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Kirk Cousins Sounds Off About How He’s Better Playing with an Edge

It seems like the storyline of the season thus far for the 3-2 Vikings is the play and maybe more so the attitude of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is in his second season as the top Vikings signal caller.

Cousins has taken a beating at times for not playing up to the standards that many felt he should, going to the point of even saying ‘sorry’ after missing wide out Adam Thielen during a loss earlier in the season to the Bears.

Cousins recently spoke via CBS Sports about that he’s able to play with an edge thank to all the ups and downs and that actually makes him a better player.

“There’s no doubt I play better when I have an edge to me, when that guy who yelled ‘You like that!’ comes out,” the quarterback said on this week’s edition of his “Under Center” podcast.

“Believe me, the last week has brought that guy out a little bit in me. There’s some fire there and some edge … And that’s when I play better. I’m going to try to channel that every week going forward and have a little edge to me.”

It will be interesting to see what’s next for Cousins and the team, as they get set to take on the Eagles at home this week.

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Vikings Announce Signing of CB Marcus Sherels and WR Laquon Treadwell

The NFL’s day off is today, and with it the Vikings were busy with their roster, making moves before the start of the official work week Wednesday.

The Vikings announced the signing of a pair of players, cornerback Marcus Sherels and wide out Laquon Treadwell.

With the two roster moves, the club put wide receiver Chad Beebe on injured reserve ending his year, and waived second-year linebacker Devante Downs.

Sherels is no stranger to Vikings fans, and he’s back spending the 2019 offseason with the New Orleans Saints.

He inked with Minnesota back as an undrafted free agent in March of 2010, and has appeared in 120 career games for the Vikings and holds franchise records for punt return touchdowns (five), punt return yardage (2,447) and punt return average (10.6).

Treadwell is back with the purple after he set career highs in receptions (35) and receiving yards (302) in 2018. he has played in 40 career games with 15 starts for the Vikings, amassing 517 yards on 56 receptions.

Vikings Pound Oakland 34-14 to Move to 2-1 on the Season

Sunday the Vikings dominated the Oakland Raiders at home, moving to 2-0 when playing in front of their home crowd, and bouncing back after their loss last week in Green Bay with a 34-14 win.

Here’s highlights of the Vikings 20-point win.

Falcons at Vikings NFL Week One Inactives

Falcons

OG Jamon Brown
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
CB Jordan Miller
RB Qadree Ollison
DT Deadrin Senat
WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Vikings

TE Tyler Conklin
WR Josh Doctson
DT Jalyn Holmes
CB Mike Hughes
OG Dru Samia
OT Olisaemeka Udoh
DT Armon Watts

2019 NFL Week One Preview – Three Keys to a Vikings Win Over the Falcons

The Vikings will start their 2019 season at home on Sunday as they take on the Atlanta Falcons, a team in a similar position as they are in, missing the playoffs last year with a mark of 7-9.

There are plenty of storylines for this game, and here’s a couple quick things to look for in this week one matchup between two NFC teams.

1. Get Dalvin Going Early

The Vikings last season lost Dalvin Cook before he got started, but are excited to see what the running back can do now that he’s 100 percent.

Having a better run game in 2019 will mean that Vikings can go more to play action with Kirk Cousins, and also should spread the field a bit as well.

Cook is ready to go and has something to prove, and should be fun toNFL Week One Preview – Thre watch.

2. The Vikings O-Line

It will be an interesting test to see what the Vikings Offensive line looks like in this week one battle, not only helping out Cook in trying to run but also in keeping Cousins on his feet.

The team has worked to try and improve that line, and they have to start the year strong making sure to play well which will give the Vikings a solid chance at getting the win.

3. Hold Jones and Ridley in Check

The Vikings defense in 2018 gave up the third-fewest points to receivers lined up in the slot, but that’s not going to stop the Falcons trying to get Calvin Ridley off in this week one game.

Julio Jones remains one of the best pass catchers in the game, and this combo is going to really test the Vikings in week one.

Hard to think they won’t get their catches, but you have to make sure not to let them get too far off in this game.

Video: NFL’s Move the Stick Previews the Falcons at Vikings Week One Battle

Move the Sticks previews the week 1 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Final Injury Report for the Falcons at Vikings Week One Matchup

ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Status Report
  OUT T Matt Gono (back)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Thursday T Matt Gono (back)
  Friday T Matt Gono (back)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Matt Gono (back)
  Thursday WR Julio Jones (not injury related)
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Status Report
  OUT CB Mike Hughes (knee)
 
  QUESTIONABLE TE Tyler Conklin (ribs), WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mike Hughes (knee)
  Thursday WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring), CB Mike Hughes (knee)
  Friday TE Tyler Conklin (ribs), WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring), CB Mike Hughes (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)
  Thursday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)
  Friday CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist), DE Everson Griffen (elbow), DT Linval Joseph (shoulder), T Brian O’Neill (elbow)

Packers vs Vikings – Match Preview

Vikings’ biggest rivals in the NFL are the Green Bay Packers. The rivalry started in 1961 when the Vikings entered the league as an expansion team. Even though the biggest rivals of the Packers are the Chicago Bears, the bitterness of the rivalry with the Vikings was very nicely illustrated in 2008, when Brett Favre expressed his wish to play for the Vikings instead of the Packers. The whole situation escalated and the Packers even filed tampering charges against the Vikings and traded Favre to the New York Jets.

In short, there is no doubt that the rivalry between these two goes deep. As far as winning the division goes, Sporting News picked their favorites and the Vikings were included on the list. Let’s see what the odds are saying, as well as the previous matches between the two teams, etc.

Packers vs Vikings Odds

The online bookies have various odds when it comes to the game, but pretty much all of them are in favor of the Green Bay Packers. The NFL odds at 888 NJ for the Minnesota Vikings to win the game are +150, whereas Packers’ odds are -188. Before we decide who has the better chance of winning, let’s take a look at their previous matches and all of the details.

Previous Matches

The two teams have 117 total meetings. Throughout the history, the Vikings have the longest winning streak, 7 wins in a row, but that was in the period from 1975 to 1978. Packers hold the record for the biggest win in a single match. In 2011, Vikings suffered a 45-7 defeat.

The Vikings won the last game against the Packers 24-17. Packers are slightly in front of the Vikings when you look at the overall score between the two. The regular and postseason record is in favor of the Packers, 60-54-3. During the regular season, Packers have a better record, 59-53-3. The two teams are tied in the postseason, both of them have a single win. The newspapers have been favoring the Packers in previous years, but judging from the preseason, the Vikings are not to be messed with.

John DeFilippo also parted ways with the Vikings, so that can be a potential problem. But, even though the Packers are the marginal favorite, you can never rule the Vikings out. They have shown courage and strength numerous times before and showed everyone that everything is possible if you set your mind to it. Plus, they have excellent fans to show them support whenever they need it. And you know what they say, the fans can be an extra player in every game.

Injuries

The Vikings are struggling a bit with the injuries. They have a couple of players that will definitely miss the first match and a couple of others that are still questionable. Brandon Dillon, Mike Hughes, Harrison Smith, Adam Thielen, and Brian O’Neil are the players that may be fit for the game. David Morgan, Isaiah Wharton, and Ade Aruna are likely to miss it.

One thing is for sure, the rival match will definitely be a spectacle and it will surely exceed the expectations of every fan.

Vikings Ink Former Redskins Wide Out Josh Doctson

The Vikings have signed former Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It seems to be a case of jettisoning one first-round draft bust for another after the Vikings finally gave up on Laquon Treadwell this weekend.

Doctson, the No.22-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of TCU, never panned out for the Redskins with a tepid 33.3 yards-per-game average with eight touchdowns over 33 games in three seasons. He fought a variety of issues and, considering that he turns 27 in December, his window for becoming a top wideout in the NFL has likely closed.

On the positive side, he will reunite with his former quarterback Kirk Cousins in Minnesota and there is a lot of opportunity as the team’s wide receivers corp in very thin beyond starters Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

As the Redskins refused to pick up his fifth-year option, Doctson is slated to become a free agent next spring.