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Starting 3-0 in NFL: Truth or Lie?

Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Blockbuster Trade Helped Both Teams

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Vikings Better Without AP? Believe It

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

Bradford No. 1 Pick 'For a Reason'

Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Although Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are,” that doesn’t quite hold in the early part of the season. At this time last year, the Falcons were un...(full article)

The Eagles still "won" the Sam Bradford trade with the Vikings because they got a first-round pick for a high-salary player they didn't want. Tell that to Minnesota now, thoug...(full article)

Any writer or fan who watched a significant portion of Kevin Garnett’s career has their favorite moment or moments. Collectively, those moments – the good, the bad, the ugly th...(full article)

Call me crazy, but I can't help but wonder if the Vikings run game gets a little more life without Adrian Peterson. I know, that's a ridiculous statement on the surface, but sta...(full article)

To canvas the Vikings locker room after they beat the Packers on Sunday night was to hear the same answer, as if the players had quickly held a meeting after the game and handed ou...(full article)

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