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EAGAN, Minn. - Kirk Cousins was 13 years old when his family moved from the Chicago suburbs to Holland, Mich. He wondered if he would need to put aside his Bears gear and become a Detroit Lions fan. Cousins’ father knew that wasn’t going to happen. “He said, ‘Kirk, you can take the boy out of Chicago, you can’t take Chicago out of the boy,’ ” Cousins said recently. “We stayed Chicago sports fans when we moved to Michigan.” Cousins stopped being a Bears fan when he the Washington Redskins made him their fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
MINNEAPOLIS — Move over “Purple People Eaters,” there’s a new gang of defenders in the Vikings’ record book. The Vikings had a franchise-record 10 sacks in Sunday’s 24-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The previous record of sacks in a game was nine, accomplished four times — three times by Minnesota’s legendary defensive line, in 1968, 1969 and 1970.
EDINA, Minn. — Former Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Bill Brown died Sunday morning, Nov. 4, after dealing with health issues the past few years. He was 80. Brown played for the Vikings from 1962-74 after spending his rookie year with Chicago in 1961. He made four Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor in 1964. Brown died at English Rose Suites, a memory center in Edina, where he spent the past five years.
More than a dozen years ago, Eric Kendricks learned what tackling was all about by bringing down Mookie. Kendricks was a seventh-grade defensive back for Wowana Middle School in Fresno, Calif., in 2004 when his team faced Cooper Middle School and its big running back.
The Vikings faced New Orleans last Sunday without six starters, including two Pro Bowl selections, their top running back and best offensive lineman. But the wounded players are getting better. Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) and left guard Tom Compton (knee) were ruled of Sunday’s game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium, but four others are expected back after being being listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report.
EAGAN, Minn. — Adam Thielen grew up admiring Calvin Johnson. On Sunday, Nov. 4, he’ll try to top one of his NFL records. The Vikings wide receiver last week tied Johnson’s mark for the most consecutive 100-yard receiving games in a season with eight. He’ll go for nine at U.S. Bank Stadium against Detroit, the team Johnson played for from 2007-15.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings running back Dalvin Cook doesn’t know when he’ll return from a left hamstring injury, but he knows this: “Once I get back, it’s going to be on,” he said Thursday, Nov. 1. Cook has missed the past four games and five of the past six. That’s after sitting out the final 12 games of last season with a torn left ACL.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first time in five years, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen came off the bench in an NFL game last weekend. Is it time for him to return to the starting lineup? Coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t say Thursday, Nov. 1, whether the three-time Pro Bowl selection will be on the field for more plays Sunday against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium, and Griffen said he doesn’t know. But most importantly, Griffen said he’s feeling fine physically after appearing in his first game in more than a month.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Each day he is at the TCO Performance Center, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins sees a reminder of how costly turnovers can be in the NFL. A sign in the quarterbacks room, he said, features detailed takeaway stats during Mike Zimmer’s five seasons as head coach.
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the Minnesota Vikings’ annual night practice in August, coach Mike Zimmer got fans charged up when he declared, “You’re going to be awfully proud of them in February” as the crowd roared. If the season ended now, though, the Vikings wouldn’t be anywhere near Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. In fact, they wouldn’t even be in the playoffs. At the midpoint, they’re 4-3-1 and in second place in the NFC North behind Chicago (4-3).