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Author: Cole Smith

Week Six Minnesota Vikings Takeaways

Mike Zimmer versus Aaron Rodgers. One of the game’s great defensive minds would face one of the best quarterbacks of this generation once again, and the two men didn’t mince loving words for the other. This was going to be a game that was going to take 60 minutes of focus from both the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. Until it didn’t. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers exited the game in the first quarter. following a hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers, who had some choice words for Barr as he walked off the field, finished two of four passing for 18...

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Week Four Minnesota Vikings Takeaways

When the Minnesota Vikings lost 14-7 on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, they lost more than just an early-season divisional game. In the third quarter, rookie running back Dalvin Cook broke off a 10-yard run. When he made a cut, though, his left knee buckled, he fumbled the ball in the process, and he was out for the game. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Cook suffered an almost complete tear of his ACL on the play. While the outcome of the game was yet to be decided, Vikings fans everywhere wondered about their long-term fortunes for the 2017 season....

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Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs Form a Strong One-Two Punch in Minnesota

When the first-team Minnesota Vikings offense failed to reach the endzone in four preseason games, fans were worried that an offense that sputtered down the stretch in 2016 would continue into 2017. Through three games in 2017, though, the Vikings offense is the league’s second-ranked unit, averaging just over 400 yards per game. While an improved offensive line and a solid running game have helped, the standout players in the first three games have been the one-two punch of receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Together they have led an explosive passing game, ranking second and third in receiving yards this...

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