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The key matchup in Sunday's game isn't an individual battle but two teams at near-opposite ends of the league's most important statistic — turnovers.
It's true: Sunday's Vikings-Jaguars game in Jacksonville will feature twice as many former Minnesota State Mavericks as former Ohio State Buckeyes.
Mike Zimmer, like Jerry Kill, paid big for ignoring health issues.
Mark Craig offers his five takeaways from Thursday night's game against the Cowboys.
A four-play, 4-yard "drive" ruined what should have been defensive end Brian Robison's shining, season-saving moments Thursday night.
From the Herschel Walker trade to U.S. Bank Stadium, Jerry Jones and the Vikings have a connection.
The Dallas offense has sparked the team to a 10-1 record, but the Vikings will look to take advantage of the Cowboys' defense, which has been vulnerable.
Matthew Stafford is adding a special season to a strong history.
The Vikings had 54 yards rushing on the drive and had first-and-goal from the 10. But that's when left tackle T.J. Clemmings made a backside illegal chop block that was unnecessary on a Wildcat run to the right.
Historically, the Vikings have owned Detroit, including on Thanksgiving in 1969.
"Thursday Night Football" has delivered some real stinkers. And even the players are noticing that it does "kind of hurt the product."
The Seahawks, at 7-2-1, have slipped ahead of the 9-1 Cowboys in the rankings.
Diggs has 26 catches for 244 yards the past two weeks. Peterson, the fifth overall draft pick in 2011, has five Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro selections.
The Cowboys play a Dec. 1 Thursday nighter against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Rather than wait a few weeks, let's start the envying process right here and now.
The 5-4 Vikings have fallen to 20th after four consecutive losses.
The Vikings couldn't keep the lead Sunday because they couldn't convert their first two third-down situations of the second half. For the game, the Vikings had only 47 yards rushing on 21 carries.
The pressure of a three-game losing streak oozes from the Vikings, whose blueprint for success — winning close, low-scoring games — is threatened by an out-of-sync kicker.
Pat Shurmur is a West Coast disciple who learned the quick, rhythmic passing principles during a decade spent under Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
Asked if the team's kicker tryouts put even more pressure on him, Walsh said, "That's not how I look at it, no. I got to do my job and be dependable for my team. That's how I look at it."
The Vikings didn't boot the kicker. Nor should they scrap any division hopes.
The Patriots and Cowboys, each at 7-1, have risen to the top.
Takeaways from Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Had the Vikings consulted Matthew Stafford's résumé and respected the gunslinger's gigantic right arm, they wouldn't have started celebrating victory 23 seconds too soon.
Pat Shurmer's promotion to Vikings' offensive coordinator could mean he's one day closer to getting fired. Three coordinators have been let go this season already and Norv Turner stepped down.
"I think [the Vikings' Mike Zimmer] is as good a coach as I've been around," Turner said. "But it just got to the point where I didn't think it was going to work with me. So I removed myself."
Now the Vikings have problems on both sides of the ball as sloppy tackling and poor pursuit angles led to multiple big plays by the Bears. 'We were terrible defensively,' Harrison Smith said.
For whatever reason — perhaps heightened expectations? — quarterback Sam Bradford is regressing after opening his Vikings career with four victories and a 70.4 completion percentage.
The Eagles got results vs. Vikings by attacking quarterback Sam Bradford, but Vikings coaches say personnel is more of a yardstick than any game plan.
The Vikings' first loss of the season last week set off a jolt of distress and motivation.
Is there cause for concern? You bet. And it's as big as Jake Long, T.J. Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles rolled into one giant Triangle of Pain for Sam Bradford.
The Vikings take a fall - but how far?
"We needed a couple of inches and we get stopped?" Vikings left guard Alex Boone said. "It doesn't matter if they knew what we were going to do. It's a couple of inches. That's where I lost my cool."
You know things aren't going the Vikings' way when punt returner Marcus Sherels, the team's most consistent performer, messes up and puts the ball on the ground.
The tight ends coach is right on the money about all things Sam Bradford.
Sam Bradford has been both steady and spectacular, leading the league in completion percentage while connecting on highlight-reel throws.
Fifty-two mornings ago, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford left locker rooms and headed to practice fields in Eden Prairie and Philadelphia, respectively. They warmed up 1,167 miles apart, yet were mere moments from their worlds beginning to collide
Through five games this season, the Vikings haven't allowed more than 16 points in a game. Every other team in the league has given up 20 points or more at least once.
In the past 43 days, the Vikings lost a franchise QB, made a risky, expensive but necessary trade for Sam Bradford, won a game with Shaun Hill, and watched $33 million in salary cap space go on IR.
The league's only undefeated team played at a speed that made the Texans look like a Division I-AA team rather than an NFL division leader.
No team is better without Adrian Peterson. But the loss of a great running back doesn't have to sink a team.
Minnesota is plus-10 in turnovers, with none committed by the offense. In particular, quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater (seven), Shaun Hill (33) and Sam Bradford (95) have thrown 135 passes without an interception.
The Vikings definitely were the only team in the league to spend the first month of the season facing three quarterbacks who have played in four Super Bowls and won three MVPs.
Jjudging by the noise level inside U.S. Bank Stadium, fans are handing over their hearts to the league's most surprising team. Again. But coach Mike Zimmer has a warning about the road ahead.
The NFL is down to three unbeaten teams, including the 4-0 Vikings.
With Jeremiah Sirles on the field for the final 52 minutes Monday, the Vikings scored 24 points, didn't give up a sack, finally surpassed 100 yards rushing and scored their first two rushing touchdowns of the season.
"Ninety-five percent of the people out there, the American gallery, are absolutely fantastic. They really are," Rory McIlroy said.
The veteran made some tough putts, but a couple of botched easy ones gave the U.S. a point.
Rafa Cabrera Bello had two hole-winning birdies in his first seven Ryder Cup holes. Rory McIlroy's match-clinching eagle came after rookie partner Thomas Pieters won four holes to McIlroy's three.
American golf fans upped the ante heckling-wise during Thursday’s final practice round for this week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. One of the…
Pete Willett went on a rant about American golf fans in a UK golf publication, setting off an unexpected and unwelcome firestorm for Danny Willett and Team Europe.
Facing two of the NFC's teams to beat, the Vikings became THE team to beat by flustering Aaron Rodgers and flattening Cam Newton.
Minnesota needed a golf course for modern-day events. Enter Totton Peavey Heffelfinger.
Through sportsmanship and gamesmanship, from low ebb to intense attention, Ryder Cup grew into a golf goliath.
Here's Mark's weekly power rankings, with only five unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL.
From punts to returns, the Vikings displayed it all on Sunday.
Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean damaged cartilage from his right knee. Floyd had the same procedure done on his left knee last October and missed four games.
T.J. Clemmings will step in to replace the left tackle, who started 66 consecutive games. Last season, Clemmings stepped in for Phil Loadholt at right tackle.
T.J. Clemmings started all 17 games at right tackle as a rookie, but was replaced when the Vikings signed Andre Smith via free agency.
The Vikings' next opponent has scored at least 37 points in seven straight games. And the last time they didn't reach 24 points at home was 13 games ago.
Star Tribune football writer Mark Craig offers his weekly rankings, and you don't have to look too far to find the Vikings.
Sam Bradford turned to slinging the football up and down U.S. Bank Stadium after Adrian Peterson was first ineffective, then injured.
The team has not discussed any national anthem protest the way other teams have.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is annoyed, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is amused by the ongoing speculation at Winter Park about who the Vikings start under center Sunday night.
Since the moment Cordarrelle Patterson joined this NFC North rivalry seven games into his 2013 rookie season, kickoffs have been an adventure: Good, bad, ugly or historically great.
The Packers, the Vikings' opponent in their home opener Sunday night, are ranked No. 2.
Expect Sam Bradford to start Sunday night's prime-time home opener against the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. That's been the plan all along.
Takeaways from the Vikings' 25-16 victory over the Titans from NFL writer Mark Craig.
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is giving new QB Sam Bradford a crash course, but he's done it before.
The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a Denver-Carolina Super Bowl rematch. And right now, it's a stretch to say the league has a dozen elite quarterbacks.
The Arizona Cardinals begin the year atop the list.
Sure, quarterbacks are important. But the Vikings aren't going anywhere if blockers can't clear Adrian Peterson's runway.
Peterson ranks 17th on the NFL's career rushing list. Only three players ahead of him didn't play in a Super Bowl or an NFL championship game. If he's still part of that group upon retirement, he'll view his career as incomplete.
Before Teddy Bridgewater went down because of a season-ending knee injury, the Vikings felt they would draft no higher than the late 20s next spring.
Since the 2010 season ended, Shaun Hill has started just eight games, in 2014 with St. Louis. He was the Vikings' backup last season but…
A day after John Sullivan did not play in a 23-10 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers, the Vikings attempted to trade him, an NFL source confirmed. Joe Berger is the likely starter.
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