Mark Craig | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig covers the NFL and the Vikings.


Vikings' vaunted defense puzzled by its ineptness

What happened? The Eagles on Sunday tagged the Vikings defense with season highs in points, yards and third-down conversions (10 of 14 with two TDs).


Five Extra Points: Eagles were superb in every way

Five takeaways from Sunday's game from NFL writer Mark Craig


Craig: Will the Philly 'dog bite, or just bark?

Hidden behind Eagles' canine masks is rabid motivation.


Craig: Minnetonka's Allen has turned his family into Philly fanatics

Beau Allen's dad loved the Vikings and his mom the Packers. But now they're all in on the Eagles.


Craig: Eagles believe their defense on par with Vikings' - and they're not wrong

"We always have the mind-set every week that we are the best," Philadelphia defensive end and sacks leader Brandon Graham said.


Keenum, Foles: The quarterbacks crashing Tom Brady's playoff party

Tom Brady has the pedigree, rings and records. In other words, he's the opposite of Case Keenum and Nick Foles, as well as Jacksonville's Blake Bortles.


Who's the MVP of the Vikings' defense? Argue away

Be it Smith, Rhodes, Griffen, Joseph or someone else, the Vikings have multiple candidates. And you can make a bunch of interesting arguments.


Craig: Third-down stop gives Vikings one last chance

The third-down stop that forced Wil Lutz's field goal came with enough time for the Modern Miracle at the Bank, a 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time expired.


Five extra points: Thielen blocks like a champ, Griffen trumps Jordan

Five takeaways from Sunday's dramatic Vikings' victory over the Saints.


These 'Zim Reapers' need playoff wins to match 'Purple People Eaters'

Vikings defense has performed at a level unseen since days of Purple People Eaters, but without a similar catchy nickname