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Nov 29

2015 Week Twelve: Vikings vs Falcons

The Vikings offense began the game with an uninspiring series. At first, it looked like they were going to be able to run the ball, with AD picking up 11 yards to start the game. Immediately, however, the Falcons shut down the running game and Teddy moved to passing – both times behind the 1st down marker, killing the drive. Can we please stop passing behind the 1st down marker on 3rd down? It never works, Norv. Find something new.

That being said, the Vikings won. Woo! They surely needed that after the horrendous play last week against the worst opponent (and fan base) ever. You might recall I wasn’t happy last week. I’m happier this week, although this team continues to concern me.

Speaking of concerns, let’s break it down.

Everson Griffen took Matty Ice for a spin... right into the turf.

Everson Griffen took Matty Ice for a spin… right into the turf.

The Good

  • In the 2nd offensive series, Teddy connected well with Kyle Rudolph multiple times. There were some missteps, but a PI call against the Falcons gave AD the opportunity to rush for a TD. As an added bonus, Walsh actually managed to kick the extra point.
  • With 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter, Anthony Barr stripped the ball from Coleman (#26, Falcons) after it looked like all was lost. In a heads up play, Exum recovered and the ball went back to the Vikings.
  • Rhett Ellison grabbed a perfectly thrown screen and took it for big yards in the 1st quarter.
  • Jerrick McKinnon picked up 9 yards when he entered the game in the 1st quarter. And then he ran again for another 10. McKinnon was a factor throughout the game and he ran hard and well.
  • The Vikings racked up 157 yards of offense in the first quarter.
  • The Vikings held the Falcons to a field goal mid-2nd quarter, despite being down to the 3rd and 4th string safeties. A little personal foul on the Falcons was a major assist in that effort.
  • Captain Munnerlyn made a big play late in the 2nd quarter, jumping a route and intercepting Matt Ryan with 1:26 left in the half. Unfortunately, Zimmer chose to play conservatively and the Vikings did nothing to capitalize on the turnover when Walsh completely shanked another field goal. See “The Inexplicable” for further commentary on field goals and Blair Walsh.
  • Exum made big plays today, filling in for Harrison Smith. He really stepped up and should feel proud of his performance.
  • Terrence Newman had a HUGE interception in the 3rd quarter. He stepped in front of the receiver in the end zone and intercepted Matt Ryan for a touch back, serving 2 purposes: no points for the Falcons and a 20 yard line start for the Vikings offense.
  • Everson Griffen got the 1st sack of the game late in the 3rd quarter. The announcers said he threw Matt Ryan down like a rag doll, but I personally thought it was more like he was pinwheeling Ryan, ending in a lovely pirouette. Ryan absolutely stuck the landing, butt down on the artificial turf. Bring up 4th down!
  • The Vikings defense did a great job suppressing the explosive plays of Julio Jones. They covered him well and limited his impact on the game.
  • At a critical juncture – 4th down and 1 deep in the 4th quarter, Anthony Barr came roaring out of the backfield and sacked Matt Ryan and forced a fumble. Falcons recovered, but it mattered not at all as the Vikings took over on downs.
  • Late in the 4th quarter, AD got loose and rushed for his 99th career touchdown. And. There. Is. Your. Dagger!
I still can't shake the feeling that we suffer from Ponderitis. Dead end drives, short passes without much production... ugh!

I still can’t shake the feeling that we suffer from Ponderitis. Dead end drives, short passes without much production… ugh!

The Bad

  • Stefon Diggs needs to get over himself. Making a catch is not something to celebrate – especially when your celebration draws a flag for taunting. Given how much the officiating crews clearly WANT to flag the Vikings for anything and everything, the Vikings cannot give them reasons to do it. They will NEVER come out on top.
  • On the 2nd offensive series, Peterson had a clear TD in his sights as he completely failed to catch a perfectly thrown ball. Luckily for the Vikings, the Falcons committed an obvious PI infraction near the goal line on the next play, so they got another set of downs which allowed AD to run it in.
  • Teddy needs to stop holding onto the ball so long. The o-line isn’t great and he’s taking far too many hits. Time for him to stop making rookie mistakes; he’s no longer a rookie.
  • Sendejo was injured during the game with a knee. Net result there: Exum and Blanton were the safeties on the field. Not our first or second choice. Not good conceptually. In practice? Less bad than one might expect!
  • The Falcons figured out how to run against the Vikings as they took to the field in the 2nd half. They kept pounding up the middle and the Vikings had little success in stopping them.
  • Norv Turner cost the Vikings a TD in the 3rd quarter through ridiculous play calling. Where is the smash mouth football? Where is the unrelenting will to win? We need an OC with some guts – not the current careful game planning that we see every week. Go for the throat, Norv. Personally, I don’t think he has it in him. Every week we hear about what a tremendous OC he is. Oh yeah? Where’s the brilliance? I’ll tell you where it’s not: in the OC spot on the Vikings.
  • Special teams didn’t produce any points today. It was unfortunate that the Falcons’ special teams were playing well. I was really hoping for an insurance TD from the likes of Marcus Sherels or Cordarrelle Patterson. Instead, Weems had a great kick off return mid-4th quarter, which the Vikings could ill afford, given their inability to put points on the board.
Teddy needs to stop throwing INTs in the end zone.

Teddy needs to stop throwing INTs in the end zone.

The Ugly

  • To start the 2nd quarter, Teddy was intercepted in the end zone. AGAIN. How many damn times is this going to happen? This INT brings his stats to 8 TDs 7 INTs. Stats like that may have worked for Brett Favre, but Teddy is no Brett and I’m sick to death of the end zone missteps.
  • The Vikings just can’t stop the sloppy play resulting in penalties. Holding on the defense. Holding on the offense. Facemask – twice on Tom Johnson. Illegal contact – multiple times. Taunting. You name it, they committed it. I thought Zimmer prided himself on having a clean team when it came to penalties. This current team sure isn’t living up to his – or my – expectations in this realm lately. They’re in full meltdown and their status as the least penalized team in the league is gone.
Blair Walsh: get it together man! And Norv Turner? Man up!

Blair Walsh: get it together man! And Norv Turner? Man up!

The Inexplicable

  • Blair Walsh in the 50+ yard range. Completely ineffective. What is wrong with him? He has the leg for them but his accuracy is a big pile of crap and has been since his rookie season. The question is: how long do you stick with a kicker who can’t consistently perform? I know the Packers stuck with Mason Crosby when he was having his troubles but one could argue that Crosby can’t be counted on to win games (see: Packers vs Lions). Blair Walsh has won games… but the Vikings have also lost many games by less than 6 points and typically those have been when Walsh has missed 2 – 3 field goals. Should he stay or should he go now? (you can sing that if you want)

So, that’s it for this week, Vikings fans. Next up: Seachickens. Let’s see what that game brings. In the mean time? Let’s enjoy being the NFC North Division Leader!

How are you feeling about today’s Vikings team?



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Sep 11

Vikings vs Chargers: Post Game Lament

I’m going to start this entry off strong and then taper off until I’ve totally lost interest. Wait – no I’m not… but I would if I were to emulate the way the Vikings played today.

I’ve been watching this team since 1973. When Percy Harvin took that kick-off return to the house, despite 38 years of heart-crushing disappointment, I jumped up and clapped and laughed… my purple heart soaring like the eagle that had flown throughout the stadium prior to kick-off. And then, by the end of the game, my purple heart landed with a thud unlike that glorious raptor.

I don’t even know where to start with this bloody mess. Let me try a format that worked for me in the past…

The Good

Percy Harvin continues to shine.Percy Harvin returning a kick 103 yards for a TD on the first play of the game. Jenkins scoring a TD off a bona fide McNabb pass. Jared Allen with a fantastic interception, Brian Robison rushing Rivers and Antoine Winfield with his usual focus, determination and an interception to boot. Erin Henderson made quite a few good plays in the back field.

In other good news, we’re not Colt fans.

And yes… that’s it.

The Bad

You should get a snack, because this is going to be a LONG section.

McNabb intercepted near our goal line on his first throw.

Berrian can catch. If there's no one around him and the ball is thrown perfectly to him at precisely the right speed.

Wide receivers: receptions today for Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. Did any of our other receivers catch a ball? No. Were they targeted? Yes. Here’s a rhetorical question: could Berrian ever TRY to catch a ball that isn’t perfectly laid out for him? He actually did some blocking today with those skinny stick legs flailing… but isn’t he on the field to CATCH?

The defensive secondary, excepting Antoine Winfield. Chris Cook was all hype and no substance. Completely blowing his coverage, tackling like he had wet noodles for arms (resulting in no actual tackle) and drawing penalties. This isn’t Pop Warner, Cook! It was a tough call not putting this under “ugly” but Antoine and Cedric made enough plays to keep the unit in the “bad”.

The Falcons apparently missed Musgrave today. Not sure he showed up for the Vikings, though.

Using Joe Webb twice – but not putting a lot of thought into it. Musgrave calls for the Blazer with Webb taking the direct snap. We lose 3 yards. Why not put him out there as a decoy before springing that one? Line him up as a WR. He doesn’t have to catch. He just needs to draw attention. Use him in a reverse with Percy. We have a weapon like that, and they come up with the “Blazer”?

Bill Musgrave’s play calling was sub-par. I could have sworn he had a Dixie Cup with a string and Chilly on the other end of the line at times. We were entirely predictable today. And that’s never a good thing. Hopefully he’s keeping the really good stuff for a game that matters! Wait… this was a regular season game. I’d forgotten.

The offensive line. I had to debate on whether or not I should include our Woe-Line under “Bad” or “Ugly”. I decided to split it – the whole woe-line is filed under “bad” and one special member of that unit made the “ugly”. Our O-Line is not getting the job done. And it’s not just the left tackle that’s the problem. We had all kinds of issues out there today, exacerbated by the uninspired play of our starting QB and missed blocks by our RB and TEs.

The Ugly

Donovan McNabb: 39 Passing Yards

Donovan McNabb. PFT realizes that McNabb was terrible. I said myself that we should avoid McNabb in this post back in January. And what did we do? We signed McNabb. I want to go on record as stating that I am SICK and TIRED of the Vikings picking up old QBs and using them to patch over the fact that we can’t seem to draft a QB to save our lives. McNabb ended the day with 39 passing yards, completing 7 of 15 passes. That’s right – THIRTY NINE. Now, I’m not saying that Berrian wasn’t a factor in at least one missed opportunity. In fact, neither of these gentlemen should even be ON the Vikings roster, but that’s for another day.

And speaking of people who shouldn’t be on the roster: Charlie Johnson. How is Peyton Manning even ALIVE with that guy at his blind side? That guy is worthless. And what’s worse? We don’t have a good alternative.

Letroy Guion and Fred Evans being completely duped REPEATEDLY by Rivers’ hard count. I hope Frazier rips the crap out of both of them.

And so, my fellow Vikings sufferers, we start the 2011 season with a big ol’ L that didn’t have to be. Right out of the gate, we’re back where we started: last in the NFC North. With all of our divisional rivals winning, we’re 2 games back. The big question is: can the team move past this with reflection, improve and start winning? We’ve got 15 games left to watch, wait and see.

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Jan 02

Minnesota Vikings: Remembering Better Times

2010 has been an incredibly tough season for Vikings fans. Especially coming after the 2009 season, one of the best seasons in franchise history. 2011 is a season as yet unwritten. Can we recapture the glory from days gone by? Do you remember how the 2009 season felt? Relive it.

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Dec 30

Vikings & the Pro-Bowl: What Happened?

Adrian Peterson is selected to the Pro Bowl again.

After leading the league in Pro-Bowl representation in 2009, the Vikings have one lone representative for 2010. Adrian Peterson is on the roster, but is not the starter. So what happened?

I’m not going to relive every agonizing moment of the 2010 season in this post, but I’m not surprised, based on the team’s performance, that we don’t have more players on the roster. And unlike Packer fans, I don’t count alternates to alternates as “named players”, because while we do have a few of those, there’s no point talking about also-rans.

I do think, however, that some top performers on our team were overlooked. Chiefly Chad Greenway. Greenway is having a pro-bowl year. He’s 4th overall in tackles in the entire league. Greenway’s not a flashy player though. He’s been solid since we drafted him in 2006 and he mostly flies under the radar. Let’s hope that continues so we have a chance to keep him when he becomes a free agent in 2011.

It could be argued that Ryan Longwell would have been a great selection. He has the highest conversion rate for field goals in the NFC at 94%. He’ll also be a free agent in 2011, so hopefully being quietly great will allow us to retain him as well.

Many people think Chris Kluwe should have gotten the nod as well. He’s having a great year. His directional punting has kept us out of many sticky situations, Devin Hester notwithstanding. The last few weeks have taken a toll on his stats, however, so he’s dropped to #11 in net punting yards.

Other names brandied about are Kevin Williams and Steve Hutchinson. While those two players have been perennial favorites for us, I think it’s obvious that neither of them were performing at a Pro Bowl level this year. One might think that a Pro Bowl selection should be about a player’s body of work, but I think we all know that in the NFL it’s all about “what have you done that was flashy lately” and not about long-term performance. Unfortunately, it’s also about wins and losses because, especially in fan voting, people tend to go with the hot teams, regardless of the individual players’ performance.

Adrian Peterson is our Pro Bowler this year. And I’m okay with that. Are you?

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