VikesPrincess

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Name: Lisa Fridland
Date registered: January 5, 2011
URL: http://www.vikesprincess.net

Latest posts

  1. 2014 Week 14 Picks — December 4, 2014
  2. 2014 Week 13 Picks Results — December 3, 2014
  3. 2014 Week 13 Picks — November 26, 2014
  4. 2014 Week 12 Picks Results — November 24, 2014
  5. Week Twelve: Vikings vs Packers — November 23, 2014

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Dec 04

2014 Week 14 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Cowboys vs Bears Cowboys The Bears are bad. And I rejoice.
Steelers vs Bengals Steelers This could go either way, but Cinci has been unpredictable so I pick the Steelers.
Colts vs Browns Colts Luck has it. Luck, that is.
Lions vs Buccaneers Lions The Roar isn’t quite back but at least the beast is awake.
Texans vs Jaguars Texans The real question is: what will JJ Watt do?
Ravens vs Dolphins Ravens Dolphins will put up a fight, but I don’t think they’re going to win.
Jets vs Vikings Vikings It is with trepidation I pick the home team.
Panthers vs Saints Saints The Superdome is a hard place to play – or so I hear.
Giants vs Titans Giants Giants are all over the place this season but should be able to do this.
Rams vs Washington Rams Rams defense… pretty stout.
Chiefs vs Cardinals Cardinals Going with the home team even though they’ve stumbled.
Bills vs Broncos Broncos It’s Mile High.
49ers vs Raiders 49ers They haven’t looked themselves, but surely they can beat the Raiders…
Seahawks vs Eagles Seahawks Frankly this could go either way. I tossed a quarter. It picked the Seahawks.
Patriots vs Chargers Chargers Going with the home team.
Falcons vs Packers Packers As much as I hate them, they will probably win.
Week 14 Results Correct:

 

Incorrect:

 

2014 Regular Season Correct:

129

Incorrect:

62

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Dec 03

2014 Week 13 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Lions vs Bears Lions Lions Sucks to be a Bears fan right now.
Eagles vs Cowboys Eagles Eagles Eagles are looking good.
Seahawks vs 49ers Seahawks Seahawks Not a surprising outcome.
Chargers vs Ravens Ravens Chargers A win by 1 point is a still a win…
Browns vs Bills Bills Bills Bills secured a win at home while the Manziel era has begun. Probably.
Titans vs Texans Texans Texans JJ Watt with another TD catch. Total blow out.
Washington vs Colts Colts Colts Andrew has Luck.
Giants vs Jaguars Giants Jaguars Jaguars improve to 2-11 and the Giants continue to implode.
Panthers vs Vikings Vikings Vikings Score was actually 17-13, Vikings if you ignore the 2 defensive TDs of blocked punts.
Saints vs Steelers Saints Saints Saints win on the road by 4 or so points.
Raiders vs Rams Rams Rams Raiders. What happened? 0 Points for them… 54 for the Rams.
Bengals vs Buccaneers Bengals Bengals Bengals, as expected. A 1 point win is still a win.
Cardinals vs Falcons Cardinals Falcons Cardinals are no longer the talk of the town.
Patriots vs Packers Patriots Packers Boo. I look forward to the Packers losing in the play-offs.
Broncos vs Chiefs Broncos Broncos Chiefs are not who we thought they were.
Dolphins vs Jets Dolphins Dolphins Close one – but the fins bring home the win.
Week 13 Results Correct:

12

Incorrect:

4

2014 Regular Season Correct:

129

Incorrect:

62

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Nov 26

2014 Week 13 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Lions vs Bears Lions Let’s face it – the Bears aren’t good.
Eagles vs Cowboys Eagles Eagles have been playing strong.
Seahawks vs 49ers Seahawks Picking against them hasn’t worked out lately, so I’ll pick the Seahawks this time.
Chargers vs Ravens Ravens Think the home team will win this one.
Browns vs Bills Bills Could go either way so I’ll stick with the home team.
Titans vs Texans Texans Titans are not having a great year; Texans have JJ Watt.
Washington vs Colts Colts RGIII apparently done in Washington?
Giants vs Jaguars Giants Giants are up and down but the Jaguars are just bad.
Panthers vs Vikings Vikings Oh, team of mine, don’t make me regret this prognostication.
Saints vs Steelers Saints I hate the Saints but I think Brees > Big Ben.
Raiders vs Rams Rams Rams are a delightful surprise as of late.
Bengals vs Buccaneers Bengals The Bucs could win this, but I’m going with the Bengals.
Cardinals vs Falcons Cardinals Why not?
Patriots vs Packers Patriots Packers are highly overrated.
Broncos vs Chiefs Broncos I might regret this choice.
Dolphins vs Jets Dolphins I feel like the Dolphins will take this one.
Week 13 Results Correct:

 

Incorrect:

 

2014 Regular Season Correct:

117

Incorrect:

58

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Nov 24

2014 Week 12 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Chiefs vs Raiders Raiders Raiders Home team was a surprisingly good choice.
Browns vs Falcons Falcons Browns Said this one could go either way. And it did.
Buccaneers vs Bears Bucs Bears Lovie Smith’s return to Soldier Field was not triumphant.
Bengals vs Texans Bengals Bengals Bengals still going…
Jaguars vs Colts Colts Colts Jaguars looked tough early… and then lost by a 20 point margin.
Packers vs Vikings Packers Packers 24-21… the Vikings were not embarrassed, but maybe the Packers were.
Lions vs Patriots Patriots Patriots Lions got spanked. Hopes of winning the NFC North likely gone.
Titans vs Eagles Eagles Eagles Decisive win by the Eagles at home.
Rams vs Chargers Chargers Chargers Rams put up a good fight.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Cardinals Seahawks Cardinals totally fell down.
Dolphins vs Broncos Broncos Broncos Dolphins led for a long time, but the Broncos put up 22 points in the 4th quarter.
Washington vs 49ers 49ers 49ers But not by a lot!
Cowboys vs Giants Cowboys Cowboys Barely but Romo got it done.
Jets vs Bills Bills Bills The Bills destroyed the Jets in Detroit.
Ravens vs Saints Saints Ravens I do love when the Saints lose.
Week 12 Results Correct:

11

Incorrect:

4

2014 Regular Season Correct:

117

Incorrect:

59

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Nov 23

Week Twelve: Vikings vs Packers


The Vikings continue to sail in stormy waters.

The Vikings continue to sail in stormy waters.

I will be honest. Like I always am.

I expected the Packers to put up >50 points on the Vikings today.

I was mentally prepared to be hopeless and disgusted for 3 hours. Instead the Vikings did something worse: they kept me thinking right up until the end that they might actually win the game.

And then, of course, they lost it.

And that’s the thing with this team… they can be stout on defense until they inexplicably collapse. The offense can get in a groove until… the music stops playing… or whatever was keeping them in sync stops.

Whatever it is, it’s hard to watch it week after week.

I often think people (specifically other NFL fans) don’t understand just how hard it is to be a Vikings fan – especially for those of us who have been watching the team since the days of Bud Grant. What’s the stat I saw recently? Something to the effect that since 1994, the Vikings have had over 20 different starting quarterbacks while the Packers had just Favre followed by Rodgers. Is it any wonder why us Vikings fans are often grumpy? Well – maybe it’s just me. I am grumpy. A lot.

Enough about that, though. We all know where we sit in the starting quarterback realm.

No Zimmerisms this week. There were technical difficulties with the live stream video (at least for me). He did seem reflective based on the comments I was able to hear. Will have to go back later and re-watch to see if I missed anything good.

Let’s break it down.

The Good

  • The game was competitive and the Vikings clearly showed that the Packers are not nearly as good as their record and the announcers say they are.
  • Kyle Rudolph is back.
  • Joe Banyard had his first NFL action and he was pretty good.
  • The Vikings converted an extra point to 2.
  • Josh Robinson was solid today.
  • Harrison Smith continues to be a shiny bright spot.

The Bad

  • It took until the 3rd quarter for the Vikings to have a sack. I like seeing Rodgers with his face planted in the turf, so that was irritating to me.
  • Judd Zulgad tweeted that Matt Kalil only has 4 – 5 bad plays a game. Sure seems like a helluva lot more than that. (And I found out later that Judd was actually mocking Kalil’s assessment of himself). Kalil is a huge bust.
  • Teddy Bridgewater’s accuracy. And continued interception issues. Clearly, he was forced to play too soon.

The Ugly

  • 3rd down efficiency: 38% so the offense remains terrible in converting.
  • The opponent’s 3rd down efficiency: 54% so the Vikings’ defense continues to allow conversions over half the time.
  • 7 penalties for 77 yards. Matt Kalil was the big offender here.

Next Up: Panthers. Maybe the Vikings can secure a win.

Until next week, Vikings brethren. Skol.

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Nov 20

2014 Week 12 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Chiefs vs Raiders Raiders Going with the home team.
Browns vs Falcons Falcons Home team again – but could easily be the Browns who win.
Buccaneers vs Bears Bucs The Bears are terrible – the Vikings only made them look good.
Bengals vs Texans Bengals As much as I like JJ Watt… I think the Bengals are on a roll.
Jaguars vs Colts Colts Not certain about this one…
Packers vs Vikings Packers Please don’t let the Vikings get totally embarrassed.
Lions vs Patriots Patriots The Lions are collapsing like an under-done soufflé.
Titans vs Eagles Eagles Eagles at home.
Rams vs Chargers Chargers Rams could take this one, but going with the home team.
Cardinals vs Seahawks Cardinals Perhaps not a popular pick, but achievable I think.
Dolphins vs Broncos Broncos Broncos were stunned last week. Likely to take it out on the Dolphins.
Washington vs 49ers 49ers 49ers at home.
Cowboys vs Giants Cowboys Wonder if Really Bad Eli and 5 interceptions will show up?
Jets vs Bills Bills Detroit gets another free Monday night game.
Ravens vs Saints Saints Going with the home team.
Week 12 Results Correct:

 

Incorrect:

 

2014 Regular Season Correct:

106

Incorrect:

55

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Nov 18

2014 Week 11 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Bills vs Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins  Dolphins: less bad than they previously were.
Falcons vs Panthers Falcons Falcons  Falcons: Matty Ice can win on the road.
Vikings vs Bears Bears Bears  Sweet baby Odin on a cracker… what WAS that, Vikings?
Texans vs Browns Texans Texans  JJ Watt with a TD reception like we all expected…?
Seahawks vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs  Oh, how the mighty have fallen…
Bengals vs Saints Bengals Bengals  Bengals’ October losing streak was just a lull…
49ers vs Giants 49ers 49ers  5 INTs, Eli? Let’s call that SUPER Bad Eli.
Broncos vs Rams Broncos Rams  As expected, the Broncos…. um.. wut?
Buccaneers vs Washington Washington Bucs  Did not see that coming.
Raiders vs Chargers Chargers Chargers  Oh, those CA AFC teams… Raiders, always coming up short.
Lions vs Cardinals Lions Cardinals  Cardinals at the top of the Power Rankings…
Eagles vs Packers Packers Packers  Packers playing teams that make them look good – the saga continues.
Patriots vs Colts Colts Patriots  It was a tough game to call.
Steelers vs Titans Steelers Steelers  Closer than I expected.
Week 11 Results Correct:10 Incorrect: 4
2014 Regular Season Correct:106 Incorrect:55

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Nov 16

Week Eleven: Vikings vs Bears


The Bears were absolutely terrible against the Packers this last Sunday night. Which is how I knew that the Vikings would lose today.

Evidence: the Vikings cannot beat the Bears as of late. The Vikings look lethargic historically coming off of a bye. The Bears just got completely embarrassed on the national stage. The Bears are likely angry. Matt Kalil is a still a starter. A terrible recipe for a non-fun Sunday of football.

The Vikings’ defense looked slow and slightly incompetent during the first half. They couldn’t stop a 3rd down conversion if their lives depended on it. I’d love to say it was different during the second half, but I cannot. The Vikings offense was disgusting. And I say that as a fan with decades of history with this team.

I could keep going, but let’s just break this down and get it over with.

Harrison Smith - a lone bright spot.

Harrison Smith – a lone bright spot.

The Good

  • Captain Munnerlyn had an interception.
  • Harrison Smith had an interception.
  • Fake punt. I hate Priefer, but that was inspired.
  • There was a Cordarrelle Patterson sighting. 17 yard pass from Bridgewater. And immediately following, a 2nd pass to Patterson. It’s like stupid Norv Turner suddenly realized Patterson existed on the roster.
  • Vikings appear to have penalties under control, for the most part.

The Bad

  • The Vikings had 10 first downs. The Bears? 24. Twenty. Four.
  • Late in the 4th, the Vikings converted a 3rd down for the first time in the game. Naturally, it was called back for #82 holding. And, of course, the Vikings couldn’t convert after the penalty. BUT… they didn’t convert the 4th down with pass. Somehow. The first positive on offense for the game (which is still the bad part).
  • Bridgewater found a rhythm late in the 4th quarter. Of course, it was too late to matter and ended with with an interception. Par for the course.
  • The Vikings couldn’t do a thing with the Munnerlyn and Smith interceptions.
  • Josh Robinson continually getting beat by the receivers. This is an on-going theme.
  • Teddy Bridgewater never throwing for more than 5 yards.
  • The offensive line. See also “the Ugly”
What's better than Matt Kalil? An angry Capuchin Monkey.

What’s better than Matt Kalil? An angry Capuchin Monkey.

The Ugly

  • The game ended on a Bridgewater interception that was pointless and unnecessary.
  • Vikings’ 3rd down efficiency: 18%.  The Bears? FIFTY EIGHT. 58%.
  • Time of Possession: Vikings – 21:22, Bears – 38:38. That’s right – the Vikings had the ball for about 1.5 quarters out of 4. Think about that.
  • Tackling fundamentals. STILL an issue for the 3rd season in a row.
  • Matt Kalil. How is this guy not benched? Put a capuchin monkey in there. At least then there’d be a reason Teddy has no protection.
  • Inability to stop 3rd down conversions on defense.
  • Inability to convert 3rd downs on offense.
  • The Vikings had 23 yards of offense in the 3rd quarter.
  • The Bears just kept converting 4th downs. Because our defense couldn’t stop anything or tackle anyone.

The Untenable

  • Being asked to watch a team that is terrible year after year when the General Manager is not held accountable for things like… TERRIBLE QB draft choices, personnel decisions that are non-sensical and general ineptitude. Rick Spielman needs to go. Let’s all agree that the Vikings have been terrible since 2010. And the ONE common denominator from a leadership perspective is Rick Spielman.

So that’s it for another week Vikings fans. The Vikings had a chance for a division win against a downtrodden team but instead, like they usually do, the Vikings handed the Bears a division win. Am I the only one sick of seeing this level of mediocrity coming from the Vikings? I’m so tired of starting every season hopeful and having that team completely demoralize me by week 8. I wish I could say I enjoy watching this team, but I don’t. And I haven’t for a long time.

All that to say – see you next week, Vikings fans. When the Vikings take a thumpin’ by the Packers. Not even doing a survey this week. We all know the Vikings are looking at another loss.

 

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Nov 13

2014 Week 11 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Bills vs Dolphins Dolphins
Falcons vs Panthers Falcons
Vikings vs Bears Bears
Texans vs Browns Texans
Seahawks vs Chiefs Chiefs
Bengals vs Saints Bengals
49ers vs Giants 49ers
Broncos vs Rams Broncos
Buccaneers vs Washington Washington
Raiders vs Chargers Chargers
Lions vs Cardinals Lions
Eagles vs Packers Packers
Patriots vs Colts Colts
Steelers vs Titans Steelers
Week 11 Results Correct:

TBD

Incorrect:

TBD

2014 Regular Season Correct:

96

Incorrect:

51

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