Mark Craig | Star Tribune
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 display clean - and messy - flashes vs. Packers

Mark Craig weighs in with his five takeaways from Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

'Can you tell me why we're stopping the game?' League call negates Vikings TD

After an apparent Stefon Diggs touchdown, Dalvin Cook was called for offensive pass interference following a long look at the replay.

Maalouf's special-team style developed from many mentors

Vikings special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf has mixed lessons learned at five NFL stops — some of them hard.

New Packers coach retools offense, will get first taste of border battle

The Vikings and Packers head into Sunday's game at Lambeau Field well aware they'll need other ways to win besides what got them through Week 1 unscathed.

Five points from Vikings-Falcons game

1. Joseph returns as unique inside forceGive Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph an assist on Anthony Harris' second interception in Sunday's 28-12 win over the…

Fresh plan produces first blocked punt since 2014

Coordinator Marwan Maalouf introduced the play Wednesday. Linebacker Eric Wilson completed it Sunday.

Raiders can blame no one but themselves for Antonio Brown fiasco

NFL writer Mark Craig says taking a flier on Antonio Brown and his baggage is a lose-lose for accountability

As NFL turns 100, the record book gets rewritten yet again

When officials make (or don't make) a call, the league starts tweaking

Zone blocking 101: Once the ball snaps, decisions and synchronization start

Zone blocking requires precise timing, technique. The intricacies are many and minute.

Flipping kickers, changing coaches, job security. The Zimmer interview

Sometimes decisions go sideways and the pressure to win is relentless, but coach Mike Zimmer stands by his record entering his sixth season leading the Vikings..