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1-1-1, 2nd in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer's statement on Everson Griffen: "The only thing I'm really concerned about for Everson isn't anything to do with football; it's about him getting better. In the five years that I've been here, I've always loved Everson -- the effort that he puts out, the work that he does, the chance to count on him in game time, and even in practice. He's always been a really, really good model for us, and obviously he's going through some tough times now."

Zimmer only concerned with Griffen getting better (0:45)
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Vikings ordered mental health check for Griffen

The Vikings informed Everson Griffen and his agent last week that the star defensive end would not be allowed back to the team until he underwent a mental health evaluation, according to a police incident report obtained by ESPN.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

An additional incident involving Everson Griffen happened Saturday afternoon after the previously reported incident at Hotel Ivy. A summary of a police report from Minnetrista Police states: "Everson made several comments about people trying to kill him, referenced 777 and God several times. - went to a peer's house, opened door and left. He was not wearing a shirt when he did this, left then drove to a gas station in excelsior where he got out, spotted someone he thought he knew and got in their vehicle leaving his vehicle behind. Several of his employees have said he has not been himself for the past few weeks, was told that he needed to get a mental health evaluation as well based upon his demeanor."

Vikings DE Griffen in hospital after hotel incident (1:49)
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Source: Vikes' Griffen under hospital evaluation

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" at a Minneapolis-area hospital following an incident Saturday at the hotel where he was staying, a source told ESPN.

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Vikes concerned about DE Griffen's well-being

The Vikings said they are concerned about the well-being of defensive end Everson Griffen, who did not play in Week 3 and was listed on the injury report Monday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Vikings GM Rick Spielman regarding Everson Griffen: "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Everson Griffen listed as DNP during Monday's practice (the team didn't actually practice, this is just a simulation of what the injury report would have been) for knee/non injury related. Trae Waynes was set to have an MRI on his ankle today, per Mike Zimmer, and was a limited participant. Riley Reiff a new addition this week with a foot injury, did not practice along with Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Marcus Sherels (ribs),

Berry says still start your Vikings fantasy studs (0:54)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Weatherly on games like Green Bay taking more of a mental toll than others because of the hard-fought comeback and whether they take more time to wear off: "Honestly I feel like in some situations it is. But that's just something we as a team have to work on and get used to, really implementing that 24 hour rule and moving forward, and so you can go ahead and have more success and more victories. Hopefully you can celebrate the biggest win in February."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Hughes discussed the benefit he and Mackenise Alexander have with Terence Newman on the sideline as a coach and how the young corners are able to receive instant feedback on their play in the slot. "Every time we come off the field, there's something that he critiques us on," Hughes said. "Even if we make a good play, there's always something to get better on. That's what he's been doing. You can't do anything but listen, be a sponge and try to take everything in and try to be coachable." Hughes credits a 'miscommunication' on the 26-yard touchdown to Jared Croom after he raised his hand pre-snap, anticipating a swing play from Josh Allen before he bit on the screen fake, thus allowing Croom to run untouched to the end zone. "There's a certain check that we make when a play like that occurs," Hughes said. "I made a check and it was just a miscommunication. Nothing that they did. It was all on us.”

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Rudolph points out the commonalities Vikings have encountered in stunning losses, noting the outcomes against the Colts in 2016 and vs. Philly in the NFC championship: "Unfortunately, you go back and look at the last three years of football that we played. We've done this once a year. Go back a couple of Decembers ago, we had a chance of making the playoffs. Then the Indianapolis Colts come in here and kick our butts. Last year in the NFC Championship game, everyone knows what happened. One thing for us is that it happened in September. We're going to learn from it, this could be the best thing for us. We have a really young and talented team, but we can't just roll the ball out there and expect to win. I think a lot of people were underestimating the Buffalo Bills this week."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Playing from behind from the start, the Vikings dropped back to pass on 60 of their 65 offensive plays (92%), the highest dropback percentage for any team in the last 10 seasons. Kirk Cousins averaged 5.4 yards per attempt, the fewest by a QB that completed at least 70 percent of his passes in a game since Ryan Tannehill in Week 11 of 2016 (5.1). Part of the reason is that 38 of Cousins' 55 attempts traveled 5 yards or fewer downfield, the second-most such attempts by a QB in the last 10 seasons, per ESPN Stats and Information.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Jerry Hughes had 15 pressures against the Vikings today, per NFL Next Gen Stats. That's the highest number of pressures in a game of any player in the last three seasons. Joey Bosa had the next most with 13 in Week 10 in 2017 against the Jaguars.

Cousins on what jumps out from loss: 'The turnovers' (0:47)
Zimmer on Bills: 'They came out and kicked our butts' (0:43)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

A camera from WROC captured Bills CB Tre'Davious White walking through the tunnel at U.S. Bank Stadium saying, "You like that?!" after Sunday's upset, 27-6 win over the Vikings. Asked about the reference to Kirk Cousins' famous clip from his days with the Redskins, White said, "It's the first win of 2018 for the Buffalo Bills, so of course, it's a big deal. Like I said, y'all like that? Y'all like that, huh?”


Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen's 1st road start

Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the...

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Bills (+17) pull off largest NFL upset in 23 years

The Bills, who closed as consensus 17-point underdogs to the previously unbeaten Vikings, on Sunday pulled off the biggest NFL upset in 23 years, routing Minnesota 27-6.

Cousins commits 3 turnovers in blowout loss to Bills (1:00)

Team Stats

Passing Yards305.7Tied-4th
Rushing Yards66.031st
Points For19.7Tied-22nd
Points Against24.017th

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