News | Minnesota Vikings –

Presented by

No Surprise Here: Packers Listed as Vikings Biggest Rival

This one shouldn't be a surprise.

Beat writers from ESPN listed the biggest rival for the teams they cover, and Ben Goessling went with an obvious answer for the Vikings in the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay had won the NFC North four straight times before the Vikings grabbed the 2015 division title with a Week 17 win in Lambeau Field last season.

The teams have played plenty of classics during their 111 meetings over the years, which includes splitting a pair of playoff games.

Goessling wrote:

*It's possible there are three teams in the NFC North that would list the Packers as their answer. That's certainly the case for the Vikings, who last year became the first team since 2010 to topple the Packers in the NFC North. The rivalry probably burned at its hottest back in 2009 and 2010, when Brett Favre was playing for the Vikings and facing his former understudy (Aaron Rodgers), but the temperature is picking up again. *

The writers for the Lions and Bears also picked Green Bay as those teams' biggest rival.

Munnerlyn ranked in top tier of slot cornerbacks

With NFL teams running nickel and dime defenses more than 60 percent of the time, there has been an increased role in recent years for slot cornerbacks.

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated ranked his top 10 slot cornerbacks, a position that has to cover big tight ends and shifty slot receivers. Farrar ranked Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn at No. 10.

Farrar wrote:

For the most part, Munnerlyn was a very reliable slot defender last season, giving up three touchdowns and 49 catches, but doing so as the league's most-used inside cornerback in 2015 with 444 snaps and 74 targets inside. Munnerlyn has a tendency to give up too much leverage at the top of crossing routes, and he can get a little grabby as a result, but he's developed into an above-average man for the position.

Munnerlyn is heading into his third season in Minnesota after spending the first five years of his career with the Panthers.

Randall Cunningham's daughter headed to 2016 Summer Olympics

The Vikings will have a connection to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former Minnesota quarterback Randall Cunningham, qualified for the Olympics in the women's high jump on Sunday.

Chris Chavez of Sports Illustrated wrote:

Chaunte Lowe, a three-time Olympian and the American record holder at 2.05 meters, took the win as she cleared 2.01 meters, and Cunningham cleared 1.97.

Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback and her coach Randall Cunningham, is just 18 years old and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. In Rio, she will be the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to represent America since 1976. If she medals at the Olympics, she would be the youngest to do so since 1972.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.