Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."

Five Extra Points: Vikings find way to get by when Cook struggles

Dalvin Cook was held to 57 yards on 16 touches in Sunday's 27-23 win over Denver.

'Big-Play Jay.' Kearse helps close the deal in Vikings' victory

A week after intercepting a Dak Prescott in the end zone to preserve a 28-24 victory, Jayron Kearse once again was in the right place for his team.

Dalvin Cook has been a model back, model teammate for Vikings

The running back, troubled by off-the-field issues in college, has rewarded the Vikings for their faith in him.

A closer look Packers coach at Matt LaFleur

Once a week, Mark Craig will dissect stats from around the league. This week, he tackles rookie head coaches and two stellar NFC running backs.

NFL Week 11 story lines

In what could be the most exciting matchup of the season, Houston's Deshaun Watson will trade magic acts with Baltimore's Lamar Jackson.

Vikings more than satisfied with 1-2 punch of Cook, Mattison

Mike Zimmer was asked whether there was much drop off between Dalvin Cook, the best back in football, and Alexander Mattison, who ran the ball for a game-high 6.5-yard average vs. the Cowboys. Answer? "No."

Cook's fourth-down touchdown affirms dominant running game

Instead of settling for an easy field goal and a 23-21 lead entering the fourth quarter, coach Mike Zimmer made the hard decision and was rewarded with a Dalvin Cook touchdown

Five extra points: Cousins withstands pressure, Vikings corral Elliott

Kirk Cousins was pressured on eight of his 22 first-half dropbacks (36.3%), but he managed to complete passes on five of them for 53 yards and a couple of first downs.

Hamstrings leave Vikings hamstrung at receiver; Doctson 'ready to go'

In Wednesday's tale of two Purple hamstrings, Adam Thielen spent practice resting while fellow receiver Josh Doctson continued testing -- and said he'll be ready for Sunday night in Dallas.

No cause for panic: Vikings well in the mix as playoff race gets exciting

The NFC has nine teams with a winning record, and any one of them -- including the Vikings -- could advance to the Super Bowl.