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."


Can Vikings keep up with NFL's fearless offenses?

On the NFL: Monday night's Rams-Chiefs game shows the league heading in a new warp-speed direction. ­


Best defense in the NFC North? Not in Minnesota for now

For now, the current version of the Monsters of the Midway are showing it has the edge on defense over the Vikings. The Bears showed it over and over Sunday night.


Field of screams: Chicago's turf can be among the worst

There were or complaints after last week's Bears game at Soldier Field against the Lions. That's a rarity for mid- to late-season games on a field players routinely rate among the five worst in the league.


Bailey puts his best foot forward for Vikings

Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Dan Bailey had a remarkably accurate kicking career with Dallas but was let go and is now in a career reboot with the Vikings.


Bears' ability to create turnovers has Zimmer's attention

Chicago has a league-leading 16 turnovers this season, and the Bears also are tops in the NFL with 89 points scored off turnovers.


In high-scoring NFL, it's time for NFC North to stand up for itself

Inside the NFL: Entering a key game between the Vikings and the Bears, it's clear the North is a weak division.


Mark Craig's Week 11 NFL power rankings

The Titans jumped from 19th to sixth after beating the Patriots.


Vikings pull off an NFL rarity: 10 sacks in a game

Even though it hasn't happened often, some familiar names — former Vikings quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham — have all shared the experience.


Mark Craig's Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

The Patriots remain at the top.


What was the secret behind Dalvin Cook's 70-yard run?

Cook's career-long run began to unfold well before Vikings center Pat Elflein snapped the ball late in the first half.