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Vikings, Seahawks High Performers On Special Teams

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 31, 2012 – 9:57 am

There are a lot of interesting subplots to this week’s Vikings-Seahawks matchup – the NFL’s two leading rushers (Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch) go toe-to-toe, a pair of up-and-coming QBs (Christian Ponder and Russell Wilson) look to keep progressing, two of the NFL’s best pass-rushers (Jared Allen and Chris Clemons) go against two of the NFL’s best LTs (Matt Kalil and Russell Okung), etc.

We detailed those three as well as five additional storylines on Wednesday morning.

But one subplot we didn’t mention that is certainly noteworthy is the matchup between the Vikings and Seahawks special teams groups. All NFL clubs take special teams seriously, but some groups are consistently among the NFL’s best. In recent seasons, the Vikings and Seahawks could be included in this group.

There’s no question Mike Priefer has made a difference in the Vikings special teams performnace since he joined Leslie Frazier’s staff prior to the 2011 season. Percy Harvin has continued to be arguably the NFL’s top kickoff returner and K Blair Walsh has made a quick and profound impact in his rookie season. Seattle Special Teams Coordinator Brian Schneider is now in his 3rd season on Pete Carroll’s staff, and under his guidence the Seahawks have led the NFL in blocked kicks the past two seasons.

Mike Priefer

Both coordinator’s have found success once again in 2012, and it’s making a difference for their teams. The special teams group that can outperform the other in Sunday’s game will contribute significantly to the outcome of the game. It will be a fun subplot to watch.

Here are a few facts about how the Vikings and Seahawks special teams have fared so far in 2012…

– The Vikings are one of just three teams to register both a kickoff return TD (Percy Harvin) and a punt return TD (Marcus Sherels) this season.

– The Vikings rank #2 (25.3) and the Seahawks rank #9 (23.6) in average starting position after a kickoff.

– Harvin ranks #2 (35.7) in the NFL and Seattle returner Leon Washington ranks #5 (29.8) in the NFL in kickoff return average.

– Walsh is tied for 1st in the NFL with 31 touchbacks.

– Seattle ranks #1 in the NFL in opponents average starting position after kickoff (19.4).

– Seattle ranks #4 in opponents kickoff return average (20.6).

– The Vikings rank #7 in opponents punt return average (6.2).


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200 Responses to “Vikings, Seahawks High Performers On Special Teams”

  1. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sure hope you don’t let Seattle rain all over you Frazier.

  2. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    @ Muskyfever
    It was in fact a joke.
    Except the kicking the guy in the nuts put.

  3. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    If you want to say something about it why don’t we keep our thoughts and opinions on the thread in question, instead of trying to call someone out on a completley different thread… just a thought

    Whether it was a joke or not, people can’t see what boddy language is used when you type on a computer… All I was saying is use common sense when you talk about certain things. Personally, I don’t think it’s a joking matter… but to each his own

  4. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    ok, back to football –

    As I said before I think this is a winnable game. I know everyone is saying that we need to throw the ball more, this is the one game I think that is not the case. I think we need to RUN, RUN, RUN. Run it down their throats. Use 4 different guys to run the rock, and think of as many different ways to run the rock as you can. the Seachickens have a FANTASTIC secondary, probably the best in the league… But not a very good interior run D. Run it up the middle all day long. Hopefully that will open some small holes for us to throw into, but their corners are just soooo darn good. Their safteys too. I think throwing is the last thing we want to focus on (for this game…)

    I honestly believe that we will win, but it is going to be brutal and a close nail biter. Vikings 13, seachickens 9

  5. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 24, Sea Chickens 17

  6. By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    What type of trade do u guys think the vikings will make before the deadline

  7. By purplehaze1 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes 27
    SeaHags 10
    …GO VIKES!!!

  8. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 49, Sea Droppings, –3

  9. By Seachicken on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yes indeedy Tiyus, Oh Great One. Vikings 49 ponder intercepts
    Seahawks 49 receivers of said ponder goofs.

  10. By ozzinator on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Tenth!

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Rumors…NFC team was looking for who ???…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1391066-nfl-rumors-fact-or-fiction-on-tim-tebow-and-star-players-availability#/articles/1391066-nfl-rumors-fact-or-fiction-on-tim-tebow-and-star-players-availability

  12. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    only way the vikes are going to win…if they have a running game and the use percy on the bubble screen…hahahahaha

  13. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  14. By Kevin on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    O-line….SHOW UP!!!

  15. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    percy is gone dude why would he want to stay in this offense when the pats will pay him big coin with a grade A qb

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

    I dont like the way we match up with Seattle. I just hope we come out of Seattle with a “W”. I think this one is gonna be dog fight!!!!! Go Vikes!!!

  17. By Mike B on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    We need to get the lead early and hold on to it. That’s been the key to success this year. We need to get back to it.

  18. By Seachicken on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike BB
    We Seahawks have a guy by the name of Browner who will be most happy to be on the recieving end of your boy ponders throws. Thanks very much.

  19. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fire Musgrave !!!!!!

    FIRE MUSGRAVE!!!!!

    BILL MUSGRAVE IS AN IDIOT FIRE BILL MUSGRAVE !!!!

  20. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Binkley has been slow and losing the battle in the runnung game of late…

    How about getting some youth inside at LB…

    Is it Audie Cole time ???

  21. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    seachicken the replacement refs can’t help you anymore

  22. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    You got Adrian Peterson leading the league in rushing averaging 5.1 per carry. 8 in the box. Good OL play other than Charlie Johnson ….

    yet Bill Musgraves offense is 22nd in the league ….

    Bill Musgrave pass offense 27th in the league …

    FIRE BILL MUSGRAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    FIRE MUSGRAVE

  24. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    By demflyboyz on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    What type of trade do u guys think the vikings will make before the deadline
    __________________________________________________________________

    To be honest, I don’t see the Vikings making a trade at all. Some of the names being thrown out like Bowe, S. Smith, and Amendola probably won’t happen.

    Carolina has already said they won’t trade Smith.

    Amendola is injury plagued and I think he’s set to be a F.A. this offseason anyway and well lets face it if there is one team hurting for WRs more than the Vikes its St. Louis. So why would they trade him away?

    Bowe is also in a contract year and there is no guarantee that he’ll resign with us.

    I do think the Vikes should try and trade for someone but I don’t think they will.

  25. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wish we could trade Bill Musgrave … for anything. Even a waterboy.

    Fire Musgrave

  26. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier loves his veterans though..But seriosly…

    C Johnson,Shudo,Jenkins…What positive effects do these veterans do for this team ???…

    They just slow this young team down…

    Bring in Cole,Asper,J Wright, and Summers…

    Let these young players feed on each others energy !!!..

  27. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    musgrave is a qb’s coach at best not a offensive coordinator..cant call a game at all too predictable..

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    immure…

    Read my trade info link above…

    Blecher report thinks S Smith (Car)…Might be in play for a trade..And that some NFC team made a call about him last Sunday…

    Just no info, on which team made that call ???…

  29. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    FIRE MUSGRAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Who is Shudo? Bill Musgrave?

  31. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    frazier sucks so does his staff

  32. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    So I take it you guys don’t like Musgraves brilliant game plan of run, bubble screen, run. Its so unpredictable whats not to like?

  33. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I like Frazier.

    I like Alan Williams

    FIRE MUSGRAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be surprised so much if the Vikings made some kind of trade…

    Just can’t see anything big…

    Might be in any area of the team…Be it WR/CB/LB/P ???…

  35. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Aroma-Shudo… : )

  36. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    if you cant throw the ball down the field eventually..you’re going to lose

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

    At this point in the season I really don’t care if we trade for any one or not. Our team is so up and down in games its hard to evaluate our talent level. We just need to play SMART hard nosed football for FOUR QUARTERS for cryin out loud!!!!! We have to be our worst enemy. We are young and dumb. But we are learning!! GO Vikes!!!!

  38. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I dont know that we have any better than Jenkins and Aromashadu … Other than Percy of course. Still I think it comes down to either Musgrave and / or Ponder. When you have a running game like ours that succeeds even with 8 in the box … our passing offense should be better than 27th.

    The run game succeeds no thanks to Musgrave … its all Peterson behind a solid OL

  39. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Eric the Actor … could call our running game and look as good as Musgrave.

  40. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Abraham Lincoln could provide the same offensive energy as Bill MusGRAVE

  41. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bill MustaputtheplaybookintheGrave

  42. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t see a change in the coaching staff happening during the season unless we start going on a losing streak.

    But come January priorities:

    1) Pay Percy!!!
    2) Pay Percy even more!!
    3) Pay Musgrave less (Fire him) !!!
    4) Pay a new OC!!!

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I really want too see a WIDE OPEN receiver on the field wearing purple and gold…

    And have it be SOMEONE outside of Harvin, running that route !!!…

    I watch the Giants games, where several receivers in one play are running with 5 yards separating them all from the nearest defensive player ???…

    And then watch the Vikings games…Other than Harvin…The rest of our receiving core…You couldn’t wedge a piece of dental floss, between Jenkins and Shudo and opposing DB’s… : /

  44. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    OTK … i understand that point. I think Rudolph was all hype. he never gets open either.

  45. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    can rudolgh even run…runs like a guy thats in his 30’s already

  46. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    181164 … good analogy

  47. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Shiancoe got open more than Rudolph

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

    We have speed at our receiver position. We could put 4 out on the field and run a spread offense. Percy, Simpson, Aromashadu and J.Wright. Would could easily run a spread offense with those for on the field. Speed kills, and they all have speed.

  49. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    how we get away with 2 guys on offense with a medeocre qb is beyond me…

  50. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t blame Rudolf…

    If your WR’s are not getting open down the field and pulling coverage from the Safeties…And the safties are playing up all the time…

    How can Rudolf navigate the middle of the field ???…All Rudolf can do..Is the little throws out in the flat he has been doing…

    Vikings need to stretch the field…If they don’t…It bottles up the entire offense…

  51. By Spencer on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    The only pass Ponder can throw is a bubble screen, you’re meaning to tell me Webb cant do that as-well?

  52. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    does anyone see ponder getting better at alll?

  53. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    viking181164 – yes, but it will take time and hurt my brain in the process

  54. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think it will be all that much thow, maybe better at reading and making decisions, but I think is accuracy is stuck

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

    Our O-line is to leaky at times, Ponder probably dosen’t see the open receiver in time, The RB dosen’t pick up the blitz, lineman blows his assignment, false start, turn over, poor execution, Lack of timimg between QB and WR’s, Ect………. All these things have to get better. It’s killing us.

  56. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    you would figure they would use webb in the wildcat formation..esp when he can pull it down and throw it..musgrave has no imagination in play callling

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Have a question for you Wobbs ???…

    Childress never allowed T Jack to audible from a running play, to a passing play…Childress did however allowed T Jack to audible from passing play, to a running play…

    Does Frazier allow Ponder to audible too any play (run or pass)…If he sees the defense show blitz or base coverages ???…

    What kind of freedoms, does Christian have at the line of scrimmage…With audibles ???…

  58. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    *allow

  59. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    kalill take a month off…

  60. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I dont think Ponder has gotten any better. He looks good in the 4th quarter when we are down by 10 plus and the defense sits in prevent … otherwise Ponder looks like a high school JV QB

  61. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    even defense has let a no name running back rush for 100 yards the last 2 games..what does that tell you?

  62. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    we need to find a killer middle linebacker big time

  63. By Seachicken on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    viking18164

    We don’t need any stinking badges..or repacement type no callers.

    mr. viking 123 yer out! We are going to sit our players on the sidelines, and let your ponder and rest of team play all by themsleves! You still won’t do diddy.

  64. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    someones lost again

  65. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    @ demflyboyz
    None.

  66. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fire Musgrave !!!!!!

    FIRE MUSGRAVE!!!!!

    BILL MUSGRAVE IS AN IDIOT FIRE BILL MUSGRAVE !!!!
    __________________________________________________________________ Agreed.

  67. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    dont you guys like musgraves play calls come on

  68. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Wobby answer OTKalil2012 question about Ponder’s audible privileges.

  69. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Oh no Musgrave is the greatest OC in the NFL. I would never question his play calling. The man known as Bill Musgrave is an offensive master mind…

  70. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha…

  71. By Seachicken on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    viking181164

    We have a Lost and Found Department and we found the Vikings number.
    Also found ponders, it is 1-2-3 and punt!

  72. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    why is seaschicken on my ass …did they kick him out of seahawk blog?

  73. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Kluwe says activism isn’t hurting focus on ‘children’s game’

  74. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Chris_Kluwe_says_activism_isnt_hurting_focus_on_childrens_game103112

  75. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    HMG

    Stop now, we all believe you! hahahaha, snort! had to catch my breath. hahahaha

  76. By Muskyfever on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Seachicken –
    Your insults don’t hurt us, you’re nothing more than roadkill in the street that we will slowly roll over. Nothing more than a chicken looking for attention.

  77. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/passing-fancy-not-the-vikings-who-have-been-struggling-anew-to-move-the-ball-through-the-air/2012/10/31/de818bc2-2395-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html

  78. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    well said musky

  79. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Any words a chicken says holds no stock.
    Pete Carrol is a name that is banned on this site.
    He ran off when he knew USC was gonna be punished.
    He is not a man I would want my kids learning from.
    Should have accepted responsibility for what happened under his watch.

  80. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    He might be a good coach but he is not a good man.

  81. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    He let those boys down in USC.

  82. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    good ole pete coached in minn his first job

  83. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    barn burner thursday night game

  84. By BlueBird7 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    EXCEL Has sent Men and equipment to the East Coast, to help those people..Minnesota has al;ways jumped right in when diaster strikes.

    Minnesota was also one of the first for Katrina also.

    Kind of nice to set around, safe and warm with nothing to worry about except will we win over Seattle.

  85. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    @viking181164
    Same time as Dungy.

  86. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Happy Halloween. Stay safe and watch your kids candy.

  87. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1387569-differences-in-the-minnesota-vikings-between-the-first-four-and-last-four-games

  88. By purplehaze1 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 50 Burger

    Sea Hens 10

    …Baaaaaarrrrrrooooooooooommm…..GO VIKES!!!

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

    OT,
    I haven’t read the article, but I can tell what the difference is. Turnovers #1, and execution #2 . And then what you do is, HIT SOMEBODY!! THIS IS FOOTBALL!!!

  90. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    OK, here is a play for ya Musgrave and Ponder. PLAY ACTION TO PETERSON AND THROW IT LONG TO SIMPSON!!! REPEAT AS NEEDED!!

  91. By JE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Its time to open up the offense and start taking some shots down the field. Every time we throw it to Simpson it turns out good. Why did you stop?? I just dont get it.

  92. By iaVIKE on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Except for the time he coughed it up Thursday night…

  93. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    And the pass Simpson cut short on Ponder…When he was supposed to go deep…

  94. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Same old waste coming from the same old mouths. You people are really something.

  95. By Spoiler Alert on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    You people are the worst bandwagon fans I have ever seen. Unbelievable.

  96. By Spencer on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    We’re the worst bandwagon fans? We were here during the 3-13 year…

  97. By purplehaze1 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    twice…GO VIKES!!!

  98. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    nice Spencer … Im pretty sure if we were bandwagon jumpers we would be on a different blog. Seems we are right here trying to shine light on the darkness of this team.

  99. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Charlie Johnson … you cant hide … we see your sorry a$$

    Bill Musgrave … you cant hide … we see your sorry a$$

    Christian Ponder … we are aware of what a QB is supposed to do. We have seen other QBs. Better get your $hit together

  100. By j.g. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    it doesn’t matter what coach you put in what ever place, there philosohpy has got to change. they have been predictable since the 80s with the same old vanilla offense. same ol same ol. so it doesn’t matter who is coaching until they change there philosopty.

  101. By TheRealDon on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I thought I was the only one on the fire Bill Musgrave bus.

  102. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I see a game much like the Niners game– Vikes will come to RUMBLE in the chicken coop. Vikings 49, Sea Droppings 10

  103. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bandwagon has nothing to do with physical presence– Spoiler Alert is dead on!

  104. By Spencer on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, no way Ponders offense puts up 49.

  105. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    AP–208 yrds rushing– mark that down.

  106. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder – 3 TDs

  107. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bandwagon fans…

  108. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Would that not make us currently Falcon fans? I mean they are undefeated. Even though they have looked almost as bad in some of the wins as the Vikings have in their loses.

  109. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Dirty bird dancing time…
    still dancing…
    still dancing…

  110. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    still dancing…
    still dancing…

  111. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    still dancing…

  112. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    HMG– stop! You are traumatizing all the long time fans who remember the Championship after the 98 season.

  113. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


    To tired can’t dance any more…

  114. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply


    dance induced coma…

  115. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Of course, wouldn’t it be sweet to see the Vikes go into the GA dome and defeat them in the playoffs?

  116. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    A more adequate term would be fairweather fans.

  117. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Heck Titus that still traumatizes me.
    If I ever go to that God forsaken wasteland known as Canada me and old Shanky “Gary Anderson” will have a little fishing incident.

  118. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well Immure that would fit the Birdy team.

  119. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ever hear the real story behind that missed kick? I think his wife just left him. But you cannot blame it all on the kicker– we had that game at the half– big turnover.

  120. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    No those would be fairfeather fans …haha get it because birds have feathers.

  121. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    That what I thought you wrote was not paying attention.

  122. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Chandler?! Chris FING CHANDLER!

  123. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Then they go on to get blown out. Only scoring a TD on what would now be an illegal wedge formation on a Kick off.

  124. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    If they had to beat us the least they could have done was win the SB. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO they had to get stomped into the ground.

  125. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    OK very angry. What brought this up?

  126. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot dirty bird dance coma.

  127. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Take a knee with 20 seconds and the hottest QB in the league– the top three receivers and the highest scoring offense in the league. What did us in? Secondary– same as it has been for a loooooong time. Our D was so so.

  128. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    who does seattle really have? COME ON MAN

  129. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    And they say you have to have been a 70s Viking fan to get fired up.
    Born after that but still have a Viking spirit burning inside me.

  130. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Better than the greatest show on turf Titus.

  131. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    D was not built to stop the run back then. Which explains the lose to the Bucs.

  132. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    H M G you missed the superbowl loss years..when fran tarkenton played ;like ponder hahaha and the play calling was like musgrave

  133. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why but out of our big three WR back then Jake Reed was my favorite.

  134. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think I am in time out

  135. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    What the heck?

  136. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Refer to it as would have been nice to be around then and it wont post what is going on?

  137. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    No ego Jake.

  138. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    its easy to game plan against the vikes take pete and percy away and its a good day

  139. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    SHHHH– don’t give our opposition the secret to stopping us.

  140. By 1vikingsfan on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    This game ponder will play fantastic Vikings will put more than 21 points for sure. AP will also hve a big day my prediction Vikings 27 ‘hawks 20

  141. By 1vikingsfan on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Probably Vikings will not trade Toby this season I think they are saving him to trade for a draft I hope so. I hope we get a new OC and more receivers.

  142. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    you guys are not fans to complain about our great 98 team …

  143. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    shawn i can take a negative out of that 98 team…my best freinds cousin was the holder on gary andersons first missed field goal of the year…we always say hes to blame haha

  144. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Man it would be great to have a receiving core now like we did back then.

  145. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I am not complaining, but when you are 15-1 at home, you expect it all. I know the Packer fans did last year–

    You don’t get a lot of chances for the big one– but I still say 2009 hurt worse than the 98 team. But Vikings fans take hope– both those teams seem to come out of nowhere– just like our current team. I say next year Superbowl– guaranteed.

  146. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    as much as a hate the pack..they dont have receiver or qb problems…we do

  147. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    omg … those teams deserve our praise and you continue to point out their failures…how dare you

  148. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha. Well, I think our attention should be with our brothers and sisters on the east coast–

  149. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    :)

  150. By viking181164 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    hey look fellas imagine following vick or sanchez..we would be killing this blog with negative type

  151. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    When news came out about Ponder’s girlfriend, his play started to slip. Hmmmm.

  152. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    ? ponder gf news?

  153. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, I posted a link a few weeks back–

    Here is a new one– look at what Ponder says

    http://www.twincities.com/ci_21810285/vikings-christian-ponder-girlfriend-espns-samantha-steele

  154. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    So horizontal tango is to blame. Should have known. It always be known to lead to the fall of great men.

  155. By shawn6464 on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well the good news is she wont be around long if he keeps playing like he has

  156. By Titus the One on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Coaches need to set up an incentive-reward program…

  157. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I think that is not allowed Titus.

  158. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wow that was some bad engrish on my part.

  159. By H.M.G. on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    should of been
    *been not be*

  160. By Immure on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Yea its not allowed by the CBA for a team to set up an incentive based reward program. Thats partially why the Saints got in trouble along with their bounty program.

  161. By Alex on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I still don’t know why you guys complain about Musgrave being predictable . If your telling me you knew what plays he was going to call the first few drives in the Tampa game then your lying and guess what the offense STALLED. Who cares if his play calling is predictable the games we’ve won were the ones where all of you complained about him being to predictable IT WORKS AND WINS GAMES.
    In Seattle we need to run the football and then run it some more. Their defense is built around their secondary if Musgrave tries to get Ponder to pass against a secondary that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady struggled against then he is indeed an idiot. We HAVE to run the football and run it early. AP says he feels the best he’s ever felt and he is currently the leagues leading rusher coming off an injury that ends careers. So tell me why we wouldn’t run the football to start the game? I’m praying that Musgrave is predictable because if he is we will win this game if he tries to make this team something its not Seattle will destroy us. We have Adrian Peterson the BEST running back in the nfl and all of you want to see Ponder throw for 400 yards a game instead of using this amazing running back we have who says he feels amazing. With the wide outs we have Ponder isn’t the guy to throw for 400 yards a game hes the guy to control the game not force turnovers get first downs and get wins. Does that mean he isn’t a franchise quarterback? NO it doesn’t he is our guy he will be our guy for years to come and in 1-3 years he will be having more of those great games.

    Another great thing about running the football is that the defense can rest more and we can control the clock. We have an amazing defense that yes did just lose probably it’s best corner, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still good. Pressure Wilson and he will make mistakes. We will see this defense force Wilson to fumble the football in this game.

    Thats my rant about Musgrave go ahead and tell me how horrible he is at his job I’m just happy we have 5 wins and hoping soon to be 6.

  162. By LarsonFamily on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    Some turds out there said our OLine is number 5. We only allowed 5 sacks in the season? LOL duhhhh!!! . First of all I thought you said stats dont matter.Second of all every time when OLine did not block what did Ponder do? Did he take a sack or did he run? He run. It is the same philosphy I was trying to tell you a few articles back. Finally, when I was a QB I will try hard not to embarassed my OLine so that it will fired them up knowing they are a good OLine, so instead of taking a sack Ill run out of bound or do something I can to gain positive yards. Sure itll make the OLine looks good because there is not very many sacks because I ran most of the time. Now, that does not mean our Oline is good, it is because Ponder keep running out of the line dum.azz.

    Now explain to me how did I get my right knee crushed? Its because my Oline did not block and the nose tackle came right through and sack me hard at the same time I tried to quick pass to my RB. He hit my knee hard and it end my career. You think Ponder wants to stand and get a hit? He already have problem with his shoulder and its hurting him every time the defense knocked him down. Its painful, the QB position is not the most fun position to play because the only thing you can do is throw or get hit.

  163. By LarsonFamily on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    So whoever said about judging Ponder, you are absoultely an idiot.

  164. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Also Ponder gets the plays from what Musgrave give him. He can’t just make up the plays from what the fans wants him to play out of. You notice Musgrave is so obsessed with Harvin and always tried to get the ball to Harvin. Musgrave finds so many strange plays that has to do with Harvin. Remember last summer Harvin complains that hes not getting the ball much and he wants to be traded? Remember hes complaining that Musgraves does not have enough design plays for Harvin to participate? Well there is his wish, and now we are stuck with Harvin threatening us with his trade and stuck with him hogging the ball when there is alot of options for Ponder to throw to. Musgrave is trying so hard to keep Harvin happy so we can sign him an extension contract. That is all hes doing.

  165. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    So yes you guys are very narrow minded. Its strange we are the vikings fans and we are battling against each others. Man these people has gotten me so exiciting knowing you guys are being SCHOOLED! lolol

  166. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Agree with your a$sessment @Alex to a degree.
    I want AP to run AD but Musgrave needs to not run him into the ground.
    Thats why having Ponder throw for maybe 175-225 yards a game would be perfect.

  167. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    The closest WR to Havin’s 60 catches is Jenkins with 24 catches all I am saying.

  168. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    How many times did Ponder run? Alot of times , ok lets take away his run and have him stand there. How many sacks would it be if he just stands there? over 25 sacks!!! Are we still number 4 like you mentioned? No!

  169. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Just because Tom Brady, Aaron and the rest of the top 5 QB does not mean they are an ELITE QB. Their OLine block so well and gave them enough time to throw. Now if they were in the Vikings team, they will take more sacks than Ponder will because they dont run as much as Ponder does. I bet each one of them will either get injuried or have trouble throwing INTS. Remember when Brett Favre was our QB, did you notice how often he runs to find our WR open? Man he runs way to much to do that and alot of efforts for him to find someone open. He has expereince of getting away, but at the same time he still throws INT just like Ponder does when it comes to running.

  170. By Seachicken on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    All of you
    98 98 98 Yesterday repeat 98 98 98. How about 4 Nov 12 ?
    yawn, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  171. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    We’re gonna take and we’re gonna win.
    Proceeds to throw INT.

  172. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Closest you will ever get.

  173. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    When Brett Favre decided not to run, he got hit so hard by the Saints, and look what happened to Favre? His car..eer ended. His foot got crushed and he couldn’t use his feet as much and he needed them. He is used to running out and throws to his open WR as fast as possible. He couldn’t run anymore and then they knew he is definitely CHOKED! They blitzed, and blitzed until Favre finally realized he can’t run and throw to his WR anymore.

  174. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    He continued to throw INT with the OLines we have. Our OLines has not improved ever since Chillys time. Now you said our Oline is excellent in Rush Block. Sure, when we have AP, he is the one that made our Oline looks like an excellent blockers but its AP.

  175. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    He can dance, he has legs, he bounces around on his own, he spins, he has excluveiness, he has everything in his power to get a TD and that is what makes our OLines looks so great.

  176. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Now if we put in Gerhart, what happen? It turns ouy horrible. He could not do much but run straight or depends on how our OLines can get him open. How often does it get open when he gets the ball? Not very often because he can’t do dance moves like AP can.

  177. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think we all know the OLine needs some fresh blood to go along with Kalil.
    A LG who is not Charlie Johnson and RT who can stop speed rushers.. Maybe a RG depending on how well Fusco plays. Sully is doing well and with new contract is not going away.

  178. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    He also fumble 3 straight times. Can not forget about that. Coaches sure seem not to have.

  179. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    He is the “every team’s RB’. AP is a speical dude that can do almost everything.

  180. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    So technically it is our OLine that needs work. Ponder is fine, except he is not AP that can run around, bounce around, or whatever AP do. We need elite OLine to get Ponder to BE Tom Brady or we will never have an ELITE QB by ANY QB, Webb, Ponder, or even next year 1st round pick which is Barkley. They all will suck. Period

  181. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    I am having hard time trusting Matt Kalil because he does not like Vikings. When he was drafted he wasn’t happy of the fact its the Vikings that drafted him. I predicted he will not sign extension contract after his contract expired.

  182. By H.M.G. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alabama OG Chance Warmack 1st round.
    Since Te’O is doing to well to get into Viking range.

  183. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    We should trade Chris Cook for 2nd round pick so that we have 3 picks in top 3 rounds for our OLine to develop. Chris Cook is such an injury prone. It is his third time he got injury in 3 years as a VIkings.

  184. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Our Linebackers are fine. Our Defense are exellcent. I would leave the Defense alone and focus on OLine.

  185. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Now heres a thought.. I hope it will help you cliarfy better since you guys are no football genius.. I am gonna help you how to judge Ponder better. On Sunday, at 3:15 pm, before the game starts I want you wannabe genius to take out the watch that has timers in it and time our Olines. When you see the watch that goes more than 3 seconds, you will see Ponder throws and it is complete (depends on if the WR catch the ball or not), and if the WR do catch the ball. That is how you know if he is a good QB or not. If it is less than 3 seconds and he either run or tried to do something with the ball, it is automatically an Ofline’s fault. That is how you JUDGE the QB.

  186. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Now you count how many times does AP run and got collasped before he could go over 1st yard. If it collasped more than his carries it is automatically an Offline’s fault. Yes AP still managed to get over 100 yards but that only happened once or twice out of his carries when he is FULL BLOWN rush, meaning one of his mood he tries to be creative and find the holes he is looking for so he can use the talents to Touchdown.

  187. By LarsonFamily on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Now you kids, I have to go since I have a life. Good night KIDS!

  188. By PAUL M. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    If Mr. Musgrave does not call Rudolf’s # at least 5 times this game, he absolutely deserves to get fired!!

    This is the same Kyle Rudolf that the Vikings were calling “uncoverable” during the pre-season.

    I’m actually echoing what Mike Mayok and Brian Billick have pointed out about Rudolf not getting the ball.

    Nothing new – I was calling for that last year too – doesn’t look like Musgrave values the kid according his spectacular potential.

  189. By PAUL M. on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    He will demand the D’s respect – open up the game for Adrian, Percy and give our o-line some relief.

  190. By Seachicken on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Attention Everybody!

    The LarsonFamily amd H.M.G have taken over this Blog!!
    Storm the Walls!!

  191. By Muskyfever on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    LarsonFamily – You talk a lot of smack for someone who is clearly full of themselves and still peed off at life that someone ruined to end you NFL potential career… Personally I don’t think you know what your talking about in most cases

  192. By Muskyfever on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    WOW LarsonFamily –

    I can’t even keep reading your posts. SOOOOOOOO much stupidity…. So much, It’s kind of redundent… Especially since only you know how to judge QB’s… Sry that we even thought about judging him as fans. We forgot to ask the ALL MIGHTY LarsonFamily how it’s done…our bad.

    I don’t even know you, but I do know that you a complete D-BAG

  193. By Seachicken on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    +Muskyfever Well, at least there is one of you that will fight back for your team!
    Too bad we will whip your butt this Sunday.You are a fighter! Will your team be?

  194. By Gilberator on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alex….Musgrave being predictable is not winning games. We beat the 49ers playing smart football and good D. We beat the lions with our special teams and good D. We beat Jacksonville with Peterson and decent D. Musgrave doesn’t fit in any of the winning formulas. His pitiful excuse of “coordinating the offense” is hidden by the overall talent of our team. Rudolph is a top 5 TE in the next 2 seasons. He can catch, he can block, and he can break tackles. Harvin speaks for himself. Peterson is returning to his old form. Our D-line is playing exceptional even though they see more of the playing time then our offense does. I like Frazier. Hes a guy the team can rally around and they seem to enjoy him as head coach. Alan Williams is filling his role nicely. Special teams is playing stellar. Musgrave is the only one that just doesnt seem to be doing his job very well. Our passing offense should be better than 27th. There’s no excuse. We should be using Simpson more often. Aromashadu is better than he seems. We need to spread the ball around. More importantly we need a new offensive scheme/playbook. The plays look shotty and our receivers cant get open. I feel like musgrave calls 5 plays for every game. Think about what you said. Who wins championships being predictable? The Saints beat us in 09. How did they do that? Oh…that’s right, by being unpredictable and going for that onside kick.

  195. By CanadianVF on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    I do think that the coaching staff that we have is going to have to change if we are going to take things to the next level. I have said this numerous times last year that we never seem to be able to attract some of the top coaches in the game with the proven track records. That is probably because we do not want to pay them and so we take a chance on a quarterback coach like Musgrave and we hope he becomes a great offensive coordinator. The same formula could be applied to our defensive coordinator and our head coach, we hope they can do the job.

  196. By missed the boat on Nov 2, 2012 | Reply

    the vikings offense needs any help they can get, points on special teams and points on the defense are a must

  197. By rory from n.w.ark on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    WOW I am on here so little ,Love our Vikings and enjoy reading comments on the blog sites,Post a few myself, but what is with THE LARSEN FAMILY ,I thought this was a site for voicing our ideas and yes, frustrations but, please the stupidity I think we can all deal without , POSITIVE THOUGHTS ===POSITIVE REACTIONS/GO VIKINGS WE CAN PULL OFF THIS ROADWIN,HAVE TO BE STRONGER THAN THEY ARE ,,,MIND AND BODY…..

  198. By JOHN on Nov 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ill be in one of the endzones waiting to see the purple work there way into it which they should do plenty of. Minnesota matchs up well with Seattle. I expect a lot of big plays from the offense and special teams. This game will come down to who hits gets the most.

  199. By Kathy P on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    If our ineffective Offensive Line can somewhere/somehow try to protect Ponder and give him time to throw it just might work. IF, they can pick up blitzes, it just might work. I have not seen any of this the last 3 games!!!! Ponder has been literally “running for his life”. Yes, he has made some mistakes, but at least last week he threw some out-of-bounds when he couldnt get away from the Bucs defense. If the QB doesnt have time to set and throw, or his WR’s or TE’s arent open what is he to do? Yes, he can run the ball, but lately, that hasnt worked for much yardage either. If we can’t stop Lynch and contain Rice, I just dont know if we will be able to win this game as much as I hope we can. They arent doing well in protecting the 10-15 yd. gains in the middle either. This has been a HUGE problem for several games. Look what RG3 did to us on several plays, and look what Freeman did as well. Those chunks of yardage add up very quickly and they got down and scored most times doing this. Hope game will improve today. We have a long road to travel after this and it would be nice to go into that phase with a win today.

  200. By Old School on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    This game comes down to 2 things……

    1. Can Ponder show some grit and lead this team against a tough “D” in their house!

    2. Can our “D” stop the run without getting burned in the secondary?!

    I feel like this game is a must win for acouple of reasons……….

    1. I think the lions team we will face next week is a different Lions team that we beat already!

    2. Confidence! We win this game…I think we beat the lions and go into the bye week with CONFIDENCE. We get some rest and come out of the bye with the engine going…….lose this game today….I believe that we lose next week and this season starts to get fugly real quick!

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