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."


Mark Craig's Week 8 NFL picks against the spread

Going 12-2 straight-up and landing the Upset Special makes a fella feel kind of smart. Until he realizes how much dumber he is than the…


Receivers will be first rate, even if this Vikings-Packers match-up isn't

Pro football's wide recover position is in very good hands throughout the NFL, and three of the best -- young and old -- will be on the field Sunday when the Vikings play at Green Bay.


Mark Craig's Week 8 power rankings: Battle of top teams coming up

Pittsburgh moved into the No. 1 spot by beating the Titans in a battle of undefeated teams, and has another stiff challenge this weekend.


Tank for Trevor? Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick

Will the Vikings careen down the slippery slope of NFL ineptitude to have a shot at taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall draft pick? How bad would they need to be?


Todd Bowles has Bucs looking fearsome on defense

Last Sunday's smothering of Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Packers was a coaching masterpiece that has the Buccaneers defensive coordinator back on the rise in NFL circles.


Mark Craig's Week 7 NFL picks against the spread

Other than bombing the Upset Special, going 5-9 against the spread and pitching and 0-fer-the NFC North, last week's picks went swimmingly.


Former Vikings great Matt Blair dies at age 70, likely linked to CTE

Including playoffs and two Super Bowls, Blair played 173 games. Only Scott Studwell and Roy Winston played more games at linebacker in Vikings history.


Mark Craig's Week 7 power rankings: Steelers near top, Vikings not

How close is Pittsburgh to having the best team in the NFL? Mark Craig tells you that and more in this week's power rankings.


Five extra points: Leadership, fourth-down woes and Julio Jones

Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings loss to the previously winless Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium.


Mark Craig's Week 6 NFL picks against the spread

Picking last week's Upset Special — FitzMagic over SanTragic as an 8-point underdog — was as easy as Russell Wilson driving 94 yards in two minutes.