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2018 Schedule
7-6-1, 2nd in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings players categorized Kevin Stefanski's game plan as "simpler." That doesn't mean they changed much offensively and ran a lot of plays they'd executed previously. What 'simpler' often entailed was running different plays out of the same personnel. Zimmer: "We pared some things down, but we ran one play 10 times with 10 different variations. So sometimes that's what it is too, you know. You can format it differently and get ‘em in different looks so they can't key on one thing, which we're basically running the same play."

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Vikings owner 'very happy' with coach Zimmer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer received a vote of confidence from team owner Zygi Wilf on Sunday after a win over Miami kept Minnesota in the playoff hunt.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cousins on how Vikings' 41 points doesn't just speak to what the offense did: "It's so much more than the offense. When you look at Marcus Sherels' punt return that gave us three points, we didn't do anything as an offense. We were terrible. We went three plays and out. Walked off the field undoing my chin strap, I'm ticked off. Get three points out of it, that's not our offense. They go for it on fourth-and-11 and our defense gets a sack, gives us the ball on the whatever yard line, 20-yard line, 15-yard line, that's not our offense. That's our defense. And that's the whole team putting the offense in position where they have to go for it on fourth-and-11 backed up in their own territory. When you start to play complimentary football, certain phases start to look really good but maybe it's other people helping you out. And guess what? The reason there's nine sacks is because we scored 21 points in the first quarter and gave our defense an opportunity to pin their ears back and go. It's everybody working together and that's NFL football, team football."

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Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17

Dalvin Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for Minnesota as the Vikings recommitted themselves to running the ball. They stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami...

Vikings run all over Dolphins in 41-17 win (1:06)
Cook spins and strolls in for 2nd TD run of game (0:19)
Robinson hauls in 40-yard TD to pad Vikings' lead (0:22)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

After going up 21-0 in the first quarter, the Vikings lead was cut to 21-10 at halftime 13 plays after Kirk Cousins thew his third pick-6 of the season. While the offense has looked the most explosive it has in weeks, the same issues for Cousins keep cropping up: shaky pocket presence and feel trying to dissect where pressure might be coming from while trying to execute his reads.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Dalvin Cook has scored 15.8 PPR fantasy points already today, the fourth consecutive week he has scored 15-plus. That's the first such streak of that length in his career. Disappointment or not this season, he's lining up for a potentially huge breakthrough in 2019.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings were only in shotgun twice on their first two drives. Cousins under center sets up so many opportunities for play-action, screen game, outside zone game, etc. A page out of the Rams book.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings get David Morgan back for the first time since Week 9, along with Sheldon Richardson and Mike Remmers, all three of whom were listed as questionable. Inactives: Kyle Sloter, Mike Boone, Chad Beebe, Craig James, Tashawn Bower, Brett Jones, Devante Downs.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Minnesota Vikings are 0-8-1 ATS in their past nine games against teams with a winning record. They are 7.5-point home favorites against the 7-6 Miami Dolphins today.

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2dAdam Schefter

Sources: DeFilippo out as head-coach candidate

Fired Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, once considered a hot head-coaching candidate, will have to take a step back before being back on the short list for vacancies, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Young: Vikings' season on Cousins, but within context (0:50)
Vikings will re-establish the run game to beat Dolphins (1:07)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Priefer on the illegal blocked field goal in Seattle that should have come with a 15-yard penalty: "I think at the end of day, all I probably can say is that it was illegal. I'm sure the young man was doing what he was taught to do. They got away with it, it was a missed call and that happens in football, to be quite honest. That's a hard call to make and they missed it. This week we had a field goal meeting this morning, I showed it. I told them this is a learning moment, how do we need to handle it? We can't always have the official bail us out, we've got to do a better job protecting, we've got to do a better job getting the ball up in the air and we've got to make every kick we're asked to make. At the end of the day, we're making no excuses, we're going to move on and be better because of it."

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6dCourtney Cronin and Cameron Wolfe

Pick your miracle: Minneapolis or Miami?

Over the past 11 months, the NFL has produced two jaw-dropping miracle plays that defied logic and snatched a victory. Which one reigns supreme?

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.9
Rushing Yards95.0
Points For23.1
Points Against22.0