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Punting on Politics

Donald Trump has publicly courted Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for endorsements to validate his tough-guy persona, but athletes are being advised to steer clear of the political arena with these two candidates

A Final Cram Before Summer

Guest columnist Emily Kaplan covers Jay Cutler’s defining season to come, the no-growth HGH investigation, the weird off-field predicaments of rookie QBs, a marijuana crusade, Rex Ryan’s bluster and bicycle, and the mom who just might overshadow all the Father’s Day tributes

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