Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th75.3 (32nd)239.8 (18th)
Defense3rd106.9 (20th)207.9 (3rd)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 25 - 16at TEN
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Sun Sep 18
W 17 - 14GB
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Sun Sep 25
W 22 - 10at CAR
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Mon Oct 3
W 24 - 10NYG
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Sun Oct 9
W 31 - 13HOU
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Sun Oct 23
L 21 - 10at PHI
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Mon Oct 31
L 20 - 10at CHI
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Sun Nov 6
L 22 - 16DET
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Sun Nov 13
L 26 - 20at WAS
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Sun Nov 20
W 30 - 24ARI
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Thu Nov 24
L 16 - 13at DET
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Thu Dec 1
L 17 - 15DAL
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Sun Dec 11
W 25 - 16at JAC
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Sun Dec 18
L 34 - 6IND
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Sat Dec 24
L 38 - 25at GB
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Sun Jan 1
W 38 - 10CHI
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Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay10-6-05-1-0
Detroit9-7-03-3-0
Minnesota8-8-02-4-0
Chicago3-13-02-4-0
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Vikings' Brian Robison: Signs extension through 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Robison signed a one-year extension that takes his contract through 2018, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Robison agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from a non-guaranteed $5.3 million to a fully-guaranteed $3.9 million, with the number then dropping to $3.2 million (including $1.25 million guaranteed) for 2018. He'll turn 34 in April and has never recorded double-digit sacks in a season, but his run defense and consistency have long made him an asset to the Vikings. Robison has played 15 or 16 games in each of his 10 NFL seasons, recording 4.5 or more sacks each of the past six years while starting every contest he's played.

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Vikings' Latavius Murray: Has ankle surgery for bone spurs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murray's ankle surgery was related to bone spurs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Less than a week removed from signing up with the Vikings, Murray went under the knife Wednesday for an issue that became known during a mandated physical. He's expected to be healthy in time for training camp, but his absence from the offseason program could put him behind the eight ball as he attempts to build a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense. Throughout three seasons with the Raiders, he averaged 4.2 YPC and gathered in 91 of 119 targets (76.5 percent). Typically, sure hands would indicate that he's poised for a three-down role, but Jerick McKinnon has experience within the system, while the Vikings are a candidate to select a running back in April's draft, two factors that may place a damper on Murray's expectations.

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Vikings' Latavius Murray: Has ankle surgery Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Murray underwent ankle surgery Wednesday, the Vikings' official site reports.

Per the Vikings, the issue was revealed during Murray's physical prior to signing with the team last week. The extent nor the severity have been revealed, but he's expected to be ready by the start of training camp, thereby wiping away a large portion of the implementation of the offense due to his absence from the offseason program. Nonetheless, Murray isn't expected to be a true workhorse in the vein of the player he's slated to replace -- Adrian Peterson -- but the 27-year-old boasts steady receiving skills, reeling in 91 of 119 targets during three seasons with the Raiders. With the knowledge of Wednesday's surgery, expect the Vikings to tab another RB in next month's NFL Draft.

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Vikings' Sharrif Floyd: Knee remains an issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Floyd, who appeared in one game last season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee, is not back to full speed. "He's trying to get healthy. He's got this thing with his leg. I don't know if I should get too specific with it," head coach Mike Zimmer told a local radio station as conveyed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We're just waiting for it to get healthy and if that's the case then I think he can have a good year."

Minnesota signed defensive tackle Datone Jones in free agency, which likely shows the Vikings are not confident Floyd will be healthy for the 2017 season. However, Floyd has plenty of time to recover and be ready for training camp.

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Vikings' Latavius Murray: Fits in more modern Minnesota scheme
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The decision to sign Murray signals a shift in the Vikings' offensive philosophy, ESPN.com reports.

Long centered around Adrian Peterson's powerful legs, the Minnesota offense was forced to change last season while dealing with the combination of Peterson's absence and poor play along the line. Murray's addition hints at a continued move toward a modern pass-oriented scheme, as the former Raider brings a versatile skill set that includes strong pass blocking and solid hands -- but he doesn't have the elusiveness or tackle-breaking ability to carry an offense on his back. Regardless of whether Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is under center, the Minnesota passing game likely will have to carry the offense in 2017. Murray will be joined in the backfield by Jerick McKinnon, who managed just 3.4 yards per carry in Peterson's absence last year. The 27-year-old former Raider has a lot to play for, as his three-year contract can be voided after the first season. The Vikings may also bring in more help via the draft, as opposed to fully relying on Murray and McKinnon.

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