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Vikings Insider: Leslie Frazier said he didn't like having his play-calling duties stripped from him after the Bills trailed San Diego 28-6 at halftime last week.
Mark Craig's Five Extra Points: There were enough mistakes to go around in the Vikings' 27-6 loss to the Bills, but it started with one by Linval Joseph.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is also in charge of the defenseive play calls.
Settling for a tie finish 10 minutes into overtime might be safer — maybe — but it isn't satisfying.
The 29-year-old speedster, who played in Washington with Kirk Cousins, joins a Vikings receiving corps shaken by Laquon Treadwell's costly drops.
Going into Week 3, who's up, who's down and who's almost out in Mark Craig's NFL power rankings?
Sheldon Richardson welcomed both friend and foe to the growing list of defensive players who have or will be fined thousands of dollars for hits they believe were legal.
After one of the worst days for special teams in franchise history, It would be shocking if the Vikings didn't spend Sunday night strongly considering a move at kicker.
Takeaways from Sunday's 29-29 tie at Lambeau Field from NFL writer Mark Craig.
In just his second game as Vikings QB, Kirk Cousins makes his Lambeau Field debut
A weekly offbeat look at the Vikings.
On the NFL: Coach Mike Zimmer gets to be 1-0 and unsatisfied for legitimate reasons after his team won while showing there's still a lot to work on.
The Vikings showed they can be dominant, but they aren't there yet.
A look back at Sunday's Vikings game vs. San Francisco from NFL writer Mark Craig.
Insider: Special teams play, a trouble-spot in the preseason, was a strong point for the Vikings against San Francisco.
Mike Zimmer says he has unfinished business this year after last season's painful playoff loss to the Eagles.
NFL Insider: An assortment of issues face the league as the season opens, including the thin line between preserving the game's violence and protecting player safety.
On the NFL: Fresh rapport with players is an asset as he retires to join Mike Zimmer's staff.
Zamberletti was the team's head athletic trainer from its inception in 1961 until 1998, coordinator of medical services from 1999-2001 and senior consultant and team historian the rest of his life.
The fall of 1972 was a missed opportunity for a Vikings team that had gone 35-7 the previous three seasons and was adding an elite passer.
Vikings Insider: Physical tools mean a lot in the NFL, but intelligence separates the good from the great. "We want intelligent players," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, who made both field goal attempts in a preseason-opening win at Denver, was handed the starting job over Kai Forbath but turned in a dud Friday.
Paul Krause is miffed that Terrell Owens conducted his own induction ceremony, and said that Hall of Fame officials shouldn't have given him the gold jacket and ring that goes with the honor.
They're all chasing Paul Krause's 81 picks.
NFL Insider: If the new player safety rules sound confusing, they are — for all involved. Will things get sorted out by the start of the regular season?
The view from the corner: Rhodes exudes confidence, about his team and himself.
According to NFL scouting combine records, Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Myrick ran one of the 10 fastest 40-yard dashes in combine history.
"We're here to get better," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "Hopefully our guys will know that, and [Jacksonville] will have the same thing. Coach [Doug] Marrone and I have talked about it."
Vikings Insider: Kirk Cousins knows the bottom line. He'd better win with the Vikings, especially if Case Keenum finds ways to win in Denver with a weaker arm -- the way he did in Minnesota.
The former Vikings standout turned inclusive as he took his spot in the pro football pantheon.
During a Hall of Fame press conference, Randy Moss said reporters weren't fair with him during his career with the Vikings and four other teams. He also talked about the racism he endured as a young man.
After off-the-field mistakes that allowed him to unexpectedly drop to Minnesota in the NFL draft 20 years ago, Randy Moss put together a career that leaves no doubt, in his strong opinion, about who's the greatest wide receiver ever to play professional football:
On the NFL: The new Bears coach elected not to play any offensive starters.
The Vikings were all over the NFL landscape, in both eras and positions, when they were asked to name the four people who would best symbolize the best of pro football.
Owner Mark Wilf said he's encouraged that the NFL and its players union continue having discussions to resolve the issue of player protests during the national anthem.
Young players are retiring from football more regularly, but that's the last thing on Brett Taylor's mind. "I love the game, and I'll do whatever I can to play," he said.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray, who had known the late Tony Sparano since his days in Oakland, is engaged and nearing his MBA from Syracuse.
NFL Insider: Legend has it that Tony Sparano solicited ideas from outside the box on the flight home from a loss 10 years ago ... and that brought the Wildcat formation to pro football.
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died of natural causes from arteriosclerotic heart disease, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said in a release Monday evening.
If Houston can't lock in a tournament sponsor by June 1, it could lose its PGA Tour stop. Will Minnesota finally swoop in to secure a long-term spot on the calendar?
He was one of four tryout players signed by the Vikings.
Vikings Insider: With modest college stats and no NFL scouting combine invite, running back Mike Boone needed a head-turning performance to get a pro tryout.
NFL Insider: Upgraded talent, stronger coaching and better luck with injuries would put Pat Shurmur much closer to the 11-5 team in 2016 than the 2017 Giants.
NFL insider: Dallas Goedert's surprise rise took another twist as teams became aggressive dealmakers during the three-day event.
NFL Insider: Vikings first-round draft pick Mike Hughes wouldn't have reached his highest point as a football player if a longtime junior college coach named Jeff Sims
NFL Insider: Proving the worthlessness of months of NFL mock drafts, the Browns stunned everyone by selecting Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with the first pick.
Vikings Insider: In their final six quarters — the 29-24 "Minneapolis Miracle" victory over the Saints and the 38-7 NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia — the Vikings gave up 62 points.
Star Tribune pro football writer Mark Craig sees an NFL draft in which the first round is dominated by the selection of quarterbacks, both in numbers and where they'll pick, So what's the Vikings' angle?
Landmark football draft of 1967 barely made a ripple.
A film about Gene Washington's journey through the "underground railroad" of college football recruiting in the 1960s is showing Sunday as part of a Twin Cities film festival.
NFL Insider: Yes, the Vikings' 2018 schedule is "tough." But the team with the 10th toughest strength of schedule has won the Super Bowl three of the past four years.
The club's willingness to grow with the sport of golf has allowed it to host eight professional major championships since 1966, including the 2016 Ryder Cup
The Vikings and Kai Forbath settled on a deal before each side looked around any further.
With determination and deep pockets, the Vikings cast a large shadow over their NFC North counterparts during the first wave of free agency.
Sheldon Richardson, the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, is coming to Minnesota in hopes of jump starting his promising and still-young career as a starting tackle.
A QB of this caliber, still in his prime, reaching the open market before his 30th birthday is pretty much the NFL equivalent of spotting Bigfoot reeling in the Loch Ness Monster.
The key to winning in the NFL these days might be a team's depth at backup quarterback. The Vikings know that from their own success -- and end-of-season failure.
So, what's Kirk Cousins worth, you ask? The answer here is very similar to the go-to response when called upon in algebra class a few decades ago: "Um, ah … no idea."
Star Tribune NFL writer Mark Craig takes a swing through the mall to assess which NFL free agents he'd buy and which ones he'd stay away from.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles may not be looking ahead. But that's the only sensible direction for Vikings fans to look after watching the last couple of weeks.
In a championship game that featured 1,151 total yards, 74 points and one punt, the Eagles made three defensive stops that were every bit as valuable as their quarterback throwing for 374 yards and three TDs.
Did the NFL take the easy way out during a replay review in Sunday's Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium?
Is Patriots coach Bill Belichick the best ever in the NFL? He's up there with such greats as George Halas and Vince Lombardi.
Patriots 27, Eagles 24Yeah, I've heard how Doug Pederson has become an RPO (run-pass option) guru. I've heard how Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is…
Randy Moss says he's the best, 'hands-down, all day.' Will Pro Football Hall of Fame voters on Saturday agree?
Steve Hutchinson, a five-time All-Pro and on the 2000s All-Decade team, is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.
The 18-year veteran is expected to win his third league MVP award Saturday night on the 16th anniversary of his first Super Bowl victory. Think about that.
Before Bill & Tom create their next unbelievable, where-were-you-when moment, here are Mark Craig's top 10 Super Bowl moments heading into Sunday night's game at U.S. Bank Stadium:
The Vikings were predated by a Minneapolis pro football team called the Marines (1921-24) and Red Jackets (1929-30); and a Duluth team called the Kelleys (1923-25) and Eskimos (1926-27).
Tom Brady's first big believer, Dick Rehbein, didn't live to see him succeed.
What happened? The Eagles on Sunday tagged the Vikings defense with season highs in points, yards and third-down conversions (10 of 14 with two TDs).
Be it Smith, Rhodes, Griffen, Joseph or someone else, the Vikings have multiple candidates. And you can make a bunch of interesting arguments.
Tom Brady has the pedigree, rings and records. In other words, he's the opposite of Case Keenum and Nick Foles, as well as Jacksonville's Blake Bortles.
"We always have the mind-set every week that we are the best," Philadelphia defensive end and sacks leader Brandon Graham said.
Beau Allen's dad loved the Vikings and his mom the Packers. But now they're all in on the Eagles.
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