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5-3-1, 2nd in NFC North
Bruschi and Woodson like Minnesota to win in Chicago (0:52)
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17hCourtney Cronin

'Full go': Vikings lift all restrictions on RB Cook

For the first time since he injured his hamstring in overtime during Minnesota's 29-29 tie at Green Bay on Sept. 16, Dalvin Cook was not listed on the Vikings' injury report entering Week 11.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings will install their kickoff return plan today, per special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who said he'd like to use Ameer Abdullah there if he's active/available. What Priefer said he likes most about Abdullah, who he had ranked as the No. 1 returner during the 2015 draft process, was that he applies running back vision to his duties on kickoff return. As a rookie, Abdullah lead the NFL in return average, a byproduct of how quickly he was able to hit the seams before they close up, according to Priefer. Vikings are also training Abdullah as a gunner, which is something he didn't do in Detroit. Lot of possibilities for how to use him in other phases of special teams depending upon how much he's used elsewhere on offense. "You don't take an athlete like that and have him just stand next to me on the sideline," Priefer said. "You want him out there as much as possible."

22h

Mina and Dan Orlovsky weigh in on Week 11

Mina Kimes welcomes ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky to the show to break down three Week 11 matchups. Also, Mina brags on her Titans prediction and answers fans questions!

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The last player Mike Zimmer can remember being viewed as much of a game changer for an entire defense as Khalil Mack was Reggie White when he went from Philly to Green Bay. "They were a pretty darn good defense a year ago," Zimmer said. "Adding a guy like (Mack) is going to be a big factor in getting them better. I think it allows them to play the style of defense that they would like to play."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ten weeks into the season, Chicago's defense leads the league in interceptions (16) and is second in forcing turnvovers (24), thus why ball security has an added emphasis for the Vikings this week. "Their points off turnovers are huge," Mike Zimmer said. "I think it's second in the league. We're going to have to do a great job of possessing the ball and keeping it and making sure that we do a good job of being patient in a lot of ways."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ameer Abdullah on viewing Minnesota as a place where he can jump start the next phase of his career: "I'm entering a backfield with a lot of talent with Dalvin, Latavius, and all the guys who have been here. Just to come in today and to see these guys welcome me the way they have has been amazing for me and it does a lot for my confidence, does a lot for my focus. I'm ready to work. Anything the Vikings ask me to do, I'm willing to do, just because I'm so appreciative of the opportunity."

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6d

Ruth, Staubach to receive Medal of Freedom

Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page will be among the seven people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings claimed former Lions RB Ameer Abdullah off waivers today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. With the injuries Dalvin Cook and Roc Thomas have been dealing with, Abdullah provides depth to Minnesota's stable of backs in addition to Latavius Murray and Mike Boone. Abdullah didn't play much behind Lions rookie Kerryon Johnson this year and was no longer used on special teams the way he was during his rookie season in 2015. Could be the fresh start Abdullah needs for his career and help round out some needed depth for the Vikings. Minnesota will need to make a corresponding move in order for the acquisition to become official.

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10dCourtney Cronin

Cousins: Vikings have 'exceeded my expectations'

While his time with the Vikings has included just nine games thus far, quarterback Kirk Cousins says it has exceeded his expectations. Cousins is spending the bye week studying ways to become even better.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Spielman on not making moves at the trade deadline and placing importance on contract extensions with their current players (Diggs, Hunter, Kendricks all this offseason): "Like everybody, you get a lot of calls and stuff. But I know with how we've built this roster and the contract extensions we've done, I think we – I told Rob (Brzezinski), I think we were finally at the time number one in least amount of cap room in the NFL, so we got that going for us. But the most important thing was getting those contracts done. The other thing, too, and I've made some mistakes when you make trades during the year, how quickly does that player coming in have an actual impact? How quickly, especially depending on the position, is it going to make a difference? But I think how we've structured our roster, how we've built it, the way we've done our contracts, that we're always going to kind of do this from within if we can.”

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Spielman calls Kirk Cousins 'phenomenal' in his evaluation of the Vikings QB so far, pointing to the different number of offensive line combinations he's had to play behind in his first nine games. Spielman also praises Cousins for how well he's done coming in to Minnesota, learning a new offense with a new play caller.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Spielman with praise for Mike Zimmer and the adjustments he made to the Vikings defense after giving up 381.5 yards and 27.5 points per game in Weeks 1-4 to seeing those numbers drop to 274.8 yards and18.8 points allowed per game Weeks 5-9: "There's a lot of smart people in this league and in order to keep moving forward, you just can't keep getting hit in the head with the same thing. A lot of the different adjustments he's made, I think, has made a tremendous (impact) on how we've played over the last four or five weeks. Those are the adjustments that Zim made to the defense and to the scheme, which tells you, again, to me, that's great coaching."

Team Stats

Passing Yards282.7
Rushing Yards91.7
Points For24.6
Points Against22.7

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(30)Mike HughesCBUCF
2(30)Brian O'NeillOTPittsburgh
4(2)Jalyn HolmesDEOhio State
5(20)Tyler ConklinTECentral Michigan
5(30)Daniel CarlsonPKAuburn
6(39)Colby GossettOGAppalachian State
6(44)Ade ArunaDETulane
7(7)Devante DownsCBCalifornia