1. Hock's Take: 49ers Not Ready for Peterson, Vikings

    Somewhere, taped inside the front of Brett Favre’s helmet, there is a message posted. It says simply: “Turn around, and hand off the ball...

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  2. Hock's Take: NFL Power Rankings For Week Two

    1. New York Giants Last Week: 2 The Giants haven’t played a complete game yet, but what they’ve shown is flashes of what made them the Super Bowl champions a couple of years ago...

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  3. Hock's Take: NFL Power Rankings for Week 1

    1. Pittsburgh SteelersLast Week: 1The Steelers had to change their gameplan on the fly, but it ended up working all right. When the running game never took off, Ben Roethisberger responded with one of his best passing games as a pro...

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  4. Hock's Take: NFL Power Rankings For Week 0

    1. Pittsburgh SteelersThe Steelers are at the top of power rankings until they lose. It’s no slight though, because they may very well be Super Bowl contenders again this season, ...

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  5. A Look at The Minnesota Viking's Rookie Class of 2009

    The season starts next week, and thanks to three preseason games, we’ve got a good look at all the Vikings’ rookies. How do they stack up? Let’s take a look...

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  6. Hock's Take: Brett Favre, I Take Back Nearly Everything I Said About You

    Just last week, I bemoaned the end of my consecutive Favre-less streak, but I stand here before you a changed man. Actually, I’m sitting here, and I’m not really before you, but the point still stands...

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  7. Hock's Take: When Brett Favre Signs, I Want Brad Childress To Punch Him

    After watching NFL Network’s non-stop coverage of the preseason (seriously, if you want to stay up until 5 a.m...

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  8. Five Things To Watch: Minnesota Vikings Preseason Game No. 1

    There are two modes of thought about preseason. Either it’s a glorified college All-Star game for guys who will be lucky to make a UFL roster in a few weeks, and an injury magnate for top ...

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  9. Five Free Agents Not Named Favre or Vick For the Vikings To Consider

    We’re a week into training camp, and the excitement about a fresh season tends to creep up on fans a little bit...

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  10. Using the Yearbook to Make NFC Predictions

    Last week, I gave you my High School predictions for the AFC, but that's only half the league. So this week, I'm giving you the NFC. The NFC was...harder to pick...

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  11. Most Likely To Recede: Using the Yearbook To Make AFC Preseason Predictions

    In this two part series, I'll be dissecting the NFL in the most scientific, undeniable method possible: High School Yearbook Predictions. Look, I don’t know who’s going to win the AFC any more than you do...

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  12. Six Formations the Minnesota Vikings Should Consider To Spice Up Their Playbooks

    The Minnesota Vikings made a push to the playoffs last year, but fell short, at least in part because of their vanilla playbook and poor quarterback play. But the potential for a big 2009 exists, and thanks to the return of E...

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  13. 2009 Minnesota Vikings Coaching Staff Breakdown

    The Vikings coaching staff returns mostly unchanged from the 2008 season, though now with an NFC North division title and a playoff game under their belts, one would hope a little wiser...

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  14. 20 (Fake) Questions With(out) Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe

    Nobody wants to ask the punter questions, but for my fictional interview, except me of course. I am fascinated by the oft maligned position, and the men who’d put themselves in the role...

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  15. NFC North Preview for 2009

    The NFC North is the most up-for-grabs divisions in the NFL. With the addition of Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, and, perhaps, the reintroduction of Brett Favre, there's a lot of offensive turmoil ...

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  16. Minnesota Vikings Depth Threatens NFC North Title Defense

    With the rookie mini-camp having passed fairly uneventfully, with the exception of the absence of Percy Harvin, the Minnesota Vikings will have plenty time to evaluate whether or not this cast of rookies will be enough to pick up the slack...

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