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Nov 22

2015 Week Eleven: Vikings vs Packers

The 1st Border Battle game of the season took place in Minneapolis today. From the second the Vikings took to the field, they deserved to lose. The game plan was terrible The defense was terrible. The offense was barely able to produce a thing. This was a game the Vikings should have easily won and instead they let apathy and overconfidence and the worst officiating crew since the 2009 NFC Championship Game take it away from them. That’s the Vikings though; great at snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Let’s angrily break it down.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot.

Stefon Diggs is a bright spot.

The Good

  • After a rough start during the 1st offensive drive, a toss from Teddy to Jarius Wright got the Vikings out of precarious position deep in their own territory.
  • The Vikings’ 2nd offensive series was delightful. A nice mix of early runs followed by a Teddy to Kyle Rudolph pass, that #82 traipsed into the end zone for a TD. I approve.
  • Jerrick McKinnon blocked a punt. That was the last good part of what happened next.
  • Zimmer finally dialed up some pressure on defense at the end of the 2nd quarter. Don’t ask me why it took him so damn long to go after Rodgers.
  • The Vikings offense finally came to life in the 3rd quarter with several completed passes and an AP rushing TD. Walsh even made the extra point.
  • Danielle Hunter took Eddy Lacy to the turf for a loss. It was brilliant and much welcomed since I was tired of seeing Eddy Lacy mowing people down with his considerable bulk.
Adrian Peterson wasn't doing anything that remotely resembled this today.

Adrian Peterson wasn’t doing anything that remotely resembled this today.

The Bad

  • The Vikings’ 1st offensive drive ended in the Packers’ territory with the Vikings punting after a failed 3rd down conversion. The Vikings continue to struggle in these conversions. If they want to dominate the division, they must get better on 3rd down conversions.
  • The Vikings 1st defensive appearance of the game was weak. Weak tackling, no pressure. We had the Packers pinned, McCarthy went for the 4th and 1 and ARodg used the hard count to dupe the defense into jumping off-sides. Which he does every week with defenses, so why the hell did we move? Net result: 3 points for the hated Green and Gold.
  • The Vikings defense was ineffective in the 2nd quarter, allowing the Packers’ Eddy Lacy look like he could run. With some long-needed pressure on Rodgers, the Vikings managed to hold the horrible team from Wisconsin to a field goal. At this point in the game, I was quite angry at the Purple & Gold.
  • In the mid-2nd quarter, the Vikings offense was in total disarray. Teddy was holding onto the ball too long, Peterson was jawing with the Packers’ defenders and the Vikings were going nowhere.
  • The Vikings first defensive stand at the start of the 2nd half, was pathetic. Eddy Lacy, who has no discernible talent – just a lot of bulk – kept getting the ball and the Vikings kept missing him. The half-time adjustments, if any, made zero difference. The Vikings did manage to hold the Packers to a field goal – but that was more because ARodg and his receivers were out of sync versus any actual defense exhibited by the Vikings.
  • Kalil has a bad toe and it shows. The offensive line had repeated failures throughout the game.
  • Brian Robison was injured and limped off the field late in the 3rd. Everson Griffen was hurt later in the game. The Packers just seemed determined to take people out today.
The absolute WORST officiating crew since January 2010 in New Orleans. Not even kidding.

The absolute WORST officiating crew since January 2010 in New Orleans. Not even kidding.

The Ugly

  • After the Vikings’ 1st TD, Walsh missed the extra point.
  • The Vikings 3rd offensive attempt was a mess. Between penalties and inability to move the ball, the Vikings went backwards. This offense should have been able to move the ball against the Packers.
  • The Packers smashed Teddy to the turf. In the process, there was a facemask, fingers to Teddy’s eyes and a general fat dude putting his full weight on Teddy. It’s a lot like suddenly Gregg Williams is coaching in Green Bay.
  • Terrence Newman completely ruined a defensive stand with a PI call at the end of the 2nd quarter. Everything past that was a complete cluster.
  • Norv Turner’s game plan was a complete pile of crap. To pour salt in the wound, the execution was equally as bad.
Between the officiating crew, the offensive line and Adrian Peterson, I basically had this expression on my face the entire game.

Between the officiating crew, the offensive line and Adrian Peterson, I basically had this expression on my face the entire game.

The Inexplicable

  • Stupid special teams play allowed the Packers a 69 yard return on a kick off after the Vikings missed the extra point. What the hell were the Vikings thinking? The net result, luckily, was only a field goal, allowing the Packers to tie it up.
  • Corderelle Patterson sighting included a head-butt to the kicker for a 15 yard penalty. Great.
  • The Vikings were on the move. Until Adrian Peterson fumbled in the 4th quarter. I have never liked him. And I still don’t. He’s been burning this team since December 2009 when he fumbled against the Bears in OT and cost the Vikings home field advantage. Never forgotten. Certainly not forgiven.
  • The officiating crew was horrendous. And completely one-sided when it came to giving penalties.


The game was a complete embarrassment, exacerbated by a horrendous officiating crew. This team better spend some time looking in the mirror this week. Especially Adrian Peterson. I am sick to death of his inability to hang onto the football.

See you next week. Hopefully we’ll have something to celebrate.



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Nov 19

2015 Week Eleven Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Titans vs Jaguars Jaguars    
Colts vs Falcons Falcons    
Rams vs Ravens Rams    
Washington vs Panthers Panthers    
Broncos vs Bears Broncos    
Raiders vs Lions Raiders    
Jets vs Texans Texans    
Cowboys vs Dolphins Cowboys    
Buccaneers vs Eagles Buccaneers    
Chiefs vs Chargers Chiefs    
Packers vs Vikings Vikings    
49ers vs Seahawks Seahawks    
Bengals vs Cardinals Cardinals    
Bills vs Patriots Patriots    
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 100-46

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Nov 17

2015 Week Ten Pick Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Bills vs Jets Bills Bills 1
Jaguars vs Ravens Ravens Jaguars 0
Lions vs Packers Lions (I hope!) Lions! Ha! 1
Dolphins vs Eagles Eagles Dolphins 0
Browns vs Steelers Steelers Steelers 1
Bears vs Rams Bears Bears 1
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Bucs Bucs 1
Panthers vs Titans Panthers Panthers 1
Saints vs Washington Saints Washington 0
Vikings vs Raiders Vikings Vikings 1
Chiefs vs Broncos Broncos Chiefs 1
Patriots vs Giants Patriots Patriots 1
Cardinals vs Seahawks Seahawks Cardinals 0
Texans vs Bengals Bengals Texans 0
Weekly Right-Wrong 9-5
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 100-46

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Nov 15

2015 Week Ten: Vikings vs Raiders

The Raiders have been heating up while the Vikings have been steadily climbing quietly week over week. Zimmer wanted to start strong – and the Vikings delivered, marching down the field to score a passing TD from Teddy to Rhett Ellison. The Vikings’ offense was pretty quiet for most of the game, but Adrian Peterson put the nail in the coffin for the Raiders with an 80 yard rushing TD. This was a great win for the Vikings today.

Let’s break it down.

Derek Carr hadn't been sacked in the last 3 games. Until Everson Griffen came along.

Derek Carr hadn’t been sacked in the last 3 games. Until Everson Griffen came along.

The Good

  • The Packers failed to complete a 2 point conversion and Mason Crosby shanked a field goal…. so they lost to the (now) 2-7 Lions. DELICIOUS. And unrelated to the Vikings’ game…. but I couldn’t help celebrating for a moment with you. Lions hadn’t won at Lambeau since 1991. Hahahahaha. #Schadenfreude
  • The Vikings first offensive drive resulted in a pretty TD from Teddy to Rhett Ellison. Weak tackling on the part of the Raiders ensured that Ellison made it into the end zone.
  • Terrence Newman got an INT in the mid-1st quarter. He jumped a route and made a terrific play. Mike Wallace had a tremendous catch and yards after the catch on the first down immediately following. Great acceleration.
  • Harrison Smith’s effort was excellent, as per the usual.
  • The Cordarrelle Patterson sighting this week brought some extra excitement, ending in a lovely TD and extra point.
  • The Vikings defense, with outstanding effort by Newman and Griffen, forced the Raiders to punt on their 1st offensive drive of the 2nd half.
  • The Vikings offense was completely stalled deep in their own territory to start the 2nd half. Teddy improvised with a shovel pass to Asiata to get them a ways out from their end zone. It wasn’t enough for a 1st down, but gave the Vikings some breathing space and Marcus Sherels made a terrific tackle on the Raiders’ punt returner, preventing additional yardage after the catch.
  • Stefon Diggs is amazing. 37 yard gain late in the 2nd half and the effort he displayed was excellent. Why he isn’t a bigger part of the offense is beyond my comprehension. Norv Turner… clearly not an offensive mastermind.
  • Blair Walsh, after missing 2 field goals, made his next effort, giving the Vikings a 23-14 lead with 3:50 left in the game.
  • Antone Exum made a spectacular open field tackle on an unruly fan late in the 4th quarter. He looked very amused in the aftermath as the fan was cuffed by security.
  • Terence Newman had a 2nd INT late in the 4th quarter. This one? IN THE END ZONE. You go, Terence Newman! 37 and he’s still got it!
  • Adrian Peterson held onto the ball and ran 80 yards for the game sealing TD. In exceeding 200 yards rushing in today’s game, AD tied OJ Simpson (at 6 each) for most 200+ yard rushing games. Let’s hope he sets the record next week against the Packers.
Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like Ponder never left with the way the offensive drives peter out and end in field goals, at best?

Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like Ponder never left with the way the offensive drives peter out and end in field goals, at best?

The Bad

  • The offensive line was weak on the 2nd drive. Teddy was pressured and took a hard hit as he let the ball go. It fell incomplete and Teddy bounced up, but the lack of movement in the running game was not helping the passing efforts of the offense. The net result of the drive was a punt, which went into the end zone for a touch back.
  • In back to back special teams play vs kick offs, we saw multiple failures on the field, allowing the Raiders to start their offensive drives with great field position. If the Vikings are going to continue to win, the special teams play needs to be consistently stout to avoid giving the competitors any initial advantage.
  • The Vikings 3rd offensive drive resulted in another field goal. Great that they continued to put up points – but with the Packers up next, the Vikings need to consistently score TDs when they have the opportunity.
  • The Vikings defense wasn’t as stout as we’re used to seeing in the 2nd quarter, allowing the Raiders to march down the field fairly effortlessly and then score a TD against Xavier Rhodes. And then score another just one drive later. Of course, teams are going to score. We expect it. What I also expect from this defense is that they don’t make it easy – and I didn’t see that happen on the Raider’s 4th or 5th offensive drives.j
Kyle Rudolph - someone had alligator arms in the end zone today. He wasn't helping anyone with that performance.

Kyle Rudolph – someone had alligator arms in the end zone today. He wasn’t helping anyone with that performance.

The Ugly

  • Imagine: Kyle Rudolph standing alone in the back of the end zone. Teddy throws to him perfectly. And Kyle drops it, forcing the Vikings to take a field goal instead of a touch down during an away game. Horrific.
  • The o-line completely collapsed during the Vikings’ 4th offensive series. Additionally, the Vikings melted down with a false-start in an already bad situation.
  • Blair Walsh missed 2 consecutive field goal attempts which the anemic offense could ill afford. The Vikings CANNOT rely on Blair Walsh to be the way they win games.
  • Norv Turner better figure out his offense. He has yet to impress me as an Offensive Coordinator. Everyone always talks about what an amazing offensive coordinator he is… but I haven’t seen it. Are you with me on this? It’s like he doesn’t understand how to use the tools he’s been given. When Teddy makes something out of nothing with a shovel pass or a scamper, or AD breaks loose and runs 80 yards for a TD, while exciting, those plays tend to mask the problem the Vikings offense is having in moving the football down the field. This won’t be addressed if the Vikings keep winning, but I think it’s worth noting and considering as Zimmer continues to build what looks to be a defense that can dominate in this league.
This week's monkey is perplexed.

This week’s monkey is perplexed.

The Inexplicable

  • Apart from Norv Turner, I have to ask: Why can’t the offense consistently perform? Sometimes they look put together, aggressive and score TDs. Then there are all the other times when the drives peter out and the Vikings can’t seal the deal, settling for field goals (best case scenario) or punting it away. They’ve got plenty of offensive tools – but they just can’t quite make themselves an elite offensive squad. While they may continue to win, and they may even make it into the play-offs, the lack of production on the offense is going to prevent the Vikings from being a contender.

Despite all of my grousing, the Vikings won and my cheeks were flushed from yelling and screaming and laughing as Adrian Peterson ran 80 yards for the insurance TD at the end of the 4th quarter. I’ve had people say perhaps I’m too hard on the Vikings (Kevin, I’m talking to you!). Maybe I am. But I think, after 40+ years of watching this team, I’ve earned the right to expect a team that plays hard every week, has proficient coaching on both sides of the ball… and can actually be a contender for the game other teams play in February. I will say this: for the first time since 2009, I am not dreading the Vikings/Packers game next week. If that’s not an affirming statement about the team, I don’t know what is!

So, the Vikings are ALONE at the top of the NCF North. As it should be. How are you feeling about the rest of the season? Vote below, and I will see you next week.

Skol, Vikings Nation!


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Nov 12

2015 Week Ten Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Bills vs Jets Bills    
Jaguars vs Ravens Ravens    
Lions vs Packers Lions (I hope!)    
Dolphins vs Eagles Eagles    
Browns vs Steelers Steelers    
Bears vs Rams Bears    
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Bucs    
Panthers vs Titans Panthers    
Saints vs Washington Saints    
Vikings vs Raiders Vikings    
Chiefs vs Broncos Broncos    
Patriots vs Giants Patriots    
Cardinals vs Seahawks Seahawks    
Texans vs Bengals Bengals    
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 91-41

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Nov 11

2015 Week Nine Pick Results

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Browns vs Bengals Bengals Bengals 1
Dolphins vs Bills Dolphins Bills 0
Packers vs Panthers Panthers Panthers 1
Rams vs Vikings Vikings Vikings 1
Washington vs Patriots Patriots Patriots 1
Titans vs Saints Saints Titans 0
Jaguars vs Jets Jets Jets 1
Raiders vs Steelers Steelers Steelers 1
Falcons vs 49ers Falcons 49ers 0
Giants vs Buccaneers Giants Giants 1
Broncos vs Colts Broncos Colts 0
Eagles vs Cowboys Eagles Eagles 1
Bears vs Chargers Chargers Bears 0
Weekly Right-Wrong 8-5
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 91-41

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Nov 08

2015 Week Nine: Vikings vs Rams

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous heading into this game. We’ve been hearing about Gurley and his running skills over and over and over. We didn’t see much of it early in the game, but he was a factor later. The Vikings won in overtime, but it was clear that without Bridgewater, we have nothing going on offense. With Teddy injured, we should all be concerned about what happens next week.

Let’s break it down.

Blair Walsh is a critical contributor on offense.

The Good

  • The Vikings defense started the game strong, forcing the Rams into a 3-and-out situation on their first offensive drive.
  • The Vikings’ 2nd offensive drive ended in an Adrian Peterson rushing TD.
  • Chad Greenway had several tremendous open field tackles on the day. Consistently underrated despite YEARS of excellent performance & leading the Vikings in tackles.
  • Xavier Rhodes had a strong performance in the game.
  • Captain Munnerlyn is having a tremendous season with the Vikings.
  • There was a Cordarrelle Patterson sighting.
  • Marcus Sherels had a great punt return in overtime, leading to a Blair Walsh game-winning field goal.
  • Linval Joseph stepped up after Audie Cole went down. With Kendricks out, we were on our 3rd string linebacker. Kudos to Joseph for stepping up and holding his own in the front four.
  • Blair Walsh. 15 consecutive field goals, 2 game winners in 2 weeks. It’s time for us to stop grousing about him and accept that he’s over his slump. Without him, the Vikings would be 4-4, potentially 3-5 if you consider just how many points he’s scored this season.

The Bad

  • The Vikings offense was a bit anemic coming out of the gate. While they did score on their opening drive, it was a field goal after several offensive missteps.
  • The Vikings defense gave up huge yardage on the Rams’ 3rd offensive drive. Foles was able to his Britt way down field and then Gurley drove it in for a TD. The bright spot was that the Rams went for a 2 point conversion and Gurley was stopped cold by a stout Minnesota defense.
  • Prior to his injury, Bridgewater was unable to really drive the offense down the field. He did rush for a TD and a 2 point conversion, but he missed a lot down field while he was in the game. If he’s going to continue to improve, the QB coaches need to focus on getting him used to going through his progressions quicker.
  • Injuries: Audie Cole hauled off in a cart with a fractured ankle, Teddy with a concussion. Various and sundry other injuries all due to the dirty coaching and antics of Gregg Williams.
  • The Vikings offense continued to be anemic, with the only points coming from Teddy Bridgewater (TD, 2 point conversion) as the game continued. This left the defense on the field for too long…
  • … which heralded the typical late Q3 defensive meltdown we’ve been seeing every week. The Vikings have to figure out how to play 60 solid minutes of football.

This monkey HATES Gregg Williams.

The Ugly

  • The Vikings’ offense really struggled to move the ball in the 2nd quarter. They were unable to secure any points off of drives that looked like they might go somewhere.
  • By the end of the 2nd quarter, the Rams offense was able to circumvent the Vikings’ defensive scheme, resulting in lots of time of possession and unanswered points.
  • Deep in the 2nd quarter, the Vikings defense completely melted down and were unable to stop the Rams. Net result: another 3 points for the Rams and the Vikings losing at the half.
  • The Vikings defense began its late 2nd half meltdown right on time. Maybe Zimmer will address that at some point.
  • Cheap hit after cheap hit by the Rams defense. See “The Inexplicable” for commentary on Gregg Williams and the NFL officials.

The Inexplicable

  • Greg Zuerlein kicked a 61 yard field goal in the 2nd quarter. He picks today to have a leg?
  • The Vikings came out of the gate in the 2nd half with a pretty good run by Cordarrelle Patterson. Almost immediately, Teddy threw yet ANOTHER interception in the end zone. I gotta admit – I am SICK TO DEATH of this happening over and over. Teddy needs to get it together.
  • Adrian Peterson’s inability to hang onto the ball.
  • How in the HELL is Gregg Williams allowed anywhere near a football team? By far, he is the dirtiest coach I’ve ever seen in my 40+ years of watching football.
  • The officiating in this game was atrocious. The NFL better take a long, hard look at their officiating crews. Past that, I have nothing more to say about it.

So, Vikings fans. Now we wait to see if Teddy will be able to play next week against the Raiders. Surely, without him, there’s no way the team beats Carr and the rest of the Raiders at home. If Teddy’s still out, we have Gregg Williams & his coaching philosophy to thank for another QB annihilation. That man is despicable.

See you next week!



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Nov 05

2015 Week Nine Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Browns vs Bengals Bengals
Dolphins vs Bills Dolphins
Packers vs Panthers Panthers
Rams vs Vikings Vikings
Washington vs Patriots Patriots
Titans vs Saints Saints
Jaguars vs Jets Jets
Raiders vs Steelers Steelers
Falcons vs 49ers Falcons
Giants vs Buccaneers Giants
Broncos vs Colts Broncos
Eagles vs Cowboys Eagles
Bears vs Chargers Chargers
Weekly Right-Wrong
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 83-36

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Oct 29

2015 Week Eight Picks

Match Up My Pick Actual Result Points
Dolphins vs Patriots Patriots    
Lions vs Chiefs Chiefs    
Buccaneers vs Falcons Falcons    
Chargers vs Ravens Ravens    
Vikings vs Bears Vikings    
Cardinals vs Browns Cardinals    
Titans vs Texans Texans    
Giants vs Saints Giants    
Bengals vs Steelers Bengals    
49ers vs Rams Rams    
Jets vs Raiders Raiders    
Seahawks vs Cowboys Cowboys    
Packers vs Broncos Broncos    
Colts vs Panthers Panthers    
Weekly Right-Wrong  
Season-To-Date Right-Wrong 72-33

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