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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.
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.
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."
As the franchise's time in Mankato comes to its end, players, coaches and personnel of past and present Vikings teams say the memories they've made aren't going anywhere.
It's been in the less-celebrated areas of his game, though — particularly his pass protection — where Cook has perhaps stood out the most.
Riley Reiff had been on the Vikings' sideline in recent days but wasn't seen during either the team's morning walk-through or afternoon practice.
Under league rules, teams can't practice bump-and-run press coverage until Day 3 of training camp. And that's not an ideal thing for young cornerbacks in a Mike Zimmer-coached defense.
Former Titans castoff running back Bishop Sankey is in good health, and taking first-team reps in Mankato despite being a longshot to make the team.
Quarterback Sam Bradford said the chemistry between the two is still a work in progress because they got so little practice time together last season.
Vikings players expect a lot of themselves, as most teams do in July. But is it realistic?
Among the 111 deceased NFL players whose brains were studied as part of a report released this week, the disease CTE was discovered in all but one.
The former Division II standout at Augustana College says, "it's pretty much a competition within myself."
A slump in the golf industry has forced veteran teaching pros to reinvent themselves, even dabbling in non-golf activities to survive and preserve a club's financial health.
"Just give me the names and I'll do whatever it takes," was 90-year-old former coach Bud Grant's reaction when asked to spearhead communication with voters. "I love Jim Marshall."
Special teams coach Mike Priefer noted that Kai Forbath didn't exactly win the six-kicker tryout the Vikings held last Nov. 8, a week before cutting Walsh.
The 2019 Women's PGA Championship will be Hazeltine's eighth professional major. And there's likely more big events to come.
Freddie Tagaloa's greatest strength? It's perseverance, and the Vikings noticed it from the 6-8, 316-pound tackle who also happens to be a criminal justice major.
The legendary Vikings coach will celebrate his 90th birthday Saturday around family. "One great-grandchild lives in Seattle," Grant said. "Everyone else lives within a half-hour of my house. That's pretty good."
Journeyman position coach Kennedy Polamalu is embracing the role of grooming Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook.
Desperate for a running game, the Vikings invested their top draft pick on Dalvin Cook. At rookie minicamp Friday, Cook had the quickest feet on the field and took on questions.
As other teams made their moves over the three-day NFL draft process, Patriots' coach Bill Belichick and Co. already were a step ahead
In Dalvin Cook, the Vikings landed a dynamic 21-year-old playmaker with "great eye discipline" who understands blocking schemes.
You want draft-day winners? How about quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson? All taken in the top 12 picks (and they're not going to Cleveland).
Days ahead of the NFL draft the Vikings are weighing character concerns of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other top draft prospects.
The ex-Vikings star could return as an opponent to begin the 2017 season.
Our NFL Insider ranks the NFL draft's top 25 players, regardless of position, team or projection.
Nineteen of the NFL's 32 teams are heading toward the draft with a top defensive need.
Leading up to the 2017 NFL draft starting April 27, we'll take an exclusive look at the Vikings' needs at each position and how they'll address them. Check for a new story each day.Vikings GM Rick Spielman likes to draft linebackers, but this could be the year he passes, at least early.
That's never been done, of course. The Vikings are 0-4 in Super Bowls, while the league is 0-for-51 when it comes to teams playing the big game in their home venue.
The team would like to keep Joe Berger at center and bring in another quality player to compete at right guard
There's no quarterback controversy in Minnesota. At least not as long as there apparently remains no hint of a timetable for Teddy Bridgewater's return.
Many teams could use a back with Adrian Peterson's skills. So why are other running backs being signed while Peterson is still without a team for 2017?
Brent Boyd, who played in the 1980s, is skeptical that he'll get the $2 million he's entitled to in the NFL concussion settlement.
Rick Spielman is "very confident" the Vikings are on the right course to end a playoff victory drought dating to 2010.
While Vegas stadium is built, the team still must play at least two more seasons in Oakland.
The league's competition committee will step up efforts this week to warn teams that the NFL is prepared to increase ejections and suspensions of egregious illegal hits in 2017.
Owners will vote on changes related to reviewing penalties and number of coach challenges. Pace-of-play tweaks also will be considered at meeting.
More than 100 players are expected to attend the meeting that's open to all active players, said George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs for the players' association.
We'll never know the pecking order on General Manager Rick Spielman's wish list, but also keep in mind that free agency is a two-way street. Sometimes, a guy wants to go to Carolina to play with his brother.
Team's monitoring of prescription drugs shown in trainer's communication.
Choking back tears, Chad Greenway called it a career and credited his parents for the values they instilled.
In about 51 weeks, I'll be asked to present the opening argument for Moss. He's not my favorite person, but that doesn't matter. I do think he's worthy of being one of the few receivers not named Jerry Rice to enter the Hall on his first ballot.
A list of receivers Randy Moss hopes he'll join in 2018.
This is the second time in his 13-year career Larry Fitzgerald Jr. has been a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, which is considered the league's highest honor off the field.
Bill Belichick lives for football; his uniquely qualified staff does the same
New England QB Tom Brady says his brain is faster than it's ever been and believes it's making him a better quarterback. Not exactly the news the NFL's 31 other teams are looking for.
The Falcons have Matt Ryan, sure. But they also have two former Gophers contributing on defense.
Matt Ryan is the likely NFL MVP. But sorry, Matt: MVP quarterbacks often meet their match in the Super Bowl.
The Falcons and Patriots in Super Bowl LI doesn't scream grudge match, but the storylines are plentiful.
Matt Ryan is the likely NFL MVP, but that doesn't guarantee success in the Super Bowl.
What you need to know about next Sunday's big game.
Even the Patriots, with the league's No. 1 scoring defense, will need every cranny of coach Bill Belichick's brain for the Patriots to snuff out high-scoring Atlanta.
Thursday is the 25th anniversary of the 26th Super Bowl, the only one to be held in Minnesota. But Super Bowl LII is fast approaching.
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