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For now, the current version of the Monsters of the Midway are showing it has the edge on defense over the Vikings. The Bears showed it over and over Sunday night.
There were or complaints after last week's Bears game at Soldier Field against the Lions. That's a rarity for mid- to late-season games on a field players routinely rate among the five worst in the league.
Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Dan Bailey had a remarkably accurate kicking career with Dallas but was let go and is now in a career reboot with the Vikings.
Chicago has a league-leading 16 turnovers this season, and the Bears also are tops in the NFL with 89 points scored off turnovers.
Inside the NFL: Entering a key game between the Vikings and the Bears, it's clear the North is a weak division.
The Titans jumped from 19th to sixth after beating the Patriots.
Even though it hasn't happened often, some familiar names — former Vikings quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham — have all shared the experience.
The Patriots remain at the top.
Cook's career-long run began to unfold well before Vikings center Pat Elflein snapped the ball late in the first half.
In the NFC North, the worst can become first on an overnight basis.
Five of the Vikings' last eight games are within the division, beginning with three in a row.
Lions fans and players weren't the only ones surprised to see their team ship its leading receiver, Golden Tate, to the Eagles for a third-round draft pick before Tuesday's trade deadline.
On the NFL: The list of impact players in the NFL from Division II schools extends well beyond Minnesota State's Adam Thielen.
The Steelers took the biggest jump; the Lions -- the Vikings' opponent Sunday -- took the largest fall.
Vikings Insider: A year after his decision to keep running created the Minneapolis Miracle, Stefon Diggs stopped and, in his own words, handed the Saints a game-deciding touchdown.
Lions and Packers and Jaguars ... oh my. NFL insider Mark Craig takes a quick look at Week 8.
Once a week, NFL Insider Mark Craig will get on and off the field quickly, then focus a spotlight on a player and a coach.
Marcus Williams whiffed and the Minneapolis Miracle was born, placing him on this man's list of 10 of the more infamous unforced errors on what in the closing seconds of a postseason game.
NFL Insider: Two Carolina victories have made a big difference in the perception of former Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
The top three are unchanged, with the undefeated Rams at the top and Tom Brady and the Patriots and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs right behind
Sunday's windy weather at MetLife Stadium wasn't a factor when Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo called key back-to-back runs.
With the 10th-oldest roster in the league, Washington's modern-day "Over the Hill Gang" is 3-2 and atop the NFC East.
The late Charlie Hennigan would have loved Adam Thielen.
That's good to know, but, uh, who the heck was Charlie Hennigan?
With 100 yards receiving on Sunday, Adam Thielen will tie former Houston Oilers receiver Charlie Hennigan with a record seventh 100-yard game to open a season. Here's a look at the starts to their seasons
The Steelers are on the rise, inside the top 15 this week.
Second-quarter stand leads immediately to a stretch of dominance by the Vikings.
NFL kickers have made 82.6 percent of their field-goal attempts this season. If that pace holds up, it would be the lowest since 2010 (82.4). Kicking percentages through the years:
On the NFL: The pressure is on kickers, who haven't been this bad since 2010.
The Jamaican-born Vikings defensive end has piled up the sacks before his 24th birthday.
What to watch for this week in the NFL.
Once a week, Mark Craig will get on and off the field quickly, then focus a spotlight on a player and a coach.
The Vikings have played without Trae Waynes since he suffered a concussion while defending Brandin Cooks' 47-yard touchdown reception against the Rams two weeks ago.
On the NFL: Five games into the 2018 season, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins sits at 71.2 percent. He's on pace for third place all-time in that category, but doesn't even rank in the league's top three right now.
The Browns jumped from 27 to 16!
Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly were terrific Sunday for the Vikings vs. Philadelphia despite having to play nearly the entire game
On the NFL: Drew Brees likely will pass Peyton Manning as the career passing leader Monday
"Starting fast is important, but we also have to finish on Sunday," Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said, recalling last season's NFL Championship game at Philadelphia.
The Vikings take the league's worst running game into Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday's NFC Championship Game rematch with the Eagles. How bad is it?
The Patriots jumped from No. 17 last week all the way up to No. 3. See where the rest of the league falls into place.
On the NFL: Many NFL players are creatures of habit. Especially on game day. Some players are louder and more outgoing. Others, like defensive end Danielle Hunter, quietly close their eyes and ears to the world.
Kirk Cousins' fumble in the closing minutes of Thursday's game in Los Angeles was his league-leading 35th since the start of the 2015 season.
The Rams on Thursday saw an opening with Xavier Rhodes on the sidelines after his ill-timed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Jared Goff threw a 47-yard touchdown.
NFL writer Mark Craig offers his takeaways from Thursday night's Vikings loss in Los Angeles.
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: