, LB Patrick Onawuasor, LB Josh Bynes, DE Chris Wormley, WR Seth Roberts,...

Vikings will lean on continuity to overcome key departures

Sep. 8, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-7) NEW FACES: DE Yannick Ngakoue, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jeff Gladney, CB Cameron Dantzler, WR Tajaé Sharpe, WR/PR/KR K.J. Osborn, OL Ezra Cleveland, DT James Lynch. KEY LOSSES: WR Stefon Diggs, DT Linval Joseph, DE Everson Griffen, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Trae Waynes, CB Mackensie...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer walks on the field before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. With a new offensive coordinator this season in 58-year-old Gary Kubiak, Zimmer, 64, has renewed energy for the job of trying to take the Vikings to that Super Bowl the franchise has never won.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Zimmer, remodeled Vikings defense not buying regression

Aug. 27, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense has largely fueled Minnesota's success since Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach, a balanced, disciplined and intelligent unit that has annually ranked among the NFL's best. This virus-altered season will serve as a stiff test. Before the COVID-19 outbreak forced teams to...

Vikings-Raiders trade rescinded after PJ Hall fails physical

Aug. 4, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The trade that sent defensive tackle P.J. Hall from Las Vegas to Minnesota for a conditional draft pick has been negated after Hall failed a physical with the Vikings. Minnesota had agreed Monday to send a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Raiders for Hall. The Vikings sent him...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson (34) gets past Oakland Raiders defensive tackle P.J. Hall (92) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., The Minnesota Vikings have acquired Hall from the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2021. Hall provides reinforcement for the interior for the Vikings after the opt-out by expected starter Michael Pierce. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

Vikings land DT P.J. Hall in deal with Raiders for late pick

Aug. 3, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings acquired defensive tackle P.J. Hall from the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2021, fetching a reinforcement for the interior on Monday after the opt out by expected starter Michael Pierce. Hall was a second-round pick in coach Jon...

Vikings place LB Barr on COVID reserve; 8th player on list

Jul. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve list for COVID-19 on Thursday, the eighth player they've designated since training camp began. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady runs across the field during a an NFL football workout at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla. Bruce Arians didn’t give much thought to the prospect of opting out of trying to help Tom Brady win a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 67-year-old whose aggressive offensive philosophy is dubbed “no risk it, no biscuit” is one of the oldest head coaches in the NFL, as well as a cancer survivor who once retired because of health concerns.  (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

NFL training camps opening with eye on baseball, babysitting

Jul. 28, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

Brady and Brees aren't the B words dominating the opening of NFL training camps. Try baseball and babysitting. As veterans report Tuesday for COVID-19 testing, with on-field work far on the horizon for now, eyeballs are focused on the pandemic issues in Major League Baseball. The coronavirus outbreak with the...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce (97) celebrates his fumble recovery with linebacker Tyus Bowser (54) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Baltimore. Pierce has decided to opt out of the 2020 season out of concern for catching the coronavirus. He has asthma. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

New Vikings DT Pierce, asthma sufferer, opts out of season

Jul. 28, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic turned life around the world upside down just as Michael Pierce signed his three-year, $27 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. The 350-pound defensive tackle's worry about playing this season grew as quickly as the spread of the coronavirus. Pierce has...