Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Julio Jones and the Falcons because of a knee injury.
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- 9/14L 20-3
- 9/20W 26-16
- 9/27W 31-14
- 10/4L 23-20
- 10/18W 16-10
- 10/25W 28-19
- 11/1W 23-20
- 11/8W 21-18
- 11/15W 30-14
- 11/22L 30-13
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- 8/9W 14-3
- 8/15W 26-16
- 8/22W 20-12
- 8/29W 28-14
- 9/3L 24-17
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What to expect in Vikings-Falcons
Atlanta has struggled lately, but Matt Ryan has never lost three straight at home. Who will prevail in a battle of wild-card hopefuls? Our NFL Nation bloggers debate. Week 12 predictions
Can Falcons halt skid?
Losers of three in a row and four out of the last five, the Atlanta Falcons only have a 44 percent chance to take down the visiting Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.
When the Vikings assembled for a short practice on Friday, coach Mike Zimmer had some kind words for Adrian Peterson.
Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen returned to practice Friday after sitting out the first two days of the week and are questionable to face Atlanta.
Adrian Peterson is impressed with the defense of the Atlanta Falcons, saying 'they're fast getting to the ball and they corral the ball.'
The Falcons will be without running back Devonta Freeman against the Vikings on Sunday as he recovers from a concussion.
No RB has carried the ball more than Adrian Peterson this season, but no RB has more fumbles than Peterson's five.
The Vikings are in the middle of the pack at forcing turnovers this season, and that's fine with coach Mike Zimmer.
Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen sat out practice on Wednesday but both look as they the will be OK by Sunday; Teddy Bridgewater practiced in full.
Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer
Vikings injury report for Wednesday: Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen were the only two not practicing:
Vikings' emergency QB: Jarius Wright
Jerick McKinnon played quarterback at Georgia Southern, but he rarely threw the ball. Wright doesn't have experience under center, but the coaching staff would probably turn to him in a pinch. Emergency QBs
Vikings safety Harrison Smith only missed a handful of plays when he injured his knee against the Packers.
Veterans Charles Woodson, Philip Rivers and Calvin Johnson are among 32 players nominated for the Art Rooney Award that honors sportsmanship in the NFL.
Surprise names among top rushers
It's no surprise that Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing yards over the last five weeks. But less-heralded veterans, including Doug Martin, Darren McFadden and Jonathan Stewart, are hot on his heels.
No reason to worry in Minnesota
The Vikings might not win the NFC North, but they're still in pole position in the wild-card race. Minnesota could improve its chances even further with a win over a reeling Falcons squad on Sunday. Playoff projections (Insider)
What's to make of Diggs?
During the first four games of his NFL career, Vikings WR Stefon Diggs racked up 25 receptions, 419 yards and two touchdowns on 36 targets. Since then, however, Diggs has accrued 11 receptions, 154 yards and no scores on 15 targets. Fantasy 32 (Insider)
Vikings slip two spots in rankings
Teddy Bridgewater & Co. couldn't handle the Packers in Week 11, but the loss is nothing to be ashamed of. Our panel didn't dock Minnesota too heavily. Power Rankings
There's still a chance everything could work out the way the Vikings hoped, but Mike Wallace hasn't reached expectations thus far.
|1(11)||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan State|
|5(7)||MyCole Pruitt||TE||Southern Illinois|
Vikings @ Falcons
Georgia Dome - Sun 11/29