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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.
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.
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