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Vikings draft: The latest step toward restoring running game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Running plays by the Minnesota Vikings last season were largely unproductive endeavors, with an average of 75.3 yards rushing per game that was the lowest in the NFL in four years.

The Vikings have attacked their obvious offseason priority with the kind of aggression they'd appreciate after the handoffs take place on the field this fall. Head coach Mike Zimmer was all for it, despite his mind for and expertise in defense.

"I don't care how we do it," Zimmer said. "I don't really want it to be 65-63, but I just want to win games."

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NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Green Bay 1060.625
x-Detroit 970.563
Minnesota 880.500
Chicago 3130.188
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: S. Bradford3877
Pass TDs: S. Bradford20
Rush Yds: J. McKinnon539
Rush TDs: M. Asiata6
Rec Yds: A. Thielen967
Rec TDs: K. Rudolph7
Int: X. Rhodes5
Sacks: D. Hunter12.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5041 (28)
Passing Yards: 4119 (17)
Rushing Yards: 1205 (32)
Points per game: 20.4 (23)
Yards per game: 315.1 (28)
Touchdowns: 29 (28)
Field Goals: 27 (16)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5038 (3)
Passing Yards: 3637 (4)
Rushing Yards: 1711 (20)
Points per game: 19.2 (6)
Yards per game: 314.9 (3)
Touchdowns: 31 (4)
Field Goals: 28 (21)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/26 T. Bridgewater team declines option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
4/24 J. Long retired
4/13 Z. Kerin re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/3 R. Quigley signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/31 C. Keenum signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/30 M. Mathews signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/30 T. Sinkfield Jr. signed
3/30 N. Truesdell signed
3/24 S. Crichton cut
3/16 L. Murray signed/unrest FA Three-year contract (through 2019)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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