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Vikings off to quick start on offense

Clearly, it was all John DeFilippo’s fault. Or something. A week after firing their offensive coordinator, the Vikings offense looked sharp to open their game against the Dolphins, driving quickly for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Vikings went 76 yards in six plays to start the game, and four of those were runs, [more]

Week 15 early inactives

Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs. Cowboys at Colts Cowboys: G Zack Martin, DL David Irving, TE Geoff Swaim, QB Mike [more]

Source: Stephen Ross undecided about possible changes

A week after a miraculous finish that kept Miami’s playoff hopes alive, it’s unclear whether the team will avoid major changes, if a postseason berth isn’t acquired. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is undecided regarding whether he’ll make changes, and how sweeping those changes would be, after [more]

Week 15 injury report roundup

Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Chargers and it continues with two more games on Saturday. The Jets, Texans, Browns and Broncos submitted their final injury reports on Thursday and the 24 teams in Sunday’s games submitted their final injury reports of the week on [more]

Al Riveron admits Bobby Wagner blocked field goal should have been flagged

A pivotal moment in the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on Monday night came when Seattle’s Bobby Wagner blocked a field goal with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. One official threw a flag, but after a conference, the referees announced that there was no penalty. Today NFL V.P. of Officiating Al Riveron admitted [more]

Xavien Howard doubtful this week for Dolphins

The Dolphins seem to be holding out hope for Xavien Howard‘s quick return. But not much hope. The Dolphins announced that the cornerback was doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Coach Adam Gase told reporters his status would depend on how he felt tomorrow, which at least means he’s making the trip later today. [more]

Four teams have clinched playoff berths, five more can clinch this weekend

The Los Angeles Chargers became the fourth team to clinch a playoff berth. With their win over the Chiefs on Thursday night, the Chargers have joined the Chiefs as the only two AFC teams to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They are still battling it out for the AFC West title, with one of [more]

Kevin Stefanski: Circumstances aren’t ideal, but I’m up for challenge

Kevin Stefanski is a few days away from his first game as the Vikings offensive coordinator and he described the circumstances that led to his promotion this week as a “blur.” Stefanski and the rest of the team got home from Seattle early on Tuesday morning and he learned that John DeFilippo had been fired [more]

Ryan Tannehill remains limited

Ryan Tannehill still is expected to start for the Dolphins on Sunday “unless something crazy happens.” But the Dolphins quarterback remained limited in practice Thursday. The team continues to list him with the right shoulder injury that kept him out five games, but the shoulder isn’t what ails him now. It’s the ankle injury. Offensive [more]

Packers’ unlikely playoff push could complicate their coaching search

Plenty of teams have made in-season coaching changes over the years. Not many have remained marginally viable playoff contenders. For the Packers, an unlikely playoff push could complicate their looming search for a new coach. Apart from the obvious question of whether finagling a path to the playoffs would enhance interim coach Joe Philbin’s chances [more]

Vikings expect Trae Waynes back this weekend

Most of the focus on the Vikings this week has been on the offense as a result of the decision to fire offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, but their fulfilling their hopes of getting into the playoffs will require a strong performance from their defense in the last three weeks as well. Having all hands on [more]

Xavien Howard running, but not practicing

The Dolphins were able to pull out a win against New England without the help of cornerback Xavien Howard last Sunday, but they’d prefer to have Howard on hand as they try to close the season on a winning streak. There’s no word yet on whether that will be the case for Sunday’s game against [more]

Kirk Cousins takes “ownership” for offensive struggles

The Vikings fired their offensive coordinator, but the quarterback’s not going anywhere (for $84 million reasons). So Kirk Cousins said he had to take “ownership” of the team’s offensive struggles, which led to John DeFilippo’s sudden unemployment. “Myself, I’d be the first one to say, if I had played at a higher level, we’re probably not [more]

Mike Zimmer won’t confirm Kevin Stefanski is calling offensive plays

When the Vikings announced that Kevin Stefanski is taking over as offensive coordinator in the wake of John DeFilippo’s dismissal, they said Stefanski will take over offensive playcalling duties as well. That arrangement made sense. DeFilippo was the playcaller, head coach Mike Zimmer calls the defenses and anyone else charged with that role probably would [more]

Adam Thielen fully participates in practice despite ankle injury

Late in Monday night’s loss to the Seahawks, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen suffered an ankle injury. It looked bad at the time, but he seemed to jog it off. Two days later, it’s not keeping him from getting ready for a critical Week 15 game. Thielen fully participated in practice on Wednesday despite the ankle [more]

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