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Cousins, Vikes lament mistakes, opportunities lost vs. Pack

Sep. 16, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Near the end of an already flawed performance, Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings were in prime position to pull ahead of the Green Bay Packers and make all the cringe-worthy plays that came before moot. Then Cousins made the mistake of all mistakes, a rookie-like decision to throw...

Falcons, Vikings in similar spots, needing defense to lead

Sep. 5, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings have entered this season in a similar place, almost eerily so as they prepare to play each other in the opener. With Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, they're driven by a polished quarterback who has made 4,000-yard seasons a habit. In Devonta Freeman...

Vikings Preview Capsule

Aug. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1) New faces: C Garrett Bradbury, RG Josh Kline, DT Shamar Stephen, TE Irv Smith Jr., RB Alexander Mattison, P/K Kaare Vedvik, LS Austin Cutting, WR Jordan Taylor, assistant head coach/offensive adviser Gary Kubiak. Key losses: DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Latavius Murray, DT Tom Johnson, RG...

NFL 2019: Buzz is missing, but pressure persists for Vikings

Aug. 22, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The buzz surrounding the Minnesota Vikings a year ago was unmistakable, after the addition of the best available quarterback to a roster that reached the NFC championship game. Even for an experience-hardened team directed by a no-nonsense coach, though, the widespread belief that the...

Rookie Bradbury central to Vikings' reworked offensive line

Jul. 27, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Improving the offensive line was a clear priority for the Minnesota Vikings heading into this season. An offense featuring quarterback Kirk Cousins, receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, running back Dalvin Cook and tight end Kyle Rudolph finished in the bottom half of the league...

Cousins knows he'll be judged by Vikings' won-loss record

Jul. 24, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins is well aware of the label on an NFL career left largely unfulfilled, a quarterback with plenty of impressive stats but not enough team success. The scrutiny intensified with the fully guaranteed $84 million contract that Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings last year,...