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Vikings' pass rush disappears in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Vikings couldn't slow down a struggled Bears defense in Week 11, a 21-13 loss.

Coming off a blowout loss to the Packers, the Bears offense found some success against the Vikings defense, racking up 468 yards of total offense. The Vikings allowed three passing touchdowns, but limited the damage otherwise with two interceptions of quarterback Jay Cutler in the win.

The Vikings DST unit ended up with 6 Fantasy points, and snapped their streak of games with at least four sacks in the loss, as they failed to record a single one. They will try to bounce back, but have a tough test ahead of them in Week 12 against the Packers. 


Vikings pass rush keeps it up in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) The Vikings DST unit couldn't quite keep up their strong recent play in Week 9 against the Redskins, but they more than held their own in a 29-26 win.

The Vikings finished the game with nine Fantasy points, despite allowing 26 points and 347 yards of total offense, largely thanks to a dominant pass rush. They sacked Robert Griffin III five times and forced one interception in the game.

The Vikings pass rush has carried the defense recently, as the team has 20 sacks over the last four games. They are averaging 15.5 Fantasy points per game in that span, heading into Week 10's bye. 


Vikings list Week 9 inactives, Kyle Rudolph still sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Vikings safety Antone Exum, cornerback Jabari Price, fullback Zach Line, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey, guard Austin Wentworth and tight Kyle Rudolph were among the team's inactives Week 9 vs. Washington.

OT TD caps monster game for Vikings DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) A week after a strong defensive showing in which they recorded six sacks at Buffalo, the Vikings outdid themselves Week 8 at Tampa Bay. Not in sacks specifically, though they did have five of those, but in overall performance, limiting the Buccaneers to just 13 points on 225 yards.

They also scored their first defensive touchdown since Week 1, and it couldn't have come at a better time. On the first play of overtime, linebacker Anthony Barr stripped tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the ball and returned it 27 yards for the game-winning score. It wasn't the Vikings' only takeaway on the day. They also got an interception from Captain Munnerlyn in the first quarter.

The Vikings have allowed fewer than 20 points in back-to-back-to-back games, giving up an average of 15.7 points on 284.3 yards. They also have 15 sacks and six takeaways during that stretch.

The matchups have had a little something to do with it, but the Bills and Lions aren't quite the cakewalk the Buccaneers are. The Vikings DST is looking like a strong play with another favorable matchup Week 9 against Washington.


Vikings pass rush dominates in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Vikings DST unit continues to turn their season around, as they racked up 18 Fantasy points in a 17-16 loss to the Bills in Week 7.

The Vikings relied on a healthy pass rush that made up for the 373 yards of total offense allowed. They sacked quarterback Kyle Orton six times and picked him off once, while adding three fumble recovered in the loss.

The Vikings had just one double-digit Fantasy point effort in the first five games of the season, but now have two in a row. They will look to extend the streak to three in Week 8 against the Buccaneers. 


Vikings solid against struggling offense


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) The Vikings had an uncharacteristically strong defensive showing Week 6 against a Lions team that has struggled to put up points. Though they still lost the game, the Vikings allowed just 17 points on 255 yards. They also had four sacks.

It was their best showing since Week 1 at St. Louis, when Austin Davis was still getting acclimated. They had five sacks in that game and five in four thereafter.

Of course, they faced some stout offenses, at least historically speaking, in those four games, including the Patriots, Saints, Falcons and Packers. Still, the Lions have averaged just 16.2 points in their last five games and may have had as much to do with this poor showing as the Vikings DST.

The Vikings have a decent matchup Week 7 atBuffalo, but their DST remains just a low-end play in Fantasy.


Vikings S Harrison Smith ditches walking boot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Vikings safety Harrison Smith ditched the walking boot over the weekend, but his playing status for Week 6 against Detroit remains uncertain, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Smith injury his ankle the previous week against Green Bay and was unable to practice Tuesday. He will likely need to return to the practice field in order to play on Sunday.

Smith has registered three interceptions and 27 total tackles this season.


Vikings again hold their own


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) The Vikings DST hasn't endeared itself to Fantasy owners with its performance so far this season, but considering its last three games have come against the Falcons, Saints and Patriots, three historically prolific offenses, its numbers really aren't so bad.

The Vikings limited the visiting Falcons to 28 points on 411 yards in Week 4, picking off quarterback Matt Ryan twice and taking him down once.

In the one favorable matchup they had Week 1 at St. Louis, they allowed just six points on 318 yards, recording five sacks and two interceptions. They even contributed a touchdown.

Unfortunately, the road doesn't get any easier for them Week 5 at Green Bay, so you can leave the Vikings DST on waivers in Fantasy.


Vikings limit Saints offense


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) After their offense -- or more specifically, quarterback Matt Cassell -- betrayed them Week 2 against New England, the Vikings bounced back with a decent defensive performance against the hosting Saints in Week 3, limiting them to 20 points on 396 yards.

They didn't have many big plays, just a sack from rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, but still, limiting the high-scoring Saints to 20 points on 396 yards is an accomplishment unto itself. Remember: The Vikings defense had no shortage of big plays Week 1 at St. Louis, recording five sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown.

Unfortunately, Minnesota has another tough matchup Week 4 against the Falcons, so don't count on the Vikings DST just yet in Fantasy.


Anthony Barr records first sack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings rookie linebacker Anthony Barr recorded the first sack of his career Week 3 at New Orleans, taking down quarterback Drew Brees just before halftime. Barr had five tackles in all, two of them solo.

Robert Blanton leads way in tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Robert Blanton recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, Week 3 at New Orleans. He has yet to record fewer than six tackles in a game this season.

Harrison Smith not much of a factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith, who had a sack, an interception and a touchdown in Week 1 and followed it up with eight tackles in Week 2, wasn't as much of factor Week 3 at New Orleans. He had four tackles, including two solo.

Smith had 58 tackles in eight games last year after recording 104 in 2012.


Different QB little help for Cordarrelle Patterson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) After picking up 56 total yards, all receiving, Week 2 against the Patriots, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was looking to bounce back Week 3 at New Orleans. Instead, he delivered an even lower total. He had 61 yards on four catches, yes, but he also lost 7 on one carry.

This time, the play of quarterback Matt Cassel, who threw four interceptions in Week 2, wasn't to blame. Cassel broke his foot early in the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater and Patterson connected on three passes for 33 yards over the better part of three quarters.

Patterson will look to get in sync with Bridgewater at home against a suspect Falcons defense in Week 4.


Josh Robinson hurts hamstring again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings defensive back Josh Robinson suffered another hamstring injury Week 3 at New Orleans. Robinson was also dealing with a hamstring injury in the preseason.

Robinson had six tackles, including five solo, before leaving.


Chad Greenway leaves with rib injury


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway managed to start Week 3 at New Orleans despite a broken hand, but he didn't make it the whole game, leaving in the second half with an ongoing rib issue.

Greenway had three tackles, including one solo, before leaving. After recording 130-plus tackles in four straight seasons, he has only 13 through three games this season.


Chad Greenway able to play Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, who broke his hand in Week 2, is active for Week 3 at New Orleans. Greenway, who is also dealing with a rib injury, did not practice Wednesday but was able to practice in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday.

Vikings defense gets crushed by the Patriots


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) 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
(9/12/2014) 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.

Linebacker Brandon Watts has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Defensive back Xavier Rhodes (groin) and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) are both questionable for Sunday's game, while linebacker Michael Mauti is probable. 


Vikings defense comes up big in win vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) 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
(9/4/2014) 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
(9/3/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that Jasper Brinkley will start at middle linebacker Week 1 at St. Louis, beating out Audie Cole for the job. Zimmer also said Robert Blanton will start at strong safety.

Mistral Raymond exits first exhibition game with possible concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Vikings defensive back Mistral Raymond was forced out of Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders in the first half with a possible concussion, the team announced. Raymond left the game in the final minute of the first quarter and was held out as a precaution. He will be further evaluated in the near future.

Corey Wootton signs one-year deal with Vikings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Former Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton is staying put in the NFC North. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, according to his agent on Twitter.

Wootton had surgery on his right hip in January, but is expected to be fully healthy by July. He had 34 tackles, five passes defended, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2013.

Chris Cook hopes to stay with Vikings


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) Vikings cornerback Chris Cook would like to return to Minnesota in 2014, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"If they want me to come back, I would love to come back," said Cook, who is scheduled to become a free agent. "But ultimately it's not my decision. So I'm just waiting and working out. ... I would be more than happy to come back. I really enjoyed the guys I played with."


Report: Letroy Guion could be released


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion, who's scheduled to count $4.3 million against the salary cap in 2014, is a candidate to be cut, reports ESPN.com. The website notes Guion would count only $300,000 against the cap if he were released.

Guion, 26, struggled with nagging injuries and finished with 21 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 games.