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The Vikings could wrap up a playoff berth as soon as Sunday. If Minnesota (7-6-1) wins at Detroit and Philadelphia (7-7) losses at home to Houston, it would lock up at least the No. 6 (final wild-card) spot in the NFC playoff race. Had Washington (7-8) not lost 25-16 Saturday at Tennessee, the Vikings would not have a chance to clinch prior to next Sunday’s final day of the regular season. The No. 5 (top wild-card) playoff spot remains in reach for the Vikings. They are a half game behind Seattle (8-6), which plays at home Sunday night against Kansas City.
Taylor Hennigan had never heard of Adam Thielen a week ago. Now, he’s scrambling to read everything he can find about him. That’s because Thielen, the Vikings’ fifth-year wide receiver, can tie Charlie Hennigan’s NFL record of seven straight 100-yard receiving games to open a season. Hennigan, who died last year at age 82, accomplished the feat with Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1961, and AFL records were absorbed into the NFL when the leagues merged in 1970.
Thielen 12-131, TD
GREEN BAY, Wis.—Kirk Cousins came close to delivering a dramatic comeback in the second half Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at Lambeau Field, but the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers ended in 29-all tie. Cousins had 425 yards and set up the Vikings for a 35-yard game-winning field goal but rookie Daniel Carlson missed wide right to end the game. That was his second missed field goal in overtime and third on the day.
MINNEAPOLIS—Looking to put the heartbreaking end of last season behind them, the Minnesota Vikings jumped to an early lead and never looked back, moving to 1-0 on the season with a 24-16 win over San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 9. New quarterback Kirk Cousins looked sharp in his Vikings debut, completing 20 of 36 passes for 244 yards and touchdowns to Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph, while rookie cornerback Mike Hughes responded with three pass defenses and a pick six when asked to fill in for Trae Waynes, who went down with an injury in the third quarter.
Vikings training camp will continue to be free but fans will need to reserve tickets to get into the new TCO Performance Center in Eagan. The Vikings announced Thursday that tickets will be available on Vikings.com and capacity will be limited to approximately 5,000 fans per day. Season-ticket holders will get priority on initially getting the tickets but a precise system has not been unveiled.
Wide receiver Michael Floyd and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen were not practicing during the 15-minute portion of Vikings practice open to the media Thursday morning. Stephen injured his knee in last Sunday’s 29-24 playoff win over New Orleans and did not practice Wednesday. Floyd, whose condition has not been disclosed, was not on Wednesday’s injury report.
The Vikings had a bit of a coming-out party Thursday, Nov. 23. The Vikings won their seventh straight game, and did it in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving, 30-23 over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The win gives Minnesota (9-2) a three-game lead over the Lions (6-5). With five games remaining, the Vikings are closing in on their second division title in three years.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen grew up idolizing Randy Moss and will pay homage to him Monday night. Thielen will wear cleats he specially ordered with “Moss’’ written on the back and his No. 84 on the side. The legendary receiver will be inducted into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor at halftime of the opener against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium.