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quick glance at vikings' offseason to-do list


to-do listquick glance at what vikings need to get to reach the super bowl.offensive lineany improvement plan starts here. an issue at left tackle could be helped with adding free agent andrew whitworth (bengals), but the vikings will have to spend draft picks here, too.running backadrian peterson will be 32 and expensive. adding a younger runner to pair with jerick mckinnon might help on the field, with the budget.tweaks to defensethe defense was solid in 2016, but the addition of a strong middle presence on the line and depth at cornerback are necessary.






quick glance at vikings' offseason to-do list


to-do lista quick glance at what vikings need to get to reach the super bowl.offensive lineany improvement plan starts here. an issue at left tackle could be helped with adding free agent andrew whitworth (bengals), but the vikings will have to spend draft picks here, too.running backadrian peterson will be 32 and expensive. adding a younger runner to pair with jerick mckinnon might help on the field, with the budget.tweaks to defensethe defense was solid in 2016, but the addition of a strong middle presence on the line and depth at cornerback are necessary.






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griffen, other vikings stand out in pro bowl


everson griffen made sure the vikings were well represented during a pro bowl defensive struggle on sunday night.griffen netted three of the nfc’s seven sacks as a typically high-scoring affair was anything but in the afc’s 20-13 win in orlando. bills linebacker lorenzo alexander added some flare by lateraling the game-sealing interception to broncos linebacker von miller for a big gain.the vikings finished with the league’s third-ranked defense in 2016 and their five defensive all-stars, including safety harrison smith and defensive tackle linval joseph, tied with the seahawks for most on both sides of the lowest-scoring pro bowl since 1998.minnesota had six players altogether with returner cordarrelle patterson, trailing only the cowboys (seven) for most among nfl teams. linebacker antho






griffen, other vikings stand out in pro bowl


everson griffen made sure the vikings were well represented during a pro bowl defensive struggle on sunday night.griffen netted three of the nfc’s seven sacks as a typically high-scoring affair was anything but in the afc’s 20-13 win in orlando. bills linebacker lorenzo alexander added some flare by lateraling the game-sealing interception to broncos linebacker von miller for a big gain.the vikings finished with the league’s third-ranked defense in 2016 and their five defensive all-stars, including safety harrison smith and defensive tackle linval joseph, tied with the seahawks for most on both sides of the lowest-scoring pro bowl since 1998.minnesota had six players altogether with returner cordarrelle patterson, trailing only the cowboys (seven) for most among nfl teams. linebacker antho






souhan: conservative approach by vikings can land solid running back


how will the vikings replace adrian peterson?a glance at the super bowl teams provides a possible answer:by spending a lot less money.and a lot less draft capital.the atlanta falcons ranked fifth in the nfl in rushing this season. the new england patriots ranked seventh. both teams built effective running games not by committing to a run-first philosophy but by making their excellent p ing offenses ver ile.atlanta’s matt ryan might win this year’s mvp award, and new england’s tom brady had one of his most efficient seasons. the falcons ranked third in the nfl in p ing, and new england ranked fifth even with brady missing four games.both teams sought balance and the ability to score rushing touchdowns near the goal line. both succeeded without spending a first-round draft pick or multiple m






souhan: conservative approach by vikings can land solid running back


how will the vikings replace adrian peterson?a glance at the super bowl teams provides a possible answer:by spending a lot less money.and a lot less draft capital.the atlanta falcons ranked fifth in the nfl in rushing this season. the new england patriots ranked seventh. both teams built effective running games not by committing to a run-first philosophy but by making their excellent p ing offenses ver ile.atlanta’s matt ryan might win this year’s mvp award, and new england’s tom brady had one of his most efficient seasons. the falcons ranked third in the nfl in p ing, and new england ranked fifth even with brady missing four games.both teams sought balance and the ability to score rushing touchdowns near the goal line. both succeeded without spending a first-round draft pick or multiple m






vikings playing in super bowl in own backyard? it's not out of the question


one year from urday, on feb. 4, 2018, the translucent roof at u.s. bank stadium will be reverberating and the flash of eras will reflect off the venue’s giant gl doors during the opening kickoff of super bowl lii.is there any chance a vikings player will be waiting to catch that kickoff?no team ever has played in a super bowl in its home stadium, in part because the teams that call south beach and bourbon street home have not built consistent contenders in recent years, los angeles did not have a team for two decades, and because holding the big game in new england or pittsburgh or, gasp, green bay in the middle of winter is a hard sell.mostly, though, that factoid probably can be chalked up to coincidence.the vikings over the next year will get an opportunity to buck the trend. the decisi






vikings playing in super bowl in own backyard? it's not out of the question


one year from urday, on feb. 4, 2018, the translucent roof at u.s. bank stadium will be reverberating and the flash of eras will reflect off the venue’s giant gl doors during the opening kickoff of super bowl lii.is there any chance a vikings player will be waiting to catch that kickoff?no team has ever played in a super bowl in its home stadium, in part because the teams that call south beach and bourbon street home have not built consistent contenders in recent years, los angeles did not have a team for two decades, and because holding the big game in new england or pittsburgh or, gasp, green bay in the middle of winter is a hard sell.mostly, though, that factoid can probably be chalked up to coincidence.the vikings over the next year will get an opportunity to buck the trend. the decisi






pro bowl rosters


nfc rosterr-replacement playeroffensewr: odell beckham, n.y. giants; mike evans, tampa bay; doug baldwin-r, seattle; dez bryant-r, dallasot: tyron smith, dallas; trent williams, washington; david bakhtiari-r, green bayg: zack martin, dallas; josh sitton-r, chicago; trai turner-r, carolinac: travis frederick, dallas; jason kelce-r, philadelphiate: greg olsen, carolina; jimmy graham-r, seattleqb: dak prescott, dallas; drew brees-r, new orleans; kirk cousins-r, washingtonrb: ezekiel elliott, dallas; jordan howard-r, chicago; darren sproles-r, philadelphiafb: mike tolbert, carolinadefensede: everson griffen, vikings; cliff avril, seattle; michael bennett, seattledt: gerald mccoy, tampa bay; fletcher cox, philadelphia; linval joseph-r, vikingsolb: thomas davis, carolina; anthony barr-r, vikings






hartman: vikings must find a way to fix awful running game


last year vikings coach mike zimmer added pat shurmur as a tight ends coach and tony sparano as an offensive line coach, giving the vikings a lot of nfl head coaching experience on their staff.but the team lost a chunk of head coaching experience during the season when offensive coordinator norv turner resigned. shurmur took over the coordinator position on an interim basis and now will retain that job, while zimmer also added two new coaches in recent weeks to round out his staff.zimmer talked about what he expects from his new coaches.“well, we hired clancy barone as the tight ends coach, and clancy, he’s had a long history of coaching the offensive line and the tight ends with the denver broncos,” he said. “that’s where he e from, and he won the super bowl with them last year. he’s a ve






paly feels at home as it crushes crosstown rival gunn


palo alto — friday night inside a packed bow gymnasium at gunn, the home team was technically crosstown rival paly, which must wait until may 15 for construction of its new athletic facilities to be completed.but playing 4 miles from their own pus didn’t seem to deter the boys and s basketball teams for the vikings, who made themselves comfortable in a season sweep of the titans.“every single one of these gunn games are so special and they mean so much,” said paly senior skylar burris, who used air quotes to make her point after a 61-45 victory by the s in which she torched the defense. “every single time you step on the court, you just feel the energy of the crowd. and to score 31 in front of our ‘home’ game in front of our ‘home’ fans, it feels good.“it’s a good way to end it, i guess.”t






no. 24 green bay women win 11th straight game


cleveland — mehryn kraker scored 21 points and no. 24 green bay beat cleveland state 65-51 on urday, the 11th straight win for the horizon league-leading phoenix.jessica lindstrom added 16 points and 15 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season with allie leclaire scoring 10 points with six ists for green bay (19-2, 10-0).ashanti abshaw scored 21 points with seven rebounds and khayla livingston had 18 points for the vikings (10-11, 5-5), who have lost three in a row.the phoenix took the lead for good midway through the first quarter on a 7-0 run. lindstrom had nine rebounds and six points and kraker and leclaire seven points each as green bay went up 34-25 at halftime.kraker scored a pair of baskets to open the second half, beginning a 12-3 run that gave green bay its largest lead






reusse: in 'beloved' category, '87 twins are no. 1


there were seven members of the champion 1987 twins and manager tom kelly taking part in a public conver ion on friday night at twinsfest. roy smalley offered a story to demonstrate the ability of kelly to observe and to react in leading that team.the twins starting pitching was thin, and they were in a stretch when scoring a bunch of runs wasn’t enough to win games. after one road loss, there were suggestions from hitters that the pitchers start doing their job.it turned into a bit of a clubhouse row, and smalley’s thought on the way to the postgame bus was: “i hope t.k. didn’t hear that.”and then kelly got on the bus after it was loaded and said, “listen,” and then told his players that a successful team was required to “row the boat” together, and not to be divided.there was no attempt






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa bay 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford 1san francisco 1* 2016-2017 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford, calif. 1san francisco 1* 2016-17 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






49ers next gm still tbd after urday interviews


at some point, the wayward 49ers will hire a general manager to not only form a power couple with their next coach but also address a cavernous roster in need of playmakers. urday marked a key step in that direction. george paton and terry mcdonough had follow-up interviews for the general manager opening, doing so in atlanta alongside the franchise’s projected coach, kyle shanahan.although either gm finalist can be hired any time, shanahan officially can’t sign on until his duties as the falcons offensive coordinator are completed after the super bowl on feb. 5.sunday’s pro bowl illustrates the 49ers roster’s sad state: the franchise won’t be represented by any player in the all-star game for the first time since 2005. in contrast, the 2012 49ers had 10 earn pro bowl honors, although they






falcons return to big game, remembering the dirty birds


by paul newberry, the ociated pressatlanta  — the last time the atlanta falcons made it to the super bowl, they put on quite a show.just not when it mattered.the team known as the “dirty birds” capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game.“i didn’t do a good enough job of making them understand that you don’t want to just be there,” said dan reeves, who was the falcons’ coach. “you want to win it.”in the lead-up to the super bowl, reeves actually got things rolling by unwittingly rekindling his ugly breakup with the denver broncos, who just happened to be atlanta’s opponent. then there was a dispute over the way the players got off the plane once they landed in miami. for some reason, receiver terance mathis decided the su






sid's jottings


jottings• it’s interesting that the gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 cl and none of them chose to play for richard pitino. now they have five scholarships in the 2018 cl , and landing daniel oturu from cretin-derham hall this past week is a big deal. that 2018 cl also features race thompson of armstrong and tre jones of apple valley. and looking ahead to 2019, maybe one of the top-rated state high school players in recent years is matthew hurt out of rochester john marshall, who has already been offered by the u and whose brother, michael, plays for the gophers.• speaking of gophers recruiting, four-star signee isaiah washington, who is playing at st. raymond high school in new york city and is ranked as the 62nd-best player in the country by rivals.com,






as falcons return to big game, remembering the dirty birds


atlanta (ap) — the last time the atlanta falcons made it to the super bowl, they put on quite a show.just not when it mattered.the team known as the “dirty birds” capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game.“i didn’t do a good enough job of making them understand that you don’t want to just be there,” said dan reeves, who was the falcons’ coach. “you want to win it.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.in the lead-up to the super bowl, reeves actually got things rolling by unwittingly rekindling his ugly breakup with the denver broncos, who just happened to be atlanta’s opponent. then there was a dispute over the way the players got off the plane once they landed in miami. for some reason, receiver te






afc gets a grip early, holding on in the end


orlando – andy reid was pulling out all the stops sunday in the pro bowl.fake field goals. the fumblerooskie.and the kansas city chiefs coach and the afc did enough for a 20-13 victory.kirk cousins was driving the nfc down the field in the final two minutes and had it inside the afc 30-yard-line before a tipped p intended for jimmy graham resulted in an interception by lorenzo alexander.justin tucker kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth to give the afc its 20-7 edge before two matt prater field goals — of 42 and 46 yards — closed the gap.prater was added to the nfc roster, replacing matt bryant, who's headed to the super bowl with the falcons.the nfc and afc stars put up 21 points in the second — against some pretty stiff defense.the afc led 14-7 at halftime with alex smith and






john lynch, former stanford and nfl star


former stanford and nfl star safety john lynch is the 49ers’ stunning choice as general manager, ending a four-week search that never publicly connected him to the opening, sources confirmed sunday.lynch, 45, won over the 49ers br  with his leadership and communication skills, as well as his link to former 49ers coach bill walsh, who coached lynch at stanford 25 years ago, ceo jed york told this newspaper. york also is convinced lynch can surround himself with a “great staff” in his first foray into a nfl front office.lynch, a finalist this year for the pro football hall of fame, landed an unprecedented six-year deal despite having no previous front-office experience, espn first reported.lynch is expected to pair with presumptive coach kyle shanahan as the 49ers rebuild after a 2-14 season






trust us, there are 10 really good reasons to watch super bowl li


the falcons and patriots in super bowl li doesn’t scream grudge match, but the storylines are plentiful.10. spreading the wealthatlanta, 0-1 in super bowls, can become the 20th team to win a super bowl. if it happens, we’re down to 12 lombardi trophy-free teams: vikings (0-4), bills (0-4), panthers (0-2), eagles (0-2), bengals (0-2), cardinals (0-1), titans (0-1), chargers (0-1), texans (0-0), jaguars (0-0), lions (0-0) and browns (0-0).9. matty ice vs. joe coolmatt ryan’s playoff record is 3-4, but atlanta’s qb is completing 70.6 percent of this year’s playoff p es for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.6 p er rating. it’s reminiscent of joe montana’s postseason super bowl-winning run in 1989. he completed 78.3 percent for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions an






craig: for falcons' ryan, stats and nfl history aren't on his side


the ociated press has picked the nfl mvp every year since 1957. thirteen were quarterbacks on teams that led the nfl in scoring and reached the championship game.their record in those games: 6-7.the losers were y.a. tittle in 1963, johnny unitas in 1964, joe theismann in super bowl xviii, dan marino in super bowl xix, tom brady in super bowl xlii, peyton manning in super bowl xlviii and newton in super bowl 50.sorry, matt ryan.the atlanta falcons’ quarterback is expected to become the 14th member of this club. results of this season’s mvp voting will be revealed on urday night, the eve of super bowl li between the falcons (13-5) and the patriots (16-2) at houston’s nrg stadium. david goldman • ociated press atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan (2) warms up before the first hal






merchants financial leads resurgent minnesota bank industry


generations-old merchants financial group has grown organically and through acquisitions to 21 banks from apple valley to southeastern minnesota and western wisconsin.it also is something of a for the consolidating, increasingly profitable minnesota banking industry since the great recession of 2007-09.merchants, which is owned partly by its 444 employees, just posted another year of record earnings of $14.15 million.it saw the value of its stock rise in value by 27 percent to $54.40. the small business-and-consumer lender’s loan portfolio grew 7 percent last year, twice-plus the growth rate of minnesota’s economy.deposits grew 9 percent at merchants, which has total loans and other ets of $1.6 billion.ceo rodney nelson, who is retiring to make way for 28-year-employee greg evans, credited






nfl boxscore - all-pros v all-pros | vikings


startribune5:00 pm pt6:00 pm mt7:00 pm ct8:00 pm et1:00 gmt9:00 am 北京时间6:00 pm mst8:00 pm est7:00 pm ct5:00 uae (+1)20:00 etnan: , january 29, 2017 ping world stadium, orlando, florida  weather: 54°, cloudy  attendance: 60,834second quarterafcnfcdelanie walker 26 yd p from alex smith (justin tucker kick) 14:525 plays , 56 yards, 2:0970doug baldwin 47 yd p from drew brees (matt prater kick) 6:264 plays , 58 yards, 1:3177travis kelce 23 yd p from andy dalton (justin tucker kick) 1:405 plays , 38 yards, 0:50147third quarterafcnfcjustin tucker 38 yd fg 7:2911 plays , 63 yards, 7:45177fourth quarterafcnfcjustin tucker 31 yd fg 14:1215 plays , 61 yards, 7:22207matt prater 42 yd fg 9:299 plays , 51 yards, 4:432010matt prater 46 yd fg 4:299 plays , 48 yards, 3:212013 afcnfcfirst downs1421  rushing






john lynch, former stanford and nfl star


former stanford and nfl star safety john lynch is the 49ers’ stunning choice as general manager, ending a four-week search that never publicly connected him to the opening, the team confirmed sunday night.lynch, 45, won over the 49ers br  with his leadership and communication skills, as well as his link to former 49ers coach bill walsh, who coached lynch at stanford 25 years ago, ceo jed york told this newspaper. york also is convinced lynch can surround himself with a “great staff” in his first foray into a nfl front office.lynch, a finalist this year for the pro football hall of fame, landed an unprecedented six-year deal despite having no previous front-office experience, espn first reported.lynch is expected to pair with presumptive coach kyle shanahan as the 49ers rebuild after a 2-14






john lynch, former stanford and nfl star


former stanford and nfl star safety john lynch is the 49ers’ stunning choice as general manager, ending a four-week search that never publicly connected him to the opening, the team confirmed sunday night.lynch, 45, won over the 49ers br  with his leadership and communication skills, as well as his link to former 49ers coach bill walsh, who coached lynch at stanford 25 years ago, ceo jed york told this newspaper.lynch, a finalist for urday’s upcoming pro football hall of fame cl , is expected to pair with presumptive coach kyle shanahan as the 49ers rebuild after a 2-14 season that cost the jobs of general manager trent baalke and coach chip kelly.shanahan, the atlanta falcons offensive coordinator, can not be officially hired until after next sunday’s super bowl. both he and lynch are als