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Path to the Division Championship

With just 5 games left in the season, the Vikings are in sole possession of first place in the NFC North, and have a one game advantage on the Packers, the only other team with a realistic shot at winning the division at this point.  So what is it going to take to guarantee that the Vikings win the title?  Had we won the game against the Packers last week, that answer would be a whole lot easier.  It would have the Vikings at 9-2 right now, with the Packers (assuming they still lost to the Bears) at 6-5.  Either two wins, or beating the Packers in Green Bay would be enough to clinch the division.

But, the truth of the matter is that we lost the game, and are sitting at 8-3 with the Packers at 7-4.  If they win the final game of the season, they would own the head-to-head tie breaker, haven beaten the Vikings in both meetings.  If the Vikings win the final game, then the Vikings would own the tie breaker, having a better record in the division.  So that means, in order to win the division, the Vikings would either need to have a 2-game lead on the Packers heading into the final game (eliminating the chance for a tie-breaker) or be no more than a game behind the Packers leading into that game and earning a victory in Green Bay.

With a 1-game lead, and the Vikings having a tougher schedule than the Packers, the latter scenario appears to be more likely.  The Vikings’ next four games are against Seattle, Arizona, Chicago and the Giants.  The Packers meanwhile will be facing Detroit, Dallas, Oakland and Arizona.  At face value, Detroit, Dallas and Oakland look to be locks for them to get wins, except that the Lions have found their roar recently, winning their last 3 (including a game at Lambeau) and demolishing the Eagles by a score of 45-14 on Thanksgiving day.  Meanwhile, the Raiders could be clawing for a shot at a Wild Card spot, giving them some incentive to beat the odds when the Packers head to the West coast.

In all likelihood, the best result that the Vikings should be hoping for is the Packers to go 2-2 in their next 4 games, meaning the Vikings would need to go 3-1 to clinch the division before heading to Lambeau.  This will not be an easy task, as the Giants look to be the only lock for the Vikings to beat.  Their most notable wins were against Washington and Buffalo early in the season, and now they appear to be in a free-fall.  Chicago has come on strong as of late, Seattle is starting to remind the NFL why they were the conference champions, and Arizona has an outside shot at home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The most likely scenario appears to be that this division is going to be decided, one way or another, in Green Bay on January 3rd.  If the Packers win 3 of their next 4, the Vikings would clinch the division by beating Green Bay with anywhere from 1 to 3 wins heading into the game, or 0 to 2 wins if the Packers are only able to win 2 of the next 4.

It all starts this week, with the Cheese Heads heading to Detroit on Thursday night, so for one more day I’m going to be a Lions fan!  Then it will be all Purple and Gold as we face off against playoff caliber opponents for the next five weeks and convince everyone in the NFL that the Vikings are for real, finishing off with a trouncing of the Packers on their home turf!


Vikings vs Falcons

Every time I see this matchup, I have to cringe knowing that one of our best-ever teams were bested by the notorious “Dirty Birds.” I can only remember Jamal Anderson having one decent year as a running back-it just happened to be the same year the Vikings were rampaging their way to a Superbowl berth, 1998…until the Falcons squashed that dream.

I remember thinking, all we had to do was put one good hit on their Quarterback and victory would be ours. I had dubbed the Falcons’ QB  Chris “Chandelier” Chandler, because he was as fragile as glass-was always on the injured list, and yet, that “Chandelier” remained unbroken-as he and the rest of his team danced their F@*#ing “Dirty Bird” dance in our (Metrodome) end zone on their way to the Superbowl.

I guess the only consolation to this was the fact that the Broncos with John Elway at the helm went on to destroy the Falcons in Superbowl XXXIII.

But that was then and this is now. We have a new identity-one that is driven by a punishing defense and a run-first offense-a throwback team if you will-very strong on fundamentals.

Atlanta is #1 in stopping the run so far this year, and we have the best running back in the league…that will be an interesting matchup. I hope our offensive line is up to the task…

One would think this should be a game to try and stretch the field through the air a bit, but we still seem hell-bent on giving AP the ball on early downs no matter the circumstances…we’ll see.

All in all, the Vikings are the better team…we have better overall talent at many of the key positions on offense, defense, and special teams. We also have a relentless coach to keep the team heading due-north^^^onward, and upward.

This is a perfect time to clip the wings of the Falcons, trample them under foot and leave them on the field as road kill for the maintenance crew to dispose of after their demise…ya, I’m ready for the game!






By vikingology

>>>>>>SHOWDOWN<<<<<< Packers vs Vikings


Can you see it? Can you feel it? Change is in the air. A Nordic storm is building momentum in Minnesota-a storm so powerful, so menacing, even the bravest of souls quiver in its wake. Venture outside if you dare-face the vengeance  of the “Vikings.”

As game-time approaches, I can’t remember a time when I felt more confident about our team moving forward as I do right now. Gone are the days of the soft defenses-this is smash-mouth at its very best. In less than two seasons as head coach, Zimmer has brought on a mindset that has an edge to it-a nasty edge, an edge that says “I’m gonna punch you right in the mouth and watch you bleed.”

The Vikings have an opportunity to put a stranglehold on the NFC North with a victory against their hated rivals-the Packers. The pundits are still giving the Vikings a 50/50 chance of coming out victorious on Sunday…they are still expecting the Packers to rise up to the occasion like they have since 2010, but, as I mentioned earlier, and what we fans know to be true-this is not the same Vikings team that the Packers had their way with in recent history.

So let’s sound the Gjallarhorn, the Vikings are going to battle! Change is coming…the momentum has shifted…can you feel it?

SKOL Vikings!





By vikingology

Cheese Week

OK Fellow VFBers….It is that time of year again that we face that nasty curdled cheese from the east!!!  Zimmer says that we haven’t won anything yet, but doesn’t it feel good to finally be in first place in the division again?!?!


Here is a little diddy for the way I feel about Sharon Rogers and the pukers!


By tampavike

VIKINGS vs RAIDERS a tale of two 2nd year Quarterbacks

The two most promising quarterbacks from last years draft will go head-to-head on Sunday as our Vikings travel to the home of the Raiders-to the dreaded “Black Hole.”

This game will be forever linked to the Bridgewater vs Carr match-up in the eyes of the analyst’s from the moment they hit the field Sunday afternoon. How they fare as their team’s franchise signal caller will more than likely stay with them for the duration of their respective careers…the media-driven comparisons between the two start Sunday afternoon. Yes, this is a big game, and they both know it.

On offense: Both teams have offensive weapons at running back and wide receiver positions…we will always have the edge at running back as long as #28 is on the field. Our two-top wide receiver’s Wallace and Diggs are every bit as skilled and dangerous as the Raiders duo of Cooper and Crabtree. Offensive lines will always play a big part in determining the outcome of the game.

On Defense: This is where we should have the advantage. Our defense is at, or near the top of every defensive category, and they will be tested early, and often. The Raiders’ defense is OK against the run, but leaky in the passing game-the Vikings need to take advantage of this if they want to come away with a victory.

All-in-all, this should be a very interesting and entertaining game…lets hope our Vikings keep the winning streak going-I think Teddy will be up to the challenge…let the battle of the 2nd year QB’s begin!



By vikingology

Power Rankings – Week 9

This week’s power rankings are in, and things at the top half of the league are staying pretty stagnant. While the Rams dropped to 14 thanks to an overtime loss to your Vikings, the Vikings themselves didn’t do enough to move out of #15.

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In other news, it seems that the Rams’ head coach thinks that a person who has been dubbed the dirtiest player in the league multiple times wouldn’t have a clue what a dirty play, player or coach is. He said this in an attempt to minimize the criticism he and his team have taken for the cheap shots they took on Bridgewater last week, and other QBs earlier in the season. I think I can speak for a vast majority of Vikings fans when I say that coach can rot in hell.


Unlike the normal headlines where you typically hear, watch and read about QB’s pitted against each other, the Running Backs take the spotlight in today’s match-up between the Vikings and the Rams.

Adrian Peterson the greatest running back of all time will battle for bragging rights against the up-and-coming Todd Gurley in a game that is touted as “a passing of the torch.” I think #28 may have a say on that…

The defenses will have something to say too regarding the outcome of this game-one could say even more so than anything else. Back in the Fran Tarkenton days, when the Vikings battled the Rams, it was the Purple People Eaters against the Fearsome Foursome…we will get a taste of that nostalgia as well in today’s game.

Finally, where I think we have a decisive advantage is in the quarterback position. Teddy Bridgewater, in only his second year is finding ways to win in comeback-mode…look no further that last week to see a perfect example. Nick Foles on the other hand is an average quarterback that has pretty much average games. If the Rams are down late, it is not likely that he can lead his team to a comeback.

Overall, this should be an entertaining game on many levels-and a victory would put us at a note-worthy 6-2 record!



By vikingology

NFL Power Rankings Week 8

The trade deadline has passed with only one trade occurring – for an AFC team – but more importantly, the Week 8 Power Rankings are in! Your Vikings, although winning their second road game in a row, find themselves sliding down this week due in large part to it being a very narrow victory against one of the worst teams in the league. Big games from teams just below them helped the slide as well. The Rams embarrassed the 49ers winning 27-6 and the Chiefs obliterated the Lions by a score of 45-10.

Elsewhere in the league, we find the Packers dropping only 1 spot after being exposed by the Broncos who in turn were able to move past the Packers, up 4 spots into 4th place. The dismantling of the Lions moved them down to last in the league, giving the NFC North two teams now that have graded out as the worst in the league at some point in the first half of the season.

Coming up this week, the Rams are headed to Minnesota after bypassing them in the rankings with a strong showing over the 49ers, a team that destroyed the Vikings in game 1. A transitive comparison would present a strong argument that because of this, the Vikings do not stand a chance in the game. But actual averages comparing overall performance for the entire year, weighted against the strength of opponents will show that the Vikings still hold a slight advantage in the upcoming game. With two of the top 4 defenses in the league facing off this week, look for this to be a low scoring game that will probably come down to the final drive once again. Look for your Vikings to start proving the doubters wrong, as they will finally get their second chance to show their abilities against a team with a WINNING record!

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Grimacing Cutler…Barr none

Looking into the Bears’ proverbial mirror with this weeks match-up, I saw a familiar sight, something I saw not too long ago…

If the Chicago Bears were a jigsaw puzzle, there would be few pieces that have been put together to show the finished product…in other words, the Bears are now what the Vikings were in the past-before the Zimmer era. The Bears are a team that is average at best…a middle of the road team…a team that is looking for a new identity…sound familiar? Our Vikings were there not too long ago, and thanks to strong drafts and great coaching, the Vikings have turned the corner-into contention.

Although the Vikings haven’t beaten the Bears in Chicago in a long, long time, (even then Viking Brett Favre couldn’t do it) this is a different Viking team: they are not push-overs-they do the pushing, they used to get punished-now they do the punishing.

Given where both team are currently at heading into Sunday’s match-up, the once “Monsters of the Midway” are a distant memory and the Purple People Eaters are hungry again, and on the attack!

Our defense will gobble up the Bears’ O-line and swarm Cutler in a sea of purple rage.Our offense will strike swiftly and efficiently, leaving no doubt that the Vikings are a force to be reckoned with for a long, long time.

Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) forces a fumble from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6)during the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

SKOL Vikings!!!

By vikingology

Power Rankings Week 7

Week 7 has come and gone and teams appear to be starting to settle into their true positions for the year.  Surprisingly for so early in the season, very little has changed in the power rankings this week.  The top 5 stay exactly where they were, along with your Vikings at #12.  The Eagles under-performed enough this week to drop 3 spots and boost 3 other teams all up one.  Other than that, the Titans and Cowboys switched spots, and the 49ers graciously took the Bears’ position at #32 while the little fuzzballs were resting up on their bye.

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