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NFC North 2015 Preview – Minnesota Vikings

This week in my NFC North preview of the Minnesota Vikings.

I’m weary of this team for the 2015 NFL season.

Last season, they were on the cusp of being a great time. The season record was 7-9, but they had some close games that could have gone the other way. When you see the Vikings on your schedule, you don’t get to automatically put it in the win category.

 

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2014 Vikings record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last season had some new beginnings for the Vikings. It was the first under head coach Mike Zimmer. In fact, it was coach Zimmer’s fist season ever as a head coach. There obviously is a big learning curve heading into a head coaching position, so the 2015 season might be the time Zimmer starts to shine. Prior to that he was the defensive coach for the Bengals from 2008-2013.

Last season was also rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s first season. He did fairly well, especially with all the quarterback reshuffling over there. Remember Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Bridgewater were all fighting for the starting position. Ponder lost out to a fight between Cassel and Bridgewater with Bridgewater ultimately becoming the man in Minnesota.

 

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Teddy Bridgewater 2014 stats

 

Now, with Bridgewater as the clear starting quarterback going into the 2015 season, he will get all of training camp and all first team reps. It should be interesting to see how he progresses. His back up is veteran Shaun Hill.

Adrian Peterson is the biggest game changer for the Minnesota Vikings for the 2015 season. He only played one game for the Vikes in 2014 due to child abuse charges that were ultimately reduced to a misdemeanor for beating his 4-year-old with a switch. Peterson sparked public outcry and a national debate on how America views child abuse, and how cultural history plays a role.

The Vikings 7-9 record was due in part to losing the workhorse of the team. The team was centered around Adrian Peterson and the loss of him as their running back was detrimental. They did not make great adjustments. Peterson is one of only several running backs in history to break the 2000 yard mark in a single season. Of course the team is built around him.

There was a bunch of rumors in the offseason that Peterson would go to Houston or the Cowboys because Peterson didn’t want to play for Minnesota anymore. However, those rumors, while they may have been true, did not pan out. AP now has a 3 year contract with the Vikings and may finish his career there.

Greg Jennings was let go from the Vikings, which is interesting to me because as a Green Bay fan, it’s always interesting to see how wide receivers flourish under Mike McCarthy and seemingly do terrible once in another organization (think James Jones). It looks like the Vikings will be staying with Cordarrelle Patterson, Charles Johnson, and Jarius Wright.

Other Vikings departures

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So who did the Vikings pick up in the draft?

First round they picked up Trae Waynes, a corner back. Second round was Eric Kendricks, an inside linebacker. Third round they picked up Hunter, a defensive end, and Clemmings, and outside tackle.

Okay.

I get the corner back. The Vikings have some serious enemy wide receivers to contend with in regards to Calvin Johnson of the Lions and Nelson of the Packers. Not a bad move.

As for defense, the Vikings picked up someone that will inevitably be mentioned twice a year when the Packers play the Vikings. Casey Matthews, brother of Green Bay Packers star linebacker, Clay Matthews III, was a free agent and thus picked up. His previous team was the Eagles. I’m not sure his stats are so impressive.

Here is the current 2015 Minnesota Vikings roster as of today.

We shall see how the rest plays out.

As for coaching, I already mentioned Zimmer. The defensive coordinator is George Edwards. The offensive coordinator is Norv Turner.

On a side note, coaching on the Vikings seems to be a family affair. Zimmer’s son, Adam, is the linebackers coach. Scott Turner, son of Norv Turner, is the quarterbacks coach. Hmmm.

Here is the 2015 Minnesota Vikings schedule

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Good luck to the Green Bay Packers against these Minnesota Vikings. It’s definitely not going to be easy to win against them this year.

 

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Go For Two: NFL week 7 games of the week

What a week 6! Cowboys beat the Seahawks? God, now the Cowboys will never stop being the game of the week, or the game picked to be shown on regular television when the Niners or Raiders aren’t on. Blech.

Some things we learned, Patriots were counted out too early. Joe Flacco had a huge week. The Falcons are on a downward slide, and the Browns are a legit, winning football team? Well, let’s not get a head of ourselves, but they are 3-2 and are at .600.

Who’s the best in the NFC East? Well, the Eagles made fast work of the Giants, so they aren’t going to be too keen on all the glory going to the Cowboys.

The week had some very, very thrilling games. Green Bay Packers versus the Miami Dolphins goes without saying. It came down to the last 3 minutes and Green Bay needed a lot of heroics to win that game. A Rodgers fumble almost ended the game with 1:37 remaining, but a head’s up play by Lang occurred when he quickly fell on the ball. In all actuality, it really came down to the last six seconds. The play before went to a rookie, Adams, on a fake snap and the last play to a backup now starter (?) tight end in Quarless.

The Bengals and the Panthers went into overtime and they came out the other side STILL tied. San Diego and Oakland was a close game, but I didn’t see it, as I don’t give two craps about either of those teams.

This all begs the question, what surprises will come during week 7?

Week 7 games:

Bengals (3-1-1) at Colts (4-2): This should be a good game. The leads in the AFC North and AFC South will battle it out. It was a big disappointment when Cincinnati did not get a win against the Panthers. They had every opportunity. The kicker missed the big one, and that was that. The Bengals and the Colts have good offenses, but where this battle will be fought is on the Bengals defense, which is ranked 28th overall. Andrew Luck and company have the potential to put up big numbers and this Bengals defense is going to have it’s hands full. It could be a shootout, but if the Bengals defense doesn’t step it up, the Colts might do a repeat of the Jaguars or the Titans, and have a blowout.

Panthers (3-1-1) at Packers (4-2): This is a tough game. Even our Eligible Receiver writers can’t decide to get on, or off, the Panthers bandwagon. One week they look great, the next week, not so much. What will they bring against the Packers?

The Packers are obviously coming off a huge high from their last drive-for-a-win against the Miami Dolphins. The thing is, on paper, the GBP look like crap. 26th overall offense, 19th on overall defense. I get the offense because Eddie Lacy keeps shitting eggs every week, save for one – the Vikings game (not really too competitive eh?) I know this not only because the GBP are my favorite team, but I have him on my fantasy team and his ass is getting benched. If he improves later in the year, I’ll give him the start, but right now, come on dude — get it together.

A little more surprising is that the GBP are 20th in passing. Really, the great Aaron Rodgers isn’t up there in the stats? That’s concerning. We’ve been missing this season a great third receiver option. Perhaps after last week in Miami, Davante Adams, the rookie who had the head’s up play of the game by catching Rodgers faked spike, will now fulfill that role left vacant my James Jones from last year, and two years ago from Greg Jennings. (FYI, I always get a little happy when receivers leave a team for more money and then they wind-up on shitty-shitty teams. You’re welcome to the money Raiders James Jones and Minnesota Vikings Greg Jennings.)

49ers (4-2) at Broncos (4-1): These two teams are pretty evenly matched, save for the Broncos poor showing at the run. It will be interesting to see how the Niners do against the Broncos. Niners have won against two good teams, Dallas and Eagles, but were a little too close for comfort against the Rams who had to get their quarterback off the street and was actually released from the team at one point. One of their two losses was to Chicago, which is still trying to determine it’s identity. The Cardinals are also a mixed bag, as they are a good team with a lot of injuries. The Broncos will prove to be their hardest challenge yet.

As for the Broncos, they have handily beat all the teams they won against. Their only loss was to Seattle, in Seattle. I feel as if, much like the GBP Achilles heel is the Niners, so is Seattle the Achilles heel of Denver.

Therefore, the Niners will be a great challenge for Denver and I think that absolutely can win.

I look forward to this game. I do believe it is the game of the week.

Side notes:

Are you thinking I left out the Saints at the Lions. No, no I did not.

Also, as is the tradition this year, yet another horrible Monday night game. Honestly? Who picks these? Yes, Monday’s game between the Rams and the Niners ended up being better than we thought, but still, come on. That wound-up being a good turn-of-luck. This week, ughh. Steelers at home against the Texans. Why? Seriously, why?

Side notes 2:

Get better guys, we need our starting cornerbacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NFL Preview: NFC North

Last season was interesting for the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was hurt in week 9. Oh joy for the Lions and the Bears! Still, no benefit to the Vikings, they are just shit.

The 2013 Lions were 7-5, having just beat the Packers in week 13. Their future looked bright. I mean, seriously. Rodgers is out, and with 4 games left, and one against the Vikings, they had the NFC North in the bag, right?

Wrong.

The Lions lost all four of their last games.

What will 2014 bring?

Let’s start with my favorite team.

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