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The Vikings offensive line has become a driving force on a 14-victory team, and Joe Berger, a sixth-round draft pick out of a small school in the Upper Peninsula, has made something of himself.
Stefon Diggs said he "took a picture,'' a mental sketch, of the Saints defense before he turned back to await Keenum's pass.
Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings gave us the Minneapolis Miracle, a play without precedent in 56 years of franchise history.
Vikings fans may want to forget, but there are so many reasons to remember that 2010 NFC Championship Game.
After a football life that started in Mississippi and migrated around the globe, he has found trust at the other end of the big river.
If not for what now appears to be a bizarre set of circumstances and decisions made by a seemingly random group of current and former NFL figures, Drew Brees never would have played in the NFC.
Vikings vs. Saints will provide the marquee matchup of the weekend, and the winner likely will be favored to play in the Super Bowl. Things will be much different than when the teams met in Week 1 of the season.
The Vikings are the reason there are no NFC North teams playing this weekend, and their dominance of what promised to be an intriguing division race has altered their opponents' plans, maybe even prompted mistakes.
Philadelphia earned the NFC's top seed but without former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback, the Eagles are at the bottom of the playoff field.
Since the Vikings lost at Carolina, the defense has allowed just one offensive touchdown. Sunday, the Bears' offense produced zero points.
The Vikings' quarterback hierarchy for the remainder of this season is set. The quarterback hierarchy for the future remains muddled, and probably will be determined by Case Keenum's playoff performance.
During the Wolves' past two home games, fans began chanting "M-V-P" as Jimmy Butler shot free throws. It won't happen, but that's closer to the truth than anyone could have guessed three months ago.
If there is a downside in terms of the entertainment value of this season, it's that the Vikings are making their surge to the finish line seem clinical.
Saturday's game would provide the Vikings better playoff preparation if Aaron Rodgers were under center for the Packers.
Before, during and after Timberwolves games there's plenty of animated action - especially from coach Tom Thibodeau.
"Now that we're in, we've got to keep winning," receiver Adam Thielen said after the Vikings assured themselves of a home playoff game.
If the Vikings win their last three games, this would become the second team in franchise history to reach 13 victories.
A lousy Cincinnati Bengals team will face one of the NFL's best success stories. Which means that one or two cheap shots from a cheap team could ruin the Vikings' season.
If offensive tackle Riley Reiff can't return soon or perform well in the playoffs, his ankle injury could wind up being more devastating than Sam Bradford's or Dalvin Cook's.
A look at the key departures, and what their absences have allowed for the Vikings in this above-average season.
Tre Jones scored 39 points, but Minnehaha Academy sophomore Jalen Suggs led a team effort that resulted in the smaller school's youth-filled lineup beating the top team in Class 4A.
Throughout the summer and again during the Vikings' bye week, coach Mike Zimmer preached the importance of situational football. That was on display Sunday in Atlanta.
Like Jeff Hostetler in 1990, Case Keenumis turning his first shot to play with a good team into a season that will land him a large contract.
Baseball hasn't featured a superstar who both pitched and played the field since Babe Ruth was with the Red Sox.
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The Timberwolves are 12-9. There is nothing wrong with their record. That does not mean there is nothing wrong. And what happens if all of the coach's yelling doesn't work?
He is the highest-ranking black executive working on the business side of an NFL team and the league's first black COO.
Now that Case Keenum has led the Vikings to seven straight victories coach Mike Zimmer can't play games with his most important position, not even to appease Teddy Bridgewater.
Brian Robison not only started his own foundation, he and his wife, Jayme, do the grunt work to make the charity work.
Why are defenses not swamping Adam Thielen with double teams and complex coverages? "It's almost like guys don't believe it,'' Vikings cornerback Terence Newman said. Well, believe it. Thielen is a star.
If you thought Minnesota had turned a corner by scoring 54 points against Nebraska, you were wrong. If you think P.J. Fleck has no chance to win because of one bad game, you're dangerously jumping to conclusions.
If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had fired Paul Molitor, Tuesday would have become one of the more embarrassing days in Twins history.
Teddy Bridgewater remains the Vikings' best hope for the future. Now all coach Mike Zimmer has to decide is when the future will resume.
To date the Vikings' 5-2 record is far more impressive than their pedigree. They haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since opening night.
The Timberwolves and Gophers basketball have an opportunity to seize this market, to activate basketball fans who have lain dormant, waiting for a reason to drive into Minneapolis on a cold night.
More will be required from the Vikings quarterback over the next two months, and in the playoffs. Which is why the Vikings are again asking, 'How good can Teddy be?'
The Wolves' dramatic improvement is because of dramatic change. You could argue that four of the team's top six players this season are veteran newcomers.
Here are the lessons this Series would have taught us if we had been able to stay awake for it.
The Vikings have yet to prove they are an outstanding team, but they have proven they are a competitive team in an NFL season that features no dominant teams. And there's more drama ahead.
Norv Turner was a renowned offensive coach, but the Vikings caught a break when he quit almost a year ago today.
The Browns are 0-7 this season. Their best player this decade, left tackle Joe Thomas, was lost for the season last week and their best young player, defensive end Myles Garrett, won't play because of a concussion.
London combines the best of New York, Boston and San Francisco. You can question the logistics and logic behind the NFL's attempt to interest the U.K. in American football. You cannot question the NFL's taste.
Vikings QB Case Keenum has done his job by not losing games the defense was capable of winning on its own. The Vikings are averaging fewer than 20 points in games in which Keenum plays.
What the Vikings needed on Sunday was a between-the-tackles workhorse, and Murray rushed 18 times for 113 yards. The offensive line was a big part of the reason.
With one hit last week, Anthony Barr altered the balance of power in the NFC North. Let's not pretend that's a good thing, even if you're a Vikings fan.
A year after Tom Thibodeau's introduction to the Wolves' talented youngsters yielded a paltry 31 victories, his reunion with Jimmy Butler is supposed to redefine the franchise.
The last time the Wolves added a quality guard to a team that looked ready to win, Sam Cassell took them to the Western Conference finals. And Butler is a better player than Cassell ever was.
If Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to practice and looks like the team's best quarterback, the Vikings will face a torturous decision under radically revamped circumstances.
There are other quarterbacks with more accolades. But if you combine statistical analysis with the eye test, you can find a path to calling Aaron Rodgers the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Chances are, you'll be reminded Sunday when the Packers visit the Vikings, that these franchises have been perpetrators and victims of some of the best celebrations in league history.
On the local football scene, there currently is no middle ground. Which do you prefer in a football coach?
There is one truth about the NFLthat has remained constant: Most of the games are mediocre but draw big audiences because of fantasy football.
During the past two seasons, Moore breathed new life into every sports cliché about togetherness.
Not only would the Twins have erred in firing him, they would have sent troubling signals about their standards.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine arrived in Minnesota, inheriting tremendous young position players and low expectations. Now? Now they face expectations of winning.
Ervin Santana couldn't muster the composure of his younger teammates, calling into question his postseason worthiness and future role with the Twins.
The Twins will need his leadership and savvy to finally dispatch the Yankees, the franchise that ruined so many of their Octobers.
Brian Dozier would rather not get caught up in team award talk, but the Twins' leadoff hitter is the MVP in the clubhouse and on the field.
To do what the Twins did this season, they needed a few key players to outperform expectations. Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar have.
In what could have been her last game at Williams Arena, former Gophers' women's basketball player Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points and gave an all-out effort so many have come to expect over the years.
What Colin Kaepernick began with a knee, President Trump accelerated with a speech that turned pro sports into an awkward bastion of protests.
With Sam Bradford missing a second straight game this week, the Vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.
Since Fran Tarkenton retired, the Vikings have been scrambling like Sir Francis to fill the position.
Given Sam Bradford's injury history, Vikings GM Rick Spielman should have again behaved ambitiously and acquired the best quarterback available to him: Colin Kaepernick.
Miguel Sano entered the clubhouse Thursday with his leg wrapped, carrying a large, black walking boot. His status for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, sounded in doubt.
When Seimone Augustus told her grandmother that she'd had set a career high in assists, Sarah Augustus replied, "Yeah, that's great — but shoot the ball."
If Sam Bradford remains healthy and plays this well, Teddy Bridgewater's comeback will result in him becoming a backup, or playing for another team.
Like so many of the best athletes to perform in Minnesota, neither can claim to be the greatest ever, yet both were uniquely great.
The Vikings have been patient with lack of playoff success over GM Rick Spielman's 12 years. But how long will that last?
The Gophers' amped-up football coach didn't use one of his favorite words at Tuesday's weekly news conference, and for once sounded more like a planner than a marketer.
Millions of fans cringe at violent hits in the NFL, especially those aimed at or caused by heads, without losing interest in favorite teams.
They won 80 percent of their games this season and remain loaded with talent and experience. With an aging roster, this could be their last best chance to win one more title.
Larry Corrigan, who has continued to work after a stroke, was inducted into the Fort Myers Miracle Professional Scouts Hall of Fame and named Midwest Scout of the Year at baseball's winter meetings.
As August ends, this year's physically battered, emotionally buoyant Twins have a better record after 133 games than did the 1987 Twins, who won the World Series.
There will be meaningful games in Target Field in September and perhaps October. It is time to celebrate the Twins and the nature of unpredictable baseball.
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