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Vikings a Surprise 4-1; Can They Keep it Up?

Vikings a Surprise 4-1; Can They Keep it Up?

vikingsgab.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
By Lucas McMillan The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the most pleasant surprises in the NFL this season, rolling to a 4-1 record and tied for first in the NFC North with the Chicago Bears. The Green Bay Packers, projected to run away with this divis…
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  • Colts make several roster moves

    Colts make several roster moves

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Buoyed by a big win over the Packers, the Colts apparently are hoping to push things to the next level, via an overhaul of the bottom of their roster. The team has announced a variety of roster moves.  Namely, the Colts have: 1.  signed nose tackle Anto
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  • Lions take issue with talk that they lack talent

    Lions take issue with talk that they lack talent

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Lions think they’re better than their 1-3 record suggests, and they’re frustrated with those who question the talent on their roster. Unnamed league executives were quoted by Pro Football Weekly as saying that the Lions have players who aren’t a
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  • Aaron Rodgers: I’m not playing my best football right now

    Aaron Rodgers: I’m not playing my best football right now

    The Packers are 2-3 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks he’s a big part of the reason why the team has failed to meet expectations so far this season. His play hasn’t been bad by most people’s standards. He’s completed 68.8 percent of his passes,
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  • Former Lions great Alex Karras dies at 77

    Former Lions great Alex Karras dies at 77

    Former All-Pro Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras passed away Wednesday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 77. Karras had been given just days to live after recently experiencing kidney failure. In recent years, Karras had been bravely battlin…
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  • Kyle Rudolph catches up with PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Kyle Rudolph catches up with PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises of the first five weeks of the NFL season and one of their players with talk about the 4-1 start with the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew on Tuesday. Tight end Kyle Rudolph will let us all …
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  • NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you may have even heard it here. So are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.
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  • If the Vikings look like a duck ...

    If the Vikings look like a duck ...

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    The psycho babblers call it "inductive reasoning." I consider it a chance to write about ducks on a football blog. We'll call it the Duck Test, and here goes: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably …
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  • Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    Have N.F.L. Questions? Judy Battista Has Answers

    nytimes.com Oct 9, 2012
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, will answer questions from readers.
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  • NFC North chat alert

    NFC North chat alert

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    I'll be over at SportsNation on Tuesday afternoon to field your questions and absorb your frustrations. It's a service we provide (almost) every week, (usually) for an hour, (always) free of charge. Let's say 2 p.m. ET, shall we?
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  • Cedric Benson has Lisfranc injury, out at least eight weeks

    Cedric Benson has Lisfranc injury, out at least eight weeks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Packers running back Cedric Benson said after Sunday’s game that he didn’t think the foot injury he suffered was serious. It appears that he was wrong. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Benson has the Lisfranc foot injury and is expected to miss at l
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  • BBAO: Alshon Jeffery among big injuries

    BBAO: Alshon Jeffery among big injuries

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Week 5 brought a number of significant injuries to the NFC North. As we noted late Monday night, the Green Bay Packers have lost tailback Cedric Benson for at least eight weeks and perhaps the season because of a Lisfranc …
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  • Video - Prominent QBs struggling 02:31

    Prominent QBs struggling

    Oct 9
    What is wrong with Panthers QB Cam Newton, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Eagles QB Michael Vick? Charlie Casserly explains what each of these quarterbacks needs to do to improve offensively.
  • Video - Brandon Marshall talks chemistry with Jay Cutler 06:12

    Brandon Marshall talks chemistry with Jay Cutler

    Oct 9
    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall joins "Around the League" to talk about his connection with Jay Cutler and where the team is heading this season.
  • Video - Brian Urlacher On The Bears' Defense 00:30

    Brian Urlacher On The Bears' Defense

    Oct 9
    Brian Urlacher on this year's defense and compares it to the 2006 Bears' defense.

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    Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
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    Oct 9
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  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 5

    Oct 9
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.