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|Stadium:||U. S. Bank Stadium|
|Colours:||Purple, white & gold|
|Hall of Famers:||Cris Carter, Chris Doleman, Carl Eller, Paul Krause, Steve Hutchinson, Randall McDaniel, Randy Moss, Alan Page, John Randle, Fran Tarkenton, Mick Tingelhoff, Ron Yary & Gary Zimmerman|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Jim Finks (GM) & Bud Grant|
|Rivals:||New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears & Detroit Lions|
|Legends:||Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Jim Marshall, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Korey Stringer & Bill Brown|
|Retired Numbers:||10, 53, 70, 77, 80 & 88|
|Super Bowl Championships:||None|
|Conference Championships:||4: 1969, 1973, 1974 & 1976|
|1st 2020 Draft Pick:||#22 Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU|
|2020 Power Ranking:||9|
|Team in a Tweet:||So close but yet so far.|
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It was a very strange first few years for the Minnesota Vikings even well before they stepped foot on the pitch as the city of Minnesota were awarded an American Football League franchise, but then a group of owners decided to forfeit their AFL license.
Minnesota were then awarded an National Football League franchise in 1960 becoming the 14th franchise to enter the national competition, with their first season being played in the 1961 edition.
Norm Van Brocklin became the first coach of the Vikings as he led the team from 1961 to 1966, but the Vikings didn’t have the pernerial success they had in the 70s as Brocklin could only manage 29 wins over his five years at the franchise.
However, one of the shining lights in Van Brocklin’s career at the Vikings was the introduction of future Hall of Famer Fran Tankerton. Tankerton who was picked by the Vikings in the NFL third round with pick no. 29 made an outstanding debut in 1961 against the Chicago Bears.
Having come off the bench he threw four touchdown passes and collected the ball from kickoff to give the Vikings their fifth score of the day as they defeated the Chicago Bears 37-3. A quarter of a century later in 1986 Tanketon became the first Minnesota Vikings player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Vikings then hired Bud Grant who coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from the Canadian Football League, ahead of the 1967 season. Grant coached the Vikings from 1967-1983 and then had a second stint with the franchise in 1985.
Grant became one of the finest coaches the Vikings had seen as he coached the team for 243 games (throughout two stints), coaching them to 161 wins and 99 losses. He also led the team one of their most successful periods without getting the reward.
Arguably one of the most successful periods in Vikings history was early in the Super Bowl era as the Vikings made four Super Bowl appearances in 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1976 without getting their hands on the NFL’s most prized possession, the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Despite not claiming the biggest prize in the NFL, the Vikings still had a very good season in those years as they claimed the NFL championship in 1969, and National Football Conference championships in 1973, 1974 and 1976.
The last few years under Grant’s first stint at the Vikings saw them make the playoffs four more times as they made the conference championship in 1977 (losing to eventual Super Bowl XII winners Dallas Cowboys), divisional round in 1978 and divisional round in 1980.
When Grant returned for his second stint in 1985 he couldn’t help the franchise to a winning season as he took the Vikings to a 9-7 record, overcoming a 3-13 record the year previously. It turned out that 1985 would be his last season in charge as he retired after the season, the Vikings then hired Jerry Burns who coached the side from 1986 to 1991.
Burns led the team to their first playoff appearance in 1987 ending a four year drought without playoff action. However, 1987 would be the closest the Vikings would come to a Super Bowl appearance under Burns as they lost the conference championship against Washington.
The next few years under Burns saw the Vikings make the playoffs back-to-back when they made it to the divisional rounds in 1988 and 1989. The next decade under Dennis Green saw the Vikings as post season regulars between 1992 and 2002. During that time they missed the playoffs just three times in 1995, 2001 and 2002.
Under Green’s tenure at the Vikings the closest they came to a SuperBowl was when they made the Conference championship game in 1998 when they fell to Atlanta Falcons and in 2000 where they lost to the New York Giants.
The Vikings didn’t have the postseason success they saw in the 90s and from 2001 to 2010, they only made the playoffs three times, as once again in 2009 they crashed out of the conference championship game this time going down to the New Orleans Saints.
By the turn of the 2010s Leslie Frazier was in charge of the team, despite his second year in charge where the Vikings won three games, they responded the next year by making the playoffs again, but that would be the most he got out of the squad as the 2013 season would be his last.
By 2014 the Vikings then looked to Mike Zimmer who took over as coach. Despite making the postseason in his second season with the franchise (where they lost to Seattle Seahawks in a wildcard playoff), he didn’t waste any time as by 2017 he led the team to a 13-3 record finishing first in the NFC North.
The Vikings managed a win against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs, but once again fell a game short of the Super Bowl as they were crushed by 31 points from the Philadelphia Eagles in the conference championship game.
Last season could be deemed a success as the Vikings finished second in the NFC North with a 10-6 record (missed the first place finish by three wins) which earned them another postseason spot. They managed to defeat the New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round but they couldn’t better themselves when it came to the divisional playoffs as they fell to San Francisco 28-23.
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Having begun his NFL coaching career in 1994, Mike Zimmer is now one of the most experienced active coaches in the pro football. Appointed as the defensive coordinator at three different NFL franchises, Zimmer was then given the opportunity to head coach the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.
With a career record of 57-38-1, Zimmer has taken the Vikings to three postseasons in six years, although never consecutively. Throughout his time in Minnesota, Zimmer hasn’t quite made the Vikings consistent contenders to come out of the NFC, making the 2020 season an integral one in his career. Entering the final year of his contract with a talented roster, the Vikings on-field performance, will determine whether Zimmer’s contract is extended or terminated come season end.
About to begin his fourth season in the NFL, Dalvin Cook is coming off a breakout season in which he finished top 10 in the NFL for rushing yards with 1,135, despite only playing in 14 games. Cook is a dual threat offensive weapon also bringing in 53 receptions for 519 receiving yards in 2019.
Cook’s versatility will allow him to become an even greater part of the Vikings offense this season, with former wide receiver Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo. Much to Cook’s dismay, the Vikings gave QB Kirk Cousins a contract extension before him, resulting in Cook forgoing participation in team-related activities until an agreement is reached. There’s no question that Cook is the main man in Minnesota, and if/when a contract extension is reached, expect another Pro Bowl calibre season from Dalvin Cook.
No player in the history of the NFL has collected more sacks before their 25th birthday than Danielle Hunter. About to enter his sixth season, Hunter has proved himself to be a consistent tackling machine. In his second season as a full-time starter, Hunter put up the following stat line: 2018: 16 Games Started, 72 Tacks (51 Solo, 21 Assists), 14.5 Sacks.
Great players in the NFL are defined by their consistency to perform at an elite level, and in his third year as a full time starter, Hunter continued to show his worth: 2019: 16 Games Started, 70 Tacks (52 Solo, 18 Assists), 14.5 Sacks. Back to back elite seasons, prior to entering his physical prime. If Hunter continues this trajectory he has the chance to become one of the best Defensive Ends the Vikings, and the league has seen.
Despite finishing second in the AFC North to earn their fourth playoff appearance since 2010, they were ranked outside the top 10 in the NFL when it came to over/under record. The Vikings finished with a 9-9-0 overall over/under record placing them 16th in the NFL and second in the NFC North.
When they were the home team they were ranked 17th with a 4-4-0 record placing them second in the NFC North, and had the same positions in both the NFL and NFC North when they were the away team with a 5-5-0 record.
When looking at against the spread the Vikings were very well placed in all in their overall form- where they finished 13th in the NFL and second in the NFC North with a 10-8-0 record. They were in the NFL’s top five teams when they were the home side as they were ranked fourth and second in the NFC North with a 5-3-0 record.
When they were on the road they were ranked 26th and second in the NFC North with a 5-5-0 record. The Vikings began their 2019 campaign with +2300 value a day before their clash with Atlanta. On the day of the Atlanta game their value dropped to +1800 on September 9, a day after their opener (a game in which they won) their value rose up to +2000.
Three days before they faced their second clash of the NFL season they were marked at +1867 leading up to their Green Bay Packers clash, However, on their game day the market saw the Green Bay Packers as the favorites as once again they moved up and their value went up to +2167 on September 16.
The Vikings ended up losing that game and bounced back with a win over Oakland, but then lost the next week to Chicago which saw them have a +3300 value by October 1. The Vikings responded when they had a +2500 value on October 7 (their game against New York Ginats) which sparked the Vikings on a four game winning streak which included wins over Philadelphia, Detroit and Washington and by October 28 they saw a drop in their value to +1733.
They did suffer their loss of the season when they lost to Kansas City on November 4, (a clash where the Vikings were marked at +1900 on November 3), that loss hindered their chances when looking at the odds as they moved back up to +2200 a day after the defeat.
The Vikings responded winning two consecutive games over Dallas and Denver from November 11 to 18 before their bye where they were valued at +1400 by November 19. Their return from the bye wasn’t a good sign as they suffered a defeat to Seattle on December 3 and three days later they were +2267.
But they responded again defeating Detroit and Los Angeles Chargers between December 9 and December 16, but they only saw a slight improvement on their odds as a day later they were valued at +2033.
They ended the regular season with two back-to-back defeats from Green Bay Packers and Chicago between December 24 and December 30, but managed to earn a playoff spot. Three days before their playoff game the Vikings recorded their highest odds for the season when they were marked at +4100 on January 3, but by January 6 there value dropped to +1267.
A day after their wildcard win over New Orleans Saints they were valued at +1400 on January 7- five days before their division game against San Francisco 49ers (a game that would end the Vikings season).
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Where do the Minnesota Vikings play?
The Minnesota Vikings play their home games at the U. S. Bank stadium.
Who owns the Minnesota Vikings?
Stephen M. Ross owns the Minnesota Vikings.
Has the Minnesota Vikings won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Minnesota Vikings have won two Super Bowls.
Who is the Minnesota Vikings coach?
Mike Zimmer is the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Do the Minnesota Vikings play tonight?
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What is the Minnesota Vikings record?
The new season of the NFL has started! The Minnesota Vikings finished with a 10-6 record in the 2019 season.
Did the Minnesota Vikings win last night?
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How much is the Minnesota Vikings worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Minnesota Vikings are worth $2.95 billion.
Who do the Minnesota Vikings play tonight?
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How to watch Minnesota Vikings games?
You can watch the Minnesota Vikings on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on Vikings.com. You can also stream Vikings games on the Vikings app, Yahoo sports app, CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs this year?
The new season of the NFL has started! The Minnesota Vikings made the playoffs in the 2019 season losing in the divisional playoffs.
When do the Minnesota Vikings play?
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When is the next Minnesota Vikings game?
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Where did the Minnesota Vikings finish the season?
The Minnesota Vikings finished second in the NFC North standings.
How many games did the Minnesota Vikings win?
The Minnesota Vikings won 10 games in the 2019 NFL season.
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