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2016 Week Two: Vikings vs Packers

I was nervous going into the game. It’s a night game – which is never good for the Vikings, who routinely choke on the national stage. Sam Bradford got the start, despite having only had a week and half in the Vikings system. He didn’t do much with the first series; a couple of completions and a couple of misfires, ending in a punt. After a few series, the Bradford-Diggs connection was solidified. And I gotta admit…. Sam Bradford may just be the guy we need!

Mostly, the game was just fraught with ridiculous ineptitude and mistakes and I spent a good deal of it extremely unhappy… right up until Sam Bradford threw the ball deep as time expired.

The reigning NFC North Champions remain undefeated. But… we have work to do.

Ok – let’s break it down.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot…. especially with Bradford at QB!

The Good

  • Kendricks was aggressive on defense, batting down a ball early in the first quarter, helping the defense get the Packers off the field.
  • After collapsing like a day-old helium balloon mid-way through the 1st quarter, the Vikings defense FINALLY showed some signs of being conscious at the end of the 1st quarter when Danielle Hunter sacked Rodgers, causing him to lose the ball; however, once again (as was to be the pattern for the evening), the Vikings couldn’t recover it (which is not the good part).
  • Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph gave the Vikings’ offense life. Sam threw a nice fade to Rudolph, securing the first Vikings’ TD of the season (which is ridiculous, since it’s the 2nd game of the season).
  • Sam Bradford was able to return to the field after having his hand lanced to release sub-q blood. (YUCK)
  • The Packers only had 65 yards on offense at the end of the 1st half. A “tee hee” is warranted, I think.
  • B-Rob came up with a strip fumble mid-4th quarter – AND – the Vikings actually recovered it! How ’bout that? (Under “Bad” or even “Ugly” one might find the description of what we did with the recovered fumble… aka NOTHING)
  • Linval Joseph played well.
  • The Vikings WON.
Matt Kalil: is just terrible.

Matt Kalil: he’s just terrible. He was mowed down over and over and over tonight.

The Bad

  • The Vikings missed a fumble recovery on the Packers’ first offensive play. It was ridiculous. Sendejo should have held onto that ball better.
  • The Vikings o-line crumbled repeatedly in the 1st quarter. What am I even saying? The ENTIRE TEAM sucked in the 1st quarter. Matt Kalil false-started for a penalty. Adrian Peterson could not gain more than ONE net yard. The whole thing was a fiasco. I literally could not believe what I was seeing on the field. It was ridiculous.
  • Sam Bradford’s non-throwing hand got hurt by Clay Matthews, whose hair looked like he’d gotten a recent blow-out at the salon…. it was soft, silky, just slightly turned under at the ends. Do you think he realizes that his team is on a downward trajectory?
  • Matt Kalil is terrible. I really have nothing more to add. Oh wait, yes I do. I put some Kalil commentary under “Inexplicable”, too.
  • Everson Griffen lined up off-sides in the 2nd quarter. Why – WHY – would a veteran do that at a critical time? Our veterans were having some issues tonight.
  • Adrian Peterson was injured in the 3rd quarter. Same leg as his original ACL injury. Hope he’s ok without surgical intervention and a long recovery.
  • Danielle Hunter also suffered a knee injury.
The Packers' offense was primarily comprised of MN penalties. It was pretty aggravating.

The Packers’ offense was primarily comprised of MN penalties. It was pretty aggravating.

The Ugly

  • Terence Newman executed a RIDICULOUS PI infraction in the 1st quarter, giving the Packers primo field position, since he decided to comit the penalty in the end zone. You know what he followed it up with? A holding penalty. It was stupid and a veteran should know better. I was angry.
  • Fusco was terrible, getting man-handled at every turn by the Packers’ defense. It was a terrible performance.
  • Trae Waynes and his PI infractions. Settle down dude. So frustrating…. and it wasn’t just a one time thing. It was all game long. That kid needs to learn some discipline. I hated watching him out there; don’t trust him at all.
  • Just how many fumbles can the Vikings force and NOT recover? A ridiculous amount, apparently.
  • Stefon Diggs came flying off the bench, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This was after a nice return by Patterson. So, what did that do? Made sure the Vikings had a 3 and out.
  • 13 penalties for 137 yards did NOT help us win this game.
Trae Waynes is terrible.

Trae Waynes is terrible…. except for that one interception in that key moment in the 4th quarter!

The Inexplicable

  • The Packers were able to block a field goal. Where the hell were the special teams?
  • The O-Line. False Start after False Start. It was fricken ridiculous. Are these people actually being paid as professionals?
  • How in the hell could the team let Jordy Nelson get the first TD ever scored in the building. That really makes me mad.
  • Matt Kalil – why the hell is this guy still on the team? He’s totally worthless play after play.
  • Trae Waynes needs to be benched… AFTER his interception.


So that’s the first game in US Bank stadium. We lost our marquee player, likely for the season (maybe forever?), saw some good things in the Bradford-Diggs connection and learned that Trae Waynes is TERRIBLE until he makes one great play that almost negates all of his previous suckage!

So, our beloved Vikings who take use through a roller-coaster of emotion every single week are undefeated as they head into week 3. How are you feeling about the season?



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