by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) The Patriots totaled 292 total net yards of offense and scored 30 points (including a special-teams score) on the Vikings defense in Week 2. The Vikings totaled one sack of Tom Brady.
Four Vikings defenders land on injury report
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) The Vikings injury report for Week 2 against the Patriots features four players from the defensive side of the ball, with only one player ruled out so far.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/7/14) The Vikings defense held the Rams without a touchdown Sunday in a blowout 34-6 win on the road in Week 1.
The defense racked up five sacks against the overmatched Rams line and secured two interceptions, with Harrison Smith returning one of the picks 81 yards for a touchdown. The defense could have had an even bigger day, but they were unable to recover any of the Rams' four fumbles. The Vikings figure to have a much tougher test defensively in Week 2 when the Patriots come to town.
Vikings DST may disappoint as a Week 1 matchup play
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/4/14) When Rams quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending injury, some Fantasy owners may have circled the Vikings as a cheap, quality DST option in Week 1 based on a matchup against backup quarterback Shaun Hill. Those Fantasy owners may end up bring disappointed by the time the final whistle blows Sunday.
The Rams had to play without Bradford for half of last season as well, and yet they still made for a middling matchup play for DSTs, ranking as the 14th-worst offensive unit to face. Also, Hill is measurably better than the replacement quarterbacks trotted out by the Rams last season. His statistics even compare favorably to those of Bradford. The Vikings struggled against the pass last season, and the Rams may have the ability to be more balanced offensively than people may think.
While the Vikings defense could be much better this season after making significant changes on each level, it's something Fantasy owners will want to see before trusting them as a quality matchup play. With difficult matchups against the Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Packers and Lions on the horizon, the Vikings DST may end up sitting on waiver wires most weeks.
Jasper Brinkley, Robert Blanton make way into starting lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/3/14) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that Jasper Brinkley will start at middle linebacker Week 1 at St. Louis, beating out Audie Colefor the job. Zimmer also said Robert Blanton will start at strong safety.
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When the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, they also hired the architect of the Bengals' outstanding defense and an aggressive defensive mind. Zimmer is responsible for some solid defenses not just in Cincinnati but previously in Dallas, and he's already making his mark in Minnesota. The Vikings added beefy defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cagey cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, drafted pass rusher Anthony Barr and re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen this spring. Combine these guys with key defenders like Harrison Smith, Brian Robison and Chad Greenway and you'll recognize that this is a defense that could make a jump in 2014. Tack on Cordarrelle Patterson returning kicks and you're looking at a sleeper DST that has a nice Week 1 matchup at St. Louis (before five nightmarish matchups). You can consider them with a final-round flier in deeper leagues.