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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.
With time to decide on a starting offensive line unit running out, Sunday's game was the most significant test to date for the team's No. 1 offseason priority.
Players laughed and teased each other before Friday's practice at the new stadium as a camera panned the warmup lines and projected the Bunyan-sized close-ups on the videoboard.
The use of tablets on NFL sidelines has its supporters — and vocal foes. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is a fan.
Kalil, their starting left tackle, left the field early because of an apparent leg injury, walked to the locker room, didn't return and was replaced by T.J. Clemmings, who is competing for the starting right tackle job and the backup swing tackle position.
Detroit Lakes grad Adam Thielen spent 2013 on the Vikings practice squad as an undrafted free agent. Since, Thielen has taken on a larger role every season.
Rookie hazing is a much gentler rite of passage for today's NFL players than Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill recalls from his rookie season back in 2002.
'Not good enough' was coach Mike Zimmer's view of his defense in a preseason-opening victory over the Bengals, especially vs. the run.
There were two full-squad brawls when the Vikings and Kansas City held a joint scrimmage 12 summers ago, with wrestler Brock Lesnar setting the tone during a tryout with Minnesota.
While some assume Danielle Hunter's rise will cost Brian Robison snaps and possibly his job, Zimmer has been enhancing a wrinkle that features Hunter at left end and Robison next to him in a standing position in passing situations.
As the Vikings know all too well from last season's end-of-season miss in the playoffs, a successful field goal requires variables to align.
Tony Dungy's Hall of Fame journey began in earnest on that front stoop at the Bierman Building. Then, when he got a chance to coach, he did it on his own terms.
Brad Childress, Vikings coach at the time, said last week that the entire game-winning drive against the 49ers could be shown to represent Brett Favre's greatness
Mike Zimmer is a Bill Parcells guy. But only to a certain point. And that point stops comfortably short of wanting to add general manager to his head coaching title.
The Vikings quarterback said game-like timing is being sharpened through precise execution, regardless of pressure.
Mike Zimmer's motivational tool - "People are saying we're not even in the top half of the NFC," he said - is getting his team's attention.
Linval Joseph went from All-Pro front-runner to missing four of the final five regular-season games last season. The run defense suffered noticeably and ended up ranking 17th.
New offensive line coach Tony Sparano is being entrusted to redefine, redevelop and rejuvenate the Vikings' weakest unit as training camp opens on Friday in Mankato.
On Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer joked that his players know when "Daddy's mad." Thursday, Daddy was bursting with pride. Months of hard work…
According to Mike Zimmer, Xavier Rhodes is different this offseason. Unlike last year, the 25-year-old corner hasn't had to relearn how to play the position - and is likely due a big payday.
One season after Joe Berger earned high marks while starting all 17 games for injured center John Sullivan, the longtime backup lineman's versatility was displayed again Tuesday.
A.J. Tarpley pursued his NFL dream with a single-minded purpose. But an unshakable sense of risk to his long-term health compelled him to abandon his football career after just one season.
The Vikings are the defensive tackle's seventh NFL stint and sixth team since leaving Purdue as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He's been with Arizona twice. He spent four days in New England. He's been to Miami and most recently with Green Bay and Chicago last season.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh said he's past being upset about the playoff miss and instead draws confidence from last year's full body of work.
No 40-yard dashes, broad jumps or vertical leaps. The stop watches have been put aside in favor of football-related activities for the eight draft choices and a group of undrafted free agents.
Standing only 6 feet, 245 pounds and running a 4.82 40-yard dash, Kentrell Brothers lasted until the fifth round despite leading the nation in tackles per game (12.7) in the SEC at Missouri.
A look at winners, losers and, of course, the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Vikings first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell and former receiver Cris Carter, who share the same agent, spent two weeks this spring working out together daily for nearly two hours.
Everson Griffen used his draft free fall six years ago as motivation to make his freakish size, speed and athleticism assets to become a valuable member of the Vikings.
Folks in Los Angeles get to enjoy the fun this year. The Rams have the first pick of the NFL draft that kicks off Thursday night in Chicago. Star Tribune NFL writer Mark Craig weighs in with his full first round predictions. And the first pick is ...
Packers hope for an ILB, Lions want line help and the Bears need … a lot.
New strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar is "one of the best in the game that I've seen so far" says Everson Griffen, who noted the new coach works on "glute activation."
A wideout might make sense, but GM is keeping options open.
The legs are nimble and the arm is strong. But it's the head sitting atop North Dakota State's Carson Wentz that has NFL hearts aflutter as the 2016 draft gets set to kick off Thursday.
The Brainerd product who grew with his QB is expected to be a high pick.
Coaching staff's teaching skills give him confidence.
Jared Allen put enough "blood, sweat and tears" into his six-year stint as a Viking to know he wanted to officially retire with the team. So he signed a one-day contract.
"Happy to be back," Greenway said in a text to the Star Tribune. "Career goal, and love the organization. Vikes were great through the whole process."
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman is pulling no punches while setting the stage for a Mankato Summer Slam Battle Royale designed to forcibly upgrade an offensive line that has disappointed too many people for far too long.
Drinking almost cost Alex Boone his NFL career; now he's found himself and a no-nonsense style.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, whose spot on the roster was in doubt because of age, injury and a high salary cap figure, agreed to a pay cut remain with the Vikings on Monday, according to a source.
Just because your favorite team's wallet runneth over doesn't mean they are going to pay chicken-salad salaries for … well, you know.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman knows where to turn if he needs outside help identifying his team's biggest need.
Denver has 17 free agents heading into this offseason.
Monday morning, Elway was the general manager going back to work on a Denver Broncos team that woke up with the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi Trophy, 17 free agents and a legendary quarterback who isn't expected to return.
Brett Favre will go into Canton as a Packers legend, but we will always remember 2009, too.
HALL OF FAME FINALISTSMorten Andersen, K, 1982-2007Steve Atwater, S, 1989-1999Don Coryell, coach, 1973-86Terrell Davis, RB, 1995-2001Edward DeBartolo Jr., owner, 1977-2000
I've seen it all, from a wardrobe malfunction to (ugh) shellfish
Now at the Super Bowl with Carolina, Mike Remmers is on his fifth team in four years, including a brief stint with the Vikings. His task Sunday: Blocking Denver's Von Miller.
Joe Webb is Carolina's third-string QB, the emergency running back, the fifth receiver and a member of every special teams unit.
Ever since a low point in 2014, Panthers defensive backs have become masters of the takeaway.
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