Vikings vs. Patriots


The Vikings must defend the homestead as New England tries to invade Minnesota with a unit that is missing one of if not their most powerful weapon in AD, for reasons that need not mentioned. Can the Vikings slaughter the Patriots with only a partial offense? Will Cassel show everyone that he truly did teach Brady everything he knows and crush the Minute Men’s defense in a hellish barrage of Patterson TDs? I have no doubts that this will happen. The only question that I don’t have an answer for is can the Vikings defense show the same dominance they displayed last week against lower tier QBs against one of the Best QBs ever to play the game?

 

Maho and SKOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Vikings!

Adrian Peterson Deactivated for Patriots Game


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I’m sure many of you have already heard about the breaking news, but it turns out Adrian Peterson has been indicted for injuring his son while disciplining him.  The latest news that I’ve been able to find indicates that among other things, he has been deactivated for Sunday’s game against the Patriots because of this incident.

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Adrian appears to be a loving father, as depicted in these images, and his full cooperation and honesty about the issue gives credit to his actions for being nothing more than a father disciplining his child, albeit in a manner that is frowned upon in today’s society. Society now has gone so far as to turn these people into criminals. Granted, I do not know the extent of his son’s injury, I still contend that society is going to far in prying into people’s lives in telling them how to handle their children when they misbehave. Too many children these days get away with far too much misbehaving, and it is all due to the fact that parents are terrified to correct the action, because they will be punished for trying to correct their children. So instead, they allow these miscreants to run rampant in the world.

Now the Vikings must figure out how to beat the Patriots without their star running back. With Asiata and McKinnon trying to fill the void, will the Patriots back off and shut down all aspects of the offense? Will they go too far in ignoring the backups, and allow them to have career days? Or will Turner trust them too much, and allow them to make mistakes in critical times during the game? We can only wait and hope that this team is strong enough to scrap together a win against a team that has been a playoff superstar for the past decade.

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Week 1 Power Rankings


Go around the web, and you’re likely to find a bunch of power rankings, most of which have very little to do with the performance of every team, and are much more based on a “gut feel”.  We won’t be doing that here.  After piling together the scores for each week, I’ll be publishing power rankings in as unbiased a manner as I can.  My rankings will be based purely on the scores that teams put up compared against the scores that they allowed.  There’s then a formula to compare each team’s performance against the opposition’s average for the year which should help adjust for ease or difficulty of the opponent.

For the first four weeks, since there will be little to no opponent difficulty averages to compare against, the rankings will be leaning on each team’s strengths from last year.  As more data is collected, lest year will be given less weight to the numbers and the teams will have an accurate grade for the current year.

With that said, here’s the current Power Rankings of the NFL:

Week 1 RANK TEAM Change From Last Year
1 SEAHAWKS 1
2 BRONCOS -1
3 49ERS 0
4 PANTHERS 0
5 BENGALS 0
6 SAINTS 0
7 EAGLES 5
8 CARDINALS 1
9 CHIEFS -2
10 PATRIOTS -2
11 LIONS 2
12 CHARGERS -1
13 COLTS -3
14 TITANS 5
15 DOLPHINS 2
16 STEELERS -1
17 VIKINGS 9
18 COWBOYS -4
19 BILLS 3
20 BEARS 1
21 RAVENS -1
22 FALCONS 1
23 PACKERS -5
24 RAMS -8
25 JETS 2
26 BUCCANEERS -1
27 BROWNS 1
28 TEXANS 3
29 GIANTS -5
30 RAIDERS -1
31 REDSKINS -1
32 JAGUARS 0

I’m sure some of you are saying that some teams, like the Packers, are way too far down on the list.  And, if they are able to keep everybody on the team healthy for the entire year, you’re probably right.  But partially because of injuries last year, they performed poorly, and there is no reason to assume this year is going to be any better for them in that regard.  So we’ll just have to wait and cringe as the inevitable happens and they start climbing up the list, right behind the Vikings the entire way.  

Final 34 – 6


The Vikings marched into St. Louis and decimated the Rams in a battle that surely has shocked all those without a brain. This battle wasn’t without casualties though as Floyd, Rhodes, and J-Rob were all injured in one way or another. The extent of these injuries is unknown, but the one that looked the most severe was Floyd. He didn’t move hardly at all while on the ground in a heap, hopefully everything will be ok. As for Rhodes his injury is a groin injury, which usually almost always stick around for awhile. If that is the case then next week may be grim as we face one of the Best QBs in the league Tom Brady. With all that doom and gloom out of the way let us congratulate our rookie Head Coach Mike Zimmer on a great game and his first ever win. He had a great gameplan and it worked to perfection and the players we all thought were garbage under Fraizer showed what happens when you have a coach who can coach his players up. This was the first of 16 regular season battles and it was glorious.

MAHO :) and SKOL VIKINGS!

………..VIKINGS 2014…………. Thoughts and predictions


Football season is finally upon us once again as we prepare to watch our Vikings battle the Rams.

We already know that Green Bay lost to Seattle last night and are officially in LAST place in the NFC North!

Mike Zimmer has brought a focus and mindset to Minnesota that, frankly has not been seen since the Grant years. He has also given us fans hope that the Vikings will not only be a formidable matchup to any opponent in our path, but also, our team in purple are on the verge to something special.

Although Teddy Bridgewater will not be the day one starter, he will get his chance to shine, and when that happens, he will be the starter for a long, long time.

 

Here is my prediction for the NFC North:

Minnesota:  10-6 (Division winner)

Green Bay:  9-7

Chicago:      8-8

Detroit         7-9

 

The Vikings have amassed a lot of talent in a few short years…and they are ready to explode on Gameday!

Good luck to Zimmer and our Vikings-SKOL!

 

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Coming soon to a TV near you


While Thursday is the start of the football season, no one with a brain cares because the Minnesota Vikings are not playing, but soon so very soon the Vikings will be marching onto the field in St. Louis for what is going to be a brutal massacre. The beating the Vikings give the Rams will be so disturbing that parents will likely turn the channel to avoid scarring their children and the ever annoying animal rights activist (never say their name, never dignify their existence) will be called only for them to realize that the lambs slaughtered this “Bloody” Sunday were not really animals.

Predicting the Final Roster


With the preseason over, all that’s left for the team to do before they head off to St Louis for the first game of the regular season is to decide who makes the final cut.  Some guys had some high expectations coming in, but due to lack of productivity, effort, ability to execute the new coaching regime’s scheme, or unfortunate injury circumstances, many players will be looking for a new team tomorrow.  Here’s the guys who I think will be sticking around:

QB
Matt Cassel
Teddy Bridgewater
Christian Ponder

No surprises here, as all three QBs will be staying with the team, at least until Spielman can convince somebody that Ponder is worth more than a foam cheese shaped head ornament.

RB
Adrian Peterson
Matt Asiata
Jerick McKinnon

I like Banyard better than Asiata, and if this were my decision he’s the one I’d keep.  Unfortunately, there are smarter people making the decision, and I believe they’ll be choosing to let Banyard get scooped up by a team in need of his skill.

FB
Jerome Felton
Zach Line

No need for any more than 1 FB in Turner’s scheme, and Jerome is too good to consider anybody else for the job. The coaches must have seen something in camp that we didn’t get to see in the preseason games, because Line didn’t seem like he had a chance to make this team.

WR
Greg Jennings
Cordarrelle Patterson
Jarius Wright
Adam Thielen
Rodney Smith
(Jerome Simpson)

When I learned Simpson had gotten into trouble with the law again, I was ready to cut him loose.  I would have preferred the team drafted a WR this year instead of loading up on DBs with so many of their late round picks.  Now that Simpson’s suspension has been confirmed for 3 games, it leaves a spot open for Smith to fill.  Hopefully the team will be able to sneak Smith onto the practice squad after that, because it looks like he has a good chance of developing into something good in a short time.

TE
Kyle Rudolph
Allen Reisner
Rhett Ellison

With any serious competition being eliminated due to injury, these 3 players emerge with one star recieving TE, one more very reliable receiving TE and the third specializing in creating holes for Adrian.  Big surprise out of the Tight End group, as the star of the preseason was cut loose.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this team survives with only 2 Tight Ends.

OT
Matt Kalil
Phil Loadholt
Tony Richardson
Austin Wentworth

There’s been appearances that Wentworth is the favorite to be the backup tackle on this group, but I just can’t allow myself to think that Richardson is not going to get the job.  He’s an undrafted free agent who was supposed to get selected in the mid rounds of the draft.  It seems like too good of a steal for us to let him get scooped up by another team.
It looks like I should have trusted what I was seeing on the field, because even after his poor performance in replacement duty for Loadhot, Wentworth still made the team ahead my favorite for the spot.

OG
Charlie Johnson
Brandon Fusco
David Yankey
Vlad Ducasse

Yankey should be pushing for Johnson’s job pretty soon, but it seems that the value of continuity along the line is being heralded over the value of skilled players.  Yankey still makes the cut, sending vets like Ducasse and Baca packing.
Another surprise amongst the offensive line, as they bring in a ninth player to help with their depth.

OC
John Sullivan
Joe Berger

Berger is remains the most valuable backup on the line, with his ability to transition to any of the interior positions supported by his years of experience proving he is a quality backup.

DT
Linval Joseph
Shariff Floyd
Fred Evans
Tom Johnson
Shamar Stephen

This group gets heavier than it should be just because there’s too much skill to let any of the three backups chance going to another team.  The team ditches a solid veteran backup in favor of youth and potential.

DE
Brian Robison
Everson Griffen
Corey Wootton
Scott Chrichton

2 solid starters supported by 2 very promising backups should equate to a group of fresh players all throughout the season while rotating in and out in Zimmer’s scheme.

LB
Chad Greenway
Anthony Barr
Jasper Brinkley
Audie Cole
Gerald Hodges
Larry Dean
Michael Mauti
Brandon Watts

My first impression is that if the team decides to keep this group at 6, it could be Mauti that loses the coin flip.  While he has more value as a future prospect, I think the coaches like Dean’s production on special teams too much to keep Mauti around based on what he might add to the team in future seasons.  These seven get the nod for now though, producing some solid depth for the back-end of the front seven of this defense.  Some extra depth along the group of LBs seems like overkill, so I’m expecting that a good handful of these guys will be contributing a lot on special teams.

CB
Captain Munnerlyn
Xavier Rhodes
Josh Robinson
Shaun Prater
Marcus Sherels
Jabari Price

With Cox being a surprising cut in the first round of releases earlier this week, a roster spot is opened up for one of our draft picks, and after showing some flashes during the preseason Price ends up getting the nod.

S
Harrison Smith
Andrew Sandejo
Robert Blanton
Kurt Coleman
Chris Crocker
Antone Exum

This was the hardest group to select.  Of the guys fighting for the second starting gig, nobody stood out in the preseason. Former starter Jamarca Sanford misses the boat after piling up too many injuries to make the new coaching staff comfortable leaving him on board. Meanwhile, the second starter may prove to be the defense’s biggest weakness this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team try to improve on the position early in next year’s draft.  
Proving that this was the toughest group to select, 2 of my picks got cut and a rookie with potential was kept on board in their place.  This group still looks very questionable, and I’d be a lot happier if the team found a reliable veteran who didn’t make the final cut on one of the other teams.

Special Teams
Blair Walsh
Jeff Locke
Cullen Loeffler

No surprises here as the team keeps the group from last year, who spent the entire off-season completely uncontested.

With those 53 (+1), here are the guys I expect to be looking for a new team or profession:
OC Zac Kerin
CB Julian Posey
DE Justin Trattou (After his performance on Thursday, he is one player who I think is able to find a new team)
DT Isame Faciane
OG Vladimir Ducasse (Veteran journeyman should also find a new team)
LB Justin Jackson
LB Mike Zimmer
RB Joe Banyard (Another favorite to be sporting a different jersey next week)
S Jamarca Sanford
OT Mike Remmers
WR Donte Foster

Cuts who the team should try to get on the Practice Squad:
DT Chase Baker 
FB Zach Line 
OG Jeff Baca 
OG Austin Wentworth 
S Antone Exum 
TE Chase Ford
RB Dominique Williams
LB Brandon Watts
CB Kendall James
WR Kain Colter

[The cuts are all due to be made on Saturday, so check back to see how close my predictions were.]

*Actual results have been adjusted for – the players who made the team that I didn’t think would are highlighted in bold green.  My picks who didn’t make the team are crossed out.

Vikings Announce Cuts


The full list of the first round of cuts is just about out, and there were a couple of surprises.  Free Agent acquisition Derek Cox was among those who most of us expected to make the team as either the Nickel or Dime CB, but now he’ll be looking to make his impact on another team.  Mistral Raymond, a safety who started a handful of games for the Vikings in 2013 was another surprise for this first round of cuts.   

Outside of those two, the Vikings have announced 12 players released who were going to be long-shots to make the team right from the beginning.  The Vikings still need to cut one more player in order to get down to the 75-man limit at the end of the day.  Of the players still on the team, I would expect this final cut to be a LB (none were included in the first 14-players cut), and my best bet is that it’s between Mike Zimmer and Justin Jackson. 

Here’s the current list of cuts:
 

Scott, Tyler DE
Snyder, Jake DE
Randall, Kheeston DT
Burton, Pierce T
Murphy, Kevin T
Sperry, Kory TE
Cruse, Andy WR
Lora, Erik WR
Walker, Ty WR
Cox, Derek CB
Steeples, Robert CB
Bishop, Brandan S
Raymond, Mistral S
Jorden, Kamar WR
 UPDATE! The Final Cut Has Been Made (Thanks for the info Roger)
Higgins, Mike TE
 

Preseason Week 3- Vikings vs Chiefs


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Tonight Matt Cassel returns to Arrowhead Stadium to get vengeance on the Chiefs. This is our last preparation for the regular season as most starters will not suit up next week. Can Matt Cassel keep the offense rolling? Is Norv Turner truly a 100% chill guy? We’ll find out I guess…I don’t know whatever I’m depressed. SEND

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