Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Vikings have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, whose first season on the job ended after just 13 games amid a sharp decline in production by the offense over the past six weeks. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski was made interim offensive coordinator on Tuesday morning, following a 21-7 loss at Seattle on Monday … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance

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

SEATTLE — 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. Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman provided … Continue reading SEATTLE | Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

NEW YORK — Harrison Smith has been making his mark for years with big hits and clutch interceptions for the Minnesota Vikings. As a key piece of one of the NFL’s top defenses, the playmaking safety was voted the top player in the league at his position by a panel of 10 football writers for … Continue reading NEW YORK | Vikings’ Harrison Smith voted top NFL safety by AP panel

NEW YORK | Saints on top of latest Pro32 poll; KC, Pats tied for 2nd

NEW YORK— Who Dat on top of the latest AP Pro32 rankings? Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints knocked off the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 on Sunday, handing them their first loss of the season. The Saints jumped three spots to No. 1 in the latest AP Pro32 poll . They received … Continue reading NEW YORK | Saints on top of latest Pro32 poll; KC, Pats tied for 2nd

Aaron Donald tops AP defensive tackle rankings again

Many an NFL opponent has had a game plan waylaid by the speed, strength and instinct of Aaron Donald over his not-yet-five-full seasons in the league. The 6-foot-1, 280-pound kingpin of the Los Angeles Rams’ defense was a unanimous pick for the best defensive tackle in the NFL by a panel of 10 football writers … Continue reading Aaron Donald tops AP defensive tackle rankings again

LOS ANGELES | 4 arrested for series of Los Angeles celebrity burglaries

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles police have arrested four people for a series of burglaries that targeted the homes of celebrities, including Rihanna, Christina Milian, Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. Three men, ages 18 and 19, and one man’s mother have been arrested. At a news conference Tuesday, police displayed recovered … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | 4 arrested for series of Los Angeles celebrity burglaries

LOS ANGELES | Goff has 465 yards, 5 TDs, propels Rams past Vikings, 38-31

LOS ANGELES— Jared Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with Kirk Cousins and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. Goff hit Cooper Kupp with two of his four TD throws during a 251-yard first half … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Goff has 465 yards, 5 TDs, propels Rams past Vikings, 38-31

GREEN BAY, Wis. | Roughing it: Packers confident in how they go after QB

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Keep the head up. Be aware if the quarterback got rid of the ball. Wrap up. Seems like a simple enough checklist for a defender to hit the quarterback. A roughing-the-passer penalty on linebacker Clay Matthews against the Minnesota Vikings might have raised new questions with the Green Bay Packers. The … Continue reading GREEN BAY, Wis. | Roughing it: Packers confident in how they go after QB