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7 Vikings-Buccaneers Subplots

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 23, 2012 – 11:44 am

The Vikings and Buccaneers are fast at work preparing for their Thursday night showdown at Mall of America Field. Both teams had quick turnarounds after playing home games on Sunday.  Here are a few subplots to watch this week…

1. Quick Turnaround, Short Week
The Vikings and Buccaneers are both coming off 7-point games that will have concluded just 4 days prior to kickoff of their matchup in Minnesota. The short week presents challenges for both teams as they prepare for the game. But there’s an additional challenge for the Buccaneers because they’ll jump on a plane Wednesday afternoon, spending  valuable time during the short week up in the air and away from home.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, since the NFL Network started its late-season Thursday broadcasts in 2006, road teams are 20-35 in the games. Garafolo notes that the figure includes Thanksgiving games (the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions are a combined 5-7 as home teams) but excludes season openers because they’re not played on short weeks. It also includes a New York Jets victory against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto that was a neutral-site matchup, not a true away game.

2. Looking For A Bounce-Back Performance From Ponder
There’s no hiding from the fact that Vikings QB Christian Ponder is coming off a poor outing against the Arizona Cardinals. Ponder himself was critical of his own performance following the game, and you can sense from listening to him speak with reporters that it bothers him to no end. The key now is to do something about it.

Past performances indicate that Ponder will indeed bounce back. We’ve seen Ponder bounce back from poor moments in games to lead the Vikings to points. Ponder had two INTs in the middle of the Titans game in Week 5, but responded in the 2nd half with a pair of TDs in leading the Vikings to victory.

You can count Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier as one who believes Ponder will respond on Thursday night following the effort on Sunday.

“When you look at moments where he’s struggled, and then you’ve seen him bounce back, even after the first interception to come back and take us down for a score when he threw the pass to Percy [Harvin] for a touchdown, those are signs that he’s maturing as a quarterback,” Frazier said. “He’s able to put bad plays behind him and that’s what you have to be able to do at that position. That’s important to our team, it’s important to him. I am. I’m confident that he’ll just continue to get better as time goes on.”

3. Strength vs. Strength: Vikings Rushing Offense vs. Buccaneers Rushing Defense
Adrian Peterson showed on Sunday against Arizona that 8- and 9-man fronts weren’t enough to slow him down. The Cardinals presented that road block for much of the game, yet Peterson still ran for 153 yards and 1 TD on 23 carries. Expect the Buccaneers to devise a plan to slow down #28.

Tampa Bay has done a good job of stopping opponents from the running the ball this season. They’ve allowed just one opposing rusher – Washington’s Alfred Morris – to top 100 yards this season and they rank #1 in the NFL by allowing just 3.1 yards per carry. Also, no team registered more opponent’s rushes of negative yards than Tampa Bay (37).

Although it’s not a tangible factor you can assess during the game, preparing for an opponent on a short week – with travel thrown in for Tampa Bay – and then playing two games within 4 days of one another is a significant subplot to this matchup.

4. Playing At Home, Can Vikings Defense Slow Down Freeman-to-Jackson Combo
Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has played as well as any QB in the NFL the past two weeks, throwing for 748 yards with 6 TDs and just 1 INT the past two games. He’s taken just 2 sacks and has 8 completions of 25+ yards in that same span. While you certainly don’t anticipate Tampa Bay abandoning the run on Thursday night, it also wouldn’t be surprising to see them try to attack through the air with a QB who is on a roll.

Freeman’s top target this season has been his newest target – free agent signing Vincent Jackson. The 6-5, 230-pound pass-catcher is one of the League’s best, and Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that his route running is one thing that stands out about him. Jackson leads the Buccaneers in targets (60), receptions (27), receiving yards (586), receptions of 20+ yards (10) and receiving TDs (5). When Freeman goes to Jackson, it’s for the big play. He had a 95-yard grab last week against the Saints, and 25 of Jackson’s 27 catches have gone for a 1st down or TD.

The Vikings have done a nice job of neutralizing top threats. They held Detroit’s Calvin Johnson to 5 receptions for 54 yards and zero TDs in Week 4, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson to 24 yards on 15 carries, and Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald to 4 receptions for 29 yards. Defending Freeman-to-Jackson will be as tough a task as they’ve had this season.

5. Can Tampa Bay Slow Vikings Pass Rush?
The Vikings pass rush relentless pursued (and sacked) Cardinals QB John Skelton last Sunday. The defensive line was particularly productive, registering 6.0 of the Vikings 7 sacks on the day. DEs Brian Robison (3.0) and Jared Allen (2.0) got to him often, DT Kevin Williams tallied a key sack late in the game and then CB Antoine Winfield got a big on a 4th and 2 in the 2nd half.

Can Tampa Bay slow the NFL’s 3rd best pass-rushing defense? The Vikings have 22 sacks on the season, tied for 3rd, and no team has more sacks than their 72 since the beginning of 2011.

But Tampa Bay can pass protect. They have a mammoth offensive line, as their smallest lineman is C Jeremy Zuttah at 6-4, 308 pounds. Three others are 6-5 and their RT – Demar Dotson – is 6-9, 315 pounds. On top of that, Freeman is a big, strong athlete in the pocket and can be hard to bring down. The Buccaneers have permitted just 9 sacks through the first 6 games, which ranks tied for 4th best in the NFL.

6. Vikings In Prime Time
Most coaches and veterans will insist that a prime time game is “just another game.” Frazier explained to reporters on Tuesday that Thursday’s game is important to him because it’s the next game, not because it’s a prime time game.

That’s the prudent way for coaches and players to frame the game. But we don’t have to be prudent about framing the game. We can be excited to watch the Vikings play in prime time.

Thursday’s matchup between the Vikings and Buccaneers is one that features former NFC Central rivals. The Vikings and Buccaneers battled as division opponents from 1977-2001. As for playing on Thursday night, the Vikings own a 5-6 record in such games, are hosting their 1st NFL Network game in team history, and are playing in only their 2nd ever game on NFL Network, with the 1st being at Green Bay in December of 2006. This game will also mark the 1st prime time game at Mall of America Field since Green Bay visited in October of 2009.

The Vikings are 57-55 all-time in prime time games.

7. Matt Blair Goes Into Vikings Ring of Honor
It will have no bearing on Thursday’s game, but it’s appropriate to mention that former linebacker Matt Blair will become the 20th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor on Thursday night during a halftime ceremony honoring his career.

Blair played 12 seasons (1974-85) with the Vikings and ranks 2nd in franchise history with 1,452 tackles. He was a 2nd-round pick out of Iowa State and immediately made an impact on the Vikings defense, helping the team to Super Bowl IX as a rookie. Blair played on 2 Super Bowl teams with the Vikings, and the club won NFC Central Division titles and went to the playoffs in 6 of his first 7 seasons in the League. Blair had a knack for being in the right place at the right time, illustrated by his 20 blocked kicks. Alan Page (nine) is the only defensive player in club history with more Pro Bowls to his credit.

The Vikings Ring of Honor recognizes Vikings legends for their contributions to the success of the team on and off the field. Members of the Ring of Honor are recognized with a banner on the facade of Mall of America Field’s upper deck, forever living in Vikings lore.


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59 Responses to “7 Vikings-Buccaneers Subplots”

  1. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    additional challenge for the Buccaneers because they’ll jump on a plane Wednesday afternoon, spending valuable time during the short week up in the air and away from home.

    Seriously? This is not a challenge. It’s about the time of a long movie to fly from TB to MSP. Players can use this time to study for the game— hardly a big deal. Come on Wobbles— some critical thinking.

  2. By Muskyfever on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    TB like to sling it all over the field, they have proved that in the last few weeks. This will be a good test for our much improved secondary to see how far they have come. I would like to see at least one more INT this week. Personally I don’t care who gets it, but like any other game, win the turn over battle and you win the game

  3. By Parkway on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be a liability Ponder….

  4. By nyvikefan on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    We need to start airing it out a little… Without any threat of going long, teams are able to come up, and stop our short/ intermediate passing game… Need to at least take 5- 6 long shots to keep em honest….

  5. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Besides, these teams are made of professional who travel for half their regular season games every year– how in the world is that an additional challenge? HUH? Come on, answer the question! This is a part of these employees’ common on-the-job routines. Wobbles– we are not ignorant.

  6. By tomcat on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever- You`re right on about a test for our secondary! Not only that but the Bucs line is much better, also. Won`t be seeing 7 sacks. On the flipside, A,P. may find the yards tougher to come by too. Time to mix Toby in some. On the lighter side, Ponder should hit a couple of deep ones to Percy or Simpson. Kyle will also have some room in the middle. Vikings 27- Bucs21 Skol!!

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    What I don’t understand ???…

    When you do call for the deep pass..And the only way the opposing team is defending the play is committing pass interference…

    Because they have to hold Simpson from going past them…From playing their safeties up…And CB’s to close…

    Why not keep mixing in the deep pass often…Until the defense backs off the line of scrimmage to defend against it ???…And open bigger holes for our running game…

    If the play works…

    Why take it out of your game plan..Unless they stop it ???…

    The Vikings seem to scare themselves…When a big play works ???…

    “If it ain’t broke…Don’t fix it” !!!…

  8. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Atleast we dont have to face Talib.

  9. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    When you have 3 days to prepare for a game, and you have to spend more than half of one day traveling, it is certainly a disadvantage. Traveling to another city is more than just the 2+ hours in the air from Tampa to MPLS.

    It doesn’t mean a team can’t win in that scenario. But when you look at the numbers cited by Garafolo, there’s no disputing that the traveling team has the disadvantage of less time to prepare for the game.

  10. By RichardA1 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    ?Ponder bouncing back? we don’t want him bouncing back to him trying to throw on the run, interception every time.
    They cannot have to plays in the play book! the Peterson play running and the Harvin catching play, defenses arent that stupid and we are heading into a dead end by doing it!
    Will the Defense show up? go Berzerk, have a purple people much attack, seafood straight from Tampa Fla
    Grrrrrrrrrr……..I think I will leave now! I’m walking to the Dome, wearing full armour, drinking a bear and munching on a turkey leg!!!!come along Berzerk Gang!! there is another ship that wants to do battle.

  11. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wobschall I have traveled to three continents and am over twice your age– don’t lecture me on travel logistics. You cannot make an argument by restating what you already stated. It is a disadvantage? Why? Think deeper. I say it is not– it is part of their routine– in fact, one could argue that the trip solidifies team chemistry and allows more time to study their game plan as individuals during the flight– and then regrouping on the ground as a collective entity to confirm, and adjust what was learned on the plane– One could easily argue it is an advantage– time for counterpoint, Wobbs. But try using logic.

  12. By Muskyfever on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    TB Has the 3rd best run D in the league, their smallest O-lineman is 6’4″ 305 (yes I said smallest), They have the 31st ranked Pass D in the League giving up over 350+ pa ss yrds a game.

    We have a ferocious D line, the best Running back in the league and a complete LACK of p assing Ofense…

    Their strenghths against our strengths and their weaknesses against our weaknesses.

    Should be a nail biter!

  13. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, and FYI– Lance Armstrong is the greatest cyclist of all time.

  14. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    ^^^ Steroids.

    Cycling is without a doubt the most dirty sport of all sports. It should be disbanded.

  15. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    “Chris Cook earning coaches’ trust, praise with development”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/175467211.html

  16. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA — Spencer, you’re showing your youth again. Cover it up! It’s embarrassing!

  17. By john on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    need to play good football or tampa will get us

  18. By South Carolina Troy on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Blair is a person with class. Congrats #59 you belong in vikings ring of honor.

  19. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    what did I predict a few weeks ago? I said Tampa would be the spoiler and upset the Vikes. I don’t have quite the same feeling, but look at how many points they scored against the Saints on Sunday.

  20. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-general/20121023/Armstrong-Indurain/

  21. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Showing my youth??? Personally I USE to love cycling but its just a dirty sport!

    First off Armstrong was a garbage climber and TT rider before 99′. All of a sudden he beats everyone on the TTs and climbs? Most of his competitors have been involved with doping (Ullrich, Pantani, Basso, Vinokourov, Hamilton, Landis etc.), yet Armstrong still managed to crush them all 7 years straight without the help of doping? He and a lot of other top riders are and were doped. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.

  22. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Well thats enough cycling talk from me, i’d rather talk soccer. It may be an awfully boring sport, but at-least the athletes are CLEAN!!!

  23. By Spencer on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Williams vs Josh Robinson should also be an interesting battle.

  24. By Ozzinator on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    I just don’t understand why no one is talking about Mistral Raymond…………….

  25. By vikingbob136 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes are rated as #8 in this weeks power ratings(for what its worth)
    3 of the top 8 teams are from the NFC North(for what it is worth)

  26. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    At least there is no flopping in cycling. I dont think I will ever get past that flop by RG3 to draw a penalty against us.

  27. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    SAY NO TO D BOWE. PAY PERCY!

  28. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Remember when we were struggling on offense against the Lions? What happened the next week? Offensive explosion. I have all the confidence that Frazier and Ponder prepare properly and have a big bounce back game.

  29. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Should I start Doug Martin and/or Mike Williams in fantasy this week?

  30. By RichardA1 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get a legitmate deep threat, we can’t count on Simpson drawing a flag everytime he’s thrown the ball!
    Were 3rd in the leaque for Sacks! we want that record, its ours…grrrrr, cans of purple flavored whoop ass are opening in the background…..Williams had a great game for the D line, could be the game the D line has a stand out game!

  31. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    You have to ask yourself. Who is the 1 guy on the Bucs offense we have to stop. Who is the guy we are going to take out, and make someone else beat us?

  32. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin? Vincent Jackson? Josh Freeman. I recall Freeman doing some damage to us last year. The crowd really needs to be rocking to help our pass rushers. We all know they are nonexistent on the road.

  33. By JE on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    We have a deep threat. Its Simpson. Why do you think hes getting all these calls? BECAUSE HES BLOWING BY THE DEFENDER!!! If they want to stop grabing him thats fine by me. Instead of a penalty it will be a touchdown.

  34. By JE on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to try and stop Vincent Jackson. We are great against the run but still can be hurt on big pass plays. VJackson is legit! I wish he was wearing purple.!!! He would have been a great free agent pickup.

  35. By demflyboyz on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah I think we need to start throwing deep more often to Simpson. Because the defense is not worried about A.p. and.Percy, so I would play action pass on the first play deep to harvin for a td.

  36. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    The only time Jenkins can get open, is on a broken play…

    Why not bring up a physical 6′-5″ Cris Summers with 4.57 speed to run some stop and go routes, from the practice squad ???…

    Give the kid a try !!!…

    Jenkins is not getting the job done…

  37. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    And what about J Wright ???…

  38. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    At least Burton is a good blocking wide receiver…

    But is blocking supposed to be a “WR’s” main job ???…

  39. By CaribooBill on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike: With John Carlson out with a concussion’ who do you think will be activated?

  40. By demflyboyz on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah u are right OTKalil.. what worst can jenkins and jarius do then what aromashadu and jenkins are doing.. coaches see it not workn out so well so why nt try sum new like jarius wright and chris summers.. I jus wana see them suit up one game and see hw they do…

    Otkalil I also think n the 2013 nfl draft we should draft David Amerson in the 1st round and Cordarrelle Patterson in the 2nd round and draft the best available defensive end next year….

    During the offseason I think we could put ammerson in in. Antoine winfield spot and put antoine winfield n at starting safety nght nxt to smith if jamarca sanford don’t get beter at pass coverage. And have josh robinson as the 3rd string corner to cover slot recievers.

    And our receiving core should look like this next year
    Percy Harvin,greg Childs,jerome Simpson,jarius wright Cordarelle patterson, stephon burton

    And cook and ammerson as cb so tht we could have 2big corners,
    And smith and winfield or sanford at safety

  41. By demflyboyz on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cariboo, that’s a very good question… I wasent thinking about that one. This week I think jarius wright will finally be activated

  42. By novascotiavike on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, you are right on about the travel “fatigue”. 3 years ago, leaving at 5 am, I flew Halifax-Toronto-Houston-Mexico City-Belize City, arriving at the village at 4 pm. Nobody carried my bags, it wasn’t first class, but I BBQed for 40 people when I got there and partied till the wee hours. I was 53 at the time.
    Give me a break about these athletes and their pampering on a 4 hour first-class flight.

  43. By cbednar74 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m all in favor of keeping Ponder in there because Webb is not a pocket passer however with that being said I feel the Vikings are wasting Webb’s talent on the sideline! Also a couple other things I find troubling. 1 Why is Jarius Wright made inactive every week when he is not injured? We just drafted this guy & haven’t even played him what sense does this make! 2 Why did we give such an enormous contract to carlson who is injury prone? This one baffles me!!! Anyway I love the 5 & 2 record!!!! Let’s add another W this Thursday & come out Healthy!!!!!!!!!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Nova– and now what does Wobbles do after I push him to think and administer a true counterargument? What does he do? Wooobles typical MO— start another blog and run away!!! HA HA HA HA HA.

  45. By CaribooBill on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Flyboyz – I would be interested in seeing him and Percy on the field at the same time.

  46. By Wayne1970 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has come a long way, but the kid has to avoid doing silly things like last week if this team is gonna win. 3 and out ALL 2nd half. Pretty scary. In his defense , the O-Line got beat badly and made fools of on pass protection. Hey Christian , if you are running for your life cause the line is failing you, THROW IT OUT OF BOUNDS, or eat it if need be. The D is getting better and better. Watching the Vikings is fun again.

  47. By Muskyfever on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Moving WInfield to saftey after thi season (if he dosen’t retire) is actually a good idea. Thats what they did with Woodson in GB> but he already broke his collar bone.. IDIOT. But putting Winfield next to Smith sounds like an awesome combonation!

  48. By Muskyfever on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Personally I don’t even know if Ponder will get there eventually, sure he has made some strides forward.. When has has blocking, in going through reads and what not. But I am not sure that he is ever going to be a QB that is going to be in the top 15 or even 20 in the league.

    I like him for now, but there are QB’s throughout history that were drafted in the first round, who were supposed to be great guys, who never did anything. Matt Lienhart comes to mind… Or Ryan Leaf, drafted above Peyton Manning. Can anyone tell me where Ryan Leaf is these days? Howe bout Manning?????

    No look at some of the Elite QBs not drafted high. right now I can only think of Tom Brady… Round 6 pick 299… WTF!

    So just based on where you are drafted does not mean that you are going to be great.. or even good for that matter. I will let him play out this year, I will even go as far to say I will let it play out next year also and see where he stacks up. The 3rd year is supposed to be the year where QB’s become better and should be done with their “learning situations”. So he has till the end of next season to prove he belongs.. and If not.. Get rid of the entire Offensive coaching staff, fire Frazier, Musgrave and release Ponder, hire some new people and draft a new QB… But that is a little harsh at this point considering he has a season and a half to impress me or us.

    Lets see what he can do if we let him out of his cage a little more, surround him with some more weapons and then check his status. If he still can’t play then bye bye ponder

  49. By dogboy on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Titus,
    You are no longer needed for comments on this site, so go away idiot.

  50. By ozzinator on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree dogstyle, you go away……

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe dogboy is aka Wobbles?

  52. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Oz– most people these days become agitated when they are forced to think– they want to follow the government plans for their lives.

  53. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Big advantage for Vikings thurs nite,not traveling having at least tues and wed at home to get ready ,Tampa practiced at home tues than flys here wed gets a walkthru wed than staying in motels they have to be ready thursday night ,just to be able to be home on a short week is priceless,that being said I hope were ready for them physically…..I agree we have to get our passing game in gear,seems like Ponders timing is just not there with his receivers yet ,that will come in time ,but great job by coaching staff and players to get wins even if they are ugly at times were still getting WINS, I will take that all year long….New our defense would show up this season,we were just a couple of players away last year,,GO VIKINGS 27-17 VIKINGS

  54. By Ozzinator on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    agreed Titus!

  55. By HonPage88 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Leaf is in Jail.

  56. By HonPage88 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Tit, why you always F’n with Wobbles? do you have a crush on him?

  57. By PAVikesFan30 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Well, on paper, after reading the blog (which was excellently detailed), this is going to be a tough match-up for us. Bucs being ranked #1 in yards-per-carry on defense, and having allowed only 9 sacks this year on offense. We don blitz alot. But if our d-line doesnt pressure Freeman, then our corners will be covering guys a long time, and that’s when bad things happen. So, what u might see is that if our d-line cant produce a pass rush then we might be sendin an extra guys or 2 on blitzes, which, against a QB as hot as Freeman is and them having a top-tier WR in Jackson, can be a double-edge sword. I was at the Bucs-Vikings game last year for our home opener. I have revenge on my mind in this game.

  58. By RobSkolVikings on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    Definately agree we have the advantage in multiple aspects. I am worried about the Bucs run stopping ability, and pass protection/deep threat. But if we bring our best, coupled with our homefield advantage, we should easily beat them. But not if Ponder throws for 50 yards and 2 pix again!!! I had a great feeling about this season, as opposed to the past two where I just knew we were rebuilding and were going to struggle. Our inspiration is ALL Day, who is just amazing, Viking fans are very lucky to have him and I believe he has years of greatness left in him. Hes got another gear. I was tellin people in the SUMMER TIME that I had the Vikings at 7-3 going in2 our bye, and I was laughed at by many, but now the doubters are starting to believe!!! Hopefully we can add another win on today and continue to spoil the doubters plans.

  59. By viking181164 on Oct 25, 2012 | Reply

    all of asudden vikes can’t stop the run…they never blitz…offensively big problems ponder has weak arm and weak mind…too predictable on offfense..easy to defense…besides percy and pete who do they really have? they have 8 games left i say they get torched in the second half…

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