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Making the playoffs after a 1-4 start undoubtedly will be a challenge for the Vikings , but there's no doubt this offense has enough weapons to go on a big winning streak starting Sunday against the Falcons.
JOTTINGS • Coach P.J. Fleck and the Gophers will have a huge challenge opening the season with Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium next week,…
It's hard to think of a more difficult rookie coaching season than the one Ryan Saunders just went through with the Timberwolves.
The 27-26 loss at Seattle on Sunday night has to qualify as one of the most difficult regular-season losses the Vikings have ever suffered.
Pete Carroll has his Seahawks looking like one of the best teams in football at 4-0, but the former Vikings defensive backs coach knows better than to overlook Mike Zimmer.
JOTTINGS • St. Thomas graduate John Schneider is in his ninth season as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks after spending eight seasons with the…
Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones has had to guide a lot of inexperienced players but has a great mentor in Mike Zimmer.
Coach Mike Zimmer's team on Sunday saved its season in a game it had to have. And right now, you see a club that can compete for a playoff spot and is getting better each game.
The 0-3 Vikings entered Week 4 ranked eighth in the league at 146.7 rushing yards per game and No. 1 overall with 6.03 yards per rush.
JOTTINGS• Pro Football Focus on Vikings rookie receiver Justin Jefferson's breakout game in Week 3: "Jefferson was the highest-graded wideout of the week and should…
Despite their playoff loss, the Twins did well to navigate in a pandemic and win the AL Central.
The Twins this season set a club mark for home winning percentage while the Vikings have opened winless at U.S. Bank Stadium.
If the Vikings want to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2013, when they finished 5-10-1 in Leslie Frazier's final season, they're going to need some rookies to step up in a big way.
JOTTINGS • Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer on Titans QB Ryan Tannehill, who has the No. 4 passer rating in football. “I think the biggest…
Gophers have a chance to defy fortunes against the Wolverines this year and the Buckeyes in 2021.
If anyone thinks Kirk Cousins is the biggest problem on this Vikings team, they don't know football.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took over for Jim Delany on Jan. 2 of this year and since then has dealt with situations that no commissioner has ever dealt with.
JOTTINGS • Twins starter Kenta Maeda is fourth in the American League in ERA (2.52), tied for eighth in innings (60⅔), first in WHIP (0.76)…
The Twins' .808 winning percentage at Target Field won't make a difference if they advance to the neutral-site playoffs.
It's becoming a familiar pattern, with Aaron Rodgers keeping the Vikings offense off the field.
Aaron Rodgers has gotten the better of Kirk Cousins and the Vikings — going 2-1-1 against the Purple since 2018, including two dominant victories in 2019.
JOTTINGS • Packers wideout Allen Lazard starred at Iowa State and has some experience against the Vikings cornerbacks from his Big 12 days. “I actually…
With no preseason games this year in the NFL because of the virus, scouting teams has been difficult, but the Vikings know Sunday's foe well.
Cleveland and White Sox are competitive, and the Twins will face both teams in the next week in games that will help shape the postseason.
After an ever-changing offseason, Mike Zimmer's team will welcome familiar routines.
JOTTINGS • Vikings wideout Adam Thielen on getting ready for a regular-season game against the Packers next week without a single preseason game: “You better…
Kirk Cousins' quote about COVID-19 lit up social media this week, but some of the context was missed - just as Randy Moss' words in 2001.
Vikings' deal for Ngakoue was necessary; Twins could afford to wait for injured players to return.
The Minnesota native is getting paired with another Hall of Fame quarterback this year.
Elgin Baylor sat out a neutral-site game in segregated West Virginia after being refused food service.
The NFL and NCAA are putting the local head coaches in a bind because there is no consensus on what is or isn't allowed for each team or conference.
Kevin Stefanski went from being a personal assistant to Vikings coach Brad Childress in 2006 to becoming the coach of an NFL squad 14 years later. It is as impressive as any coaching rise in the league.
JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus ran a 2021 NFL mock draft and had Gophers wideout Rashod Bateman going No. 24 overall to the Packers. PFF…
Winning the NBA draft lottery and getting the first pick is a bright spot in a really tough year for the Timberwolves franchise.
There's been plenty of turnover, especially in the Vikings' secondary, but others are ready to step in.
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas knows this has been a franchise-altering offseason, even though those changes haven't necessarily been on the court.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ Mike Zimmer on the idea that he’s an old-school coach: “I know everybody says I’m old school and this and that,…
The five-time Pro Bowl safety will show the ropes to newer players as training camp begins.
Spring football is under consideration, but more top athletes will opt out to prepare for NFL draft.
The Twins front office and manager Rocco Baldelli took a chance when they brought in Wes Johnson last season. The gamble has already paid off.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is not a patient man, but he knows he is going to have to be patient this…
With the Vikings losing several veterans, 2017 fourth-round draft pick Jaleel Johnson could emerge in a larger role this season.
Through smart deals and development, the franchise has assembled a fine collection of talent.
The Vikings' decision to give contract extensions to quarterback Kirk Cousins and coach Mike Zimmer this offseason mean that this club has made its decision on who can lead it to a Super Bowl.
JOTTINGS • Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy told Sirius XM Radio that he sees a lot of similarities between Gophers coach P.J. Fleck…
Since the team moved into U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, they have posted a 23-9 record at home, a number matched only by the Eagles and Saints for the best home mark in the NFC.
A rivalry pitting a strong Cleveland rotation vs. potent Twins offense could become a highlight of the season.
If Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor finds a suitable buyer to meet his demands and his asking price for the club, it will end one of the most important pro sports tenures in state history.
JOTTINGS • Giving Mike Zimmer a new contract was a no-brainer for the Vikings. The coach’s new deal will keep him with the team through…
The Twins will play in an environment very different from previous seasons, and that's not lost on anybody within our club, president Dave St. Peter said.
The Vikings' protocols and safety measures are already being studied by people around the NFL; the Twins effort is being led by a Mayo Clinic physician.
The Vikings opened this offseason in one of their toughest salary cap spots in recent memory, with the least cap space in the NFL. Rob Brzezinski led the way as the team made a ton of moves to get some relief.
JOTTINGS • Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said the club has been pleased with the physical strength of the pitchers in camp: “I think…
The Twins have had better hitters on their rosters over the years, with greats such as Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer and Rod Carew. But from top to bottom, this club is hard to beat.
The addition of experienced coaches give the Vikings a fresh look at how they do things on offense and defense.
The Woodbury native has a chance to do something that very few players in the history of baseball have accomplished: Skip the minor leagues
The backups on the roster are lacking experience.
The list of athletic and medical experts the Gophers have to draw on is large because the University of Minnesota has such a well-respected academic roster
There was no doubt when Gary Kubiak joined the Vikings last season that he was going to play a big part in the offensive game plan, no matter what his title would be.
"We left spring training in March with a really good baseball team, a team poised to take an additional step or two toward the pursuit of a world championship," Dave St. Peter said.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan is 15-4 as a starter, indicating his importance to the team.
JOTTINGS• There is no better promoter of the game of golf than Hollis Cavner, the executive director of the 3M Open, so you have to be…
It's hard to think of any season in recent memory when the Vikings brought in such a small free-agent class as they did this offseason.
Twins owner Pohlad said communication with the commissioner's office has been steady with the club, but not directly between himself and Rob Manfred.
The former player and coach's voice is clear and forceful on matters of racism.
Center Garrett Bradbury said that the continuity from last season should put the team at a big advantage when it ends its virtual training camp and gets back on the field in July.
That Mike Hughes is the most veteran cornerback shows that the group will have a lot of learning to do when Vikings camp opens.
Last year the Vikings ranked second in the NFC, allowing 303 points. Still, a lot of people around the club, including Mike Zimmer, felt the team could use a fresh start on defense.
JOTTINGS • Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren has created the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition for student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors and presidents…
The Gophers have five four-star football recruits, and they definitely stand out. But coach P.J. Fleck also looks for high character.
Dalvin Cook is signed through 2020, but he'll be looking for a big payday: he's only the 39th-highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Two Vikings players, guard Milt Sunde and linebacker Ron Acks, were in the National Guard and got called up to help calm the riots in Minneapolis during the summer of 1967.
JOTTINGS • Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman on how the team is staying healthy during virtual meetings: “It’s just a matter of staying in communication…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has faith in the talent the team has to fill the holes left by departed starters.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold an important call with the league Thursday to talk about returning to action. Here's why the Wolves may not want the games to resume.