- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 11
- Claim to Fame: The Minneapolis Miracle (Stefon Diggs’ TD against the Saints in the 2017 Divisional Round) was the first ever “walk-off” touchdown in the NFL playoffs
- Claim to Shame: The Vikings haven’t won two games in the same playoffs since 1987
It hasn’t been an easy existence for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings and the Purple People Eaters were all the rage early in the Super Bowl era. They went to four Super Bowls from 1969-76, but couldn’t lay claim to one title.
Since then, it’s been a whole lot of missed kicks from the likes of Gary Anderson and Blair Walsh, to name a couple culprits.
Those ill-fated kicks aside, things have turned around for Minnesota lately. They feature one of the most feared defenses in the NFL. In 2017, they allowed league-lows in yards per game (275.9), yards per play (4.6), and points per game (15.75) while finishing 13-3.
The unit wasn’t quite as dominant in 2018, but still finished third in the NFC in points allowed (341) and fourth in the league in Defensive DVOA.
The relatively average results from the defense were still much better than what they got out of the offense, though. In Kirk Cousins’ first year with the team, Minnesota finished 19th in the NFL in scoring and 18th in Offensive DVOA.
Regression on both sides of the ball saw the team’s record fall to 8-7-1, which was outside of the playoff picture in the NFC.
Cousins was actually reasonably good under center (30 TD, 11 INT, 99.7 passer rating) but the run game was anemic, finishing 28th in efficiency, partly due to Dalvin Cook missing five games because of injury.
Heading into 2019, Harrison Smith still anchors the defense at safety, while Anthony Barr is a star at linebacker. The team is just hoping Cook is healthy to complete the offense.
|Passing YPG Allowed||8||225.1|
|Rushing YPG Allowed||8||95.8|
|Chad Beebe||Ankle||IR||Beebe has been added to the injured reserve list due to torn ligaments in his ankle, and he will sit out for an extended period. Lasted Updated: 09/24/2019|
|Josh Doctson||Hamstring||IR||Doctson has hit the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after a hamstring injury. It is unclear if he will return to action Sunday against the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|C.J. Ham||Ankle||questionable||Ham has an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Mike Hughes||Knee||questionable||Hughes is bothered by a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be a participant in Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Linval Joseph||Knee||questionable||Joseph is tending to a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up for Sunday's matchup versus the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Hercules Mata'afa||Spine||questionable||Mata'afa has been absent from the lineup during the past two games with a cervical spine injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Sunday's matchup against the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|David Morgan||Knee||IR||Morgan has landed on the reserve/PUP list after having offseason knee surgery. He will miss the entire 2019 season. Lasted Updated: 10/29/2019|
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||Shoulder||questionable||Odenigbo is dealing with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Cowboys on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Andrew Sendejo||Groin||questionable||Sendejo is tending to a groin injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/07/2019|
|Adam Thielen||Hamstring||doubtful||Thielen left the last game with a hamstring injury. His availability for Sunday's contest versus the Cowboys is in doubt. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019|
|Trae Waynes||Ankle||questionable||Waynes is nursing an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Cowboys. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|
|Stephen Weatherly||Groin||questionable||Weatherly is battling a groin injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up against the Cowboys on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 11/06/2019|