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Jumping right in: Rookies make big impact on NFL season

Dec. 6, 2019 5:07 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Hey rook, get in there. The salary cap, rookie wage scale and migration of strategies from the college to the professional game have placed more of a premium than ever on playing rookies in the NFL. The days of sitting on the bench or having limited roles while learning from trusted...

Seahawks take over 1st place in NFC West, beat Vikings 37-30

Dec. 3, 2019 6:27 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game. Even when they’re comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving. “Close games are cool, aren’t they? I like...

Vikings can’t finish another 2nd half rally in 37-30 loss

Dec. 3, 2019 1:41 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When he came out for the start of the second half, Kyle Rudolph knew the Minnesota Vikings had a chance to take control. They had a seven-point lead. They had the ball to start the final 30 minutes. After scoring on their final possession of the first half, the opportunity was there for...

Despite tight goal-line D, Vikings need better pass coverage

Nov. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After all the long passing plays and fourth-down conversions the Minnesota Vikings surrendered against Denver, the defense still had the game in its hands. Forcing three straight incompletions by Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen inside the 5-yard line, the Vikings and their fans...

Offensive balance missing early in Vikings' loss to Chiefs

Nov. 4, 2019 7:11 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Facing the 30th-ranked run defense in the NFL and featuring the league's top rusher in Dalvin Cook, the Minnesota Vikings opened Sunday's game at Kansas City with three straight passes. Kirk Cousins overthrew Cook on a first-down screen. There was a missed connection with an open Adam...

Vikings' high-powered offense grounded by improving Chiefs D

Nov. 3, 2019 9:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings should have felt good about their chances against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, especially when Kirk Cousins and their high-scoring offense got the ball back with a 23-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Everything unraveled in spectacular fashion....

As Vikings prep for Redskins, Cousins grateful for old team

Oct. 23, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The coaches and players who have departed the Washington Redskins have not always been complimentary of their time with a franchise that has experienced its share of dysfunction over the past two decades. Kirk Cousins conceivably could have joined that chorus of critics, a cacophony...

Redskins-Vikings Preview Capsule

Oct. 23, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (1-6) at MINNESOTA (5-2) Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video OPENING LINE — Vikings by 15 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Redskins 2-5; Vikings 5-2 SERIES RECORD — Tied 13-13 LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Redskins 38-30, Nov. 12, 2017 LAST WEEK —...

If Vikings are without Thielen, there's precedent of success

Oct. 22, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When Adam Thielen left the previous game in Detroit because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter, the Minnesota Vikings didn't miss a beat without their two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. The passing clinic that Kirk Cousins put on during the 42-30 victory over the Lions...

Balance leads to breakout for Vikings offense, Kirk Cousins

Oct. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With a chance to drain the clock and preserve Sunday's win at Detroit, the Minnesota Vikings lined up on second down with three tight ends next to the offensive line; eight players with their hand in the turf to block for running back Dalvin Cook. The Lions reacted to stop the run when...