BBAO: Vikings a 'model' franchise

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Minnesota Vikings have a traditional leadership structure, a new stadium under development and an ownership group that is committed to the long term. In the estimation of Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan, they are the most well-rounded and well-run sports outfit in Minnesota.

Souhan: "Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman have turned an organization that for decades seemed intent on embarrassing itself into a model for how pro sports franchises should operate. The Wilfs have matured into patient owners who will spend what it takes to win."

That's no small feat considering their short- and long-term history filled with unusual ownership, horizontal leadership and head-scratching decisions. Let's see where it takes them.

Let's take a look at weekend coverage in the NFC North: