Monthly Archive: January 2016

Jan 10

Wild Card Round: Vikings vs Seahawks

Everyone said the Vikings couldn’t win this game. All the analysts, all the commentators, people on the street… everyone.

I thought we’d win this game.

And we could have. We had this game within our reach. What I didn’t expect was that Adrian Peterson’s inability to hang on to the ball would cost us the game (although given his history, I don’t know WHY I didn’t expect that) and I didn’t think that Blair Walsh would fail to deliver at the end.

So – for one final time this season, let’s break it down.

Nothing good about this game.

Nothing good about this game.

The Good

  • Seattle muffed a punt and the punter took off and ran but the Vikings were able to prevent him from getting a 1st down, giving the Vikings excellent field position. As I type this, my question will always be: can the Vikings turn Seattle’s mishap into points? The answer: kind of. 3 points.
  • Stefon Diggs caught a pass from Teddy on the 7 yard line to secure a first down and goal after the Seattle muffed punt.
  • The Vikings defense was extremely stout during the 2nd quarter.
  • Trae Waynes came up with a critical interception in the 3rd quarter, preventing the Seahawks from converting a 4th down. The Vikings weren’t able to do much with it – another 3 points – but it gave them 6 points more than the Seahawks had at that point in the game.
Teddy better work on his mechanics in the off-season. His awareness in the pocket is not good.

Teddy better work on his mechanics in the off-season. His awareness in the pocket is not good.

The Bad

  • In the first quarter, Teddy’s decision making was suspect.
  • Adrian Peterson was completely shut down and our running game suffered for it. Part of me wonders why Asiata and McKinnon don’t figure into the running game more in these instances. They have a different style and it’s pretty clear that the Seahawks have Peterson completely figured out.
  • Xavier Rhodes needs to figure out how to cover without getting a PI flag.
  • The Vikings defense needed to pressure Wilson. Instead, they let him convert 3rd downs even when his o-line failed. You can’t beat a team like Seattle when you let the QB run around and make plays.
Adrian Peterson: fumbling away the Vikings' chances since 2009.

Adrian Peterson: fumbling away the Vikings’ chances since 2009.

The Ugly

  • The Vikings have to figure out how to get a passing game going. As of the 4th quarter, they are still struggling.
  • When Wilson missed the snap the Vikings defense completely broke down and they missed an opportunity to really stick it to the Seahawks. The result? TD for the wrong team. Not good.
  • The o-line was a complete mess at too many points during the game. Teddy was sacked 3 times – but he was pressured a hell of a lot more than that and, as we’ve seen, he doesn’t cope well when he’s pressured. Net result: the Vikings offense was completely shut down and (per the usual) we had to resort to field goals – all of which Blair Walsh made… with the exception of the one we really needed.
  • Round up of bad stats: 58 yards rushing. Third Down Efficiency: 23%. Third Down Efficiency for Seattle: 35%. Seattle net rushing yards: 97.

The Inexplicable

  • Mike Zimmer challenged the field position in the 2nd quarter – which served to cost us a time out. He’s been burned on this particular challenge before.
  • Adrian Peterson. He costs us EVERY time. When is the last time he’s actually WON a game for us? And how many has he actually cost us? He cost us home field advantage in 2009 on Soldier field. He fumbled in the NFC Championship Game. And now today. Unbelievable.
  • Blair Walsh. Nearly the hero of the game. Instead? He couldn’t deliver the one time we needed him to.
Skol Vikings Nation

Skol Vikings Nation… until next season.

So the season’s over. I know most of us didn’t expect the Vikings to get this far in Zimmer’s second season as head coach. He’s developed a team that would be outstanding IF we had a really good QB and an RB who could hang onto the ball. I have high hopes for the Zimmer-led Vikings in the future and I expect the team (Spielman & friends) to address some of our short-comings in the draft and free agency.

So, focusing on the future… how far do you think the Vikings will get next season? Vote below.

For the last time this season, I will shout “Skol” to my Vikings brethren as I go back into hibernation until training camp.

 

 

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Jan 03

2015 Week Seventeen: Vikings vs Packers

And so, the season has wrapped with one last regular season show down between the Vikings and the Packers.

I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes coming into the game based on previous performance on the Vikings’ side. But…

All hail your NFC North Division Champions!

Let’s break it down.

He's not perfect... but Mike Zimmer is the real deal! We have a real coach my friends!

He’s not perfect… but Mike Zimmer is the real deal! We have a real coach my friends! (We’ll just pretend he didn’t blow out a huge booger on live TV and send him hankies. PS, men… that particular act is vile. Don’t do it. It’s disgusting – and why you don’t know that is beyond my realm of comprehension).

The Good

  • 1st offensive series was a complete failure until… FAKE PUNT with a direct snap to Adam Thielen. Since I essentially live blog this game review, will they convert for points? Answer: a lame field goal due to the inability to complete a pass on Teddy’s part.
  • It took until the 2nd quarter, but finally… ARodg sack by Harrison Smith.
  • The first completed pass of the evening went to Mike Wallace, who was wide open. Nice gain.
  • The Vikings worked hard… only to get another field goal. I’m putting it in the “Good” section because they got points… but this is NOT going to get them anywhere in the post season.
  • Adam Thielen had quite a game! Well done, sir.
  • Adrian Peterson got the first TD (by either team) of the game. Bonus: Blair Walsh made the extra point.
  • Captain Munnerlyn, in a real heads up play, picked up an ARodg fumbled ball (thanks Everson Griffin!) and ran it all the way back to the house. A Blair Walsh extra point added 7 points, bringing the Vikings’ points to 20 (which the Packers were at 3).
  • Jerrick McKinnon is just fantastic and I like him. A lot.
  • Sharrif Floyd got a sack at a critical time, when the Packers were poised to score a TD.
  • Xavier Rhodes intercepted Aaron Rodgers in the end zone. It was delicious.
  • Xavier Rhodes batted down the Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers hail mary, sealing the division championship for the Vikings. Well done, sir. I say, WELL DONE!
Teddy Bridgewater: can you please start being consistent?

Teddy Bridgewater: can you please start being consistent?

The Bad

  • 1st offensive drive – McKinnon WIDE open… Teddy overthrew him.
  • Teddy was completely inaccurate on the first drive. His passes missed repeatedly.
  • The Vikings defense started the game in mediocre fashion. Somehow they managed to hold the Packers to a field goal – but the entire first series was NOT fun to watch. They let Lacy run like he has talent (instead of just being bulky), even Starks had a run. Terrible performance for a first series.
  • The 2nd offensive series for the Vikings went nowhere with another incomplete pass. You know what would be great? A completed pass.
  • TERRIBLE tackling against Adams late in the 2nd quarter. TERRIBLE. 2 defenders completely wiffed. It was appalling. Newman was the primary offender.
  • Thielen was hurt in the 3rd quarter. Pending reports of severity of the injury.
  • Adrian Peterson left in the 3rd quarter with a lower back injury. Pending reports of severity of the injury.
  • Rhett Ellison was injured in the 4th quarter, knee. Pending reports of severity of the injury.
  • Tackling fundamentals – fairly terrible tonight.
Brett Favre... blah blah blah, Aaron Rodgers... blah blah blah... Bart Starr... Blah blah blah. Just shut up Cris. Seriously.

Brett Favre… blah blah blah, Aaron Rodgers… blah blah blah, Bart Starr… Blah blah blah. Packers. Packers. Packers. Oh, there’s a Viking hurt… moving on. Clay Matthews… blah blah blah… Just shut up Cris. Seriously.

The Ugly

  • Sherels muffed a punt in the 2nd quarter and then fumbled it. Luckily, it just barely got out of bounds before a Packer got it. Can’t do that when there’s a division title at stake.
  • Cris Collingsworth’s game commentary.
  • Teddy was sacked 3 times in the first half.
  • Teddy lobbed a ball and he should have just taken the sack because he got intercepted. Like a dodo. NOT a good move, Teddy.
  • The Vikings defense went soft and mushy late in the 3rd quarter and that continued into the 4th quarter. I don’t know what the hell happened to the aggressive defense we saw in the 2nd quarter, but they really devolved, allowing the Packers to score a TD (with Rodgers rushing all over the place – which was ridiculous)
  • Some people tweeted me saying that the defense was “gassed” – well you know what? It’s THEIR fault they’re gassed. If you don’t want to be on the field, then make the plays necessary to get the hell off the field. ARGH!
  • Andrew Sendejo is a TERRIBLE tackler. And what I mean by that is that he doesn’t tackle – he body checks. I sent him a tweet to let him know how terrible I think his technique is. You’re welcome, Andrew.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson needs to get the hell off of my team. He doesn’t do crap out there and then tonight he fumbles when the kicker knocks the ball out? Unforgiveable. Ridiculous. You add to that video of him laughing on the sideline? Just a complete representation of what an idiot he is. If this guy is still on the team in the fall, I’m gonna occupy Winter Park.
  • Adrian Peterson returned to the game. Only to fumble. Just sit him. McKinnon is more than sufficient to close out the game.
You want to sit around and laugh on the sidelines after majorly screwing up? Well, you can get the hell off my team, Cordarrelle.

You want to sit around and laugh on the sidelines after majorly screwing up? Well, you can get the hell off my team, Cordarrelle.

The Inexplicable

  • The offensive play calling was completely uninspired. While Teddy wasn’t playing well, why not get him comfortable with some play action options? Norv Turner – totally overrated.
  • Um… clock management at the end of the 2nd quarter? And… where were the cojones? I thought, based on the fake punt in the 1st quarter, the Vikings were going to be aggressive. Instead, 4th and 2… and they take a delay of game penalty… and completely ignore a potential field goal. C’mon man.
  • Defensive scheme during the mid-3rd through the 4th quarter. Whether or not they were tired, the coverage was just wrong. It was like Zimmer forgot who we were playing. That needs to be shored up before we meet them again.

So that’s it for the season, Vikings fans.

New poll this week. Don’t forget to vote!

 

 

 

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