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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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Oct 29

Week Eight Picks

I’m late with my picks this week. I had a very busy week at work and little time to devote to this. Let’s jump right in.

Cardinals vs Ravens

The Ravens are coming off of an embarrassing offensive display on Monday Night Football that was the impetus to their loss against the Jaguars. The Cardinals, meanwhile, lost to the Steelers in their own house. Joe Flacco better get settled in and start performing. Let’s put his performance in context: he has a lower QB rating than Donovan McNabb. Clearly, though, the Cardinals are not a good team and I don’t see them winning on the road.  Ravens 28, Cardinals 10.

Vikings vs Panthers

Cam Newton is the rookie of the year at QB in passing yards (but Andy Dalton has a higher QB rating – and more wins). Christian Ponder has dimples and a cute laugh… but was a bit erratic in the passing game last week. First start notwithstanding, Ponder is likely to start getting in a groove during this game, but I don’t think it will be enough to give the Vikings their first win against the Panthers at home. Especially with a sulky Donovan McNabb running his mouth from the bench.  Panthers 27, Vikings 24.

Jaguars vs Texans

The Texans are really coming into their own this season. Of course a Peyton Manning-less Colts team doesn’t hurt in the division. The Jaguars crushed the Ravens under their collective paw in front of Odin & everyone on MNF. The Jags will be amped up after a big win, while the Texans are working towards their first play-off berth in franchise history. Texans with the edge in the Lone Star state. Texans 31, Jaguars 17.

Dolphins vs Giants

The Dolphins have a coach on the hot seat. Sparano also has his house on the market amid swirling rumors that the Dolphins have reached out to Bill Cowher. One has to think that Reggie Bush is wondering why the football gods have turned against him as Eli Manning is magically in the top 4 QBs when looking at QB ratings (he’s at 101.1 – right behind Drew Brees). Brandon Marshall is positive the Dolphins are going to win this one. I’m not. Giants 27, Dolphins 13.

Saints vs Rams

The Saints are coming off of a classless trouncing of the beleaguered Colts, while the Rams can’t catch a break, with Sam Bradford being ruled out again, leaving AJ Feeley with the start. The Rams have scored less than 60 points all season, while the Saints scored 62 last week. None of this bodes well for the Rams. Saints 42, Rams 7.

Colts vs Titans

The Titans are not looking like… well, Titans. The Colts are definitely looking like newborn foals trying to find their feet. I’m not saying that Matt Hasselbeck is going to have a monster game, but I am going to predict that Curtis Painter isn’t going to have one. I’m tired of the announcers talking about “how much Peyton Manning means to this team”. Dear announcers: Peyton Manning doesn’t play defense. Titans 21, Colts 13.

Redskins vs Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a top 10 QB by rating this season. Rex Grossman (recuperating from pneumonia) is now occupying McNabb’s former seat on the bench, leaving John Beck to pick up the Redskins’ pieces. Santana Moss has a broken hand and I don’t think that’s the end of the bad news for the ‘Skins this weekend. Bills 31, Redskins 14.

Lions vs Broncos

The Motor City Kitties head to Mile High Stadium after 2 disappointing losses at home. The Broncos are coming off of a spectacularly bad performance – save the last 5 minutes of the game – against the Dolphins. Stafford suffered an injury but is expected to start, while Tebow will be attempting to deliver a Sermon on the Mount. I don’t think the Lions will be interested in what Tebow has to say. Lions 24, Broncos 17.

Patriots vs Steelers

Tom vs Ben. One of them has the 2nd highest QB rating. The other is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers allowed a very bad Cardinals team to score 20 points on them last week. The Patriots have a QB that has passed for over 500 yards in one game this season. For some reason this feels like a trap game to me. Maybe it’s the Heinz Field location – or maybe it’s the Patriots’ history of occasionally falling down. I’m going with my instinct instead of my brain here. Steelers 27, Patriots 24.

Bengals vs Seahawks

Andy Dalton is quietly having an efficient first season as a rookie QB. Apparently Pete Carroll had considered drafting Dalton, but went with T-Jack instead. T-Jack won’t be playing again today and Charlie Whitehurst will be leading the Seahawks’ offense. What’s unclear is if T-Jack has been benched or if he’s still recovering from his pectoral injury. It doesn’t matter though. The Bengals have this one in the bag. Bengals 17, Seahawks 13.

Browns vs 49ers

The Browns are at .500 for the season, while the 49ers are at 5-1. Colt McCoy may want to change his first name since that name seems to have bad karma this season. Jim Harbaugh is likely to be cackling with glee again this week, but hopefully he’ll hide his mirth until he’s in the locker room. We don’t need to see another ugly coaching incident on the field this season. 49ers 24, Browns 10.

Cowboys vs Eagles

This is one of the vaunted rivalries in the NFL. Romo, who makes bad mistakes at bad times is facing a defense that is good at forcing turnovers. The Cowboys are prepping for Vick by having Dez Bryant “play” him as the 1st team takes their reps on defense. Given the home venue for the Eagles, and despite the Vikings rolling them there last season with rookie QB Joe Webb, I think they have the advantage. Eagles 28, Cowboys 21.

Chargers vs Chiefs

Last week, against the prevailing winds, I picked the Chargers to lose against the Jets. While Arrowhead Stadium is a difficult venue for anyone, I don’t know if it has enough magic to prevent the Chargers from electrocuting the Chiefs this week. Cassel and Rivers are surprisingly very close together in QB rating – but even more surprising than that is that they both have lower ratings than Donovan McNabb. I’m going to finish this week’s picks with a stunning defeat for the Bolts. Chiefs 24, Chargers 19.

Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

 

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Oct 24

Week 7 Temperature Check

It’s that time again, Vikings Nation. We’re 1-6. What will the final record be for the season? Vote!

 

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Oct 24

Week Seven Picks: How Did I Do?

Week 7 is in the hopper. How did I do? Scroll down to find out!

Redskins vs Panthers: Panthers 27, Redskins 17
Right. 30-20, Panthers.

Seahawks vs Browns: Browns 21, Seahawks 19
Right. 6-3 Browns. Something tells me this was a boring game to watch.

Falcons vs Lions: Lions 24, Falcons 20
Wrong. 23-16, Falcons. Well, the Lions’ magic is dead it appears. And Stafford has had his requisite injury for the season. MRI scheduled for Monday.

Broncos vs Dolphins: Broncos 20, Dolphins 9
Right. 18-15, Broncos, in a crazy Tebow-led comeback – 2 TDs, a 2 point conversion and a field goal in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter. Maybe he is the second comi…. No. He’s not. But that whole situation left me with a raised eyebrow.

Chargers vs Jets: Jets 27, Chargers 20
Right. 27-21, Jets. Oooo… I *almost* got the score right, too!

Bears vs Buccaneers: Buccaneers 31, Bears 21
Wrong. 24-18, Bears. Why must the Bears always disappoint me?

Texans vs Titans: Texans 24, Titans 17
Right. 41-7, Texans. Dare I say the Texans might make the playoffs this year?

Steelers vs Cardinals: Steelers 21, Cardinals 13
Right. 32-20, Steelers.

Chiefs vs Raiders: Raiders 28, Chiefs 10
Wrong. 28-0, Chiefs. Somehow I didn’t envision THAT much QB drama for the Raiders. Holy buckets!

Rams vs Cowboys: Cowpokies 24, Rams 10
Right. 34-7, Cowboys.

Packers vs Vikings: Pukers 27, Vikings 19
Right. 33-27, Pukers. Ponder was ok. Our defense…. well, read my post game recap.

Colts vs Saints: Saints 31, Colts 14
Right. 62-7, Saints. Yeah. 62. Points. The Saints treated this as a nationally televised practice session. And Chris Collingsworth kept blathering on about how much Forehead Manning means to the Colts. Well, Chris, Mr. NFL Color Commentator – here’s a clue: the Forehead doesn’t play DEFENSE. And I believe when a team scores 62 points on you (the pick-6 notwithstanding) it’s a DEFENSIVE breakdown. Can I please have Collingsworth’s job? I promise I’ll be better.

Ravens vs Jaguars: Ravens 28, Jaguars 7
Wrong. 12-7, Jaguars. This game made me feel better about the Vikings against the Bears in prime time. Talk about a meltdown. Wow, Ravens. Dirty birds, indeed.

Summary

RIGHT

WRONG

9

4

Running Total

67

36

 

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Oct 24

Ponder vs McNabb: It’s the 3rd Down Conversions, Stupid!

Ponder's first TD Ball (McKenna Ewen - Star Tribune)

The last few Mondays I’ve been waking up feeling verklempt and vaguely pissed off. This morning, I woke before my alarm and feel rather… chipper. Because I like to analyze things, immediately I wondered why the difference. After reviewing the box scores from yesterday’s game, I now understand this feeling.

Look at Ponder’s 3rd down efficiency. You might recall that a few posts back, I talked about our inability to convert on 3rd down – averaging under 35% efficiency. At the time, I pointed to the Saints – the team with the highest average 3rd down efficiency at 59%.

Christian Ponder was at 56% yesterday against the Packers. McNabb, meanwhile, was at 28% against the Lions. I picked that game specifically because the Lions were undefeated, too, at the time, and we were fairly close to winning that game as well. I thought the situations were about as equal as I could get them without the QBs facing off against the same team.

Category Ponder (Vikings vs Packers) McNabb (Vikings vs Lions)
Total First Downs 22 16
… by rushing 9 5
… by passing 12 10
Third Down Efficiency 9/16 – 56% 4/14 – 28%
Total Offensive Plays 65 63
Ave Gain per Offensive Play 6.7 yards 5.1 yards
Net Yards Rushing 218 yards 132 yards
… by Peterson 175 yards 78 yards
Ave Gain per Rushing Play 7.0 yards 5.7 yards
Net Yards Passing 217 yards 189 yards
Red Zone Efficiency 2/2 – 100% 2/5 – 40%

I think the other startling statistic here is Adrian Peterson’s production. Nearly 100 more yards when the passing game was a real threat.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to this week’s game for the first time all season. I’m interested to see what Ponder can do as he settles into the offense.

 

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Oct 23

Vikings vs Packers: A Post Game Hope

Jared Allen: 2 sacks today, 9 consecutive games with sacks!

Well, Vikings Nation, we lost again. We’re 1-6 and just lost to a division rival. One we all hate, mostly because of their completely obnoxious fan base. My mom passed a year ago today and the game just ended with another “L” so you’d think that I’d be down in the dumps, right?

While I miss my mom tremendously, I don’t feel too bad about the game. Except for our defense – but I’ll get to that. The vaunted Packers beat us by… 2 field goals. One of which was 58 yards so props to Crosby on that one. The undefeated Packers barely eked out a win against a 1-5 team. We should feel pretty good about that!

And how ’bout that Christian Ponder, hooking up with Michael Jenkins for 72 yards on the first play of the game? I’m sure I wasn’t alone when I stood up and yelled and clapped in my house, cackling with glee. Just to see that we had a QB that could throw down field… honestly, at that point, I couldn’t care less about what happened the rest of the game. I felt that glimmer of hope that perhaps we might actually have a franchise QB for the first time since… dinosaurs walked the earth?

The Good

Ponder made his first NFL start today and had 2 TDs! (Let's ignore the INTs...)

Gotta start with Christian Ponder in his first NFL start. Sure, he completed fewer than half of his passes. And he threw 2 TDs and also 2 INTs. But for the love of Pete! We have a QB that is pretty accurate and doesn’t force our receivers to Plank and Catch. Immediate upgrade in my opinion. Ponder hit 6 different receivers during today’s game. Way to spread it around, kid.

Bernard Berrian was benched again! And I saw on Twitter that the hot rumor is that his lazy butt is getting cut this week. Hey – Bernie! Don’t let the door hit ya on the way back to the west coast, dude! Thanks for nothing much during your time here. And Bernie’s benching led to…

Greg Camarillo resurfacing with his sure hands for 2 receptions for 35 yards on critical 3rd downs. Way to give Christian somewhere to go with the ball.

Heads up play by Toby Gerhart when Cobb muffed a punt. Too bad Toby couldn’t contribute much more during the game. But that one play led to a delicious rushing TD by…

175 rushing yards, a rushing TD and just generally BAD ASS!

Adrian Peterson! Who ran right over AJ Hawk. I flipped AJ Hawk off after that. Hopefully it wasn’t caught on camera. I’d hate for the Commish to fine me $10K like he did to Hawk this week. All-Day rushed for 175 yards against that “world champion” defense. This, folks, is what happens when you have a QB that can actually throw. Rock on!

Jared Allen with TWO delightful ARodg face plants, thereby setting a new team record for consecutive games with sacks at 9. Nothing makes this Vikings fan happier than seeing men in purple and gold uniforms smashing that smug QB to the turf. ARodg didn’t have to go to Jared. Jared came to him! Shout out to Marcus Sherels and Everson Griffen who both sacked ARodg today as well. 4 times we saw ARodg covered in purple – and 4 times I laughed maniacally.

Well – that’s the most “good” I’ve had to write about this entire season! Let’s continue…

The Bad

Our o-line remains a woe-line. They looked slightly better than other weeks, but Herrera had his knee hyper extended and you know things are weird when Letroy Guion, DT, is suddenly making appearances in the offense. Now that we seem to have a capable QB, let’s make sure the 2012 draft includes some aggressive offensive linemen.

Kluwe can kick - but he sure the hell can't tackle!

Percy Harvin reinjured his ribs and missed about half the game. We need to get him healthy and active in the offense. I think Ponder could do a lot with him and his amazing receiving abilities.

Chris Kluwe attempting to tackle. Seriously, Chris. I love you. I do. But a half hearted grab is NOT a tackle anywhere on this planet. You’re our last line of defense on those plays so if you can’t execute a decent punt, at LEAST tackle.

Ponder makes an appearance here, too, just as a caution. I saw a few accuracy issues and he still has a tendency to rabbit out of the pocket… but let’s just keep an eye on him and hopefully as he gains experience, both will fade.

The Ugly

Leslie... You don't impress me. C'mon man! 2nd half is STILL part of the game.

2nd half collapse is still an issue. Of course, I hadn’t expected that would change because we still have the same bloody coach we had last week. I’ve said it all season long – and I will say it again: Leslie Frazier needs to either go now or the Wilfs need to Steckel him. One and done. We need a coaching staff that can make second half adjustments. End of story.

Brian Robison. Not only did you get ZERO sacks on ARodg – but you kick a dude in the nether-region on America’s Game of the Week? And this, after Cook has his worthless butt in a jail cell for felony strangulation? If you cannot play CLEAN then get back on the bench. Honestly – B-Rob is one of my favorite guys and I was extremely disappointed in his lack of class. I understand that it’s hard to not hate the Packers to that level, but we all just need to keep our hands (and apparently FEET) to ourselves. 5 demerits to B-Rob. And this: 🙁

In case you’re wondering, I sent him a tweet stating my displeasure. I’m sure he’s feeling quite contrite now.

Cook: Cut him loose, Frazier! (Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

Chris Cook. He’s in a jail cell. 2 counts of assault – one of which is felony strangulation. If he’s not off this team by Tuesday, I’ll be calling the front office. And no, I’m not kidding. Vikings players have been arrested a total of 6 times in the last 9 months. This is the second time for Cook. He needs to be cut, if nothing else, then to send a message to the rest.

Well, that’s it for this week my faithful readers. I very much appreciate you coming back week after week to read my posts! It’s been a l-o-n-g stretch of tough games for us as a fan base, but we’ve all hung in here and I think we can all see some light at the end of the tunnel. So put on your purple & gold and hold your heads up high Vikings Nation!

Skol!

 

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Oct 20

Week Seven Picks

It’s time for my Week 7 picks. If you wonder how I’m doing with these, I can tell you I’m better than Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk, Mortenson at ESPN and Brinson over at CBS… but not quite as good as the Yahoo users! Of course, I’d have been better off not consistently picking the Vikings to win and the Packers to lose during the first 3 weeks of the season. If I’d been “picking for real” I’d have 6 more “rights” than I do now.

Redskins vs Panthers

Rex Grossman shares the same fate as Donovan McNabb this week: bench warming, with no Bob Lurtsema in sight to keep him company. So John Beck is going to jump in and lead those Redskins to a win, right? Maybe not since it’s been reported that some of the other players on the team think Grossman should still be at the helm. Cam Newton isn’t facing any of that drama, which is why I think the Panthers will win at home. Panthers 27, Redskins 17.

Seahawks vs Browns

This is a classic match up of Colt McCoy and …? Seattle has yet to name a QB for this game. Charlie Whitehurst is taking all of the 1st team snaps as T-Jack recovers from his pectoral injury, but Pete Carroll says the QB could be a game time decision. I don’t think any of that bodes well for the Seahawks. On the other hand, Mike Holmgren isn’t sure that Colt McCoy is a franchise guy. Seems like a lot of QB drama brewing with these teams. Browns 21, Seahawks 19.

Falcons vs Lions

Raptors vs land-bound predator. With questions around whether or not Jahvid Best will play this Sunday after suffering yet another concussion, the Falcons are prepping for the new reality of Ford Field: crowd noise. I know – I can’t believe I just wrote that either. Matt Ryan and his receivers haven’t produced this season. Matt Stafford, on the other hand, has been hanging tough – and isn’t even injured yet! Advantage: Megatron. Lions 24, Falcons 20.

Broncos vs Dolphins

With Kyle Orton having joined Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman on the “Thanks but No, Thanks” list of washed up (or under-appreciated, depending upon one’s perspective) QBs, Tim “Second Coming of the Christ” Tebow is leading the Broncos to… well that remains to be seen. He’s like the Pied Piper for those Floridians though. Sun Life Stadium in Miami is almost going to sell out on its own with Tebow’s arrival! Miami is in it to win it… the Suck for Luck Bowl, that is. Broncos 20, Dolphins 9.

Chargers vs Jets

With Rex Ryan stirring the pot by stating that had the Chargers given him the HC job, they’d have 2 SB titles under their belt by now, Philip Rivers (with HC Norv Turner) is headed to Meadowlands to face off against LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie, who, as it turns out, wasn’t happy with the Chargers. The Chargers are 5-1 while the 3-3 Jets are coming off a less than perfect performance. Neither team is performing to expectations, but I think the home team brings home a win. Jets 27, Chargers 20.

Bears vs Buccaneers

It’s London, baby! Having lived and traveled abroad, I have to think that the Buccaneers are taking the right approach with this game. They flew to London on Monday and had Tuesday off to see the sights and adjust to the time zone. Lovie Smith – who just called a time-out 2 minutes into my post – decided that the Bears won’t leave until tomorrow. Lovie – I disapprove. Buccaneers 31, Bears 21.

Texans vs Titans

In this divisional match up, Matt Schaub, whose hip checked out fine this week, will go up against a revitalized Matt Hasselbeck. Schaub will be missing Andre Johnson, who is out for 6 weeks, while Chris Johnson continues to struggle, averaging just 50 yards per game and 3.0 YPC. Adrian Peterson doesn’t have much to worry about there. This is a home game for the Titans, but that home field advantage isn’t as beneficial when it comes to defense, and the Texans have a better one, despite the Titans being one spot higher for Total Defense. Texans 24, Titans 17.

Steelers vs Cardinals

With Troy Polamalu (and his flowing locks) passing his concussion test, the Steelers’ defense will be back in full this week. Meanwhile, Kevin Kolb has a sorrowful receiver in Minnesota’s own Larry Fitzgerald Jr. The Cardinals certainly don’t want to lose this home game, taking their record to 1-5 (hmmm… that sounds familiar!), while the Steelers know they need to keep winning if they’re going to give the Bengals & Ravens a run for their money. Let’s face it: the Cardinals are worse than the Vikings. Steelers 21, Cardinals 13.

Chiefs vs Raiders

The Raiders are +2 in the win column, ahead of the Chiefs. However, they’ve got Carson Palmer starting at QB for the first time this season (with any team) while Matt Cassel has been a steady, if somewhat unreliable, presence for the Chiefs. With the “Just Win Baby” mantra echoing through the Black Hole in Oakland, I believe the Chiefs will get sucked right in. Raiders 28, Chiefs 10.

Rams vs Cowboys

The Rams showed a complete lack of horns last week at Lameblow while the Cowboys dropped yet another game – this time to the Patriots. Tony Romo didn’t win back any of his detractors with that performance, but he has a good chance this week to bring home a win – even if it is just against the Rams. I still don’t think that’s going to impress anyone in the house that Jerry built. Cowpokies 24, Rams 10.

Packers vs Vikings

Well – what to say about this? McNugget got his dipping sauce benched this week so rookie QB Christian “Dimples” Ponder is all set to take the helm. Or, at least will have 3 days of taking 1st team reps in his back pocket. Last week, Bernie Berrian more than doubled his number of catches for the season, but I don’t expect to see him Plank & Catch again any time soon. The good news here is that Clifton & Bulaga are out so the Pukers’ Michelin-Man O-Line isn’t at full strength. That should open the door for a plethora of delicious ARodg face plants as delivered by my favorite DEs: 69 & 96. Pukers 27, Vikings 19.

Colts vs Saints

A rematch of the Super Bowl that the Vikings should have won – minus a Manning. Curtis Painter hasn’t been able to lead the Colts to a win, and Kerry Collins wasn’t any better. The Colts are 0-6 while the Saints are 4-2, with a divisional loss putting them in 2nd place in the NFC South. I’m sorry to say for Indy fans that the Colts aren’t going to avoid 0-7. Saints 31, Colts 14.

Ravens vs Jaguars

Joe Flacco vs Blaine Gabbert. Another Bird/Cat match up (see: Falcons v Lions). The difference here is that, while the Big Cat team has the home field advantage in this game, too, the Ravens actually have proven they can consistently deliver a win. Not only that but they’ve got the #1 defense against the pass and the #3 defense against the rush – that doesn’t leave a lot for the Jaguars to do on offense. Ravens 28, Jaguars 7.

Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

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Oct 17

Week Six Picks: How Did I Do?

Panthers vs Falcons: Falcons 28, Panthers 19
Right. 31-17, Falcons. Cam Newton was picked off 3 times, including the last play of the game.

Colts vs Bengals: Bengals 20, Colts 14
Right. 27-17, Bengals.

49ers vs Lions: Lions 28, 49ers 24
Wrong. 25-19, 49ers. Damn you, Lions. I wanted you to remain undefeated.

Rams vs Packers: Pukers 42, Rams 7
Right. 24-3, Pukers. Al Harris against his former team, Ben Leber inactive but not injured… and atrocious Puker throw-backs. Blech.

Bills vs Giants: Bills 27, Giants 20
Wrong, 27-24 Giants.

Jaguars vs Steelers: Steelers 31, Jaguars 10
Right. 17-13, Steelers. Didn’t expect that close of a game. Have the Steelers lost their edge?

Eagles vs Redskins: Redskins 24, Eagles 21
Wrong. 20-13 Eagles. I didn’t know Rex Grossman was planning to throw 4 INTs, resulting in his benching in favor of Beck. Dear Vikings: do not queue up Grossman for a purple and gold Vikings uniform next year.

Texans vs Ravens: Ravens 24, Texans 20
Right. 29-14, Ravens.

Browns vs Raiders: Raiders 28, Browns 17
Right. 24-17, Raiders. Despite losing Campbell for the season with a broken collar bone, the Raiders won this one at home.

Cowboys vs Patriots: Patriots 34, Cowboys 20
Right. 20-16, Patriots. Tom Brady had a 2 minute offensive drive that led to the win.

Saints vs Buccaneers: Saints 27, Bucs 13
Wrong. 26-20, Bucs. Drew Brees intercepted in the end zone, giving up what would have been the game winning TD. Where was that Drew Brees during the 2009 NFCCG?

Vikings vs Chicago: Bears 21, Vikings 17
Right. 39-10, Bears. Yeah – I didn’t get the spread right at all. The Vikings looked terrible in all phases and McNugget got benched. Embarrassing.

Dolphins vs Jets: Jets 24, Dolphins 13
Right. 24-6, Jets. The Dolphins couldn’t have done more to give this one away.

Summary

RIGHT

WRONG

9

4

Running Total

58

32

 

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Oct 17

Week Six Temperature Check

Alas Vikings Nation, we find our Purple & Gold at 1-5 for 2011, with those horrendous Pukers on the horizon. It’s time to get  a sense of what the fan base is feeling.

What do you think the Vikings’ regular season final record will be?

And that’s where we are, this 6th week of the 2011 NFL regular season. Skol.

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