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Minnesota 2-0-0
Green Bay 1-2-0
Chicago 0-2-0
Detroit 0-3-0


2019 Pre Season Schedule
Date Opponent Time
8/09 @ New Orleans 7 PM
8/18 Seattle 7 PM
8/24 Arizona 12 PM
8/29 @ Buffalo 6:30 PM
2019 Regular Season Schedule
9/08 Alanta 12 PM
9/15 @ Green Bay 12 PM
9/22 Oakland 12 PM
9/29 @ Chicago 3:25 PM
10/06 @ NY Giants 12 PM
10/13 Philadelphia 12 PM
10/20 @ Detroit 12 PM
10/24 Washington 7:20 PM
11/03 @ Kansas City 12 PM
11/10 @Dallas 7:20 PM
11/17 Denver 12 PM
11/24 Bye N/A
12/02 @ Seattle 7:15 PM
12/08 Detroit 12 PM
12/15 @ LA Chargers 7:20 PM
12/23 Green Bay 7:15 PM
12/29 Chicago 12 PM


NFL Calendar

Aug. 31 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

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Stephen Weatherly starring in Vikings' program to prepare players for post-NFL careers
As Stephen Weatherly walked into the Vikings’ weight room eight days before veterans reported for training camp in July, his frazzled expression quickly caught head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama’s attention. Star Tribune August 24, 2019

Vikings toss hat in the ring to host NFL draft and another Super Bowl
The Vikings have tossed their hat into the ring to host yet another Super Bowl, as well as an NFL draft — both national extravaganzas that bring in thousands of out-of-town visitors and millions of dollars. Star Tribune August 24, 2019

Vikings resting eight players, including Linval Joseph, for 'dress rehearsal' exhibition against Cardinals
Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen will make his preseason debut during Saturday afternoon’s “dress rehearsal” against the Cardinals. Star Tribune August 24, 2019

Linval Joseph, Brian O’Neill sit out again, Vikings will finish preseason without starting lines intact
The Vikings will go the entire preseason without having their starting defensive or offensive lines intact. Pioneer Press August 24, 2019

Final Thoughts: Saturday May Be More About Auditions Than Dress Rehearsal
It’s the third week of the preseason, which means you’ve likely heard the term “dress rehearsal” more in the last five days than you did in the previous 11 months. August 23, 2019

Shared Heritage: 7 Vikings Connect Through Culture & Customs
When Ade Aruna walks through the expanse of the Vikings locker room, he scans the purple nameplates mounted above lockers and breathes easy. August 23, 2019

The Skinny Post: Vikings Starters Expected to See Extensive Action vs. Cardinals
This one is as real as it gets in the preseason. The Vikings will host the Cardinals on Saturday in the third preseason game for both teams, with the starters for each squad expected to play the most significant time in exhibition play. August 23, 2019

ESPN to Feature Kyle Rudolph in ‘E:60’ Feature Sunday Morning
Kyle Rudolph will suit up for his 142nd game for the Vikings (including thee preseason, regular season and postseason) on Saturday when Minnesota hosts Arizona. August 23, 2019

Vikings' kicking roles remain unsettled
In the Vikings’ third preseason game against the Cardinals, jobs will be on the line. Star Tribune August 23, 2019

For many Vikings, just playing against Larry Fitzgerald is a privilege
Adam Thielen was 12 years old when Larry Fitzgerald took the NCAA by storm, catching 34 touchdown passes in two seasons before being selected No. 3 overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Pioneer Press August 23, 2019

Vikings reached injury settlement with Kevin McDermott, including paying for elbow surgery
An elbow injury played a role in the Vikings’ decision earlier this month to release long snapper Kevin McDermott after four seasons. Pioneer Press August 23, 2019

10 players to watch in the Vikings’ third preseason game
The Minnesota Vikings are likely to give their starters a good amount of work on Saturday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals but their success isn’t the only thing worth watching in the team’s third preseason game. Here are the 10 most interesting Vikings players to focus on… August 23, 2019

3 Observations: Kearse Makes Splash Plays in Place of Smith
The work week is almost complete. The Vikings practiced for roughly two hours in shells and shorts Thursday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in preparation for Saturday’s preseason game against Arizona. August 22, 2019

Lunchbreak: A Preseason Update on the Vikings 2019 Draft Class
Back in April, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Minnesota’s front office selected a whopping 12 players in the 2019 NFL Draft. August 22, 2019

Quest for Roster Spots: A Numbers Game on Defense and Special Teams
We’re less than two weeks away from the Vikings setting their initial 53-man roster. But with two preseason games remaining, a lot can change for the dozens of players battling for roster spots in Minnesota. August 22, 2019

Vikings' offense trying to speed up, tire foes
A faster tempo would help offensive line, everybody, coach Mike Zimmer said. Star Tribune August 22, 2019

Cousins: Vikings offense expects to start fast against Cardinals
With the upcoming third preseason game against Arizona, the Vikings' first team offense will be on display for the longest time yet as quarterback Kirk Cousins will lead them in what should be a good sampling of the new scheme. Star Tribune August 22, 2019

In Vikings’ new offense the fullback is alive and well
After each game, Vikings fullback C.J. Ham makes a beeline to midfield in search of one person. Pioneer Press August 22, 2019

Kearse’s growth gives Vikings unique ‘hybrid’ weapon on defense
On October 31, 2016, Kearse got the nod to fill in for injured Andrew Sendejo. His first NFL start came at Soldier Field in Chicago — a place that has been a house of horrors for the Minnesota Vikings. August 22, 2019

Vikings RB Boone making his case for a roster spot
In baseball terms, Mike Boone is 2-for-2 in preseason games. In each of the Minnesota Vikings victories to open the exhibition schedule he has been an impact player, totaling 25 carries for 136 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and one 45-yard catch. August 21, 2019

Vikings' new offensive system is working for coach Mike Zimmer
The work of Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison has been on display in two preseason victories. Star Tribune August 21, 2019

Vikings defense healthy entering third preseason game
With Stephen and Joseph back in the lineup, defensive coordinator George Edwards looking for return to 2017 form. Star Tribune August 21, 2019

Edwards says defense not focusing on rankings
Defensive coordinator George Edwards is happy to have Linval Joseph back and says he's working with the defense on a rush plan to handle quarterback Kyler Murray's mobility in their game against the Cardinals on Saturday. Star Tribune August 21, 2019

Maalouf: 'We want to make the right choice'
Vikings special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf says choosing players for various roles could extend through the final game of the preseason. Star Tribune August 21, 2019

Stefanski: 'All of our focus is on this year'
According to Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski dwelling on the past prevents success in the present, especially with how often things change in the NFL. Star Tribune August 21, 2019

Following critical comments by Mike Zimmer, Vikings QB Kyle Sloter will ‘let my play do the talking’
Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter gave an interview Wednesday that might cost him $20. Sloter said fines are handed out in a lighthearted manner in Minnesota’s position room whenever a quarterback talks to the media. Pioneer Press August 21, 2019

Vikings are healthy on defense and looking to return to their 2017 form
The Vikings have had eight months to stew about some of their defensive breakdowns last season. Now, at least they have their full defense intact. Pioneer Press August 21, 2019

For kicker and punter, Vikings focus on getting it right, not now
Another day at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, another confusing day for Vikings kickers and punters. Pioneer Press August 21, 2019

Jayron Kearse’s Ability to Read and React Leads to 3 TFLs
Instead of helping on the back end of Minnesota’s defense, Jayron Kearse left a mark multiple times in the Seattle backfield on Sunday night. August 21, 2019

3 Observations: Cousins, Diggs Connect for Game-Winning TD
Minnesota practiced for roughly two hours in full pads Wednesday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The Vikings will host the Cardinals at noon (CT) Saturday from U.S. Bank Stadium in preseason play. August 21, 2019

Notebook: Mannion Placing ‘My Best Foot Forward Every Day’
With a little more than a week left in the preseason, Sean Mannion isn’t going to make any bold statements proclaiming he should be the Vikings backup quarterback. August 21, 2019

Quest for Roster Spots: A Look at Current Vikings Offense and Zimmer-Era Trends
We’re less than two weeks away from the Vikings setting their initial 53-man roster. August 21, 2019

Game Preview: Cardinals at Vikings
The Vikings will host the Cardinals at noon (CT) Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in the third preseason contest of 2019 for both teams. August 21, 2019

After Long Recovery, Linval Joseph Enjoys Return to Full Practice
Linval Joseph was at last back where he wanted to be. The defensive tackle was able to rejoin teammates during 11-on-11 drills for the first time in 2019 on Tuesday. August 20, 2019

3 Observations: Vedvik, Wile Get Plenty of Special Teams Work
Verizon Vikings Training Camp is over and done with, but the Vikings were hard at work Tuesday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. August 20, 2019

Presser Points: Zimmer Evaluates Vikings Depth, QB Play After Reviewing Seahawks Game
With two preseason games under the Vikings belt and two remaining, Head Coach Mike Zimmer has several takeaways – both positive and negative. August 20, 2019

Happy Homecoming: Irv Smith, Jr.
Irv Smith, Jr., walked into his favorite restaurant in New Orleans, eagerly anticipating a dinner with his immediate family to celebrate a milestone weekend. August 20, 2019

Burn Victim ‘Fought & is Still Fighting’ to Beat the Odds, Inspire Others
Taquarius Wair wasn’t wearing cleats or a uniform, but he received a warm welcome from a roaring crowd Sunday evening. August 20, 2019

Depth in previously strong Vikings defensive backfield now a question
Injuries, suspension put holes in solid secondary that unproven players must try to fill. Star Tribune August 20, 2019

Nose tackle Linval Joseph returns to practice after 'hardest season' in 2018
Walking off the practice field Thursday after going through team drills for the first time, Joseph finally opened up about his offseason road to recovery. Star Tribune August 20, 2019

Kyle Sloter's strong preseason doesn't mean he'll pass Sean Mannion for Vikings backup QB spot
Coach Mike Zimmer was more critical of Sloter, whose early numbers are impressive. Star Tribune August 20, 2019

Boone says good energy influences players
After having a good showing against Seattle, Vikings running back Mike Boone knows he needs to perform well on special teams in order to earn a roster spot. Star Tribune August 20, 2019

Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell fined $28,075 by NFL for illegal block
The Vikings have had one player fined for a penalty in their first preseason game, and another soon will be docked money for a second-game infraction. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

Vikings’ Linval Joseph returns as full practice participant, says he’s ‘way stronger’ than last year
Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph already is regarded as one of the NFL’s strongest players. On Tuesday, he sounded a warning to opposing offenses. “I’m stronger than I was last year, way stronger,’’ he said. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

With Sean Mannion likely to be Vikings’ backup QB, Mike Zimmer shrugs off Kyle Sloter’s gaudy preseason stats
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it pretty clear Tuesday that, barring injury, Sean Mannion will be his backup quarterback behind Kirk Cousins. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

Vikings coach: Reserve receivers need to ‘get their rear ends going’
Once again, Mike Zimmer has sounded off about his reserve wide receivers. Last month, the Vikings coach said his young receivers need to “get their rear end in gear.” They got the message, and Zimmer seemed somewhat satisfied. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

Memo to Madden NFL raters: Vikings’ Stephen Weatherly coming into his own
Looking back on it now, Stephen Weatherly is grateful the Vikings cut him before his rookie season. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

Former college teammates warn Kyler Murray: Vikings ‘have a good defense’
When Vikings rookie guard Dru Samia meets up with former college teammate Kyler Murray on Saturday, he’ll provide words of encouragement and then words of reality. Pioneer Press August 20, 2019

Vikings still working through interior pass rush options
The Minnesota Vikings got exactly what they paid for last season with Sheldon Richardson. The former Jet and Seahawk put up 48 QB pressures, ranking 14th among defensive tackles (per PFF). With Richardson and veteran Tom Johnson gone, the Vikings will need production out of situational pass rushers. August 20, 2019