Beating the Odds

This week may be the toughest match-up that the Vikings have on their entire schedule.  Not only are they going against a future hall-of-famer at Quarterback, one who has set many records in the regular season and is closing in on numerous others, but they also have to face off against one of the best defenses in the league, one that boasts a very formidable pass rush and has a knack for forcing turnovers.

To make matters worse, the Vikings will be taking them on in the Mile High air.  They’ll also likely be going into this game without a couple of their better wideouts.  Jarius Wright is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, while Charles Johnson has already been listed as out.  That means that guys like Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson and Stefon Diggs will need to step their game up so that they can be used as targets against this formidable defense.  Teddy Bridgewater is going to have his hands full, and will need to receive a very well thought out game plan from Norv Turner to keep his team in the fight.

Luckily, the Broncos are not without their own concerns.  Peyton Manning has looked like a shadow of his former self in the first three games, and has been battling some old-man pains that have been keeping him out of practice.  Accompanied by a host of injuries to his offensive line, the game plan for the Vikings defense should be to try to pound Manning to the ground and convince him to start planning out his retirement.

A strong defense may not be enough to solidify this win however, as Denver’s defense has been able to score on their own.  So above all else, Teddy and his offense will need to focus on ball control.  With two strong defenses heading into the game, this has the makings of a low scoring affair.  The odds are on the side of the home team, but the Vikings should be encouraged by this.  You prove you are the best by beating the best, and right now there are few teams better than the Broncos.

Bridgewater vs Rivers=Liquid Adrenaline

As week three commences, we find our Vikings even at an early 1-1 record. The Vikings will look to stay on the winning path against the Chargers.

There are some very good reasons why people in Viking land feel optimistic about Sunday’s game:

Adrian Peterson has had great success against the Charger defense particularly in 2007 when he set the record for most rushing yards in a single game with an amazing 296 yards.

Norv Turner was a former Head coach for the Chargers, which should give us the edge on Phillip Rivers’ weaknesses and how the Vikes can exploit the Charger defense with our QB Teddy Bridgewater leading the way.

Mike Zimmer brings an aggressive defense that will keep the Chargers off-balanced resulting in several turnovers. If our defensive line hits Rivers like they did Stafford, the Chargers will be in for a long afternoon.

Lets keep the momentum going in the right direction…Purple Rain=Purple Pain!

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By vikingology

The Sky is (not) Falling

For those old enough to remember the story of “Chicken Little” with our young heroine Henny Penny as the one who once declared “The Sky is Falling”…little did she realize it was only an acorn that fell on her head. There are many twists and turns in this old fable, but I’ll let you, the reader seek out the story on your own.

The obvious connection with Henny Penny and most of the bloggers that posted after the drumming we took against the 49ers is crystal clear-“The Sky is falling in Viking-land.”

Let’s all take a collective deep breath…and exhale-after all, we played all of one game. ONE.

Let’s wind the clock back to the early stages of last year and if you recall (I’m sure you do) a quarterback of a certain rival team uttered the words “Relax” in response to their fans crying out that the year was already over (thank goodness it ended in a glorious collapsing ball of fire.) The other team that comes to mind happened to win the Superbowl (I know it’s deflating, but…)

Now I know some of you are probably thinking our own Teddy is not like those other unspeakable QB’s, and your right, he’s not. But no one can deny the surge of talent we have on the Viking’s squad, and Teddy is just fine. Speilman has been great, Zimmer has changed the mentality of the team…we are headed in the right direction…are there problems-yes, but you can be certain they are being addressed, and will continue to be.

It’s better to start off slow, and gain momentum, than get off to a fast start and fizzle down the stretch…we will reach the mountain top, it will happen soon…destiny will finally find us, and when that happens…ouch something just fell on my head.

So, the moral of the story is-don’t proclaim “The Sky is Falling” until you first check the bump on your head!


By vikingology

And, so it begins…………….


Minnesota rolls into San Fran for a (late night) MNF showdown to open their season.  Fresh off some convincing wins in preseason, and not daunted by a meaningless loss in which most starters never saw the field, the Vikings look to be the favorites to beat a 49er team that is a shadow of its former self.

Why we will win:  TB has picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2014 season.  He is crisp, clean, and even more mature than he was last year, which is saying something.  Minnesota added a couple valuable weapons to the offensive (but not offensive) roster – Adrian Peterson and Mike Wallace.  Both are figured to open up the other’s game – Peterson will draw defenders up to the line, leaving Wallace open down the sidelines, or Wallace will take a couple defenders with him, leaving open field for AD to do his thing.    Throw in a healthy Rudolph and the threat of Wright, Johnson and Patterson, and San Fran won’t know WHO to cover.

Why it could be close, but we still win:  The Vikings have had troubles containing a scrambling/running QB.  We may have blanket coverage on 49er WRs, and our front line may stuff the RBs, but Zimmer needs to designate someone to spy on Kaepernik.  The O-line is a work in progress, with a rookie at RT, and several converts and backups filling in 4 of the 5 positions.  Also, the Vikings have posted a dismal record in primetime matchups over the past decade.  However, this patchwork O-line provided TB with enough time to run through his progressions.

Prediction:  Minnesota will bust open the 2015/16 season with a victory.


By northwoodsv2

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…

the day has finally come for the VFB FF League to draft their teams and battle in a year dog fight for supremacy. Will last years champs the Roughneck continue to prove that they are the Best in the World? Or will the LesBarooooos (ReDux) step out of the gutters and shock the world? Who will take the crown? All these and many more questions will be answered in the weeks to come, but it all starts tonight at 8pm CT.

By roger

The Battles to Come

Today is the Vikings final preseason game and they will be facing the Titans. While most of the starters will be sitting on their backside having already earned their spots, many hungry, young players will be fighting to make the squad. Will Diggs prove he should be the PR guy making Sherels obsolete? Will one or two of the young OLinemen prove that with them we have depth? Can Heinicke show enough to make the team or will he be relegated to the PS? This game may not matter when in the record books, but it will form the building blocks of the team for years to come.

Also the VFB FF League draft is this Sunday, September 6th, at 8pm CT.

By roger

Dress Rehearsal

In a few minutes the Vikings will take on the Cowboys in Dallas. While it will be the Vikings 4th preseason game, it will be their dress rehearsal for the regular season, which means the Vikings starters will likely get extensive time. Perhaps they will unveil some new plays that will strike fear into defenses. Or they could make everyone (casual fans) doubt the hard work Coach Zim has been putting in. Now the game is meaningless as far as wins and loses, but each and every player should be fighting to earn the right to be apart of the 2015-16 Vikings as they try and do what all of those before have failed to do. Who has what it takes?

By roger

Vikings vs. Raiders

Tonight the Vikings take on the surprisingly promising Raiders in the Vikings 3rd preseason game. Soon Teddy will face off against the 2nd best QB of last years draft, Bridgewater being the best, Derek Carr. While Carr may have the bigger arm, Teddy will prove tonight that he can and will make better decisions as he slices the Raiders secondary to pieces as he showcases the talented weapons that are growing around him. Then the man, the myth, the legendary Ponder-er will make an appearance as he poos in his pants while trying to decide what to do with the ball, before eating turf.

By roger

This is not a test…

actually it is as this Saturday the Vikings take on the Bucs in our 2nd of 5 Pre-Season games. While the end result will not matter in the grand scheme of things, it should be a nice way to see how far players young and old have come. It will be interesting to see how many snaps the starters get as well as which WRs have found the ever elusive chemical combination, I mean chemistry with Teddy. Maybe the Flasher known as Patty will establish himself as a viable option or perhaps an unknown player will light it up like Victor Cruz against the Cowboys all those years ago, becoming a break out star for the Vikings.

With that all said let me remind you all that the VFB FF League Draft is set for Friday, Aug 21st at 7:00pm CDT.

Skol Vikings and all that stuff.


Are We Doomed to Settle for the Name U.S. Bank Stadium?

A few weeks ago, it became public knowledge that US Bank, after having assisted the team in assuring their downtown stadium got built, would retain the rights to name the new palace. It seems to be a foregone conclusion now that, like the vast majority of other teams in the league, we will eventually be forced to mention the name some large multibillion-dollar company every time we talk about our homefield. Not just any multibillion-dollar company, but the cliche among all of these, a BANK!

Here’s a list of all the current stadium names in the NFL:

Metlife – Insurance Company – Giants & Jets
Lambeau Field – Historic Head Coach – Packers
AT&T Stadium – Telecommunications – Cowboys
Arrowhead Stadium – Team Logo – Chiefs
FedEx Field – Shipping Company – Washington
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Sporting Goods Conglomorate – Broncos
Sun Life Stadium – Life Insurance – Dolphins
Bank of America Stadium – BANK! – Panthers
Mercedez-Benz Superdome – Car Dealer – Saints
FirstEnergy Stadium – Energy Company – Browns
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Team Founder/Owner – Bills
Qualcomm Stadium – Telecommunications – Chargers
Georgia Dome – State of Georgia- Falcons
NRG Stadium – Energy Company – Texans
M&T Bank Stadium – BANK! – Ravens
Lincoln Financial Field – Holding Company (BANK!) – Eagles
Nissan Stadium – Car Dealer – Titans
Gillette Stadium – Bathroom Supplies – Patriots
Levi’s Stadium – Clothing Company – 49ers
EverBank Field – BANK! – Jaguars
CenturyLink Field – Telecommunications – Seahawks
Raymond James Stadium – Holding COmpany (BANK!) – Buccaneers
Paul Brown Stadium – Team Founder (Browns Legend) – Bengals
Edward Jones Dome – Financial Services – Rams
Heinz Field – Food Company – Steelers
Ford Field – Car Dealer – Lions
Lucas Oil Stadium – Fossil Distributing Company – Colts
Soldier Field – US Troops Recognition – Bears
TCF Stadium – BANK! – Temporary squatting grounds for the Vikings

So, out of 32 teams, we have 2 Energy Companies, 2 Insurance Companies, 3 Telecommunications Companies, 3 car dealers, and 7 Banks/Investment Firms! Add to that, 6 other stadiums named by a unique style of business, (Bathroom Supplies, Food, Clothes, Fossils, Shipping, Sporting Goods), and we’re left with only 6 venues that have a name that mean something to their respective fans.

So how can we get around that? After a national bank has invested over a hundred million dollars on the naming rights, it seems like a lost cause now. But maybe the future isn’t quite so bleak. Afterall, Mall Of America Field was still the Metrodome to all of the loyal fans, and I’m pretty sure most Broncos fans stick with Mile High Stadium, especially since the name has an extra meaning since November 6, 2012.

But of course, those were names that existed before money grubbing owners sold out for a little extra profit. So where does our hope lie? Maybe it lies lies in doing something new and revolutionary in the stadium naming history. What if someone were able to convince US Bank to give us a meaningful name, while keeping their own name attached to the stadium. Something akin to US Bank Field at Valhalla Stadium, Asgaard Field at US Bank Stadium or Ragnarok Battlegrounds at US Bank Stadium. This way, whenever mentioned on the radio or TV, the Bank would still get their advertising, but the fans would get to call it something that they loved!

But what about this makes it revolutionary? That’s where my idea kicks into gear. The Bank could generate a whole lot of extra advertising and positive vibes towards their company by holding a stadium naming competition! Get a list of the best names anyone can add to the boring US Bank portion of the name, and have a fan vote to decide what our home will be called! Just think about how much interest a gimmick like this would generate in the team AND its sponsors! Now if only there were a way to contact the sponsors and convince them that they need to go with my idea…

Anyways, throw your vote in below! Do you like any of the names I suggested, or do you have a better one that I haven’t proposed?

Something this grandiose deserves a better name than U.S. Bank