Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen have carried the Vikings offense all season. They were doomed, though, on Sunday when both committed a costly turnover. In a 30-20 loss to New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen lost a fumble late in the second quarter that was returned 54 yards, and Cousins threw an interception that was returned for a Saints touchdown early in the third quarter.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was a celebration Sunday when Adam Thielen tied an NFL record, but it wasn’t by the Vikings wide receiver. Thielen caught nine passes for 110 yards in Minnesota’s 37-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, giving him 100 or more yards receiving for the seventh straight game to open a season. That tied the record set by Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers in 1961. Thielen shrugged off the accomplishment, saying he only cared about getting a victory. But members of Hennigan’s family had a much different reaction.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—TNew York media spent much of the week ripping quarterback Kirk Cousins for his decision in March to choose the Vikings over the Jets in free agency. What did Cousins think about that? “I never read it, so I don’t even have any knowledge to be able to process it or incorporate it into my approach,” he said. “I try to believe that ignorance is bliss and I try to stay as ignorant as possible.”
MINNEAPOLIS—Another game, another 100 yards for Adam Thielen. The Vikings receiver caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the 27-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 14, at U.S. Bank Stadium. He is the second player in NFL history with 100 or more yards receiving in each of the first six games of a season. Charley Hennigan of Houston did it in the first seven games in 1961 when the Oilers were in the American Football League; AFL records were absorbed by the NFL after the 1970 merger.
PHILADELPHIA — For much of this season, the Vikings' vaunted defense had been pushed around. Not on Sunday. The Vikings got a key 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown from nose tackle Linval Joseph and mostly slowed down the Philadelphia Eagles' offense in a 23-21 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. The win avenged a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game. The Vikings were ranked first in the NFL both scoring defense and total defense all of last season before falling apart in that game.
PHILADELPHIA — After the Vikings suffered an ugly 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in the NFC championship game in January, tackle Rashod Hill didn't hesitate to immediately watch the tape. In fact, he viewed it three times soon after returning home. Recently, Hill has watched the tape two more times, including on Thursday night. He wants to be ready for Minnesota's return visit Sunday, Oct. 7, to Lincoln Financial Field.
EAGAN, Minn.—It is 1,926 miles from the Twin Cities to Los Angeles. As far as Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, that's too far to go for a game during a short week. "Yes, it's a problem,'' Zimmer said Tuesday. The Vikings face the Rams on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. They left Tuesday evening following practice, a day earlier than they usually fly to road games, to try to better acclimate themselves to the two-hour time change.
MINNEAPOLIS—The boo birds came out in full force Sunday, Sept. 23, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings, 16 1/2-point favorites on their home field, were dismantled in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Trailing 27-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings averted their first shutout loss since 2007 when Kirk Cousins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 2:59 left. The Bills entered the game 0-2, having lost those two games by a combined 55 points.
The Vikings on Monday planned to waive rookie kicker Daniel Carlson and sign veteran Dan Bailey, sources said. Carlson, a fifth-round pick last April, missed three field goals in Sunday’s 29-29 tie at Green Bay. A source said the Vikings also plan to sign wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. Bailey is the second-most accurate kicker in NFL in NFL history at 88.2 percent, behind only Justin Tucker at 90.3 percent. Bailey kicked for Dallas from 2011-17 before he was released Sept. 1 in a surprise move.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray slipped into Stefon Diggs' postgame media session Sunday, Sept. 9, and pretended to be a reporter. "You were the third-leading receiver today behind Dalvin Cook. How do you think he caught the ball?" Murray asked. In Minnesota's 24-16 season-opening victory over the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium, Cook caught six passes out of the backfield for 55 yards. Wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs had six and three receptions, respectively.