Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings have been struggling this year, but they are one game from getting over the hump. I honestly believe they can win this week angainst the Buccaneers. Well Mike Zimmer received a card from a little kid and boy was it great. You gotta win this game for this kid. […] The post Vikings head coach shared this cute letter he received from a kid (Photo) appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin.
But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday.
So with that thought in mind, here are five bold predictions for Week 8 in the NFL:
5. Mike Smith gets fired
Frustration is boiling over in Atlanta
The last time a team travelled to London and played poorly, their head coach was fired on the plane ride back across the bond. If the Falcons lose to the Lions in the latest edition of pro football in England, Smith could very well suffer the exact same fate as Dennis Allen. That would drop Atlanta to an extremely disappointing 2-6, on the heels of a total debacle last season. At some point, the ax falls on the head coach when losses start to pile up.
Throughout the 2013-14 College Football season, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney were widely considered to be the top two prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. However, after Bridgewater’s below-average pro day and some nit-picking scouts picked apart microscopic flaws, the 6-foot-2 214-pound quarterback could do nothing but watch as his draft stock plummeted.
After all was said and done, the Minnesota Vikings ended up trading back into the first round, and with their second selection of the draft and the 32nd selection overall, the Vikings selected Bridgewater.
At the beginning of the season, Matt Cassel was named the starting quarterback of the Vikings. Fast forward seven weeks and here we are. Bridgewater has made three NFL starts (And played another three quarters in a game in which he entered for an injured Cassel) and so far the reviews are mixed. Bridgewater has certainly shown plenty of flashes, but he has gone through some growing pains as well.
Inconsistent would be the best adjective to
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia) did a little stretching and running Wednesday, according to a FOX Sports report.Fantasy Spin:It’s the first we have heard of his rehab progress. He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks after the late-September surgery.
The Vikings should not be happy with their secondary. Last week they were beat with 1 second left on the clock after the Buffalo Bills drove 80 yards which was technically 105 yards with penalties. This week they brought in former 3rd round draft pick DeMarcus Van **** who played with the Chiefs and Raiders […] The post Vikings worked out former Raiders third round draft pick appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
Usually it takes a few years to really judge how well NFL teams did in a certain draft. Sometimes top prospects don’t shake out for several seasons, sometimes they become busts.
For my money the Minnesota Vikings are ahead of the game because they got not just one franchise quarterback, but two.
What do I mean?
The Vikings have somehow found a way to clone quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Have a look:
My logical brain says that the gentleman wearing Bridgewater’s jersey has to be the man himself. But then who is this other character wearing the hoodie who looks EXACTLY like him?
I haven’t figured it out yet, but it’s possible that it’s Josh Kaddu, a linebacker who was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2012. Until that can be confirmed I’m going to assume that the Vikings have indeeed cloned Bridgewater.
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Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Seven weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Peyton Manning – Manning’s record-setting night against the 49ers was a quarterback clinic, showing he’s still the best in the business. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Right now, the Packers are absolutely cruising to wins, led by their cool-customer QB, who is playing better than ever. (LW: 2)
3. Andrew Luck – Nobody is putting up better numbers than Luck who has the Colts rolling after five straight wins. (LW: 3)
4. Tony Romo – When a guy has led his team to the best record in the league, it’s worthy of praise. No matte
Cordarrelle Patterson finds the end zone in Week 7; use remains limited (NFC North touches and targets)
Touches and Targets Week 7: Minnesota Vikings Mid-week, Mike Zimmer indicated that the team was going to have to find some carries for Matt Asiata, largely as a result of concerns over Jerick McKinnon’s pass blocking. That’s not how it played out, though. While the snap distribution wasn’t all that skewed (40-27) McKinnon had 19 carries and saw four pass targets, totalling 101 yards, while Asiata had six and two. He did get a goal line opportunity, but didn’t convert. Notably, McKinnon graded out in the black as a blocker this week, too. Moving forward, something in the range of 2:1 in terms of touches seems like a lock, though Asiata could maintain his role in the redzone, capping McKinnon’s value more than making his own relevant. Cordarrelle Patterson owners may overlook his usage this week, given that he scored a TD on a well designed WR screen as part of Teddy Bridgewater’s first career TD pass. All told, though, Patterson saw just four pass targets (and one rush) totalling 12 yards. Jarius W
Test your knowledge of the Vikings 2006 Draft class and see how much you remember or have purposely forgotten about the class that produced Tarvaris Jackson and Greg Blue. Center Ryan Cook was selected in round 2, where did he attend college? TCU New Mexico Arizona St. NevadaTRUE or FALSE | Safety Greg Blue was selected in the 5th round out of Georgia and never started a game for the Vikings in his 1 year stint. True FalseTarvaris Jackson was selected in round 2 and played for the Vikings for 5 seasons. Who caught his first career TD pass? Mewelde Moore Jeff Dugan Marcus Robinson Travis Taylor Chester TaylorBefore selecting Tarvaris Jackson who was the last quarterback the Vikings had drafted? Tyler Thigpen John David Booty Daunte Culpepper Chad May2nd round pick Cedric Griffin played 6 seasons for the Vikings, how many career INTs did he end up with for the Vikings? 4 8 11 5Chad Greenway’s rookie season came to an end due to what? Suspension Broken Forearm Torn Pectoral Torn AC…
In case you haven’t heard, the Minnesota Vikings are building a brand new stadium in Minneapolis. It’s quite an infrastructure project and its construction has already led to a number of clashes between the city, the team and the public.
There are a number of amazing features at the new home of the Vikings but this next one is nothing to be proud of.
In addition to being a death trap for wild birds, the building also has the world’s most inconveniently located portable toilet:
MORE PICS http://t.co/ejU49x3jL7 World’s Most Dangerous Port-O-Potty at #Vikings stadium site pic.twitter.com/q4ibKPbQU6
— FOX 9 News (@MyFOX9) October 21, 2014
Lots of questions here.
Who in their right mind would use it?
Under what circumstances?
But mostly, why?
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Minnesota Vikings have suffered for too long ever since Brett Favre nearly led them to the Super Bowl in 2009.
This year was supposed to bring more promise. Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater as rookies, Cordarelle Patterson’s breakout year and new head coach Mike Zimmer.
To the surprise of few, the Vikings are 2-5 and the young players haven’t come together yet. That’s no shame, Vikings fans.
Unless you’re Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck, it’s hard for any team with a rookie quarterback to change a franchise right away.
I know it’s heartbreaking to lose 17-16 on a touchdown with a second left to the Buffalo Bills, but that’s part of being a young team.
Teddy Bridgewater looks twice as good as Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder ever have in a purple uniform. He has the electrifying play-making ability. He has a young receiver in Patterson, tight end Kyle Rudolph and solid rookie Matt Asiata to support him.
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Following their last second 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings fall to a disappointing 2-5 record. However, this 2-5 record may not be that disappointing. Obviously, Vikings’ fans would much prefer to see at least a winning record this season, but here are five reasons why Vikings’ fans should look on the bright side and at least be content with how the season has gone so far.
Young, but talented team
The Vikings boast the 5th youngest team in the NFL, with an average age of 25.58 years old. With a young team, you expect bumps in the road like the Vikings have had this season, especially when you consider how many of these young players are actually starting.
After registering 3 sacks in Sunday’s loss to Buffalo, Griffen showed why Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman have chosen to build their defense around the 5th year defensive end out of USC.
For one, Teddy Bridgewater is only 21 years old, and he’s the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL (the next closest is Bla
An NFL team tried to call Brett Favre last year according to his interview on the NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning.”
The Minnesota Vikings again have a litany of injuries heading into Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and head coach Mike Zimmer could have been added to the list after reportedly undergoing surgery for a kidney stone on Friday. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (groin) remains out for at least another game, but multiple others range from probable to out on Friday’s official injury report.#457217570 / gettyimages.comWide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been bothered by a hip issue over the last couple games, but he was able to fully participate in practice all week and he is officially listed as probable.Linebacker Chad Greenway has missed the last three games with a broken hand and fractured ribs. But practiced in full all week, and despite being listed as questionable he’s tentatively expected to play on Sunday.Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is dealing with an ankle injury that limited him all week. He is considered questionable. Elsewhere on the Vikings’ defensive line, defensive tackle Linv