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Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: With his glove and his bat, Joe Mauer has been great this year for the Twins

The Twins wouldn’t be where they are today — within a few games of clinching an improbably postseason berth — if it wasn’t for Joe Mauer. True, the same can be said of at least…


Zulgad: Case Keenum goes from disappointment to super sub

MINNEAPOLIS – Three plays. That’s how long it took Case Keenum to establish that Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay was going to be far different from his disappointing debut as the Vikings’ starting quarterback a…


Vikings’ receiving tandem steps up vs. Bucs

The Minnesota Vikings’ struggles on offense in 2016 overshadowed the individual performances of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This year, the Vikings’ 1A and 1B  receivers are making sure they don’t go unnoticed. Diggs and…


Vikings’ defense took care of business vs. Bucs

The Minnesota Vikings came into the 2017 season believing they could have the league’s best defense. They played like it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This offseason, the Bucs loaded up on offensive weapons around…


Vikings offensive gameplan was the star of Sunday’s win over Bucs

When you think about backup quarterbacks, the first thing that comes to mind is: “Game manager.” But Case Keenum was far from a game manager on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings’ scheme included a barrage…


First half observations: Case Keenum lighting up the Bucs 21-3

The Minnesota Vikings are facing off with the Tampa Bay Bucs at US Bank Stadium. Here are notes and observations from the opening half: Adam Thielen deep ball Thielen has become one of the best…


Vikings lock arms during national anthem

Before Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings locked arms during the anthem, but made no further gestures in response to Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding players who kneel for the anthem. Included…


CB Tramaine Brock to make Vikings debut vs. Bucs

The newest member of the Minnesota Vikings’ secondary will get his first chance to suit up in purple. Cornerback Tramaine Brock, who was acquired before Week 1 from the Seattle Seahawks, is active against the…


Activism from Vikings on Sunday appears unlikely

The NFL spent its Saturday reacting to comments made by Donald Trump concerning players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump said players who kneel should be “fired,” which sparked statements from multiple teams. At least…


Craig Leipold: “Anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment”

ST. PAUL — The Wild are coming off a season in which they finished with a franchise-best 106 points and yet were ousted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs.…


Position-by-position: How do the Vikings match up with the Buccaneers?

The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) are set to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Vikings, who will once again be led by Case Keenum, are coming off a loss…


‘Magic number’ for the Twins is 6: Would you rather face the Yankees or Red Sox?

The Twins are getting closer and closer to securing a postseason berth. It’s still looking a bit ahead to assume it’s going to happen, but looking ahead is half of the fun of writing about…


Gophers coach Matt Simon is making his mark on Minnesota’s wide receivers

The Gophers have shown growth at the wide receiver position during the first three games of the season. In non-conference play, they attempted just 58 passes, but produced more explosive plays. It’s been clear to…


Ex-Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke signs with Patriots’ practice squad

Taylor Heinicke’s time with the Vikings might be done but he isn’t finished in the NFL. The quarterback signed with the New England Patriots’ practice squad on Friday after going through a tryout on Thursday.…


Zulgad: Vikings’ refusal to make long-term investment in Sam Bradford now makes sense

There was one thing I couldn’t figure out during the Vikings’ offseason. How come we never heard one word about a potential contract extension for Sam Bradford? The veteran quarterback would be entering the final…


Emotional ex-Viking Cris Carter calls Hernandez CTE report ‘very frightening’

Former Minnesota Viking Cris Carter, now a talk show host on FS1’s “First Things First,” talked Friday about a recent report that found advanced stages of CTE in Aaron Hernandez’s brain. Carter called the report…


Vikings Friday notes: Bucs’ defense dinged up

The biggest news out of Winter Park on Friday – by a mile – was the fact that Sam Bradford will not be under center when the Minnesota Vikings face off with the Tampa Bay…


Wetmore: Answers to your mailbag Twins questions: Gibson, Mauer, team MVP, and Smash Mouth

We opened up the floor for your social media questions, and answered them in the latest episode of the Touch ‘Em All podcast. Check that out on iTunes if you’re not already a subscriber. I…


Could the Vikings make the playoffs with Case Keenum starting?

When the Minnesota Vikings signed Case Keenum to a one-year, $2 million contract, they hoped he would never hit the field. But general manager Rick Spielman made Keenum one of the 10 highest paid backup…


Colin Kaepernick questions will grow louder for Vikings the longer Sam Bradford is out

On Friday, Mike Zimmer reiterated that he does not have a crystal ball to look into the future. That was all the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach could say after announcing that starting quarterback Sam Bradford…


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