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  • 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...
  • Ranking the NFC North wide receivers in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North wide receivers in 2017

    The wide receiver position has gained importance as throwing the football has become more popular. Wide receivers are becoming more specialized to certain spots on the field within each offensive formation and package. The team with the best collection of receivers has a blend of players that...
  • Ranking the NFC North running backs in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North running backs in 2017

    Rather suddenly, running back has become one of the least valued positions on the football field. Though many of the NFL's most iconic players played running back, these days teams don’t want to spend much of their salary cap on the running backs for several reasons. First off, the rise of passing...
  • Ranking the NFC North quarterbacks in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North quarterbacks in 2017

    There is no more important position on the football field than the quarterback position. It may even be the most important position in all of sports. Those that have an elite quarterback, have a very good team. Those that don’t, are a no better than a mediocre team. The NFC North proves it. The...
  • The five best moves and the worst one made by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2017 offseason

    The five best moves and the worst one made by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2017 offseason

    Offseasons have been interesting for the Minnesota Vikings. They are generally active looking to fill certain position holes, but their pursuit has been met with mixed results. This year, the Vikings were expected to heavily pursue offensive linemen to fill as many four starting spots and as little...
  • With caveat, Michael Floyd is perfect signing by the Vikings

    With caveat, Michael Floyd is perfect signing by the Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings officially announced the signing of wide receiver Michael Floyd Wednesday evening. His size, speed and production give the Vikings something they don’t currently have on the roster. He forces opposing defenses to respect the ball. Floyd, a 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound native of St...
  • Adrian Peterson can't wait to face Vikings in Saints' season opener

    Adrian Peterson can't wait to face Vikings in Saints' season opener

    Veteran running back Adrian Peterson has found a new home in the NFL. The longtime face of the Minnesota Vikings has moved on and joined up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Ironically enough, Peterson's first game in a Saints uniform will be against his former team. The Vikings and Saints...
  • Minnesota Vikings 2017 draft preview

    Minnesota Vikings 2017 draft preview

    The Minnesota Vikings do not have a first round draft pick in the 2017 after sending it to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford last September. Given general manager Rick Spielman’s history, that does not mean they won’t make a selection in the first 32 picks. Tuesday, Spielman spoke to the...
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