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Saturday afternoon up, Saturday evening down in the ratings

Saturday night’s playoff game was compelling, but a matchup of Baltimore and Nashville simply won’t generate the same eyeballs as an L.A. team versus America’s Team. Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, the average audience for Titans-Ravens on Saturday night dropped by nearly four million viewers in comparison to last year’s Saturday night divisional-round [more]

Mike Zimmer hopes to figure out how to get over the hump

But for stepping on a rake in the Super Bowl, Mike Zimmer’s six years in Minnesota have provided a microcosm of the Vikings’ postseason experience. Playoff appearances half the time, a couple of euphoric January wins, inevitable disappointment. Zimmer said during his end-of-season press conference that he has spoken to his mentor, Hall of Famer [more]

Mike Zimmer likes continuity with offense, no timeline on OC hire

The Vikings need to hire new offensive and defensive coordinators and head coach Mike Zimmer talked a bit about what the team is looking for on the offensive side of the ball during a Monday press conference. Kevin Stefanski left to become the Browns head coach and Zimmer said he’s not looking for a major [more]

Mike Zimmer expects to have conversations about his contract soon

The 2020 season is the last season on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s current contract, but he doesn’t want it to be his last year in Minnesota. Zimmer said today that he expects to have conversations with ownership about his contract and a possible extension soon, and that he’s confident he’ll be happy with the outcome [more]

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Yesterday was a crushing loss for the Texans, but at least they can comfort themselves with their future, and how they can use the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make a good team better. Oh wait, they already traded that one to the Dolphins. Sorry guys, that was probably too soon. With [more]

Everson Griffen wants to stay with Vikings

The Vikings reworked defensive end Everson Griffen‘s contract ahead of the 2019 season and included a clause that would void the remainder of the deal if he recorded at least six sacks during the regular season. Griffen had eight sacks for the Vikings, which means that he’s now on track for free agency after the [more]

George Edwards isn’t returning to the Vikings

The Vikings have plenty of decisions to make for 2020. One has been made. Defensive coordinator George Edwards will not be returning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. (Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweeted that Edwards is not expected to return. It’s stronger than that; he’s not returning.) His contract has expired, and the [more]

Paul DePodesta finally gets his man, in Kevin Stefanski

Last year, Browns chief strategy officer (a big title for basically a part-time, absentee gig) Paul DePodesta wanted the Browns to hire Vikings offensive coordinator (for a handful of games) Kevin Stefanski. The Browns instead hired Browns offensive coordinator (for two handfuls of games) Freddie Kitchens. This year, Kitchens failed. Stefanski, well, it’s not clear [more]

Browns hire Kevin Stefanski as head coach

The Cleveland Browns have hired their next head coach. Former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is the Browns’ new head coach, according to multiple reports. The Browns couldn’t officially hire Stefanski until the Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs, and less than 24 hours after Saturday’s loss to the 49ers, the hiring was made. That [more]

On light day through the air, Jimmy Garoppolo got to be “a football player”

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t need to use his arm much on Saturday as the 49ers ran for 186 yards in a 27-10 win over the Vikings, but the quarterback found other ways to pitch in. On a second quarter run by wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo found himself in the open field with Vikings linebacker Anthony [more]

Nick Bosa: Crowd chanting my name was a “really cool moment”

There’s a scene near the end of Jerry Maguire that sees Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character Rod Tidwell milk an injury for a bit in order to make the crowd go wild when he ultimately gets to his feet. 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa may not have been doing that after he sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk [more]

Vikings have some big decisions to make

Sunday’s win over the Saints provided some clarity for the Vikings. Saturday’s loss to the 49ers may have reduced it, a bit. Ownership needs to make some important decisions in the offseason, which began the moment the clock struck 0:00 in the fourth quarter of a divisional round exit ramp in Santa Clara. As to [more]

49ers dominate Vikings, get ready to host NFC Championship Game

The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through San Francisco. The 49ers took care of business at home today in a 27-10 win over the Vikings, and now they’ll prepare to host the NFC Championship Game next week against the winner of tomorrow’s Seahawks-Packers game. San Francisco’s defense was the story of [more]

49ers take control after Richard Sherman interception

San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman is adding to his Hall of Fame resume, and the 49ers are in control against the Vikings. In the third quarter Sherman picked off Kirk Cousins, setting up the 49ers’ offense at the Vikings’ 44-yard line. From there San Francisco marched down the field on a drive that ended with [more]

49ers take halftime lead over Vikings

After a back-and-forth first half in San Francisco, the 49ers are heading into the locker room with a 14-10 lead. The 49ers had a great first drive, then gave up a big play to Stefon Diggs to tie it at 7-7. The 49ers got back on the board and took a 14-7 lead when Tevin [more]

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