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Can Vikings Reverse Fortunes At Soldier Field?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 12, 2011 – 10:19 am

On Sunday the Vikings will look to win their 2nd game of the 2011 season. And to do so, they’ll have to beat the Chicago Bears at their home stadium, something the Vikings have done just once since the 2001 season.

The lone victory at Soldier Field over the last 10 season came in 2007, when RB Adrian Peterson, then a rookie, gashed the Bears for 361 total yards; he had 224 rushing yards, 128 return yards and 9 receiving yards. Peterson also had 3 TDs that day. The key series in that game was a 53-yard kickoff return by Peterson that set up Ryan Longwell’s game-winning 54-yard FG as time expired.

The Vikings probably shouldn’t count on similar performances this time around. The 54-yard FG was Longwell’s career-long and the 361-yard output by Peterson was the 3rd best in NFL history. But in order to defeat a Bears team that has lost 3 of 4 games since opening the season with a win against the Atlanta Falcons, they’re going to need a buttoned-up, nearly mistake free effort from all three phases.

Can it happen? Yes it can. All season the Vikings have been good at running the ball (they rank 3rd in rushing), stopping the run (they rank 5th in run defense) and limiting turnovers (they are +3 in turnover ratio). The Vikings will need to perform up to par in these areas and also find a way to pressure Bears QB Jay Cutler and keep their own QB protected from the likes of DE Julius Peppers and star LBs Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.

Sunday night’s Vikings-Bears matchup will mark the 101st meeting between these two division rivals. The first 100 games in this series – 49 of which have been away for the Vikings – didn’t produce a very good road record for the Vikings – they are 21-26-2. But a new 100 games begins this week, and it’s a good time for the Vikings to reverse their fortunes at the storied venue of Soldier Field.


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95 Responses to “Can Vikings Reverse Fortunes At Soldier Field?”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Sir Greasy Panda,

    We need more posts like the one you wrote about
    the reasons the Vikings will beat the Bears !

  2. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    How many yards would Pete have gained with a great offensive line? We may never know as our Front Office FORGETS to draft Guards, Tackles, and Centers.

    It’s not McNabb so much as it’s the offensive line! Perhaps the offensive line will learn how to block as the season goes on.

    I hope they do for Pete’s sake!

  3. By Justin F on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Key of the game –

    SACK CUTLER

    Abuse Jared Allen like there is no tomorrow.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Perhaps Donavan McNabb watched too many films of Favre last year.
    He is afraid of being a bloody mess !

  5. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Justin F,

    We don’t want to Abuse Jared Allen! lol :)

  6. By Spencer on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Am I the only one impressed with Chris Cook? Hes been playing AMAZING! He is turning into a shutdown corner. He is now the best Pure Corner on the team. Griffin has been a disapoint to say the least. In Cook I trust.

  7. By Roninmn.. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The title should read. Can Viking Reverse Fortunes at Soldier field with Mcnabb as quarterback

  8. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings need to think about the people who select our draft picks. We have made a few good 1st and 2nd round picks, but the my AUNT Gertrude could make those easy picks. HOW SMART DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PICK ADRIAN PETERSON?

    It is rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 where we are MISSING THE BOAT when it comes to selecting draftees. 8 offensive linemen picked in the last 9 years?

    COMMON MAN! COME ON MAN! C’MON MAN ! ! !

    Perhaps you will have to FIRE one of your cronies, and get someone who
    can evaluate talent.

  9. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Jamarca Sanford … 7th round pick

    Did your aunt gertrude see that?

  10. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    Asher Allen and Chris Cook have been playing much better. In addition Cedric Green played well guarding L. Fitzgerald in the last game.

    You are very perceptive to see that, as most of us can only focus on the negative. (including one f. jones.)

    Perhaps the Vikings under Leslie Frazier are just undergoing GROWING PAINS.

    It is possible. The Eagles were supposed to be good and I believe they are 1-4 right now. And there are other teams as well.

    It’s really positive guys like you that change things. I believe Leslie Frazier is that type of guy.

  11. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Everson Griffen 4th round

    Joe Webb 6th round

    Asher Allen 3rd round

    Jasper Brinkely 5th round

    Jamarca Sanford 7th round

    John Sullivan 6th round

    Brian Robison 4th round

    Ray Edwards 4th round

    Did your Aunt Gertrude Pick any of those guys?

    Because Scott Studwell and Rick Spielman did …

  12. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    I have egg on my face, and it is possible that Love and Fusco will be
    JOE SENSER types that will spend a long period on the practice squad.

    Perhaps they will eventually produce. Marcus Sherels is the latest PRACTICE SQUADER.

    Something is wrong with a “football man” who does not see the value of
    offensive linemen. We have a lot of people in that front office who think
    like the average blogger when it comes to picking talent and making choices.

    That’s not good for the franchise.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn we are still goin’ round in circles, like a bird up in the sky!

  14. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    :) I do it cause I care :)

  15. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fred I agree … OL needs to addressed but its hard 2 argue two RoY players in only 4 years of service from Studwell and Spielman

    Also who saw the colapse of our OL happening so quick , I mean our OL was solid up untill the end of 2009 and all at once it became less than average

    I bet we go LT in round 1 2012 draft ….

  16. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I also think our OL coach is doing a great job because it seems the OL is getting better from week to week ….

    Charlie Johnson on Julius Peppers is very scary though :(

    but I think Peppers might be hurt … no smiley face from me on that I hate to see anyone getting hurt

  17. By Don in MD on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    What disturbs me most about playing in Chicago is not the Bears – its Soldier Field. The Vikings have built a defense that can presure the heck out of any quaterback on any team. The problem is GRASS slows down those smaller quicker defensive ends like Allen and Robison. Slows them down just enough for the secondary to lose contain. I want to know if there is an answer for this problem – do we just suck it up and try to outscore opponents on grass? If we ever do get back to “The Show” – at least it will be on turf.

  18. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Kalil hates having anyone get near his Qb if they do he likely will rip their head off. Brandon Fusco had that same mentality during the pre-season. If Sully starts to slump put him in.

  19. By Kody Wiig on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t wanna hear about our o line being good enough there is 1 position that needs to play better that’s our QB others have worse lines and still makes the plays and that’s the biggest change from 09

  20. By AD28 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Jared Allen and Brian Robinson are going to rape Cutler all day.. I cant wait to see it.

  21. By Don in MD on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    And other thing…somebody stick a fork in that pigskin and see if it squeals. There were far too many times Kolb just winged that ball to nobody and found somebody. Who has that kind of luck – that many times in one game anyway?

  22. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/131515763.html

    Voters shut out on Vikings stadium tax plan

    Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune staff writers

    Updated: October 12, 2011 – 10:53 AM

    (But as the Ramsey County Charter Commission was deciding, the site viability was questioned by Met Council, whose report challenges costs and says the sales tax would imperil future projects.)

    How many ways will MN people try to keep the Vikings from getting their new stadium?

  23. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Spencer I am with you on Chris Cook. I was really tough on the guy during the preseason and the early games. He has been able to stuff the blue chip WR and have held them from getting the long TD. The rest of the secondary looked really good last game against the Cards.

  24. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Spencer I would like to see that repeat against the Bears. I am going to hold off saying the secondary has rounded the bend until we get Green Bay. I would like to see how they do against a top notch QB.

  25. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The OLine needs to punish any one who comes near the Qb. Make them regret even playing against us.

  26. By Don in MD on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B, Injuries in the Pack OL may spell trouoble for them with Allen and Robison.

  27. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I said Cook was gonna be a beast last year after drafting him. The only reason he struggled was because of the knee injuries.

  28. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.mndaily.com/blogs/newsstand/2011/10/12/daily-digest-prisoner-exchange-vikings-stadium-news-and-dead-bill

    The Bad: A new report from the Metropolitan Council threw a wrench in the plans to build the stadium at the Vikings’ favored site, Arden Hills.
    The costs and time necessary to clean the area — once a munitions plant — will be far greater than once hoped, according to an analysis of the site. The report identified $39 million in unfunded costs, and said the goal of completing the stadium by 2015 is a foolish one, according to the Star Tribune. 2016 or 2017 may be closer to the mark.

    The Vikings have chosen the Arden Hills site as their go-to, but may need to re-evaluate some of the options in Minneapolis like the Farmers Market site that they’ve ignored

  29. By Rick on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I agree, I’ve really liked the way Cook has been playing, especially after being disappointed a lot with him.
    I also believe that if we are in position, we will draft Kalil or Martin in the 1st round, and go after a WR in the 2nd.

  30. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Did not the Vikings say that they would pick up any over runs in the coast?

  31. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I wish you all wouldn’t keep posting that attempted pass to the TE. I keep seeing and say @#&% a Rookie could have gotten the rock to him. But to be fair show more than just that one throw. Show all the bad throws in the game I am sure Coach Frazier saw them.

  32. By Mike B. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W your filters are killing normal blog banter

  33. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    He has been better then Kyle Wilson(Jets) and Patrick Robinson(Saints). They were drafted ahead of Cook and Cook looks way better then either of them. In fact the Vikings passed on Robinson.

  34. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    We need a QB that can deliver the long ball down field and the receivers that can hold on to it, without this the Vikings cannot win over a team with a winning record.

  35. By Titus on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Where is Moss?

  36. By Ole 1 eye on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    At Mike B – Our DB’s will have their hands full. Rodgers isn’t afraid of throwing into coverage because he has the best receivers in the league and he trusts they’ll come down with the ball. It’s going to be a very tough game.

  37. By Rudolftherednose on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Please notice and study the last game and count how many times Rudolph and Harvin were open it is outstanding that not only his (McFlabb) accuracy is poor but his vision is borderline down syndrome

  38. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

  39. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Get it done and pass a stadium bill or nothing done on the field means anything.

  40. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    If Frazier didn’t hear the fans booing McGarbage at home, maybe he will hear the Bear’s fans laughing at him in Soldier Field.

  41. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    With Mc-Loser Bears 28, Vikings 7, with Webb or Ponder Bears 28, Vikings 30

  42. By Titus on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I expect McNabb to breakout this week and prove the critics wrong— watch him shine in Chicago. Vikings 48, Bears 24.

  43. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    lol is anyone aware these our franchises with proud defense’s?

    30-40 points?

    24- 17 either way … McNabb will have to have his best game to make it a Viking win

    Thats scary

  44. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    OMG i just failed the “our / are” test … it must be contagious :(

  45. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, what will you do if he sucks once more? Believe in his break out in game # 16.

  46. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    He is a vet of how many years, Should he not be ready now?

  47. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Instead of, where is the beef, how about where is the New Stadium, and a good QB?

  48. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Later.

  49. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    11 games left, record 1-4, a move the where or an new lease? Are we having fun, yet.

  50. By DRS on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Go Vikings, turn it around, Win, Win, Win!!!!!

  51. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    No not really DRS! You see the focus on this weeks practice is to work on Petersons mechanics and his foot skills, next week they will work on Steve H pass blocking skills and the week after that Percy H kick off return skills, each -player is a constant work in progress, even though the focus the past 5 weeks is to work on McNabbs accuracy skills, his mechanics, he’s just slower than the rest of the guys, that’s all! he”ll come around I am sure of that.

  52. By Purple05 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    DRS….you’re reaching a bit if you truly believe that Ponder or Webb would do much better to lead us to a win. It’s always amazing how everyone always thinks McNabb’s backup will do great. They thought the same about Kolb despite how much McNabb had done for that franchise

    He is a vet…but he’s also knew to the team. I have no idea why he never gets the benefit of the doubt. Neither the Redskins or now Vikings fans are willing to allow him to settle him before calling for his head

  53. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    ohhh! I’m sorry Mike, I didn’t think the video I was posting was causing any problems, aaahh!! there is more of them on other post :)

  54. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @purple05: It’s not that anyone thinks the back ups will do any better and some thing they will, I think the point mostly being is the Vikings has always went with the quick fixes, sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. Why should we wait and give him time to settle in this 13 year veteran when we have a #12 draft pick rookie QB that is the future of this team, point being with the season going as it is and McNabb not getting the job done, there could be no better time to start seeing if our rookie was the right choice or not. If I have to be patient with a QB it sure ain’t going to be with a 13 year veteran, Ponder is another story.

  55. By Justin F on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    DRS, don’t worry. Things will get done with that stadium. The Vikings most likely will accept the longer time it’ll take to clean up that mess in Arden Hills. In the end, all that matters is that they get a well-deserved stadium.

  56. By Viking Joe on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    If I’m not mistaken I think Peppers is a little banged up. if the Vikings are worried about him chip him with Kleinsasser. Vikings 24 Bears 20, a close game but the Vikes will prevail !! SKOL VIKINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  57. By Woodboat on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with what Jeff says…. let’s give the kid a sh0t. If McNabb isn’t ready to play by now, and it sure looks like he isn’t, lets get Ponder in there. He ck, the Broncos are in much the same shape…. new he ad coach, a lackl uster starter, and a kid waiting in the wings for a chance. They are giving Timothy Richard a chance to prove he belongs in this league… we are not giving Chri stian his sh0t. Just to ice the cake, most an alysts give Tebow no chance at succeeding… they are at least luke warm on Ponder.

  58. By Woodboat on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mike W…. could you post a list of all the words that aren’t allowed on this site so I can spend less time editing my posts for harmless words, and more time laughing at your opinions? Thank you.

  59. By Woodboat on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’m pretty down on the Vikes overall chances this year, but I think they’ll be able to pull out a victory this week. The Bears OL is deplorable and I’d bet that that Allen/Robison are going to have a field day pounding poor Jay Cutler. The Bears D got gashed pretty badly trying to stop the run vs. the Lions… and running the ball is the one thing we excel at offensively.

    Ponder. If not now, when?

  60. By GM on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe McNaab was brought in for reasons other than winning.

    McLuck

    Mc-L.A.

  61. By Woodboat on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    @purple05…

    Its not like he’s not in sync with his receivers… he’s missing easy throws…. consistantly. How can you believe he’ll be able to fix that? Does McNabb have the jitters after playing in the league for 13 years?

    Our receivers YAC stats are among the worst in the league, and the blame lies squarely at Donovan’s feet. When they have to break off a route to come back for the ball that was misthrown, then get pasted like a sitting duck because all their forward momentum is gone… that’s on the QB. His completion percentage is as good as it is because he has receivers that’ll go the extra distance to try to make him look…. I almost said good… average.

  62. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve not seen a game this year but from what I’m reading here is that our O Line is not very good and the pocket collapses quickly. Is that correct?
    And if that is correct I would think a young, agile QB would perform better in that situation regardless of experience?
    Watching McNabb in past years I never really saw him as that guy. It sounds to me if he is being defended for being new in our system I would think a young, agile QB that is also new to our system would be the logical choice as the starter?
    Or, even better, a young, agile QB that has some experience in our system. Webb
    Bench BB and McNabb and watch the season improve.

  63. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    But what do I know

  64. By vikeforever on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Well its obvious that McNabb will be in there once again. The game plan once again will keep running AD to they prove they could stop him. Mac5 will continue his small range passing, some with make it through others at their feet. I just keep wondering why if they are not going to open up their offense besides running the ball, why can’t Ponder do it. Oh, thats right MAC5 is a veteran qb. If he fails by half time maybe Frazier will pull the trigger. GO Vikes, win game #2

  65. By Jimmy on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    WIth Ponder or Webb the vikes win 30 28??? Ponder’s inexperience is NOT ready for this bears defense. I think changing the QB in the middle of the season would be bad for the team and team chemistry. We’re gonna have to deal with McNabb for the entire season. I do believe McNabb will get his act together. Lets not forget, he’s been to the playoffs 8 times, 5 NFC championships, and a superbowl…He’s only 34.

  66. By Shawn on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder is better than McCant throw !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am better than McCant throw !!!!!!!!!!!

    And all of you are better than McCant throw !!!!!!!

    except for maybe the guy with 152 IQ hes too smart for this challenge :)

  67. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder how many Mc5 Viking jerseys have been sold

  68. By Tfunk2 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    DOWN GOES FRAZIER! DOWN GOES FRAZIER!

    We can’t be spun Leslie…coach fox 1-4 made the move to Tebow…coach shanahan gave up on mcnabb…I have great respect for mcnabb but its time to put in one of the kids and let them learn…

  69. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder how many Mc5 Viking jerseys have been burned.

  70. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Will living in centeral Minnesota, I have not seen any #5 jersies with the name McNabb on it, believe it or not I have seen #7 T.J jersies, still a lot of #4 Favre and the occcasional old school QB jersies. I have seen smoke, but can’t confirm what was being burnt.

  71. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry! I haven’t seen any #5 Mcnabb jersies on a body. lot’s of them on the store racks though.

  72. By sandiamond on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Overall a good presser from McNabb. He seems to be open and honest with the progress of the team so far this year. Reporters hammered him somewhat about his mechanics and individual play which is what us fans want to hear at this point. You get the feeling he is not worried about those things so let’s give him the benefit of doubt for another game and 1/2

  73. By Jimmy on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ignorant people

  74. By Sweden Viking on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Defense and AP might be able to pull of a win against Chicago, but it will be hard to play against them and our own QB !!!

    If someone is wearing a #5 McSuck Jersey they should be thrown out of the stadium or they are Chicago fans :)
    I own a #7 Ponder Jersey cause that’s our real QB !!!

    Ponder Ponder Ponder

  75. By Tequila Tommy on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    So, for the love of God, will someone please explain to me why Musgrave and or Frazier doesn’t use or keep Kyle Rudolph on the field for at least 80% of the time? Yes, I know Shiancoe exists, but our outside receivers are not great, so why aren’t we attacking the middle of the field with these two dynamic tight ends? This may help McChubb to increase his passing percentage…maybe. Am I alone with this argument?

  76. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Where did you get your Ponder Jersey Sweden Viking?

  77. By Sweden Viking on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Online…e-bay :)

  78. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Nope! your not alone T Tommy and I am as confused as you are about our 2 TE’s not being used more, surely would help on 3rd downs that’s for sure.

  79. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    ohhh!! that’s the only place I have found one so far, none of the local merchants ain’t carrying any either, fixing to get mine real soon.

  80. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Nice thing about buying a Jersey on e-bay is the money you save rather than buying here or at the NFL is you also can buy a game ticket, may be the nose bleed section, but my nose bleeds anyways :D

  81. By Sweden Viking on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    No T Tommy your not !

    Kyle Rudolph should play a lot more, he seems like a really good player that can become great, and he can catch and hold on to the ball. Even from a bad QB throwing…

  82. By Titus on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings cream Bears, 64-3.

  83. By Purple05 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb needs to make more plays…yes we can all agree on that. And you know what? As far as I’m concerned he gets the benefit of the doubt…something no one has given him throughout his career despite his success

    But does anyone really think we’d be that much better off with Ponder or Webb? Really? We lead the league in the least amount of turnovers…it is a proven NFL fact that NOT turning the ball over and creating turnovers is a formula for success. It’s why we’ve had those big half time leads…put in a turnover by Ponder or Webb in the 1st half and see how better off we are. I’ll take 4 incompletions if it means not turning the ball over…I just hope McNabb finds the balance between taking a risk and not turning it over. And I hope Musgrave rolls him out of the pocket and takes deep 40-60 yard shots…he has a rocket arm. Use it

  84. By sliver on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get behind our team! Go Vikes!! The secondary has to be relentless on
    pass protection…while at the same time we have to focus on deep coverage.
    Hester has killed us in the past…however, defensive pressure is going to be the key..in all areas…take a chance on interceptions, there should be a backup in the area of their receiver. True, McNabb, keeps us from turnovers, and in this game, his experience to ‘weather elements’ will be a plus over Webb and Ponder…It would be nice to be tied with the da’ bears, at the end of this game…that is, 2 and 3…ONLY!

  85. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Purple05: Let me ask you a question, what would you rather deal with, a non-productive veteran QB or the growing pains of a potential rookie QB with a future?

  86. By truther on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Mussgrave is calling way to many short crossing route,s witch Mcnabb has never been acccurate at and is not going to improve at. Solution is to call vertical pass route,s on all passing play,s and nothing shorter than 12 yards. If he doesnt have time to find an open receiver , throw it out of bound,s. This would be just as effective as short one hopper,s , incomplete pass. The obvious positive with vertical pass play,s are that Mcnabb is 20% more accurate throwing vertical passe,s . The receiver,s can still run short cross route,s, The adjustment is to post and go vertical out of the short crossing pattern. Mussgrave has to stop calling the short crossing route,s . No crossing route,s period. Mcnabb has always been horrible at leading his receivers in crossing routes at any distance unless it is a slant and plant, a stationary target .

  87. By truther on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    The stadium issue is a foregone conclusion , The Vikes are not going any where . The NFL commish and taem owners around the league are not going to move or shuffle a bunch of teams around to replace the Vike’s in the NFC North. The two new proposed L A stadium’s will go to west coast team’s because they will not need to vacate there Division’s. The state of Minnesota is playing games with the public, Because they are absolutely not going to loose the short and long term revenue, especialy when they would be garunteed to host a super Bowl within 5 years of the new stadium being built.

  88. By Titus on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb has had flashes of brilliance. I have seen some incredible moves to avoid pass rushers and some pinpoint throws on the run. I believe it is coming together. Frazier is a genius — he knows what he is doing.

  89. By Titus on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Under Frazier, the Vikes will win two or three Superbowls in the next 6 years.

  90. By Olaf on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    To Whom it May Concern:
    Don’t worry about Peterson’s yards! The Vikings have never had a premium offensive line! Every good running back the Vikes have ever had has been better than their numbers. Heck, the only exception this rule is Dave Osborne, because he had an uncanny nack for gaining yards after he was already down.
    As for Ponder vs. McNabb:
    With McNabb – Vikings 1 -4
    With Ponder – Vikings at least 3 – 2, possibly 4 – 1.
    For Ponder to have guided the Vikings to the above records, all he would of had to do is get a respectable number of first downs in the second half. I don’t even believe he would have had to score any additional points.

  91. By Purple05 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Actually….Ponder and Webb would have most likely turned over the ball more. What is so hard about that for people to understand

    Anyway…I was just watching McNabb’s tapes with his last year with the Eagles and his year with Washington. McNabb threw the ball deep with them a lot. We need to get that going with McNabb and there’s no reason why the coaching staff shouldn’t be able to

  92. By Purple05 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Jeffbleedspurple…I would rather a veteran Qb with a track record get a chance to grow with our offense…and put our rookie QB in the best possible position so that we know what we have for sure. If Ponder comes in and stinks…we will not know for SURE what we have. If we continue to build the team…give him a solid O-line and receivers and he still sucks…we’ll know what we have

    So many Qbs have failed and they weren’t put in the best position. That could change a person’s career forever. I have been watching this game and have seen how impatient and ridiculous fans will be calling for the backup. “WE WANT BRADY QUINN!” WE WANT LEINART!” WE WANT KOLB!” Give me a break…put a QB in the best position possible and then put him in. McNabb is not a bad QB…give him a chance to grow with the offense like any other QB, roll him out of the pocket, and take deep shots with his rocket arm. It worked in Philly…it worked to some extent in Washington. In fact if McNabb had a running game in Washington and no Joey Galloway he’d do a little better because they threw the ball downfield

  93. By Pud Grand on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe possible– most likely not probable…

  94. By DRS on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/13/vikings-say-more-than-once-community-has-contacted-team-regarding-a-possible-move/

    With the Metrodome lease expiring after the 2011 season, Bagley said the Vikings refuse to extend the lease absent a plan for a new venue. And if the lease expires absent a plan for a new venue, all sorts of things could happen.

    Most significantly, Bagley said that “more than one community” has contacted the team about a possible move. Though Bagley declined to identify the communities involved, he believes that the efforts will become public if/when the lease expires.

  95. By Steve on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe how lazy the Vikings website admin is. This story is 3 weeks old.

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