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Upcoming Back-To-Back Home Games Provide Bounce Back Opportunity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 15, 2012 – 6:14 am

After each of the Vikings four wins so far this season, Head Coach Leslie Frazier insisted his team keep their focus centered on preparing for the next challenge rather than basking in the glory of victory.

It only makes sense, then, that after his team’s loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Frazier was just as adamant that his team turn their focus to preparing for next Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, rather than anguishing in the misery of the 38-26 defeat.

The Vikings must take ownership of their most recent loss, but it’s also true that this most recent loss does not define the Vikings. Frazier’s team has proven tough to defeat so far in 2012, and that was the case once again on Sunday. But Washington found a way to do it.

Now the Vikings must find a way to bounce back. The opportunity will be there. After opening the first quarter of the season 3-1, the Vikings now sit at 4-2 overall after going 1-1 to begin the second quarter of the season. The Vikings will play two home games in a matter of four days next week, hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following Thursday night. If the Vikings, who are 3-0 at home this season, hold serve at home over the next 10 days, they’ll do in the second quarter of the season what they did in the first quarter – go 3-1.

That will give the Vikings a 6-2 record after half the season, not a bad place to be in the rough and tough NFC North and the very deep NFC. Off this most recent loss, though, Vikings coaches and players will be the first to acknowledge there are improvements that must be made before the next game.

Those improvements will begin in earnest this week.


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189 Responses to “Upcoming Back-To-Back Home Games Provide Bounce Back Opportunity”

  1. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    These are two winnable games for the Vikes.
    Maybe a little imagination by the offensive coordinator will get us to 6 and 2.

  2. By David Plowman on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    it is bad when you get beat on the field but getting outcoached there is no excuse for it. The vikings coaches did not adjust well and if they continue to do the same playcalling as they did on Sunday the homestand will be 0-2 and a 4-4 record. Also what do you think now about not having a deep threat receiver? Maybe after this coaching staff and GM are gone that will be addressed.

  3. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Offensive coordinator is not to blame. Vikings scored 26 points on Sunday, had 421 yards of offense, 27 first dows, etc. Will be helpful when Jerome come back…hopefully that’s soon.

  4. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    To Mike Wobschall

    Simpson returning is a plus,but he is not enough.
    Does Pnder have the authority to over rule the play calling from the O.C.?
    I know he has the brains but can he audible when he sees 8 in the box and there is a run play called?
    This conservative play calling has been in our system since the Dennis Green debacle against the Falcons in 1998.

  5. By purplehaze1 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby do you really beleive what you just posted…have you seen Muss’s play card?a 2 ply sheet of toilet paper is bigger! GO VIKES!!!

  6. By vikingstruefan4life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I’m gone say it like this, seem like the vikings do good at getting dwnfield.. but when we get to the redzone our play calln gets slowed down… and we tke percy and harvin out…. I think we need to work on our play calling in the redzone more then anything… and rather or not jerome simpson be back or not we still need to sign a reciever before the next game… Plaxico burress is a good redzone guy and we have redzone problems so why not sign him at this point and then we wuld have plaxico,harvin,and simpson as starters. And then we will have a decent bkup group,. Jenkins aromashadu and jarius wright… I think we should release burton cus he never show up on the stats sheet….

    And start rhette ellison over john carlson…. and at goaline opperrtunities. Y nt run gb sneaks or give it to felton up the gut…

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    We can’t just sit back and “wait” for Jerome Simpson to get better…

    This team is full of talent…EXCEPT at WR…

    Vikings have 9 draft picks for this coming spring draft…

    This young team does not have room for 9 new players on this talented team…Maybe 4 to 5 ???…And 2 of those positions should be used to get WR help…

    Point is…Why WAIT ???…

    Spielman should make a trade now for a WR…Harvin needs help !!!…He is not going to hold up under being the ONLY person to throw too !!!…

    What is this team going to do…Wait until Harvin is beaten into the ground…THEN go find another receiver ???…

    Simpson will be guess work the rest of the season…If he can

    Again…Why WAIT finding Ponder another weapon at the WR position….Jenkins and Aromashudo are NOT getting any separation…Against TERRIBLE defenses !!!…

    The problem is so OBIVIOUS…Why not make a trade ???…

  8. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @vivetruefan
    Stop beating your head against the wall.
    I have been saying that we need a big time down field number one WR since
    August. But someone in management thinks Harvin is enough with the 2nd rate WR’s we have.
    I watched Sydney Rice and Randy Moss each catch ball for over 50 yards yesterday. I am not saying that they belong on our team, but we need a guy who can go down the field and catch a 50 yarder.

  9. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @OT Kalil
    See my post that i responded to Vikingforlife.

    I HEAR YOU. TOO BAD MANAGEMENT DOESN’T

  10. By vikingstruefan4life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    OT kalil2012., Aromashudu & jenkins are doing a decent job. But time after time we let burton be active and he does not show up on the stat sheet. Why everygame we have Jarius wright inactive. He has the speed to separate hsself frm recievers,. I think if we get Aromashadu to go deep more often I think we can… how about this tho for u vikings fans,
    How about the vikings trade their 2nd round pick and John carlson for Dwane bowe or Mike wallace…

  11. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @#viktruefan
    Steelers are not letting go of Mike Wallace.He’s a major talent.

  12. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    FIX THE RED ZONE TOUCHDOWN PERCENTAGE. DO IT NOW…

  13. By vikingstruefan4life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @vikingbob

    Well dwane Bowe wants out of kasas city, I’m sure that the wouldn’t mind trading him for 2 draft picks or 1 draft pick and a good player.

    And next year I think that our 2 biggest needs in the draft is a WR and a hard good fast hard hitting linebacker or a shut down corner that’s very physical .. but if we sign trade for a reciever nw all we have to worry about next year is Oline and on Defense. And mayb 1 more reciever like colbi hamilton

  14. By Anita Wilson on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Why no Jarius Wright?

  15. By vikingbob136 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @viketruefan
    I would love Dwayne Bowe on our team.How about a #2 choice and Joe Webb?
    Brady Quinn is not the answer in K.C. either.
    Just don’t tell Fred Jones. Webb is his man for some strange reason.

  16. By vikingstruefan4life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I’m from arkansas and I’m asking myself… why not give jarius wright a shot… every rookie we drafted this season is making a name for himself so why not see what he can do in the next game..

    And if we get that deal done with Bowe. I think nexxt year in the draft we should trade down and select Manta Te’o. Because the long run Rg3 ran I think Te”o would’ve stuffed him on tht play… that was on our defense that play

  17. By JE on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Cmon you guys! You all acted like it is so easy to just go out and get another reciever. Like there just standing on street corners in line to come play. We need to draft a legit no 1 cuz you are not goin to find one anywhere else.I hate to burn a 1st round pick on a reciever but its time to do just that.

  18. By sweetpurplepassion on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    why isnt wright from ark on the field and even given a chance??

  19. By JE on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I also am in favor of getting JWright out on the field. Just why did we draft this guy if your not going to play him. CMON MAN!! Your going to run Harvin right into the dirt if you dont start getn some touches to some of these other guys.

  20. By JE on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Put JWright in the slot and Harvin on the edge.Man do we miss Simpson!!!So what is his deal?? Is he having surgery or not?? If he is then DO IT!!IF HES NOT THEN PLAY HIM.!!

  21. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder was 35-52 yesterday…352 yards…

    Jenkins had 6 catches like 67 yards and a TD…(huge day for him)…Average across the league…

    Aromashudo had one catch for 13 yards…(average for him)…Ridiculously below average across the league…

    Burton had zero catches…That is just Burton…

    Ponder was throwing all over the yard yesterday…And the WR’s outside of Harvin, had 80 yards and one TD of Ponders 352 total passing stats…

    That is a HUGE day Jenkins and Aromashudo as a duo at WR…

    There average per game is much less…

    These kind of WR stats are not…”okay”…They pretty much stink…

  22. By JE on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I still have no idea where this team is at?? Are we good? Are we bad? Im thinking somewhere in between..??

  23. By DRS. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone relax, the Vikings played well, true the coaches reverted to their old ways once more, the Vikings are 4-2 and have the talent to have a winning season if the Vikings coaches can prove they can think and chew gum at the same time. The Redskins are a good team, so I give them the credit for the win, they will be contenders this year, and do not over look the Seahawks this year. I will be happy with a winning record of 10-6; it would be a dream to be 2-0 over the Packers this year, and by what I have seen, very achievable. Go Vikings.

  24. By vikingstruefan4life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Our defense is good in covergae.. right when we get the coverage down packed that’s when rg3 run because noone is open… its not the cornerbacks fault…. Put Jarius wright in the slot, and percy and simpson on the outside and there u go,

    Jarius wright-7catches for 89 yards 2tds
    Percy harvin 12 catches for 125 and 1td and 5rushes for 47yards and 1td
    Jerome Simpson -9 catches for 107 yard

    Those are my predictions next game..
    And I also think we need to make sum improvement on our playcalling on offense…
    I think we should go to a 3-4 defense.
    Jared allen -right defensive end
    Kevin williams -nose tackle
    Brian robinson-left defensive end
    Everson griffen-right outside linebacker
    Erin henderson inside linebacker
    Jasper brinkley inside linebacker
    Chad greenway leftoutside linebacker

  25. By Vikingswinninseason on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think that if josh robinson was on the field when Rg3 ran that long run.. josh robinson would have caught up to hm

  26. By DRS. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I agree the Vikings need a wide receiver, I think the Vikings think run too much, I call it run on the brain syndrome, passing opens up the run, look at the teams that are winning. They have good passing teams. Have to go so have fun. SKOL Vikings

  27. By Mike B. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    The problem is predictability on offense when Peterson is in the game. Defenses automatically put 8 or 9 in the box. Watched that several times in yesterday’s game. When Gerhart is in they back off. We are missing a critical part of the Offense here to keep opposing offenses honest, a WR that can get open and run to the house at any play. Simpson might be that guy, but we need to get another if Simpson can’t play. The OL was also having problems with Washington’s Defense there was a lot of defenders in the back field with Ponder running to make plays.

  28. By Mike B. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I also noticed that on the p@sses RG3 was making it was in those soft middle area. The same area they were p@ssing in all last season. I think RG3 had our Defense confused and some of the old mistakes came to play yesterday.

  29. By Mike B. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    oops came into play

  30. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Same thing, Mike

  31. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Well, at least Jared Allen added another sack. Now it is Everson Griffen’s turn to catch up.

  32. By Ozzinator on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

  33. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    First what, OZ? Your First post of the day? Ya, thats it.

  34. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Come on, Oz, lets hear what you think of yesterdays Viking/Redhide game.

  35. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    No cussing, tho.

  36. By Fireemt347 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Tough loss, had we finished the first 3 possessions with TD’s instead of FG’s and contained RG3, there should have been no doubt a win for us. This is the key to any game for us, FINISH drives with TD’s!! Have to move forward, next 2 games are very winnable for us, and their QB’s are not nearly as mobile as RG3.

  37. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    You can say pass…passing…Christian now…

    But not pa sses…

  38. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    JE

    Yes, the team is somewhere inbetween, as long as Musgrave keeps calling pass on 3rd and 1.

  39. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin is taking a beating…Harvin is being overused…

    Yesterday, Harvin was returning every kick off return ???…

    2 RB plays…11 catches for 133 yards…
    How many attempts ???….

    Gerhart needs to relieve AP more often also…

    Get a “solid” receiver in a trade to help this team out and Harvin…

    And get Gerhart involved more in the running game and give AP more rest…

    Don’t wear out our star players…

    Before we even get half way through the season Les…

  40. By vikesince69 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think yesterday exposed the youth of this team. Being on the road in a hostile environment is no easy task to overcome in the NFL and the Vikes got rattled in the second qtr and never fully got beyond it. Ponder showed he still has some nervous jitters when the heat is turned up and what about the defensive secondary. Receivers where flying around the field wide open…reminded me of last years secondary. Reality may be setting in for this team….it takes more than a little talent to win on the road in the NFL. It takes great coaching a steel nerves like the Giants displayed yesterday in dismantling the 49ers. Maybe this team will start getting there before the season is up because that final 6 game stretch is going to be brutal if they dont.

  41. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012

    I think Les still has his Hearing Aid turned off…..

  42. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    BB7…

    So you think a running play called on 3rd and 1…Is a “sure thing” to get a first down ???…

    That is the “predictable” play call…And a defense ready for that running play call…Can easily stop that play for no gain or a loss…

    I’m glad Musgrave FINALLY made a call “outside the box” this team lives in…I sure am not going to condemn him for it…

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Need to take more chances BB…Not less…

    Let Musgrave get CRAZY with his play calling !!!… ; )

  44. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder plays well rolling out…

    Would not hurt to “design” more plays for him outside the pocket…

  45. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Prediction…

    After seeing the way Shanahan and Shanahan Jr OC used RG3 yesterday…With designed running plays and option plays…

    I predict RG3 will end up on IR before week 10…

    RG3 can’t take the beatings, he is getting either…

  46. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I take back, having Ponder rolling out more…

    Ponder might try running the ball more than he does now…Which is more than this fan like to see…

  47. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Just a thought, but I think we ought to use Rudolph like we used to use Kleinsasser. Not sure if you remember, but he was our leading receiver at one point. Rudolph was open a number of times yesterday in the middle with room to rumble. We have got to mix it up. We need to look downfield more. I agree- throw Wright into the mix.

  48. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hey I have another thought- many of you are saying lets just get another WR from some place…. maybe we could get Cris Carter to suit up… (in my dreams) but I figure if Moss can do it, then Carter would be a sinch…..

  49. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think many is yelling for mixing things up and to lose predictability. Not sure how long the fans will have to yell, but we will keep hearing it.

  50. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    What I am saying Wobs, is that many do not agree with your take on Musgrave. Yes, we had a lot of good offense yesterday, but when it came to the plays that would turn the game, the play-calling was sub-par and PREDICTABLE. Kinda like getting a triple on a par-3… 4 red-zone Field goals in a row the first half???

  51. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @Trout, Wobby, basically everyone else. Yeah sure we had 26 points, half of that came at the end with the Redskins using our same “bend don’t break” defense. So those are garbage points. If we had the play calling to get us 21-0 instead of 9-0, the skins would have been demoralized and wouldn’t have even had a chance of getting back in the game.

  52. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    “Running on 3rd and 1 is NOT a Sure thing! But then trying tp pass for a 1st down is also not a “Sure Thing” as we found out. With Toby, Peteson and Harvin.
    We could have got it..

    At least we could have kept the drive alive. Maybe even scored. Pick your poison.

  53. By Digger on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I figured all it would take be a loss at Washington to get all of you negative Nancy attitudes back on here. Everyone said the team would be terrible anyway so I really don’t get everyones attitudes. They will be 6-2 after the Tampa game and will be 7-3 at the bye week. They are fine, RG111 is a stud! But the Viks kept coming back, and thats a testiment to the teams character. Nothing to mad about being 4-2.

  54. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Last year our defense was at the bottom of the league. We have nearly the same talent this year with a few upgrades and now we are a top ten defense. We have a new DC, coincidence? I think not. So with our talent on offense, a competent OC would have our offense scoring all kinds of touchdowns instead of all these field goals losing us games.

  55. By Kathy P on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    The problem was that they didnt do their homework. Yes, they got off to a good start but (3) trips int the red zone and can only come away with (3)pts. each time!.We had a very soft center of the football field and RGIII was getting not 5yds.but 15yds or more each time he hit it. It wasnt being defended like it was for the Detroit game.By the time the Vikes had figured it out it was tooooo late to do a whole lot. Yes, they made a valiant effort to stage a comeback, but they were acting like they had “all day” and no sense of urgency until the last 5mins. of the game. I agree with all of the fans who support putting JWright in the slot as well. We NEED a full receiving corps and we dont have it right now. They depend way to much on Harvin/Peterson to carry the load it seems. And didn’t they pay good money for Simpson who just sits on the sidelines jumping up and down? Seems pretty limbered up to my eyes. GET HIM ON THE FIELD COACH!!!

  56. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Digger(O’Dell?)

    Negative Nancy? My attitude is maybe in line with yours up to the point you may believe the Vikings are OK just as they are.

    Not so, unless Musgrave and Fraizer start postive play calling, The Vikings could very well end up at the bottom of the heap. Again.

  57. By David Plowman on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    427 net yards is nice but when the first 3 trips into the red zone end in field goals. That is the coaches fault. The name of the game is to score TD’s in the red zone. If the vikings would have scored at least 1 TD in those first three trips the game would have been different. I got to give it to you Mike. You will go down with the ship I guess. Musgrave is what got Fox fired in carolina. it will happen to Fraizer in Vikings country.

  58. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly Bluebird. I’m not sure what parents are teaching these days if it’s just to be okay with mediocrity… but teams don’t win superbowls by just saying “good enough” and not striving to get better and figuring out what holes or problems there are on their team.

  59. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    You know I see all these people talking, saying that we had open recievers on the field that were missed. Yeah cause our QB is not confident in what he sees thus is not making the throws down field. And even thow his confidence is up from where it was last year… he has a LONG way to go before he is a star QB… Not saying that he is bad cause I don’t think that. But I do think that he needs to work on a lot of stuff prior to be called good, or great for that matter. Also he needs to get rid of the ball and trust his eyes. I think part of the reason that we are not getting explosive plays is that Ponder is not trusting his instincts or his recievers. Unless your name in Harvin. Harvin is the only trusted one.

    Once he firgures that out, I think it will be hard to stop us… Unfortenatly we will have to wait to next year for all of that to come to fruition, Rokkie QB’s don’t really turn on till their 3rd season. Ponder is no exception

  60. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Not only what I said above, but he dosent have the talent around him to get it done. ONe great reciiver (probably best in NFL right now) and one great RB. Not enough for a young QB

  61. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking of FOX (Network that is)

    I want to appoligize to FOX for allowing the Viking/Redskin game to interrupt your commercials!

    (Twice they rode into the action on the field!)

  62. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think this team has the opportunity to be one of the best in the league. But Ponder needs to trust what he sees and we need some more down the field talent before Harvin gets seriously hurt. We can’t only throw to him all the time, which they pretty much do. I do think, however that we need to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. But not to the extent that we are starting to risk his value and career from taknig so many hits.

    He needs help! bad!

  63. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    That’s where we need a big trustworthy receiver Musky like Favre had in Rice where he knew if he just gave him a chance to get it Rice would win more often than not. That will need to be our focus this offseason, unless we can somehow make a trade before the deadline but Bowe is about the only one I can think of right now and I’m not sure how likely that is.

    Agreed on Ponder as well. Most QBs come into their own in their 3rd or 4th year so maybe with some extra help next year it could really be a break out year.

  64. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that Bowe would be an awesome addition to this team, but he doesnt want to play for a losing franchise. I don’t think Bowe (being the kind of person that he is) would play for us. Unles he got PAYED, and honestly I would rather them PAY Harvin!

  65. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Not that we are a losing franchise, cause were not

  66. By BlueBird7 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I like Ponder, however he has to understand that his recievers do not carry step ladders for climbing to reach those high flying footb a l l s.

  67. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin is the ONLY receiver getting open…

    Simpson’s first game back…That was the only game I saw a WR running open…That Ponder had missed some plays…And that receiver was Simpson…

    Ponder is trusting his eyes…He is always looking across the field at covered receivers…

    Except for Harvin and Rudolf…And maybe an occassional check down to AP, if all else fails…

  68. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Last night…Aaron Rodgers was missing WIDE OPEN receivers running deep down the field…

    Is Ponder doing that ??…

    No…He isn’t even given the chance, to have that kind of luxury…

  69. By VA Vike Fan on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder needs to be more accurate on the deep ball..a lot of missed opportunities yesterday

  70. By Vikingswinninseason on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    This is what my opinion is, Pay percy Harvin now. And make him happy….
    At practice this week practice more on redZone plays and coaches should make all reciever and Christian stay after practice …
    Try putting Percy and Simpson on the outside and Jarius wright in the slot..

    This offseason
    Add a big fast physical wide reciever in the 1st round
    Add the best safety available in the 2nd round
    Add a defensive tackle in the 3rd round
    Since we have 2 draft picks in the 4th round. Add a linebacker and a corner
    5th round add another wide reciever or a offensive lineman

  71. By Vikingswinninseason on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Fire Brad Childress after the season is over, fire bill musgrave, sign a known aggressive coach.. with atleast 2superbowl rings, make mike singletary as the defensive coach, and go to the 3-4 defense rather jared allen like it or not

  72. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry about Percy getting paid…Percy isn’t…

    Harvin is adding big numbers to his new contract he will sign this off season…

    And that is when the Vikings will pay their star player…In the off season…

    Percy will get paid…And Zygi will pay him top WR money to keep him here…

    So all can stop with the “Pay Percy now” chant…Because it will happen…But not until after the season is over…

    Harvin does not want a contract distraction right now…And the same goes for the Vikings organization…

    So why are fans asking for that distraction ???…

    Percy knows he will get paid…

  73. By Rudso on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Why are we only using Kyle when we HAVE to and not when we WANT to? 3 redzone trips and not even chances at getting a TD??? It’s one thing to get to the redzone, try to score a TD and be stopped by a good redzone defense, but the Redskins are NOT a great redzone defense and Kyle and Percy are not even getting chances.

    Sometimes you just have to take shots to the endzone. Even if they don’t make the catches, the way the league is set up now, there is a good chance a defensive passing interference might get called and now we have AP 1 yard away. Kyle is leading the league with 5 TD’s at the TE position but almost all of them come at the end of the game.

    AND seriously, where is J. Wright??? Is it injury, his not ready, what is it?

  74. By dieseldog on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I’m thinking that we might have won the game if Frazier would have kept his head in the game. Early in the forth quarter he was hanging his head a number of times (on camera) like there was no hope…..and that we had already lost.
    It’s hard enough trying to win when you play with no wide receivers, but don’t let your players see you hanging your head in defeat with 8 minutes to go.

  75. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil2012

    I respect your opinion, but in no way do I agree with you. It was not every down that people were WIDE open. I’m not talking about blown coverages here. It was little spots on big downs. For example there were Two Different 3rd down instences where Peterson had no one around him 10yrds down the field. One we didn’t convert and punted, the other he scrambled instead of throwing it. There were a few other tiems during the game where receivers had OK, seperation…NOT great… But decent enough for an NFL QB to make… and he didn’t. I understand fully that, he is young and will grow over time. But I am not gunna be the guy to throw all of my eggs in his basket yet. Still has a lot to prove. Not all his fault though. Partially front office fault for not putting enough talent around him, or the talent that we have (besides Harvin and AP, not talking about them here) has been hurt or unproductive.

    It is crucial situations under durress that ponder is either dropping his eyes, not seeing it, or not trusting what he IS seeing. He is not a great QB yet… YET. Maybe he will be…. HOPEFULLY HE WILL BE!

    I BLEED PURPLE I always have, but I am not going to be one to sit here and say that everything is great just cause were winning a few games. Are things better? you bet your ARSE they are! WiIl things continue to get better? DARN RIGHT THEY WILL! Will the front office surround Ponder with more Talent? Gosh I hope so.

    I am not giving up faith in any way, shape or form I yell at the TV just as loud as the next guy when watching the game. When at the game I lose my voice almost every time. I love my Vikings and will forever. I just see little things that happen that could be prevented is all

  76. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think our safteys are good. We need coverage corners, big ones too

  77. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    OTK the reason for “paying Percy now” is because we don’t want it to go till the end of the year. Once that day comes he is a free agent and is open to offers from other teams. How many teams off the top of your head could use a guy like Harvin…HMMMM I can think of at least ten… AT LEAST. We don’t want it to go that far, just encase a team that has more cap space then we do offers him somthing bigger than we can. I don’t even want to take that chance. People think that all these players want to stay where they started, and that is just not the case. This is there Pay check, they want to go where they will be PAYED. Not saying Percy is one of those guys, I obviously don’t know him on a personal level… BUT I SAY PAY PERCY SOON!!!!!

  78. By Rudso on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I didn’t see Frazier hang his head low when the Vikings were losing. That’s just Frazier’s usual look. He doesn’t get overly excited or overly upset. Regular Frazier.

  79. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    dieseldog

    I totally agree with that statement 100%, how are our players supposed to play with passion and drive when our coach has none… Or seems like he has none… at least on camera

  80. By bobbyj723 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Should we have won this game? Sure we should have. But we didn’t do it because we didn’t execute. We turned the ball over when there was no reason for it. We had a TE move too early on an AP touchdown late. A young team will make mistakes. Ponder made a two to three too many. KR made one. However, this team will get better. These two players will be making big plays for years to come. They are playing as a team and to trade for some retread WR or one known to upset the harmony in the clubhouse isn’t worth it. This team will eventually get WR’s, but until they do, they are at least being competitive and they will be getting better. If they win the next 2, they will be 6-2. Before the season started I stated this would be a best case scenario for us and would be pleased to be in that position. The coaches will make their adjustments or else … Go Vikes!

  81. By drew on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing to feel bad about, we going to win some and lose some. They just step up and out played us. Their defense did better as well as their offense! We must get over it, and we MUST score towndown in the red zone, we didn’t use AP much at all in the redzone? Why? To be honest, i’m proud of what we doing so far! Good job, coaches, staff, players and even to the waterboy. We just got to find away to score touchdowns, and find away to be running QBs. Don’t take the next two games likely, they hungry!

  82. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Musky- Percy’s contract isn’t up at the end of the year. It expires 2014 so they’ll probably give him the extention in the offseason.

  83. By David Plowman on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    By the time the vikings get a WR AP will have retired and the defense will be on life support. GM and the vikings’s coaches are wasting the talent that we have now. I think the vikings are a 9-7 at worst but if the play calling is like it was Sunday they will be 4-12. Wake up, smell the coffee, create better plays in the redzone, get a WR with spped and hands and STOP RUNNING WHEN THERE ARE 8 IN THE BOX.

  84. By Troutdaddy on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @ Digger- Not being negative- just sayong that many of us did not like the play calling when we needed the yards in the red zone. I love the way the Vikes have gelled this year and we have a lot to cheer about. I am still so stked to see how we finished. Just making it a point to call out what the fans an analysts are saying…

  85. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    We do need another WR to help out Percy and Ponder, but I don’t see us making a trade for one this season. I don’t see the GM trading a draft pick/picks to get on. We’ll either draft one or sign one in F/A this offseason.

    I believe Jenkins, Aroma, and Simpson are all on either a one year or the last year of their contracts.

  86. By Vikes4Life on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Man, you people are all morons

  87. By RichardA1 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Who’s to blame? are you kidding? HI, were the Vikings and every time on offense we will be giving the ball to Percy Harvin! not only that there beaten him into the ground, give me a break! why does’nt everybody else on the team come out and say, hi we haven’t the slightest idea what to do with the football, we just give the ball to Percy Harvin!, we are hoping the other team doesn’t catch on to us, shhhh. We can’t count on Simpson, we got to do something, the other team does’nt even need a safety, we don’t throw the ball down field!

  88. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I am not going to start to question Harvin’s toughness on te field. but when we are giving him the ball as much as AP, I am slightly concerned about his longevity for our team. It seems like every game is is limping or sore or something is wrong. I understand fully that he is our best player and we need to get him the ball when we can. But is it worth letting him take shot after shot after shot. If we continue like this he is going to get hurt. I know that he is the one laying the BOOM down on opposing offenses a lot. But I don’t want out best player to be hurt because we have no one else. We have to think of something to give this guy a break. If people were invincable I would want them to give it to him every play… but were not.

    I hope Harvin holds up all year, but 15-20 touches a game.. Thats a lot of big hits in this league. Look, our star RB got the ball 17 times yesterday. Harvin was not far behind, IF he was behind at all. This concerns me

  89. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Winfield needs to make another speech

  90. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Musky-
    You got to remember that Percy wants to be used alot (remember the little drama incident this off season).

  91. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    next 2 games should be a win. cmon take more shots down field. we are probably gonna have simpson back so give them a shot and percy harvin throw a 60 yard pass downfield and they will probably catch it.

  92. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    No WR will ever be as nice as my boy B-Twice!

    Bring Back Benard Berrian!

  93. By Muskyfever on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    @Immure

    I’m not saying we shouldn’t use him… I’m just saying that It concerns me to have some one Regardless of talent, skill, strength or toughness… To get hit that many times in a game by the beast of these people on the other side of the ball is concerning is all. (I know that he seeks out the hits a lot of the time) Im just saying, potentially it could be bad

  94. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Here are a few head coaching decisions that bother this fan…

    When Harvin an AP are your “workhorses” on offense…And are doing more to carry the team, than anyone else on the team…

    Why is the head coach allowing more of a load for them to carry each week…As the season goes…

    Last Sunday…Harvin took over “3” Kick off returns…And got dinged up on one of those returns…Why ??

    Didn’t Sherels show plenty of ability returning a punt the week before ??…

    Gerhart had 6 carries 2 weeks ago for 41 yards…

    Gerhart only have one carry this last Sunday…

    While AP carried the ball 17 times playing with a slight ankle injury…Why ???…

    Why is a “healthy” Jarious Wright (and Summers) sitting on the bench on the “inactive list” ???…When the WR’s (besides Harvin) on the field right now…Get no separation on their route running ???…

  95. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    FICKLE FANS. Six weeks ago everyone whining about this team– arguing over quarterbacks, screaming over wide receivers (or lack thereof), calling for a new coach, crying we would be at the bottom of the division, predicting gloom on the doomsday when San Fran enters the dome, doubt over AP’s comeback— then we go 4-2, AP looks great, San Fran got whooped by us, and everyone is cheering saying we will be in the Superbowl. NOW, one loss, at 4-2, everyone is whining again. WHAT IS WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!??? Are you sane? Do you understand life?

    OR maybe, I should ask– am I the only adult on here?

  96. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    guys we lost 1 game calm down. and i cannot believe Titus said that..i agree with him but wow.

  97. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    CMON BE SUNDAY ALREADY I GOT TO GO THROUGH 5 DAYS OF AGANIZING PAIN AHHH

  98. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    wait..thursday,friday and saturday will not be pain

  99. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

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  100. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    T Flave do I need to explain this again? I doubt the real Titus built his empire by saying “yeah that’s good enough”. You are doing his name a disservice.

  101. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    i knew thats wasnt the real titus

  102. By VikesShield on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    the real Titus is arrogant and complains and hates on the vikings

  103. By Alex on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you guys are losing sight of one thing that makes this team great but is going to hurt us on the road. We are a very young team, it’s hard to win on the road with a young team because of the crowd. Do we need to fix the redzone offense? Yes. Does one ROAD loss mean it’s time to panic? No. If we continue to play well at home and pick up a few more road wins we can go 11-5. Which is pretty impressive considering how last year went.
    The redskins are a very good team and they will challenge for the NFC East division title.
    To me the problem was that our players stopped playing in the second quarter and it cost us the game. Mistakes were made on both sides of the ball in the second quarter and if we had played better in that one quarter we would have won the game.

    As far as WRs go I said it before we should trade up in the draft for one and with the way Spielman handled the last draft I think he will do this. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take two WRs in the first three rounds. To whoever said we should trade down to get Manti Te’o I’m not quite sure where you think were going to finish in the standings but at this point we would have to lose out in order to trade DOWN to get him(even this is a stretch), we could trade up but down…no.

  104. By RichardA1 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    After shooting ourselves in the foot or gave the game away……it can mean only one thing!!! You have a Choice. You can throw in the Berzerk Towel..or you can use it to Wipe the Sweat from your Face!!

  105. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    BRING BACK BERRIAN

  106. By jonas on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

  107. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    No one is as nice as my boy B-TWICE!!

  108. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    PARKWAY– this is the real Titus. You goofball. I told you once and one more time for good measure– I hate medicority. BUT only with what I can control— I am not a coach or a player or an owner of this team– my role is to cheer them on. You goof.

  109. By calvike on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    spileman has ruined our future with poor vertical nfc depth

  110. By jonas on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    WOW! this is getting sooo messed up from: Tom Pelissero “How was Percy Harvin not given a chance to touch the ball in those 9 early red-zone snaps? Well, for starters, he wasn’t on the field for 5. ” are you kidding me?! the best player on the team right now is not even on the field at the most crucial part of the field? this is getting really messed up leslie frazier and Bill Musgrave really messed up! can we just get a guy that calls plays for Adrian,harivn or kyle and not try to out smart yourself with some strange play calls that are well cover anyway because every one knows the other WR we have cant get open give the ball to those who can or atleast have the on the field to help take some focus of the the other guys!

  111. By MIke B. on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    you know I didn’t expect this team to be 4-2 at this point in the season. They played a very motivated Washington team. We are going to win more games. This loss is hardly the end of the world. The important thing I saw yesterday was the no quit attitude. This team kept coming after Washington. They played the full 60min. This something they didn’t do last year. I am excited to watch the next game.

  112. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I’m referring to the Roman Emperor as the REAL Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus hence the “built his empire” reference.

  113. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    parkway, I know how to read, you goofball. No need to repeat yourself. I make my living in communications.

  114. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Jarius Wright? Yeah hes fast but hes too small. One hit could end his season.

  115. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Bring Brian Billick Back! Pay Percy! Cut Carlson!

  116. By calvike on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    johns carlson dumbiest waste ever

  117. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah If I were Rudolph or Ellison I wouldnt be too happy knowing Carlson is getting paid more than them

  118. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Berrian? HAHAHA, does he even have a job?

  119. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    As for trades. D Bowe is my favorite choice. They dealt Jared Allen to us why wouldnt they be open to trading Bowe? Especially since they used the picks we sent over for JA on thier franchise CB and LT, so it worked out wel for both parties.

    Here is a thought. What if we can get Dez Bryant for the right price? Being on America’s Team doesnt seem to be helping his maturity. Put him on a team with AD and Percy, a situation where he isnt even 2nd best on the offense. I just feel that would straighten him out having to take a back seat to a guy who is already taking a back seat.

    Or do I need to ease up on the cough medicine?

  120. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting, the Chargers got inside the redzone and they threw to their TE for a TD.

    Why dont we do that?

  121. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    This isn’t last years team. The vikes will bounce back. Gut check time. I give R2D2 2 years tops as a running quarterback. We were the better team, just made some fixable mistakes.

  122. By vikingfanforlife on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Whoops I mean RG111

  123. By PackWhack on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Nice to see some fired up fans here. You should be upset. Your team pi-ssed away their game yesterday and there is not one thing to be proud of.

    For those of you who deny the predictability, your delusional or in denial.

    Rather than accepting mediocrity, like that dimwit Titus dolt, continue to make noise and overturn your culture of underachieving. The vikings are an embarrassment to the NFC North.

    Rivalries really are much more fun when teams are well coached and prepare good game plans. This rivalry is a yawn. I can’t believe the Lions are more interesting to play than you guys. That’s just sad.

    You guys can beat Ariz, but they will shut your predictable offense down and then there will probably be riots.

    The TB is too tough to call.

    The Seattle game, I absolutely 100% guarantee they will beat you, and badly. Write it down here and I’ll remind you. They win by 3 TDs and their defense completely shuts your predictable offense down.

    And lastly, my favorite:

    Count down to your first GB beat down 12/2/2012

  124. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha. Packwhack– you cannot touch this. Cognitively, you are a peanut next to the great Titus. You heard it here first– Vikes beat the Packers at Lambeau.

  125. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting, the Chargers got inside the redzone and they threw to their TE for a TD.

    Why dont we do that?
    __________________________________________________________________

    Spencer- Who leads the team with touchdowns? What part of the field to the do majority of those come from?

  126. By PackWhack on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the spirit Titus. Your a legend in your own mind. Well, I’ll take you on in math, hows that?

    Ok, I wish your team the best when they come here on 12/2/2012. I hope it’s at least a contest and goes to the wire. Maybe you guys will have another Offensive Coordinator by then? Or, maybe you’ll have an extra page added to your offense play book bringing it up to 2 pages by then? I hope so.

    Bring your improved secondary, but we’ll be watching your #22 who likes to get 15 yard penalties. We’ll take the yards, but we’ll be watching him that he doesn’t try doing his cheap shots to hurt someone.

  127. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    We arent a good team in the redzone

  128. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I dont get it, last season the blog was a lot more interesting even though we were terrible, but now that were a decent team the blog is rather quiet?

  129. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    It’s hard to hear you down in 3rd place

  130. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah you’ll have that when most the interesting characters that frequented this blog leave i.e. Shawn, Nova, Parody, ect.

  131. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Not AS MUCH to complain about Spencer. Just ask T Flave

  132. By Sadak on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Packwhack,

    If Vikings win the GB encounter are you still going to show up here! If yes I will talk to you then.

    Until then since you are all about math here is one for you, vikings have shut down atleast 1 opposition for a mere single digit point, when GB does that you can come to this blog and boast all you want about our secondary then, since you are in your mom’s basement all the time!

    No matter how much you come here We vikings fans are passionate about our team and that’s not going to change

    Go Vikings!

  133. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/174298811.html

  134. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Curious, Simpson report in above link…

  135. By Im a "real" Doctor on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin’s off season drama was the best thing that could have happened to this team, it got him on the field more, and hes having a career year.

  136. By Im a "real" Doctor on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Frasier seems too cautious when dealing with injuries….If he feels fine….he IS fine. Simpson on the field is enough to get some eyes off Harvin. Look at The titans game.

  137. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    People who say they are real doctors scare me. Run, run far and fast.

  138. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I was very concerned about yesterday’s game– Redskins are on their way back after a long, long time in the basement. We were only in the basement two years,so let’s keep our head up– should be 5-2 after next Sunday— a record any one of us would have been overjoyed with at preseason.

  139. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Bills are rising again– beat the mighty cardinals in Phoenix.

  140. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    This blog is boring without Sonja and company.

  141. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    This blog is boring without Sonja and company…

  142. By Vikingswinninseason on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    If the vikings trade for Dez bryant. I think we can be one of the best teams in the leauge… dez bryant, percy harvin ,ap, kyle rudolph,jerome simpson and christian ponder could be the best offense in the nfl

  143. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    STOP THE INSANITY PEOPLE!!!! STOP STOP STOP!!!!

  144. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah good luck getting bryant

  145. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    We’d probably be pretty good with calvin johnson too

  146. By Spencer on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    …..Who would we give up?

  147. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Mark my words– BB will be back soon.

  148. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Bowe, Wallace, or Bryant are not going to happen this season. Their respected teams will want big time compensation for them. I don’t see Speilman trade high round draft picks for any of them.

  149. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    trading*

  150. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Berrian and Simpson– a dangerous duo!

  151. By Frederick Jones on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    They traded Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills. What’s the matter guys, didn’t you think Tarvaris would be done by now? He’s probably a lot better than blt or mlt or whatever you call the #3 guy!!

  152. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Heck, I would suit up and play if I had the time– I am fast.

  153. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Why? Oh Why? Not to my beloved Bills!! NO. STOP THE INSANITY JONES!!

  154. By Frederick Jones on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    and in MN

  155. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    STOP IT FRED! STOP THE INSANITY!!

    If TJack is so good, why is he traded between three different teams in two years?

  156. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- Why would we’ve brought T-Jax back? We already have a younger version of him on the team.

  157. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is far better than T Jack. STOP THE INSANITY!!!

  158. By Parkway on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Bring back Jeff George

  159. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Now we’re talking!! Jeff George is the man!

  160. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Jeff George is only 44– he could come back!

  161. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Jeff George or Joe Webb?

  162. By Immure on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    Neither bring back Fran.

  163. By Rick on Oct 15, 2012 | Reply

    I hear Fran Tarkington is available

  164. By vikingbob136 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I am thinking Randall Cunningham in case Ponder gets hurt.Or Tommy Kramer, if he’s out of rehab.

  165. By BlueBird7 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Get off the Root Beer, Guys.

  166. By cbednar74 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    First Off, I want to say I’m not being negative. We are off to a great start & I love it, but there are a few things I don’t understand! #1 Why doesn’t Frazier have the final say on all of the Offensive Plays? That is the HC’s job he doesn’t do it because every play call goes as planned that tells me that Musgrave calls anything he wants! #2 Why doesn’t Ponder get to audible at the line especially if he sees a different scheme from the defense? #3 We are not utilizing all the talent on this football team, we have 3 QB’s so we can use whoever why not not throw Webb in there for a play or 2 every now & then I gaurantee if any combo of Webb, Peterson, Gerhart, & Harvin were back there the defense wouldn’t know what was coming! We have to get creative too this will keep the defense guessing! #4 When is Jarius Wright going to play? This guy hasn’t even seen the field & Frazier said we have no injuries so why is he not playing Les? We drafted him as an “Impact Right Away Player” so what’s the deal!!! Just a few of my thoughts!!! Let’s take it to the cardinals this sunday! Skol Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. By Muskyfever on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    first of all I hope the Berrian thing is a joke, cause that guy is terrible. Dez Bryant also… Not very good. He like to drop the rock in big situations. That two point converstion last week should have been caught. He complains and has big issues off the field… Terrible idea! Bowe is the best option. But we are looking for certain guys with certain character on our team… And trust me Bowe does not fit that trend… AT ALL. He is like Moss… Complain complain complain. ask for a trade and complain some more.

    I think we need another WR as well if Simpson can’t go, but if he can I guess we will just have to see. But I guess see what the record ends at without a deep threat and draft some young talent again. Speilman will get er done, I’m not worried. Was peed off yesterday about the loss, but we really arn’t sitting bad at all right now… SKOL VIKES

  168. By DrinkHeavy on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s lighten up on the criticism guys.. and that’s coming from someone who was all over the Vikes last year for showing absolutely no guts and heart. This is a very young and inexperienced team that has managed to beat some very good teams and get to 4-2. If they manage to finish at 8-8 this year in the NFC North, I’ll take that as a good sign of progress.

    As bad as the Vikes played on Sunday, they still had a chance to comeback against a well-coached and talented team on the road.That said, my biggest problem with Sunday wasn’t the conservative offense, but an overly conservative zone defense that underestimated RGIII’s abilities to consistently make plays passing the ball. RGIII took full advantage of the Vikes prevent defense by finding all the holes in the two deep zone with quick slants to move the chains. It didn’t look like they had anything in the gameplan to mix up coverages to confuse the rookie and we paid the price. I know alot of that has to do with making the offensive and defensive game plans simple enough so that the young and inexperienced guys can execute and learn on the job while avoiding the big mistake. But I would have felt better with the defensive scheme that Frazier used vs Phil a couple of years ago to contain Mike Vick that used a lot of corner and safety blitzes.

    The AZ offense has not been playing all that well and this is a Vikes home game, so I expect that the team should win a close one. GO VIKES..

  169. By missed the boat on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    the Washington loss only means they now have to win games like the Texans later this year. why do the viks always set themselves up to fail?

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