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Be it Smith, Rhodes, Griffen, Joseph or someone else, the Vikings have multiple candidates. And you can make a bunch of interesting arguments.
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 1.24…
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.
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