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Former sports columnist Sid Hartman.

Hartman: Thielen says Vikings have the talent to bounce back from 1-4

Making the playoffs after a 1-4 start undoubtedly will be a challenge for the Vikings , but there's no doubt this offense has enough weapons to go on a big winning streak starting Sunday against the Falcons.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Coach P.J. Fleck and the Gophers will have a huge challenge opening the season with Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium next week,…

Hartman: Wolves coach Saunders navigated difficult first season

It's hard to think of a more difficult rookie coaching season than the one Ryan Saunders just went through with the Timberwolves.

Hartman: Back-and-forth loss at Seattle is as hard as it gets

The 27-26 loss at Seattle on Sunday night has to qualify as one of the most difficult regular-season losses the Vikings have ever suffered.

Hartman: Seattle's Carroll won't overlook 1-3 Vikings

Pete Carroll has his Seahawks looking like one of the best teams in football at 4-0, but the former Vikings defensive backs coach knows better than to overlook Mike Zimmer.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • St. Thomas graduate John Schneider is in his ninth season as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks after spending eight seasons with the…

Hartman: Daronte Jones leads young Vikings cornerbacks

Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones has had to guide a lot of inexperienced players but has a great mentor in Mike Zimmer.

Hartman: Vikings show some fight, save their season in Houston

Coach Mike Zimmer's team on Sunday saved its season in a game it had to have. And right now, you see a club that can compete for a playoff spot and is getting better each game.

Hartman: Vikings running backs can turn season around

The 0-3 Vikings entered Week 4 ranked eighth in the league at 146.7 rushing yards per game and No. 1 overall with 6.03 yards per rush.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• Pro Football Focus on Vikings rookie receiver Justin Jefferson's breakout game in Week 3: "Jefferson was the highest-graded wideout of the week and should…