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JOTTINGS • Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on the opportunity in front of the team today: “I have been in this league for 11…
Linval Joseph foresaw great things ahead when he signed with the Vikings as a free agent.
Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has coached Case Keenum and Nick Foles, who meet in Sunday's NFC title game.
The Vikings often practice "Seven Heaven," the final play that rescued their playoff dreams vs. Saints.
While the Vikings' 29-19 home victory in the season opener was emphatic, the teams are completely different at this point in the season.
JOTTINGS • It can’t be emphasized enough that Mike Zimmer wants fans to make some noise for the Vikings’ divisional playoff game. He is asking…
The Vikings' top tackler says their diverse offense poses problems, but he's excited to take them on.
The Vikings needed a left tackle, and signing the durable Riley Reiff has helped keep the QBs upright.
Case Keenum didn't have the best start to what would become a record-setting year for the Vikings.
JOTTINGS • Among the many benefits to the Vikings getting a first-round bye is that it gives a chance for Kyle Rudolph to get fully…
David Morgan, a sixth-round selection, has versatility that's been much appreciated after injuries to Kyle Rudolph and Kevin McDermott
Former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a while to heal from ankle surgery, but he's been effective of late.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has plenty to be proud of as the Vikings enjoy a bye week to open the playoffs.
As the likelihood of a deep Vikings playoff run gets more likely each week, the planning for the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium takes on new intrigue for the team's front office.
JOTTINGS • ESPN ran its first 2018 NFL mock draft and had the Vikings selecting Martinas Rankin, a tackle out of Mississippi State, with the…
Rumors swirled around Twins star Brian Dozier last year. He stayed put and helped team's huge turnaround.
The fourth-leading tackler in franchise history has kept busy in retirement with family, his foundation and host work for Super Bowl LII.
Historically the average high in Minneapolis on Feb. 4 is 25 degrees, while the average low is 8 degrees. But Super Bowl planners have bigger issues facing them than the weather.
With all the buzz around Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's breakout season, it's easy to forget that Stefon Diggs continues to perform like an All-Pro.
The football coach wants Wednesday's highly-rated signing class to become the rule, not the exception.
The Vikings took advantage of a subpar opponent in Cincinnati and rolled to a victory that gave them a division title.
Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur spent four seasons in Cincinnati, the first two under Mike Zimmer, who was defensive coordinator then. The Bengals made the playoffs both of those seasons.
Everson Griffen knows the defense is going to have to not repeat the mistakes made against the Panthers in the final three games of the regular season.
Case Keenum has compiled lofty statistics this season, but six sacks vs. the Panthers were way too many.
If Mike Zimmer can go 3-1 the rest of the way, he will pass Jerry Burns by a half-game to have the second-best four-year start to his coaching career in Vikings history.
JOTTINGS • Panthers receiver Russell Shepard worked out with Case Keenum the past three offseasons and will oppose him on Sunday. He told…
Almost 40 percent of the players who have been on the Vikings roster this season share a common trait: They weren't picked in the NFL draft.
One-time Vikings backup Case Keenum was thrust into a starting role and has succeeded with a talented supporting cast.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler answers questions about P.J. Fleck, attendance at TCF Bank Stadium and the wide-ranging investigation into college basketball recruiting.
JOTTINGS • The Falcons and the Vikings have the same odds to win the Super Bowl at 12-1, which is tied for fourth, according to…
P.J. Fleck pointed out that even Barry Alvarez went 1-10 his first year at Wisconsin in 1990, then had back-to-back 5-6 seasons before turning the Badgers into Rose Bowl winners.
The Vikings are fourth in the NFL in total offense at 375.7 yards per game. Last season, they were 28th in the league at 315.1.
JOTTINGS • It’s a well-known fact that Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was Joel Maturi’s first choice for Gophers coach before the athletic…
The Vikings are 2-5 vs. Detroit since 2014, but historically have played well on Thanksgiving.
The Vikings defense had something to say about it, too, bottling up the NFL's top-rated offense.
The Vikings have given up only 10 sacks in nine games. That's the NFL's second-lowest mark behind the Saints, who have Drew Brees, one of the quickest-release passers in league history.
JOTTINGS • Former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi has been working with collegiate officials in Japan to educate them about athletic departments, which are…
Undrafted Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is posting numbers not seen by the Vikings since Randy Moss' glory days.
What a difference a week makes when it comes to Big Ten football.
JOTTINGS • It might not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but the Vikings held New Orleans to only 19 points and…
Trae Waynes, a 2015 first-round pick, said he has made the adjustments needed to succeed with the Vikings.
One of the key contributors on a team that added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson has been returning 6-10 power forward Nemanja Bjelica, who has been shooting the ball as well as anyone.
But there is no chance quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play this season.
Should Case Keenum, Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater start? Team might stay status quo.
The Vikings need to take Cleveland seriously, especially on the ground. The Browns' run defense is fifth in the NFL
JOTTINGS•The Wilf family, owners of the Vikings, is in the process of completing its big development in Eagan. But look for Zygi Wilf and…
Coach P.J. Fleck said sophomore quarterback Demry Croft was in too much of a hurry last week against Illinois, but he will get another chance under center on Saturday.
Wide receiver Jarius Wright has stepped up when called upon by the Vikings this season.
There might not be a better unit on either side of the ball in the NFL than the Vikings defense.
The future of the Vikings has already been laid with the signings of Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Linval Joseph to multiyear contracts that have them under team control until 2021.
The biggest difference for the Vikings from last season is this team has shown great resilience in bouncing back from injuries.
Beating the Packers and Bears, tight end Kyle Rudolph said, jump-started the Vikings' quest for another NFC North title.
Once the Packers lost their star, the Vikings defense bottled up his backup and the run.
"There have been enough problems over the years," Bobby Knight said of the state of college basketball. "I'm kind of glad there have been some corrections made."
JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford aggravated his knee injury at Chicago on Monday and it is uncertain when he will play again. Bradford’s…
Paul Molitor and the Twins front-office staff are making plans to keep the club ascending in the standings.
JOTTINGS • NBA.com released its surveys from all 30 general managers. The Timberwolves were predicted as the fifth-best team in the Western Conference. Karl-Anthony Towns…
Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith know wide receiver Michael Floyd from back at Notre Dame, and they say he can give the Vikings a boost.
Case Keenum learned much from Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine, and set NCAA records at Houston.
The Gophers and Vikings lost close games this weekend, and the big reason was because both teams beat themselves.
Harrison Smith knows that heading into Sunday's matchup with Detroit, the Vikings defense has a ways to go to get to where it wants to be as a unit.
JOTTINGS • C.J. Ham, the Vikings fullback out of Duluth Denfeld and Augustana, was praised by starting running back Dalvin Cook for his…
Isaiah Washington, the highly touted point guard from New York City, is ready to go to work for Richard Pitino and the Gophers.
Jim Pohlad said last year's 103 losses were not reflective of the talent that has blossomed in '17.
The Gophers are heavily favored, but Maryland has skill-position players who will test the defense.
The star of the Vikings' win has come up big vs. the Buccaneers each of the past three seasons.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ decision to sit quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay couldn’t have been an easy one. Bradford wanted…
Quarterback Conor Rhoda was ready to leave the program, but P.J. Fleck's arrival and persuasion quickly changed his mind.
The Gophers football team got a big surprise performance on offense Saturday when senior Kobe McCrary had 23 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns.
JOTTINGS • Mike Zimmer has never faced the Steelers as a head coach, but he faced them twice a year when he was the…
The Vikings; offensive line cleaned up many of the mistakes that dogged it during the preseason and during the 2016 campaign.
The Vikings coach had nothing but praise for the unit after its eye-opening Week 1 performance.
The Vikings are coming off a 2-2 preseason, and their first test out of the gate is against a Saints team that features one of the game's top quarterbacks.
JOTTINGS • It’s looking more likely that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, who is having a great comeback season if there ever was one,…
Come February, more than 5,000 media members will be here and the Minneapolis dateline will be in papers all over the country and the world.
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