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5 Positives To Watch For Tonight

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 17, 2012 – 2:14 pm

The Vikings will open up the home part of their preseason schedule tonight by hosting the AFC East’s Buffalo Bills, with kickoff at Mall of America Field slated for 7:00 p.m. CT. If you aren’t able to watch the game on TV, be sure to go to the vikings.com home page to find alternative ways of catching the action. You can subscribe to Preseason Live and watch all preseason action for a small fee, and/or you can join us in the live game chat that will be held right here on vikings.com during the game.

As for tonight’s game, kickoff is fast-approaching. While you’re waiting for the game to begin, though, here are 5 positives to watch for tonight as the Vikings and Bills battle at Mall of America Field…

Finish Drives With Touchdowns
The Vikings 1st-team offense did a nice job of moving the ball against the vaunted San Francisco 49ers defense last week, but a pair of drives stalled and had to be salvaged by K Blair Walsh with FGs. It was great to see Walsh come on and finish the job, but it’d be even greater to see Christian Ponder and Co. finish drives tonight on their own with TDs. When the Vikings get into scoring range, keep your eye on TE Kyle Rudolph. He’s one of the Vikings best offensive weapons, and he becomes especially lethal in crucial situations such as 3rd downs, in the red zone and near the goal line.

Remain Gap Sound On Defense
The Vikings have long been one of the NFL’s premier run defenses, but they didn’t look the part last week against the 49ers. That has to change this week against Buffalo. Lots of talk this offseason was about the Vikings improving against the pass, but any improvements the secondary has made the past several months will be negated if the defense can’t first stop the run. Watch for the Vikings 1st-team defense to perform much better tonight than they did a week ago at Candlestick Park.

Big Return On Special Teams
Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer has seen his groups have a solid offseason program and training camp for the most part. Now it’s time to take the step from being solid to being spectacular. Expect Walsh to be as good or better than he was last week and expect P Chris Kluwe to take a major step forward this week as the Vikings play in the controlled environment of Mall of America Field. Beyond that, though, I’m looking for a big return, either on kickoff or punt (both would be nice, though). It’s appeared during training camp practices that the kickoff return and punt return blocking units have done a nice job, so now it’s time for one of the Vikings returners to stick their foot in the ground and rip off a big return.

Debut Of CB Josh Robinson
There has been lots of talk about Josh Robinson’s speed (he was the fastest player at the Combine this year), but now it’s time for the talk to give way to the action. Robinson was held out of last week’s preseason game, but he should be on the field tonight and see an expansive role. I expect he’ll see quite a few snaps on defense and I also expect he’ll be involved in the return game. Robinson has big-time upside and it’d be great to get a look at it tonight.

Harrison Smith A Starter?
I won’t be surprised if rookie Harrison Smith lines up as a starter tonight at safety. He’s had a good training camp and played very well last week against San Francisco. He did not start last week, though, and since last week he’s seen even more time with the 1st-team defense. This leads me to believe that he’ll be a starter in tonight’s game – just a guess. If he does start, I expect Smith to be a standout. He strikes me as a player who gets better as the game goes along because he’s a cerebral player who picks up on patterns and tells in the offense’s attack. Smith is not the kind of ballhawk who will grab a bunch of INTs, but he is the kind of player who is not afraid to mix it up in the run game or punish a receiver coming across the middle.


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165 Responses to “5 Positives To Watch For Tonight”

  1. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    …………………Mistral Raymond…………………………………..Harrison Smith……..
    …………………………………………………………………………………………
    Chris Carr…………………………………………………………………………Chris Cook
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    ………………..Chad Greenway………Jasper Brinkley………Erin Henderson
    ………..Jared Allen………Kevin Williams…………Fred Evans…….Brian Robison

  2. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Im mainly focusing on Kalil this game. Matt and Loadholt are going up against Mario Williams so I wanna see how they hold up.

  3. By Rick on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer I think Kalil will do just fine Loadholt i’m not to sure on after last season but he may have got his game figured out. IMO Raymond has a lot to prove to me after his play he had on Brandon Jacobs last week that was pretty sad the way he pulled up and shied away from him on one of his runs but who knows maybe it wasn’t what it looked like

  4. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully the O Line will give Joe Webb some time to stand in the pocket.

  5. By playaristix on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    #DieHardVikingsFan Cant Wait To See Percy Run A Few Routes. He Should Get Us In The Endzone for Sure. Defense…. Close The Gap and make the Tackle. We Allowed A Lot Of Big Runs Last Week. Overall. I’m Ready To See Those Purple People Eaters Take Control Of The Game From Start To Finish.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    The NFL is still reluctant to hire certain “races” to be head coaches and quarterbacks.

    I would like to see some “white” running backs. (currently we have perhaps a handful in the NFL plus a few fullbacks.)

  7. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is blatant racism:

    “Vikings made the point last year…Webb was only given a small portion of the playbook to learn and understand…Most just being special “blazer package” calls at certain times during the game…

    Body language tells a lot…Webb seemed totally confused and frustrated last Friday…”

  8. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    fljones has made the point that just because a guy has a good pre-season that does not mean he will make the team.

    The coaches decide in practice. They consider the games, we’re sure, but mainly it’s what they see daily.

    Bethel-Thompson “may not” have a chance at all to make this team.

  9. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK,

    I bet you’d be confused if you had 4 x 300 pounders chasing you all over the field!!!

    I know little jonesy boy would!

  10. By rocksalt on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    what are you saying, Fred?

  11. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ^Hopefully the O Line will give Joe Webb some time to stand in the pocket.

  12. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    No one is doubting Loadholt’s strength or size. lol x 7

  13. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ——————-H Smith——————————J Sanford——————

    ———–Winfield—————————————————-Cook————–
    ——————————–Carr——————————————————-
    ————————–Greenway————————–M M i t c h e l l———
    ————————-Allen—–Williams——Evans—–Robison—————-

    buffalo nickel package

  14. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL- Fred is so quick to pull out the race card.

  15. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/08/17/vikings-preseason-game-2-5-players-who-need-a-good-night/

  16. By rocksalt on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    still am not clear as to your point, Fred

  17. By texasranters on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why worry if Webb has time to stand in the pocket when Ponder is the starting qb? Webb, at best, is a wildcat qb on trick plays, and if your pinning your hopes on trick plays to win ball games you need to coach pop warner football.

    WAKEUP AMERICA!!!!

  18. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    QB playing time tonight:

    Ponder 1/3
    Sage 1/3
    Webbs 1/3

  19. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Starting with the offense,percy and adrian didn’t play last week…Those two guys on the field, we can expect big time numbers from kyle in the red zone.

    On the D side jared,kevin,and antoine didn’t play because they earned a day off,due to their hard work at camp.

    The special teams look great! Wow what an upgrade from what we’ve had the last two season’s (that is in the kicking dept.) i still think crissy is a joke and we need a new punter as well.

  20. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…

    Yep…No one is doubting Loadholt’s size or strength…

    But many fans are questioning the same thing I question about Webb…

    His TALENT level…

    Not his biological foot print in the history of mankind…

  21. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    and also sorry charlie but you stink at guard as well,Degeare should be starting at left guard.

    Henderson was guessing the wrong holes all night against the niners…we will see if it continues this preseason.

    The linebacking core as a whole needs to step it up as well.

    Smith should start and Sendejo needs to be on the field more,that guy can play the game.

  22. By sabrina on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    hey ca”’t wit hope the vikings do good tiety

  23. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a contract year for phat phil…If he wants the Vikes to show him the money next year, or any other team for that matter,he better get his act together.

  24. By edwin Mr. flamingo on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Tampa 2 – that’s my issue on defense. Can’t we mix it up a lil bit? a good qb will dissect tamp 2 apart if given time. mayb i am wrong but somebody xplain the logic of sticking to it all season long.

  25. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    The tampa two is their base…The Vikes run differant schemes from that base. such as they will man up their corners and play zone or man at safety,but when we lost our two best cb’s last year(cook and winfield) we didn’t have that capability and we sucked in the secondary…Griffen needs to start at L.E.,Robison needs to go back to what he does best…rotate in when Allen and Griffen need a break.

  26. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer..

    I am with you…Can’t wait to see Mario line up against Loadholt…

    You can bet Mario will go over and test Kalil also…But see him going after Loadholt the majority of the time…

  27. By Parody on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

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    That is, of course, if you can’t find a cheaper way to view the game live…

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  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad I saw this article. I thought the game started at 8pm. Whoa, I almost missed the start.

  36. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight…

    You bring up a good point…I will have to try and watch how Charlie does this week…Last week my eyes were glued on watching the foot work with Kalil and Loadholt on the outside most of the time last Friday…

    I didn’t see much of what happened inside the O-line early on…

  37. By Parody on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    “…he becomes especially lethal in crucial situations such as 3rd downs, in the red zone and near the goal line.

    Someone want to explain to Wobby the definition of the Red Zone?

  38. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ever notice how much Wobschall likes the word “vaunted”??

  39. By Parody on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Is it as much as Frazier likes the word “confidence”?

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Tonight we see another possible Superbowl contender play the Vikings. It should be a good test.

  41. By Parody on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oh Titis…EVERYONE is a “possible” Super Bowl contender right now…

  42. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Well that proves the real Titus is back…

    Because Titus might be one of the few on here that thinks the Bills are going to the playoffs this fall…And said that fact many moons ago…

  43. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shouldn’t have to pay a dime on pre-season. Absolutely ridiculous.

  44. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus….I did the same thing thinking the game aired at 8 central. Mostly because I am @ NFL.com a lot. THey list the game as 8PM….

    Getting really tired of hearing about Joe Webb. IMO he will not ever be a starter for MN.

  45. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Most of it is local biased broadcasting, so if your a fan of the opposing team, your gonna have to put up with listening to the announcers playing up their team and criticizing yours.

  46. By Rick on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Fredrick Jones nobody is saying Webb can’t play football. He just isn’t good at QB part of that position is being able to throw the ball to your guys down field not just running the ball however in situations he is a dangerous guy back there which is why I believe they need to focus on having him do anything else but try to be QB just get him the ball in open space and let him use his skills to move the ball

  47. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention Buffalo is my place of origin. I am always confused when the Vikings play the Bills, but I tend to always favor the Vikings. My secret dream is a Superbowl between the two– both 0-4 at the big dance.

  48. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Bills, yea that would be a great SB.

  49. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I would have missed the first half because I was planning on cycling at about 6, but alas, I will take the day off from riding– I really want to see this first half tonight.

  50. By Bluebird7 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Let the Vikings keep Chris Kluwe off the feild, if possible. If he is needed, that means the Offense isn’t doing the job of moving the ball downfield.

  51. By Bluebird7 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

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  52. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    What if…..Cook gets his first career interception?

  53. By edward on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    josh robinson will have a great career and he will have a great year matt kalil really didnt stand out last game. Agree?

  54. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer….id say, about time! Haha

  55. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil didnt stand out……which means he did his job.

  56. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil stands out when Ponder has time to throw…

  57. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    If nobody is talking about the Vikings o-line mid season, then that means they arent doing anything bad. O-lineman never get praise from the media or tv announcers, only criticism when they do something wrong.

  58. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have read a few of those here mentioning Smith as a posible starter this game….I hope you are right. I think he intrigues me the most of our new aquisitions. I would love to see him the highlight reels this week…

  59. By EMP88 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Same here, Smith is gonna be a beast tonite.

  60. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully the coaches know they have a monster on their hands with Smith and are keeping him on the down-low intentionally.

  61. By Derka Derka on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I thought this impostor nonsense was over. Have fun. See ya in another life. I don’t know why I am targeted, but it is not fun for me on here. You did good, impostor. Got what you wanted. I hope you feel like a big man. Adios.
    _________________________________________________________________
    What a blowhard!!!

  62. By Richard1A on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I will be watching for Solomon Elimimien at linebacker or special teams, I still think he gots what it takes!
    Don’t forget, Buffalo bar be q after tonights masacre, buffalo pelts to make your viking clothes, see you at the buffalo bbq and don’t forget to drink the Purple Punch. Same stuff the Vikes drink at the games, Purple Cans of Whoop Ass!

  63. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, I am so popular.

  64. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    The guys on NFL preseason live just said that Ponder has 2 Masters degrees…….Is that even possible for such a young dude? Maybe they meant bach degrees???? Can anyone confirm this?

  65. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Also cant shut up about Cam Newton which is good for me I guess since I scored him on my fantasy team.

  66. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Dam….Solomon isnt playin today

  67. By jaredhasaides on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    test

  68. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Master’s degrees typically take about two years, give or take.

  69. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ummmm Masters takes two years beyond a bach which takes four years………..

  70. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    2+4=? and Ponder has 2 masters???? Has to be a mistake

  71. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not all Masters require a BA in the same field– very possible to do a lot of Masters programs with an unrelated BA.

  72. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sooooo– you could do a BA and then do two different MA’s.

  73. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I understand all this Titus. but just how old is Ponder and can anyone confirm that he actually has 2 masters?

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I heard he received his BA in 2.5 years and then got an MA– I think an MBA. You may be confused by the 2.5 .

  75. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Here we go!!!

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Paul Allen again? Too much caffeine.

  76. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why dont Minnesotans like Paul Allen?

  77. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    He tries to be too clever.

  78. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    game Time! PA on the air!

    titus this is matchup u wanted

  79. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I know– wings are almost ready– going to eat 19.

  80. By TheValentine84 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t we put Griffen in one of the DT spots next to Williams to at least have him on the field… I’m sure he is better than Fred Evans or whoever is going to get that spot. I just want to see more Griffen and he doesn’t see a lot of time at the DE spot. Just sayin’

  81. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Burton could use a haircut..lookin all scruffy

  82. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome Back Percy

  83. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    JEROME

  84. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ #81!

  85. By Parody on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t mind PA. He has a great voice and all. It just seems a little weird with him doing the telecast. I think he’s still doing the radio show too, so he has to tell us of everything that’s going on as we see it, which I’m not used to.

  86. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson is pretty good– he and Aromadishu will be our dynamic duo.
    Toby looks good. And all against a very good defense. Buffalo will be great this year.

  87. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Buff D is on their heels scared … long nite!

  88. By Gabriel on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    GREAT DRIVE

  89. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    You are right Parody– he is used to radio, which is not such a bad thing– he is fast and highly detailed.

  90. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    The other ten players on the team make the quarterback. Yes, he still must make the throws, and the decisions, but there are many, many QBs that might have made it except for the team they played for, didn’t have enough talent on the field. Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, etc.

    You may argue that the great ones of Montana, Tarkenton, Marino, would not have made it if their team was as bad as the Saints, and Patriots of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s.

    Joe Willie Gilliam was another one. Great skills, bad team.
    It is a myth that the QB makes the team great. The truth is it is the team that makes the QB great. You can’t have one without the other!

  91. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sure Fred. We all know that. But the truth is, without a good to great quarterback, we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

  92. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Man, I have a good vibe about this season. Vikings win the division, I can feel it.

  93. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    Playing the Race Card”
    Well, it’s not a game. Racism is a very serious thing
    and it is alive right now with Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.

    American Caucasians are always looking for the great white
    hope. They won’t give up.

    Charles Barkley said it well, “when most people start watching
    a basketball game they immediately count the number of blacks
    and whites on the floor.”

    Racism will never go away, at least not in our lifetimes. Really it’s
    silly because it has been scientifically shown that we are all the same
    race genetically!!!

    Well why wasn’t there a thinking called Vicking, when MICHAEL VICK came into the league. He was unreal running for over 1000 yards!!! And unlike Bobby Douglass he could pass as well.

    And how about Rice-ing. NO ONE dominated football more than JERRY RICE (Except Jim Brown).

    Actually when Rice played all you heard about was Montana or Young.
    Race Card? Huh!!!

    Spencer you use it every day.

  94. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    woohoo Raymond two hustle jacks in a row

  95. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Now that is the way to play football Mistral !!!…

  96. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Well hopefully NOW you understand.

  97. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    spencer, whether i like it or not R. Ellison is already incorpated in to the vikes Offense
    Looks small blocking hugh nfl DE’s but held his own so far

  98. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    “It’s not who you play, it’s when you play them.”
    Bud Grant

    But this has been a fun game so far.

  99. By sandiamond on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ouch might be slight concussion / Cook

  100. By Bacon on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    is harrison a starter?….yes

  101. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    We got a game!

  102. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    Spencer tries to get under everybody’s skin.

  103. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond- how about that boy Jamarca Sanford huh?

    Like i’ve been saying….hes GARBAGE! Gave up that TD.

  104. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see Smith making some plays that will get him some attention. The first offensive drive was almost effortless. 2 sacks though……ouch. 2nd drive was nice as well with the field goal. Not sure what to make of the missed goal from Walsh. Some have said his distance will make up for the occaissional missed goal…..With the firsts off the field now I think the Vikes have been grossly underestimated this season….

  105. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is NOT a quarterback in the NFL.

  106. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wide receiver, running back, corner, etc. – but not a QB.

  107. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin Murphy SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Get your SH!T together dude!!!

  108. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    How is this guy backing up Kalil?

  109. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Dave Dameshek says this about the Vikes this year…”They are legitimately the worst team in the NFL for 2012″ Dave, Dave, Dave…….Not his fault really I guess. I never met anyone named Dave that got a fair shake in life..

  110. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb….51 yard run. That might be all he gets a chance to do.

    They started out with a “full house backfield” (3 running backs and Joe Webb).

    Most of the first stringers are on the side lines. This is not a fair chance for Joe.

  111. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @FAKE TITUS,

    You are not a Vikings.com blogger and you are not a knowledgable fan.

  112. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Joe with two great throws with the second unit! Joe hasn’t had a bad throw this game.

  113. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever. Jones, I will forgive you and overlook your attitude.

  114. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nice Josh!!!!

  115. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a great runner, but can do more than that as a quarterback? Hmm? Jonesy, I want an answer.

  116. By frenum49 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ////////////////////

  117. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Man, with a better throwing quarterback Aromadishu would have had two spectacular catches.

  118. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Robby can guard people!!! The first guy since Winfield that can guard my grandma!

  119. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Fake Titus,

    Jones knows you are just trying to get under Freddie’s skin.

  120. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I guess Fake Titus and f.l. jones are the only people in MN watching the game.

    But then again that makes since…it’s Buffalo!!!

  121. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    sense

  122. By edwin Mr. flamingo on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    titus, you are not TITUS.

  123. By Spencer on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I give the first team offense a B+

    First team defense gets an A

  124. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webbs our best running back.

  125. By KoN on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t you tell that to AP, Smith.

  126. By Matthias on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Secondary what are you doing? You actually play the game how it is meant to be played. Tonight our secondary rocks with some nice pass breakups (Smith, Raymond, Sanford and Robinson). Ponder looks legit right know. Far better decision making then last year. Hopefully our secondary and Ponder continue to play like this during the regular season, too. Right know we can be proud (we always are) to be viking fans. Skol!

  127. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Jones and the real Titus are at opposite ends of the state and we are not the only ones watching. Bills will be in the playoffs this year.

  128. By Matthias on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Anybody out there knowing something about the Chris Cook injury?

    Is out of the game and got a concussion test, too.

  129. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman is tired– I think he said we had only field goals last YEAR against the niners.

  130. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is looking good. Joe Webb is not looking good because of the 2nd unit.

    Robby can guard people. Harrison Smith may be as good as advertised.

    Actually if Buffalo was any good, the Vikings would be a championship team. Maybe they will gain encouragement from this game, and kick it into gear.

    It doesn’t look like we have a lot of depth in the defensive backfield.

  131. By Gabriel on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Im really excited about this offense they look great and i truly beleive Ponder has enough weapons to take this team to the next level. Also add to the fact we are missing our best player, just imagine what we saw with AP. I would get really excited if it wasnt for our division that will make it extremely hard for us to make the playoffs

  132. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @Fake Titus,

    Change your blogger name. Please.

  133. By TITANIUM TITUS on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Now, I remember why I never watch preseason games– boring!

  134. By edwin Mr. flamingo on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    yes FAKE TITUS, CHANGE YOUR BLOGGER NAME

  135. By TITANIUM TITUS on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are hilarious– I am not a fake.

  136. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS AND LOVE ALL BABY!! on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    How is that? Better?

  137. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    yes better. way better

  138. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS AND LOVE ALL BABY!! on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-nfl/20120817/Cowboys-Hot.Seat.Lawsuit/

  139. By edwin Mr. flamingo on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    @ be sane and serious…… that’s a better blog name than you faking the real titus. thanks for changing it. now we can listen to you.

  140. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    W h a t e v e r ! ! !

  141. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    edwin— you just helped prove to everyone that I am the real Titus — BE SANE… is the username I once used way back a couple years ago!

  142. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Those are some great ads for the drunk drivers!

  143. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sherels can guard people. Got ta hang on to dat guy!!!

  144. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sage is gettin hot!!!

  145. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Well the commentators and Spielman and 90% of the bloggers agree– Webb does not look like a quarterback who can read defenses and cannot be successful when defenses prepare for him.

  146. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the power of pinesoil honey!!!

  147. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    TD!!!!!! Audie Cole pick-6!!!!!!

  148. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    James used to be my friend.

  149. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    We got whipped by the 49ers, just like we whipped the Buffalo Bills.

    DON’T GET TOO EXCITED!!!

  150. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    2 pick sixes in a row for Audie Cole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  151. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to the roster brother!

  152. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Audie Cole for President !!!…Having fun now !!!..hahaha

  153. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    FAKE FRED, go away! The real Jones is not a Negative Nelly.

  154. By Frederick Jones on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’M NOT TALKING TO ANYONE NAMED TITUS, bsas, OR ANY OF THE DERIVATIVES UNTIL YOU PROVE THAT YOU ARE HIM.

    We have posted each other on Vikings.com for more than 3 years, you should know what to say.

    I believe that this “Titus” is an imposter, so I refuse to repond to him/her.

  155. By Smith on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    That’s Vikings Footbal! No way we finish anywhere near last this season.

  156. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    What happen to Mr. Smiff from Trinidad?

  157. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    It is the real Titus here– don’t know how I can convince anyone, but I don’t care anymore— this is ridiculous.

  158. By DRS on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    not the real Titus.

  159. By DRS on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Way too many errors.

  160. By rocksalt on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you are the real Titus, then tell us what I do?

  161. By ozzinator on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I can answer that Bathsalt, you’re a spinster for the DNC.

  162. By iaVIKE on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    And you are the toilet paper for Titus, ozzinator.

  163. By ozzinator on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha ha good one Rocky. That’s funny, I don’t care who you are!

  164. By Rocksalt on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    wizzinator…..the voice of corporate greed and military spending…..

  165. By ozzinator on Aug 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I’m a real corporate guy Bath.
    Time to update your Democrat playbook. Worn out hyperbole.

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