Defense Ready For Playoff Atmosphere

Posted by cjsiewert on October 15, 2010 – 6:18 am

Last season, the NFC Divisional round game between the Vikings and Cowboys resulted in a convincing 34-3 victory in favor of the Vikings. But this isn’t last season anymore.

Both the Vikings and Cowboys enter Sunday’s matchup at 1-3. Many critics have labeled the matchup as a “playoff” game – meaning that whoever loses will likely miss the playoffs. The entitlement of a “playoff” game comes from good reason since there have been only a handful of teams in NFL history to reach the playoffs after starting the regular season 1-4.

The last team to make the playoffs after a 1-4 start was the Green Bay Packers in 2004, as then Packers QB Brett Favre led his team to a 9-2 record throughout the remaining regular season, claiming the NFC North. And if you’re well versed in Vikings history, you’ll know that the Vikings ended the Packers season in the NFC Wild Card playoff game that year.

The fact of the matter is that the so-called “playoff” game on Sunday may indicate post-season aspirations and will certainly boast a playoff atmosphere at Mall of America Field.

“We really need our crowd to be energetic and loud, even louder, maybe, than the (2009) NFC playoff game,” assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier acknowledged during his weekly press conference on Thursday. “That would be outstanding. Looking forward to it, should be a great game for our fans.”

Frazier might get his wish once the Vikings defense takes the field versus Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Co. In regard to the noise factor, Romo described Mall of America Field as a “tough” or “difficult place to play” on 3 different occasions during his press conference on Wednesday.

Although the crowd noise may be a factor come Sunday, the Cowboys offense has shown consistency in moving the chains, averaging 421.5 YPG of total offense – ranked 2nd in the league. A great portion of that yardage is a result of the Dallas aerial attack (326.2 YPG). The Cowboys passing game includes a heavy use of 5- and 7-step drops by Romo to allow the receiver’s routes to progress. This aspect of the Cowboys offense has the Vikings defense eager to get after the QB with more time to pursue.

“Any time you face a quarterback that does like to sit back and take a little bit more time to throw you are going to have an advantage as a defense as opposed to a guy who likes to get the ball out,” Vikings LB Ben Leber told a group of reporters on Thursday. “Hopefully that does work out for us in that respect, but we’ll see what happens.”

The Dallas passing game may be the staple of its offense, but the Vikings defense is aware that they cannot sleep on the ground game. The Vikings gave up 155 rushing yards against the NY Jets on Monday night and are now handed the task of stopping a tandem of RBs possessing different skill sets, including a supportive RB3 – Marion Barber and Felix Jones supported by Tashard Choice.

“They got two good backs back there with Jones and Barber,” Vikings LB E.J. Henderson said. “I think they do a lot of similar things but also Jones is a little more explosive. We’ll see how it works out. We definitely got to have our eye on them to be able to stop the run.”

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131 Responses to “Defense Ready For Playoff Atmosphere”

  1. By kevinwi on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Playoffs? Playoffs? you’re talking about Playoffs?

  2. By jim tutino on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    the defense better be ready! with the injury to griffin, we’re weaker at an already weak position. the key is the front four, especially jered allen. otherwise romo will have a field day.

  3. By fire childress on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    chilly put us this situation to be in a playoff atmosphere only after 5 games. it’s really a shame to have all this talent and to be at risk of not being in the race at all with only 1/3 of the games being played. i guess we and always hope Chicago wins the division, i don’t want Green Bay to win the North

  4. By Donny on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Jared who? Has the sackmaster even been on the field this year? He needs to wake up and soon!!!

  5. By Donny on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Childress you may as well give up your Chilly hating. I’ve been there at the dome as 20000 or more join the fire childress chants and it doesnt help!! Hard to argue with facts he’s gotten better every year just another coach here that cant get it done. Last year though it was within our grasp and Favre threw it away just as he is this year Chilly has nothing to do with Favres performance!!

  6. By fire childress on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    the nfc Championship game when we could of kicked a fieldgoal to win the game and chilly wants to run 1 more play and we end up with 12 in the huddle, was that Farves fault? no ! chilly cost us that game and a suberbowl ring !

  7. By cbednar74 on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings have won despite chilldress he doesn’t use all the talent he has to it’s full potential and that is a fact!!!!!

  8. By fire childress on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    the miami game, 4th and 2 in the 1st quarter, we go for it. what a joke, chilly cost us that game, actually he costs us 3 points per game, the only difference is we were blowing teams out last season, so those 3 points didn’t matter. they matter this year, because the games are closer

  9. By cbednar74 on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Peterson needs 25+ carries a game every game! He is a game breaker look at what he’s done already this year & not 1 fumble!!! Joe Webb should see playing time too if even on special teams! Camarillo should be used more than 2 kickoffs a game how about rotating him into the lineup he’s got excellent hands, they should also have TJack, Peterson, Webb, Gerhart, Harvin, Moss do some wildcat any one of that combo of players could be a deadly weapon against any opponent!!!

  10. By cbednar74 on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    As for our front line I don’t know what happened to them! Does Jared even have a sack? Plus we can be run on now, so we are not the run defense we once were, but Chad Greenway is playing excellent ball right now he is racking up tackles big time!!! However Chilldress needs to go give Leslie his shot, he’s paid his dues & deserves it big time!!!!

  11. By purple08 on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s just hope that Favre sits. If T-Jack can come up with a decent performance and a win, Chilly should keep playing him. I agree that Childress has been making some questionable decisions, but that does not change the fact that Favre has had a negative impact on the outcomes of the games. I think it has been a combination of the two. Childress bad calls and Favre playing poorly. For the time being Chilly is here to stay. Let’s correct one area if we can and sit out Favre and see what happens. Maybe have T-Jack help win some games for us and Favre can help coach him up… then Brett can come in down the stretch when he will be rested and healthy for the playoff run. Sound like a plan?

  12. By David on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    The team has lost three games; last year we lost four and were within one turnover of the Superbowl. Childress can be secondguessed just like any coach or anyone who blogs on here for that matter. The fact remains he is our coach and within four years he has taken us to the brink of the Superbowl from a 6-10 record. How quickly bloggers here want to condemn and criticize; but the fact remains that not one of you could even come close to the success our coaching staff has had. Are there some calls we should have done differently? Of course, that is life. I would think reading these blogs that everyone on here walks on water. I am standing behind our team no matter what. If you only care and praise people when they perform well, what kind of a fan, well, really, ask yourself– what kind of a person are you? This team will do well when the fans are behind them 100%. I have been here for quite a while– I use to watch Fran Tarkenton and the Purple People Eaters– I will tell you what I have also seen consistently– negative fans throughout this state. Every year I say we are going to the Superbowl and without fail, 75% of the state says– yeah, but they always choke. And we do. If you think there is no connection between our words, thoughts, and actions, then you have not learned what life is about. SUPPORT THE TEAM IN WORD AND ACTION– if you cannot, kindly keep quiet.

  13. By Kevin on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone in the media, as well as fans seem to be so down on Favre and he being the reason for the lack of success. We have become a run, run, pass team. That is not what got us to the NFC Championship. Favre has the same amount of INT’s as the God of Greenbay, Aaron Rodgers. A lot of QB’s have 5-7 Int’s right now. Favre has 50 some less attempts as the top five passing leaders. What happened to the wide open attack that we displayed a year ago. Way too conservative and lack of protection for Favre. Our backs are terrible at pass protection and we have had a chance to win all of our games. It seems as if the coaches are waiting until we get into a hole to open up the offense? We need to go out of the gate wide open and never look behind. When they get into trouble is when they have to press and come from behind. That is when Int’s happen and mistakes are made. They need to go back and watch film from 2009 and figure out what they are doing different. Still think this is a great offense and will finish the season well. Go Vikes!!!

  14. By David on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Nice post Kevin. Yes, when you see the statistics, all you see are the numbers and not the context of those numbers. When watching Favre, I have seen half the interceptions resulting from a tipped ball, or mishandled catch from our receivers– the other half seem to be from trying to make something happen when time is running out. The fact is Favre is a competitor and it has been very rare to see the Vikings over the year fight back after a deficit– with Favre we have a confidence and determination to win. The whole team just needs to come out and play hard with the knowledge they are an elite team– the last part of the Jets game was a turning point parallel to last year’s MNF at Chicago– they saw what they could do and believed in themselves after coming back down 16-0 (I think the score was) and nearly winning in OT. They then went on with a swagger and focus to drive through the competition– watch the next three games, we will be victorious.

  15. By Rick on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Were being accused of running up the score last game.If I remember right the last two min they where still trying to put there helmits in Farves ear.Common man! Wait till they get a taste our offense (same page offense) Its gonna happen!!!

  16. By David on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    You got that right, Rick. This is not play time– these are professionals and they should play 60 minutes. If Dallas did not want us to score, they should have taken a knee– ha ha. This should be a blow out.

  17. By Robins on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    We beat them last year and we can beat them this year again. I hope Brett can play. Jackson has never shown me anything. Win Vikings!

  18. By Beverly Barninger on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    I sure hope Brett can play against the Cowboy. He and Randy are ready for a big win together!!!!

  19. By nick on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    jared is playing just fine this season he is just getting chipped and doubled meaing ray edwards is the one who neds to step it up

  20. By tim on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Well said David!!!! Kudos!!!!

  21. By Lito on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Wake up Vikes. What will it take to start winning? When will the Vikes put it together?

  22. By choas on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    when was the last time we lost to the cowboys? with “cowboy killer” randy moss, plus the fact that tony romo is terrified of the vikings, we can kick their sorry butts

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  24. By moorevikes on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    08 totally agree. i’m with you 100% that favre needs to ride the pine. at least 2 if not 3 turn overs per game. PATHETIC. however, i blame chilly more he should have the sack to bench him but he doesn’t. in a way i hope we go 1-15. only good can come of it: favre retires, chilly FIRED, and the 1st pick in the draft.

  25. By purplefavrefan on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    ya, no kiddin…Jared who??? Cook needs to stop getting injured too. let’s pick up the pace, boys!!!

  26. By David on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Tim- nice to see a few positive posts, but I see quite a few negative ones cropping up again. Our defense has been superb- even at the Jets who are considered by many as in the top 3 teams in the NFL, we held them to only one touchdown (the defense– remember the last TD was by the Jets defense and 5 other times the Jets were in our end zone and they could not get in– had to settle for field goals. The first play of the second half — our defense forced the Jets three and out– at the Meadowlands, in the rain– COME ON people– we have an awesome defense and an offense that is getting in sync. I for one, would rather we have our losses at the start of the season that at the end. We were 10-1 last year, no reason to think we cannot finish the season strong, just in reverse order of last year. The lesson so far we can take away from this season, which is the same in life, is we cannot rest on yesterday’s accomplishments, nor think the past is a predictor of our future. Our future is a predictor of our present- we are bound for the Superbowl and we, as fans, better start having some faith– if you don’t, stay silent until you can support the team.

  27. By Old School on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Dallas is going to pass all over us on Sunday….YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY WHO THINK THAT WE CAN BEAT DALLAS WITH THIS SECONDARY!




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  31. By Viking-ology on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody calm down! We are all entitled to our opinions…however we are also entitled to comment on each others posts. BUT PLAY NICE! With that said, I couldn’t disagree more with purple 08 and moorevikes-consider this-how many TD’s would T Jack have thrown against the Jets! Favre threw 3! No other QB has done that against the Jets this year, and the Jets were home. On the flip side- David and Kevin very well put. I believe the Vikes will start their run this Sunday against Dallas. Vikings win 38-17.SKOL VIKINGS!

  32. By TWVIKE on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Old Fool- Your the IDIOT. If you are so unhappy, go to another team. WE WILL BEAT THE COWGIRLS!

  33. By fire childress on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    i agree, we don’t have a chance without Farve. if anyone pulls us out of the celler, it’s him

  34. By TWVIKE on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    FIRE CHILLY! He couldnt coach a wet-dream.

  35. By xxxx on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think favre cost us games not to say chilly also but favre keeps throwing interceptions its the turnovers that are killing us.

  36. By TWVIKE on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    xxxx- Favre had nobody to throw to til Moss came to the team. Yes he is responsible for most of our turnovers but you live or die by the gunslinger. Remember Tommy Kramer? AP is quietly having a good season,3rd in the league in rushing(with one less game) Chilly takes him out on 3rd down, why? Then he goes long periods of time without any touches. He needs the ball more and to be used more on 3rd down. He is the best RB in the NFL & demands a lot of attention from defenses. Use him! With AP,Moss,Percy,Shanc,& hopefully Sydney we should be able to move the chains.

  37. By David on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    YOU”RE AN IDIOT!? Is that kind of discussion allowed on here? Wow. Old School, when did I disrespect you? If you are not a Vikings fan, then why are you posting on this website? Surely, to get offensive, call names like we are on a playground to someone you do not know over a statement that the Vikings will serve a blowout shows what you think of our team– do NOT follow the team, do something more productive if that is how you feel. Otherwise, watch your words– not appreciated to be called an idiot. That kind of talk is displayed when someone cannot articulate accurately and really reflects on your cognitive powers, not your target.

  38. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    lets put chilly in the practice squad with toy headphones

  39. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Mike had no problem turing Washington around after 1 year ! and Chilly has been here 4 years, and we sit at 1-3 ! Donny, your saying Chilly is ok? does chilly have a 20 year program or what, Mike’s team will go deep in playoffs after 1 year, thats what a great coach does

  40. By loren on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    It starts with Defense,the only thing that even kept the losses close.The offense needs to hold the ball longer.Anyone not blind can see the O-line is the problem.That is on the coaches.We cant just run Peterson.The run almost only works when the D isnt sure whats comin.Moss helps,to set an example and set the standard for our WRs.Its time to let Favre air it out.No matter how good our RB is it has to be pass first I think,to keep the Defense guessing.

  41. By Old School on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    First of all, David…………………….I’ve been a Vikings Fan for 39 years….YOU?

    You are not disqualified from being a Fan just because you think they are going to lose and that this team and its players have been mishandled this year, and then voice your opinion! I have every right to be upset and frustrated with this team this year!

    I have supported this team over the years with my money and emotionally!
    I have seen many windows for championships close on its many teams, just like this particular team that will take the field on Sunday! YOU?

    So, as far as Sunday, Dallas is going to pass all over us! Period! So, by saying that, according to the likes of David,I’m not a Fan……….I need to go find “another team” according to David’s Philosophy!

    Well David, according to my philosophy, that makes you and the others who would agree with you a IDIOT!


  42. By Old School on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    David, just come back to the blogs after the game Sunday and we will talk then!

  43. By GWViking on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    The key to beating Dallas is getting to Romo. He is born of the same mold as Favre. He will chock when he hears the footsteps and the game is on the line. It is time for Allen to have a breakout game. We need to send different blitz schemes at Romo and we will be fin. Fans need to disrupt Romo with alot of noise. Go Vikes and we love you Favre but do not throw against your body again this year. Think son!

  44. By moorevikes on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    viking-ology we don’t know what tjack would have done. yes you’re right he probably wouldn’t have thrown for three tds. however, he might not have fumbled twice or thrown the pick six that ultimately put the game away. i also know that all the turnovers over the last 4 games have not been favres fault. some have though. i am also pretty certain that any other qb would be benched by now. maybe not payton or brady but lets be honest if they’re playing bad it’s a slump favre is simply showing his age. it’s the easy throws he is missing that’s p-issing me off not so much the ints. the two fumbles don’t sit well either. before anyone says the b-all was wet, sanchez didn’t have any problems. i believe favre is hurting this team this year, simple as that. do i think he’s the biggest problem, no, chilly the genius is.

  45. By moorevikes on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    lets all be honest about chilly the genius, has their ever been a game where you didn’t say to yourself; what the h-ell are you thinking childress you dumb a-ss? bottom line, he doesn’t know how to manage a game. preparing for a game, clueless. play calling, predictable.

  46. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    moorevikes- I agree. 2 runs,pass,&punt. Take AP out on 3rd down, why? He is only the best RB in football. You have to keep him in, he demands a lot of attention. Brad Steckel is leading us to a 3-13 if we let him. We need help in our secondary, what did we do in off season? Nada. We trade our 1st pick to Detroit, then in the 2nd round we take a RB. Brilliant Brad! We have a lot of all-pro talent , we need a all-pro coach. I am a diehard Viking fan(42 yrs worth) but this team is lost right now.
    P.S. We will beat the Cowgirls!

  47. By xxxx on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Plain and simple no qb protection and turnovers. Its chillys fault because he doesn’t get guys to fix there mistakes every week is stupid penalties and turnovers. Its either players are not getting it in there heads to play smart football or chilly is too soft and not making his voice heard, I do sometimes look at chilly and wonder how is he a football coach he looks like a sunday school teacher. Winning against the cowgirls is just a tiny peice of the puzzle, we are suppose to play like its a playoff game every game not wait until we almost sink underwater and do something about it, reminds me of all these years. When the vikes do control there own destiny they end up blowing it somehow by losing to bad teams its a trend there has to be a whole coaching change. We need a smart coach we coaches smart football those are the teams that make it to the superbowl. This team always finds a way to fail somehow if you don’t believe me just rewind the past. This team either loses and gets worse or when they have the best record they end up giving something away. Bad coaching throughout the years its time for a veteran know how coach that doesn’t put up with turnovers.

  48. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    plain and simple, NO HEAD COACH SHOULD NEVER PUT A TEAM IN A MUST WIN SITUATION IN THE 5TH GAME OF THE SEASON ! if we lose this game, i can see heads rolling

  49. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Self-entitlement is not “old school” thinking, not by a long shot. Perhaps you should change your username. You have no rights to come to a public forum and call people who have not disrespected you, “idiots.”
    In addition, longevity of life or being a fan a long time does not give you any superior foresight or analytical fortitude. Some people think that length of life denotes maturity and wisdom, however, that is not often the case. Just because you have a large number for your age does not mean you acquired the ability to use knowledge.
    Please refrain from the use of all caps for emphasis, it is clearly a sign of poor writing- good writing emphasizes through a number of techniques, including word choice, organization, sentence structure, tone, etc. Do you know the largest demographic group that yells they know more with little proof except for their “rights” and “maturity” — it is the teenagers and those feeling entitled. How many times do you hear a kid say that they are mature? All the time. Old School, articulate what you need to say in clear, logical style without resorting to name calling and self-justification as to your rights. You do not sound “old school”– and by the way, it’s none of your business, nor is it relevant to my rights to comment on the Vikings, but I sat in below zero weather at old Met Stadium back in the 60s and 70s, so you do not have a monopoly on longevity which means nothing anyway. Vikings dominate on Sunday, a blowout of epic proportions. Headline will read: Tony Romo and Keith Brooking seen crying at the end of the game, apologizing to Old School for losing by such a wide margin.

  50. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    yeah David, i bet old school has never even went to a gome. he is not vested like we are. sure, i say things about chilly, but they are true- you don’t need to look too far to see what great coaches are capible of, just look at the Washington Redskins. we have a enough talent to overcome our coach for now. they really do need to look into changing coaches, expecially if our playoff run falls short this year

  51. By moorevikes on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    even IF we beat the cowboys tomorrow what has the team done really? we beat an 0-2 lions team and a 1-3 dallas team. that hasn’t even happened yet. to be honest the only game in our remaining schedule that i have a good feeling about is buffalo @ home. @ gb sunday night (their house and we all know how well we perform at night), @ pats (their house, tom brady has an excellent oline that will hold off our front four- lights it up), arizona @ home (hey not a gimme they have more wins than us), @ chi (their house and hey their 4-1 right now, must be doing something right), gb @home (if injuries keep plaguing them we might have a chance), @ washington (out coached plain and simple), buf @ home (should win), giants @ home (if favre can put down his walker and is still playing their def will probably sack him more than they did cutler), chi @ home ( night game), @ philly (this might be a good game seeing how both coaches are horrible at game mang., still think home team wins, last but not least @ det (hey det is getting better and we are not home team has better chance of winning). take all that and the fact that chilly the genius will do everything he can to blow the game, our oline s-ucking, off penalties, and favre giving the ball to the opposing team 2-3 times a game.

  52. By moorevikes on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    the future is not looking good. hope i am wrong. but hey if going 2-14 or 3-13 gets rid of the genius running the show i am all in.

  53. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    yes, New England will be the favorite, because they have a much better coach. the only shot we have is a long winning streak to lift the morale of the team. we need touchdowns on Defense and special teams also, if we plan on having any type of winning streak

  54. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    yes, that would get rid of Chilly and give us a shot at the #1 pick in the draft for a good quarterback

  55. By Vikings4life on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Invested in a game or not doesn’t matter, actually you did nothing but waste money on watching the vikings win when you could of watched it for free in front of your tv. Its funny how people think they are real fans just because of ticket holders not every fan lives in the state of minnesota to go attend games. Whether or not you invested time or not you are still like any other fan. There is no such thing as first class investment fans or not. Fans have the right to criticize when the team is not playing at a high level, we need more fans to voice frustration instead of low standard ” its okay” everything will get better, obviously it hasn’t been working everyone is always in a happy go round mood win or lose whats the point if you don’t care if your team win or loses the real true fans get frustrated and voice there opinions and try to get things heard. You have got to be concerned if your a true vikings fan you look at all these years of everythings okay we will get better its bull the fact of the matter is things are not going well right now its funny how chilly thinks he can get things fixed over night.

  56. By michael on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Pass early run late, i believe that in order for the vikings to play well they need to establish a lead early then be more balanced with ap. points come out the passing game. running the ball protects the lead

  57. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    chilly is running out of time to “fix” things. even during his press conferences, he’s full of excuses, he doesn’t owe up to anything. like i said, if we do end up with a losing record, we get rid of the biggest problem with the team-chilly-as well as a high draft pick

  58. By Justin on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    @fire childress

    Just go watch another team if you hate Childress that much. It’s not likely he’s leaving before 2013.

  59. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    I do watch mostly on TV– much better atmosphere than the dome. Who wants to wait twenty minutes to go to the bathroom while dozens of drunks call out derogatory comments? Plus, the food at home is much better and the seating more comfortable. A few recent responses to my post clearly tell me that some bloggers do not understand my paradigm, not in the least. I never said I had an edge over Old School by attending games– I know he has attended games– my response was to his entitlement to know it all based on his longevity of fanhood. Please read my post, and the post I am responding to, maybe it would be more clear what is actually being written. Also, I am not saying everything is okay and that the play calling is great– the Miami game case in point– should have had that field goal early on. However, there was some rationale behind the play calling and had we made fourth down and then scored a TD, the call would have been labeled genius. The truth is we can all second guess. The truth is, we have come incredibly far since Childress took over– the two playoff games last year? All the “expert” analysts thought the Boys would kill us– and then in New Orleans, we would have trouble with the noise. If our coaching staff is so poor, why did we embarrass the Boys, and then nearly take the Saints down- with no false starts?
    The problem is not about saying everything is okay– it is about believing in mediocrity and that we will always fall to it- Start believing. I am certain that the Saints fans did not boo or yell at their team when they lost to Tampa Bay at New Orleans– remember that? Tampa Bay was one of the worst teams and they beat the Saints– Saints fans believed in their team and the team knew it. Here, in MN, there is an attitude that if there is one bad call, or bad play, we are in trouble– that is life, problems come along. Going past adversity is what is lacking in the mindset of MN– the team needs our full support, knowing that being behind a few points can be overcome. This is my last post because some fans on here have no clue to what I am speaking about.

  60. By rich on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Now that is funny Kevin thanks for the laugh purlpepridepower

  61. By RESQR on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    David, you are a PRETENTIOUS ASS. And yes, I am using “all caps” to emphasize that point.
    THANK GOD (oops, there’s those caps again!) that was your last post since I don’t think that I could take your “holier than thou” attitude any longer.
    The last time I picked up SI or any of the other quality sports mags (and visited their websites) I didn’t see your name crediting any of the articles.
    The next time you decide to wag your finger at the rest of us for using improper sentence structure and punctuation, I suggest that you take your inflated writing style to your third grade teacher and have her/him review it.
    I’m sure that it would BLEED RED INK.
    Nuff said.

  62. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Well, RESQR,

    You have inspired me to stick around. There needs to be some sane and healthy people on here– if you disagree, say so, and explain why– why call people names such as ass? Is that how you talk to everyone? I do have my share of credentials as a writer, including university instruction. You are correct, sir, I am not a sports writer. Maybe someone needs anger management?

  63. By WTF on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Good David. It’s nice to see you admit that. The next step is for you to go out and find yourself an anger management class, and stop trying to play mommy on sports websites.

    This blog is a place where people come to share opinions, celebrate success and to vent after a loss. We’ve been going through a lot of losses recently, so there is a lot of venting to do.

    Like many others in here I can’t fathom why you decided to appoint yourself as the “friendly” dictator of the site. I can’t speak for anyone else, but your “more benevolent than thou” words have only had a foul effect on me. So I would assume that you are hindering your intents much more than helping them.

  64. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly should be a towel boy or tend to the Gatorade. I truly support the Vikings, just not our head coach. Bring in Cower,Dungy, or Billick, they know how to win. We will sit back and watch Frazier go to another team next year, just like Tomlin & Dungy. In order to light a fire under this team you have to a spark. Childress is nothing more than a wet match.

  65. By Old School on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    David, it seems that the jury has reaches a verdict, your guilty of the following charges:

    1.)1st Degree Felony- Just being a Big Tool
    2.)1st Degree Felony- Posting on Viking blog without Football knowledge
    3.)1st Degree Felony- Delusional thoughts about his favorite team
    4.)1st Degree Felony- Unable to speak the truth about his favorite Team and Coaches of that team.
    5.)1st degree Felony- Harboring ill will towards Die Hard Fans that do speak the truth about their favorite team.

  66. By soldier1986 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    okay my arkansas razorbacks just lost there chance in the bcs run. so the vikings better win tomorrow and make my weekend better. lol

  67. By Old School on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    I think tomorrow is going to bad, real bad with our secondary beat up like it is.

    David, you don’t have to write me and everyone else a novel because I say what I feel and what I think I know……………I hope I’m wrong.

  68. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    David- Take your writing credentials & stick them up your A$$! Go away you over educated IDIOT. If this hurts your feelings or offends you, who CARES! You are as boring as Childress.

  69. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Vikings, if Favre’s arm holds up, will score around 44 points.

  70. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Blogs are meant for harmless fun and discourse, too bad some of you have to resort to nasty words. Someone calls me an idiot without provocation, and then when I return the insult in a more clever guise pointing out that blogger’s lack of writing prowess, well, then I am the bad guy? This all started with calling names like idiot and ass. If, Old School, I called you an idiot when you predicted a good outcome for Sunday’s game, would you find that mature discussion? I am sorry if I overdid the wit and sarcasm– maybe I played a bit overboard. At least from my end, I apologize to anyone I may have offended.

  71. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Dont think David, it seems to get you in trouble. We will win, even with Brad on the sidelines. I am not sure we will score 44 points. #69 needs to get his groove on with sacks. We must get to Romeo often. On offense we have to move the chains and keep our defense off the field.

  72. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    How about we call you David the Dumb Ass?. You have about as much wit as Boring Brad. No predictions here, WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS OVER THE COWGIRLS!

  73. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the kind words, TWVIKE. David the Dumb Ass? No need to comment on your character as a person, nor your integrity or maturity– keep talking, you are doing a better job than I could.

  74. By fmfan on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    our D has played great! Favre with his poor play and turnovers have cost us more then Chillys play calling. Instead of saying fire chilly people should be saying BENCH FAVRE!!!

  75. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings win the next three.

  76. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Your so welcome Davey. Anything I can do for you is my pleasure. I know how much the word IDIOT hurt your Mangina, so I gave it a twist. As far as your character, Id say it is very limp-,wristed. Nothing wrong with that as long as you love the guy.

  77. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    thats a good one-chilly is a usefull as a wet match. or a car without a motor, a house without a frame, a door without a doornob,a woman without a kootch, a fire without warmth, a cat without a mouse

  78. By Bruce on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan, you wouldn’t say a nice thing about Favre even if he won a Nobel Peace Prize! FAVRE HATING A$$HOLE

  79. By Bruce on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply


  80. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Ha ha ha, TWVIKE, don’t worry about my feelings– this is fun! It is so obvious when people resort to name calling and superior vocabulary such as “mangina” what level they are at, and I can clearly see that I am dealing with the elite of the elite in cognitive skills.
    I just keep laughing at your responses– seriously, it is seriously ridiculous and no feelings hurt — don’t worry about it. Keep up your posts, maybe it is therapeutic for you.

  81. By fmfan on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce keep fooling yourself and sucking on favres c0ck. you c0cksucker

  82. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan- You are right our D has played good. If Favre is hurt, sit him down. Boring Brad has to let T. Jack use his running ability as well as his arm. If nobody is open,let him take off. TJ is not a pocket passer and looks uncomfortable standing there to long. Leave AP in on 3rd down, not on the bench. I am behind the Viking team 100%, but I do not believe in Brad Steckel. I did not like him last year either.

  83. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    All the “experts” said the Cowboys would destroy the Vikings in last year’s playoffs– all of them, no exception.
    Almost all the “experts” still thought the Vikings were in trouble in the hostile loud environment of the superdome.
    We know the outcome of the Dallas game.
    We know the Saints game was so close we had to go to OT, and we also know the noise barely affected the Vikings- no false starts. We know we lost by one turnover, by one play, by inches if you will.
    Sure, some calls seem bad– I still wonder why we did not kick a field goal in the Miami game- that would have been the wise choice. But overall, I give the coaching staff an A on defense, a B+ on offense, and a B on special teams.

  84. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    David- I think fmfan meant that comment for you, not Bruce.

  85. By WTF on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey David! Kudos on finally posting a relevant comment! I was getting pretty tired of reading around your attempts to moderate the blog.

    Although I have to severely disagree with your grade of the offense. The offense has given up 2 touchdowns in 4 games with 10 turnovers (2 more turnovers than TDs scored) while posting a sultry 38% 3rd down conversion average. They had a hot streak late in the Jets game, and with the skill we have they should be playing like that a lot more often, but with the current numbers I’m not going to give them anything better than a grade of D+.

  86. By fmfan on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    twvike no I meant it for bruce. he called me a name so I returned the favor. I have no problem with David he just says what he thinks or hopes can happen.

  87. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Head coach F- . David A for amazing. You are the man. You are the elite. We are in the company of a far more superior being. Someday if I ever grow up ,I want to be just like you Davey!

  88. By fmfan on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings offense C+. AP at 5.5 ypc is the bright spot but the 11 turnovers (10 by Favre) brings the grade way down.

  89. By soldier1986 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    hahahahahaha you guys are cracking me up seriously. keep this going

  90. By David on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    I would not go so far as a D for the offense, but maybe I was too generous– up until that Jets late comeback, we have really struggled. As far as personnel, the offense is great, it is just execution. Yes, let Favre rest after a few scores in the first half– Favre himself said he might rest and that is only because he wants not to be embarrassed next week at Lambeau. Truth is, the next three games all have extra storylines to them and our team should be motivated to win. I don’t see much on here about Chester Taylor, but that loss hurt our team more than any other single factor. No one has replaced him yet- hopefully we dominate tomorrow and can let some players get some practice in the second half – like Toby– he needs practice in the NFL.

  91. By moorevikes on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    coaching grade: BIG BAD F@#KIN F, o-line play: D (they get the pa-ssing grade because apparently they still know how run block, qb: D- (too many turn overs and bad throws), receivers: C+ ( they’re coming around now that bb is out of the picture), rbs: all day gets an A, rest F, d-line: D+ (not enough getting to the qb and apparently forgot how to stop the run),linebackers: B+ (they’re doing a good job but they are part of the run def as well that’s why no A), dbacks: B (our def is designed to not give up the big play, they have done well at that but still not great, see them dropping ints) special teams: don’t want to grade because i’ve only seen the F@#KING PUNT TEAM. David i’m sorry about the foul language and caps. not all of us can have the vocabulary you do

  92. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    It’s a mistake to only talk about the QB and the Head Coach. There are alot of other people involved.

    It all happens in the trenches really.

    I think the Vikings will beat the Cowboys this week!!!

  93. By TWVIKE on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Chilly!

  94. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    to Paul M.

    With your attitude, there should be 32 NFL teams that share a total of 5 head coaches.

    “You win with the abilities of your players.” —Mike Ditka, 1985 Super Bowl Chicago Bears

  95. By cbednar74 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Favre needs a cortizone shot & he’ll be good we should try the wildcat with the combo of peterson, harvin, moss, jackson, gerhart, & webb any one of those combo’s could be deadly & would throw the other team for a loop we also have to go after the ball stand the other teams guys up & strip that ball at all costs rip it or punch it out anyway possible we need to play like our moniker evil, purely evil!!!!

  96. By purple08 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Boy I thought I was the biggest as shole on this blog! Some of you guys really take the cake! For once I am speechless. See you clowns tomorrow night. Go Vikes! P.S. Start T-Jack!!

  97. By 4theWIN84 on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    @donny its bad when you take a coaches side when last week they threw the ball a total of 7 times in the first half… and look what it created… NOTHING… Throw it 27 times in the second half you score 3 Touchdowns by who???? oh ya Favre the supposedly worst quarterback… and for last years NFC Championship game Favre didnt throw that game away they could ran one more play run it in the middle of the field lonwell woulda kicked and won.. but no childress lets 12 men on the field in the huddle.. Favre’s fault i think not… So now they’re out of field goal range and have to pass which did lead to a pick but he’s trying to get the team and field goal and by the way the refs were paid in that game no matter what happened Vikings weren’t gonna win that game.. OT Proved that Pass INterference on a LB who didnt even touch the guy Booth reviews where its obvious it wasnt a catch and was ruled a catch on the field.. Favre is not to blame… Childress should take a lot of it… if they dont make the playoffs this year id bet money Childress is Gone

  98. By fire childress on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    if we do lose tomorrow, we should throw the rest of the games. 1-15 should give us the 1st pick in the draft, and we get rid of Chilly at the same time. kill 2 birds with 1. granted we may lose the stadium bid with a 1-15 record, but we have to just roll the dice and hope it doesn’t hamper a stadium bid

  99. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Moorevikes… I like the grading thing. I don’t agree with most of it, but I like the concept. dbacks:B? Not freaking likely… they are late to the ball and cover like crud. If the jets hadn’t had uncontested drops and Sanchez had kept his head, they would have POUNDED us instead of squeaking by. O-line does NOT look good in runblocking… They aren’t getting anyone off the line, AP is just running through the muck.

  100. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    With Sullivan back (hopefully) that should help out the O-Line… If the OL is strong, Favre has more time to make decisions and make good throws. If Favre makes good throws, the Vikes score. If the Vikes score, the Def Line can pin their ears back and get after the QB. Everything starts with the O Line here, folks. If they can’t get it together, game over.

  101. By Woodboat on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    By michael on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Pass early run late, i believe that in order for the vikings to play well they need to establish a lead early then be more balanced with ap. points come out the passing game. running the ball protects the lead

    Mike, you realize that success in the passing game is dependant upon a successful running game in most cases. The year the VIkes set the single season scoring record, the players pointed at Robert Smith as the reason they were so successful. The run opens up the pass. That’s why the VIkes run for 2 yards EVERY DANGED FIRST DOWN!!! (Not that I yell at the TV about those playcalls, mind you… )lol.

  102. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    So nice that David can speak about what is wrong with MN fans……..who appointed you “Lord of the Manor”, David?
    As for the argument that you make about ” true fans just believing in the team……only thinking positive thoughts……….
    Do you really think that our feelings or thoughts, when expressed as a fan either individually or collectively have any bearing on what happens on the field????
    Do you really think that only true fans are those that are blindly optimistic?
    Do you really think that only true fans are those who will not discuss the negative issues of the team?
    The fact is , this team, with all the talent and expectations, has been a huge disappointment so far this year.
    The fans have the right to express their frustrations and disappointment. I for one, refuse to drink the purple koolaid…..this team is struggling and fans are not blind to this.

  103. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    purple08- You are not the lone hole on this blog, I have my moments. My problem is when a over educated arrogant ass comes on here with his writing credentials and knows nothing about football. He can take his big words & STICK THEM!

  104. By David on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Watch out Cowboys are about to get a whoopin’

  105. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Rocksalt is in the houseeee! What’s up man?! About time I heard from someone that hasn’t drank the kool-aid either…….I was getting killed in here for awhile. I was posting my frustrations about this team and their performance so far this year and I was getting killed!

    Call it like I see it!

    Yes or No…………………….must win today?
    Rocksalt, TWVIKE, Fire Childress, Purple 08, morre vikes,…all the regulars…pony up right now and give a Yes or No on this!

  106. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Old School- YES it is a must win. Another loss would bury us, a hole we cant climb out of. If we are at 4-4 mid-way, we have a chance. The team has to find its own fire & confidence since our head coach has the emotion of a manaquin!

  107. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Yes for me! Lose this and we are done!

  108. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Old School- Pretty much. There will start to be a lot of finger pointing. We cant afford to lose any more confidence. So I am going to be positive, WE WILL WIN! P.S.- Lets try leaving Brad in the locker room til after the game.

  109. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    True, lose this and a chain reaction will start in the locker room…and I don’t believe that Chilly can handle that. I just don’t know if he is a head coach or a coordinator…I’m leaning coordinator!

  110. By JEN on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Brett,text me again and again….

  111. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    I would love to see a young, brass type come in here for the head coaching job. I can see a Jack Del- Rio, I know the Jags are so-so, but look at the talent on that team………there is little. I would love to see Leslie Frazier get the job. I also would welcome Jon Gruden in here for a couple of years! We need someone who can shake things up on the side -line and in the locker room!

  112. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Jen, from the looks of things, Brett would have to text you about three times to get you about 6 inches. LOL……..but not really!

  113. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Best case for this Sunday….Greenbay loss….Bears….loss….Vikings win!

    Next week Vikings beat Greenbay……Bears lose…..We are tied for first place in the North!

  114. By fire childress on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    this is a must win game today. only 5 teams went to the playoffs since 1990 with a 1-4 record. like i posted earlier, if we lose, lets throw the rest of the games for a 1-15 record, that way we can get 1st pick in the draft, and we can get a coach who can actually coach

  115. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Old School- I got your back….
    I have doubts about Childress……..when a team has as much talent as we do, then the miscues, mistakes, turnovers, lack of preparation, lack of execution,etc would seem to be on the coach………

  116. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    We had 2 weeksto prepare for Jets, and looked pathetic most of the game.
    12 men in huddle in NFC championship game…..not to go for game winnig FG….these are all on the coach.

  117. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    The coach should be on the couch…….

  118. By Doug on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Dallas and Romo will kill us with the pass. We can’t stop it and we never could. That’s the coach’s fault for not addressing the problem. Fire Chilly he is pathetic.

  119. By Old School on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Winning cures everything!

    Bears losing right now…Pack in a close one……..

  120. By TWVIKE on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Jared has to knock Romo on his ASS or out of the game. We have to be in his face all day & stop the run. Favre has to move the chains and hang on to the ball. Our D cant stay on the field all game. Keep AP in on 3rd down, not on the bench.( MORON CHILDRESS) Let Bone-head Brad clean the locker room during the game.

  121. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Just win!

  122. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Seahags just gave up huge pass play

  123. By rocksalt on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    You are correct- If we do not pressure Romo, he will pick us apart. We cannot afford to play half-a$s

  124. By David on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings 44, Dallas 17

  125. By moorevikes on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    old school i for one look forward to your posts after a loss. YES huge must win. don’t get me wrong about the three we have lost, if we would have won just one of those i’d feel better. we got 12 games left and i think we can only lose 2 more and still be okay maybe 3 that;s pushin it though. anyone feel confident that we can pull that off?

  126. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    It’s possible moorevikes – but we need to get things going today. These next 2 games are must wins. After that we’ll have a game or two before Rice returns (hopefully no longer) and then the offense should be unstopable. So it’s these next 4 weeks that are going to be the most difficult and most important.

  127. By OneEyedPurplePeopleEater on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    It’s like any other job ~ DO YOUR JOB!!! I’m not just talking coaches either I’m talking all of them and none of them are doing their job thus all of them should be reprimanded or let go! If you don’t do your job I bet your boss cans your ass or does something about it.

    As fans we do have the right to complain. These players are suppose to be working this is a job and making a nice chunk of money (I’d like to make that much cash) not to do my job. I couldn’t believe Favre after the New York Jets that he thought they played a good game. WTF!!!! Where was he at – surely not the game I was watching where the offense had 51 yards in the first quarter!

    The Vikings are playing like a bunch of disoriented high schools boys not knowing who to cover or where to throw the ball. The Texas game is still another example of that kind of playing. Embarrassing to watch with such talent on the team.


  128. By kurt wood on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    If farve could hold onto the ball…we could win…am I the only one keeping an eye on farves numbers more tunovers then touchdowns…sounds like a rookie QB to me…Bench him please..

  129. By purple08 on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Pretty obvious it is a must win situation. Nice that Bears and Pack both lost today. Peterson needs big second half. Where’s Moss? Where’s Shiancoe?

  130. By OneEyedPurplePeopleEater on Oct 17, 2010 | Reply

    Good questions

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