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2016 Schedule
6-6, 2nd in NFC North
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Peterson has eye on returning for playoffs (0:37)
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Will Bortles' struggles continue against Vikings D? (0:44)
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Vikings need some help in playoff race

Minny is looking up at Detroit and Green Bay in the NFC North. Football Outsiders gives the Vikings slightly better than a 20 percent chance of reaching the postseason. Playoff Odds (Insider)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Bortles said the Vikings took him out to dinner in Orlando before the 2014 draft, and met with them at the NFL combine. He never went on a visit to Minnesota, he said. On his third season, Bortles said, "It obviously hasn't been great – not the results you wanted, not the personal play that I've wanted. But I think we're headed in the right direction."

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Should AP play regardless of playoff contention? (2:10)

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

RB Adrian Peterson (knee) opened a can of worms today by telling reporters that he'll return this season only if the Vikings are in playoff contention. It's an understandable hedge, with one flaw of logic. If doctors clear him to play, even if at less than 100 percent, isn't he obligated to work per the terms of his contract?

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he'll be the one making the decision about whether he comes back or not, but said it would be "pointless" to play if the Vikings are out of contention. He said his mindset is on the Vikings making the playoffs, and that he expects to return if the team is playing meaningful games.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson told reporters in the locker room he wouldn't come back this season if the Vikings are out of the playoff race, "for obvious reasons."

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Jags over Vikes? One Insider says yes

Week 14's biggest upset? One our of Insiders say it will be the Jaguars and their underrated defense getting a low-scoring upset over the depleted Vikings. Insider roundtable

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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

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Vikings coach Zimmer (eye) returns to practice

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.

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Week 14 Preview, Fantasy Play & Pick'em

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.

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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.

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Zimmer back with Vikings following eye surgery (0:39)
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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.

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Zimmer back with Vikings after eye surgery

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who missed Thursday's loss to the Cowboys because of a detached retina, returned to the team Monday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards224.425th
Rushing Yards72.432nd
Points For19.426th
Points Against17.44th

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