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8 Vikings-Seahawks Storylines To Follow

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 31, 2012 – 6:39 am

Wednesday is finally here, which means the NFL calendar flips from last week to this week. For the Vikings, who are coming off a disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home last Thursday night, that’s a good thing.

This weekend the 5-3 Vikings travel to Seattle for a contest against the 4-4 Seahawks. Both teams are hungry for a win after losses in Week 9. Here are a few storylines we’ll be chasing this week…

1. Can Vikings Contain “Lynchpin” of Seahawks Offense?
Ordinarily the Vikings are a great run-stopping defense. Over the last three games, though, poor gap integrity and shoddy tackling have plagued the Vikings. The Vikings will have serious problems on Sunday if they don’t fix those issues because Marshawn Lynch will have no mercy. Lynch is the NFL’s 2nd-leading rusher behind Adrian Peterson and he’s not an easy guy to tackle. At 5-11, 215 pounds, Lynch has a combination of speed and power that causes defenses fits.

2. All Eyes on Ponder
Fair or not, the blame for the Vikings recent woes in the passing game has generally fallen on the shoulders of QB Christian Ponder. After opening the season with 0 INTs through four games, the 2nd-year passer now has 7 INTs in his last four outings and he’s completed just 51.9% of his passes for 309 yards in his last two games. We know Ponder can get the job done by playing well and moving the ball through the air, and now all eyes will be on Ponder to see if he can get things turned around after a few extra days off following the Thursday night loss to Tampa Bay.

3. Familiar Foes
Both the Vikings and Seahawks have players on their team who were significant figures with the other franchise. A trio of former Vikings – Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell, LB Heath Farwell and WR Sidney Rice – will face their former team in the regular season for the first time since leaving the team after the 2010 season. The three helped the Vikings reach the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season and both Farwell and Rice were named to the Pro Bowl that season.

On the flip side, TE John Carlson left Seattle to come home and join the Vikings via free agency in 2012. In Seattle, Carlson caught 106 passes and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons, and in 2010 he helped the 7-9 Seahawks upset the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs with a pair of touchdown catches.

4. Defending Russell Wilson
Speaking of familiar faces, the Vikings will see one under center for Seattle. Rookie QB Russell Wilson has been a pleasant surprise in the NFL. The 3rd-round pick in last April’s draft beat out high-priced free agent Matt Flynn for the starting job coming out of training camp and he’s played well in the first half of the season. Vikings coaches are familiar with Wilson because he was the starting QB for Frazier’s North squad down in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl. In order to win the game, the Vikings will now need their defensive linemen to become familiar with Wilson by pressuring him constantly and bringing him to the ground.

5. Overcoming the Loss of CB Chris Cook
The Vikings improvement in pass defense was a big reason they jumped out to an impressive 5-3 start in the first half of the season. The presence of Chris Cook, who missed 12 games last year, was a big reason for that improvement. But now, with Cook expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken arm, the Vikings will rely on their depth to overcome his loss. Expect Josh Robinson and A.J. Jefferson to get most of the looks, and expect them to play well in Cook’s stead.

6. Strength vs. Strength: Battle For Field Position
CenturyLink Field in Seattle is known as one of the toughest places to play for visitors. A big part of overcoming the disadvantage this week for the Vikings will be to win the field position battle. Both the Vikings and Seahawks do things to help them win the field position battle. Percy Harvin (35.7) and Seattle’s Leon Washington (29.8) rank 1st and 2nd, respectively, in kickoff return average. Also, the Vikings rank 2nd in average starting field position after kickoff (25.3-yardline) and K Blair Walsh is tied for 1st in touchbacks with 31.

7. What a Rush!
A sneaky-good subplot to this Vikings-Seahawks matchup is a pair of battles that will happen between very good LTs and very good DEs. Vikings DE Jared Allen has a sack in six straight games, and on Sunday he’ll go against Seattle LT Russell Okung. The Seahawks took Okung 6th overall in 2010 and he’s rounding into a great player on their offensive line. Another outstanding performer for Seattle has been DE Chris Clemons. The 6-3, 254-pound pass-rushing ace has 7.0 sacks this season and had 11.0 sacks in each of the last two years entering 2012. He’ll go against 4th overall pick Matt Kalil, who has made a rookie mistake here and there but has generally played extremely well for the Vikings.

8. Second Half of the Season Begins
The Vikings were a surprise team in the NFL through the first half of the season, winning five of eight games and upsetting a pair of playoff teams from a season ago – Detroit and San Francisco. The second half of the season begins for the Vikings, and the attitude inside Winter Park should be that there’s no reason they can’t be a surprise team in the second half of the season, too. Sure, four of the Vikings final six games are against division opponents and are on the road, but the Vikings have proven they can play with anybody when they play well.


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93 Responses to “8 Vikings-Seahawks Storylines To Follow”

  1. By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I’m waiting to hear the rumors or latest news on minnesota on the trade news.. either they trade for Amendolia or Steve Smith, or they trade for bowe.. or mayb another big time reciever..
    We also need to look to sign a cornerback or maybe a linebacker,
    Release our punter and sign a new 1, start jarius wright, and activate Summers to the 53-man roster

  2. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Until we get better QB play its not going to matter. I like Ponders upside but his performance over the last three weeks has not been good. Your not going to win in the NFL with an average QB and that is what we have at this time.

  3. By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Trade toby Gehert to saint louis for danny amendola,… or everson griffen to the panthers for steve smith

  4. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    lets trade ponder for a 5th round draft pick

  5. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder needs to air it out to Simpson. Teams have made adjustments to stop Harvin and thats when you play action and go deep. Repeat as needed!

  6. By 32frank12 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone know if the game will be on local fox coverage this Sunday?

  7. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to Rudolph and our tight ends getting the ball? Why isnt Ponder throwing the ball down the field?? PLAY ACTION AND AIR IT OUT TO SIMPSON!! Good Greef this is sickening to watch.

  8. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like a 3:05 start on fox.

  9. By 32frank12 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ok was not sure if it was on or not since it started at 305…yeah South Dakota Iowa should have coverage am I right? Do not want to miss game

  10. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    The only thing missing on offense is taking some shots down the field. Will you please air it out!!! The few times you have done it to Simp it has turned out great! Why did you stop throwing him the ball?? I just dont get it at all.?? If Simp has one on one coverage on the edge he should get the ball thrown to him every time!!

  11. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yea,you should be ok and get the game. There are alot of Viking fans in SDakota. Its amazing. They love the Vikes!!

  12. By 32frank12 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I hear Iowa has a good amount of Vikings fans also

  13. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I will be driving home from way up north from hunting. Does anyone know if I will have KFAN all the way up there? of what AM radio station it will be on??????

  14. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Does Musgrave and Ponder no what play action and go deep is?? Its not rocket science. Throw the thing deep and let Simpson make some plays. If he doesnt catch it he gets interference calls all the time. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING???

  15. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    You should get KFAN up there. Not sure what station but if you just fish around on the AM dial you will find it. Or should i say hunt around on the AM dial.

  16. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    they do, i live about 10 miles north of the iowa border, lots of vikings jerseys in iowa

  17. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Put in J Wright…

    Line up Simpson and Wright on the outside, with Harvin in the sl ot…First play from the line of scrimmage, if Simpson has single coverage…Have Ponder take a quick 3 step drop…And throw the ball up and over the top for Simpson !!!…

    This game isn’t “ro cket science” ???…Defenses have been putting “everyone” on the line of scrimmage to stop the offense…And its working…Because the Vikings REFUSE to throw the ball DEEP…

    When they do, it works !!!…But they DON”T do it enough…To keep defenses honest ???…

    Simple game plan for Seattle…Keep airing out the ball on offense…Until Seattle moves there safeties back…

    If that means throwing 6 pa sses of 30-50 yards in the first half of the game…Do it Musgrave !!!…

    Last week the Lions threw the ball 49 times…But they WON !!!

    The week before…The 49ers ran the ball down the Seahawks thr oats…And WON !!!…

    But the game planning needs to be, what the Seahawks are not getting ready for…

    The Seahawks will not be expecting the Vikings to pa ss the ball in this game…They will expect a conservative running attack…Because of Ponders recent struggles…

    So that is EXACTLY what the Vikings should be game planning for this game…Pa ss the ball a lot early and DEEP…To set up the running game…

    But knowing Musgrave and Frazier…I just don’t see them doing that…Just to conservative, in their game planning…

  18. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I remember the good old days when Farve would throw the ball to Shiancoe down the seam for 20 yard gains all day long.Does anybody no what happened to our great tight ends we are suppose to have??

  19. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE…

    2 great mins think a like… ; )

    I have been trying for the past 10 mins…Looking for the “bad wording” I had in my last post…

    And then saw where JE has been writing most everything I had in my post…hahaha

  20. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    2 great MINDS !!!…hahaha

  21. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Miss the Boat, I also live 10 miles north of the Iowa border. Im in Luverne MN just ten miles from Iowa and fifteen miles from SDakota.

  22. By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I herd tht we worked out a free agent defensive line and punter, I think we need a undomkong suh type dlineman.. we need one that’s physical and .5 sacks a game.

    Why haven’t we herd any trade deadline news about the vikings, why aren’t we tryna make a trade for a big bodied fast reciever or someone like steve smith or ammendola

  23. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, Ive had three of my posts blocked this morning too. Whats up with that?? I read your comments and agree with your insite as well. Just dont understand why they dont play action and throw the ball up top to Simpson??

  24. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    Like JE said. You should be able to pick up KFAN which is a FM station.

    KFAN – 100.3 on your dial.

    Also another. SIRIUS 93..Not sure what that is, but here it is.

  25. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE…

    They have to get more speed on the other side of Simpson also…

    Jenkins needs to go !!!…

  26. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder throws a nice deep football. Lots of touch. We need to see alot more of it. Like OTK says, it will not only get you big plays, it will also back up the safeties and open up things underneath for Peterson and Harvin.

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    It is getting to where, I would rather see the water-boy come in and play outside WR…

    Before letting Jenkins back on the field… : /

  28. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE

    NFL Network says KFAN is FM station you say AM ? I don’t listion to radio much.

    I live not to far from you in SW Minnie.

  29. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Im hoping that they can get JWright in the slot and put Harvin on the edge opposite Simpson a few times. That would really be tough to stop!!

  30. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I dont listen to radio that much either. Always thought is was on the AM dial?Either way,if you seek around you should find it with little trouble. SW Minny is a great place to live!!! What town you in Bluebird7??

  31. By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Joe webb isn’t only a quarter back.. he is also a reciever.. he can be a decent #2 or 3 reciever with his athletic ability,, if he wana be payed big money and be a sure spot on the 53man roster then he need to tell the coaches, man I’m tired of sitting on the sideline.. get me out there some kind of way.. ill play reciever if I have to…
    Have he and jarius wright stay after practive every day practice on routes and catching the ball n traffic

  32. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE…

    It really doesn’t matter…A pass interference call going our way, is the same as a catch…

    Pass inference happens…Because the defense didn’t have an answer to that play…And had to hold the receiver from getting a big play down the field…

    So why not keep going deep…Until the opposing defense adjusts ???…

    Every team in the NFL does that…EXCEPT…The Vikings ???

    Even an in-completion is okay…It still shows you are thinking “big plays” on offense…And the defense will need to adjust…

    Open up the passing game…3 step drop…And whip the ball deep !!!…

    Mix in 5 to 7 step drops..And the shotgun formations later…

    Catch the Seahawks defense off guard…First play of the game…

    Have Ponder see the single coverage on either Simpson of Wright…Quick drop…and launch the ball up and over the top…

  33. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yea OTK,im not a big Jenkins fan myself. Its time to get the rookie JWright out on the field and see what the kid can do. If your not going to play him than why did you draft him??Dont understand that at all??

  34. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    i’m more in the central part of the state, 10 miles South of me is Northwood, Iowa

  35. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I did think we would see Webb get some plays this year. What a waste of talent, standing on the sidelines with a clipboard in his hands. Put Webb out there in a wildcat formation and THROW IT!! You herd me right, have Webb THROW IT!!

  36. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I am down in the toe of Minnesota’s boot shape…

    Right down where we kick Wis is the ass… ; )

  37. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    *is=in

  38. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    *is…or…up…; )

  39. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Its time to start mixing things up a little. This team is so predictable its sickening to watch. I can call the play there going to run pre snap 80% of the time from my couch!!

  40. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE

    I live in SW corner. North of Jasper. Not far, but more then a stone throw.

  41. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK

    Give those jokers a swift boot for me.

  42. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    And steal their fish bait.

  43. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I use to ride motorcycle in that part of the state OTK. Awesome riding along the river! Kinda close to those cheeseheads tho!!! We have the Packers the last game of the year. Anyone think thats not going to be a big game!!!

  44. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    And their stupid cheeze hats, and feed them to the Lake Trout.

  45. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    JE

    Yes, it should be a big game, last one untill next year, so go out with a bang.

  46. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    A Pipestone throw?? I got a pretty good arm. Good to see others in the area are supporting our team.

  47. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings need to get fans excited about their football team…

    Throw the ball up…Quit playing scared…Have FUN !!!…

    I have watched pressers this week…The tension on coaches and players faces are soooo totally obvious… : /

    This young team is playing WAY to tight and close to the numbers…

    Musgrave has to loosen the reigns on this team…And have FUN !!!…Musgrave…Be CREATIVE !!!…

    Limit expectations in this Seahawks game…Play hard…Play to win !!!…

    But OPEN up the playbook on both sides of the ball…

    And have FUN !!!…

  48. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks guys. KFAN is the only radio station I EVER listen to. I was just not sure if I would get KFAN being so far away. but I will make sure I find the station before sundays game

  49. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    KFAN used to be on the AM dialer, but they switched to “HD” radio, and are now on FM. THere is a AM station that you can listen to the games though, just can’t remember which one

  50. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    the next 8 games will determine Ponders future, i think he knows that too, if he continues to choke, Wilf will be looking for another qb next year

  51. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Living in the tip…I have beautiful bluffs on both sides on the river…

    Just great to be a Minnesotan !!!…Love this state..And the people in it… ; )

  52. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    every city is built around a lake, and the parks are beautiful

  53. By Gilberator on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    We have enough talent to move the ball down the field. Musgrave needs to wake up or move out of the way for someone who knows what to do. He makes opposing teams that are good, better and opposing teams that are bad, good.

  54. By sandiamond on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    from USAToday mid season grade:

    Minnesota Vikings (B)

    It’s tough to tell how legit they really are. Coming off Week 8’s hugely disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, they’re not giving off the greatest of impressions right now.

    How they can get better: Keep feeding Adrian Peterson. He’s back from a torn ACL and, while they don’t want to run him into the ground, he’s their best hope on offense.

    Prediction: They’ll hang tough, but playing in a difficult division will be their undoing. They just miss the postseason.

  55. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    We try to air the ball out and we will get our butts handed to us, this will be a grind it out kinda game, only chance we have is to first stop the run, and RUN,RUN,RUN, Seattle wears out when teams control the ball and run it right up the middle, San Fran did exactly that and the Seahawks looked like they couldnt raise there arms by the 4th quarter,Seattle will pick Ponder clean if we get to qute in the passing game…Mark my words if we cannot run the ball sunday we are toast…..

  56. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ya, You Betcha JE, Piperock is just a good throw from the great city you live in.

  57. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever

    FM should reach you in the entire state.

  58. By jrich on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Play Jarius Wright and get the te’s involved. This has to happen if the vikings want to turn this thing around

  59. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    thx bluebird, i figured it would, but i know some stations don’t reach where i am going

  60. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Musky…

    Keep seeking on FM…Until you hit it…

    Or seek on AM until you get it…

    “Seek, and you shall find”…Muskyfever !!!… ; )

    FM has the strongest stations…Will not have to change stations often on FM…

  61. By Parkway on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder’s GF was on sports center all morning. I hope he didn’t take the day off to watch…

  62. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    rory…

    I agree, to disagree… : )

    I think if the Seattle defense game plans (which they will), for a conservative Vikings running game (the Vikings use to death, game after game)…

    They will stop our offense cold…

    And then, when desperation sets in…And Ponder tries throwing the ball…The Seahawks will pin their ears back…And kill Ponder…O-line will get tons of penalties…And Ponder will throw plenty of ints…And get sacked the rest of the day…

    And then all the fans will point the finger of blame at Ponder again…For not getting the job done…

    I blame coaching…And CONSERVATIVE game planning…

    Have fun…Throw the ball deep !!…

    I don’t even care WHERE !!!…JUST THROW IT !!!!

  63. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    ok, so what is the deal with Ponder’s GF. They started dating right when he started sucking… coincidence…? I think not

  64. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Man…I remember when Culpepper first came to the Vikings…

    That fool had ALL DAY to throw the ball !!!…

    He would sit back there in the pocket, and roast hotdogs over an open fire…Eat them..And still have time to find a receiver down the field !!!…

    If Ponder had half the time Culpepper used to waste when he was QB…Ponder would be lighting things up, passing the ball…

    Give this young team time to grow…But play loose and have some fun along the way Frazier…

    This is one of those games…This team is playing tense…Only bad things happen…When perfection is expected to win, on every play…

  65. By 22likeaboss on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    First off let the coaches make the decisions. Wright hasn’t shown anything more then the other wr’s yet. Second do not trade Toby or Griffen very valuable to our team. We need to just keep playing and build through the draft. And pick up few players in free agency. Look at the difference one draft made from last year to this year! Free agency is just as a risk as drafting so take chances with younger talent. This is Ponder’s 2nd year and first with normal off season so give him time to grow. Look at Cam Newton huge first year then slump. I would rather have Ponder develop and get better each year. We weren’t even suppose to be in it this year and yet we are so be patient. If we don’t make playoffs this year then look for even more improvement next year and maybe a Superbowl in 2 seasons. it takes a few seasons of rebuilding to get that kind of team and keep it. Unlike our roster from 09-10.

  66. By sandiamond on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Any trade deadline activity could be for a CB instead of WR

    Frazier said Vikings have not filled Cook’s roster spot. Didn’t want to say too much or give anything away regarding trade deadline

  67. By Scott A on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Muskyfever. I live in Duluth & you can get it on KQDS 94.9 up here

  68. By vikes or die on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see us be more aggresive in the passing game, but that will not be easy this weak because Seattle has one of the best “D”s in the league. But we have had 10 days to game plan, lets just hope the Vikes can execute it. GO Vikes!!!!!!

  69. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Perfect Scott A thank you

  70. By beefcakes on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Our best bet right now is to use Webb as leverage in a trade – Bowe? Joe may have had some good performances when teams aren’t expecting him but I’d be willing to bet he would get shut down quickly when teams realize that he’s not a strong passer and he runs it way too often. He looks like a weaker version of Ponder from everything I’ve seen of him.

    Ponder is the way forward and totally capable of being a good NFL QB if he gets some stronger players around him. Right now he’s getting tons of pressure and then Percy is the only receiver capable of getting open. How much do you expect him to do with that? Everyone is giving up on him so quickly when he’s had a better first 2 years than a lot of today’s elite QBs did at the start of their careers. Don’t believe me? Look at Brees or Eli. PONDER IS NOT THE PROBLEM. People are so short-sighted to think that because he’s had a few bad games he’s not starting material. Reality check, we’re not going to make the playoffs whether it’s Ponder or Webb, but Ponder has way more potential looking forward. It’s a young team, and with some key draft picks and trades we could be looking at the playoffs a year or two from now.

    Vikes made a bad decision at the start of the season cutting Rosenfels and not trading Webb. Even if he wasn’t a great player, Sage was an experienced QB who could have mentored CP7 a lot more than Webb can.

  71. By ponderthefuture on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    we are not going to trade for Bowe or Smith! when Percy is up for a new contract we are going to have him good money and not to Smith or Bowe.

  72. By ponderthefuture on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    @ demflyboys i don’t know if you’re kidding or you’re just stupid but Webb can’t be a #2 reciever he was drafted in the 6th round! we can’t trade Everson Griffin for STEVE SMITH or toby Gerhart for Amedola!

  73. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry beefcakes but Ponder is the problem. We are not saying to give up on him and yes his future looks promising but right now he is definatly the weak link.

  74. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    By ponderthefuture on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Webb can’t be a #2 reciever he was drafted in the 6th round!
    __________________________________________________________________

    I do agree that Webb will not be made into a WR. But the fact that he was drafted in 6th round has nothing to do with it nor does it mean that someone can’t be #2 WR.

    Marques Colston was drafted in the 7th round and he became a #1 reciever.

  75. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    How can you say hes not the problem? 2 weeks ago he threw for 58 yards!!Are you kidding me!! Again, i like Ponder and think he will be a good QB but hes got a ways to go. He will be a good one but he just isnt there yet.

  76. By Vikings1 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I have said many times that due to the makeup of our team, “WE” cannot turnover the ball and expect to win because we are not a good come-from-behind team. The defense must correct the problem on run defense and the offense must give Ponder more time on pass plays. On the rumor concerning Steve Smith, don’t think they are really interested in him because he is getting long in the tooth, I would rather see them try to pick up Burress as he is a big receiver and get rid of Jenkins and also play Wright, just my 2 cents worth, Go Vikings!!!!!!

  77. By missed the boat on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    nfl.com headline:
    Andrew Luck winning more with less than Peyton Manning had

  78. By autobon7 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is NOT the way forward (Beefcakes), better open your eyes when the game is on. He is marginaly better than TJack!!! If Ponder is pressured he is like a deer in headlights, you can see the panic set in. We need a QB that can take pressure situations. He is also NOT an inspirational leader. Very clear when Webb had to fill in last year when Ponder got knocked out, you could see the whole offense come together with excitment when he came in. You seen more smiles (from offense) and everyone had more giddyup in their step. This was VERY easy to spot.

  79. By rmk800 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Brady was a 6th round draft pick they guy is obviously never gonna be more than a back up..

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  81. By VikingsRule on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    autobon7 your foolish. A young quarterback has to learn. Ponder is going to show you and all the other idots on here that want instant success that he can succeed. All the negative arm chair quarterbacks on here want a “first year Cam Newton”, soar one year and “crash and burn” the next. or an RG3 who has flashes of brilliance, but when it comes to TEAM success shows off a 3 and 5 record. We have a 5 and 3 record because everybody is playing as a team now and thats good. autobon7 you have no patience whatsoever.

  82. By J.J on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    You know, if we want a deep threat guy, we should activate #15 Chris Summers form the practice squad. He is a big 6-5 receiver. At least give him a shot!!

  83. By C'mon Man! on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is capable of throwing the deep pass….remember ponders first start against the packers? Ponder to Jenkins, nearly for a TD. Put Simpson in that same play, and its an easy TD.

  84. By C'mon Man! on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    Weather Man…..lots of NFL teams use the same web design template actually….

  85. By C'mon Man! on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    rmk800 The difference between our late rounder and Brady…..is Brady was an instant success. And was already a good QB, just a horrible athlete. Our guy (Webb) is the opposite.

  86. By polarisrmk on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    ponder to jenkins…. jenkins was open by 10 yds and still was a photo finish at the goal line. both ponder and jenkins sould have been cut loose wk3 of the preseason that is

  87. By JJ on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

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  89. By MK on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings just need to force Russel Wilson to throw because he isn’t the most accurate qb out there. I’m guessing we pick the ball of plenty of times if we do that. And for Lynch, all we need to do is basic tackling. Wrap us, take out legs don’t just hit him! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  90. By OLD SCHOOL on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    This “D” is just as guilty as this “O” for this team!

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    Can’t produce a turnover…..zero interceptions…………!!!!!!!!!

    A JOKE!

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