The Minnesota Vikings are placing first-round pick cornerback Mike Hughes on injured reserve after he tore his ACL during Minnesota’s Week 6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
The Vikings hope Hughes, whose rookie contract runs through the 2021 season with a fifth-year option in place for 2022, can be healthy in time for the start of the 2019 regular season as he will miss the remainder of this year.
Kevin Stefanski to Return to Vikings
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will return to his post in Minnesota next season after failing to land the head coaching gig with the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Stefanski, 36, whose contract expired following the season, had only been considered for the Browns job and was the youngest candidate under consideration.
It’s likely that with another year under his belt in Minnesota, that he becomes a hot candidate for head coaching jobs in 2020.
Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, giving them 10 losses on the season
1. For some reason, the Lions struggle with the hail mary pass
With halftime approaching, the Lions decided to give the Vikings the ball with 36 seconds left. In 34 seconds, the Vikings were able to get the ball in position for a hail mary to the end zone. Even with Kenny Golladay playing way back, the Vikings were able to capitalize on the deep pass and take the lead going into halftime. This completely changed the momentum in this game in favor the Vikings and it showed all 2nd half.
2. The Vikings absolutely dominated the 2nd half of this game
The Vikings shut out the Lions in the 2nd half. Along with that, they scored 13 points and helped pull away from this game. Their dominance in the 2nd half just showed that the Lions didn’t have a chance of coming back after that hail mary to close out the 1st half.
3. This game just emphasizes how much Jim Cooter needs to go
Getting shut out in the 2nd half and unable to score a touchdown in the entire game just concludes that offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter needs to be gone at the end of the season. Even though Matthew Stafford requested that he come back for this season, that seemed to be a mistake because Cooter has struggled to figure out this offense anytime an injury happens.
This game didn’t really mean much for the Lions while this game meant a lot for the Vikings. This clearly showed in the 2nd half as Minnesota was able to shut down any chance of a Lions comeback. The Lions close out the season in Green Bay against the Packers and due to this being a divisional game, expect all the starters to still play this game. In conclusion, the Lions are now competing to see if they can end up with a good 1st round pick.
Vikings’ Mike Zimmer Job Safe
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has stated that head coach Mike Zimmer’s job is safe despite criticism that has reigned down on the team as they fight through a disappointing season, according to the Pioneer Press’ Bob Sansevere.
“We’re very happy with the coach and the entire coaching staff,” Wilf said, per the report.
“It’s great to be in this position in December, that’s for sure. I’m very proud we stepped up and answered any questions about who we were as a team. I think we showed we were one of the best and can beat anyone on any given day.”
Thanks to their blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Vikings’ playoff hopes are still very much alive, but they were considered to be Super Bowl contenders after signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive contract during the offseason.
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