The Vikings will face an equally struggling opponent Sunday in Jacksonville, and their defense needs to rattle mistake-prone Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.
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Vikings move up slightly in FPI
Minnesota's rating went up by only 0.1, but struggles elsewhere in the top 10 moved the Vikings up a spot. That said, their special teams dropped from 17th to 22nd in efficiency this week. Full FPI rankings
If the Vikings have any shot of getting to 10-6 and making the playoffs, the pass-rush will have to lead the way like it did against the Cowboys.
After having two operations last week on a detached retina in his right eye, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was back at practice on Tuesday.
The Vikings got some good news on the injury front with Joe Berger (concussion) and Marcus Sherels (rib) returning to the practice field.
It appeared to be business as usual for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who was back running practice following multiple eye surgeries.
Vikings NFL Nation reporter Ben Goessling and Jaguars NFL Nation reporter Mike DiRocco preview the Week 14 matchup, discuss their top potential fantasy play and make their game predictions.
Vikings move up rankings despite loss
Sam Bradford & Co. didn't beat the Cowboys, but our panel was impressed by their performance. The Vikings climb three spots this week, moving back into the top half. Power Rankings
Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer
Mike Zimmer is back at Vikings practice, coaching with his right eye covered.
Are the Vikings' run woes here to stay?
There are worse problems to have, but even with recent improvement, the Vikings are "up" to 3.0 yards per carry. Adrian Peterson's return might help, but Bill Barnwell wonders how much. Contender kryptonite
Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer
The Vikings announced Mike Zimmer is back at work and is expected to travel with the team to Jacksonville this weekend. Zimmer had another operation on his right eye on Friday morning, after he missed the Vikings Thursday game against the Dallas Cowboys with a detached retina.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who missed Thursday's loss to the Cowboys because of a detached retina, returned to the team Monday.
The Vikings are in a pickle, needing to win most or likely all of their remaining games and get some help. But the team need only refer back to 2012.
Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer
With Detroit leading the high-flying Saints 10-0, note that the Lions have held seven of their first 11 opponents under 21 points. That was tied for the NFL lead with the Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Patriots, Chiefs and Vikings. Which two teams do not belong? It has to be the Cowboys and Lions. Just shows how well they have controlled games offensively, and how their defenses are probably better than anticipated.
Barring a setback following another operation on his eye Friday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer could return to the team before next week's game against the Jaguars.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant gave Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes his respect following Dallas' win Thursday.
Dez Bryant said he enjoyed the challenging competition against Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Thursday.
An injury to a star player is a big deal, but injuries to numerous key players can completely derail a team's playoff hopes. Here are five examples.
Mike Priefer didn't have much time to prepare to fill in as Vikings head coach for Mike Zimmer, but despite a loss to Dallas he'd do it again.
The Vikings hung tough against the Cowboys and had a chance to tie it in the final minute, but ended up losing for the sixth time in seven games.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was puzzled by a non-call on a potential game-tying play against the Cowboys -- but teammate Brian Robison was more livid and laid into the game's referees.
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