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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—A day after the Vikings lost for the first time this season, coach Mike Zimmer was still fuming, disturbed by all the "dumb" things he saw from his team. Initially trying to feign optimism, Zimmer pointed out how much of Sunday's 21-10 loss at Philadelphia was uncharacteristic. The Vikings turned the ball over, failed to convert in the red zone and were flagged for unnecessary penalties.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings have been getting warnings this week about Philadelphia's notorious fans. Fullback Zach Line said in a team meeting Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer offered his take on what the Vikings will see Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. "We were told it was a pretty hostile crowd,'' Line said Thursday. Line even has had his father warned. He said a family acquaintance who lives in Philadelphia recommended to Joe Line it might not be a good idea to wear his usual Line No. 48 jersey in the stands.
ST. PAUL—Another slip-up by George Edwards, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, and the defensive coordinator could be out of a job. Edwards was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in May and pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving. The Pioneer Press first reported the incident Tuesday, and Zimmer first addressed it Wednesday. "If he messes up again, his future will be (in doubt), but right now he's fulfilled all his commitments," Zimmer said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in May and pleaded guilty in August to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving, court records show. The Pioneer Press learned of the arrest Tuesday. In a statement, the Vikings said Edwards notified the team immediately of his arrest and that "he was significantly disciplined by the Vikings.''
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The NFL standings say the Vikings are 5-0. In Mike Zimmer's standings, they have a different record. The Minnesota coach spoke to his players after they returned following a bye week and practiced Monday. He let it be known they can't afford to rest on their laurels. "Like Coach Zim said, 'We're back to 0-0 and this is a new season,' '' said running back Jerick McKinnon. "(The 5-0 start is) in the past. There's no need to keep celebrating.''
MINNEAPOLIS—Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke expects his team's new stadium to be the best in the world. In the meantime, he sure likes U.S. Bank Stadium. Kroenke visited the Vikings' new venue for a Sept. 1 preseason game. He spent plenty of time walking around before the game looking for ideas that could be used for the temporarily named City of Champions Stadium, which will open in Inglewood, Calif., in 2019, and is projected to cost $2.66 billion.
MINNEAPOLIS—Stan Kroenke is still rooting for quarterback Sam Bradford. Kroenke became the full owner of the St. Louis Rams in 2010, the year the NFL's top overall draft pick arrived for what would be a five-season stay. Kroenke moved the Rams to Los Angeles earlier this year and Bradford joined the Vikings last month, and has helped lead them to a 5-0 start.
MINNEAPOLIS—Bodies keep dropping, but the Vikings keep winning. Minnesota has an injury-riddled offense, and it got worse Sunday. But that didn't keep the Vikings from rolling up their highest point total of the season in a 31-13 win over Houston at U.S. Bank Stadium and remain undefeated at 5-0.
MINNEAPOLIS — The unbeaten Vikings have no offensive turnovers in four games. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked if he's ever been around a team that has started a season that way. "No," he said. What about you, Sam Bradford? "I don't think so." Offensive coordinator Norv Turner, surely you've seen that at least once in 36 years as an NFL assistant, coordinator and head coach, right? "I think if it had happened like this, I would remember."
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings have long sought a franchise quarterback. Now, they have two candidates. Teddy Bridgewater looked to be that guy until his season-ending knee injury during an Aug. 30 practice. Bridgewater has been replaced by Sam Bradford, who could actually end up being a better fit.