Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was fined $13,369 by the NFL for throwing his helmet last Sunday against New Orleans, a source said Saturday. The fine had been expected. When asked Friday if the NFL fines players for what Treadwell did, he said, “Yeah, they do.’’ When asked if had gotten word then about being fined, he said, “I plead the fifth.’’
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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen have carried the Vikings offense all season. They were doomed, though, on Sunday when both committed a costly turnover. In a 30-20 loss to New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium, Thielen lost a fumble late in the second quarter that was returned 54 yards, and Cousins threw an interception that was returned for a Saints touchdown early in the third quarter.
MINNEAPOLIS — Nine months after the "Minnesota Miracle," the New Orleans Saints are returning to U.S. Bank Stadium. Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who caught the dramatic winning pass in a playoff game in January, figures the Saints will come in Sunday night, Oct. 28, with a "chip on their shoulder." New Orleans coach Sean Payton doesn't see it that way.