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6 Vikings-Lions Storylines To Watch This Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 26, 2012 – 6:30 am

The Vikings may be coming off a momentum-generating win last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but they have redemption on their mind this week. This weekend the Vikings will travel to Detroit for a battle against the Lions, a team that swept the season series from them a season ago. The season sweep for Detroit was their first over the Vikings since 1997, and the Lions have now won the past three games against the Vikings.

There’s a lot to talk about in previewing this matchup, and we’ll get it started by pointing out 6 storylines we’ll be chasing this week…

1. Jerome Simpson Debuts For Vikings
The Vikings signed WR Jerome Simpson last April and he immediately developed a rapport with QB Christian Ponder, an encouraging development for the Vikings as they looked to add speed and explosiveness to their passing game. Simpson had to serve a 3-game suspension to begin the season. That suspension is now over, and Simpson was reinstated to the team on Monday. A big question this week is: How will Simpson fit into the Vikings offense?

We saw quite a bit of Simpson during the offseason program and training camp. Then we saw him briefly in the preseason, with the highlight being a 33-yard catch-and-run in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills in which he caught a quick slant and hurdled a defender before being tackled downfield. That’s the kind of athleticism that has many expecting Simpson to add some flare to this Vikings passing attack. This week we get to see Simpson in the Vikings offense during the regular season for the first time.

2. Vikings First (and last, for a while) Crack At Division Opponent
Sunday’s contest marks the first divisional test for the Vikings, and it’ll be the Lions first game in the NFC North, too. The Lions will jump right back into divisional play in three weeks, with a Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. But the Vikings won’t see a division opponent again until Week 10, when they host the Lions at Mall of America Field. It’s an odd scheduling quirk for the Vikings, as they play just two divisional games in the first 11 weeks of the season, and both of those divisional games are against the same opponent.

The Vikings are keepers of the NFC North, boasting more division titles since their inception into the League in 1961 than any other franchise. Lately, though, the Vikings have not taken care of business within the division. The Vikings last division win was September 26, 2010 at home against these Lions, and their last road win in the division was on November 1, 2009 at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. This week the Vikings have a chance to start regaining supremacy within the division.

3. Can Ponder Keep It Going vs. Lions Pass Defense?
Vikings QB Christian Ponder is off to a solid start in 2012. He’s completing 70.1% of his passes, good for 2nd in the NFL, and he has generated a passer rating of 104.9, good for 5th in the NFL. On the flip side, only four teams are allowing opposing QBs to complete a higher percentage of their passes than the Lions, and only three teams have yielded a higher opponents’ passer rating that the Lions. Can Ponder keep it going against Detroit? Don’t be surprised if the game comes down to that question. Granted, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a per-carry average of 5.2 yards and 8 rushing TDs against Detroit in 9 games, so a large focus for both teams when the Vikings have the ball will be on the running game. But whether it’s because the Vikings want to be aggressive, the Lions slow down the Vikings ground game, or the Vikings need a quick score late in the game, there’s a good chance Ponder will have an opportunity to test this Lions pass defense.

4. Lions vs. Harvin, Vikings vs. Megatron
A wide receiver has been the most dynamic weapon for each of these offenses during the young season. For the Vikings, it’s been Percy Harvin. He leads the NFL with 27 receptions and he’s 7th in receiving yards as well. When you combine his receiving and rushing yards, Harvin has 319 total yards (30% of the Vikings offensive output).

For the Lions, Calvin Johnson has led the way. He’s 3rd in the NFL with 24 receptions and 1st with 369 yards. While he has just 1 TD to this point, Johnson does have 9 plays already of 20+ yards (the next closest Lions has 2) and he has accounted for twice as many 1st downs (18) as any other Lions non-QB.

A big factor in this week’s game, obviously, will be how each team’s defense fares in neutralizing the opponent’s #1 threat. The difficulty for Detroit is how versatile Harvin can be because the Vikings line him up everywhere, from the slot to out wide to in the backfield and then of course as a kickoff returner. The difficulty for the Vikings is Johnson’s size-speed combination. He simply overpowers defenders of all types.

5. Vikings Offensive Line Faces Another Nasty Defensive Line
Not many defensive fronts have been nastier than the San Francisco 49ers the past couple seasons. Last Sunday, though, the Vikings offensive line was even nastier. They paved the way for Vikings rushers to gain 146 yards – the most any team has gained on the ground against the 49ers since 2010 – and offense as a whole generated 344 yards, which is the 5th highest total against the 49ers over their last 19 games. It may have been the offensive line’s best performance over the past two seasons.

The time for looking back on that performance is over, though, because the Vikings offensive line has another tough assignment this week. While the numbers through three games don’t necessarily show it, this is a talented Detroit defensive line. A pair of disruptive DTs – N’Damukong Suh and Cory Williams – anchor the line and then left DE Cliff Avril and right DE Kyle Vanden Bosch come from the edge. Nick Fairley adds good depth at DT as well, and this group of 5 players have accounted for all 7.0 of the Lions sacks this season. The Lions have permitted 13 rushes of 10+ yards this season (3rd worst in the NFL) and they’ve forced just 4 three-and-out drives (tied for fewest in NFL), so there are opportunities for the Vikings offensive line to expose flaws.

6. Is This The Week Adrian Peterson Registers A Breakout Performance?
Adrian Peterson’s comeback from knee surgery has been remarkable. His presence in the lineup for Week 1 was inspirational to both his teammates and fans, and he’s played an important role in both of the Vikings victories this season. But he’s yet to have a trademark Adrian Peterson performance in 2012 – the kind of performance that keeps fans on the edge of their seats the entire game. Peterson has gained 84, 60 and 86 yards in his first three games, and he’s averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Not bad, but again, it’s not the standard Peterson has created over his first five seasons.

This week presents Peterson with a great chance to author a signature performance. The Lions have a talented and deep defensive line, but as we pointed out in headline #5, this is a defense that has allowed 13 explosive runs already this season. On top of that, Peterson has a great track record against the Lions. In 9 career games against Detroit, Peterson has 169 carries for 892 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 8 rushing TDs. In his second career game against the Lions back in 2007, Peterson ran for 116 yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries, and he followed that up with a pair of 100-yard rushing games in 2008. In November of 2009, Peterson rushed for 133 yards and 2 TDs on 18 attempts, and the next season on September 26 he rushed for 160 yards and 2 more TDs on 23 carries, including his career-long rushing TD of 80 yards.


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129 Responses to “6 Vikings-Lions Storylines To Watch This Week”

  1. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    First off,The big secret is simply do not turn the ball over and second do not get caught in a stupid penalty,and score touchdowns when were in the red zone ,,,,,keep in mind it has not been our talent which lost the Colts game it was a series of the most stupid penalties I have ever seen our team committ grant it the refs may have had a little to do with that ,but when you see us play mistake free we are as talented as any team out there,it showed last week what we can do when we are playing a mistake free game … This team will shock the NFL but we as fans know we have a contender NOW…..

  2. By vikes or die on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    All I know is we cant go into Mo town and play flat, lifeless football. The lions can put up bunch of points in a hurry, and there “D” as we all know likes to play nasty. Hopefully our offensive and defensive line will again play with great intensity and it spills over through out the team. I know, over all, we are a better football team, but Detroit is very dangerous.. We just need to lay the SMACK DOWN again!!!!!!!!

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have never doubted the talent on the team this year…

    But can the Vikings coaching staff keep an open mind…

    To an open game plan ???…

  4. By Saddy on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    The key is catching them by surprise, the first pass should be a play fake by drawing defense to think it’s a run by AP and a deep pass to Jerome for a gain or even a touchdown just like how we started against packers last year.

    This will keep the defense in pass defense mode and AP will get his yards if this happens.

  5. By jason on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    i think this game is going to be huge for us i see peterson having a good game and percy with two touchdowns one recepton and the other on a run or a kick off return just wait and see skol baby skol

  6. By #1fanvikings on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think if the they protect Christian ponder n play clean without penalties we might win and maybe this Sunday Peterson can be a BIG problem for lions. Obviously Rudolph will play amazing nobody can stop him. We need another receiver we do have harvin but to be an explosive team we need another receiver see how Jerome works. Hope he helps the team. My prediction is Vikings 31 lions 21. If we win expect a big year for Vikings this year! Packers are falling apart now:)we have a chance

  7. By #1fanvikings on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ohh n can somebody tell me what’s goin on with Carlson. I expect him to explode on this game and if not just live him time but I expect a big game from him

  8. By garrett1212 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lets keep letting Ponder throw the ball and pound it with AP. We can get to predictable running on 1st and 2nd down every series. I believe this was big change in offense play calling against SF that led to our victory. Just need to manage Megatron as much as possible. I’m finally glad fans are becoming pleased with Ponder and not calling for Webb as lots had done all through preseason and last year. Ponder is showing lost of promise. Definite franchise quarterback if continuing to progress in the fashion he has this year.

  9. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    First off don’t worry about Ponder play level as long as Musgrave gives him freedom he will do well. Harvin will do amazing as long as he is used like the deadly weapon he is and not a decoy.
    The only questions is will Cook be able to hold up against Megacheater? He face mask alot of people. The other one is who of the speedy guys will come out on top Robinson or Young?

  10. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    AP always comes to play against Detroit.

  11. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    How dare you question Peterson. Wobby back to your hole. Stay there till you learn some respect for the players as well as the fans.

  12. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Never question him again.

  13. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Christian Ponder is the Minnesota Vikings QB

  14. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    worked OTK! somebody finally asked themselves “what’s wrong with this picture?”

  15. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Christian Ponder

  16. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    WE CAN FINALLY SAY CHRISTIAN PONDER!!!!

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  17. By Vikings1 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer

    Glad to see that you are onboard with Ponder, hope you don’t have to shine many more shoes for Titus.

  18. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Im onboard, but I still not 100% sold, wanna see more from him.

  19. By HolseDK on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    This will be a very exciting week leading up to this game and there are actually some things that have struck me since the last weeks games that encourages me heading into Ford Field!

    1) Matt Stafford is banged up. No official statement yet, but word on the street is that it’s a hip and/or hamstring-injury. The Lions find themselves in kind of a tough spot at 1-2. Shaun Hill led the team to OT but the Lions know that he is no Matthew Stafford. But would they start Stafford if he’s not 100%? Yeah, I probably think so, because they can’t afford to go 1-3 and lose at home against a “must-beat” team inside the division. But a limited Stafford would be a huge problem for the Lions. Blitzes, pressures and a hopefully a lot of penetration by the front 4 could force Stafford on the run. Flush Stafford outside the pocket and you might be looking at sacks, strips and stupid decisions downfield, which could lead to turnovers. And he’s not that good outside the pocket. Exciting!
    2) How about the Lions not having any tape of what we could possibly come out with on offense? John Carlson has been nearly invisible, as far as i know solid in blocking, but yet to show something in the passing game. Jerome Simpson gets back. How is Musgrave going to utilize his talents? Obviously he is expected to be the one who adds a serious speed element to the downfield passing game, which would ultimately open up more running-lanes and space for Peterson and Harvin. But Jerome has shown his abilities to turn a 5-yard catch into a 25-yard gain as well – and that would mean Ponder can continue his (very nice) approach about not having to force something that’s not there. But if you’re the Lions, how are you gonna defend both? And how about Jarius Wright as a #3 “speedster” in some spread-packages?
    3) Everyone talks about covering Megatron and that might be the first priority. But he has only caught one TD which came from Hill (not Stafford) and Cook seemed to have a pretty good grip on him last year and the thing he did well against Randy Moss (although he is not nearly as explosive as Megatron) was that he played with a 5 yard distance that limited the big plays and abled him to wrap up tackles for shorter yardage. Hope he does well! Robinson got the interception and newcommer AJ Jefferson showed that he is able to line up man-to-man and had great coverage on Vernon Davis. Winfield played a great game shedding tackles to make stops, had good coverage and seemed to put some effort behind his spoken words about this team not buying into the perception that this team is supposed to be bad.

    And the 49’ers game showed that we’re not a bad team. A young team that will make some mistakes, yes, but actually a quite talented group and my feeling is that the recent W made the team aware of the fact. Have a nice week fellow Vikings. Feel free to comment. It’s a lot more fun to talk about football when it’s positive!

  20. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs !!!…AWESOME MY FRIEND !!!…

    Christian is such a great name…

    Glad we can finally use it !!!…

    Thank you…

  21. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lions update: http://www.detroitlions.com/news/article-1/Wednesday-Breakfast-with-Tim-and-Mike-What-to-make-of-the-current-NFC-North-standings/51f78579-297d-47a9-b281-237e22e7eb2d

  22. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Stafford did not practice today but was on the sidelines with no limp. He either has a nagging glute or hamstring muscle injury. I think he will play but would be limited in running full speed away from Jared and Brian!
    Also he uses that right leg to plant down with those hard throws

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has been my guy for a LONG time…I was one of the few fans blogging hard way back when to draft Ponder…Even if it meant using the 12th pick overall…

    I just smiled when I saw Christian sell that shoulder fake on the right side on a pass play last Sunday…

    Ponder just keeps learning…You see little bits and pieces every week now…And he is really starting to trust the pocket a little more each week also…

    Just fun to watch…

  24. By vikingd12 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Is it just me or does that Ponder kid remind anyone of “Scramblin Fran” .He sure looks like ole’ #10 .The way way he made tha run for Minnys second TD.He also has the same throwing motion as Tarkenton as in the toss to Rudolf for the first score …just saying thats all. If the O line continues to give him time and he can keep plays going with his legs and accuracy with his arm …..this team is set at QB even if he is not the second coming of Sir Francis…..not yet but…..Skol Go VIKES next up on the menu Staffordshire Pudding

  25. By vikingd12 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Purple Gang ivites you to a feast at the Siverdome….on this week’s menu Staffordshire Pudding with Lion’s biscuits …skol Go Vikes

  26. By yikesitsthevikes on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    PONDER no more Minnesota! we’ve found a qb

  27. By QB on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikingd12, I was thinking the exact same thing about Ponder. A couple times a game when he leaves the pocket, his stature, or something makes me think of Fran. I really like his touch also, really drops the ball in some tight spots.

  28. By habs001 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great win vs the Niners .. the team still is a long way from showing that they can win on the road…The type of passing game San Fran has the Vikings handle well…The big test will be vs the teams that the pass d has been terrible the last few years

  29. By Rick on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope the vikings don’t play flat after their big win. To me this game depends on our defense. This is a lions team that can put up some big numbers in a short amount of time. I believe the vikings can win this thing as long as they keep their heads in the game and don’t commit any costly penalties. Our offense should shine against these guys and i’m predicting a 13 point win by the Vikes

  30. By steven on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    anyone notice how much play clock the vikings are eating up this year

  31. By No Name on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    All of you gushers pouring syrup on Ponder! Will be surprised if he and Titus don’t catch Diabetes of the blowhole.

  32. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Let them start Stafford ,it will fit into Jared getting back on track ,and the rest of the Vikings can go blitz crazy,Adrian has always been able to blow up Lions def. Simpson presents a big Problem to Lions they havent seen him yet, throw in Jarious and they will be really confused ,we have an opportunity here to really throw the Lions off.A good gameplan here would go along wayyyyyysssss.

  33. By Bdup on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Shut the heII up “No Name”(DeerTracks)

  34. By VegasVike on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone know if Simpson has been able to practice with the team these last 3 weeks?

  35. By twr on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    a good offence gives the defence a chance to catch their breath. Keep it up vikes fun to watch. Go DEFENCE looking good. BAAAARRRRROOOOOOO

  36. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs is the best blogmaster EVER!!!! EVER!!!

  37. By Bdup on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bdup is the same Horses Ass, who can’t tell the difference between.

  38. By Bdup on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    What do you know about who is the best blogmaster of all time?

  39. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have faith that Cook can contain Megatron to an extent, just let him play man-coverage. None of that 10yds away from the WR zone BS.

  40. By Bdup on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    IaVike(Bdup) Two cow turds in the same bucket.

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings over the Lions by 17!

  42. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lions by 10, until the secondary shows that they can defend the pass, I will always pick the opponent.

  43. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is a Lions fan!

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly, the Vikings better be prepared– the Lions are going to come out like the Vikes did against the Niners– hard, fast, and ready to fight! This will be a tough game– Vikes better be ready to rumble.

  45. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lions face 1-3 if they lose– so they will come out with aggression.

  46. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    THE FOLLOWING IS IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM. If AP feels he has to prove something after such comments and goes harder than he should at this stage of his recovery, then shame on Wobbles. What a thing to post. I hope AP does not read it and let it enter his psyche.

    6. Is This The Week Adrian Peterson Registers A Breakout Performance?
    Adrian Peterson’s comeback from knee surgery has been remarkable. His presence in the lineup for Week 1 was inspirational to both his teammates and fans, and he’s played an important role in both of the Vikings victories this season. But he’s yet to have a trademark Adrian Peterson performance in 2012 – the kind of performance that keeps fans on the edge of their seats the entire game. Peterson has gained 84, 60 and 86 yards in his first three games, and he’s averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Not bad, but again, it’s not the standard Peterson has created over his first five seasons.

  47. By Lance on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have faith in cook. He is a big fast corner, remember a year ago he kept calvin in check pretty good when covering and also vincent jackson as well. This is what cook does best! Maybe not an interception machine but he does well defending those big name receivers!

    Also, what of that CB we picked up from arizona? I seen winfield playing VERY well and robinson’s only highlight to me was an interception that was thrown right at him! The safety’s did well last week too Harrison and Sanford. Linebackers have been great all year! in my opinion. So to be honest I am not as worried about our defense in this game. I think it will be a close low scoring game that special teams will need to be perfect in order for us to come out on top. this means NOT allowing huge punt and kick off returns! Setting us up in good field position with ours will be key in this road victory for us!

  48. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    This Sunday’s game will be a true test of what we have this season. It will be no picnic, trust Titus.

  49. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    This will be Cooks 16th game played in the National Football League.

    His first game was against the Lions.

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, that is so touching. Hand me a tissue please.

  51. By iaVIKE on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Check out the link i put up on the other blog

  52. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- Why do you hate this man?

  53. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus hates no one.

  54. By odark30 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    This is going to be a high scoring game that will be decided by our defense. I do not see us having any problems running or passing against the Lions. Bad timing with Mistral injured. We could sure use him in the secondary.

  55. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier says Simpson will be used ‘often’ during Sunday’s game. J Wright is also back in the lineup after the coaches held him one more week to be safe

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/09/26/lions-stafford-held-out-practice/

    injury report hurting for DET

    Vikings gaining ‘steam’ every day of late…

  56. By snook on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    peterson should run more outside

  57. By odark30 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Not to state the obvious but it looks like Detroit is bracing for impact….
    http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Week-after-week-Adrian-Peterson-and-Calvin-Johnson-produce-in-the-face-of-the-opponent-game-plan/c9813138-b1ab-4a9a-a0f7-239a24fc538b

  58. By Woodboat on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone know who they released to make room for Simpson?

  59. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    vikings got an extension on the deAL. Cut due thursday by 3

  60. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Release Brandon Burton.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, Jones says again that Peterson will have a big day when the O Line has a big day. Having Simpson in the lineup might help.

    The Vikings can beat Detroit City.

  62. By Frederick Jones on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Release Spencer.

  63. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer
    Cook played against the Lions last year. He covered Calvin pretty well. Then for some reason Ced was put on him and that lead to a TD.

  64. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    One great WR in Harvin and one pretty good WR in Simpson will open up running lanes for AP.

  65. By Frederick Jones on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings have got to take the crowd out of the game in Detroit this week, and not get upset when they come back into the game, because they will!

    I think the Vikings will finish 8-8 like I have been saying since last season. Naturally Jonesie hopes that he is wrong!

    Kalil is having an awesome season. Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith are great additions to the D Backfield.

    We still had 3 running back sacks, and really all three were the fault of the O Line.

  66. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    @HMG

    Last season Cook played on the left side, and Ced played on the right. The Lions realized that Ced was clearly the weaker Corner so they rolled Megatron to Ced’s side and he played great.

  67. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    After this Sunday’s game Cook will make you guys all a believer, buhlee dat!

  68. By odark30 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas likes Detroit to win 4.5 point favorites at home. The also called the Niners favorites by 7.5 last week so…………..

  69. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Jo Ro is gonna be great. A truly good corner.

  70. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Who would have thought the the Vikings would have 2 count them 2 promising young corners.

  71. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer
    I misread your thing and thought it said it would be his first time playing the Lions. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
    See Wobby I made a mistake and am now apologizing.

  72. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    J-Rob hasnt shown me that he can be a great Corner in this league. Hes been matched up against the “weaker” WR’s and hasn’t shown all that much IMO.

    Gotta see much more from him.

  73. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Josh looks like a younger faster Winfield. He is only 21 and will develop into a stud.

  74. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    But in fairness to Josh Robinson he has shown me that he is a willing and capable tackler. Something Cook is clearly not.

  75. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Which is what has me liking Robinson so much. You hardly ever see a young CB who wants to tackle. They usually just go after the ball and get burnt in the process. But Josh has the skills and desire to be great.

  76. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    good point spencer and Smith is equal as well. More DB’s like this in the future would be great for the team

  77. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yes!Yes!Yes!

  78. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    J-Rob is young so I think we should start AJ Jefferson over him. Let him grow and turn into a future start for us. The secondary has a bright future!

  79. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Jefferson came up big on a 3rd down play against the 9ers.

  80. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    well look spencer, thought titus young was 6’2 haha

    Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

    Weight: 174 lb (79 kg)

  81. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Josh needs to be on him. No other DB the Vikings have is as fast as Young.

  82. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Watch out, the playground bully is on campus.

  83. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Fred, can you post an original piece once in a while? I read that same post from you yesterday.

  84. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Fred has always been repeating posts. Its his schtick.

  85. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, Sherels needs to step it up for the team! If not for the emergence of a new returner he might have been the Xman out

    I thought you coached this kid well

  86. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Let Fred be Fred. He is not hurting you right?

  87. By vikes or die on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think our offense will open up more and more each week. Its a building process. We have new faces all over the place. We are coming along very well and we will get much better, I believe. Like they say, Ya got to walk before you can run. Go Vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Likewise HMG– let Titus be Titus. I am what I am. And I am .

  89. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I just don’t want to hear everyone cry if the Lions beat us. People may think because we beat the Niners that we have arrived. We are definitely on the right track, but Lions will be tough to beat for a number of reasons

    — they are our divisional opponent
    –they are a playoff caliber team
    –their crowd in a dome can be as loud as our dome
    — Lions can play dirty on D and will test our young O Line and Ponder
    —Lions are defending their home turf at 1-2– they will be motivated to not go 1-3

  90. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    You can be who you are with out disrespecting others blogging techniques.

  91. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just because someone repeats the same thing over and over again does not make their opinion any less valid.

  92. By vikes or die on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I agree the Lions are a dangerous team, but a think we are alot better football team then we were last year. I have my money on the Vikes baby!!

  93. By H.M.G. on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will win in a hard fought highly contested game.

  94. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    HMG– who anointed you Sheriff? Besides, I never commented on the validity of Fred’s posts AND Fred and I go way back. So back off– stop meddling.

  95. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I pick the Vikings by 13.

  96. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 34, Lions 21. Allen with six sacks. Greenway with two.

  97. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/several-reports-indicate-deal-between-nfl-officials-imminent-023915580–nfl.html

  98. By Bigfan1 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Vikes can pull out a tough road win.

  99. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mark my words- this game will tell all. We win– we are playoff bound. We lose, we are 8-8.

  100. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    NFL, REFEREES UNION REACH AGREEMENT

  101. By vegasvike on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you all for answering my question

  102. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just checked out the expert picks on ESPN– Only two picked the Vikes, Good old Cris Carter picked the Lions– he picked the Jaguars in week one– was he a Viking or not?

  103. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hes a realist.

  104. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    No one is picking the Jets over San Fran– not so sure about that. It is in New York.

  105. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Here ya go Vegasvike…Report on Simpson…No, he could not practice with the team the last 3 weeks while on suspension…He had to keep himself in shape…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1225451.html

  106. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    No one chose the Saints to beat GB — I will pick the Saints to beat the Pack at Lambeau. Oh yeah.

  107. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I am a realist too.

  108. By Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Whose better, Ced or Cook?

  109. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand? Do you mean who’s as in who is?

  110. By vegasvike on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Thank YOU OTKalil2012! That should bode well for us.

  111. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    VegasVike!! How you doin?

  112. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sanford back in that D to create turnovers. Watch for a big game from #33. Who will get that 2nd INT Sunday?

    Cook,Sanford,Winfield,Smith

  113. By BMF on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Realism is losing all its meaning.

  114. By vegasvike on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Is that the real Titus? Doin vs doing? I’m doin good, working WAY too much and have not been able to keep up with y’all. Saw the niner game and loved it.

  115. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    The one and only– That Niner game was a thing of beauty.

  116. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Belichick fined 50K for grabbing an official.

  117. By vikes or die on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Its a good thing I am not a head coach in the NFL, because I would have been ban for life for trying to strangle one of those officials. Ha!

  118. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus and Sandiamond,

    Let Fred be Fred, or he will turn red, then go to bed, and maybe wind up dead!!!

    How’s that for new stuff from the Jones boy!

  119. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Watch Belichick if the Patriots wind up being a losing team. Then we will see if he is a “genius” or not.

    Leslie Frazier is a genius!!!

  120. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    H.M.G.

    Thank you for your support of THE JONES.

  121. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    Marcus Sherels should get some opportunities to play some DB. He, along with Josh Robinson are probably our best coverage guys — at least according to Jones!

  122. By H.M.G. on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    When this lawless land needs order I will be there.

  123. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Bring it on Sheriff!

  124. By Bdup on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Well, mcTitus, here I am! Big mouth and all! burp.

  125. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, that is what BDUP stands for? Thanks for clarifying.

  126. By RichardA1 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    The key is to have and use a relentless never ending attacking ruthless defense, feared by all! even our offense, just so happens thats exactly what the Vikings have.

  127. By Yo on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    the problem for Detroit is that Megatron is it. No running game no one else to help out at the skill positions.

    P.S. how long before Calvin leaves the way barry couldn’t?

  128. By RichardA1 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    There starting to look teamy, like they know whay they are doing! like there not runing into each other trying to play there position Wasn’t that delicious!! roasted Lion and free Lion skinned animal pelts, can’t wait for next week!!!

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