Soon the Super Bowl will be upon us and a victor will be crowned. Will it be some SeaChickens or the “Rule Deflating” Patriots? While the result will not affect us Vikings fans, it should atleast be an entertaining game. So with that out of the way who do you guys got as the victor?
Aaron Rodgers may be considered one of the best QBs in the league, but he is not foreign to the concept of choking, as is evident in this MNF clip against the Seahawks.
He took that slip pretty seriously, and started some hard workouts during the season, and then went about advertising his efforts in every commercial break on every channel that plays NFL games.
The work wasn’t enough though, as Rodgers returned to Seattle only to choke again, over and over and over.
Alright, to be fair, there was choking all across the board, both by his team and by his opponent, who gave up 5 turnovers in the game compared to the two picks that Rodgers threw. If anybody can be blamed for the choking in this game, it’s the head coach of the Packers. A big factor in the outcome of games is the team that wins the turnover battle, and being up by 3 in that category any Super Bowl hopeful team should have no trouble putting the opposition away. But McCarthy made mistake after mistake after mistake. It all started when he cowardly took a field goal with inches-to-go to get into the end zone, and then again when there was maybe a couple extra feet between the ball and the goal line. It continued as he was unable to coach his team into the end zone for any but one drive of the entire game, and his play calling continued to be timid, rarely giving Rodgers (the NFL’s MVP) a chance to throw the ball when they had the lead.
This game looked like the Packers had it won early in the second half, up until the final two drives of regulation for Seattle’s offense, when a QB with a then-QB rating of ZERO shredded McCarthy’s prevent defense and scored a TD. Then the on-sides kick team muffed the ball and tipped it into Seattle’s hands. Seattle then took the lead with another TD, and Russell Wilson tossed a Hail Mary-type 2-point conversion to stretch their lead to 3. With less than 2-minutes to go, McCarthy’s timid style was just enough to get the Packers to score a FG to tie the game and send it into overtime.
McCarthy sent out his choking QB to call the coin toss against Tarvaris Jackson, and lost that call as well.
You gotta know better than to send some scrub in against the BEST Coin-Toss-Player in the league! Then his defensive play-calling failed one last time, as they let a receiver slip down the middle of the field and grab the game-winning TD.
Oh, and watch your language Mike – the ref is right there.
This Sunday the Packers take on the Seahawks and the Colts try to unseat the Patriots as the class of the AFC. The battles will be brutal and one possible outcome could destroy Vikings’ fans way of life, so go Sea-chicks. Also this Saturday at 3pm CT the East-West Shrine game will be on the NFL Network. Many draft prospect will be looking to improve their stock enough to be invited to next weeks Senior Bowl, also on NFL Network (next Saturday with practices leading up to it). The prospect I am most looking forward to at the East-West game is LSU RB Terrence Magee, while small 5’9 he is built like a brick shit-house 220 LBs and is very quick. Magee would be a good 4th round pick to pair with McKinnon, if AD goes home.
The playoffs continue this weekend with key match ups being Brady vs. Flacco and Rodgers vs. Romo. Those along with them the almost out to pasture Stallion facing off against his replacement the young Mustang that everyone has been drooling over since college, should make for an enjoyable viewing experience. All 4 games look like they will be good, but the outcome of one of them could possibly ruin what should be a interesting offseason.
Don’t talk about playoffs…
ok, fine, talk about playoffs.
Today is the Vikings season finale after being eliminated from playoff contention a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that this game is meaningless. With a victory the Vikings will not only end Zim’s first season as HC on a high note, but will likely spell the end for either Tresman or Cutler in Chicago. Will Teddy continue to grow and show what he will become in the near future? Can the OLine get it together and protect Teddy like they should? Will the Defense finally get their collective heads out of their asses and stomp an opponent?
The Vikings are facing off against the Dolphin who are looking forward to the playoffs, but can the Vikings destroy their chances to make them?
This week was extra hard writing the player of the game article, given how hot the Vikings started off, and then just fizzled offensively after the first quarter and couldn’t do anything for the rest of the game.
Teddy Bridgewater: Despite throwing two interceptions, Teddy had some respectable stats for the day. He completed 31/41 attempts (75.6%) for 315 yards and a touchdown. Granted, both interceptions were bad throws, one of them still required a very good play by Detroit’s secondary in order to reel in the turnover. However, Teddy was not able to get the team into the endzone for the final 3 quarters of the game.
Greg Jennings: The only offensive player that seems deserving of consideration is Jennings, who while only catching 3 passes, they went for 43 yards (14.3 avg) and a TD. Also, one of them was another great toe-tapper on the sideline for a long first down that was confirmed after Detroit challenged.
Gerold Hodges: Filling in for an injured Anthony Barr for the second week in a row, Hodges had another very good performance. No turnovers this week, but he led a very good defensive unit in tackles with 9, and added 2 pass deflections to those numbers. His performance in these last two games is going to make off-season decisions for the LB corps very interesting.
Xavier Rhodes: Following Megatron around the field, whether he lined up left or right on most snaps, Rhodes had another great day. Megatron only was able to get open 4 times for 53 yards – pretty mediocre numbers for the same guy who owns the record for most receiving yards in a single season. A bit out of character this week, Rhodes was unable to notch any pass deflections, but he did get in 3 tackles, including one for a loss.
Harrison Smith & Andrew Sendejo: No offense to either of these two, but given how things played out in Detroit, it seems fair to group them together in the vote for this week. As the starting safeties in the game, they both got 6 tackles (2nd most behind Hodges), and undoubtedly deserve much of the credit for holding the Lions out of the endzone for the entire game, save for the one drive that started inside the redzone after Teddy’s first interception.
Cordarrelle Patterson: He’s been hard to find this season, but the Flash came close to getting us the win at the end of the game. With 2 kick returns, he notched 74-yards, including the 51-yarder setting up the last drive. With the game on the line and Wright injured, Patterson came in and caught 2 passes for 16 yards as well. So he was able to make the most of his opportunities this week, even though they were very limited.
With no sacks, turnovers, or other huge performances, it’s hard to justify putting any one else on this list, even though the defense as a whole put up a great performance, keeping the score extra low even with a 2-turnover deficit. Once we are able to get an offense capable of scoring back on the field, this team is going to be scary good.
It’s been a couple weeks since the last power ranking was put out, but there hasn’t been much change in that time, as we get closer to the end of the season and most teams are reminding us that they belong where they are. One exception is the Rams, who after two big shutouts – totaling a 2-game score of 76-0 – have moved up 8 spots. Unfortunately that means little to them, as they are still stuck at the bottom of the toughest division in the league.
The Lions are the next biggest movers, going up 4 after convincing wins at home against Chicago and Tampa Bay. They’ll look to continue their surge today against the Vikings in the 3rd of a 5-game stretch against NFC Central opponents.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are the biggest losers over the past two weeks. While they beat the Buccs, their offense still severely underperformed in that game, and it took an amazing performance by the defense to sustain a one point victory. The next week the Steelers rolled into town and demolished them pushing their rankings down even further.