Category Archive: NFC

Oct 23

2016 Week Seven: Vikings vs Eagles

The game started out slow with the Eagles going 3 and out, and then the Vikings going 3 and out – until Locke sold a “hitting the kicker” penalty and the Vikings got another shot… which, they promptly squandered. Let me say for the 103rd time: the Vikings need to learn how to start fast and complete drives if they’re going to compete for a title – with or without that defense.

Let me use a few adjectives to describe the game: revolting, sloppy, bush league, unprofessional, pathetic. Do you disagree? If so, leave me a comment.

For me, this was a hard game to watch because it was the first time I really and truly doubted that the Vikings were as good as we thought they were. Coming off the bye they looked sluggish, imprecise, fatigued. Zimmer summed it up best when he said the offense was embarrassing.  Add to that a lack of urgency and low energy, I am VERY concerned that this team isn’t going to get their momentum back.

Sigh. Let’s go ahead and break this travesty of a game down.

Thank you Blair Walsh for points to avoid a shut out.

Thank you Blair Walsh for points to avoid a shut out.

The Good

  • Sendejo intercepted Wentz on the Eagles’ 2nd offensive series, taking the ball to the 3 yard line. See the Inexplicable for what happens next.
  • After Bradford’s interception, Wentz fumbled and Barr recovered. And what happened next? See The Inexplicable for the answer.
  • After Bradford was stripped and the Eagles recovered, Wentz tried to throw downfield and Xavier Rhodes decided he’d throw a wrench in that plan as he intercepted the ball.
  • The Vikings defense held the Eagles to no points and a punt on a drive that had previously been a march down the field. Since I write this in real time, I hope this heralds a momentum swing that favors the Vikings.
  • Late in the 2nd quarter, Bradford was able to connect with Thielen and Patterson for completions to help move the Vikings how the field.
  • The Vikings recovered a fumble late in the 4th.
  • The Vikings scored a TD. With 34 seconds left to play. Literally no one cared.
Marcus Sherels fumbled when we needed him to work his magic.

Marcus Sherels fumbled when we needed him to work his magic.

The Bad

  • On the first offensive drive, the Vikings got a 2nd chance at putting up some points and they couldn’t deliver.
  • Kyle Rudolph dropped a ball on a pass. Again. I don’t understand why he doesn’t show up 100% of the time.
  • Stefon Diggs was subjected to PI, and a ref threw a flag and then they decided, because the officials routinely prove they hate the Vikings, they picked up the flag and pretended it never happened.
  • Sendejo was injured on his interception. Ankle.
  • Walsh was able to put the first points for either team up on the board.
  • The Vikings started the 2nd half in the same crappy fashion they ended the 1st half. Make no mistake – this game wasn’t fun to watch at any point.
  • With only 6 minutes left in the game, Vikings players were strolling about with no sense of urgency at all. It was infuriating.

The Ugly

  • The o-line. It sucks and if that isn’t addressed (for real this time), the Vikings have no chance to win in the play-offs. You cannot have an ineffective offense, no matter how good your defense is.
  • Bradford’s timing was off or the o-line sucked so badly it made him look terrible.
  • Late in the 2nd quarter, the Eagles managed to break off a 21 yard run, which is unheard of for the Zimmer defense. This led to another 3 points for the Eagles.
  • The Vikings penalties. THE PENALTIES.
  • The Vikings were at the goal line for a 3rd time and handed it to Zach Line, who couldn’t convert a 3rd at 1. So they went for it and our own stupid left tackle blocked the hole Asiata was supposed to go through…. so we turned it over on downs.
It's been a while since I've had to dig out the angry monkey - but this very much resembles my own expression for nearly the entire game.

It’s been a while since I’ve had to dig out the angry monkey – but this very much resembles my own expression for nearly the entire game.

The Inexplicable

  • After Sendejo’s interception, Sam Bradford threw his first interception of the season in the end zone, thereby ending his no interception streak and knocking a little magic off the season. The Vikings, coming off the bye, were clearly not sharp.
  • After Barr recovered, Bradford was stripped of the ball and the Eagles recovered. You cannot make this stuff up. At this point in the game I was furious. Aren’t these people supposed to be professionals? It was Pop Warner all the way out there between Clemmings and Long – unbelievable.
  • Total turnovers in the 1st quarter: 5
  • Total points in the 1st quarter: 0
  • The Vikings special teams let the team down BIG TIME when they let the Eagles return a kick off for a TD. It was ridiculous. To make it worse, Harrison Smith managed to hit the kicker on the after point and gave the Eagles a chance to go for 2 points. Which they, of course, got.
  • Bradford was stripped of the ball yet again late in the 2nd quarter.
  • Marcus Sherels fumbled a punt, giving the ball right back to the Eagles. It was an unbelievable mistake.

So that’s week 7 in a nutshell my Vikings brethren. The Vikings are 5-1 and none of us feels good today.

How did today’s game influence how you feel about the Vikings?



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Oct 06

2016 Picks: Week Five

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Cardinals vs 49ers Cardinals
Washington vs Ravens Washington
Patriots vs Browns Patriots
Eagles vs Lions Lions
Bears vs Colts Colts
Titans vs Dolphins Dolphins
Texans vs Vikings Vikings
Jets vs Steelers Steelers
Falcons vs Broncos Broncos
Bengals vs Cowboys Bengals
Bills vs Rams Rams
Chargers vs Raiders Chargers
Giants vs Packers Giants
Buccaneers vs Panthers Panthers
4 teams on Bye
Seahawks, Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints
Weekly Right-Wrong


Season-To-Date Right-Wrong


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Oct 03

2016 Week Four: Vikings vs Giants

To start the game, the Vikings won the toss and deferred. That generated some slightly less than stellar special teams play on the kick return with the Giants getting out to the 35 yard line. That was followed by some good defense which ended up with the Giants having to punt.

The Giants punted a lot tonight. And it was glorious.

Let’s break it down.

Sam Bradford... I'm in love.

Sam Bradford… I’m in love.

The Good

  • Let’s just take a moment and smile as we think about Mike Zimmer, our head coach. Close your eyes, think of his unsmiling face and revel in his short, terse sentences. This is our coach. And he’s amazing. Tough love, team first.
  • Praise Odin for Cordarrelle Patterson as a gunner, freaking out the Giants’ punt returner, Harris, forcing a muff and a Marcus Sherels recovery.
  • The Vikings’ offense managed to put up points in the first quarter. In Odin’s name, we perform a Vikings War Chant.
  • Jerrick McKinnon busted out a 25 yard dash on the Vikings’ 3rd offensive series. It was the Vikings’ longest run from scrimmage this season.
  • Everson Griffen was not having any screens for 1st downs happening on his watch tonight.
  • Seems like Cordarrelle Patterson got a new attitude and correspondingly, he’s being given more work. I hope he understands the value of putting the team above oneself now. Zimmer preaches what I call servant leadership; be a giver to your team and if everyone does what’s best for the team, the team itself rises.
  • The Bradford-Rudolph connection continues with another TD in the 2nd quarter.
  • While Stefon Diggs missed early, he came alive as the game went on.
  • Xavier Rhodes intercepted Eli in the 3rd quarter. It was pretty amazing. OBJ sulked and as I looked at the Sad Eli post-interception face I laughed as I thanked Odin & Thor.
  • Mid-4th quarter, McKinnon ran in for a TD and no one touched him. I did the war chant by myself in my house. I wanted to scream out “And there is your dagger!” but I’m a Vikings fan, so I don’t believe we’ve won until the time runs out and our points are greater than those of our opponents.
  • Anthony Barr came up with a huge play when he tipped the ball as the Giants tried to convert a 4th down. The pass fell incomplete to the turf and the defense held strong.
  • OBJ had his worst career game – and it was delightful because he behaves like a little toddler.
We all know this is our Achilles' Heel.

We all know this is our Achilles’ Heel.

The Bad

  • On the Giants’ first offensive drive, Kendricks completely whiffed a tackle and that miss resulted in a punt… but that was because the Giants were penalized twice. I give the defense a B on that first series. Some good play mixed with some good luck.
  • Bradford and the receivers were really struggling in the 1st quarter. Charles Johnson had alligator arms in the 3rd series, Adam Thielen was interfered with but the ball was underthrown (although catchable). Diggs missed a catch he would have caught last week.
  • TJ Clemmings was beat several times, allowing Bradford to be pressured into throwing the ball away. We had to settle for a nerve-wracking field goal in the 3rd quarter. Nerve-wracking, of course, because it was Blair Walsh lining up to kick it.
  • Kendricks missed an easy INT and I could cry about it… but why? We won.
There was nothing seriously terrible about tonight so let's look at a drunk Kyle Orton and remember when he was a Bear. And then a Bronco. Etc.

There was nothing seriously terrible about tonight (aside from Walsh) so let’s look at a drunk Kyle Orton and remember when he was a Bear. And then a Bronco. Etc.

The Ugly

  • In the first half, some of the coverage was pretty squishy and the Vikings missed several tackles they should have easily made. Net result, 3 points – 30% luck, 30% Giants penalties and then the skill of the defense at 40% of the reason why.
  • The running game – I know McKinnon broke one free, but we need the o-line to create some holes.
  • In the 4th quarter, general ineptitude on defense allowed a 67 yard screen pass…. clearly huge YAC. It was infuriating. That was followed by PI in the end zone to give the Giants more attempts at a TD. Great. Thanks Waynes.

The Inexplicable

  • Why the hell can the Vikings not get the offense together right out of the gate? I do not understand why the hell every week is like pulling teeth to get these guys moving.
  • Norv Turner’s trick plays confuse me. Like… why? We have a QB who can throw. Just play the game.
  • Why is Robbie Gould not in purple? Blair Walsh sucks.

So that’s it for another week my fellow Vikings cheerers!

Based on tonight’s performance, what’s your prediction for the season?


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Sep 29

2016 Picks: Week Four

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Dolphins vs Bengals Bengals
Colts vs Jaguars Jaguars
Panthers vs Falcons Falcons
Raiders vs Ravens Ravens
Lions vs Bears Lions
Titans vs Texans Texans
Bills vs Patriots Patriots
Seahawks vs Jets Seahawks
Browns vs Washington Washington
Broncos vs Buccaneers Broncos
Rams vs Cardinals Rams
Saints vs Chargers Saints
Cowboys vs 49ers Cowboys
Chiefs vs Steelers Chiefs
Giants vs Vikings Vikings
2 Teams on Bye (Packers, Eagles)
Weekly Right-Wrong 0-0
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 36-12
updated 10/2/2016 11:30 AM

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Sep 27

2016 Picks: Week Three Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Texans vs Patriots Patriots Patriots 1
Cardinals vs Bills Cardinals Bills 0
Vikings vs Panthers Vikings Vikings! Wooo! 1
Broncos vs Bengals Broncos Broncos 1
Lions vs Packers Packers Packers (barely) 1
Ravens vs Jaguars Ravens Ravens 1
Browns vs Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins 1
Washington vs Giants Giants Washington 0
Raiders vs Titans Titans Raiders 0
49ers vs Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks 1
Rams vs Buccaneers Buccaneers Rams 0
Chargers vs Colts Colts Colts 1
Jets vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs 1
Steelers vs Eagles Eagles Eagles 1
Bears vs Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys 1
Falcons vs Saints Saints Falcons 0
Weekly Right-Wrong 11-5
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 36-12

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Sep 25

2016 Week Three: Vikings vs Panthers

Coming off a phenomenal performance last Sunday, I optimistically chose the Vikings to win today. I was berating myself for my stupidity for the first half.

And then… half-time adjustments.

I love Mike Zimmer so much! The entire 2nd half was like a whole new team had taken the field…. the one I remembered from last week (quarters 2 – 4). And so… holy cow… the Vikings enter week 4 undefeated.

But enough celebrating, let’s break it down.

Marcus Sherels now holds the Vikings' Punt Return for a TD record at 4.

Marcus Sherels now holds the Vikings’ Punt Return for a TD record at 4.

The Good

  • The Vikings held the Panthers to a 48 yard field goal on their first offensive series. The defense quickly tightened up and was effective against the run and ultimately the pass on a 3rd and long.
  • Danielle Hunter sacked Newton in the Panthers’ end zone for a safety. Δ
  • Jerrick McKinnon busted out a great run at the end of the first quarter, helping the Vikings keep their drive going. Unfortunately, the drive itself would end in another punt. Again.
  • Linval Joseph and Danielle Hunter sacked Newton, who went down with a potential ankle injury. (The sack is the good part, not the injury)
  • Gano missed a field goal in the 2nd quarter, keeping the score 10-2 and the Vikings still had some breathing room. Let’s be clear though – it felt like the Vikings were down 50 points at this time in the game because both the offensive and defensive play had been terrible. As fans we had to hope for field goal kicks to go wide or hit the uprights just for our team to have a shot at winning.
  • Marcus Sherels returned a punt for 6 points. Blair Walsh, of course, screwed up the extra point.
  • Trae Waynes intercepted Newton with 6 seconds left in the 1st half, preventing another Panthers’ scoring drive.
  • The Vikings took the field like champs in the 3rd quarter and drove down the field for a Bradford-Rudolph TD followed by a Jerrick McKinnon 2 point conversion, giving the Vikings a 16-10 lead. In Odin’s name we pray.
  • Harrison Smith was all over the place today, making tackles, forcing Cam out of his comfort zone. He was amazing.
  • Brian Robison was relentless and was able to inflict a brutal sack on Newton in the 3rd quarter.
  • Terence Newman came up with a big INT in the 3rd quarter. It was the 2nd of the game and it was sweet!
  • Blair Walsh managed to make a 28 yard field goal. Kudos to him and all of the Pop Warner kickers who could make the same chip shot. He followed it up with another field goal in the 4th quarter, taking the Vikings to 22 points vs Carolina’s 10.
  • The Vikings sacked Newton 8 times and intercepted him 3 times as the Vikings ruined the Panthers’ 14 game home winning streak.
Newman makes some plays but he plays pretty sloppy, too. He needs to act like a veteran.

Newman makes some good plays but he plays pretty sloppy, too. He needs to act like a veteran.

The Bad

  • The Panthers’ first running play of the game split the defense like a hot knife through butter. Not a stellar way to start the game. The second running play immediately following was less bad (on the part of the Vikings) as the Vikings were able to stop the runner.
  • The Vikings started their first offensive series with 2 runs, which made sense when Adrian Peterson was in the line up. He’s not and the choice left Bradford with 3rd down at 7. Bradford was nearly picked off after the ball was tipped. Generally a super ugly way for the Vikings to start the game. On the other hand, it felt pretty typical so mentally I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see it.
  • Terence Newman drew another penalty in the 1st quarter. He’s pretty sloppy for a 38 year-old veteran.
  • Before the 1st quarter was even over, the Panthers had scored 10 unanswered points. 2 series. 2 scores. Vikings defense? Stymied.
  • Kearse was called for illegal hands to the face during a punt, improving the Panthers’ field position by 10 yards after a poor Vikings field position and an average punt already had them near the 50 yard line. The number of penalties the Vikings have amassed this season is repulsive.
  • Xavier Rhodes started and then went out.
  • Alex Boone was injured during the 2nd quarter (knee, groin)
  • Sendejo is terrible. I still can’t believe we signed him for MORE time. Why, Vikings, why?
  • Kendricks was hurt late in the 4th quarter. We need him at mike!
Didn't see this connection or the Bradford/Diggs connection today, leaving the defense to score points.

Didn’t see this connection or the Bradford/Diggs connection until after half-time. The Vikings offense needs to get rolling much sooner.

The Ugly

  • Cam’s first pass was a 31 yard bomb to Ted Ginn against Xavier Rhodes, who appeared to be less than 100%.
  • The Vikings 2nd offensive series ended in disaster, with no points and terrible o-line play was punctuated with a Bradford sack before the Vikings punted the ball away. Again. After scoring no points. Again.
  • The Vikings defense looked like a Pop Warner 2nd-string unit that had just been compiled of people selected randomly off the street during most of the first half. It was both perplexing and infuriating since a stalwart defense is supposed to be the hallmark of the Minnesota Vikings. I spent most of the first half hoping for a Zimmer butt-kicking during half-time (for the team, of course, not me…. I was fine). Thankfully, per the usual, Zim turned it around. But I haven’t forgotten that first half performance!
Good-bye Blair. Get off my team. I was here before you and I'll be here after you.

Good-bye Blair. Get off my team. I was here before you and I’ll be here after you.

The Inexplicable

  • The Vikings defense (#92, #93) drew 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after the Panthers scored their first TD. I thought Zimmer demanded control and discipline out of his players? They were pretty freakin’ sloppy during the first quarter.
  • They were also sloppy during the 2nd quarter. Where the hell is the discipline, Zim?
  • What do we do with Blair Walsh?

So that’s it, Vikings friends & neighbors. Week 3 in the hopper and the Vikings are 3-0. I can’t believe it after that day I was sitting at work and I got my first text telling me about Teddy’s injury. But here we are… and I’m proud of my team.

What’s your prediction for the season?




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Sep 11

2016 Week One: Vikings vs Titans

The game started out with a mediocre Blair Walsh kick off, which the Titans returned to the 29 yard line. The Titans’ first offensive series ended with a punt… but for a while there, the Titans were having their way both on the ground and in the air. Eventually, Brian Robison stepped up and made a couple of plays to get the Titans’ offense off the field.

That’s how the 2016 season started for the Vikings. There is a lot of football to be played before we see how it ends.

The way the 1st game of the Vikings’ season ended was in a Vikings victory, which I admit surprised me given the team’s performance in the first half.

We haven't seen our team on the field since January. Momentarily, I was glad they were back.

We haven’t seen our team on the field since January. At times, I was glad they were back… and my attitude noticeably improved when we were up 25-10!

The Good

  • During the Vikings’ 2nd offensive series, Hill managed to complete passes! He was out there spreading the ball around like a pro! Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph…. and then the drive ended in disgrace as Blair Walsh missed [another] field goal.
  • Somehow the Vikings managed to stop the Titans from scoring on their 3rd offensive series. I will attribute this to a deficiency on the part of the Titans, not on any skills the Vikings may or may not possess.
  • To start the 2nd half, Blair Walsh managed to make a 50 yard field goal. On Twitter, we all celebrated and then I realized how pathetic is was that we were still down 7 points and just relieved our once mighty kicker could actually score.
  • Shawn Hill actually hit some of the receivers in stride and played a relatively mistake-free game.
  • 2nd half adjustments are something that Zimmer is able to achieve in a way no Vikings coach has managed to do since Bud Grant.

    2nd half adjustments are something that Zimmer is able to achieve in a way no Vikings coach has managed to do since Bud Grant.

    Coach Zimmer and his 2nd half adjustments. My friends, we finally have a coach for the long-haul.

  • Blair Walsh made a 2nd field goal at 30+ yards out. It’s only in the “good” category because I don’t have a “table-stakes” section.
  • Eric Kendricks scored a TD off a pick. A “Pick-6” as they say in the business. It was a tremendous boon for us. Too bad our “kicker” missed the extra point.
  • Adam Thielen is great both on and off the field.
  • There was a Cordarrelle Patterson sighting as a receiver AND he made a great catch.
  • The Titans fumbled and Danielle Hunter made the best out of the situation by taking it to the house!
  • Shemar Stephen forced a fumble and Andrew Sendejo picked it up. It was fun to watch, but the Vikings were unable to capitalize on it and Locke came out to punt.
  • Late in the 4th quarter, Hill connected with Diggs for a 33 yard passing play. I was very happy to see it!
I had this same expression on my face for much of today's game.

I had this same expression on my face for much of today’s game.

The Bad

  • The defense was sluggish out of the gate. The second time they were on the field, they were terrible against the run and terrible against the pass. Tackling fundamentals were non-existent. The Titans were held to a field goal by sheer luck.
  • The offense was worse; on the first drive they went 3 and out and Hill had a pathetic passing attempt… like, it was nowhere near the receiver (Diggs). I hated Donovan McNabb…. but at least he could get the ball in front of the receiver… or, at least, his feet.
  • Adrian Peterson looks slow and continues to have “vision” problems, meaning that he continues to be unable to see holes. He picks where he wants to run before the play develops and never deviates from his selection. Frankly a little tired of that. I guess the good news is that he managed not to fumble when he did carry.
  • The Vikings completely failed on their 2nd offensive series. From 2 face mask penalties to generalized incompetency, the series was a dud.
  • Shawn Hill ran on a 3rd down… but not far enough to convert.
  • We had Patterson and Sherels in the backfield to receive a punt and they lateralled into a reverse. Why didn’t we save that for game against a division rival? Now people will expect it if they’re both back there. We don’t need to show everyone everything in the first game guys.
  • Too many of the offensive drives ended in field goals. With Walsh’s mental block, that’s extremely risky and problematic. Especially considering our next opponent.
Good-bye Blair. Get off my team. I was here before you and I'll be here after you.

Good-bye Blair. Get off my team. I was here before you and I’ll be here after you.

The Ugly

  • Field goals. Blair Walsh missed a 37 yarder. And then a 56 yarder – which wasn’t even kind of close. Like it was SO FAR off, that football was on its way to Kentucky. He was less bad later in the game, but I don’t know about this guy. It may be time to cut him. He’s mentally weak and has no grit or resiliency.
  • The Titans exposed some deficiencies in the Vikings defense. We’ve been saying all off-season… even if our offense is just decent, that defense is gonna take us to the promised land. Well, you know what? That defense is NOT as good as we’ve been pretending it is. It took them a long time to get with the program and even then they still had some issues in the tackling arena.
  • Blair Walsh missed an extra point in the 3rd quarter, bring the total points he cost us to 7 on the day. HE MISSED AN EXTRA POINT. This isn’t Pop Warner; this is the NFL and you cannot have a kicker who makes you close your eyes and cross your fingers every time he lines up to kick for points.

The Inexplicable

  • Billy Ray Cyrus singing the National Anthem followed by an aerial shot of a drone. Billy Ray Cyrus does not have a voice that can carry our National Anthem.
  • Smith and Ellison with face mask penalties ON THE OFFENSE. Ridiculous.
  • Everson Griffen’s personal foul needlessly negated a Harrison Smith interception. Completely stupid for a veteran.

To sum up the game, it was a mixed bag of brilliant moments and completely ridiculous mistakes made by players who should know better. We were lucky to come out of the game with a win, 25-16.

So, that’s week one, Vikings brethren. 1-0 to start the season. How are you feeling about the team? Use the polls below to vote.


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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.

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