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Nov 14, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; The Louisville mascot greets fans during the Card March before facing off against the Virginia Cavaliers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
5 college football games to watch on Saturday

Each week, 1500ESPN will run down five college football games that are on TV Saturday and why you should probably watch them. Here’s a look at Week 5… Notre Dame at Syracuse Time: 11:00 TV:…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans - Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:28:39 EDT
Zimmer enjoying the personality of his defense

The Minnesota Vikings have a great case for being the best defense in the NFL. Not only are they at the top of the league in many statistical categories through three weeks, but they’ve also…


NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:48:01 EDT
Stefon Diggs limited in practice

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is listed on Friday’s injury report as a limited participant with a groin issue. He was limited in practice last Friday before the Vikings played the Carolina Panthers with…


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The Sports Analytics Department: Can the Vikings survive O-line struggles?

Matthew Coller and 1500ESPN contributor Arif Hasan look at Minnesota’s issues up front and whether they have the offensive weapons to overcome the O-line’s struggles. Should the Vikings trade for a tackle and go all-in?…


Sep 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) drops back for a pass in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Adam’s over/under picks for Gophers-Penn State

It’s the Big Ten opener for Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Here are a half-dozen over/under selections for the Gophers game with Penn State. Agree or disagree with the predictions? Let us know on social media! @AdamJRossow and…


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The Giants player(s) who should scare the Vikings: The offensive line

Each week during the Minnesota Vikings’ season, 1500ESPN will look at a player (or players) who could be the difference between a win and loss on Sunday and the challenges that player presents the Vikings.…


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Back Page: Such a dad joke, Eli Manning

Eli Manning… Well, here. This story needs very little set up other than to say that the Vikings have had a fair amount of success against two-time Super Bowl champ Eli Manning in his career.…


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Randy Moss: Bradford trade was ‘smart move’ by Vikings

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss will be back in Minneapolis for Monday night’s matchup between the Vikings and the New York Giants as an ESPN analyst. Moss joined a conference call Thursday and…


NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:41:47 EDT
Zimmer: Joseph ‘taking a liking’ to pass rush role

Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph has always been a force in the run game, but this year he has three sacks in three games and has become a legitimate threat to opposing quarterbacks. Head…


Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Alex Boone stretches during warmups before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Sirles in for Boone (Hip) at Vikings practice Thursday

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks guard Alex Boone will be able to play on Monday against the New York Giants, but would have to see him in practice first. Boone was…


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Zulgad’s 3-and-out: Treadwell’s lack of playing time isn’t yet reason for concern

Despite the Vikings’ 3-0 start, there was a bit of alarm this week after first-round wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was a healthy inactive for Sunday’s victory in Carolina. Treadwell is coming along slower than many…


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) is greeted at home plate by teammate Miguel Sano after batting him in on a home run in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Minnesota won 7-4. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Twins infielders with bright futures grew up just down the street from each other

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s a rainy day at Target Field, several hours before one of the final home games of a season that Twins players would probably rather forget. A couple of 23-year-old infielders with ostensibly bright…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:05:57 EDT
Vikings DE Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Everson Griffen was the embodiment of a dominating defensive performance, with three sacks in the Vikings’ win against the Panthers in Week 3. On Wednesday he was rewarded by being named NFC Defensive Player of…


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Penalties raise red (and yellow) flags for Gophers entering Big Ten schedule

MINNEAPOLIS — Word is probably spreading throughout refereeing circles around the country: This year’s Golden Gophers football team makes crews earn their paychecks. In the season opener against Oregon State, it was three targeting fouls on…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:36:15 EDT
All-22: Rhodes’ return key to stopping Panthers passing attack

There are two kinds of quarterback sacks in this world. The first is when the defense’s pass rush reaches the quarterback so quickly he has no time to find a receiver or get rid of…


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Former Vikings center John Sullivan signs with Washington

Former Vikings center John Sullivan has found work. Nearly a month after being released by Minnesota, Sullivan signed with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. Sullivan will replace Kory Lichtensteiger, who was put on injured reserve…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:36:33 EDT
Arif’s deep stats dive: Vikings’ excellent defense propping up worrisome offense right now

After every game, we’ve taken a look at the advanced statistics that helped drive the win, what can be counted on going forward and what are areas of concern to be fixed before the next…


NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings - Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:04:09 EDT
Vikings activate Beavers, add two to the practice squad

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they have activated guard Willie Beavers from the practice squad and added receiver Isaac Fruechte and Sean Hickey to the practice squad. Beavers was selected in the fourth round…


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So many losses: 100 things that have gone wrong for the Twins in 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins on Sunday ticked off a mile marker that they never envisioned crossing this season. They reached 100 losses. A lot has to go wrong in a season for a team to…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:28:27 EDT
5 impact plays that led the Vikings over the Panthers

The Minnesota Vikings put on an impressive performance on defense to shut down the Carolina Panthers in a 22-10 win on Sunday. How much did key defensive plays affect the Vikings’ chance to win? What…


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