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6-6-1, 2nd in NFC North
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4hCourtney Cronin

Cousins acknowledges role in Vikings' struggles

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said Wednesday that he takes "ownership" for the struggling offense that cost coordinator John DeFilippo his job, noting that had he played at his fullest potential, "we're probably not having this conversation right now."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said yesterday that he made a change at OC because he didn't want to waste the season. I asked him how his decision to fire John DeFilippo and promote QB coach Kevin Stefanski to interim OC prevents that from happening: "I don't know that it does. I just felt like this is what we need to do at this particular time. I didn't feel like we could continue to do what we've been doing the last few weeks and accomplish much that we're trying to do. It may work, it may not work. You get feelings and you trust your gut and it's no different than it's fourth-and-8 and you've got to call blitz, you meet it head on and you go. That's just the way that we're going to do it."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

After Kyle Rudolph said in a radio interview that the Vikings offense didn't have an identity, I asked several players what they want that identity to evolve into. Pat Elflein cites 'balance,' which Mike Zimmer has been pressing on for weeks: "I think we just want to be a balanced offense," Elflein said. "We want to run the ball and do play actions and drop back and we want to be able to be efficient in all areas of offense and there's some that we are doing well at and some that we're not doing well at. So we've just got to get back to work and find some balance and work those specific areas that we need to get better at."

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1dCourtney Cronin

Zimmer to increase involvement with offense

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday he'll assist Kevin Stefanski in his new offensive coordinator role. "I will try to help him the best I can and so will everybody else, and hopefully the players will too," Zimmer said.

McFarland: There's a disconnect between Zimmer, DeFilippo (1:13)

Are the Vikings Over-reacting?

Tony Reali and the national panel debate if the Vikings should have fired OC DeFilippo one day after the loss to Seattle, if Wagner's controversial FG block was illegal, if Giannis avoiding off-season workouts with the NBA elite is smart and much more.

Zimmer made decision to fire DeFilippo (1:36)
Graziano: DeFilippo firing affects more than the Vikings (0:55)
Did Vikings make right call in firing OC DeFilippo? (1:16)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Minnesota Vikings coach Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has now had two offensive coordinators depart during the season in the past three years. Norv Turner quit in 2016 and now John DeFilippo has been fired. Both men had their faults. But it's important to consider the full context of today's news. Working for Mike Zimmer isn't easy.

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1dCourtney Cronin

Vikings, still in playoff hunt, fire OC DeFilippo

The Vikings, who have just 17 total points over the past two weeks and have not surpassed 300 yards of offense in four of their past five games, have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Stephen A. doesn't consider Cousins' season a failure (1:37)
Seahawks dominate Vikings, win fourth straight game (1:04)
Cousins reacts to Seattle's shift in defensive schemes (1:04)
Zimmer admits Wilson wasn't 'real successful tonight passing' (0:31)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on how to fix the Vikings offense: "Yeah, that's a good question. Keep at it. Keep trying to find things that we're good at. We didn't score very many points tonight, didn't score very many points last week. Part of it is being better on third downs, we haven't really done a good job there. Part of it is being better in the red zone. Had the ball on the 2-yard line didn't score. You keep doing things like that you're not going to score many points."

Booger: Cousins 'came up small' on the big stage (1:06)
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2dKevin Seifert

Refs void flag on Seattle's apparent illegal block

An apparent good call by game officials in the Seahawks' 21-7 win over the Vikings on a Seattle block of a field goal in the fourth quarter was reversed -- with no prompt explanation.


Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

Bobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey's field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, Seattle's fourth straight victory.

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.0
Rushing Yards85.4
Points For21.7
Points Against22.4