Minnesota Vikings News Roundup: Week 17

The season ends for our Minnesota Vikings tomorrow. It’s a disappointing finish. It’s hard to know whether this team could have really made some noise in the playoffs if they had everyone available to them. Regardless, the season played out the way it did, and now the Vikings are looking ahead to their 2021 season. Though the season may end, the news never stops.

One of the more interesting things to follow in tomorrow’s game rests in the play of the offensive line. Riley Reiff won’t be able to play, so it will be Rashod Hill and Brian O’Neill at tackle. Chris Tomasson reports that if the Vikings play 67 or more plays of offense, Reiff will miss out on a $1 million bonus. It’s unfortunate for Reiff personally; it would make a difference for the Vikings’ as a team given how snug their cap is.

Eric Kendricks won’t play tomorrow. Up until his injury, Kendricks should have been considered a legitimate DPOY candidate. Cameron Dantzler will also miss the game. Both players are going to be a big part of Minnesota’s defense going forward. The two starting DEs – Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jalyn Holmes – will miss the game. D.J. Wonnum and Hercules Mata’afa are going to get all the snaps they can handle.

Dalvin Cook will miss the game due to the death of his father. Some things are far more important than football; family is one of those things. Our best wishes to the entire Cook family.

Gary Kubiak couldn’t commit to coaching the Vikings beyond tomorrow’s game. He suggested that at this stage in his career that he wants to take a year-by-year approach. Given his age, health concerns, and past successes, Kubiak has more than earned the ability to call the shots in this manner.

Justin Jefferson is ready to make history. 47 more receiving yards means he would surpass some guy named Randy Moss for most yards in a rookie season for a Vikings receiver. 111 more yards and he will break Anquan Boldin‘s all-time record for most receiving yards by a rookie receiver. Not bad at all.

Let’s end this Minnesota Vikings news roundup on a positive note. A story emerged this week of folks in Minnesota feeling pretty generous. Apparently, a Minnesota Dairy Queen saw more than 900 straight customers pay for the person behind them in the drive-thru: “the chain continued for two and a half days with over 900 cars participating, raking in $10,000 in sales.” Keep up the great work, Minnesotans.