Yawn. That’s how the sports world collectively responded to Tuesday’s trade deadline in the NFL, a much-anticipated day that wound up generating less than Al Capone’s vault. Aside from a couple of transactions made by the lowly Buccaneers, involving a couple of players that most people had never heard of, the deadline came and went without anyone noticing.
Given the hype that surrounds the NFL nowadays, where everything that happens in the league is trumpeted like it’s headline news, the trade deadline being much ado about nothing isn’t exactly shocking; it’s to be expected. But it’s also not the only thing that gets more attention than it rightfully deserves.
The league is filled with overhyped things, people, events, etc. From coast to coast, there are aspects of the NFL that garner way more interest than they deserve.
Who and what makes that list? Here are 10 things more overhyped than the NFL trade deadline:
10. Jerry’s World
It’s a stadium, not a UFO
Yes, AT&T Stadium i…
This has been a disaster season for the Vikings and the primary reason why has to be the suspension (of sorts) for Adrian Peterson. Not that the Vikings were a shoe in by any means with him, but without him it was clear they wouldn’t amount to much. That, and Teddy Bridgewater just isn’t ready to produce on the level needed to win games consistently just yet. That said, some draft blunders are hurting them too. Not that many teams, if any, could absorb the loss of the best player on their roster to make the playoffs, but the margins for the Vikings are even smaller with poor draft choices that still haunt the franchise. The good news is there are young recent picks in Cordarrelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Bridgewater and others that are showing some real promise. Perhaps the developing picks of the last couple years will turn this franchise’s fortunes around. Since Brett Favre left the Vikings are 27-44-1 with only one playoff berth (a loss in the wild card game). Here…
This Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings will have two 3-5 teams looking to make one last push towards relevancy. While the winner won’t to be jumping right back into the thick of the playoff race any time soon, the loser will most definitely be cementing the end of their season.
Here’s what it’ll take for the Vikings to head home victorious:
The Redskins lean on the wrong quarterback:
There is only one quarterback on Washington’s roster that the fans and coaching staff should want to see out on the field, and that’s Robert Griffin III. Sure, Colt McCoy just led the Redskins to a victory over the “mighty” Dallas Cowboys, but that means nothing. And if you think it does, just look back a couple weeks to see how we all treated Kirk Cousins. There’s a reason why Cousins and McCoy are second and third strings quarterbacks in the NFL, and there’s a reason why RGIII was the second overall pick in the NFL draft. If RGIII isn’t good to go by Sunday, and McCoy has to make another star
The Colt McCoy Era in Washington may be short-lived, as the Washington Redskins will reportedly have a change at quarterback. According to NBC4′s Dianna Marie Russini, Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for the Redskins this Sunday versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Robert Griffin III will start against the Vikings on Sunday per multiple sources with the Redskins organization.
— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) October 29, 2014
The change comes after McCoy led the Redskins to two wins in as many weeks, including throwing for 299 yards and running in a touchdown in Monday’s overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated left ankle. In the process the Redskins have leaned on two different quarterbacks, including Kirk Cousins — who was eventually benched following a four-game losing streak. But according to Russini at least Redskins’ player, the team is ready for No. 10 to return under center.
Redskins player via t…
The Minnesota Vikings are building up a very talented roster that should reign NFL dominance in a few years. That will be a foundation built around quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and young receiver Cordarelle Patterson, tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Matt Asiata.
But the way their defense played on Sunday showed the league something: Defense is the key to future success.
Their defense humiliated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, as they racked up five sacks and forced two turnovers. Stud running back Doug Martin was held to 27 yards on 10 carries, the Bucs only converted on one-of-12 third downs and the VIkings won 19-13, giving up just 225 yards of offense.
Many can say that the Buccaneers offense isn’t all that good. But Mike Glennon has showed promise, and Vincent Jackson is one of the league’s most talented receivers. Jackson only had one catch.
Rookie Anthony Barr will be this team’s defensive cornerstone. He had eight tackles, one sack, a pass defended and a fumble re…
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.
Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2)
3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6)
4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally …
With the season half in the books, it is time to roll out the Vikings Midseason Awards. We take a quick look at the top players for the Vikings in 2014, and the duds of 2014.
Most Valuable Player
Onebar | Harrison Smith
Has been the leader of the defense and is constantly making plays and around the ball, I see a Pro Bowl berth in his future.
Lupagus | Anthony Barr
Barr leads the defense in tackles and single handily gave the team a win with his forced fumble return against Tampa Bay. This kid is going to be a good one.
Least Valuable Player
Onebar | Charlie Johnson
I’m not entirely sure Johnson would be a starter on some college teams.
Lupagus | Matt Kalil
Kalil’s effort has been so terrible that he’s pretty much worthless on the field.
Rookie of Year
Onebar | Anthony Barr
It’s a solid class, but Barr is a star in the making. In only half a season he is already one of the best defenders on the team, appears to be the real deal.
Lupagus | Anthony Barr
He’s transitioned into an outs…
Nearly midway through the 2014 NFL season, the league is starting to take shape. It’s easier and easier to see what teams are contenders and which ones are just not ready for primetime.
How did each team get to their current point? In part, it was because of the performance, good or bad, of some key players and coaches. Some helped their team, while others hurt the squad.
Who fell into each category? Here are the “Heroes and Goats” from Week 8:
HERO NO. 5
New Orleans rode Ingram to a big home win
Mark Ingram – The Saints hung 44 points on the Packers en route to a big win a home, a victory that keeps them right in the thick of things in the extremely mediocre NFC South. That type of output would lead most to believe that Drew Brees carried New Orleans, but that’s only part of the story. On Sunday night, it was the Saints running game that opened up the offense, led by Ingram’s 24-carry, 172-yard, one-touchdown performance against Green Bay.
GOAT NO. 5
Jones was among many goats fo…
The Vikings are a weird team this year.
Last week, I wasn’t sure which forehead to smush with a poop-dick stamp because everyone on the team did pretty awful. This week? Well, as we covered in our recap yesterday, technically we won, but it’s like every single person just did a little bit of enough for me to not hate them, to not lose the game, and to “grit out” a super ugly game against a super ugly team.
So whatever, I’ll give it to Anthony Barr.
Not like he doesn’t deserve it. I mean, all this guy has done as a rookie that everyone hated is lead the team in tackles so far this year, is 3rd on the team in sacks, 4th in passes defended, tied for first in fumble recoveries, tied for first in defensive touchdowns, and received in A+ in “ZERO ***** GIVEN” because people are jerks. And of course he had a defensive touchdown walk-off against the Bucs, after he stripped the ball to force a fumble, picked it up, and then ran it in for a touchdown. Not bad for a day’s work.
You have to wonder at th
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had his best game of the season on Sunday, with six receptions (on 12 targets) for 86 yards along with one carry for 10 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some concern surfaced when he was spotted leaving the visitor’s locker room with a walking boot on his left foot, but head coach Mike Zimmer said Patterson got rid of the walking boot on Monday. #457498704 / gettyimages.comZimmer said that Patterson suffered a bruise on his left ankle on his final kickoff return against Tampa Bay, and the fact he remained in the game is a sign the injury should not be a lingering issue. The walking boot looks likely to have just been a precaution, but Patterson’s practice participation will be worth monitoring all week. Facing a lackluster Buccaneers’ defense was certainly a factor, but Patterson’s season-high for targets in Week 8 is a good sign for his increased involvement in the Vikings’ offense going forward.Like what you’re reading?
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1. Teddy Bridgewater Could Be The AnswerBridgewater is playing like a rookie; some great, bad, and ugly. He has led the Vikings to 2 victories against weak NFC South competition. He hasn’t played well against two of the better defenses in the league, Buffalo and Detroit. He also played well in his first start AT New Orleans. They only lost by 11 in New Orleans where the Saints are unbeatable as we saw last night against the Green Bay Packers.Bridgewater has played very well in their victories, posting QBRs of 71 and 85. This may be due to the one red flag many executives flew over Bridgewater before the draft, confidence. When his team is playing well,they have a chance to win, he has played great. When his team is losing and he is not performing, we have seen QBRs of 47, 15, and 2. He is not working with a lot of talent on offense. His top receivers are Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. One of the leagues best running backs, Adrian Peterson, has been suspended. Hopefully…
Following their 19-13 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Mike Zimmer and Minnesota Vikings are surely celebrating their first win in the month of October. The win is much needed after last week’s last second loss to Buffalo, especially considering the manner in which they won.
After giving 13 points in the 4th quarter, the Vikings fired back with a last second 38 yard field goal by Blair Walsh to send the game into overtime. The script seemed perfect for the Vikings to give up yet another 4th quarter lead when the Bucs won the coin toss to start overtime. However, rookie outside linebacker Anthony Barr showed the NFL why he should be this years Defensive Rookie of the year with his strip, scoop, and score on the first play of overtime.
The play begins with simple man coverage with two deep safeties in the Vikings’ nickel defense, with Barr one on one with the Bucs’ rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins is a 6-foot-6 tight end with terrific hands and above average
Trindon Holliday is a tiny man (5’5″ and a 166 pounds), but he is a fast-as-heck tiny man. When he gets up a head of steam and has a little territory to work with he can really make some magic happen. There is just one problem. As small as he is when the opposition puts a helmet on him it looks really, really bad.Like it did Sunday when Michael Mauti of the Vikings cover team got a hold of him.via RedditRead more »
With all the recent publicity surrounding the Minnesota Vikings being about rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, it was their top pick from this year’s draft that single-handedly created the winning score to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the first play of scrimmage in overtime. Less than 10 seconds had elapsed in the extra session when linebacker Anthony Barr chased down and stripped Tampa receiver Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the ball. Barr then recovered the fumble and went 27 yards to the end zone to give the Vikes a 20-13 victory at Raymond James Stadium. Barr has dispelled any critics who thought the Vikings reached when they made the UCLA product the ninth overall pick in May’s draft. So far in his rookie campaign, Barr has 46 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. With this standout play against the Bucs, he’ll get a little more recognition.