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Then & Now: How NFC East has Changed Since Last Playing Vikings

View images of the Vikings opponents after the 2016 schedule was released on Thursday.

Dallas Cowboys


Matchup: Nov. 3, 2013 | Cowboys 27, Vikings 23

Cowboys Head Coach: Jason Garrett

Cowboys Offensive Coordinator: Bill Callahan

Cowboys Defensive Coordinator: Monte Kiffin

Starting QB: Tony Romo

Roster notables: RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, DE DeMarcus Ware

Recap:The Vikings entered halftime with the lead, but the Cowboys scored three touchdowns in the second half to pull out the four-point win over Minnesota. The Vikings recorded 149 rushing yards while limiting the Cowboys to 36 yards on the ground.


Matchup: Dec. 1, 2016 | Vikings vs. Cowboys | Seats available

Cowboys Head Coach: Jason Garrett

Cowboys Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan [replaced Callahan in 2015]

Cowboys Defensive Coordinator: Rod Marinelli [replaced Kiffin in 2014]

Starting QB: Romo

Roster notables: RB Darren McFadden, RB Alfred Morris, LB Sean Lee, TE Jason Witten

Still there: Bryant

Summary:Marinelli served as the Cowboys defensive line coach in 2013 and was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2014. … Linehan joined the coaching staff in 2014 as the passing game coordinator and was elevated to offensive coordinator prior to the 2015 season. … After four seasons (2011-14) with the Cowboys, Murray played for the Eagles in 2015 and will suit up for the Titans in 2016. … After seven  seasons with the Raiders, McFadden signed a two-year contract with Dallas in March 2015. McFadden led the team in rushing yards (1,089) and contributed three touchdowns during the 2015 season. … Bryant enters his seventh season with the Cowboys. In 2013, Bryant recorded 93 receptions for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bryant played only nine games during the 2015 season after suffering a broken foot in Week 1 against the New York Giants. He underwent surgery on his ankle and foot in January 2016.

Outlook:After finishing the 2014 season 12-4, the Cowboys flipped their record in 2015, notching only four wins and suffering 12 losses. Romo played only four games due to a broken collarbone, and the Cowboys defense tied for 22nd in the league for rushing yards allowed (1,934). With Romo and Bryant both expected to return for the 2016 season, the Cowboys offense should regain some of its vitality. Dallas no longer has Murray but added running backs McFadden and Morris in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Last season, McFadden led the Cowboys in rushing yards with 1,089, his second-highest total since entering the league in 2008.

View exclusive images shot by the team photographer from the 9th game of 2014 as the Vikings took on the Redskins at TCF Bank Stadium.

Washington Redskins


Matchup: Nov. 2, 2014 | Vikings 29, Redskins 26

Redskins Head Coach: Jay Gruden

Redskins Offensive Coordinator: Sean McVay

Redskins Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett

Starting QB: Robert Griffin III

Roster notables: RB Alfred Morris, WR DeSean Jackson, DB DeAngelo Hall

Recap:The Vikings have won four of their past five games against the Redskins, including their most recent matchup. After trailing through three quarters, the Vikings scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to seal the three-point win. Matt Asiata scored two of his three rushing touchdowns and a successful two-point conversion during the rally. * *


Matchup: Nov. 13, 2016 | Vikings at Redskins

Redskins Head Coach:Jay Gruden

Redskins Offensive Coordinator: Sean McVay

Redskins Defensive Coordinator: Joe Barry [replaced Haslett in 2015]

Starting QB: Kirk Cousins

Roster notables: TE Vernon Davis, LB Ryan Kerrigan, WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Norman

Still there: Jackson, Hall

Summary:Barry was named the Redskins defensive coordinator in January 2015 after spending three seasons as the Chargers linebackers coach. Barry also has experience as defensive coordinator with the Lions (2007-08). … After four seasons with the Redskins, Morris will be suiting up for the division rival Cowboys in 2016. … Cousins started five games in 2014 after Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle. In 2015, Cousins became the team's full-time quarterback and started all 16 games. … In 2014, the Redskins ranked 26th in the league for points per game (18.8) and improved to 10th (24.3) in 2015.

Outlook:Cousins recorded 4,166 passing yards in his first season as a full-time starter for the Redskins in 2015. Cousins finished with a completion rate of 69.8 percent and a 101.6 passer rating. The Redskins finished with a winning record (9-7) for the first time since 2012 and, like the Vikings, lost in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Washington will be without Morris in 2016 but retained Jackson, who tallied 528 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 10 games last season, and Garcon, who posted 72 receptions for 777 yards and six scores in 2015. The Redskins signed Norman this month as an unrestricted free agent shortly after Carolina lifted the franchise tag. Norman posted career-high numbers for the Panthers in 2015, recording 48 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles


Matchup: Dec. 15, 2013 | Vikings 48, Eagles 30

Eagles Head Coach: Chip Kelly

Eagles Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur

Eagles Defensive Coordinator: Bill Davis

Starting QB: Nick Foles

Roster notables: WR DeSean Jackson, RB LeSean McCoy, TE Brent Celek

Recap:Both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were sidelined due to injuries, but Matt Asiata came up big for the Vikings, scoring three rushing touchdowns. Matt Cassell threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns in the 18-point Vikings win.


Matchup: Oct. 23, 2016 | Vikings at Eagles

Eagles Head Coach: Doug Pederson [hired in 2016]

Eagles Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich [hired in 2016]

Eagles Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz [hired in 2016]

Starting QB: Sam Bradford

Roster notables: RB Darren Sproles, WR Jordan Matthews, WR Rueben Randle

Still there:Celek

Summary:Sixteen players remain on the Eagles roster from the teams' last meeting in 2013. … Shurmur will be on the other side of the field this time around, now as the Vikings tight ends coach. Shurmur was the Eagles offensive coordinator from 2013-2015 and served as the interim head coach for the final regular-season game of 2015. … In 2013, the Eagles ranked No. 1 in the NFL for rushing yards per game. In 2015, they ranked 14th in the league in the same category. … After recording a career-high 1,332 receiving yards for the Eagles in 2013, Jackson signed with the NFC East rival Redskins in 2014. … Matthews led the Eagles in receiving yards (997) in 2015. … Over two seasons in Philadelphia, Sproles has a combined 1,421 rushing and receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Outlook:The Eagles have gone through a number of changes since last meeting the Vikings in 2013, including acquiring Sam Bradford from the Rams prior to the 2015 season. Bradford finished last season with 3,725 passing yards and an 86.4 passer rating. The Eagles running back and wide receiver lineups also look different, with Sproles, Matthews and Randle joining the roster since Philadelphia last played Minnesota. On April 20, the Eagles acquired a first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2016 first-round pick (No. 8 overall), a 2016 third-round pick, a 2016 fourth-round pick, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

New York Giants


Matchup: Dec. 27, 2015 | Vikings 49, Giants 17

Giants Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

Giants Offensive Coordinator: Ben McAdoo

Giants Defensive Coordinator: Steve Spagnuolo

Starting QB:Eli Manning

Roster notables:WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Rueben Randle, DE Jason Pierre-Paul

Recap:Jerick McKinnon scored two rushing touchdowns, and Blair Walsh was 5-for-5 on field goals en route to a wide-margin win over the Giants to clinch a spot in the 2016 playoffs. The Vikings intercepted Manning three times and sacked him four times. The Giants were without Beckham, who was serving a one-game suspension from the NFL.


Matchup: Oct. 3, 2016 | Vikings vs. Giants | Seats available

Giants Head Coach:Ben McAdoo

Giants Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan [coached Giants QBs in 2015]

Giants Defensive Coordinator: Steve Spagnuolo [hired in 2015]

Starting QB: Manning

Roster notables:WR Victor Cruz, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Olivier Vernon

Still there: Beckham, Pierre-Paul

Summary:After 12 years as the Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin resigned following the 2015 season, and McAdoo was hired as the club's 17th head coach in January 2016. … In the Vikings most recent meeting with the Giants, QB Teddy Bridgewater recorded four passing touchdowns en route to Minnesota's 49-17 win. … Beckham did not play against the Vikings in the December 2015 game due to a one-game suspension. … After four years with the Giants and recording 797 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, Randle will suit up for the NFC East rival Eagles for the 2016 season.

Outlook:The Giants will be operating under a new head coach in 2016 but retain a majority of their roster. Beckham followed up a strong 2014 rookie season with an even better 2015, recording 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games. Manning enters his 13th NFL season after finishing 2015 with 4,436 yards, 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Giants released veteran tackle Geoff Schwartz in February and signed three offensive linemen – Dillon Farrell, Ryan Seymour and Byron Stingily – during free agency.

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