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The Vikings seem sturdy enough to survive the stretch coming their way, but the NFC contenders still have trouble ahead.
Star receiver, lineman in first year of eligibility; ex-Gopher Mecklenburg back on the list.
The Chargers (up) and the Chiefs (down) made the biggest moves in the rankings this week.
A few things to watch for in the Purple's final six games:
Anthony Harris' goal-line takeaway on Sunday swung the momentum away from the Rams, one play after fellow sub Stephen Weatherly stuffed Todd Gurley for a loss
Five takeaways from Sunday's statement victory by the Vikings over the Rams.
The Patriots and Eagles continue to run 1-2 in the rankings.
Case Keenum did what the Vikings didn't last year against Washington: closed the deal. It wasn't the Vikings' flashiest scoring drive of the day, but it had to have been the gutsiest
A look at five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings victory over Washington.
What to watch for this week as the NFL season hits double digits.
Keep this on the down-low: Riley Reiff has not allowed a sack this season
Pittsburgh is the No. 1 seed in the AFC, while Philadelphia is the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
NFL Week 10 power rankings: It's test time for Vikings, count Cowboys in with Ezekiel Elliott around
Sorry, Eagles fans. There's another team at the top.
Randy Moss, TV media star, isn't something anyone saw coming. One ESPN executive called it: "one of the most shocking career paths I've ever seen in this business."
NFL midseason superlatives: Biggest disappointment, best rookie and team of the year halfway through
Pondering awards as we've reached the halfway point of the 2017 season.
Adam Thielen, named BBC's 'Man of the Match,' constantly comes through in the clutch for the Vikings.
Defensive end Everson Griffen entertained the Brits before and after the game, but that doesn't mean he thinks the NFL should have a team based in London.
What to watch for this week in the NFL
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is on track to pick up a sack in the first eight games of a season and Sunday won't have to face Joe Thomas, the 10-time Pro Bowler.
"I was like, 'Dang, we're practicing outside somebody's house,'" running back Jerick McKinnon said. "But it was good. The energy was good."
Despite injuries at quarterback and running back, the Vikings have found a way to keep plugging away -- with a dominant defense.
For the Vikings to reach the Super Bowl … Last week, the focus was on Jerick McKinnon’s fumbles and how he needed to STOP ASAP.…
Vikings safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo share a defender's thought process in that split-second when they have to consider the NFL's rules against blows to the head.
A look at how the NFL stacks up this week, in the eyes of Mark Craig.
Sleep. Rest. And no caffeine on the eight-hour flight. Those were some of the highlights of what players shared with reporters after getting instructions from trainers on things to do and not to do.
Would the Packers rethink signing Colin Kaepernick if current quarterback Brett Hundley gets hurt? They'd almost have to consider him.
Some Vikings believe this is the team's best run defense in the Mike Zimmer era.
The scariest play of the game came when Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo delivered a crushing blow to the head of former Vikings receiver Mike Wallace.
Mike Zimmer has seen safety played exactly the way he wants Harrison Smith to play it, and that was by a guy who played for him in Dallas.
A look around the league entering Week 7.
Which of the NFL's 13 two-loss teams have the best chance of reaching the Super Bowl?
The team's rise or fall this season doesn't hinge on Teddy Bridgewater's return. Remember, the soul of the Vikings right now is their defense.
One injury makes a big difference in Mark Craig's latest NFL power rankings.
Harrison Smith played lights out against the Packers, and he was far from alone in that regard.
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings-Packers game from NFL writer Mark Craig.
The Vikings had specifics in mind when it shopped for backup quarterback in the offseason, and Case Keenum fits the bill.
What to watch around the league this Sunday.
It seems everyone lost something during Week 5 of the NFL season.
There are hard hits and then there's what happened to Jerick McKinnon on a checkdown pass on third-and-15 from the Chicago 18
Harrison Smith's interception essentially won the game. But it was Everson Griffen's big play that woke the Vikings from their first-half slumber.
Mark Craig's weekly Super Bowl possibility projects a team that already has played one Super Bowl in the Twin Cities back here in February.
Coach Mike Zimmer said the quarterback will play Monday if he is sufficiently recovered from a knee injury.
If we've learned nothing else about the 2017 season through four weeks, it's this: Don't underestimate the rookies.
Public opinion about offensive coordinators can change in a snap
"I thought I saw something and got fooled," Case Keenum said of a fourth-quarter play that went bad. "Changed the protection to the wrong protection."
Five takeaways from Sunday's game, which dropped the Vikings to 2-2 on the season.
Let's just say the Super Bowl possibilities are plentiful. Heading into Week 4, the only teams with a winning streak of two or more games are the Chiefs, Falcons, Patriots, Titans and Redskins.
Dalvin Cook is ahead of Adrian Peterson's rookie pace after three games, ranks fourth in combined yards (370) and already has four runs of 20 or more yards.
On Sunday, the Vikings wrecked Tampa Bay's 6-4, 300-pound wrecking ball.
The catch of the year so far came on the third play of Sunday's game 34-17 win over the Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Each week of the NFL season, football writer Mark Craig checks in with his outlook for February's Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Over-simplified protection schemes in college and an NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement that has reduced practice time are popular notions why O-linemen can't keep up with pass rushers.
NFL seasons can rise and fall on the health of what the dictionary calls a "short band of tough, flexible, fibrous connective tissue" in the middle of a star player's knee.
Jay Cutler's situation, in which he put off the start of a broadcasting career to join the Dolphins for a one-year, $10 million contract, exemplifies the quarterbacking problems in the NFL.
The biggest jump in Mark Craig's Power Rankings? The Broncos, climbing from No. 20 to No. 3. The biggest fall: Giants from No. 12 to No. 26.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is savvy enough to embrace the opportunities that sprout up elsewhere when Antonio Brown preoccupies a team's shutdown corner.
NFL writer Mark Craig with a look at key moments from Sunday's Vikings game.
A weekly look around the NFL, with some thoughts on who might be the two teams left standing on Feb. 4.
Holding Seattle to three field goals while riding the defense to victory in Lambeau Field was impressive. But can the Packers handle the encore in Atlanta, where they surrendered 44 points in the NFC title game?
It's safe to say the first leg on the NFL's Road to Minneapolis supplied its share of unexpected twists and a serious lean in favor of the defenses.
The ceremony reunited a gifted receiver who just wanted to play with an organization that never really wanted him to leave.
As the Road to Minneapolis begins to unfold, it's obvious why the Super Bowl LII favorites are led by guys with names such as Brady, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Ryan, Manning and Wilson.
Under the guidance of coach Mike Priefer, the dirty work is a popular task.
The Vikings great, set to enter their Ring of Honor, believes he is worthy of HOF induction.
With Brett Favre followed by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have won nine of 15 NFC North titles. But, defensively, the Vikings again have what it takes to unseat the Packers for the second time in three years.
The build-up to Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium starts now. Everybody ready? The Patriots begin their quest to defend the Super Bowl title tonight against Kansas City.
Five Star Tribunbe football writers give their thoughts on who might be playing for a Super Bowl title in Minneapolis.
Michael Floyd's four-game suspension after an extreme DUI arrest has pushed his NFL career to the brink of extinction if there's another slip-up in his personal life.
One year after his sudden and devastating knee injury, Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is still rehabbing, and long-term questions linger.
This season, like last season, will rise or fall with the offensive line. And this revamped line had an all-too-familiar look of constipation to it.
The Vikings were flagged a league-high 19 times in the red zone in 2016. Eighteen of those were accepted.
The Vikings returned to practice Sunday and were closer to full strength than they have been all summer.
At this point, one has to wonder if the starting five will get any game time together before the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Saints.
Suddenly, a lot of people want to talk to Stacy Coley, a rookie seventh-round draft pick, backup receiver and Vikings roster bubble battler.
Vikings equipment manager Dennis Ryan has loaded the trucks leaving Mankato for the final time after 52 years. "I'll miss the people. I won't miss much else."
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