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Vikings let Percy Harvin do his thing

Vikings let Percy Harvin do his thing

ESPN.com Updated Oct 7, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the smartest moves we've seen in the NFL this season is arguably the simplest. It can be accounted for with six syllables. Let Percy do his thing. There are a number of reasons why the Minnesota Vikings are 4-1 after Sunday's 30-7 …
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  • Cedric Benson says his foot injury isn’t serious

    Cedric Benson says his foot injury isn’t serious

    Packers running back Cedric Benson left Sunday’s loss to the Colts early with a foot injury, but he doesn’t believe it’s serious. Benson was wearing a protective boot on his left foot after the game and said he will have more tests on it on Monday,
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  • Minnesota Vikings Beat Writer Wanted Mike Munchak To Sound The …

    Minnesota Vikings Beat Writer Wanted Mike Munchak To Sound The Rusty Trombone

    deadspin.com Oct 7, 2012
    Matt Hasselbeck had kind of a rough day against the Vikings and probably deserved to get yanked, but I think we can all agree that Vikings beat writer Tom Pelissero was probably referring to the "sad trombone" or maybe the old vaudeville gimmi…
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  • Harrison Smith bracing for further discipline

    Harrison Smith bracing for further discipline

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Even without one of their better defensive players Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings limited the Tennessee Titans to a single score in their 30-7 victory. But will they be put in a similar situation next week against the Washington Redskins? …
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  • Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman make history with back-to-back…

    Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman make history with back-to-back pick-sixes (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    The Chicago Bears routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-3 on Sunday afternoon. Two of those touchdowns came from the defense, who are proving to be a more potent scoring threat than Devin Hester or the Jay-Cutler-Brandon-Marshall connection. Charles Tillma…
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  • The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Ov…

    The Colts Discount Double Checked And B.J. Raji-Shuffled All Over The Packers: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Oct 7, 2012
    Here's where we're putting the GIFs of the week, from Donald Brown triumphantly trolling the Packers to Brandon Lloyd dancing around like no one's looking. Only the Chargers and Saints have yet to play, so let's see what the week had to offer. More »
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  • Illinois man killed in Jacksonville the night before Bears-Jagu…

    Illinois man killed in Jacksonville the night before Bears-Jaguars game

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    An Illinois man, quite possibly a Bears fan who traveled to Jacksonville to see the Bears play the Jaguars, was killed early Sunday as a result of a stabbing at a local restaurant within a block of the Bears’ team hotel. William Pettry, 42, died after b
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  • Vikings proving many wrong, improving to 4-1

    Vikings proving many wrong, improving to 4-1

    There were many who thought the Minnesota Vikings would stink this year, including the guy who just typed those words. This just in: The Vikings definitely do not stink. They improved to 4-1 with a sound 30-7 thrashing of the Titans. Defensively, they l…
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  • Bears steamroll Jags in second half to improve to 4-1

    Bears steamroll Jags in second half to improve to 4-1

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    When you see a score like 41-3 at the end of a game, it’s hard to convince yourself that there was ever a moment when it seemed possible that the losing team would win the game. That was not the case in Sunday’s Bears-Jaguars game. It was 3-3 after on
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  • It’s all about the defense in Jacksonville

    It’s all about the defense in Jacksonville

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    If you’re a fan of lavish offensive football, this week’s matchup between the Bears and Jaguars is not for you. If you’re a fan of good defense and strong punting, however, this should be where your clicker comes to rest. There hasn’t been much in
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  • Andrew Luck perseveres to lead the Colts to the upset over Gree…

    Andrew Luck perseveres to lead the Colts to the upset over Green Bay

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    The hit Packers linebacker Nick Perry put on Andrew Luck might be the hardest hit a NFL quarterback takes this season. The most impressive thing happened after the play, when the Colts rookie quarterback bounced right back up, and then went on to have a…
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  • Colts stun Packers: The Indianapolis Colts, who have become thi…

    Colts stun Packers: The Indianapolis Colts, who have become this week…

    The Indianapolis Colts, who have become this week the most sympathetic team in football, erased a 21-3 halftime deficit and beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, 30-27. The victory comes as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano receives treatment for leukemia, …
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  • Wrap-up: Colts 30, Packers 27

    Wrap-up: Colts 30, Packers 27

    A few thoughts on Sunday's events at Lucas Oil Stadium: What it means: The Green Bay Packers fell to 2-3 after a stunning second-half comeback by the Indianapolis Colts. Ahead 21-3 at halftime, the Packers were overwhelmed by an emotional Colts team and…
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  • Kenny Britt a surprise activation for Titans

    Kenny Britt a surprise activation for Titans

    profootballtalk.com Oct 7, 2012
    Despite not practicing much for two weeks, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt will be active today. Britt’s been bothered by an ankle problem, but apparently did enough in pregame to convince coaches he’s well enough to go today against the Vikings. Mid
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  • Sunday afternoon: Roster maneuvers

    Sunday afternoon: Roster maneuvers

    ESPN.com Oct 7, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from the Metrodome, where we're about an hour from kickoff here between the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. The Vikings' list of inactive players had no real surprises. Linebacker Erin Henderson (concussion) is back afte…
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  • Greg Jennings, Hakeem Nicks headline early game NFL inactive li…

    Greg Jennings, Hakeem Nicks headline early game NFL inactive lists in Week 5

    yahoo.com Oct 7, 2012
    Two of the top wide receivers in the National Football League are inactive on Sunday, most notably Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers and Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants. Both were ruled "out" by their respective teams on Friday's inju…
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  • Sunday morning: Jahvid Best, James Starks

    Sunday morning: Jahvid Best, James Starks

    Good morning and welcome to Week 5 in the NFC North. I'll soon be heading down to the Metrodome, now that the Twin Cities Marathon has cleared out of downtown Minneapolis. But first, a few random notes and thoughts here for your Sunday morning consumpti…
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Titans-Vikings Recap 02:37

    Sunday Blitz: Titans-Vikings Recap

    Oct 7
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Vikings' 30-7 win over the Titans.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Bears-Jaguars Recap 02:43

    Sunday Blitz: Bears-Jaguars Recap

    Oct 7
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Bears' 41-3 win over the Jaguars
  • Video - Vikings Surpass Win Total From Last Year 00:38

    Vikings Surpass Win Total From Last Year

    Oct 7
    Vikings improve to 4-1 win 30-7 win over Titans.
  • Video - Titans vs. Vikings highlights 00:49

    Titans vs. Vikings highlights

    Oct 7
    Christian Ponder throws for over 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings beat the Titans 30-7.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Broncos were prepared mentally, but not physically, for Patriot…

    Oct 7
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- After another loss to New England was in the books -- their third in the span of 10 games, including last season's playoffs -- Champ Bailey and the rest of his Broncos teammates found the repetition of it all a little wearing.
  • Don Banks: No shortage of heroes in Colts' inspiring tribute win; more Sna…

    Oct 7
    FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of an offensively sloppy but memorable Week 5 in the NFL....