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."


Vikings appear to be the 5-6 team with best chance to reach the playoffs

The expanded 14-team NFL postseason gives teams with a losing record hope of playing into January.


Mark Craig's Week 13 NFL picks against the spread

Who will emerge from the "showdown" between the Lions and Bears? And which 5-6 team is the best? (Hint: it's not the Vikings.)


Lions give Darrell Bevell chance to show he can be NFL head coach

The longtime NFL offensive coordinator is running the show in Detroit following Matt Patricia's firing.


Back from being a fan, Thielen ready to play Sunday

Sidelined by a positive COVID test, Adam Thielen's self-described "weird" week included watching from his living room as the Vikings beat Carolina on a 75-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes.


Cleveland nears return for Vikings; Wonnum misses practice again

The Vikings' latest injury report had good news at right guard and bad news at defensive end and linebacker.


Zimmer on coaches axed during pandemic: 'I don't think it's right'

Mike Zimmer jokes that he's spent his entire coaching career thinking his job hasn't been safe. In a way, that gave him an edge even during the Vikings' 1-5 start.


Mark Craig's five extra points: Carolina coach assists Vikings win

Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings' victory: Carolina's quizzical coaching decisions; red zone offense; Zimmer's blitz blunder; not-so-special teams; hard counts.


'You're going to be fixed': Vikings' Cameron Smith recovering after open heart surgery

A positive COVID-19 test in July led to an EKG and operation for Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith; the 23-year-old is determined to play again.


Mark Craig's Week 12 NFL picks against the spread

Did the Bears figure out how to beat the Packers during their bye week? Our NFL Insider says yes and predicts other winners.


Vikings' loss to lowly Cowboys unexpected, but don't blame Kubiak

The team's offensive coordinator was on his game in utilizing his key weapons.