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How Quarterbacks Are Made

The MMQB examined the youth football careers and family backgrounds of the 15 QBs taken in this year’s NFL draft (a record number), and found several key life experiences that appear to be predictors of success. Often, the men who play the position aren’t natural born leaders

The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

‘An Absolute Aorta-Smasher’

Wild-card weekend felt that way in Minnesota, where the Vikings had their hearts stomped in the final seconds. Reviewing what went down in road wins by the Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks and Packers, previewing the divisional round and more on the L.A. vote and the coaching carousel

The Cold Truth

The Seahawks throttled the Vikings by 31 last month but aren’t huge favorites in Sunday’s playoff rematch. Here's a look at how Minnesota could pull off the upset. Plus six surprise players and a wild-card preview

We’re in for a Wild Weekend

All eight teams playing on Wild-Card weekend are able to make a legitimate claim to being Super Bowl contenders, but four of them are going home. Breaking down the matchups that will decide each game

Vikings Quest: Win on Sunday and Shake Up the NFC North

Minnesota hasn’t won the division title nor has it beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 2009. But that can all change in prime time ... plus, Madonna’s influence on the NFL, two unexpected stats and 10 things to watch this weekend

Role Reversal

Green Bay's won four straight NFC North titles, but the current division leader—Minnesota—is in position to end the reign. Setting up the Pack-Vikes showdown plus the Week 11 spotlight player and 10 things to watch

The Viking Age is Upon Us

The last time Minnesota won a division title was in 2009, when Brett Favre was the quarterback. But with the Packers crumbling, the Vikings are primed to rule the North again. Here’s what makes them tick

Andy Benoit’s Midseason All-Pro Team

He didn’t consult stats or advanced metrics. The MMQB’s film-study guru simply relied on his own eyes and expertise to compile this list—and he’s ready for your challenge flags

Lights Out Football

In their never-ending quest to find a winning edge, NFL teams are turning their players on to the most accessible and natural performance-enhancer: a good night’s sleep

Vikings Flip the Script

An unorthodox decision in OT helps Minnesota win its fourth straight and grab a share of the NFC North lead. Plus, Greg Hardy, Marcus Mariota, Week 9 player awards and much more  

Three to Watch in Week 9

Peter King picks three Week 9 matchups: St. Louis visits Minnesota where Todd Gurley will meet Adrian Peterson, the back he's been compared to most, Oakland travels to Pittsburgh, to face a Steelers team now without Le'Veon Bell, and the New York Giants head to Tampa Bay, where Winston is on a roll