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Did the Bears figure out how to beat the Packers during their bye week? Our NFL Insider says yes and predicts other Thursday and Sunday winners.
The team's offensive coordinator was on his game in utilizing his key weapons.
Pittsburgh remains unbeaten and keeps its edge over Super Bowl champion Kansas City.
1 Helmet-to-helmet on Cousins strip?Mike McCarthy won his first coach's challenge as first-year leader of the Dallas Cowboys. It came with 10:57 left in the…
Kris Boyd made a huge mistake to draw a penalty on a fake punt in the second quarter that would have extended a Vikings drive.
With a 1-5 start, Mike Zimmer had to adjust his ways with a team full of young players. Now 4-5, the question is how much further can the Vikings go?
It feels less like the final two months of the NFL season will be played as scheduled because of the coronavirus. So pro football writer Mark Craig has a plan he'd like to share with Commissioner Roger Goodell and fans.
The league's five longest winning streaks are likely to continue this week.
A three-game win streak with three home games coming up has pumped new life into the Vikings. Rookie Justin Jefferson and others talked about the change.
The Steelers still lead the way, with the Chiefs close behind.
Five takeaways from Monday's game in Chicago: Cordarrelle Patterson as a returner and a runner, Harrison Smith's pick, Bill Lazor's zero luck and points off turnovers.
Last week’s Upset Special — Saints over Bucs — sure has gone to someone’s head. So he’s now thumbing his nose toward Vegas and picking…
Pat Elflein became expendable once rookie second-round draft pick Ezra Cleveland proved he could handle moving from his natural position at left tackle to right guard.
With one rushing touchdown on Monday, Dalvin Cook will become the fourth player to score at least one rushing TD in his first eight games to start a season.
Yes, the Vikings are 2-10 in their last 12 trips to Chicago. Yes, they play particularly awful there in prime time. But there's a reason the Vikings are favored to beat the Bears.
The Steelers survived in Dallas for their third consecutive road victory and remain on top.
Five takeaways from Sunday's game include the rules, the rookie and the coach Mike Zimmer will miss.
The Steelers, the last unbeaten team, and the Seahawks garner accolades at the season's halfway point.
Enjoy Week 9, fellow NFL guessers.The league is throwing some head-scratching coin-flippers at us this week. In some of the more evenly matched contests of…
Now in their 60th season, the Vikings have started 0-3 at home just four times: 1962, their second season; 1967, Bud Grant's first season; 1972, the year Fran Tarkenton returned; and 2020, the year a nasty global pandemic prevented fans from attending.
Unlike his predecessor, Stefon Diggs, rookie Justin Jefferson sounded like he believed what he was saying when he talked about his enthusiasm for blocking opponents.
Earlier in the season, there were key situations in which star running back Dalvin Cook wasn't on the field. Now coach Mike Zimmer is saying, 'We're going to have to ride this guy.'
The Oct. 22 trade of Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens was the team's biggest swap during the season.
Pittsburgh is the NFL's only unbeaten team and an easy No. 1 choice. But where did the Vikings land after beating the Packers?
Five takeaways from Sunday's game: Eric Kendricks, Irv Smith, Jeff Gladney, Kirk Cousins and Mike Zimmer make the list.
Vikings fans with an eye to the 2021 NFL draft were in good position Sunday until the officials decided to pick up a late flag and the Packers couldn't complete a comeback.
There are pitiful defenses all over the league, including the Vikings, who are giving up 32 points per game — more than Les Steckel's team.
The Packers are 18-4 in their past 22 regular-season games, one of the best records for a new coach in NFL history.
Going 12-2 straight-up and landing the Upset Special makes a fella feel kind of smart. Until he realizes how much dumber he is than the…
This week the pass rusher was traded from Dallas, the Vikings' Week 11 opponent, to Detroit, the Vikings' Week 9 opponent.
And taking a peek at the formidable NFC West.
Pro football's wide recover position is in very good hands throughout the NFL, and three of the best -- young and old -- will be on the field Sunday when the Vikings play at Green Bay.
Pittsburgh moved into the No. 1 spot by beating the Titans in a battle of undefeated teams, and has another stiff challenge this weekend.
Will the Vikings careen down the slippery slope of NFL ineptitude to have a shot at taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall draft pick? How bad would they need to be?
Last Sunday's smothering of Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers was a coaching masterpiece that has the Buccaneers defensive coordinator back on the rise in NFL circles.
Other than bombing the Upset Special, going 5-9 against the spread and pitching and 0-fer-the NFC North, last week's picks went swimmingly.
Including playoffs and two Super Bowls, Blair played 173 games. Only Scott Studwell and Roy Winston played more games at linebacker in Vikings history.
How close is Pittsburgh to having the best team in the NFL? Mark Craig tells you that and more in this week's power rankings.
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings loss to the previously winless Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Picking last week's Upset Special — FitzMagic over SanTragic as an 8-point underdog — was as easy as Russell Wilson driving 94 yards in two minutes.
All eyes will be on the 43-year-old Tom Brady and the soon-to-be 37-year-old Aaron Rodgers when they meet for just the third time in their first-ballot Hall of Fame careers.
GM Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn — architects of Atlanta's Super Bowl team just three and a half years ago — are out. The Vikings are prepared for anything come Sunday against the new-look Falcons.
Ezra Cleveland's NFL debut could come this weekend against Atlanta because embattled second-year guard Dru Samia didn't practice and is on the Vikings' injury report.
Coaches lose their challenges more than they win them. But sometimes when they're right, the winning goes beyond reversing the play in question.
Two AFC teams -- the Ravens and the Chiefs -- ride atop the rankings.
The guy whose red-zone interception lost Super Bowl XLIX in the closing seconds is still one of the best red-zone quarterbacks in NFL history.
Childress retired "for good" after last season. Recently, several members of his family were hit by the coronavirus. "This was a good time to retire," he said.
Will any of the other five unbeatens lose this week? No.
Britton Colquitt's early struggles haven't helped a decimated Vikings defense.
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, who isn't alone among Vikings players now kneeling during the anthem, was succinct when asked Thursday why he does it.
A rookie head coach on a three-game winning streak while averaging 39.3 points? Doing that during a pandemic that wiped out offseason training, canceled the preseason and shortened training camp? Can Kevin Stefanski keep it going?
On Sept. 26, 1920, two weeks before Fritz Pollard made his debut with the Akron Pros, Bobby Marshall, a Black lawyer from Minneapolis, played both ways at end as his Rock Island (Ill.) Independents blanked the visiting St. Paul Ideals 48-0.
For most fans, the offensive coordinator is a dunderhead when his team loses and a genius when it wins. Sunday, Gary Kubiak was a genius.
Week 4 should be easier to pick than Week 3. Of course, that’s not saying much. (See: last week’s 7-8-1 record, for gosh sakes!) Several…
The five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL have combined to lead their teams to a 14-1 record. No. 6 on the list is Kirk Cousins, whose Vikings are 0-3.
Five takeaways from Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Only two underdogs won last week. The guess here is five will win this week, including the Packers and one other you may see as a big surprise.
This is Todd Downing's 20th NFL season. He's 40 years old. The former Eden Prairie quarterback has been grinding away half a lifetime since entering the league as essentially an airport chauffeur for the family of Vikings owner Red McCombs.
Count Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak among those accepting a chunk of the blame for Kirk Cousins' awful play during the Vikings' 0-2 start this season.
September is traditionally a month filled with injuries in the NFL. Still, the new turf at MetLife Stadium, where San Francisco played the Jets, needs to be investigated.
Five takeaways following Sunday's 28-11 Vikings loss in Indianapolis.
The offense's problems may hog the attention, but the roots of Sunday's Vikings loss were established when the defense couldn't do anything to stop the Colts.
Colts QB Philip Rivers, in his 17th season, has it all. Anything — good, bad or ugly —- can happen Sunday vs. the Vikings because you never really know what to expect when Rivers drops back to pass.
OK, so we didn't see those three Mitchell Trubisky fourth-quarter touchdown passes coming. Here's what Mark Craig thinks is coming in Week 2.
Pro Football Focus rates Indianapolis' starting five the best in the NFL.
A recap of the Vikings' six offensive snaps during the second quarter of the Vikings' season-opening loss shows how bad things got during the first half.
Going for it on fourth-and-3 from the Packers' 39-yard line was a daring call that Gary Kubiak talked Mike Zimmer into. The end result was not ideal.
The Vikings on Sunday set a team record for a franchise that's 60 years old: 18 minutes, 44 seconds. That's how long — or, actually little — the Vikings' offense held the ball.
Ifeadi Odenigbo was believed to have been the odd man out heading into Sunday's season opener against the Packers, then Danielle Hunter went on IR.
Will the NFL really be able to maneuver through a worldwide pandemic, playing 256 regular-season games, 12 playoff games and making it to the end of Super Bowl in Tampa in February?
The NFL returns to live action Thursday night in Kansas City. Here are Mark Craig's story lines, teams and players to watch as the NFL embarks on a new season amid pandemic and racial strife.
The former Penn State track runner, the only undrafted rookie to make the initial 53-man roster, played receiver, defensive back and special teams during camp.
Kubiak knows the toll of head coaching jobs, so he's happy just being Mike Zimmer's sidekick.
The new defensive end is ready to team with Danielle Hunter to give the Vikings the best edge-rushing tandem in the NFL.
Chad Beebe, an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois, missed most of last season after ankle surgery. For most of the past year, he's been on a new diet in hopes of getting his body right.