Category Archive: NFC

Sep 14

Week Two: Vikings vs Patriots


The Vikings looked great on the opening drive today. Matt Asiata didn’t quite break free on his runs, but eventually he found the end zone.

And that, my friends, would be the highlight of the game. For Vikings fans, anyway. The truth of the matter is that you’re not going to stand a chance of winning a game when your QB’s passer rating is 39.1.  The harsh reality is that 4 interceptions are going to lose you the game. Now that we’ve all returned to earth from our trip into the stratosphere of excitement after the Vikings stomped the Rams, we must acknowledge that beating the Rams last week is probably going to be an anomaly. Especially if the NFL rightly suspends Adrian Peterson and Matt Cassel remains our starting quarterback.

Coach Zimmer is constantly assessing.

Coach Zimmer is constantly assessing.

The Good:

Since I am hard-pressed to find anything good about today, here are some funny quotes from Cassel’s presser.

“We… I… I can’t turn the ball over.”  (Captain Obvious in the house!)

“I thought the safety did a good job getting over to that ball.” (On the Patriots’ safety Devin McCourty)

“I have to do a better job. And I will.” (Should we ask the Chiefs fans about that?)

“After that first drive, we never got back into rhythm.”

I’d highlight Zimmer’s press conference as “good”, too. Per his usual approach, he was quite candid. He started by shutting down any talk about Adrian Peterson and the blight he has brought down upon the team. My favorite quote, “You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough and having penalties on defense. That’s what affected the team.”

By Odin, I really like this guy. Another zinger when asked about bringing in Bridgewater… “I hold the quarterback position to the same level of expectation as any other position. Matt needs to play better, it’s pretty obvious… we all need to play better. And I need to coach better.”

“It’s a team game and we all have to step it up.” Praise Odin, Zimmer. Thank you for your candor.

Offensive mastermind?

Offensive mastermind?

The Bad:

Cordarrelle Patterson had just 4 receptions and zero rushing attempts. With his performance in 2013 and his performance in the season opener, how the heck could Norv Turner completely ignore him in the game plan for today. Understood that Turner was likely planning for Peterson’s presence. Why not try a few end-arounds with Patterson instead of expecting Matt Asiata, who is a serviceable running back, to try to replace the “star” RB? That doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

Speaking of game planning… why can the Vikings never seem to adjust as other teams do? If Belichick is over on the other sideline, adjusting away, why isn’t the Vikings coaching staff doing the same? These are the days I really miss Bud Grant. I’ll just say this… I am so far not overly impressed with Norv Turner. I know people think he’s an offensive mastermind… but I’m just not seeing it yet.

Other bad things…

Dropped passes by Rudolph and Jennings. 19 total rushing plays. 2 fewer rushing plays than Peterson had all by himself last week.

Penalties – 7 for 58 yards. Total return yardage – 11 (Patriots had 126). Tackling fundamentals appeared to go out the window and the team displayed a general lack of urgency and no heart. No heart! The whole outing was completely uninspired and an absolutely unmitigated disaster.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

The Ugly:

4 Interceptions by a quarterback who could not mentally recover after the first one. Cassel displays a general lack of intestinal fortitude when the chips are down. He fumbled, too.

Brian Robison had one tackle today. Add that to the 2 from last week, he’s got 3 on the season. He’s a very good defensive end. Where is he???

The defense was able to manage ONE whole sack today. Where was the defense from last week? Where was the blitzing? Where was the pressure? Brady could have made flapjacks on a griddle back there – he had that much time to find a receiver! “Order UP!” <ding>

Blocked field goal. I’ll repeat that. BLOCKED FIELD GOAL. Nice job, Special Teams.

Oh, there are probably 900 other terrible, ugly and atrocious things I could call out that happened during today’s game. If I had more energy, I might even talk about 3rd down efficiency. Or maybe I’d mention that the Patriots had almost 3 times as many rushing yards on us as we did on them. Anyone concerned those Patriots racked up 150 rushing yards today? I think that’s disturbing.

So much ugly in one game. It’s amazing how this team in particular has the ability to take us on an emotional roller-coaster every season. It’s not a ride I’m currently enjoying. Now, I’m not going to do anything stupid – like trade my beautiful purple secondary color to pair with gold for a truly butt-ugly green secondary color to pair with what Packer fans pretend is gold (hello mustard yellow!). But I was really hoping a complete coaching change would bring about some consistency in performance from our team.

It’d be easy to blame Peterson and the ugliness he has brought to the team for this loss; however, I think all the current situation has done is highlight the fact that the Vikings are not mentally resilient and they have a number of flaws that need to be addressed as quickly as possible.

That’s it for today, Vikings Nation. I’ll leave you with a Skol and let’s see what next week brings.

 

 

 

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Oct 27

Week Eight: Vikings vs Packers


I’m just going to jump right into my usual assessment.

The Good

  • Cordarrelle Patterson’s 109 yard kick off return for a TD
  • An Adrian Peterson rushing TD
  • Toby Gerhardt’s rumbling rushing TD in which he ran over Greg Jennings (that latter part wasn’t good but Greg laughed)
  • Minneapolis looked GREAT in the aerial shots
  • Did I mention that Minneapolis looked really pretty from the air?

The Bad

  • Cris Collingsworth having a microphone broadcasting his irritating commentary
  • Packers driving up the score just because they could; but hey – why not? If the Vikings can’t stop them then they deserved to be scored on.

The Ugly

  • Everything else. Literally.
  • Ponder was as terrible as he’s always been.
  • The o-line continues to do basically nothing.
  • The defense is inept, with no ability to make game-changing plays whatsoever.
  • Jeff Locke is a bust.
  • Coaching. The entire coaching staff. All of them.

The Packers scored the most points they ever have in the Dome. Aaron Rodgers has nearly perfect stats against the Vikings. The SNF crew was chock-full of horrible statistics showing just how much the Vikings have sucked under Frazier.

I don’t know what else to say other than the Vikings will take the field next Sunday once again, likely headed for another loss. The good news is that the game isn’t on prime-time. We won’t be embarrassed on the national stage again until Thursday, November 7th.

Let me end this with a poll. What do you think the real problem is with the Vikings?

 

 

See you next week.

 

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Oct 21

Week Seven: Vikings vs Giants on MNF


Vikings and prime time football are like oil and water, as we all know. The great news is that we have 3 weeks in a row of prime time! Our humiliation has just begun and it’s only going to get worse.

Because I cheer for the Vikings, I went into the game with low expectations. The good news is that I was not disappointed. At this point, I feel like we should petition to give a nickname to the offense; we can call them the 3 & Outs. I’ll break down the issues in a bit, but at its core, our inability to convert 3rd downs is why we continue to lose, not just games but the battle for clock time. Make no mistake though: our inability to convert is the result of numerous issues, as I lay out below.

My Favorite

  • Color commentary about Josh Freeman: “Uncatchable is an understatement.” And that, my friends, is the theme of tonight’s game.

The Good

  • Marcus Sherels and his punt return TD in the 1st quarter.
  • Jared Allen’s long armed, one handed sack in the 2nd quarter.
  • Half-time. I really enjoyed the break from the atrocity tonight. In many respects I would have been happy with just one half of a game tonight.
  • Cullen Loeffler’s fumble recovery. You don’t see that from a long snapper every day… or ever.

The Bad

  • The Vikings played in prime time. That’s never a good idea, unless Brett Favre is facing his former team for the first time. But we only had one of those.
  • Josh Freeman is a professional QB. One would think he could hit open receivers down field… but apparently not.
  • Josh Freeman can, however, throw an INT instead of taking a sack which was very Christian Ponder of him. It’s great to know that we have 3 mediocre QBs on board. Maybe Webb can move back to QB just to shake things up.
  • Cornerbacks missing easy INTs. There were 3 of those by the start of the 4th quarter.
  • A Sherels fumble on a punt return and a subsequent Giants recovery.
  • Sharrif Floyd fumbling a kick return… that actually made me laugh and I didn’t stop until the Giants kicked their field goal.
  • The 2 minute warning of the 4th quarter took FOREVER to arrive.

The Ugly

  • Xavier Rhodes and his PI penalty in the first half. That was a costly and unnecessary error.
  • The o-line’s inability to generate even a whisper of space for Peterson to exploit. What ARE they doing?
  • Leslie Frazier did a terrible job of pre-game planning once again.
  • Bill Musgrave didn’t reduce the size of his play card so he could do hand signals. I don’t care what the color commentators say about that. We’ve suffered through 2 seasons of Musgrave and we know he’s unimaginative, uninspired and unable to construct explosive plays.
  • We had more passing plays than running plays… nevermind the fact that the starting QB has had 2 weeks to practice with team and we have the NFL MVP at running back. Clearly Musgrave couldn’t be dumber if he tried.
  • I wanted to cry when I realized that there were still 12:13 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
  • 8:40 left in the 4th quarter didn’t make me happy either.
  • This was a terribly embarrassing performance that was worse than I could have anticipated.

Week 7 comes to a close with the single worst football game I believe I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot. The collective ineptitude of the entire coaching staff, coupled with the bottom of the barrel execution by the team was nauseating. Not to be the voice of doom, but this team is going to suck until someone wakes up and cleans out the coaching staff. And I’m a HUGE fan of taking the front office with them.

We need a regime change and we need people who are actually proficient in managing and coaching an NFL team. We’ve been waiting for SOMEONE to bring excellence to Minnesota since Bud Grant retired for the 2nd time in 1985. How long are we going to have to wait?

My dad died without seeing the Vikings win a Super Bowl. This coaching staff? This front office? They are NEVER taking us anywhere. I have no interest in dying without ever seeing a Vikings Super Bowl win. The Wilfs should cut their losses and move on en masse.

 

 

And that’s it for this week my fellow sufferers. At the end of the day, this is our team… and it’s time to take it back. Frazier has to go. Red shirts anyone???

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Oct 13

Week Six: Vikings vs Panthers


Another week, another game for the Vikings.

In the first offensive series for the Vikings, Matt Cassel was competently driving the team down the field. Great passing, Gerhardt picked up a blitz and everything was going according to plan. I was just thinking to myself that Cassel was a great upgrade over Ponder as Cassel threw an interception. That interception led to a Panthers TD.

And so it goes.

The first half was an offensive and defensive travesty. Looked like the Vikings were going to score a TD just before the half, but naturally the Vikings were only able to get a field goal. Because that’s what they do. Oh – and did I mention that Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball, nearly ending the drive for those pathetic 3 points? Brian Billick had some hilarious commentary about AD’s “strong handshake”. Well, Brian, this isn’t the first season AD hasn’t been able to hang onto the ball. Probably won’t be his last either. Not that I’m in the pit of despair or anything.

The second half would be better, right?

The Panther’s first offensive series of the second half started out strong and went right to amazing when Newton hit an open receiver, who took it 50+ yards right to the house. Because – why would the Vikings be covering an open receiver right? Just let him run! In fact, cheer him on as you stroll in Brandon LaFell’s direction as he runs on by.

Needless to say, the Vikings lost. It was a trouncing and the entire organization should be embarrassed.

The Good

  • Brian Robison played strong the whole game, batting down balls and keeping up the pressure.
  • Locke finally had 2 punts worth talking about. We need 7 data points to call a trend though and his previous 7 punts weren’t impressive. We’ll see if he’s on an up-swing.

The Bad

  • Adrian Peterson couldn’t shake the Panthers’ defense… because the o-line couldn’t produce any real gaps for him to exploit.
  • The o-line did no one any favors in general.
  • While the front 4 tried hard to make a difference, the other 7 members of the defense couldn’t be bothered to generate anything that resembled… defense.

The Ugly

Oh… where do I start?

  • The crowd. Hey you jackalopes – if you’re going to go to the game, make some damn NOISE. It was depressing to watch you people sitting there like lumps on TV. I don’t care if you’re cheering or booing – do something.
  • Coaching – all phases. Musgrave in particular, but Alan Williams certainly doesn’t get a pass with the defense sucking all year long.
  • 2 interceptions by Mike Mitchell. In case you’re not aware, Mike Mitchell is a Panther. That’s why it’s under “Ugly”.
  • Time of possession. I’m going to keep harping on that as we continue to lose.
  • Leslie Frazier, after a bye week, has been outscored 108-27. Remember in early 2011 when I said that he should NEVER be the head coach? I stand by that.
  • Leslie Frazier’s press conference post game. “They were playing their coverage, they just weren’t doing it well.” And that folks, is our HEAD coach. Also, he thought the preparation was there and that the effort was good. THIS is why he doesn’t belong as a head coach in the NFL. He’s clueless.

I have quite a few more comments about today’s game, but I try to keep my blog clean and family friendly so it’s best I wrap this breakdown up.

I’m pretty fed up with this team right now. And the Wilfs. There have been enough indications that they do not have the right coaching staff in place for this last 2 seasons – and yet they’ve done nothing. Great football minds they are not.

It’s not like I could ever cheer for a different team – but I don’t look forward to games anymore. I watch out of obligation, turning the TV precisely at noon and shutting it off as the coaches shake hands. I sit through the games, cringing the vast majority of the time and then sigh as they disappoint once again. It’s pretty infuriating that we, as fans, have to put up with the sheer incompetence year after year.

So that’s it for another week. I’ve predicted that the Vikings would go 5-11 this season. I feel like I may have overestimated their ability to win. What do you think?

 

 

See you next week Vikings fans! Same Bat Time, Same Bat Place.

 

 

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Sep 22

Week Three: Vikings vs Browns


The game didn’t start off with a 105 yard kick off return for a TD; however, the first offensive series actually resulted in a rushing TD by Adrian Peterson (with DT Letroy Guion blocking no less!). Not only that, but there were TWO passes that were greater than 6 yards! One of those was a nice completion to Greg Jennings. I have to admit that I smile with glee (and not just a little schadenfreude) whenever Greg makes a play. I like to imagine Packer fans crying like little babies as he catches footballs while decked out in the beauty that is PURPLE.

For now, I’m going to ignore the fact that Ponder missed a passing TD when he waited way too long to throw it to John Carlson, who had been open for what seemed like d-a-y-s.

The Browns’ first offensive series was a travesty of defensive ineptitude. Where the hell is our defense? We let a guy throw his THIRD NFL TD in FIVE years (not to mention we allowed him to complete his longest pass). I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that this march down the field by the Browns completely eradicated the tiny bit of hope I had after the first offensive series.

So, at the end of the day, the Browns decimated us and beat us for the first time since 1986. Well done, 2013 Vikings.

Let’s break some stuff down.

The Good:

  • Marcus Sherels stepping up when Chris Cook went out.
  • Erin Henderson’s INT that Ponder *actually* managed to convert to a TD by running it in himself. Good choice since he’s otherwise inept.
  • Erin Henderson got the first sack on Hoyer of the day.
  • Brian Robison got the second sack on Hoyer.
  • Erin Henderson got a 2nd sack in the 4th quarter.

The Bad:

  • Alan Williams: completely oblivious to the fact that the Browns might fake a punt on 4 and 1 in the 2nd quarter. The Browns got a nice, long run out of that.
  • It took until the middle of the 3rd quarter for the defense to look mildly interested in the game.
  • Harrison Smith INT (which Ponder squandered yet again)
  • Chad Greenway INT (which Peterson fumbled away. Again.)

The Ugly:

  • Adrian Peterson’s ability to hang onto the ball. Or rather inability. 2009 redux so far.
  • General fundamentals are TERRIBLE (holding onto the ball, tackling, execution in general) because our coaching staff is ATROCIOUS.
  • The o-line. Loadholt, Sullivan, Kalil…. what the hell is going on?
  • The defensive pass rush. I assume it’s ugly since we never really saw one.
  • Coaching
  • Time Management
  • Play Calling
  • EFFORT
  • THE ENTIRE GAME

That’s it for another week, my Vikings compatriots. I’ll sum up today’s game like this: Leslie Frazier needs to be fired. If not now, then for sure at the end of the season. Bill Musgrave is a talentless hack who should be divested of his position in the org and replaced as soon as possible. Get Brett Favre up here as OC. Hell – Kluwe was tweeting during the game. Bring him in as OC. Literally ANYONE would be better. BENCH PONDER. Matt Cassel is barely better but I’ve got no interest in looking at that permanent herp & derp look on Ponder’s face every week.

This team is a mess. I’ve said previously that I thought we’d go 5-11 this year. I believe I was overestimating the talent of this team.

What do you think?

 

 

See you next week, my Purple Friends. Make sure you prep yourself this week for a loss to the Steelers in London. No point in letting this team ruin your Sunday by expecting a win.

 

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Sep 19

Week Three Picks


It’s a new week with all new match ups. I’m 21-11 in my picks heading into week 3. Let’s see how I do with these!

Match Up Pick
Chiefs vs Eagles Chiefs
Texans vs Ravens Ravens
Giants vs Panthers Giants
Packers vs Bengals Packers
Rams vs Cowboys Cowboys
Browns vs Vikings Vikings
Buccaneers vs Patriots Patriots
Cardinals vs Saints Saints
Chargers vs Titans Chargers
Lions vs Redskins Redskins
Falcons vs Dolphins Falcons
Bills vs Jets Bills
Jaguars vs Seahawks Seahawks
Colts vs 49ers 49ers
Bears vs Steelers Bears
Raiders vs Broncos Broncos

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Sep 17

Week Two Pick Results


Coming into this week, I was at 10-6. This week, 11-5, leaving me at 21-11 so far this season.

 

Correct Incorrect
Patriots Colts
Falcons Cowboys
Ravens Eagles
Bills 49ers
Bears Steelers
Packers  
Texans  
Cardinals  
Saints  
Broncos  
Raiders  

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Sep 15

Week Two: Vikings vs Bears


The good news is that I had zero expectations that the Vikings would have a chance in this game. Weirdly, the game score is much closer than I anticipated. That, of course, is attributable to defensive plays and a kick off return on the first play by #84 Patterson.

Let’s get to it.

The Good:

  • A kick off return TD by Cordarrelle Patterson (105 yards) on the first play of the game.
  • A strip (Jared Allen) and a fumble recovery for a TD (Brian Robison)
  • Watching Jordy Nelson frolic with a fairy in a commercial for Travel Wisconsin. Any time a commercial can make a Packer look stupid, I’m for it.
  • The defense managed to force a 3 and out after Peterson’s fumble so that the Bears didn’t capitalize on the error.
  • Harrison Smith’s interception at the start of the 4th quarter.
  • Letroy Guion’s hilarious strip of Matt Forte. Haven’t seen something like that since Clay Matthews stripped Peterson in the Dome back in 2009. He just reached in as if to say, “Hey… let me take that off your hands.”

The Bad:

  • Poor turf conditions early in the game really inhibited Peterson’s ability to cut and run.
  • FOX’s continual issues with technology, including cutting to the half-time show while the Vikings were still playing.
  • Tackling fundamentals continue to be an issue. Unless you’re Leslie Frazier – then you just ignore that and keep chugging along.
  • Chad Greenway: his angles were terrible and he missed many tackles.
  • Adrian Peterson fumbled in the 3rd quarter; it was reminiscent of his issues in 2009. He better take care of that right now. I’m not going to watch him fumble all season.
  • Adrian Peterson’s hand getting munched.
  • Field goals instead of TDs. If Ponder had been able to convert one of the field goals – just one – to a TD, this would have been a win.

The Ugly:

  • Christian Ponder. Whether he’s staring down his receivers or completely ruining a big defensive play by throwing an immediate interception, he sucks. He does not belong in the NFL. I want him off my team.
  • Leslie Frazier is still the head coach.
  • Bill Musgrave is still our untalented, unimaginative and repetitive Offensive Coordinator
  • Our o-line remains sieve-like and there’s a distinct lack of cohesion.
  • 2 times the offense could have gotten a TD and 2 times we got field goals as a consolation prize. We have to increase effectiveness in the red zone. Stated more plainly: we’re completely ineffective in the red zone.
  • Ending the game with a defensive take-away by the Bears was just the icing on the cake. I have to admit that I laughed until I cried on that one. Typical.

There it is my Vikings brethren. Week two. And we’re 0-2. In my opinion, it’s going to be a l-o-n-g season filled with a bunch of crap we’re going to wish we didn’t have to watch. But we’ll watch regardless and hope for the day when the Vikings’ front office staff stop ruining our team with inappropriate coaches and inability to draft competent quarterbacks.

What’s your prediction for the Vikings season?

 

 

See you next week Vikings fans!

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Sep 15

Week Two Picks


Here are my week 2 picks:

 

Match Up Pick
Patriots vs Jets Patriots
Rams vs Falcons Falcons
Browns vs Ravens Ravens
Panthers vs Bills Bills
Bears vs Vikings Bears
Redskins vs Packers Packers
Titans vs Texans Texans
Dolphins vs Colts Colts
Cowboys vs Chiefs Cowboys
Chargers vs Eagles Eagles
Lions vs Cardinals Cardinals
Saints vs Buccaneers Saints
Broncos vs Giants Broncos
Jaguars vs Raiders Raiders
49ers vs Seahawks 49ers
Steelers vs Bengals Steelers

Those are my picks. I’m 10-6 on the year. We’ll see how I do!

 

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