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The Packers play in the NFC North, one of the two worst divisions in football.
Without Tom Brady as his quarterback, playoff success has been hard for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to find, including getting routed by Buffalo this weekend.
For all of the nonconference promise and that notable victory at Michigan, the Gophers have become who we thought they were — likable, limited and 1-5 in the Big Ten.
If this team can grow up, quickly, it could join the (short) list of most-likable squads in franchise history.
Here are seven examples of popular notions that could cost the Vikings a great coach — the next Mike Tomlin, perhaps — and why they're wrong.
Some of the many Black men in the NFL waiting for an opportunity deserve a long look at the team's GM and head coach openings.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn't want to talk about his future after Sunday's 31-17 victory over the Bears. "Not my choice. Not my decision," he said.
The franchise has a lot of problems, but player effort and coaching intensity have not been among them.
The Vikings' division rivals offer them glimpses of what they could become ... one way or another.
The veteran guard is who Jimmy Butler was supposed to be: a leader who makes other players around him better.
Don't be afraid of a Vikings rebuild, even if it involves the quarterback, coach and general manager. Turnarounds can happen quickly in the NFL.
They couldn't cover the mess after the QB they banked on became a careless COVID casualty with the team's fate on the line.
Barring a big upset by the Vikings on Sunday night, this could be the last chapter in an epic Aaron Rodgers-Mike Zimmer rivalry.
The Vikings and their owners need to separate from a quarterback who accumulates statistics more than victories and whose cost runs counter to his success rate.
Hall of Famer stayed connected to relatives in his birthplace, including a memorable visit in 1999.
Coach P.J. Fleck has some firepower returning for next season, including the coordinator who had the offense humming in 2019.
The Vikings' immediate concern is their playoff position, but their bigger concern is Justin Jefferson questioning his coaches, his quarterback and the team's intensity.
Losing to the Rams shouldn't be considered an embarrassment. The way the Vikings played, it was.
So will Aaron Donald ruin the Vikings' offensive game plan? Or will someone like Michael Pierce of D.J. Wonnum wreck the Rams'?
Dalvin Cook's foolish decision is hurting the team now, Harrison Smith's did that earlier, and Kirk Cousins can thank his good luck he's not in that position.
More health, more support and, sure, more wins — it's a long list, but you dedicated Minnesota sports fans have been good this year. Happy Holidays to all of you.
The Vikings coach loses more often in December, the quarterback makes more mistakes in December — and together they might have only one more chance to fix this.
The Vikings played a dilapidated version of a terrible team on Monday night and, as the saying goes, did what they needed to do. When they didn't, the Bears did it for them.
Reduce the competition to one game, one night, and the Vikings are clear favorites over the Bears. But looking into the future tells a different story despite the Bears' disarray.
What do we admire in athletes? Leadership and mental toughness. This is an ideal time for leagues and athletes to demonstrate both.
Ben Johnson getting the Minnesota men's basketball coaching job last spring made all kinds of sense. Ten games in, Johnson's team is 9-1 and proving believers correct.
It took longer than many people would have liked, but former Twins pitcher Jim Kaat finally received the phone call that he thought might never come.
Selection as next coach of Team USA puts her in rarefied air.
Kirk Cousins is a talented passer who all too often turns into a short-circuiting robot.
In emotional terms, the Vikings left little doubt they are missing something vital, something usually described in cliched terms. Heart. Guts. Leadership. Killer instinct. Football smarts.
The seven-year contract makes all kinds of sense for both sides. Next up: Find a few pitchers so the Twins can be competitive in 2022.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins no longer has the comfort of relying on a good defense or a great running back. Now it's time to earn his big salary.
If the Vikings are to win today, they'll have to avoid playing the kind of game where the 49ers' physical rushing attack and pass rush dominate the game flow.
Dalvin Tomlinson is the latest unvaccinated starter expected to miss a game because of COVID-19.
Justin Jefferson wore a Randy Moss T-shirt in warmups on Sunday, proof that Minnesota greats appreciate history. That's called dressing for success.
A toe injury kept the Packers quarterback from practicing much this week. And he looked rusty last Sunday, following 10 days on the COVID list.
Unless the Packers win the Super Bowl, he likely will play for a different team next year. Green Bay would be ridding themselves of a nuisance, and one of the best QBs ever.
When Lindsay Whalen's Gophers play Paige Bueckers and Connecticut on Saturday, it will be easy to both reminisce and to see the future.
Quarterbacks are the difference-makers again this season, and Kirk Cousins showed against the Chargers that he can turn that into good news for Vikings fans.
This is what Mike Zimmer's Vikings were built to look like: a team featuring power running, excellent receivers and defensive grit and adaptability.
The Chargers are terrible against the run. A big day from Dalvin Cook could control the ball, the clock and the scoreboard.
They have sharp uniforms, maybe the best young quarterback and an admirable coach.
P.J. Fleck signed a new deal just before had a chance to increase his leverage with a strong finish to the season and a possible high-profile bowl victory. That raises some questions.
The rookie men's basketball coach and the famous women's coach should come to success at different times, but one Minnesota native can pave the way for the other.
The offense continued a seasonlong trend of not putting the game away on a day when starting safety Harrison Smith was not available at all.
For all of their struggles, the Vikings should be able to make big plays against the Baltimore defense.
Their opponent Sunday, the Ravens, do the opposite. They are ruthless in some ways — and in first place.
It used to be fun to think about Aaron Rodgers possibly following Brett Favre's footsteps to Minnesota after Green Bay boots him. Now: no thanks.
With Klint Kubiak as offensive coordinator and Adam Zimmer as co-defensive coordinator, the Vikings do not have the coaching chops of a serious contender.
The Sunday night loss is the kind of game that unravels a season, that destroys confidence, that leads to firings and organizational overhauls.
The Vikings have to prove they are capable of winning important games. And Kirk Cousins has to prove he's capable of elevating the franchise in a way that justifies his contract.
Jamal James has more financial stability, a world title belt, a measure of fame, and the pressure of defending his title. And his Minneapolis gym, the Circle of Discipline, is moving into a new and much-improved space.
The league certainly needs to find its own niche when it comes to TV exposure. And it needs to answer a question posed to Cheryl Reeve by new Lynx and Wolves co-owner Marc Lore.
They'll face Dak Prescott, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson, and their offenses' array of bells and whistles.
P.J. Fleck's postgame comments Saturday after a win over the Cornhuskers insulted Nebraska's coach and his own Gophers players, plus his recruiting.
Tanner Morgan followed a strong first half Saturday with a confounding second half, but the Gophers' defense closed the door on Nebraska.
The 2021-22 Wild team will be younger than its recent predecessors and general manager Bill Guerin is betting on it being better.
An offense featuring an excellent running back, two of the NFL's best receivers and one of its highest-paid quarterbacks hasn't scored a touchdown after halftime since Week 1.
The Vikings had just pulled off a victory made miraculous by their own ineptitude, and now Kirk Cousins and Mike Zimmer were feeding raw video evidence of … something.
Historically, Vikings teams that don't beat Detroit fail to make the playoffs. And if this team fails to make the playoffs, changes will come top to bottom.
Isabella McCauley became the first woman and youngest player ever to win the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament last weekend.
The Minneapolis boxer will fight an undefeated opponent from Russia the day before Halloween.
A bad closer doesn't just lose games — he destroys morale. When a team works to build a lead and the closer can't do his job, over and over again, players feel helpless.
This was the first time the Vikings had to face a contender that would rather run through you than throw over you, and the Vikings turned into saloon doors.
Most of it has to do with weekly, built-in suspense factors. How so, you ask? You just proved the point.
Letting Byron Buxton leave the Twins as a free agent would be a disaster. Signing him would be a signal that they are willing to take an intelligent financial risk.
Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez offered thoughts on management philosophies and team culture, but turning the Wolves franchise around won't be easy.
The Lynx's loss in a single-elimination WNBA playoff game to Chicago at Target Center was directly related to Napheesa Collier's unusually lackluster performance.
A fifth title could come, if the Lynx can get healthy enough together in time. Aerial Powers is healed, and that's a really big deal.
The USA has entered virtually every Ryder Cup with a stronger lineup than Europe, in terms of world rankings and majors won. But the Europeans have an advantage that goes beyond the numbers.
With ownership changing, the answer to Wolves' leadership problems, at least for now, is still in the organization. But if they want a model, they don't have to look far
Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Kirk Cousins are making millions, they're supposed to be the key to big victories, not a temp placekicker.
Why does Max Kepler seem to get a free pass from the summer of 2021 criticism party? He's failing too often at the plate, plain and simple.
Columnist Jim Souhan tests your appetite for dark-web satire on a moody first Monday of the NFL season.
While there is plenty of precedent for NFL teams rallying from slow starts, the 2021 Vikings are in a dicey situation after their season-opening loss to the Bengals. Here's why.