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  • Minnesota Vikings best players and predictions for the 2018 season

    Minnesota Vikings best players and predictions for the 2018 season

    The Minnesota Vikings have one of the most complete rosters in the league. General manager Rick Spielman has front-loaded the roster with stars at every level of the defense as well as the skilled areas on offense. Their depth and the offensive line are unknowns, but the rest are among the best...
  • Minnesota Vikings 2018 team preview

    Minnesota Vikings 2018 team preview

    The Minnesota Vikings had everything going right until the NFC championship game last season. They finished 13-3 and were the second seed in the NFC. They were one game away from becoming the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. No other team had ever been that close to doing it...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 defensive backs

    Free agent preview: 2018 defensive backs

    Defensive backs in football are just like pitchers in baseball. Teams just can’t have enough. With offenses using more three and four receiver formations, teams have to have three or four cornerbacks and two safeties on the field. The two best defenses in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars and...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 offensive linemen

    Free agent preview: 2018 offensive linemen

    The offensive line is the most underappreciated and undervalued position group on the football team. Every team needs to add offensive linemen. Even the league’s best need to add depth. Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles had the best unit in the league. They may not need to add a starter, but...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 receivers and tight ends

    Free agent preview: 2018 receivers and tight ends

    No team needs to add a weapon more than the Chicago Bears this offseason. They believe they got their long-term answer at quarterback in last year’s draft and they already have the running back in place and a few pieces on the offensive line. Now, they need to get more weapons in the passing game to...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 running backs

    Free agent preview: 2018 running backs

    The running back is being valued a lot less in today’s NFL. While running backs are still important to an NFL offense, they are viewed as almost “a dime-a-dozen” group. There isn’t a lot of separation from the elite to great to good running backs. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most intriguing team...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 quarterbacks

    Free agent preview: 2018 quarterbacks

    This is the most interesting offseason for quarterbacks in a long time. There is a legitimate top end starter that will change teams this offseason as well a few others that have starting ability with injury or history issues. Along with the names available, there are teams with playoff and Super...
  • Minnesota Vikings already are in rarefied air

    Minnesota Vikings already are in rarefied air

    The Minnesota Vikings could be the first team to play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. It is a storyline that has been mentioned quite a few times this season. One of the team’s local newspapers, Minneapolis Star Tribune, first brought it up a year ago. Then ESPN and several online bloggers...
  • NFC 2017-18 playoff power rankings

    NFC 2017-18 playoff power rankings

    Now that the calendar has changed to the month of January, the NFL playoffs are about to begin. The NFC bracket looks much deeper than their AFC counterpart. It would not be overly surprising to see any of the six teams reach the big game. A few teams are more unlikely than others, but still have...
  • NFL 2017 Week 13 stock report: Playoff favorites are emerging

    NFL 2017 Week 13 stock report: Playoff favorites are emerging

    With just four weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, we are seeing the true contenders jockey for playoff position. The AFC remains top-heavy with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers firmly in control of the top two playoff spots. The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars are...
  • Gary Clark Jr.'s 'Come Together' will be part of Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving Day opening ceremonies

    Gary Clark Jr.'s 'Come Together' will be part of Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving Day opening ceremonies

    Blues artist Gary Clark Jr. recently released his smash rendition of The Beatles' "Come Together," and the hit single is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Clark Jr.'s version has already reached No. 13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and the singer will bring the hit song to...
  • Most memorable moments in the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings

    Most memorable moments in the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings

    The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings meet on Monday in Week 5 for the 112th time in the regular season and 113th overall. The Vikings lead the all-time regular-season series with a 58-51-2 record. Last season, the two teams split their two meetings. The Bears won at home on Monday night in Week...
  • Three predictions for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017

    Three predictions for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017

    The Minnesota Vikings are a week away from their regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints. After a hot start, the Vikings lost eight of their last 11 games last season to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs. Here are three predictions for the Vikings this season. #3. Dalvin Cook will win...
  • Ranking the NFC North safeties in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North safeties in 2017

    The NFC North has very good safeties. Seven of the eight starters on the four teams in the division ranked among the top 30 in the league, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading system. The eight starters have a diverse skill set. Some are better ballhawks in coverage while others are hitters that...
  • Ranking the NFC North cornerbacks in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North cornerbacks in 2017

    Cornerback has become one of the most important positions on the defense. The best defenses have at least one very good cornerback. Those cornerbacks will either be physical, shutdown that take receivers completely out of their routes and others are rely on their athleticism and speed to make plays...
  • Ranking the NFC North linebackers in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North linebackers in 2017

    The linebacker position has evolved and changed more than any other over the last few seasons. They used to be big, downhill thumpers that stuffed the run as well as big, athletic guys that can cover running backs. Now, they are almost exclusively the latter. With growing use of the spread offense...
  • Joey Belladonna sings 'Star Spangled Banner' at Bills preseason game

    Joey Belladonna sings 'Star Spangled Banner' at Bills preseason game

    Joey Belladonna sang the American national anthem at a National Football League exhibition game between the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Aug. 10. Belladonna has been the lead singer of Anthrax on and off since 1984.  An Italian-American, Belladonna...
  • Ranking the NFC North edge defenders in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North edge defenders in 2017

    Edge defenders have become on the two or three most important positions on the football field. They are generally pass rushers listed as defensive ends in a 4-3 base scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base scheme. Teams have to be able to stop the pass on defense and having a very good pass...
  • Ranking the NFC North interior defensive linemen in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North interior defensive linemen in 2017

    The defensive tackle position is one of the most underrated spots in sports. Defensive tackles control the play and can separate good or average defenses from great ones. Just like every other position, there are players that excel at different aspects of the position. At defensive tackle, they are...
  • Ranking the NFC North tight ends in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North tight ends in 2017

    No position in the NFL has become more specialized than the tight end spot. They are labeled as receivers, blockers or balanced. Receivers make plays with the ball in their hands, but do not block very well. Blockers make room for others to make plays, but don’t have the skills to get open as a...
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