11:36 PM EST, Fri February 12, 2016
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 7 hours ago

Would Matt Forte fit the Vikings better than Adrian Peterson?

Yes, I meant that headline as it was written. Would Matt Forte (or a similar running back, I suppose) fit the Vikings better than Adrian Peterson. I promise this isn’t a hot take. It’s a measured take — in the form, really, of a question. I don’t know the answer, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. So let’s take a look at why I’ve been thinking about it. First, is it nonsense that I’ve even been thinking about it? That’s a fair place to start. After all, Peterson won the NFL rushing title in 2015 with 1,485 yards and was the most valuable offensive player on a team...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Vikings offseason primer: the offensive line

Two days after the season-ending loss to the Seahawks, coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that changes would be coming to the subpar Vikings offensive line, starting with the parting of veteran line coach Jeff Davidson. No quarterback was pressured more frequently than Teddy Bridgewater, who was under duress on 46.9 percent of his dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus. He was sacked 44 times, sixth-most in the league. The offensive line’s run blocking was better, paving the way for running back Adrian Peterson to lead the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career. But there were...

Vikings offseason primer: wide receivers and tight ends

The passing attack didn’t quite pan out as the Vikings expected in 2015 after they added deep threat Mike Wallace in an offseason trade with the Dolphins and got a healthy Kyle Rudolph back in the offensive huddle. That, of course, isn’t all on the pass-catchers. Pass protection was poor and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was inconsistent at times. But needless to say, Wallace and fellow Week 1 starter Charles Johnson disappointed. Wallace, who earned $9.9 million, had career lows with 39 catches, 473 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson, meanwhile, lost his job to surprising rookie Stefon...

Access Vikings podcast: Could the Vikings have won the Super Bowl — and where do they stand in 2016?

Episode 28: Michael Rand and Matt Vensel take a look at the 2015 Vikings in hindsight and look ahead to their prospects in 2016.

Vikings single game tickets for new stadium available -- on eBay

Want to spend about $600 right now? That'll get you two seats for the Vikings-Green Bay game at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings offseason primer: running backs

After a long hiatus from the Vikings and the NFL, Adrian Peterson returned in 2015 to re-establish himself as one of the top running backs in the league, if not the best. In the process, he rewarded the Vikings for their patience and level-headedness after an offseason of pouting and posturing. At 30, Peterson proved that he can still play. He led the league with 1,485 rushing yards, was named a starter in the Pro Bowl and was a unanimous first-team All-Pro at his position. So no, the Vikings aren’t expected to move on from Peterson even though he will make $11 million in 2016. But there...

Vikings offseason primer: the quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater was far from spectacular in his second NFL season. But the Vikings, with the league’s leading rusher in Adrian Peterson and coach Mike Zimmer’s top-10 defense, usually didn’t need him to be. After the Vikings leaned heavily on Bridgewater in the second half of the 2014 season, he attempted more than 30 passes in just six games. While Zimmer scoffed at the “game manager” label for Bridgewater, he was exactly that in 2015. He attempted a ton of high-percentage throws and was hyper-conscious of avoiding turnovers at the request of the coaching staff. That allowed the...

Who's better than the Vikings?

The only teams that can enter 2016 accurately thinking they are clearly better than the Vikings are the last two team to lose to the Broncos:

Vikings players join Twitter conversation during Super Bowl 50

Vikings star Adrian Peterson tweets to affirm Denver's Von Miller as Super Bowl MVP. Defensive end Sharrif Floyd amused by Cam Newton-Michael Jordan meme swirling around social media.

Viking Super Bowl QB Kapp has Alzheimer's, is donating brain

Kapp is working on his memoir and will set aside a chapter dedicated to concussions.

Decision looms on left tackle Matt Kalil

Of the many decisions the NFC North champions must make this offseason, one of the more interesting ones centers on left tackle Matt Kalil. Last offseason, the Vikings exercised their fifth-year option on Kalil, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft. That gave them contractual control of Kalil for 2016, which will be the final year of his rookie deal. Because Kalil was a top-10 pick at a premium position, his option figure is an $11.1 million base salary, which would make him one of the NFL’s highest-paid left tackles in 2016. That salary is only guaranteed for injury, though, and Kalil...

Super Bowl brunch draws Twin Cities tourism, sports and business brass

Former Viking Matt Birk calls Super Bowl “the biggest secular holiday that we have.”

Highlights as Favre, Dungy share the stage as part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2016

Brett Favre and Tony Dungy got to share the stage tonight as reporters interviewed the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 in San Francisco, site of Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. After a nod to all the great players who helped get him selected as a coach of the Buccaneers and Colts, Dungy then made a crack about Favre also having an impact on the timing of Dungy’s selection. “I might have gotten here two or three years earlier if not for him,” said Dungy, who faced Favre twice a year as Vikings defensive coordinator before getting the Bucs head coaching job. Here are some other...

On the NFL: Hall-of-Fame-bound Favre found glory with Vikings in 2009

Brett Favre will go into Canton as a Packers legend, but we will always remember 2009, too.

Super Bowl scene: A Vikings diehard from across the pond

A British reporter became a fan while spending a summer living in Minneapolis.

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