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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.
Hidden behind Eagles' canine masks is rabid motivation.
Five takeaways from Sunday's game from NFL writer Mark Craig
The third-down stop that forced Wil Lutz's field goal came with enough time for the Modern Miracle at the Bank, a 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time expired.
Five takeaways from Sunday's dramatic Vikings' victory over the Saints.
Vikings defense has performed at a level unseen since days of Purple People Eaters, but without a similar catchy nickname
The quarterback of the last Vikings team to face the Saints says he'll be watching - and rooting for his former team.
Neither player lacks confidence. Early this season, Griffen called Lions left tackle Greg Robinson "lazy." On Sunday, Jordan mocked Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil, calling him "Speedbump McGee"
The Vikings have a bye in the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2009. History hasn't always been on their side. Pro football writer Mark Craig takes you down the road that should lead the Vikings to Super Bowl LII.
Here is a closer look at the 12-team playoff field …
This and that as the playoffs set to begin.
In a pass-happy league, it makes sense that a team's passer rating differential (the difference between a team's passer rating and its opponents' passer rating) is vital.
If Shurmur moves on, would Stefanski move up?
Using their "muscle" formations, the Vikings used a handful of unheralded players up front against the Bears. The results were better than anyone could have imagined.
Five takeaways from Sunday's regular-season finale
With many NFL teams expected to change coaches after Sunday's action, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur probably will be looked at as a possible replacement by multiple general managers.
The 49ers made the biggest jump from No. 21 to No. 16, while the Packers took the biggest fall from No. 17 to No. 22.
Victory total can lead to success but not ensure it.
Four teams — Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Jacksonville and the Vikings — heading toward the playoffs while vying for the league's most intriguing situation at quarterback.
Case Keenum is being discussed around the league now, unlike when the Vikings signed him.
The Vikings went into Saturday's game at Lambeau Field ranked first in the league in third-down defense.
The Chiefs, like the Vikings last season, started the year 5-0. But Kansas City hopes to avoid being locked out of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta has two tough games to win to claim the NFC South.
Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph has seven touchdown receptions when his team is inside the 20, almost one-quarter iof the Vikings' red-zone scores.
Biggest jump: Chiefs No. 15 to No. 10 • Biggest fall: Chargers No. 11 to No. 151. Patriots, 11-3 (Last week: 2)If you cover…
Cincinnati's humiliation began with six minutes left in the opening quarter when quarterback Andy Dalton Dalton surveyed Zimmer's defense on a third-and-6 play.
Five takeaways from Sunday's game vs. Cincinnati
Defensive schemes took root during Bengals days.
Top NFL Week 15 storylines: Steelers, Patriots battle for homefield advantage, Eagles move on without Carson Wentz
Will Steelers snap Pats' stranglehold?Home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs likely will be decided in Pittsburgh. If the Patriots win, they'll be tied with Pittsburgh…
Think Green Bay is doomed at 7-6? History says otherwise
For the Vikings to reach the big game … Last week, I said Case Keenum needed to keep the team’s INT percentage down in the…
Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson could have used that advice from the Hall of Fame defensive tackle Sunday in Jacksonville after he was ejected for fighting.
The Chiefs make the biggest climb; the Jets take the biggest fall.
Carolina had 1,540 pounds of manhood focused on the right side of its line, including an out-of-position Matt Kalil, on the play when Jonathan Stewart ran 60-yards for a touchdown..
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings loss to the Panthers include a rare drop for Kyle Rudolph, Latavius Murray shut down and Case Keenum's elusiveness
The Panthers have had an uneven ride since Super Bowl 50.
Every week, Mark Craig projects the hottest two teams on the Road to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. The Vikings haven't slowed down yet, and the Steelers appear to be the only team capable of stopping the Patriots.
Peterson's worth was undeniable five years ago when he won NFL Most Valuable Player award while carrying the Vikings into the playoffs. Sadly, his value today is equally unmistakable.
The Vikings crept up to No. 3. Find out who they're still chasing.
Most teams that lose a Super Bowl don't win a playoff game the next year
The Falcons, lauded for their third-down conversion rate, were dominated by the Vikings' third-down defense during Sunday's 14-9 Minnesota victory.
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings game in Atlanta.
Eric Kendricks' approach produces mayhem and plenty of tackles for the Vikings.
What to watch for in the NFL this week
Carson Wentz is guiding the Eagles to a super season. Tom Brady and the Patriots are handling business as usual. Could the Road to Minneapolis end with them meeting in Super Bowl LII?
The Eagles on Sunday became only the fourth NFL team since 1953 to outscore four straight opponents by at least 23 points. But take a look at who they've been pummeling.
Sunday is moving day for the Vikings and Falcons in the NFC.
This NFL reporter who has watched games in 54 buildings has observed an evolution
What to watch for this week in the NFL
For the Vikings to reach the big game … Last week, we asked for even greater caution for the team that had the third-fewest penalties…
The Vikings aren't used to scoring points or converting third downs against the Lions. That changed in the 30-23 win.
Five takeaways from Thursday's game
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.
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