Monthly Archive: November 2015

Nov 30

2015 Week Twelve Pick Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result

Points

Eagles vs Lions Lions Lions

1

Panthers vs Cowboys Panthers Panthers

1

Bears vs Packers Bears (I hope!) Bears

1

Vikings vs Falcons Vikings (I hope!) Vikings

1

Rams vs Bengals Bengals Bengals

1

Saints vs Texans Texans Texans

1

Buccaneers vs Colts Colts Colts

1

Chargers vs Jaguars Jaguars Chargers

0

Bills vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs

1

Dolphins vs Jets Jets Jets

1

Raiders vs Titans Raiders Raiders

1

Giants vs Washington Giants Washington

1

Cardinals vs 49ers Cardinals Cardinals

1

Steelers vs Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks

1

Patriots vs Broncos Broncos Broncos

1

Ravens vs Browns Browns Ravens

0

Weekly Right-Wrong

14-2

Season-To-Date Right-Wrong

124-52

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Nov 29

2015 Week Twelve: Vikings vs Falcons

The Vikings offense began the game with an uninspiring series. At first, it looked like they were going to be able to run the ball, with AD picking up 11 yards to start the game. Immediately, however, the Falcons shut down the running game and Teddy moved to passing – both times behind the 1st down marker, killing the drive. Can we please stop passing behind the 1st down marker on 3rd down? It never works, Norv. Find something new.

That being said, the Vikings won. Woo! They surely needed that after the horrendous play last week against the worst opponent (and fan base) ever. You might recall I wasn’t happy last week. I’m happier this week, although this team continues to concern me.

Speaking of concerns, let’s break it down.

Everson Griffen took Matty Ice for a spin... right into the turf.

Everson Griffen took Matty Ice for a spin… right into the turf.

The Good

  • In the 2nd offensive series, Teddy connected well with Kyle Rudolph multiple times. There were some missteps, but a PI call against the Falcons gave AD the opportunity to rush for a TD. As an added bonus, Walsh actually managed to kick the extra point.
  • With 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter, Anthony Barr stripped the ball from Coleman (#26, Falcons) after it looked like all was lost. In a heads up play, Exum recovered and the ball went back to the Vikings.
  • Rhett Ellison grabbed a perfectly thrown screen and took it for big yards in the 1st quarter.
  • Jerrick McKinnon picked up 9 yards when he entered the game in the 1st quarter. And then he ran again for another 10. McKinnon was a factor throughout the game and he ran hard and well.
  • The Vikings racked up 157 yards of offense in the first quarter.
  • The Vikings held the Falcons to a field goal mid-2nd quarter, despite being down to the 3rd and 4th string safeties. A little personal foul on the Falcons was a major assist in that effort.
  • Captain Munnerlyn made a big play late in the 2nd quarter, jumping a route and intercepting Matt Ryan with 1:26 left in the half. Unfortunately, Zimmer chose to play conservatively and the Vikings did nothing to capitalize on the turnover when Walsh completely shanked another field goal. See “The Inexplicable” for further commentary on field goals and Blair Walsh.
  • Exum made big plays today, filling in for Harrison Smith. He really stepped up and should feel proud of his performance.
  • Terrence Newman had a HUGE interception in the 3rd quarter. He stepped in front of the receiver in the end zone and intercepted Matt Ryan for a touch back, serving 2 purposes: no points for the Falcons and a 20 yard line start for the Vikings offense.
  • Everson Griffen got the 1st sack of the game late in the 3rd quarter. The announcers said he threw Matt Ryan down like a rag doll, but I personally thought it was more like he was pinwheeling Ryan, ending in a lovely pirouette. Ryan absolutely stuck the landing, butt down on the artificial turf. Bring up 4th down!
  • The Vikings defense did a great job suppressing the explosive plays of Julio Jones. They covered him well and limited his impact on the game.
  • At a critical juncture – 4th down and 1 deep in the 4th quarter, Anthony Barr came roaring out of the backfield and sacked Matt Ryan and forced a fumble. Falcons recovered, but it mattered not at all as the Vikings took over on downs.
  • Late in the 4th quarter, AD got loose and rushed for his 99th career touchdown. And. There. Is. Your. Dagger!
I still can't shake the feeling that we suffer from Ponderitis. Dead end drives, short passes without much production... ugh!

I still can’t shake the feeling that we suffer from Ponderitis. Dead end drives, short passes without much production… ugh!

The Bad

  • Stefon Diggs needs to get over himself. Making a catch is not something to celebrate – especially when your celebration draws a flag for taunting. Given how much the officiating crews clearly WANT to flag the Vikings for anything and everything, the Vikings cannot give them reasons to do it. They will NEVER come out on top.
  • On the 2nd offensive series, Peterson had a clear TD in his sights as he completely failed to catch a perfectly thrown ball. Luckily for the Vikings, the Falcons committed an obvious PI infraction near the goal line on the next play, so they got another set of downs which allowed AD to run it in.
  • Teddy needs to stop holding onto the ball so long. The o-line isn’t great and he’s taking far too many hits. Time for him to stop making rookie mistakes; he’s no longer a rookie.
  • Sendejo was injured during the game with a knee. Net result there: Exum and Blanton were the safeties on the field. Not our first or second choice. Not good conceptually. In practice? Less bad than one might expect!
  • The Falcons figured out how to run against the Vikings as they took to the field in the 2nd half. They kept pounding up the middle and the Vikings had little success in stopping them.
  • Norv Turner cost the Vikings a TD in the 3rd quarter through ridiculous play calling. Where is the smash mouth football? Where is the unrelenting will to win? We need an OC with some guts – not the current careful game planning that we see every week. Go for the throat, Norv. Personally, I don’t think he has it in him. Every week we hear about what a tremendous OC he is. Oh yeah? Where’s the brilliance? I’ll tell you where it’s not: in the OC spot on the Vikings.
  • Special teams didn’t produce any points today. It was unfortunate that the Falcons’ special teams were playing well. I was really hoping for an insurance TD from the likes of Marcus Sherels or Cordarrelle Patterson. Instead, Weems had a great kick off return mid-4th quarter, which the Vikings could ill afford, given their inability to put points on the board.
Teddy needs to stop throwing INTs in the end zone.

Teddy needs to stop throwing INTs in the end zone.

The Ugly

  • To start the 2nd quarter, Teddy was intercepted in the end zone. AGAIN. How many damn times is this going to happen? This INT brings his stats to 8 TDs 7 INTs. Stats like that may have worked for Brett Favre, but Teddy is no Brett and I’m sick to death of the end zone missteps.
  • The Vikings just can’t stop the sloppy play resulting in penalties. Holding on the defense. Holding on the offense. Facemask – twice on Tom Johnson. Illegal contact – multiple times. Taunting. You name it, they committed it. I thought Zimmer prided himself on having a clean team when it came to penalties. This current team sure isn’t living up to his – or my – expectations in this realm lately. They’re in full meltdown and their status as the least penalized team in the league is gone.
Blair Walsh: get it together man! And Norv Turner? Man up!

Blair Walsh: get it together man! And Norv Turner? Man up!

The Inexplicable

  • Blair Walsh in the 50+ yard range. Completely ineffective. What is wrong with him? He has the leg for them but his accuracy is a big pile of crap and has been since his rookie season. The question is: how long do you stick with a kicker who can’t consistently perform? I know the Packers stuck with Mason Crosby when he was having his troubles but one could argue that Crosby can’t be counted on to win games (see: Packers vs Lions). Blair Walsh has won games… but the Vikings have also lost many games by less than 6 points and typically those have been when Walsh has missed 2 – 3 field goals. Should he stay or should he go now? (you can sing that if you want)

So, that’s it for this week, Vikings fans. Next up: Seachickens. Let’s see what that game brings. In the mean time? Let’s enjoy being the NFC North Division Leader!

How are you feeling about today’s Vikings team?

 

 

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Nov 26

2015 Week Twelve Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Eagles vs Lions Lions    
Panthers vs Cowboys Panthers    
Bears vs Packers Bears (I hope!)    
Vikings vs Falcons Vikings (I hope!)    
Rams vs Bengals Bengals    
Saints vs Texans Texans    
Buccaneers vs Colts Colts    
Chargers vs Jaguars Jaguars    
Bills vs Chiefs Chiefs    
Dolphins vs Jets Jets    
Raiders vs Titans Raiders    
Giants vs Washington Giants    
Cardinals vs 49ers Cardinals    
Steelers vs Seahawks Seahawks    
Patriots vs Broncos Broncos    
Ravens vs Browns Browns    
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 110-50

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Nov 24

2015 Week Eleven Pick Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Titans vs Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars 1
Colts vs Falcons Falcons Colts 0
Rams vs Ravens Rams Ravens 0
Washington vs Panthers Panthers Panthers 1
Broncos vs Bears Broncos Broncos 1
Raiders vs Lions Raiders Lions 0
Jets vs Texans Texans Texans 1
Cowboys vs Dolphins Cowboys Cowboys 1
Buccaneers vs Eagles Buccaneers Buccaneers 1
Chiefs vs Chargers Chiefs Chiefs 1
Packers vs Vikings Vikings Packers 0
49ers vs Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks 1
Bengals vs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals 1
Bills vs Patriots Patriots Patriots 1
       
       
Weekly Right-Wrong 10-4
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 110-50

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Nov 22

2015 Week Eleven: Vikings vs Packers

The 1st Border Battle game of the season took place in Minneapolis today. From the second the Vikings took to the field, they deserved to lose. The game plan was terrible The defense was terrible. The offense was barely able to produce a thing. This was a game the Vikings should have easily won and instead they let apathy and overconfidence and the worst officiating crew since the 2009 NFC Championship Game take it away from them. That’s the Vikings though; great at snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Let’s angrily break it down.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot.

The Good

  • After a rough start during the 1st offensive drive, a toss from Teddy to Jarius Wright got the Vikings out of precarious position deep in their own territory.
  • The Vikings’ 2nd offensive series was delightful. A nice mix of early runs followed by a Teddy to Kyle Rudolph pass, that #82 traipsed into the end zone for a TD. I approve.
  • Jerrick McKinnon blocked a punt. That was the last good part of what happened next.
  • Zimmer finally dialed up some pressure on defense at the end of the 2nd quarter. Don’t ask me why it took him so damn long to go after Rodgers.
  • The Vikings offense finally came to life in the 3rd quarter with several completed passes and an AP rushing TD. Walsh even made the extra point.
  • Danielle Hunter took Eddy Lacy to the turf for a loss. It was brilliant and much welcomed since I was tired of seeing Eddy Lacy mowing people down with his considerable bulk.
Adrian Peterson wasn't doing anything that remotely resembled this today.

Adrian Peterson wasn’t doing anything that remotely resembled this today.

The Bad

  • The Vikings’ 1st offensive drive ended in the Packers’ territory with the Vikings punting after a failed 3rd down conversion. The Vikings continue to struggle in these conversions. If they want to dominate the division, they must get better on 3rd down conversions.
  • The Vikings 1st defensive appearance of the game was weak. Weak tackling, no pressure. We had the Packers pinned, McCarthy went for the 4th and 1 and ARodg used the hard count to dupe the defense into jumping off-sides. Which he does every week with defenses, so why the hell did we move? Net result: 3 points for the hated Green and Gold.
  • The Vikings defense was ineffective in the 2nd quarter, allowing the Packers’ Eddy Lacy look like he could run. With some long-needed pressure on Rodgers, the Vikings managed to hold the horrible team from Wisconsin to a field goal. At this point in the game, I was quite angry at the Purple & Gold.
  • In the mid-2nd quarter, the Vikings offense was in total disarray. Teddy was holding onto the ball too long, Peterson was jawing with the Packers’ defenders and the Vikings were going nowhere.
  • The Vikings first defensive stand at the start of the 2nd half, was pathetic. Eddy Lacy, who has no discernible talent – just a lot of bulk – kept getting the ball and the Vikings kept missing him. The half-time adjustments, if any, made zero difference. The Vikings did manage to hold the Packers to a field goal – but that was more because ARodg and his receivers were out of sync versus any actual defense exhibited by the Vikings.
  • Kalil has a bad toe and it shows. The offensive line had repeated failures throughout the game.
  • Brian Robison was injured and limped off the field late in the 3rd. Everson Griffen was hurt later in the game. The Packers just seemed determined to take people out today.
The absolute WORST officiating crew since January 2010 in New Orleans. Not even kidding.

The absolute WORST officiating crew since January 2010 in New Orleans. Not even kidding.

The Ugly

  • After the Vikings’ 1st TD, Walsh missed the extra point.
  • The Vikings 3rd offensive attempt was a mess. Between penalties and inability to move the ball, the Vikings went backwards. This offense should have been able to move the ball against the Packers.
  • The Packers smashed Teddy to the turf. In the process, there was a facemask, fingers to Teddy’s eyes and a general fat dude putting his full weight on Teddy. It’s a lot like suddenly Gregg Williams is coaching in Green Bay.
  • Terrence Newman completely ruined a defensive stand with a PI call at the end of the 2nd quarter. Everything past that was a complete cluster.
  • Norv Turner’s game plan was a complete pile of crap. To pour salt in the wound, the execution was equally as bad.
Between the officiating crew, the offensive line and Adrian Peterson, I basically had this expression on my face the entire game.

Between the officiating crew, the offensive line and Adrian Peterson, I basically had this expression on my face the entire game.

The Inexplicable

  • Stupid special teams play allowed the Packers a 69 yard return on a kick off after the Vikings missed the extra point. What the hell were the Vikings thinking? The net result, luckily, was only a field goal, allowing the Packers to tie it up.
  • Corderelle Patterson sighting included a head-butt to the kicker for a 15 yard penalty. Great.
  • The Vikings were on the move. Until Adrian Peterson fumbled in the 4th quarter. I have never liked him. And I still don’t. He’s been burning this team since December 2009 when he fumbled against the Bears in OT and cost the Vikings home field advantage. Never forgotten. Certainly not forgiven.
  • The officiating crew was horrendous. And completely one-sided when it came to giving penalties.

 

The game was a complete embarrassment, exacerbated by a horrendous officiating crew. This team better spend some time looking in the mirror this week. Especially Adrian Peterson. I am sick to death of his inability to hang onto the football.

See you next week. Hopefully we’ll have something to celebrate.

 

 

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Nov 19

2015 Week Eleven Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Titans vs Jaguars Jaguars    
Colts vs Falcons Falcons    
Rams vs Ravens Rams    
Washington vs Panthers Panthers    
Broncos vs Bears Broncos    
Raiders vs Lions Raiders    
Jets vs Texans Texans    
Cowboys vs Dolphins Cowboys    
Buccaneers vs Eagles Buccaneers    
Chiefs vs Chargers Chiefs    
Packers vs Vikings Vikings    
49ers vs Seahawks Seahawks    
Bengals vs Cardinals Cardinals    
Bills vs Patriots Patriots    
       
       
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 100-46

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Nov 17

2015 Week Ten Pick Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Bills vs Jets Bills Bills 1
Jaguars vs Ravens Ravens Jaguars 0
Lions vs Packers Lions (I hope!) Lions! Ha! 1
Dolphins vs Eagles Eagles Dolphins 0
Browns vs Steelers Steelers Steelers 1
Bears vs Rams Bears Bears 1
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Bucs Bucs 1
Panthers vs Titans Panthers Panthers 1
Saints vs Washington Saints Washington 0
Vikings vs Raiders Vikings Vikings 1
Chiefs vs Broncos Broncos Chiefs 1
Patriots vs Giants Patriots Patriots 1
Cardinals vs Seahawks Seahawks Cardinals 0
Texans vs Bengals Bengals Texans 0
       
       
Weekly Right-Wrong 9-5
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 100-46

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Nov 15

2015 Week Ten: Vikings vs Raiders

The Raiders have been heating up while the Vikings have been steadily climbing quietly week over week. Zimmer wanted to start strong – and the Vikings delivered, marching down the field to score a passing TD from Teddy to Rhett Ellison. The Vikings’ offense was pretty quiet for most of the game, but Adrian Peterson put the nail in the coffin for the Raiders with an 80 yard rushing TD. This was a great win for the Vikings today.

Let’s break it down.

Derek Carr hadn't been sacked in the last 3 games. Until Everson Griffen came along.

Derek Carr hadn’t been sacked in the last 3 games. Until Everson Griffen came along.

The Good

  • The Packers failed to complete a 2 point conversion and Mason Crosby shanked a field goal…. so they lost to the (now) 2-7 Lions. DELICIOUS. And unrelated to the Vikings’ game…. but I couldn’t help celebrating for a moment with you. Lions hadn’t won at Lambeau since 1991. Hahahahaha. #Schadenfreude
  • The Vikings first offensive drive resulted in a pretty TD from Teddy to Rhett Ellison. Weak tackling on the part of the Raiders ensured that Ellison made it into the end zone.
  • Terrence Newman got an INT in the mid-1st quarter. He jumped a route and made a terrific play. Mike Wallace had a tremendous catch and yards after the catch on the first down immediately following. Great acceleration.
  • Harrison Smith’s effort was excellent, as per the usual.
  • The Cordarrelle Patterson sighting this week brought some extra excitement, ending in a lovely TD and extra point.
  • The Vikings defense, with outstanding effort by Newman and Griffen, forced the Raiders to punt on their 1st offensive drive of the 2nd half.
  • The Vikings offense was completely stalled deep in their own territory to start the 2nd half. Teddy improvised with a shovel pass to Asiata to get them a ways out from their end zone. It wasn’t enough for a 1st down, but gave the Vikings some breathing space and Marcus Sherels made a terrific tackle on the Raiders’ punt returner, preventing additional yardage after the catch.
  • Stefon Diggs is amazing. 37 yard gain late in the 2nd half and the effort he displayed was excellent. Why he isn’t a bigger part of the offense is beyond my comprehension. Norv Turner… clearly not an offensive mastermind.
  • Blair Walsh, after missing 2 field goals, made his next effort, giving the Vikings a 23-14 lead with 3:50 left in the game.
  • Antone Exum made a spectacular open field tackle on an unruly fan late in the 4th quarter. He looked very amused in the aftermath as the fan was cuffed by security.
  • Terence Newman had a 2nd INT late in the 4th quarter. This one? IN THE END ZONE. You go, Terence Newman! 37 and he’s still got it!
  • Adrian Peterson held onto the ball and ran 80 yards for the game sealing TD. In exceeding 200 yards rushing in today’s game, AD tied OJ Simpson (at 6 each) for most 200+ yard rushing games. Let’s hope he sets the record next week against the Packers.
Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like Ponder never left with the way the offensive drives peter out and end in field goals, at best?

Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like Ponder never left with the way the offensive drives peter out and end in field goals, at best?

The Bad

  • The offensive line was weak on the 2nd drive. Teddy was pressured and took a hard hit as he let the ball go. It fell incomplete and Teddy bounced up, but the lack of movement in the running game was not helping the passing efforts of the offense. The net result of the drive was a punt, which went into the end zone for a touch back.
  • In back to back special teams play vs kick offs, we saw multiple failures on the field, allowing the Raiders to start their offensive drives with great field position. If the Vikings are going to continue to win, the special teams play needs to be consistently stout to avoid giving the competitors any initial advantage.
  • The Vikings 3rd offensive drive resulted in another field goal. Great that they continued to put up points – but with the Packers up next, the Vikings need to consistently score TDs when they have the opportunity.
  • The Vikings defense wasn’t as stout as we’re used to seeing in the 2nd quarter, allowing the Raiders to march down the field fairly effortlessly and then score a TD against Xavier Rhodes. And then score another just one drive later. Of course, teams are going to score. We expect it. What I also expect from this defense is that they don’t make it easy – and I didn’t see that happen on the Raider’s 4th or 5th offensive drives.j
Kyle Rudolph - someone had alligator arms in the end zone today. He wasn't helping anyone with that performance.

Kyle Rudolph – someone had alligator arms in the end zone today. He wasn’t helping anyone with that performance.

The Ugly

  • Imagine: Kyle Rudolph standing alone in the back of the end zone. Teddy throws to him perfectly. And Kyle drops it, forcing the Vikings to take a field goal instead of a touch down during an away game. Horrific.
  • The o-line completely collapsed during the Vikings’ 4th offensive series. Additionally, the Vikings melted down with a false-start in an already bad situation.
  • Blair Walsh missed 2 consecutive field goal attempts which the anemic offense could ill afford. The Vikings CANNOT rely on Blair Walsh to be the way they win games.
  • Norv Turner better figure out his offense. He has yet to impress me as an Offensive Coordinator. Everyone always talks about what an amazing offensive coordinator he is… but I haven’t seen it. Are you with me on this? It’s like he doesn’t understand how to use the tools he’s been given. When Teddy makes something out of nothing with a shovel pass or a scamper, or AD breaks loose and runs 80 yards for a TD, while exciting, those plays tend to mask the problem the Vikings offense is having in moving the football down the field. This won’t be addressed if the Vikings keep winning, but I think it’s worth noting and considering as Zimmer continues to build what looks to be a defense that can dominate in this league.
This week's monkey is perplexed.

This week’s monkey is perplexed.

The Inexplicable

  • Apart from Norv Turner, I have to ask: Why can’t the offense consistently perform? Sometimes they look put together, aggressive and score TDs. Then there are all the other times when the drives peter out and the Vikings can’t seal the deal, settling for field goals (best case scenario) or punting it away. They’ve got plenty of offensive tools – but they just can’t quite make themselves an elite offensive squad. While they may continue to win, and they may even make it into the play-offs, the lack of production on the offense is going to prevent the Vikings from being a contender.

Despite all of my grousing, the Vikings won and my cheeks were flushed from yelling and screaming and laughing as Adrian Peterson ran 80 yards for the insurance TD at the end of the 4th quarter. I’ve had people say perhaps I’m too hard on the Vikings (Kevin, I’m talking to you!). Maybe I am. But I think, after 40+ years of watching this team, I’ve earned the right to expect a team that plays hard every week, has proficient coaching on both sides of the ball… and can actually be a contender for the game other teams play in February. I will say this: for the first time since 2009, I am not dreading the Vikings/Packers game next week. If that’s not an affirming statement about the team, I don’t know what is!

So, the Vikings are ALONE at the top of the NCF North. As it should be. How are you feeling about the rest of the season? Vote below, and I will see you next week.

Skol, Vikings Nation!

 

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Nov 12

2015 Week Ten Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Bills vs Jets Bills    
Jaguars vs Ravens Ravens    
Lions vs Packers Lions (I hope!)    
Dolphins vs Eagles Eagles    
Browns vs Steelers Steelers    
Bears vs Rams Bears    
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Bucs    
Panthers vs Titans Panthers    
Saints vs Washington Saints    
Vikings vs Raiders Vikings    
Chiefs vs Broncos Broncos    
Patriots vs Giants Patriots    
Cardinals vs Seahawks Seahawks    
Texans vs Bengals Bengals    
       
       
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 91-41

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