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2016 Schedule
11-5, 1st in NFC North
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How good is Darius Slay?

The Lions' top cornerback has made a name for himself the past two years. Is he now the best corner in the NFC North? Dan Graziano explores.

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When is Peterson's expiration date?

The reigning rushing champ, Adrian Peterson, is still one of the league's best backs at age 31, but for how long? Dan Graziano breaks it down.

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Adrian Peterson's cushy contract

Only five running backs have contracts averaging more than $7 million per year, and the second-richest (Jamaal Charles) caps out at $9 million per year. Peterson averages $14 million. Player-friendly contracts (Insider)

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NFL defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies at 85

Buddy Ryan, who coached in the NFL for 26 seasons and was known for building some of football's top defenses, died Tuesday at age 85.

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The NFC North's disdain for Rodgers

Some around the division believe Aaron Rodgers is too arrogant. Is the criticism well founded, or just sour grapes? Dan Graziano answers.

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Vikings got a steal in Michael Griffin

Griffin is no star, but he's got a ton of experience and will cost Minnesota just $2.5 million in 2016. That's a good deal for Mike Zimmer, whose history with DBs is excellent. Friendly contracts (Insider)

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Do the Vikings have a shot at the Super Bowl? (0:49)
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QB Jackson charged with aggravated assault

Tarvaris Jackson has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman and threatening to kill her.

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Twin Cities have suffered like few others

Major pro sports teams based in Minneapolis or St. Paul haven't won a title since 1991, and heartbreaks have happened along the way. According to Bill Barnwell, only two cities are mired in more miserable active streaks. Sports Misery Index

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A ton of talent hanging up the cleats

A whopping eight players with at least three Pro Bowl selections each have retired this offseason. As a group, the eight players have 50 combined Pro Bowl invitations on their resumes.

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Injuries ended Zimmer's college career

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer matriculated at Illinois State in 1974 in part because his father was close to the coaches there. But two injuries kept him off the field, and Zimmer never played a down of college football. Ranking all 32 NFL coaches as players

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Who are the top projected fantasy NFL rookies? (2:03)
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The most championship-starved cities (1:08)
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More depth than star power on Vikings' D

Harrison Smith is one of the league's best safeties, but few other Vikings defenders are among the league's best at their position. Rather, Minnesota has a number of solid players across the board. Ranking defensive triplets

Team Stats

Passing Yards183.031st
Rushing Yards138.24th
Points For22.816th
Points Against18.95th

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