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Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position

Since the 12-team playoff format was introduced to the NFL in 1990, every year has seen at least four teams advance to the postseason after failing to make it the previous year. We’re on track to see that number double. As of today, eight of the 12 playoff spots in the league are taken up [more]

Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers to miss fifth straight game

The Vikings will be without right tackle Mike Remmers for the fifth straight week. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Remmers was ruled out because of the lower back injury which kept him off the practice field all week, keeping him out of the game against his old team. He missed last week’s [more]

Mike Daniels: Packers will have a little more “oomph” for Vikings rematch

The Packers lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week Six with a broken collarbone. The injury happened during a game against the Vikings, and a rematch with the Vikings is looming. So will there be any hard feelings toward the Vikings when the two teams square off again on December 23 at Lambeau Field? “Hey man, [more]

Panthers getting Ryan Kalil and Greg Olsen back

The Panthers are getting a pair of offensive captains back in the lineup this week, but are losing a starter on offense. The team announced that linebacker Shaq Thompson was out this week with a foot injury. The former first-round pick (though that modifier applies to all their starting linebackers) being out limits some of [more]

Matt Kalil: I’m a “different guy” than Vikings are used to seeing

The Vikings have a stated goal for Sunday, to get their hands on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as often as possible. Standing in their way will be a guy they know well, even if he says he’s a different player. Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil has had an up-and-down first season with the Panthers, after [more]

Everson Griffen on stopping Cam Newton: “You keep on hitting him”

The Vikings know what Cam Newton is capable of. They also know what he’s susceptible to. So as they plan for Sunday’s game against the former MVP, they’re going to rely on a simple, yet elegant plan. “Well, you just hit him,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said, via John Shipley of the St. Paul [more]

Latavius Murray credits the bye week for his second-half improvement

In the first eight games of the season, Vikings running back Latavius Murray had 78 carries for 249 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Since the Vikings’ Week Nine bye, Murray has 68 carries for 323 yards, an average of 4.8 yards per carry. So why has Murray been so much more effective [more]

Greg Olsen returns for full practice

It looks like the Panthers will be getting tight end Greg Olsen back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Olsen returned from eight weeks on injured reserve with a broken foot to play in the team’s Week 12 game against the Jets, but sat out the second half after experiencing soreness in [more]

Minneapolis seeks assistance from National Guard for Super Bowl

Minnesota will soon be hosting the championship game of the National Football League. And Minnesota wants help from its National Guard. Via Libor Jany of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Governor Mark Dayton has been asked to mobilize the National Guard to assist with security in connection with the Super Bowl. In a letter to Dayton, Mayor [more]

Four teams can clinch division titles this weekend

With four weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is coming into focus and the race for four division titles could come to an end this weekend. The NFL has released the playoff clinching scenarios for Week 14 and they include two teams in each division that can wrap up home games in [more]

Vikings held Julio Jones in check

One of the top storylines heading into Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Falcons was the matchup between Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones was coming off a 253-yard game against Tampa, but Rhodes had success in past meetings with the Falcons star that proved to be a sign of [more]

NFC playoff picture: Shakeup Sunday

The NFC playoff picture remained unchanged for a couple of weeks, but we knew things would look different once Week 13 was in the books. Six of the top seven teams in the conference were involved in games against each other, including the Eagles-Seahawks game in Seattle that put Sunday’s action to bed. The Seahawks [more]

Vikings get it done in Atlanta, move to 10-2 with win

It’s eight wins and counting for the Vikings. The offensive fireworks didn’t come with the same frequency that they have in some of those other wins, but the Vikings found enough of them to outlast the Falcons 14-9 for their 10th win of the season. That leaves them a half-game back of the Eagles for [more]

Vikings retake lead on first play of fourth quarter

The Vikings got the ball with 8:11 left in the third quarter with the Falcons up 9-7 in Atlanta. They would hold onto the ball until four seconds were off the clock in the fourth quarter and they’d be back on top when they did hand the ball back to the home team. Case Keenum [more]

Time runs out on half before Vikings get chance to add to 7-6 lead

The Vikings moved into field goal position on a 19-yard pass to Adam Thielen on their final offensive play on the first half, but Kai Forbath never got a chance to try the kick. Quarterback Case Keenum escaped pressure to hit Thielen on that pass, but couldn’t get the clock stopped in time for a [more]

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