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Minnesota Vikings Will Play RB Dalvin Cook Despite Ankle Sprain

Not only did the Vikings lose to the Cardinals in last Sunday’s game, but their defensive end J.J. Watt took out Dalvin Cook in a late game tackle that resulted in a “light sprain” that had him sitting out of practice this week. Yet despite his injury, the team still plans on using him this Sunday when they face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s a risky move for Minnesota, but considering that Cook ranks fourth in rushing (192 yards), carries (42) and touches (25) among all running backs through two weeks, and that the team desperately needs to turn around their losing streak after facing back-to-back losses on the road at Cincinnati and Arizona, they’re willing to roll the dice on him.

“You know, at this stage, it’s time to get some wins,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “Dalvin’s a tough guy. If he can’t play, there’s a reason why he’s not playing. But he makes us go, so we’re going to continue to play him.”

Cook has been working with the conditioning coach to get ready for the upcoming game, and if he feels good enough to play, then that’s what he’s going to do. And he’s optimistic about their next three weeks, stating “We’re home for three straight games. We could go on a tear for three straight weeks.”

Personally, I think the Vikings are ready to turn things around, and if you feel the same way, you can make the main bet for today and put your money where your mouth is. Sunday can’t get here soon enough, this game should be a real nail biter!

The 3 Most Exciting Matchups From the 2021 Vikings Schedule

On Wednesday night, the NFL released the 2021 Minnesota Vikings schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming season!

After looking through the schedule and giving it some careful consideration, these are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

9/26 vs Seattle – The Vikings face off against the Seahawks at home this year, and we’ll see if that changes the Vikings luck, as they haven’t beaten Seattle in the Kirk Cousins era. This should be a real test for the Vikings early in the season that will give us an indication of how the rest of the season will play out.

10/3 vs Cleveland – This one stands out for the obvious reason, with Minnesota welcoming back Kevin Stefanski, this time coaching against a team that he was with for over a decade, and bringing with him a Super Bowl-caliber roster that boasts playmakers on both sides of the ball. It’ll be a tough game that will put the Vikings defense to the test.

1/2 at Green Bay – Has Mike Zimmer’s defense improved enough to slow Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense, or will the Vikes enjoy a repeat of last year’s matchup? That’s the million dollar question. This division matchup late in the season could have huge playoff implications. It also culminates a string of three primetime games for the Vikings in four weeks. Should be an exciting game.

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The Minnesota Vikings 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

2020 was a tough season for the Vikings, as coach Mike Zimmer and the team slumped to going 7-9, good for 3rd place in the NFC North.

The team gave up way too many big plays, and on offense even with a big name young back in Dalvin Cook and a quarterback in Kirk Cousins who was paid a lot of money to come North, the team needed more big plays of their own.

This season is a true ‘make or break’ for Zimmer and company, as the club is going to be expected to get on track and get to the postseason.

Wednesday the NFL and Vikings released their 2021 schedule for fans, and you can start to look ahead at this upcoming season below.

You can check out the full Vikings schedule below:

Minnesota Vikings 2021 Schedule

Week 1: Sep. 12 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM FOX
Week 2: Sep. 19 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM FOX
Week 3: Sep. 26 Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Week 4: Oct. 3 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
Week 5: Oct. 10 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM FOX
Week 6: Oct. 17 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM FOX
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Oct. 31 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 PM NBC
Week 9: Nov. 7 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM FOX
Week 10: Nov. 14 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM FOX
Week 11: Nov. 21 Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM FOX
Week 12: Nov. 28 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM FOX
Week 13: Dec. 5 at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM CBS
Week 14: Dec. 9 Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 15: Dec. 20 at Chicago Bears (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN
Week 16: Dec. 26 Los Angeles Rams 1:00 PM FOX
Week 17: Jan. 2 at Green Bay Packers 8:20 PM NBC
Week 18: Jan. 9 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM FOX

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Here’s hoping that the Vikings go all the way this season!

Vikings Rip Up and Redo the Contract of Veteran Linebacker Anthony Barr

The Vikings have ripped up their current contract with veteran linebacker Anthony Barr, and instead gave him a deal for 2021 that will pay him a fully guaranteed $9.4M salary, plus $500K in per-game roster bonuses and a $100K workout bonus.

is getting his deal revised, as he will take various cuts to help the Vikings with their salary cap number as they get set for free agency.

Barr had three years left on his current deal, and it seemed there was never any idea that he would go play somewhere else

The linebacker was slated to make $12.9M this season, but now with that old deal wrapped up Barr can become a free agent in 2022 next March.

Barr has been solid at the linebacker spot in seven seasons for the Vikings, putting up 423 tackles, 15 sacks, two interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 26 pass breakups.

The UCLA standout was the ninth overall pick by the Vikings back in 2014, the first draft choice by current head coach Mike Zimmer. Barr has also served as a defensive captain the past three seasons.

It was a tough 2020 for Barr, as the linebacker tore his pec muscle in week two in a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, and missed the final 14 games of the season.

Video: Vikings Look to Get to .500 in Sunday Battle with the Cowboys

The Vikings are coming in on a short week, as they beat the Bears on Monday night in Chicago and are currently 4-5 on the year.

They will get a look at a Cowboys team that at 2-7 might get back QB Andy Dalton after he was out with the Covid-19 virus.

Here’s a preview from

Vikings Make Surprise Roster Move in Waiving OG Pat Elflein

The Vikings on Saturday made a surprise move, as the team waived guard Pat Elflein just a day after bringing him off the injured reserve.

The 2017 third-round pick of the team was dealing with a thumb injury that was suffered in practice back in September.

Elflein played in the opener against the Packers, and was moved to IR on September 17th. He returned to practice October 28th.

Now he will go on waivers after being released, free to any team that may want him.

“We just felt like we had some better options,” coach Mike Zimmer said Saturday via ESPN.

Now that Elflein is off the roster, the team will turn to Dru Samia as well as second-rounder Ezra Cleveland to fill the guard spot.

Ex-Vikings and Six-Time Pro Bowl LB Matt Blair Dies at Age 70

A Viking great has passed away, as linebacker Matt Blair has passed away at the age of 70.

Blair was one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the Vikings franchise, a six-time Pro Bowler who played in two Super Bowls.

His death was announced by the team. Blair, who had been suffering from dementia, died Thursday after an extended period in hospice care, according to the Star Tribune.

“He’d been suffering for a while, so I guess maybe it’s a blessing in disguise,” former teammate Scott Studwell told the newspaper. “But it’s still too young. It’s a sad day.”

“Matt Blair was a great presence at Vikings events and a tremendous teammate long after playing. He embodied the best of what it means to be a Viking,” Vikings owner Mark Wilf said in a statement.

“Matt is a Ring of Honor player whose legacy will live on forever with the franchise and in the community he loved.”

Blair, an All-American at Iowa State, starred immediately for the Cyclones after transferring from Northeast Oklahoma Junior College.

He led them to their first bowl, the 1971 Sun Bowl, to cap an 8-4 season. He was so good in that bowl game that he was named the game’s outstanding defensive player, despite Iowa State’s loss against LSU.

The Vikings took Blair in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft, for whom he would star for 12 seasons between 1974-85.

He was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2012.

Vikings QB Cousins Claims He’ll Be Benched if He Keeps Throwing Picks

The last time the Vikings started 1-5, Leslie Frazier was fired as head coach in the offseason, and Mike Zimmer took over.

In order to keep history from repeating, quarterback ?Kirk Cousins?, who threw three INTs for the second time this season in a 40-23 loss to the previously winless Atlanta Falcons, knows he must quit turning the ball over, Kevin Patra of reports.

“The reality is if the pace I’m on in terms of the interceptions, if that were to continue, I won’t finish the season,” Cousins said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I won’t — you know what I mean? There’s a little bit of, you got to improve. Whether it’s them telling me, ‘Hey, we gotta improve,’ or them pulling me; we got to get better. That’s what the rest of the season will be about for me, is trying to protect the football as best I can. Because when you turn the ball over, it really hurts your chances to win. I know that. I just need to improve as we look ahead to the rest of the season.”

?Sean Mannion? is the only other QB currently on the Vikings roster.

Cousin’s three-INT day was the fifth time he’s thrown three or more interceptions in a game during his career. Two of those instances have come in 2020 (Week 2 at Indianapolis).

Through six games, Cousins already has 10 INTs. Last year he had six total in 15 starts. His career-high is 13 in 2017 with Washington in 16 games. Cousins’ current pace would put him at 26.6 interceptions for a full slate.

“I need to correct it,” Cousins said. “I need to finish the season with a different story, regarding the interceptions, so that’s something I need to improve with the remaining games we have. I don’t know that I’d limit it to the interceptions. I think it’s just the entire offensive performance. It’s just, I need to be better, we need to be better.”

Vikings Leading Rusher Dalvin Cook Out Against Falcons

The Vikings will be minus their biggest offensive weapon for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, as the team announced running back Dalvin Cook is out.

Alexander Mattison should get a bulk of the carries after rushing for 112 yards last week. With the Vikings on a bye in week seven, it will give Cook plenty of time to heal up for the games in the second half of the season.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook Likely to Sit This Week with Adductor Strain

The Vikings sound like they are going to be short-handed Sunday when they take on the Atlanta Falcons, as running back Dalvin Cook is likely to be watching from the sidelines.

Chad Graff of wrote that Cook is suffering from an adductor strain, and he will take the week off as the Vikings look to get their second win of the season after win one last week.

After the Vikings play the Falcons they will have their bye week, so Cook can get took weeks for the strain to heal.

Cook currently leads the NFL with 489 yards on the ground. He also has seven rushing scores this season.

With Cook out, the team will likely give the ball to backup Alexander Mattison. He replaced Cook and rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries last week.

He has never started a game at the NFL level.