Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29

Week Four: Vikings vs Steelers

The Vikings and Steelers sang our National Anthem reverently to accompany the obvious choice of Gene Simmons for the featured singer today. Really NFL? Gene Simmons sang the National Anthem? In London? That was the best we could do there? Paul Stanley would have been a vocal upgrade if you were really determined to have someone from Kiss start the show.

I went into the game with realistic expectations that the Vikings would eventually give away the game. They sure tried at the end, but a strip of Big Ben and a fumble recovery prevented the disaster that was threatening to throw the game into over-time.

Cassel performed better than Ponder has since he began starting for the Vikings, achieving a QB rating of 123.7 – something Ponder can only dream of to date. Could be an anomaly or it might be a level of performance that Cassel can maintain. Frazier indicated after the game that Ponder is the starting QB. This angered many Vikings fans; however, Frazier cannot possibly make any other statement at this point. If he’s singing the same tune after the bye, then I hope everyone joins me in my long-standing campaign to relieve Frazier of his head coaching duties.

Let’s break it down.

The Good

  • Blair Walsh 54 yard FG in the 1st quarter
  • Greg Jennings’ catch, juke and application of turbo to get his first TD is the appropriate color to pair with gold: purple!
  • Adrian Peterson busting loose a 60 yard rushing TD late in the 2nd quarter.
  • Jared Allen achieved 2.5 sacks in the 1st half. That would be his game-ending total as well.
  • Greenway’s interception, which they were actually able to convert to a scoring drive. That’s been non-existent with Ponder at the helm.
  • I’m going to put Cassel in the good section. His ability to drive the offense is clearly better than Ponder’s. If Cassel continues to play as he did today, and Frazier sticks Ponder back in once he’s recuperated, then we’ll know exactly how stupid Leslie Frazier is.

The Bad

  • Missed tackles, missed sacks and general defensive ineptitude. I’m putting this under “bad” instead of “ugly” because the defense is actually decent at times – but has shocking bouts of dysfunction.
  • Cassel fumbled the ball late in the 1st half. The good news was that somehow Jerome Simpson managed to recover it and get the first down. I guess that’s one way to convert.
  • Walsh missed a 44 yard field goal in a controlled environment, wide left. That broke his 19 FG streak extending back into last season. Chris Kluwe tweeted that the hold was a couple of inches off. Skeptical people might say he’s trying to start a controversy; I believe he was making an observation.
  • Locke is not good. He is not an improvement over Kluwe in the way that Walsh was a significant upgrade over Longwell. Let’s all take a moment to understand that the Vikings wasted a draft pick on a punter for the express purpose of getting Kluwe off the team – not for performance, but for being a social progressive. This, my friends, is why I’m not going to any home games this year. I’m not giving any money to the organization because I disagree with their decision

The Ugly

  • Josh Robinson’s PI call in the end zone resulting in a 48 yard penalty and a Steeler’s subsequent TD.
  • The Steelers converted 3rd down after 3rd down after 3rd down. When is Alan Williams going to fix that? It’s been a continual theme for the last 2 seasons. Third down conversion rate for the Steelers today: 53%
  • The defense was poised to throw away yet another lead. A last second strip of Big Ben and a fumble recovery prevented another travesty at the end of the game.
  • Time of possession. 23:33 was the time the offense had the ball today. The Vikings can’t keep losing that stat; if they do, they’ll continue to lose more games than they win.

So the Vikings are now 1-3. When they come back from the bye, they should have a new starting quarterback who might be able to take us beyond the 5-11 I’ve been predicting since the preseason. We’ll see what happens!

 

Obviously, there won’t be a game to break down next week, but hopefully I’ll be doing plenty of live tweeting about a Packer loss! Skol Vikings Nation!

See you in two weeks!

 

 

 

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Sep 26

Week Four Picks

Here are my Week 4 picks. So you don’t have to read too far ahead, I’ll reveal my Vikings vs Steelers pick. HINT: I didn’t pick the Vikings, even though Matt Cassel is starting. We’ll see if that’s a long-term gig for him or not.

 

Match Up Pick
49ers vs Rams 49ers
Ravens vs Bills Ravens
Bengals vs Browns Bengals
Bears vs Lions Bears
Seahawks vs Texans Seahawks
Colts vs Jaguars Colts
Giants vs Chiefs Chiefs
Steelers vs Vikings Steelers
Cardinals vs Buccaneers Cardinals
Jets vs Titans Titans
Eagles vs Broncos Broncos
Redskins vs Raiders Raiders
Cowboys vs Chargers Cowboys
Patriots vs Falcons Falcons
Dolphins vs Saints Saints

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Sep 25

Week Three Pick Results

I had a terrible showing this week! 8-8, leaving me at 29-19 on the season.

 

Correct Incorrect
Chiefs Giants
Ravens Packers
Cowboys Vikings
Patriots Chargers
Saints Redskins
Seahawks Falcons
Bears Bills
Broncos 49ers

 

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Sep 22

Week Three: Vikings vs Browns

The game didn’t start off with a 105 yard kick off return for a TD; however, the first offensive series actually resulted in a rushing TD by Adrian Peterson (with DT Letroy Guion blocking no less!). Not only that, but there were TWO passes that were greater than 6 yards! One of those was a nice completion to Greg Jennings. I have to admit that I smile with glee (and not just a little schadenfreude) whenever Greg makes a play. I like to imagine Packer fans crying like little babies as he catches footballs while decked out in the beauty that is PURPLE.

For now, I’m going to ignore the fact that Ponder missed a passing TD when he waited way too long to throw it to John Carlson, who had been open for what seemed like d-a-y-s.

The Browns’ first offensive series was a travesty of defensive ineptitude. Where the hell is our defense? We let a guy throw his THIRD NFL TD in FIVE years (not to mention we allowed him to complete his longest pass). I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that this march down the field by the Browns completely eradicated the tiny bit of hope I had after the first offensive series.

So, at the end of the day, the Browns decimated us and beat us for the first time since 1986. Well done, 2013 Vikings.

Let’s break some stuff down.

The Good:

  • Marcus Sherels stepping up when Chris Cook went out.
  • Erin Henderson’s INT that Ponder *actually* managed to convert to a TD by running it in himself. Good choice since he’s otherwise inept.
  • Erin Henderson got the first sack on Hoyer of the day.
  • Brian Robison got the second sack on Hoyer.
  • Erin Henderson got a 2nd sack in the 4th quarter.

The Bad:

  • Alan Williams: completely oblivious to the fact that the Browns might fake a punt on 4 and 1 in the 2nd quarter. The Browns got a nice, long run out of that.
  • It took until the middle of the 3rd quarter for the defense to look mildly interested in the game.
  • Harrison Smith INT (which Ponder squandered yet again)
  • Chad Greenway INT (which Peterson fumbled away. Again.)

The Ugly:

  • Adrian Peterson’s ability to hang onto the ball. Or rather inability. 2009 redux so far.
  • General fundamentals are TERRIBLE (holding onto the ball, tackling, execution in general) because our coaching staff is ATROCIOUS.
  • The o-line. Loadholt, Sullivan, Kalil…. what the hell is going on?
  • The defensive pass rush. I assume it’s ugly since we never really saw one.
  • Coaching
  • Time Management
  • Play Calling
  • EFFORT
  • THE ENTIRE GAME

That’s it for another week, my Vikings compatriots. I’ll sum up today’s game like this: Leslie Frazier needs to be fired. If not now, then for sure at the end of the season. Bill Musgrave is a talentless hack who should be divested of his position in the org and replaced as soon as possible. Get Brett Favre up here as OC. Hell – Kluwe was tweeting during the game. Bring him in as OC. Literally ANYONE would be better. BENCH PONDER. Matt Cassel is barely better but I’ve got no interest in looking at that permanent herp & derp look on Ponder’s face every week.

This team is a mess. I’ve said previously that I thought we’d go 5-11 this year. I believe I was overestimating the talent of this team.

What do you think?

 

 

See you next week, my Purple Friends. Make sure you prep yourself this week for a loss to the Steelers in London. No point in letting this team ruin your Sunday by expecting a win.

 

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Sep 19

Week Three Picks

It’s a new week with all new match ups. I’m 21-11 in my picks heading into week 3. Let’s see how I do with these!

Match Up Pick
Chiefs vs Eagles Chiefs
Texans vs Ravens Ravens
Giants vs Panthers Giants
Packers vs Bengals Packers
Rams vs Cowboys Cowboys
Browns vs Vikings Vikings
Buccaneers vs Patriots Patriots
Cardinals vs Saints Saints
Chargers vs Titans Chargers
Lions vs Redskins Redskins
Falcons vs Dolphins Falcons
Bills vs Jets Bills
Jaguars vs Seahawks Seahawks
Colts vs 49ers 49ers
Bears vs Steelers Bears
Raiders vs Broncos Broncos

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Sep 17

Week Two Pick Results

Coming into this week, I was at 10-6. This week, 11-5, leaving me at 21-11 so far this season.

 

Correct Incorrect
Patriots Colts
Falcons Cowboys
Ravens Eagles
Bills 49ers
Bears Steelers
Packers  
Texans  
Cardinals  
Saints  
Broncos  
Raiders  

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Sep 15

Week Two: Vikings vs Bears

The good news is that I had zero expectations that the Vikings would have a chance in this game. Weirdly, the game score is much closer than I anticipated. That, of course, is attributable to defensive plays and a kick off return on the first play by #84 Patterson.

Let’s get to it.

The Good:

  • A kick off return TD by Cordarrelle Patterson (105 yards) on the first play of the game.
  • A strip (Jared Allen) and a fumble recovery for a TD (Brian Robison)
  • Watching Jordy Nelson frolic with a fairy in a commercial for Travel Wisconsin. Any time a commercial can make a Packer look stupid, I’m for it.
  • The defense managed to force a 3 and out after Peterson’s fumble so that the Bears didn’t capitalize on the error.
  • Harrison Smith’s interception at the start of the 4th quarter.
  • Letroy Guion’s hilarious strip of Matt Forte. Haven’t seen something like that since Clay Matthews stripped Peterson in the Dome back in 2009. He just reached in as if to say, “Hey… let me take that off your hands.”

The Bad:

  • Poor turf conditions early in the game really inhibited Peterson’s ability to cut and run.
  • FOX’s continual issues with technology, including cutting to the half-time show while the Vikings were still playing.
  • Tackling fundamentals continue to be an issue. Unless you’re Leslie Frazier – then you just ignore that and keep chugging along.
  • Chad Greenway: his angles were terrible and he missed many tackles.
  • Adrian Peterson fumbled in the 3rd quarter; it was reminiscent of his issues in 2009. He better take care of that right now. I’m not going to watch him fumble all season.
  • Adrian Peterson’s hand getting munched.
  • Field goals instead of TDs. If Ponder had been able to convert one of the field goals – just one – to a TD, this would have been a win.

The Ugly:

  • Christian Ponder. Whether he’s staring down his receivers or completely ruining a big defensive play by throwing an immediate interception, he sucks. He does not belong in the NFL. I want him off my team.
  • Leslie Frazier is still the head coach.
  • Bill Musgrave is still our untalented, unimaginative and repetitive Offensive Coordinator
  • Our o-line remains sieve-like and there’s a distinct lack of cohesion.
  • 2 times the offense could have gotten a TD and 2 times we got field goals as a consolation prize. We have to increase effectiveness in the red zone. Stated more plainly: we’re completely ineffective in the red zone.
  • Ending the game with a defensive take-away by the Bears was just the icing on the cake. I have to admit that I laughed until I cried on that one. Typical.

There it is my Vikings brethren. Week two. And we’re 0-2. In my opinion, it’s going to be a l-o-n-g season filled with a bunch of crap we’re going to wish we didn’t have to watch. But we’ll watch regardless and hope for the day when the Vikings’ front office staff stop ruining our team with inappropriate coaches and inability to draft competent quarterbacks.

What’s your prediction for the Vikings season?

 

 

See you next week Vikings fans!

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Sep 15

Week Two Picks

Here are my week 2 picks:

 

Match Up Pick
Patriots vs Jets Patriots
Rams vs Falcons Falcons
Browns vs Ravens Ravens
Panthers vs Bills Bills
Bears vs Vikings Bears
Redskins vs Packers Packers
Titans vs Texans Texans
Dolphins vs Colts Colts
Cowboys vs Chiefs Cowboys
Chargers vs Eagles Eagles
Lions vs Cardinals Cardinals
Saints vs Buccaneers Saints
Broncos vs Giants Broncos
Jaguars vs Raiders Raiders
49ers vs Seahawks 49ers
Steelers vs Bengals Steelers

Those are my picks. I’m 10-6 on the year. We’ll see how I do!

 

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Sep 15

Week One Pick Results

Results from Week One:

Correct Incorrect
Broncos Panthers
Patriots Vikings
Bears Buccaneers
Dolphins Steelers
Colts Giants
Chiefs Redskins
Saints  
49ers  
Rams  
Texans  

So, I’m 10-6 for week one. Let’s see what week 2 brings.

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