Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A day after the Vikings lost for the first time this season, coach Mike Zimmer was still fuming, disturbed by all the "dumb" things he saw from his team. Initially trying to feign optimism, Zimmer pointed out how much of Sunday's 21-10 loss at Philadelphia was uncharacteristic. The Vikings turned the ball over, failed to convert in the red zone and were flagged for unnecessary penalties.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings have been getting warnings this week about Philadelphia's notorious fans. Fullback Zach Line said in a team meeting Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer offered his take on what the Vikings will see Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. "We were told it was a pretty hostile crowd,'' Line said Thursday. Line even has had his father warned. He said a family acquaintance who lives in Philadelphia recommended to Joe Line it might not be a good idea to wear his usual Line No. 48 jersey in the stands.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in May and pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving, court records show. The Pioneer Press learned of the arrest Tuesday. In a statement, the Vikings said Edwards notified the team immediately of his arrest and that "he was significantly disciplined by the Vikings.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL standings say the Vikings are 5-0. In Mike Zimmer's standings, they have a different record. The Minnesota coach spoke to his players after they returned following a bye week and practiced Monday. He let it be known they can't afford to rest on their laurels. "Like Coach Zim said, 'We're back to 0-0 and this is a new season,' '' said running back Jerick McKinnon. "(The 5-0 start is) in the past. There's no need to keep celebrating.''
MINNEAPOLIS—The 1972 Miami Dolphins now can turn their attention only to the Vikings. The Dolphins, the only undefeated team in NFL history, have a practice of drinking champagne when the last team each season falls from the unbeaten ranks. They'll have to wait at least awhile on Minnesota. The Vikings defeated Houston 31-13 Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium to climb to 5-0, and now entire a bye week. With losses by Philadelphia and Denver, no other team remains without a blemish.
MINNEAPOLIS—As if Vikings kicker Blair Walsh hasn't had enough to worry about lately, his family's home in Boca Raton, Fla., was being threatened Thursday by Hurricane Matthew. Walsh has faced plenty of recent scrutiny for missed kicks. He is hopeful his parents will be able to fly from South Florida to Minnesota on Friday for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings have long sought a franchise quarterback. Now, they have two candidates. Teddy Bridgewater looked to be that guy until his season-ending knee injury during an Aug. 30 practice. Bridgewater has been replaced by Sam Bradford, who could actually end up being a better fit.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has played in 144 NFL games. Never has he broken as little of a sweat as he did Monday night. In a 24-10 win over the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium, the 11-year veteran was in for a career-low two snaps. His previous low had been 14, set Sept. 20, 2015, against Detroit and tied two weeks ago against Green Bay. Greenway doesn't play in nickel situations in favor of cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Greenway didn't start Monday, and Munnerlyn ended up playing 64 of the 66 defensive snaps.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury last month, Jerick McKinnon got another coach. Since being lost at least until December, Peterson has been sending words of inspiration to McKinnon and fellow running back Matt Asiata. On Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium, Peterson was on the sideline providing advice to McKinnon, who started in his place against the New York Giants. "Adrian is always getting in our ear," McKinnon said. "When I came out in the second half, he was telling me to take what the defense gives you."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Vikings don't always need a gaudy sack total to rattle the opposing quarterback. They entered Monday night averaging an NFL-best five sacks per game. They didn't get any in a 24-10 win over the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium, but they sure affected Eli Manning. Obviously wary of the pass rush, Manning threw mostly quick passes throughout the game. He rarely challenged Minnesota with long balls.