Vikings’ Defense Must Account for More Than Just Brady

Nov 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the huddle against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Despite the fact that the Patriots are 8-3 and are undoubtedly a top-five team, they have not received nearly the public praise as other AFC favorites. Their offense is, by any measure, great. Their division is effectively sewn up. They have big names. So why are the Chiefs and Steelers getting all the love as AFC offensive juggernauts?

Vikings Bury Packers: Three Up, Three Down

Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports
In a change of pace from the last few games, it was tough to find negatives with the Vikings' performance Sunday night. In a key division game, they showed the talent level that led many to pick them to win the NFC North at the beginning of the season. 

Charting Cousins: Week 11 at Chicago

Nov 18, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports
In week 11, the Vikings fell on the road to the Bears. Cousins' numbers were decent, but multiple mistakes cost the Vikings a chance to take control of the NFC North. 

Vikings Rebound With Convincing Win Over Packers

Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter against Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
It was a matchup of two somewhat disappointing teams facing their potential last stand in a division clash. The Vikings, at 5-4-1, coming off an ugly loss on the road in Chicago, would still have a path to the playoff with a loss, but it would be a narrow one. The Packers came in below .500 and needed the win to hang in the NFC playoff picture. 

Week 12 Packers at Vikings: Matchups, Injuries, Predictions

Sep 16, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a pass for a touchdown against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
While not mathematically eliminated, the loser of Sunday night's game will effectively see their playoff hopes dwindle away. Both have performed below expectations this year and are coming off major road losses in week 11. These division rivals have everything to play for.

Being a Defensively-Built Team No Longer Works

Which brings us to the Vikings. Rick Spielman built a great roster for 2017. The defense is loaded at every level, the offense has play-makers and he got a quarterback thought to be the missing link. But here they are, 5-4-1, middle of the pack. 

Cousins and Primetime Do Not Get Along

Kirk Cousins has never been an elite quarterback. No one should claim he ever was, regardless of the number of zeros on his contract. While he has put up great numbers much of this year and has been the catalyst of some of the best offensive performances in recent Vikings memory, Cousins has been and always will be flawed.

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FPC Vikings Predicts Week 11 Vikings at Bears

Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) looks to pass against Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday's matchup is only the third division game for the Vikings this season, but it is proving to perhaps be one of the most important of the season. With Green Bay and Detroit reeling and Chicago surging, Minnesota's trip to Solider Field could ultimately...

Key Matchups for Week 11 Vikings at Bears

Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) runs in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Back when the 2018 schedule was released, few imagined a week 11 game in Chicago would have such high stakes applied to it. Yet, here we are, with the Bears in first place, the Vikings a tick behind and both appearing postseason-inclined. 

Which Mitchell Trubisky Will the Vikings See Sunday?

Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) passes in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The top of the NFC North features two teams on almost identical tracks. Initially built as defense-first units, both the Bears and Vikings have shown stalwart offenses in 2018 thanks to good scheming, solid quarterback play and dangerous weapons. Chicago's development has been particularly notable, given the anemic state of the offense a season ago.

Charting Cousins Week 9 – The Midseason Report

Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
In week nine, the Vikings earned an easy win vs the Lions behind a dominant defensive performance. Kirk Cousins was solid throughout the game, but his overall numbers were lower due to the commanding lead the Vikings had. Adam Thielen’s streak of 100-yard receiving...

D-Line Depth May Be Vikings’ Best Addition

Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (93) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) enter the field before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Less than 10 months ago, an exciting Vikings season ended unceremoniously. The hopes of playing for the Super Bowl in their own building were dashed as the Eagles celebrated a 38-7 shellacking in Philadelphia. Nick Foles, career journeyman turned folk hero, had shredded the NFL's top defense in a way no one thought possible.

Abdullah a No-Lose Addition for Vikings

Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (21) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings claimed former Lions running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers Wednesday, just one day after being released by Detroit. Minnesota waived rookie Roc Thomas to make room for Abdullah. 

Three Up, Three Down as Vikings Enter Bye Week

Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) returns a fumble for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Following a tough loss against the Saints, the Vikings came out and dismantled the Lions' offense and head into the bye confident and just a tick behind the Bears in the division. 

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