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

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  1. Week Twelve: Vikings vs Packers — November 23, 2014
  2. 2014 Week 12 Picks — November 20, 2014
  3. 2014 Week 11 Picks Results — November 18, 2014
  4. Week Eleven: Vikings vs Bears — November 16, 2014
  5. 2014 Week 11 Picks — November 13, 2014

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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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Nov 12

2014 Week 10 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Browns vs Bengals Browns Browns Browns won on the road and the Bengals are left to reevaluate.
Ravens vs Titans Ravens Ravens 14 point win on the road is pretty good.
Chiefs vs Bills Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs won by 4.
Dolphins vs Lions Lions Lions Crazy game and the Lions add to the win column.
Cowboys vs Jaguars Cowboys Cowboys What’s a little spinal doohickie fracture? Romo manages a decisive win.
49ers vs Saints Saints 49ers 49ers in OT. I love when the Saints lose at home.
Steelers vs Jets Steelers Jets Wut? The Jets gave their fans a home win despite all predictions.
Falcons vs Buccaneers Falcons Falcons Like I said… the Bucs aren’t that good.
Broncos vs Raiders Broncos Broncos Peyton Manning is having a season. Raiders got spanked at home.
Rams vs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Carson Palmer down! Sadly looks like an ACL. Cardinals win anyway? Next man up.
Giants vs Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Bad Eli, a bad Giants’ defense results in a Seahawks win.
Bears vs Packers Packers Packers Man – the Bears were totally embarrassed.
Panthers vs Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles. By a lot.
Week 10 Results Correct:11 Incorrect: 2
2014 Regular Season Correct:96 Incorrect:51

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Nov 05

2014 Week 10 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Browns vs Bengals Browns Bengals broke their losing streak, but I don’t think it’ll hold.
Ravens vs Titans Ravens Home-field advantage likely not a huge advantage in this match up.
Chiefs vs Bills Chiefs Call me kookie, but I think Alex Smith can beat Fitzpatrick in this one.
Dolphins vs Lions Lions If the Dolphins burn me, I will be sad. With Megatron back, I think the Lions win.
Cowboys vs Jaguars Cowboys Seems like a lopsided match up.
49ers vs Saints Saints Will probably be a tight game but I think the Saints will triumph.
Steelers vs Jets Steelers Jets are all over the place at QB; makes it hard to win. But not impossible.
Falcons vs Buccaneers Falcons Falcons aren’t good on the road, but the Bucs just aren’t good.
Broncos vs Oakland Broncos Peyton Manning is having a season.
Rams vs Cardinals Cardinals The Cardinals are a good team and the Rams are inconsistent.
Giants vs Seahawks Seahawks I think the 12th man will be the difference. Looking for Bad Eli to show up.
Bears vs Packers Packers I wish both of these teams could lose.
Panthers vs Eagles Eagles Eagles at home.
Week 9 Results Correct:

 

Incorrect:

 

2014 Regular Season Correct:

85

Incorrect:

49

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Oct 29

2014 Week 9 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Saints vs Panthers Saints Saints
Jaguars vs Bengals Bengals Bengals
Buccaneers vs Browns Browns Browns
Cardinals vs Cowboys Cardinals Cardinals
Eagles vs Texans Eagles Eagles
Jets vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Chargers vs Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Washington vs Vikings Vikings Vikings
Rams vs 49ers 49ers Rams
Broncos vs Patriots Patriots Patriots
Raiders vs Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Ravens vs Steelers Steelers Steelers
Colts vs Giants Colts Colts
Week 9 Results Correct:

12

Incorrect:

1

2014 Regular Season Correct:

85

Incorrect:

49

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Oct 27

2014 Week 8 Picks Results


Pretty good showing this week!

 

Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Chargers vs Broncos Broncos Broncos Mile high oxygen sparse air and all that…
Lions vs Falcons Lions Lions A 1 point victory still counts. Just ask the Bills.
Seahawks vs Panthers Seahawks Seahawks They didn’t win by much but got the job done.
Ravens vs Bengals Ravens Bengals Bengals snapped their month long losing streak.
Dolphins vs Jaguars Dolphins Dolphins FINALLY I get the outcome of a Dolphins game right.
Rams vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Rams scored early and then took a nap.
Bears vs Patriots Patriots Patriots Total blow out.
Bills vs Jets Bills Bills Apparently this would have been a hilarious game to watch.
Vikings vs Buccaneers Vikings Vikings Game went to OT. Anthony Barr had a Strip 6 to win the game!
Texans vs Titans Texans Texans Wasn’t really a contest.
Eagles vs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals win in the end!
Raiders vs Browns Browns Browns Browns handled the Raiders just fine.
Colts vs Steelers Colts Steelers A real stunner for the Colts.
Packers vs Saints Saints Saints Packers took a beating. It was delicious.
Washington vs Cowboys Cowboys Washington Romo probably should have stayed in the locker room.
Week 8 Results Correct:12 Incorrect: 3
2014 Regular Season Correct:73 Incorrect:48

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