9:27 AM EDT, Fri September 30, 2016
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 46 mins ago

Vikings' Stefon Diggs could be the difference maker vs. Giants [X-factor]

Every week following the Access Vikings Gameday Preview podcast, we’ll delve deeper into who Andrew Krammer pegged as the potential difference maker for the upcoming game. Cole Beasley, Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. A Giants secondary, having allowed seven receivers to surpass 50 yards in three games, limps into Monday night against the Vikings with four defensive backs unable to practice Thursday in CB Eli Apple, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Nat Berhe and S Darian Thompson. So the best chance for a sputtering Vikings...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 9 hours ago

Buxton: I knew I'd get a curveball

Twins rookie Byron Buxton says he knew he'd get a curve from Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera in the ninth, "so I just didn't want to miss it."
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 10 hours ago

Lalonde takes the reins at Wild affiliate

Coach has experience turning teams around.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 10 hours ago

Youth comes through for Twins in 7-6 victory over Royals

The team-record 103rd loss will have to wait for another day.

Postgame: Buxton took advantage of curveballs to smack two long hits

He thought about trying for an inside-the-park homer, too, but was held at third; Gibson finishes season with 5.07 ERA.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Slumping Dozier out of Twins' lineup for first time since May 24

Minnesota tries to avoid franchise-record 103rd loss and another sweep in Kansas City.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Access Vikings: Another tough test for running game

The Minnesota Vikings’ running game continues to be an issue. They will face a tough defensive line when they play the New York Giants on Monday night.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Zimmer on the Giants: ’It’ll be a great test for us’

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and QB Sam Bradford spoke to the press about the upcoming game against the New York Giants. Bradford also talked about the chemistry he has with Kyle Rudolph.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 18 hours ago

Alex Boone not practicing for the Vikings on Thursday

Alex Boone has an additional day this week, though he was unable to practice Thursday in preparation for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants. Boone, the Vikings’ first-year left guard, suffered a hip injury in Carolina on Sunday that limited him to just 19 snaps before needing to leave. He underwent an MRI after the game and was seen with the team during Thursday’s warm-ups before walking toward the locker room at the start of practice. Head coach Mike Zimmer has only said he thinks Boone could be ready for Monday night’s game, though would need to see him practice before...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 19 hours ago

Kyle Rudolph emerging as a favorite target for Sam Bradford

It’s not how Kyle Rudolph envisioned, but he’s made a solid first step toward fulfilling the potential the Vikings saw when signing him to a lucrative five-year extension in 2014. Instead of catching passes from Teddy Bridgewater over loaded fronts caused by Adrian Peterson, Rudolph has done one-half of the early heavy lifting in the Vikings’ passing attack under Sam Bradford. “I think it’s because they sit together on the team plane,” head coach Mike Zimmer said with a smirk. Rudolph has found early success with Bradford, catching a touchdown pass in each of his two starts while...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 19 hours ago

Randy Moss still bleeds purple, likes what he sees from Sam Bradford

A few months back, it was announced that Randy Moss was leaving FOX and joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. As soon as he made the switch, he looked at the calendar and saw the Giants vs. Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium — a Monday Night Football game for which Moss will serve on ESPN’s Countdown program leading up to the game. “I did circle it on my calendar,” Moss said during a conference call Thursday morning. “I know it’s going to be loud and fun to be back — and see these boys remain undefeated.” If that last quote doesn’t tell you that Moss still has some purple in his blood,...

Slumping Dozier out of Twins' lineup for first time since May 24

Minnesota tries to avoid franchise-record 103rd loss and another sweep in Kansas City

Five Vikings stats that tell the story of their early defensive dominance

Every Wednesday morning (usually), beat writer Matt Vensel will share five Vikings stats that actually mean something heading into that week’s game. 25.7 — percentage of drives with a takeaway for the defense Coach Mike Zimmer stressed before the season that he wanted to see the Vikings take the ball from their opponents more often. So far in 2016, they have nine takeaways after picking off Panthers quarterback Cam Newton three times in last Sunday’s 22-10 win. According ESPN, the Vikings have notched a takeaway on 25.7 percent of their defensive drives. The Panthers led the NFL last...

Mitch Leidner is spreading the ball around, pleasing Tracy Claeys

Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner found eight different receivers against Colorado State and nine against Indiana State.