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7 Vikings-Cardinals Storylines To Watch

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 17, 2012 – 6:28 am

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means: Flip the calendar from last week to this week. Wednesday also means it’s time to preview several storylines we’ll be chasing all week here on vikings.com and within the various platforms of the Vikings Entertainment Network.

A pair of 4-2 teams will battle at Mall of America Field in an attempt to carve out 1st-place standing in their respective divisions, with the Vikings set to host the NFC West’s Arizona Cardinals. Both teams were out of the gates quickly this season with 4-1 starts, but both teams also lost last week. The Vikings dropped a 38-26 decision at Washington while Arizona fell to Buffalo by a 19-16 margin in overtime at home.

Here are 7 storylines to watch this week…

Cardinals QB Carousel Spins Skelton For Matchup With Vikings
For the 4th consecutive week, a Vikings opponent is dealing with an injury to their starting QB. This week it’s the Cardinals and Kevin Kolb. There will be no “Will he or won’t he?” discussion this week with Kolb, as the Cardinals official website has disclosed that he has cartilage damage in his ribs and a SC joint sprain that will keep him out an “unspecified period of time.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter went a step further, citing a team source for the Cardinals and reporting that Kolb will be out on Sunday in Minnesota and is expected to miss “several weeks.”

With Kolb out, the Cardinals will turn to John Skelton. Losing your starting QB is never a good thing, but in turning to Skelton this Sunday the Cardinals are actually turning to the QB they named the starter to open the season. Skelton beat out Kolb during a training camp and preseason competition, but then injured his ankle in the season opener and lost the starting job to Kolb.

Skelton was a 5th-round pick of Arizona in 2010 out of Fordham. He measures in at 6-5, 243 pounds and could be described more as a pocket passer than a guy who thrives while getting outside of the pocket. In 3 seasons, Skelton has played in 15 games with 12 starts and has completed 51.7% of his passes with a 13-18 TD-INT ratio.

Will Vikings Pass Rush Overwhelm Cardinals?
With a fairly inexperienced QB coming to town, this could be a good opportunity for a productive Vikings defensive line to change the game by pressuring the passer. The Vikings have more sacks (65) than any other team since the start of 2011, while the Cardinals have allowed the most sacks (82) since the start of 2011 and they’ve allowed the most sacks (28) so far this season. On top of that, the Vikings best pass rusher – Jared Allen – is starting to get hot, as he’s registered 1.0 sack in each of the last 4 games.

In last year’s matchup against the Vikings at Mall of America Field, the Cardinals allowed 4 sacks to the Vikings while completing just 47.9% of their passes and throwing 3 INTs.

The Cardinals are fairly experienced along their offensive line, with rookie RT Bobbie Massie the least experienced and no other starter with fewer than 7 seasons to their credit. The matchup to watch will be Allen against Cardinals LT D’Anthony Batiste. Allen had 2.0 sacks against the Cardinals last year, but he didn’t go against Batiste. In fact, only 2 of the Cardinals current starting offensive linemen started last year’s game between these two teams (LG Daryn Colledge and C Lyle Sendlein).

Two other factors to consider here are the Vikings depth along the defensive line and the advantage the Vikings defense has playing at Mall of America Field.

Vikings In The Red Zone
This has been talked about ad nauseam over the last three days after the Vikings settled for 3 FGs on their first 3 possessions and ultimately scored just 2 TDs in 7 red zone trips against Washington last week. The Vikings rank middle of the road in red zone TD efficiency, but this offense is solid in so many other areas and has enough talent that the expectation is for the offense to be more efficient in the red zone.

The Vikings offensive coaches and players are out to improve in this area, and my guess is you’ll see a big jump forward on Sunday. But, the Vikings will be tested in this aspect because the Cardinals rank 5th in red zone defense, having allowed just 6 TDs in 17 opponents’ red zone possessions.

Can Adrian Peterson Get Back On Track?
Adrian Peterson is not having a bad season by any reasonable standard. He ranks 3rd in the NFC and 6th in the NFL with 499 yards. But as well all know, Peterson’s self-established standards are sky-high. So from that perspective, he’s looking to get back on track. In coming back from his knee injury, Peterson was off to a fast start with 2 rushing TDs in Week 1 and then his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season in Week 4. Outside of those two outings, though, Peterson has rushing totals of 60, 86, 88 and 79 yards. Again, reasonable numbers for most RBs, but not good enough for him.

Peterson has a chance to get back on track this week against the Cardinals. In last year’s game, Peterson rushed for 122 yard and 3 TDs on 29 carries in pacing the Vikings to their first win of the season. You can bet Peterson will be looking for a similar outing – plus more – against Arizona this week.

Jerome Simpson’s Status
After missing the first three regular season games, coming back for Week 4, being limited because of leg weakness/numbness in Week 5 and then being held out of Week 6, Jerome Simpson is anxious to play. And the Vikings are anxious to have him out on the field. The Vikings were hopeful last week that Simpson would be able to play in Washington, but things didn’t pan out that way. His status will be talked about all week, and it’s unlikely we’ll know with much certainty whether he’ll play or not before Friday afternoon – it could even be a game-time decision.

There’s no question his presence on the field gives the Vikings offense an added dimension. We saw that in Week 4 at Detroit, when Simpson drew a pair of pass interference calls down the field and then hauled in a clutch 27-yard reception late in the game to help the Vikings take time off the clock and flip field position.

Fitzgerald And Floyd Come Home
Since being selected with the 3rd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has returned to his home state of Minnesota to play the Vikings four times. He grew up in the Minneapolis area and attended Holy Angels Academy in Richfield before attending the University of Pittsburgh. Fitzgerald, 29, has been the consummate professional for the Cardinals, and last week he joined Randy Moss as the only receivers in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards before turning 30.

As Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals back to Mall of America Field for a 5th time since entering the NFL, he brings with him yet another Minnesota native who is catching passes for Arizona – Michael Floyd. The Cardinals selected Floyd, who attended Cretin-Derham Hall and then Notre Dame, with the 13th overall pick this past April, giving them a pair of tall, fast and physical pass-catchers who will try to challenge the Vikings secondary.

Dome Field Advantage Returning?
A key to the Vikings early-season success in 2012 has been their performance at home, as they’ve won their first 3 games at Mall of America Field. The Vikings have had a significant home-field advantage since moving into Mall of America Field in 1982, winning 64.5% of their games in the building. Last year, though, it was a different story. A 3-13 record included an atypical 1-7 mark at home. As the Vikings have gotten off to a solid 4-2 start in 2012, it’s no surprise that a big reason for the fast start has been a 3-0 record at home. Sunday gives the Vikings an opportunity to move to 4-0 at home and continue their return to form as a dominant team at home.


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88 Responses to “7 Vikings-Cardinals Storylines To Watch”

  1. By Mike B. on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    First

  2. By Mike B. on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings should be able to handle the Cards on Sunday. The dome should be rocking

  3. By ozzinator on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Put josh robinson on Floyd and put cook on fitz, have jamarca on josh side and harrison on cook side..

  5. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I wana see the playbook look diffrent this week.. I wana see more new plays frm the vikings,

    I wnt to see a.p. run a 80-yard td
    And catch a ball and run it for 40 yards
    He average 5 receptions a game

    I wana see our oline get physical. And play hungry and mad, and the same for the defensive line… I know Harrison smith and jamarca is going to lay the hat on guys. We jus need cook to play more physical and mad

  6. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton is more of a pocket pass er…So getting pressure up the middle from our defense will be huge this Sunday…And get those hands up to deflect the pass also if no early pen etration…Skelton will be using quick timing patterns with Fitz…

    I would play press, bu mp and run coverage with Robinson on Fitz…Robinson will be more physical with Fitz at the line of scrimmage and then have Smith spy Fitz over the top all day long…Take Fitz out of rhythm on those timing patterns underneath and have Smith over the top…If Robinsin gets b eat off the line…Use Cook (alone) on Floyd to keep him covered…

    What little running game the Cards had…Left with R Williams going on IR last week…But they will run a little…To try and keep the defense honest…

    Lets hope the Vikings plan to use the offense in this game…And not just sit back waiting for the defense to win this game, by just running the ball with AP…

    Play to win the game !!!…ALWAYS !!!…

  7. By Mark B on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Musgrave – please, for the love of all that is holy, call the game like you are down 14 points. It seems that when we are behind (like last week or the Indy/Jags games) the offense can march up and down the field and darn near score at will – can we just make that the game plan (ya know, instead of controlling the clock just force them to play keep up on the scoreboard) and move on with life?

    Oh, and FIFTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (BTW, calling out that you are first is about the most asinine thing I can think of – everyone can see that you are first, unless of course you are on the Packers site – you may need to remind them!)

  8. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah otkalil u are right.. to me.. robinson is a better cornerback then cook…so therefore put him on fitz and have smith over the top if robinson need anykind of help. Because robinson is way faster then fitz and I think cook can cover floyd 1on1.
    Send diffrent blitz”s packages to skelton… I wana see griffen get more snaps on the line with jared allen,kevin williams, and robinson

    And on the redzone idea, why nt have all ur playmakers n at the same time.. to confuse the defense because there defense is nt good enought to hold all our playmakers such as harvin,ellison,rudolph,jenkins,and simpson.. and ponder on a qb sneak

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Musgrave…Talk Frazier into doing something CREATIVE early..And get the crowd into the game !!!…

    First offensive play…Grab Sherels and Robinson off the defense…Have those 2 be your wide outs…Percy in the slot…Rudolf running a go route on the inside hash…

    Run a stop and go route with both Sherels and Robinson…They draw up both safeties outside because of their speed…

    Rudolf runs wide open after beating the LB….

    TOCHDOWN !!!!…Rudolf !!!…AND THE CROWD GOES WILD !!!!!!

    Be creative…Have some fun…It’s only a game !!!

  10. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I doubt if musgrave think of something like that… he ain’t rex ryan or his offensive coordiantor

  11. By Troutdaddy on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil2012 It’s only a game????? You forget… I BLEED PURPLE- so do most of us here… But I agree with you 200% I would love to see some creativity and success in the Red Zone early and often. I would also like to see them Use Peterson less up the middle and more around the edges. I think Rudolph is going to have his best game yet. I also think that if Simpson can play, then he can be a great decoy as well that will allow Harvin to run wild. That is a video I would watch… Harvin gone wild…. Nuf said…

  12. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    How about for once, when were say on the 30 yard line take a shot at the endzone,we have the kicker to hit from there,so maybe take a chance and go for it ,it might just work maybe even two shots to the endzone!!!!!

  13. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rory. Good thinking…. u said something very good and its sum that they shuld consider

  14. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @ rory

    Try a pass from 30 yard line?? All that is great, if you have somebody that can throw it that far.

  15. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think ponder can do it.. its just that we haven’t had people to go and catch them… you saw that he can do it in the preseason… one other thing is that why do burton keep being active and he get in games and show no stats, is it because poor performance or because he don’t get a chance to show what he can do…

    And why dnt we see what can jarius wright do..
    One other thing is that why cnt we strt going no huddle and let kyle rudolph do things like the texans tight ends do. I see him running 40yard plays.

    Vikings start running the ball on the outside of the field.. peterson is getn to mny plays up the middle and still gettn a lot of yards. Jus image what will happn if he was to run on the outside

  16. By Muskyfever on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I still think with the experience of Cook he needs to be on Fitz, J rob is giving up a lot of short pass es. And since Skelton has been out of it for a few weeks you can bet that they are going to get him going with Slants, slants, slants. J.Rob’s biggest downfall as a rookie (which isn;t many, is Slant and underneath Coverage. I think he is a future all pro, pro bowl CB, but for now gotta have Cook on Fitz and J.Rob on Floyd

  17. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Simpson will be ready. We could use him. Just make sure he doesn’t start jumping over Cheerleaders again. Let Joe Webb do that. Joe isn’t doing anything right now anyway. Joe can jump pretty high.

  18. By adrian peterson & percy Harvin fan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    U maybe right tho… I think jrob will hold him down very well.. they will try and target him and he is going to suprise skelton with a pick 6

    Whoever is guardin fitz, I think we should have harrison to help out with hiim because fitz isent very fast like calvin johnson…

    And I wana see Ellison get his first touchdown ds week..

    And let simpson be on the left outside with percy in the slot and have jenkins in the slot on the other side with aromashudo running a go route and throw it deep to simpson or aromashadu

  19. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder can throw well over 30 yards deertracks, you buffoon. But you are right, Webb can jump very high. There’s a youtube video out there that shows him jumping over like 10 tackling dummies when he was at UAB.

  20. By RichardA1 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    This just in…Vikings learned,,,,,,,,,giving the game away is just to darn nice! Cardinals? taste like chicken! can’t wait to sink my teeth into them.

  21. By RichardA1 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    What a waste! Webbs athletic ability wasting away on a bench, so so quarterbacking, outstanding at everything else-he can probably kick the ball to, what do they choose to do with him…..sit him on the bench as a back up! boo of a move!!

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe we should pull the “bla zer package” out of retirement for Webb ???…

    Oh…That’s right…Webb was terrible at that…So Musgrave scr apped that on offense…

    But look how well Webb played in preseason ???…

    Oh..That’s right…

    Webb was throwing footb alls into the ground…
    And tripping over RB’s feet handing the ball off…

    RB/WR/QB Webb is sitting on the bench for a reason…

    Webb does a little of everything…

    But doesn’t do just one thing well…

  23. By Kevin on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK….Ya nailed it!

  24. By Kevin on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Jack of all trades, master of none.

  25. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – What do you think about putting Webb in for red zone situations? Throw him a jump ball in the corner of the end zone, or anywhere in the end zone for that matter….he can out-jump and CB in the league. Or he could be a decoy if anything else..

  26. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    any*

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I guess what bugs me with fans expecting so much from Webb…

    Is Webb is learning a fairly new Musgrave offense, the right way…

    Ponder is doing very well, not having that luxury to begin with..Ponder was thrown into the fire last season…After McFlab failed miserably, early last season…

    Ponder has only started 16 games !!!…And is playing at a high level…

    Learning the verbiage of a pro style playbook is no easy task !!!…Just to learn and understand it…
    Then to physically go out and apply that knowledge out on the football field…Ponder has been amazing…

    Ponders development could have just as easily been ruined…Being thrown into the fire…So early in his career…

    Webb isn’t ready…But may be sometime in the future…
    If given the time to learn the QB position correctly…

    Webb is on the bench…Learning…

    Where he should be…

  28. By realvikings on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    We drafted Ponder with our first pick he was expected to start right away and when he came out to the draft he was labeled the most NFL ready qb in that class so we didn’t exactly throw him in the fire its not like he started on week one, they gave him time. First round pick qb’s usually come in and start right away that’s what you draft them for.

  29. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    realvikings – He didn’t even have a training camp dude…… you think he should have started in the first game??

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    realvikings…

    There was no off season last year…

    With very little time to learn, a very complex playbook…

    Ponder was thrown into the fire…

  31. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Did any player on the Vikings offense, know the playbook of a brand spanking new offensive coordinator ???…

  32. By Kurt Warner on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    This will be a low scoring affair with injuries on either side including AP, Harvin, Fitzgerald and Jared Allen. Both teams will be decimated and Ponder will throw 2 or more picks.

  33. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Happy to have Frazier and Musgrave “protecting” Ponder very well, so far in his young career…Getting Kalil in the draft…HUGE !!…

    Play calling has been conservative…But some of that is to help protect Ponders development…

    But some is just plain conservative play calling this season…Ponder has had time to throw the ball…

    Rookie RG3 on the other hand, will not last long under Shanahan…

    Why was Shanahan calling running plays for his franchise QB…That had concussion symptoms the week before ???…

    Shanahan doesn’t protect players…He abuses them…

    And will ruin the career of RG3…RG3 will not be able to handle the pounding, Shanahan is putting him through…

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    *that…Who

  35. By joekapp22 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Make no mistake Skelton is a very good quarterback who went 6-2 last year as well as beating SF.

  36. By hartnsoulprpl on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    first of all we were beat not by a team but by one man code named rg3. how? no clue where was the d line on 3rd and 6! i agree when we trail we own the field in route to a possible comeback. bill you take that tampa 2 and have bud grant put it somewhere you would enjoy. never would he play d to run the clock thats stupid. kill kill kill on every down leading by 3 or 100. why is there gerhart behind ponder in the redzone? why are washed up jenkins and aroma- wharever and not wright and burton young speed with a name to make on the active roster not runnin routes deep? we have harvin yes who has over a third of ponders yards and 7 other guys with the rest which isnt unusual but about 3/4 at or behind the line. he loves the game as much as anyone and absolutly phenominal fun to watch but the kid has been battered and beat up being the only reliable go to guy with speed last 2 years. simpson is gonna light it up this week i can feel it, the boys hungry for that ball. o line your doing great nothing bad to say just dont let up. josh robison and harrison smith are the new faces of vikings secondary love em. jared allen…. where are you, we have some work to do now, we need some help from you now! i wanna hunt with this guy, not just deer but a title to reestablish the vikings in the post season. one man beat us last week… 11 on both sides of the ball are gonna light up the league this year and many to come. what a show ponder has been, but remember his first pass on his first start? thats what i wanna see on offense. take what d gives you? no take from the d what they dont wanna give you. 4 and 2 is amazing concidering last two years. ten games to go and a tough last 6 with the pack and da bears twice each. no one is more of a glass half full than a vikings fan but give us, give the league a reason to say omg wtf aaron who? i love this team and can appreciate other greats except tom brady beat that dead horse some more bellichik or whatever. no offensive score vs the motor city kitties?! ya there d is good but c’mon man! we beat the cards with t jac im not concerned this week but its time to be a viking and bruitalize your foes. do it for bud do it for thr fans do it for yourselves

  37. By tomcat on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is gonna be one tough game. The Cards have a rough and tumble defense and are very aggressive. Look for the Vikes to come out running.A.P. is gonna have a big game. Ponder will have to be patient, but will take some shots downfield. On the flipside our passrush will abuse Skelton and cause a few turnovers. Cards won`t do much on the ground, but Fitz will get his yards. We just need to tackle, and not give `em too many big plays. This could turn into a route, but will probably be low scoring. Vikings 23- Cards 16. Skol, Vikings!!

  38. By realvikings on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    He got the starting spot against the packers which was week 7 i think that was enough time and he was given the playbook when he was drafted.

  39. By realvikings on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I like the fact that they got the O line protecting better but it seems as if Ponder is playing with restrictions based on the plays being called I think he would be much better if they opened up the play book instead of being afraid.

  40. By missed the boat on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    with dropping a game they should of won at Washington, they now have to win games they will be underdogs in like the Texans. Viks never make anything easy

  41. By Muskyfever on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK –

    Speaking of Mcflab, What is with him always choosing against the Vikings during the NFC Playbook on NFL network..?

    I think he is still a little salty

  42. By CD in Calgary on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I hope to see an improved run-blocking performance out of the O-line this week. I also expect Ponder to be a little more conservative with his decision making after the snap. I know that one of the INT’s last week was a tip-drill at the line of scrimmage (50/50 shot for the defense to pull it down) and another was basically ruled a fumble, but I still think he will have those on his mind this week.

    The pass rush should look a lot better against a young pocket QB, than it did last week. Jared Allen is coming on, which will lead to more opportunities for the secondary to get the ball. I think Mistral Raymond will have more of an impact than many would expect (I’ve only seen Sanford/Smith mentioned so far), he hasn’t looked out of place so far this season. So I’m calling Raymond for a pick-6.

    If the Vikes can limit the few big plays to Fitzgerald, there’s no reason they shouldn’t lead this game from start to finish.

    Go Vikings Go!

  43. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Talk about a Buffoon, noted is your comment on Ponder being able to throw 30 yards,

    Certainly true, but have you noticed that a large number sail way over the heads of the recievers?

  44. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Some of those recievers will have to start carrying ladders for those high flying oblong pigskins..

    And look out! for Ducks flying South! Well, not in the Dome, anyways.

  45. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yah, that’s why he has the second highest completion percentage in the NFL right? Your love for Webb blinds you, Deertracks. Either that or you just like to make moronic comments…

  46. By hartnsoulprpl on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    i agree with iavike on his point

  47. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    But not when it really counts, like in the Redskins game.

  48. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    hartsoul

    How is that for a point? Or do you only kiss iaVikes A$$?

  49. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hey guys, lets knock it off! The rest of us are trying to figure out the best way to kick some Cards butt. Thank you very much.

  50. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Haha strange how “Bluebird” shows up whenever deertracks does….. Come on dude

  51. By Troutdaddy on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Lol@ OTKalil…. As far as what Kurt Warner said above- I think you are dead wrong. I think we could see themost points scored this year by the Vikings. I think our Defense is going to play havoc on a 2nd string QB and we will see some of our guys get pick 6′s this week, PLUS the RED ZONE TOUCHDOWNS we are going to get this week. Right Musgrave????

  52. By BlueBird7 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    iavike

    You at it again? Didn’t know we all had to take turns around here.
    I post when I come onto the site.

    Also noted you come right on after “realvikings”..Come on Dude!

  53. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Uhhh yah….. except I didn’t agree with him/her on somethin earlier..but yah, good detective work deertracks, ya got me. Idiot…

  54. By vikingbob136 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Lots of blah blah blah today.
    Here is the game plan:
    Run A.P. 25 times.
    Blitz Red Skelton 40% of the time.
    Keep Patrick Peterson off the field.
    Stretch the field.
    Chip away at Larry Fitzgerald every play.
    Stomp on them when you can.

  55. By vikingbob136 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why do i look at Jerome Simpson and see a knucklehead?
    Could just be me but i think he is here one year and done.

  56. By Vikings1 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I watched the Broncos and Chargers game very carefully on Monday night and I was really amazed with Peyton Manning. I especially watched his presence in the pocked and his footwork and how he looked off his receivers. Especially amazing is how he knows where everyone is and changes the plays to how the defense reacts. If I was Ponder I would devour all the tape I could get on him and study it deligently.
    When Payton came out of Tennesse, he wasn’t that good and wasn’t even considered and average QB. He became a student of the game and worked his tail off to become the QB he is today. He was usually the 1st one in the tape room and usually the last one to leave. I think Ponder could have the same success if he is willing to do whatever it takes to become an elite QB in the NFL, go Vikings!!!

  57. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have noticed others on here like Titus, talk about everything but football. So I will also. A little information about myself:

    I am from Iowa, where we grow more corn in one county then you do in the entire State of Minnesota.

    Whereas you Minnies sell yours to make Corn Liquer, we use ours to mostly feed
    Pure Bred Yorkshire Hogs.

    I have one favorite I call “Miss Piggy”.She and I are grear friends, and see each other frequently.

    Oink. Oink means ” I Love You” in Pig Latin. Oink Oink.

  58. By Ozzinator on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    ha ha, iaVIKE

  59. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    ^ that last post was Deertracks being his little b1tch self posting under my name after I called him out.

  60. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    This Little Piggy went to Market, This Little Piggy stayed Home,
    This Little Piggy went to Iowa, crying :Oink Oink, all alone.

    Would you all like more of these? I have more, some could be nasty.

  61. By "OINK" on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    You asked for it chum.

  62. By Muskyfever on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    man… There is some funny a$$ people on this site. Thank you gentlemen for brightening up my day. I very much appreciate it.

    But since we are all done venting.

    I would actually like to agree with DeerTracks for once… (i know, I’m no better). I agree that Ponder has Crazy issues throwing the Rock accuratly anything 30 YRDs or over. They are to far in fromt, to far behind.. Either way he needs to work on the long pass.

  63. By RGIII on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings won every game that their “fans” say should have won they’d have been undefeated since 1961. Way to give a futile team more credit than they deserve for 52 years. Pretenders.

  64. By liito on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Spielman,
    What is the Vikings’ Achilles’ heel? Please don’t be stiff-necked. If the team needs help … get help! Please.

  65. By iaVIKE on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    You ‘no’ better? You are know better than deertracks, Muskyfever.Buffoon.
    .

  66. By DeerTracks on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks, Muskyfever. Can’t wait to see how Ponder does this Sunday.

    Hope his aim is better. Much better. Go Vikings!!

  67. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Does it make your day posting under my name deertracks? Pathetic little b1tch. You really should try conversing with a woman, give the farm animals and cousins a break.

  68. By iaVike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot to tell you folks another interesting item about myself. That is:

    The Yorkshire Hogs I raise are Registered Pure Bred. That isn’t the only thing that has to be registered in the states. Sex Offenders are required to do so.

  69. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    iavike before you critisize my writing if you think it was wrong, I feel you should re-read it. I said “I’m ‘no’ better.. Which is correct. I were to have said “I no Better” that would be incorrect.. But thats not what I said… Learn how to read and write there buddy

  70. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    What you said is incorrect I am NO better then deertracks.. Not know better. Maybe growing up on the farm inhibited your ability to speak the english language

  71. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Musky – That was deertracks posting under my name…. I don’t point out peoples writing errors, cause i make some too.

  72. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    oh… My bad. Nevermind then

  73. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Thats what he does, I call him out for being a dumb@ss and he starts posting under my name. I won’t take what you just said to me personally, cause you figured it was really me saying that to you. But before you start throwin out insults, know who you’re sayin it to “buddy”

  74. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I send my apologies

  75. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    How are we supposed to know when you have the same handle.. it’s iimpossible… Trust me I would much rather accuse the guilty and not the innocent. So Deerpoop.. if your reading, re-read those posts I guess since they were directed at you.

  76. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yah, that’s why he does it. You’ll soon get tired of his dumb@ss comments, i did a long time ago, that’s why i call him out all the time.

  77. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE… Peoples stupidity entertains me.. I like when people think they are being “smarter” than another and they end up being wrong most of the time. Again didn’t mean to accuse you of anything, but it’s hard to tell when it is the same name. At least now you wont be the only one calling out deerpoop, i’ll jump right in anytime

  78. By OINK on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    iavike

    I told you to get off my case before, now we will have fun you dirtbag..

    This is going to get much better.I told you leave me alone I leave you alone!

  79. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    ^ See what i mean Musky? And just to let you know he goes under differnet names, his main one is “Bluebird7″. He changed names after people really started to get tired of his bullsh1t a few months back.

  80. By Muskyfever on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    OH SH!T… I’m in the middle of a hilarious convo with BB7 on a different thread. HAHAHAHAHA … Oh that cracks me up. I’m ok with multiple personalities I guess. But I will always call out the D-bag personalilties without hesitation.

    I guess I haven’t been on this blog long enough to know what people do. Hmmm. Well tricked me pretty good… Thats ok, I’ll get er figured out

  81. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Deertracks, if you didn’t say such stupid sh1t and post under different names i wouldn’t have to “be on your case”.

  82. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    Don’t believe anything that iaVike clown tells you! He has been handing out bull$hit to a number of people. I figured you were intelligent enough to see this.

  83. By iaVIKE on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ha yah, i guess we’ll let him judge for himself. I have a feeling your dumb@ss will make it easy for him to decide…

  84. By DeerTracks on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, he will see just how low life you really are. You vilify anybody who disagrees with you. You also accuse others that don’t follow your line of bull$hit.

  85. By missed the boat on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    why don’t the vikings sign up Plaxico Burress?

  86. By alldayzipper on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I knew goin into the season mainly becuz of the division were in it was gonna be a struggle. Even though the defense didnt show up against the skins this entire league is average and why not the Vikes this year. They are full of potential and it seems like they tackle better than most of the nfl. They need to make better use of Ponder running on the oaline

  87. By Gilberator on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I just dont understand why we cant talk about the Vikings on Vikings.com. Patrick Peterson is more dangerous than any cardinal imo. We gotta stop him on special teams and watch him on defense. Hes a very talented corner…..one of the best in the league. We dont want to give him a good game. Idk who it is on offense, Musgrave or Frazier, thats making us look so dang predictable but it needs to stop. Simpson will be a good fit I feel. He played alongside Green in Cinci and had some good numbers. Hes got a good skill set and can challenge defenses to spread out. We have enough offensive weapons to challenge this extremely successful cards D. We just have to use them correctly and efficiently.

  88. By Old School on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    MAYBE PONDER CAN THROW ANOTHER INTERCEPTION AND MAKE THIS THING 21-21!

    WE NEED A PLAY MAKER AT QB!

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