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EAGAN, Minn.—The Vikings have gone to the West Coast with something to prove. Last Sunday, they suffered one of their most embarrassing regular-season defeats ever. Despite being a 17-point favorite, they were dismantled 27-6 at home by the lowly Buffalo Bills. Next up are the Los Angeles Rams (3-0) on Thursday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It is a chance to make a statement against the NFC's only undefeated team.
EAGAN, Minn.—It is 1,926 miles from the Twin Cities to Los Angeles. As far as Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, that's too far to go for a game during a short week. "Yes, it's a problem,'' Zimmer said Tuesday. The Vikings face the Rams on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. They left Tuesday evening following practice, a day earlier than they usually fly to road games, to try to better acclimate themselves to the two-hour time change.
EAGAN, Minn.—Since Stephen Weatherly joined the Vikings in 2016, he has been given advice by Everson Griffen. Now is the time for him to really use it. When the Vikings face the Rams in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Weatherly will start at defensive end in place of Griffen for the second straight game. With Griffen in a hospital to deal with a mental health issue, Weatherly could remain in the lineup.
EAGAN, Minn.—Dalvin Cook could only watch as the Vikings rushed for the third-fewest yards in franchise history Sunday. The second-year back was sidelined with a hamstring injury and missed the stunning 27-6 loss to Buffalo at U.S. Bank Stadium when Minnesota ran for all of 14 yards. The only worse rushing games in the Vikings' 58-year history were an 11-yard effort in 1996 against Chicago and a 12-yard showing in 2005 against the New York Giants.
EAGAN, Minn.—If the Minnesota Vikings plan to move second-year center Pat Elflein back into the starting lineup this week, he will be ready. Elflein, who had offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries, played for the first time this season Sunday, Sept. 23, returning in a reserve role for the 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium. He could be back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rams in Los Angeles. "I'm not sure yet" about starting, Elflein said before practice Monday. "But, yeah, I'm ready."
MINNEAPOLIS—The boo birds came out in full force Sunday, Sept. 23, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings, 16 1/2-point favorites on their home field, were dismantled in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Trailing 27-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings averted their first shutout loss since 2007 when Kirk Cousins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 2:59 left. The Bills entered the game 0-2, having lost those two games by a combined 55 points.
MINNEAPOLIS — When the NFL's 2018 schedule was released, it hardly looked ideal that the Vikings would play a road game in Los Angeles during a short week. Now, it might not be all that bad. After Sunday's stunning 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium, several Minnesota players said they're glad the next game is Thursday against the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings hall of fame defensive end Chris Doleman has made it back to the Twin Cities this year, seven months later than he had expected. Doleman, who lives outside Atlanta, had planned to attend Super Bowl LII in February at U.S. Bank Stadium. However, Doleman in January was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery. He spent five weeks in the hospital but told the Pioneer Press in March he was getting "back into the swing of life.''
MINNEAPOLIS — Marie Green had one request when she prepared to head to the Twin Cities for the induction of her late husband into the Vikings' Ring of Honor. "I told the Vikings I will need a nice healthy box of tissues," she said. "Save a box of Kleenex for me." Dennis Green died of a heart attack in 2016 at age 67. At halftime of the game against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, the Vikings will honor their former head coach with the highest tribute that the team bestows.
EAGAN, Minn. — For the first time in eight months, Pat Elflein will take the field for a game on Sunday. Sept. 23. The Vikings center suffered a fractured left ankle in January's NFC championship game at Philadelphia. He underwent surgery on the ankle as well as on his shoulder, which he had hurt in December. Elflein missed all of spring drills, training camp and the preseason and the first two regular-season games. But Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Elflein will play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium, although he will not start.