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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
The Vikings look to continue the momentum as they head into Detroit to play a key match-up in the NFC North.
Peterson has had the best success rushing against the Lions, so it was a relief to see him active for the game due to his illness…he will be ready to cut it loose.
Diggs is digging it, and it has showed in a big way on the field as he gets another chance to shine. He is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
Floyd unfortunately will not be on the field today as he continues to heal up, but thanks to our depth, we should be OK with our D-line.
Bridgewater has not been stellar, but he has continued to make the big throws when he needs to. As long as he continues to correct his mistakes, he will only get better as the season moves forward.
All-in-all, the Vikings match up well against the Lions, and our defense should keep the heat on Stafford enough to force a couple bad throws for them to take advantage of…
Power rankings are in for the week and even after a less than acceptable performance by the Purple, we see them moving up three spots this week, overtaking the Giants, Redskins and Titans to slip into rank 13. The Patriots and Cardinals continue to dominate the league and keep their position at the top. The Eagles and Steelers had the most significant gains of the week, moving up to spots 7 and 6 with gains of 5 and 4 spots respectively. Meanwhile, having lost their first game of the season to their division rival Saints, the Falcons took the most significant hit of the week, moving down five spots but still remaining in the top 10. Going down 12 spots, the Titans had the biggest drop with their embarrassing dismantling at home against the Dolphins, but they were already an unlikely team to make any impact this season, as they now sit ranked 26th in the league.
The Vikings have a couple of road games against divisional opponents that they should beat in the upcoming weeks, but the team has performed significantly worse on the road thus far in the short season. It will take a couple of dominating wins against the cellar-dwellers for the Vikings’ position to improve over the next two weeks, but that is exactly what we should expect from a young team on the rise that is on the brink of taking over the league.