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Emptying Out The Vikings-Lions Notebook

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 2, 2012 – 3:09 pm

The Vikings will begin on-field preparations for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, and that means we’ll begin previewing the matchup on Wednesday as well. But it also means we have several more hours to digest last Sunday’s win.

Before we move on to Vikings-Titans, let’s empty out the Vikings-Lions notebook…

Handling Success
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier disclosed an interesting observation following his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago.

“The way we prepared this week, you knew we were going to play good football,” Frazier said immediately after the 49ers win. “I didn’t say that about our team before we played Indy. We did not handle the success against Jacksonville the right way, and I mentioned that to our players. We came back this week and our guys were locked in and focused throughout the week, and it showed the way we played.”

With Frazier making that observation about his team, it was interesting to see how the Vikings responded to their second victory of the season during the week of preparation for the Lions game. The team was focused all week, and it showed as they put together a solid win at Ford Field. In fact, Frazier said in his post-game comments in Detroit that he thought the team’s practice on Friday was their best Friday practice of the season.

“We’ve been hitting on it,” Frazier said, “from that Indy game on, just how important the focus and the preparation have to be every single week.”

Simpson’s Deep Impact
Jerome Simpson returned to the lineup amid much fanfare on Sunday. The Vikings offense has moved the ball efficiently for most of the season, but many are still clamoring for more downfield production from the Vikings passing attack. While Simpson didn’t haul in a long TD reception, he was still able to use his explosive athletic ability to be a factor in the passing game.

Simpson drew a pair of pass interference penalties on passes deep down the side line in the 1st half – one for 26 yards and another for 31 yards – and both penalties eventually led to points for the Vikings. Then late in the game with the Vikings trying to gain a 1st down to help run out the clock, QB Christian Ponder lofted a pass down the left sideline and Simpson out-jumped a defender to make the catch and give the offense some breathing room.

When all was said and done, Simpson finished as the Vikings leading receiver with 4 receptions for 50 yards.

Said Frazier of Simpson’s impact: “Those PI (pass interference) penalties, to give us the field position they gave us, the threat that he gives us vertically, that catch he made late in the fourth quarter, that’s a big time catch. Great throw by Christian but that was pretty good coverage by that defensive back, but to make the play on the ball the way he did, we need that. Very, very impressed with some of the things he did in the short time we’ve had him.”

No Hitch For Peterson
Adrian Peterson looked in prime form at Ford Field. He’s historically done well against Detroit, and he only added to his impressive totals vs. the division rival on Sunday. Peterson gained 102 yards on 21 carries, giving him his 28th career 100-yard rushing game and his 6th such game against the Lions.

Peterson displayed the extra gear, burst and elusiveness that he’s always had, and Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier spoke about it on Monday.

“He looked more like the Adrian of old than at any point in this young season,” Frazier said. “He had some runs that showed the strength, the power, the elusiveness that we’ve seen in the past and it was just great to see. There was no hitch anywhere. He looked good.”

Peterson’s 28 career 100-yard rushing games is just one shy of the Vikings franchise record of 29, which is held by Robert Smith. Also, Peterson is now just 6 TDs away from passing Chuck Foreman for 4th on the Vikings all-time TDs list.

Ponder Protecting The Ball
The biggest improvement in Ponder’s play through the first 4 games of 2012 is the command he demonstrates in directing the Vikings offense. He does not look hesitant or unsure, he doesn’t panic in the face of pressure or when he can’t find a receiver, and he doesn’t make irresponsible throws.

A season ago, that was not the case. Ponder had as many INTs (13) as TD passes (13), and he completed just 54.3% of his passes. This season is a different story. Ponder has completed 68.3% of his passes and he’s yet to throw an INT; Ponder has not thrown an INT in his last 124 pass attempts.

NFL defenses are good, so eventually they get to even the best of the best passers. Mistakes are bound to happen at this level of play, but Ponder has shown that A) he has the ability to limit mistakes, and B) he has the proper mindset to bounce back quickly when a mistake does happen.


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53 Responses to “Emptying Out The Vikings-Lions Notebook”

  1. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Let Ponder sling it, open it up a bit

  2. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    But giving Ponder freedom to do his thing would mean going against the sleeping OC Musgrave’s wishes.

  3. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    You want a game plan for winning try scoring till the D can stop you. Not playing conservative but instead go all out.

  4. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    But Billy boy in his semi comatose state will not do that. Instead when the Vikings get into the redzone he will suddenly awaken and call for a stupid wildcat play instead of usein Ponder’s favorite target Rudolph. Then just as suddenly slip into his coma.

  5. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    See I can talk about things that do not involve insulting “The Great Journalist in the World” Wobschall.

  6. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    *Greatest* correction

  7. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    All hail Wobby!

  8. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    WOBBY! WOBBY! WOBBY!

  9. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby is my hero…

  10. By RichardA1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Purple Munchers defense needs to show up, griffeth looked awesome, the Defense is developing into something, something freightening to play against! We need some trick plays, laterals, the play where the running back throws it, the one where a receiver catchs it, then tosses it to a receiver running by.

  11. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather they keep the offense simple but effective. You don’t see the Patriots dueing overly convoluted things now do ya and they scored 50 points this week.

  12. By BlueBird7 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @RichardA1 You say we need some trick plays? Good idea. However, wouldn’t that be where Joe Webb would come into play? Ooops, thats’ right, you really are not a Webb fan, right?

  13. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby will you come off your great pedestal and join us commoners?
    Can I shake your hand?
    Look at your shoes?
    Wash your car?
    Please Greatest of Greats?

  14. By DeerTracks on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Save your time and effort, Bluebird…No one else except maybe Fred and Spencer believe anything good about Joe.

  15. By BlueBird7 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s worth a shot, Tracks.

  16. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Master Wobby please forgive all the insults I have thrown at you. I know you only lie to and disrespect us Viking fans because you care so much.

  17. By iaVIKE on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    You enjoying talkin to yourself there Deertracks/Bluebird??

  18. By dieseldog on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    When will Musgrave wake up and stop calling the “roll out right” play where Ponder runs 10 yards back and trys throwing accross his body to Rudolph?

  19. By iaVIKE/Other Person on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Got you again!!!

  20. By RichardA1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am a Webb fan, he is a awesome runner, they should use him as a receiver or out of the backfield, maybe even defensive back, he has got superstar talent, the point I made is he is sitting on the bench doing nothing, a waste.

  21. By T.HARRIS on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Exactely H.M.G keep the pressure on give them a big dose of Percy the whole game that’s what he wanted anyway.Don’t slack off everyteam needs to be fearful of Percy,AP,Rudolph,and Simpson.

  22. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    When will Musgrave stop being boring with play calling? Probably never. Will Billick come back and OC for us/head coach

  23. By LilBuckDaDon on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to get more explosive with the downfield plays.. let simpson go deep like Tory smith do in Baltimore.

    Let percy and joe webb get it in the backfield a lil more… and take carlson out because he is a waste of time.. put ellison in

  24. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings are 3-1. They have beaten two 2011 playoff teams. Yet, people are still down on Coaching personell. UNBELIEVABLE!

  25. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    In other words, SHUT THE FREAK UP!

  26. By caliviking88 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    everyone needs to start showing brandon fusco some props

  27. By Vikings4life on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Haha you guys are so incredible,What do you think the 1st thing Defenses meetings talk about when facing the Vikings, No not AP cause he’s going to get the ball handed to him and you can manage him but you cannot stop him instead its Percy Harvin. Look at what the Lions did that is exactly what to expect from D’s, They are going to take away all those quick screens to percy cause that has been the bread and butter of this offense, making ponder stay in the pocket and make his reads. He has done a great Job and hopefully just continues getting better every week, we need both our TE’s more involved early, attack the middle of the field, we have two starting caliber TE’s who are both above average pass catchers. Dont give up in Joe Webb its his first year full time at QB after a whole year learning this offense, if ponder gets hurt we have a great Back up but realize that Speilman will never have Joe start over Christian

  28. By Vikings4life on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Carlson a waste of time? Yea trust this guy he has seen Carlson catch 1 ball and already knows what he will bring to the team. GENIOUS! Seriously are you related to Einstein?

  29. By Vikings4life on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lil Buck Dont you think we would if Jerome had the same speed as Torrey? And more importantly if Ponder was Joe Flacoe, Why do people want ponder to do stuff that he cannot do yet. Throw the deep ball and risk turning the ball over or work the field like an offense? You dont just Throw the deep ball to throw the deep ball you have to have a QB and a WR who can both consistantly do so. Ponder has surpased expectations, we have AP, Percy, Rudolph great weapons plus Simpson, the last thing this team needs is to get ahead of itself and start thinking they can be something they are not. They are a run first team that constructs long drives to take time off the clock and wear down a Defense.

  30. By Vikings4life on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    H.G.M is the biggest Coward I’ve ever seen, he should hold his head in shame every morning as he signs on to anonymously post hate toward Wobby on the team he supposedly loves, but really does not cause somehow he is complaining about being at three wins which is what we finished last year and had you lived through last year as a true Vikings Fan you would never be spewing your hate everywhere like someone cares.

  31. By odark30 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am gonna say this once…….
    Those that have the ability to do so, need to loosen up the tag words for banned posts on this site. It is just ridiculous that a person can spend the time to write what they feel on whatever topic without malice, hostility, vulgarity etc etc. only to have it disappear into nothingness after hitting the submit button.

    You cant prevent ANYONE from being a caulk sukking vaggot ass punching f***ing doosh……so dont try

  32. By Spencer on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Easy there odark…

  33. By T.HARRIS on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ At Spoiler Alert it’s not that we’re downing the coaching it’s just that we see so much is not being use.Like in Detroit seem like Musgrave just got away from Percy.Maybe he does’nt want to show every thing but you have to try and keep scoring in this league.Especially on the road.Like to me that wasn’t no touchdown by Staffard.

  34. By RichardA1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see the D morph in to a one eyed purple people muncher, time for a strong performance by the D, the kind the news anchor talks about when he is giving his sports broadcast. A defense so strong that nobody can get thru it, penetrate, survive it! grrrrr, drinking my daily can of purple flavored can of whoop ass, ready to go berzerk on the Titans! us little Vikings are going to go Berzerk on the big Titans!!!!

  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am with you Spoiler- and then Harris says

    @ At Spoiler Alert it’s not that we’re downing the coaching it’s just that we see so much is not being use.

    Really? In real time on the field, I would love to see all these armchair coaches coach for the next play before it arrives– they would be peeing in their pants– Duh, I dunno what to do.

  36. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    So easy to criticize after seeing the past, and based on limited knowledge of all competing determinants which go into moment by moment strategy. I can look back and say, should have, could have– easy to do. But means nothing.

  37. By IamBETEL on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    This H.M.G. has some real deep personal issues. I don’t know what troubling that guy so much, but he should go see a psychiatrist. 3 and 1 Vikings, I hope they continue to do great, if not, whatever, it’s a re-building year.

  38. By Purple Polar Bear Power on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Often when humans crave the attention of another, they lash out.

  39. By ILLINIVIKE on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    So I’ve been seeing everywhere that the game on Sunday is at 3:25 but when I’m looking on my cable (Comcast) its showing that the game is on at noon… Has anyone heard or know if their has been any changes to the games start time?

  40. By Feugo on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    ok we all would like to see Ponder throw for 300 yds 3 TDs,but lets wait it will come
    the important thing here is too win,win,win,this will give us time for AP to get to his so called 100% ,for the secondary to gel and get more experience,and for Ponder to get more at ease with the passing game,and it will give us time to get simply better as a team,so that when we get in our second half of the season(which will get tougher)we will have the confidence and swagger to beat CHIC,GB,and DET so we can make the playoffs and who knows maybe surprise a few teams,we had Favre and Sydney ,but lets remember Favre played for 20 years, so of course he had more confidence in his passing ,Ponder may not have the arm strength of Favre but he is a smart guy and as long as we win and he gets better, with better recievers we will be OK

  41. By H.M.G. on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    To all those who say I have problems thank you.
    Your words are so helpful.
    Maybe I should go see a doctor.
    Or maybe since for the most part your names have only showed up that once to insult me then immediately after another new name comes up with another insult you are the same person.
    But that doesn’t matter being as how now I serve Lord Wobschall and will never say a bad word against him.
    No matter how many times he lies or how out dated his info is.
    Did you know Adrian Peterson was arrested in Houston, TX awhile ago?

  42. By Stoney on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    HMG, don’t cut the prozac in half

  43. By mnsoldier on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    The offense is a bit predictable, however the other teams defense has to stop them. We were able to move the ball, just not all the way into the end zone. Our special teams has done a great job and won the game on sunday. It was a liability last year.
    I would like to see the vikings attacking more on Offense instead of trying to just chew up time.

  44. By Muskylove on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Can anyone tell me why my these posts that i put up aren’t staying on the blog????

  45. By RichardA1 on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Will the Vikes keep playing like nothing can stop them? will the defense continue to kick everybodys arse???Frazier coach of the year? will the probowl have more Viking players than any other team? is there a team AFL NFL that would dare face our defense,,,,,,this is taking to long, lets just play a game everyday and give us our Superbowl trophy……..thats right folks! its go Berzerk time, Titans your next.

  46. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ RichardA1–You are, WITHOUT QUESTION the most SINGLE MINDED person I have EVER had ANY experience with, and NO that is NOT a good thing…..
    In addition will you PLEASE STOP referring to this VIKING defense as the “PURPLE PEOPLE” …ANYTHING!!!!!!
    You continually disrespect one of the 5 GREATEST DEFENSES OF ALL TIME by comparing this defense in ANYWAY to that GREAT VIKING defense of the 60’s and 70’s…
    Let this team play and develop their own identity, it will come as they continue to grow and add more depth and play CONSISTENTLY WELL OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME….
    You HAVE TO BE related to “Larson family”

  47. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ Stoney…TRU DAT

    Will those of you who continue to bash Ponder PLEASE consider the following…

    He has yet to play the equivelent (sp?) of a FULL NFL SEASON…

    His improvement in multiple critical area’s has been DRAMATIC…..

    He hasn’t had a “true no.1″ receiver as of yet…

    QB development in the NFL is an ONGOING AND NEVER ENDING PROCESS….

    Would I rather have a QB with the natural ability to “light it up” all the time like Geno Smith, YES!!!!

    However Ponder is our QB, and is I believe the ONLY one left who has yet to throw an INT.

    Thing’s could be worse, MUCH WORSE, we could be stuck with Mark Sanchez…..

  48. By dryes on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus “Really? In real time on the field, I would love to see all these armchair coaches coach for the next play before it arrives– they would be peeing in their pants– Duh, I dunno what to do.” Way to put the mirror of reality in these whiny brat’s faces. This blog is better suited to constructive criticism, rather than childish temper tantrums. The better our energy is (us fans) the better energy our team receives from us. Support your team by having integrity, even when we can’t see each other face to face. (((((((((((((( Vikings )))))))))))))))))

  49. By Muskyfever on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior

    1st – Harvin is TRUE #1 reciever… you don’t have to be a vertical (which Harvin has the ability to do, he just would rather be who he is) guy to be the #1

    2nd – I like Ponder, But I am not ready to belive he is the anwser YET… ONce we play a team like Houston or GB in Lambeau and win… I will really get behind this guy. I want to believe, I really, really DO! We just need to see more.

    3rd – Anyone who knows and loves football to the fullest extent knows that a rookie QB really comes into his own in the third season. Yes, he has made Giant steps forward. I am starting to like him more and more each week, But I don’t expect a Super Bowl this year out of this team. Make the playoffs… OK… Maybe. But we still have a lot of proving to do. I expect next year to be even better and all the nay sayers to start shutting their mouths… I just don’t think this year is that year.

    4th – everyone is entitled to their opinion, if RichardA1 wants to have great hopes and confidence in our teams D, WHO THE HECK ARE YOU TO QUESTION THAT?? Sounds like someone needs an identity check. Just because a certain group of guys “coined” that phrase does not mean that no one else can use it to describe what they feel to be a good Dfenseive line… Just sayin. Other people use that “word” every year to describe the vikings, he is not the first Don’t let it make you so mad…. At least were winning…

  50. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ Musky.. I’ve tried to respond to your post twice, no swearing etc. and I’m not allowed to do so for some reason….
    I will try a shorter version, skipping all the niceties….

    As you say in the 1st sentence of paragraph 4 “EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION”
    Why then are you sticking your nose into my comment (OPINION) to him??????
    It did NOT “make me so mad”, or mad at all for that matter, I was ANNOYED, because it is indeed an INSULT to CONTINUALLY compare this defense to one of the 5 GREATEST DEFENSES OF ALL TIME….WHO EARNED THAT REPUTATION WITH SUPERIOR PLAY FOR WELL OVER A DECADE.

    What does make me mad is some clown sticking their nose in where they have no business. My (opinion based) comment was to him, are you his girlfriend or mommy that feels they have to jump in and protect poor helpless Richard from the mean nasty man? I f he want’s to respond he’s free to do so, but he’s probably to busy opening a can of “whoop ass” and “going berserk”.
    Which in my opinion he’s also free to do, just like in my opinion I’m free to be annoyed…..

  51. By Muskyfever on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior

    LOL… Oh man you crack me up… yep, you got me I am his MOMMY So why don’t you just leave little ricky alone huh?

    2nd – I know nothing about you and you know nothing about me. I appologize your right… It is your right to get irritated if you see that it qualifies for irritation. That I should not have questioned. However to type in CAPS like you did signafies yelling… So when I see caps I see yelling—which usually means mad. But I still think if he wants to call them the “purple munchers” I don’t see you having any right to tell him he can’t… even if it is your opinion…which in turn is my oinion…which in turn again I might not have the right to do…. so…At that point we are just crossing opinions…over and over and over…..

    I agree with you that it was a great D in the past… maybe the best… but that was then and this is now. I don’t think having respect for the Vikings as a franchise is disrespecting that “certain” group of guys back then. Again my opinion… The past is in the past for a reason, they guys who played back then set an example for the guys that play now. Mark my words there WILL be a better group of guys up front at some point. There will be a better Wide out the Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. Those guys played and play the way they do to set the standard for the next group that comes in to shine. And I don’t think just because there “used” to be great, that we should degrade the guys that are trying to be “great”. Especially when it is YOUR team.

    Don’t get me wrong from my posts, we can’t see body language while blogging… I respect your opinion, because it is yours. Lets get back to football

  52. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ Musky…

    I am not a computer guy and that shows sometimes…..to my way of thinking “caps” can mean more than yelling, in fact I hadn’t really considered that to be honest…. I meant it only as EMPHASIS.

    As far as your reference to “purple munchers” I could care less…..
    It was the use of “PURPLE PEOPLE”…..90% plus of the time followed by “EATERS” and then some other inane name that ANNOYED ME.

    The fact that, “that was then and this is now” is precisely my point, as I said let them develop a pattern of “excellence”, “greatness”, whatever over an extended period of time and then give them their own EARNED identity, don’t “STEAL” a name from those who put in the blood sweat and tears to earn 4 super bowl trips in 7 years.

    And for the record I NEVER said or even implied that he CAN’T use ANY word’s or phrase, ONLY THAT HE SHOULDN’T….

    Maybe if you reread my post’s with the new information re; EMPHASIS AS OPPOSED TO YELLING you, aw NEVER MIND !!!!!!!!!

  53. By MuskyFever on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior

    I’m not saying, one way or the other… I’m just saying.

    There is no sense in you and I going back and forth on this, becuase I don’t see either of us as week minded people. I respect your opinion… Because it is yours. I just ask for the same in return. Back to Football

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