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Vikings Fire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 19, 2023 9:23 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have fired Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator. 

Although they won the second-most regular season games in team history, the Vikings' defense was one of the worst in franchise history. It finished the season ranked No. 28 in points allowed (25.1) and No. 31 in yards allowed (388.7).

Kevin O'Connell hired Donatell in part for his connection to the 3-4 scheme popularized by longtime NFL defensive coach Vic Fangio.

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GM Expects Kirk Cousins To Remain With Vikings

Jan 19, 2023 8:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah expects Kirk Cousins to remain the team's starting quarterback next season.

Cousins, 34, signed an extension last offseason through the 2023 season. The question now appears to be whether he will receive another short-term extension or play next season in the final year of his deal.

"It's our expectation that he'll be our quarterback," Adofo-Mensah said. "I can't say exactly how that would look. We have everything at our disposal. We'll consider all those things just like we would with everyone else on the roster."

Cousins is set to earn $30 million and count $36.25 million against the team's salary cap in 2023. An extension would make it more difficult to move on from him as he moves into his late 30s, but it likely would lower his 2023 cap hit.

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Vikings Place RT Brian O'Neill On IR

Jan 4, 2023 8:16 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have placed right tackle Brian O'Neill on injured reserve.

On Monday, Kevin O'Connell confirmed that O'Neill had a "pretty significant" calf injury.

O'Neill suffered the injury Sunday in the Vikings' 41-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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Vikings Clinch NFC North With Biggest Comeback In NFL History

Dec 17, 2022 8:42 PM

The Minnesota Vikings clinched the NFC North title Saturday with -- ho, hum -- the biggest comeback in NFL history.

Powered by a new coaching staff and largely the same roster that had missed the postseason in three of the past four years, the Vikings overcame a 33-point halftime deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 39-36 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Vikings Won't Change Defensive Playcaller

Dec 13, 2022 9:10 AM

The Minnesota Vikings won't change who calls defensive plays even after allowing 464 yards to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Vikings have allowed more than 400 yards in each of their last five games.

On Monday, Kevin O'Connell was asked if he's considered taking defensive play calling duties away from defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.

"You know you're always looking at things that you think might be -- what could be a possible answer to help the guys play better and be more consistent, but as of right now, no, that's not something I'm considering," O'Connell said.

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Jerry Jones' Sights Back On Super Bowl After Win

Nov 21, 2022 1:11 AM

Last week, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones used the word "frustrated" over and over again after an overtime loss at the Green Bay Packers. On Sunday, following a 40-3 win against the Minnesota Vikings, Jones said he believes the Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders.

"A resounding yes. Yes. Unequivocally," Jones said. "I think we've had adversity. We very easily could have more adversity ... Yes, I think if we use the experience of what we're having in the season, then we're going to be playoff ready. But I sure do think that what I see out here right now is the team like that you could go get a Super Bowl with."

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Josh Allen In Line To Be Active And Potentially Starting

Nov 13, 2022 1:12 AM

The Buffalo Bills did not elevate practice squad quarterback Matt Barkley to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, meaning Josh Allen is in line to be active for the game and potentially starting.

Allen, who is dealing with a right elbow injury, and backup Case Keenum are the only quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, which means the team felt a certain level of comfort with Allen's ability to play. He remains officially questionable.

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Bills Not Rushing Decision On Playing Josh Allen

Nov 12, 2022 2:01 AM

Josh Allen's status continues to be up in the air, with the Buffalo Bills quarterback listed as questionable for the game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Allen was a limited participant in practice Friday, his first participation this week after suffering a right elbow injury Sunday against the New York Jets. He was seen at the end of the session wearing a practice jersey for the first time this week. Allen did not have on the sleeve he had been wearing on his right arm.

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Kirk Cousins: Stefon Diggs Trade Has Worked Out Well

Nov 10, 2022 8:33 AM

Kirk Cousins says the trade that sent Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills has worked out well for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings acquired the Bills' 2020 first-round pick in the deal, which they used to select Justin Jefferson. He immediately filled the void left behind by Diggs.

"I think it's one that's worked out for everybody involved," Cousins said. “Stefon was looking for a different opportunity, and his production in Buffalo would suggest that's worked out very well for him. ... Being able to get Justin made it sting a little less, with the way Justin's played. But make no mistake about it, Stefon is an elite receiver, he's shown that here, he's shown that there, and he's doing it again this year, and it doesn't surprise me in the least, having played with him."

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T.J. Hockenson Traded By Lions To Vikings

Nov 1, 2022 12:36 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have acquired T.J. Hockenson from the Detroit Lions for a 2023 second round pick and a 2024 third round pick. The Vikings will also acquire a 2023 fourth round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth round pick.

The Vikings have a 6-1 record while the Lions are 1-6.

Hockenson has caught 26 balls for 395 yards and three touchdowns this season at tight end for the Lions. 

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Patrick Peterson Relishes Win Over Cardinals

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