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Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig covers the NFL and the Vikings.


Craig: Vikings stamped out Ravens' run game, their best chance of winning

Some Vikings believe this is the team's best run defense in the Mike Zimmer era.


Five extra points: Sendejo's hit, Thielen's temper, Treadwell's miss

The scariest play of the game came when Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo delivered a crushing blow to the head of former Vikings receiver Mike Wallace.


Zimmer's tales of Woodson prod Smith to new heights

Mike Zimmer has seen safety played exactly the way he wants Harrison Smith to play it, and that was by a guy who played for him in Dallas.


Craig's NFL Week 7 storylines: Patriots-Falcons rematch headlines the lineup

A look around the league entering Week 7.


Road to Minneapolis: Mark Craig's hottest Super Bowl contenders

Which of the NFL's 13 two-loss teams have the best chance of reaching the Super Bowl?


Craig: Hundley, not Kaepernick, is Packers' back-up plan. But what if ...

Would the Packers rethink signing Colin Kaepernick if current quarterback Brett Hundley gets hurt? They'd almost have to consider him.


Craig: Bridgewater's back today but keep your expectations modest

The team's rise or fall this season doesn't hinge on Teddy Bridgewater's return. Remember, the soul of the Vikings right now is their defense.


NFL Power Rankings: How far did the Packers fall ... and the Vikings rise?

One injury makes a big difference in Mark Craig's latest NFL power rankings.


Craig: Vikings show depth at safety to match Smith's dominance

Harrison Smith played lights out against the Packers, and he was far from alone in that regard.


Five extra points: Keenum is fearless; Zimmer is lucky

Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings-Packers game from NFL writer Mark Craig.