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Vikings 2012 Draft Class Looking Even Better After Wright’s Debut

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 12, 2012 – 7:44 am

Football fans know it can be foolish to cast final judgment on a draft class too early. Just 10 games into the season, it’s clearly far too early to grade each NFL team’s performance in the 2012 NFL Draft. But it’s also clear that just 10 games into the season, the Vikings got a lot of things right last April.

On Sunday, it became even clearer. Matt Kalil continues to hold down the left side of the offensive line, Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson have helped the secondary improve, Blair Walsh set a team record for touchbacks and is now 23 of 24 on FGs, and Robert Blanton, Rhett Ellison and Audie Cole continue to contribute on special teams and in other phases of the game. But now there’s a new contributor.

Jarius Wright, a receiver the Vikings drafted in the 4th round (118th overall) last April, made his regular season debut on Sunday and hit the ground running with 3 receptions for 65 yards and 1 TD. On the Vikings fifth offensive play, Wright dashed through the Detroit Lions secondary and QB Christian Ponder threw a shoulder fake to the left before lofting a pass toward Wright down the middle of the field. Wright hauled in the pass while falling to the ground and was tackled at the 1. Just moments later, Ponder found Wright in the end zone for a 3-yard TD to give the Vikings an early 7-0 and to give Wright his first NFL score.

Let’s keep things in perspective: it was one game and Wright had just one catch after hauling in two during the first series. But let’s also enjoy this moment, because Wright infused excitement and athleticism into a passing game that was missing its most explosive component – Percy Harvin.

The Vikings 2012 draft class has looked good all season. But after Wright’s debut on Sunday, it looks even better.


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94 Responses to “Vikings 2012 Draft Class Looking Even Better After Wright’s Debut”

  1. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yea the draft class is looking better and better every Sunday we play!!

  2. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hats off to Spielman and the gang for a great draft class. These players have improved this team so quickly!! As a life long vikings fan i cant recall a better draft. GREAT JOB TO ALL WHO HAD THEIR HAND IN SELECTING THESE PLAYERS!!!

  3. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    6 and 4 at the bye… Will take it!!! After a three win season just a year ago this team has really turned things around. Yes,we still have a ways to go but there is no doubt that we are a much better football team than last year!

  4. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Finally!! Finally,Ponder threw one deep!!! It took 4 games but he FINALLY threw one deep. Peterson running wild. Constant 8 and 9 men in the box and FINALLY he went top shelf and what did he get……HOMERUN!!! ….Now my next question is?….. Why not do it again??? THROW THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD!!!!

  5. By rory from n.w.ark on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Great effort by our Vikings ,I was not surprised by Wrights deep catch,followed him at Arkansas, new he could do it ,now we have to get Percy and Wright out there together ,this team has so much talent, wait till we really start playing our game,Ponder did just fine,seems he trusted himself and let it fly good to see, A.P. well hes just the BEAST. I really believe this team is gonna hold its own ,We can win this division,we can win it ………

  6. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Looking ahead this seems to be a perfect time for the buy. 6 games remaining and 4 with division rivals Green Bay and Chicago.Can we get our passing game going well enough to beat these teams down the stretch?? I wish i had an answer to that question but i dont. Guess its a waiting game for now.

  7. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Personally I think that we can only drop two games if we want to go into the playoffs this season. I don’t think that even with the tough schedules that the Packers or the Bears are going to drop too many games,. I expect the bears to drop 1 or 2 more then the pack so we need to stay on top as hard as possible. And with all of the division games on there way in, they are crucial that we win those…. CRUCIAL!!!!!!!!!

  8. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I know that even great QB’s have issues, but If Ponder played like that consistently and AP could run like that every game, this team would be one of the best in the NFL for sure. But on any given sunday… u just never know

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    JE…

    I follow you…Every play the Vikings had going yesterday throwing the ball deeper to stretch the field, worked !!….So why didn’t they do that more ???…

    I usually would agree…And still do to a point…”Keep doing it, until they stop you”…

    But the offense went deep, “enough” times yesterday to at least keep the defense honest…Enough to confuse the defense…For Musgrave to execute a pretty dang good game plan…imo…

    But feel yesterdays game, was the first game…The Vikings went deep multiple times…To keep the opposing defense honest…Allowing pass plays underneath…And for the running game…

  10. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Was wondering why Frazier hid his face on camera during the go for two points?

    He should have been standing on the sidelines cheering on the troops!
    But that is just dull-face Frazier, acting like he didn’t give a darn.

    One other small item. Ponder still has learn how to pick up his feet!

  11. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    You are right on OTK. The early deep pass to Wright was long overdue! How do you make teams pay for putting 8 and 9 men in the box to stop AP? YOU GO DEEP! TOP SHELF! Throw the ball down the field!!!! Is it just me or has Ponder had any bad plays this season when he chose to go long?? If Ponder can plug a handful of deep throws in the game it is going to pay huge for our offense.

  12. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    AP has set up other teams defenses to have to stop the running game. Ponder and staff need to work on making teams pay for the 8 and 9 man fronts they will get in the upcoming games. PLEASE,PLEASE, work on the play action pass and throw the ball down the field!!! If Ponder does this he will really open up the offense and things will really take off for him and our team!

  13. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Before you send flowers to Musgrave/Frazier ask one or two questions.

    If the “Game Plan” worked so well yesterday with Harvin out, why not do the same plan with the tough games coming up? Do it with Harvin in.

    Oh, fogot. Its not in the game plan…

  14. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine if Greg Childs would be playing? In my opinion in the 1st round this year trade Toby to get the LB from Notre dame I can’t spell his name. Manti te’o? Or idk haha. We have plenty of wide receivers that can get better just live them time. We lack on the linebackers position to me. But great draft this year. This draft class is the best of this years. Just surprising how they change our team. Never thought this was going to happen. imagine when they get better? We will be the best team in the league in 2-3 years.

  15. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did notice a couple of Musgraves “Play actions”

    When geting teady to pass on 3rd down, Musty takes Peterson off the field..
    This only alerted everybody in the country that a pass play was coming up.
    Leave him in as a decoy for petes sake!

    Oh, forgot again. Musgraves does not know what thinking is.

  16. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Detroit forgot one fact when trying the on-side-kick. The ball has to travel only 10 yards, then it’s anybody’s ball.

  17. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings controlled the tempo of the game yesterday…

    Coaches and players executed their game plan…Very similar to the game they had with the 49ers…

    Why try and read more into it ???…

    Wright was having problems with drops in practice…And learning the playbook…He is playing now…Lets just hope he stays…Harvin,Simpson and Wright could do some damage going forward…If Ponder gets time to throw the ball…And AP being AP…

    This was a well played game yesterday…And was a well coached game…

    I am eating a little crow today myself, saying that…Because Frazier and Musgrave did well yesterday…

  18. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I enjoyed watching Ponder throw the ball hard yesterday. It was nice to see some of the ?s anwsered about his arm strength. Looked good. Everyone played well yesterday

  19. By jrich on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think this proves that ponders play has a lot to do with the play calling. Played a lot better when not trying to force the ball to Percy and get everyone involved. Going forward offensively, I think its key for Ponder to pass to all the receives and whoever is open and not force the ball to certain receivers all the time. The offense will go where Musgrave decides to call it, and of course, this proves j wright should have been playing for a couple weeks now. This team will rise and fall based more on the coaches not the players.

  20. By Troutdaddy on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Laughing at the Musgrave comments… As a fan I was very happy to see Wright make an IMMDEIATE IMPACT. We (The fans) have been screaming for him for a long while now. I am not going to sugar-coat it- we are in for a very tough ride with our biggest divisional games coming up, but at least we are in a better spot to compete. if MUSGRAVE and FRAZIER happen to read this blog (would be a miracle…. Wobs- do they ever read this???) then they should know by now that the Vike’s scheme needs to be like yesterday. More people involved, pull out all of the stops and be unpredictable. Being unpredictable doesn’t mean sloppy or too risky- it means taking chances on making some big plays and believing (Expecting) your guys to make those plays. It also means that Ponder needs the freedom to get it done. He did well yesterday making decisions with the football because he was not tethered mentally. That was cool to see. Let’s keep up this type of plan and it will pay off. If we go back to horizontal thinking then you will see this progress be stiffled. Also- changing up the running yesterday by adding Gearhart was cool too. The man is a machine and you can tell he wants it bad….

  21. By QB on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    It was great to see Ponder put zip on the ball. Didn’t see any floaters today. Enjoy the bye week Ponder, you deserve it. If these blogers, me included, are any indication, we can be a pretty rough crowd to deal with.

  22. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else notice how much calmer Ponder looked while scanning the field yesterday. It seemed that he was able to look for and find the open reciever without having to constantly focus on getting the ball to Harvin, Obviously we need to put the ball in his hands whenever possible. But Ponder needs to continue to do what he did yesterday and not discriminating between recievers. I know Harvin wants the ball (and trust me he deserves it) but I fear that it may hinder Ponder trying to always get it to Harvin now, after watching him play so well spreading it around to so many different guys.

    I think this team can be very dangerous with Harvin as number 1… Simpson and Wright. If Ponder can find an even balance in the passing game, this team could be one of the best down the stretch. We just need our franchise QB to play consistently

    PAY PERCY!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Troutdaddy…

    I agree…There are plenty of times the Vikings have not “calculated risk, to rewards” very well this season in the game calling department…

    But this is a team maturing together…Even the coaching staff…

    Even with Harvin and Cook being out…Our team has stayed relatively healthy…And going into the bye week…Hoping to get healthier ??…

    And with the rest of the division, knocking heads in what should be “slobber knocker” games this coming weekend…With good defenses laying the lumber against each other within the division !!!…

    Vikings have a bye week to rest up…But there sure are some games of interest going on for Viking fans this weekend…

    Packers @ Lions

    Bears @ 49ers

    YES !!!…

  24. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Musky…

    Ponder looked calm…Because he had a pocket yesterday..And time to throw the ball…

    Lions didn’t come after Ponder yesterday…They layed back in defense…To stop AP and the running game the first 3 quarters…

    When they did try and put pressure on Ponder late…AP CRUSHED them… ; )

  25. By Kyle on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Now what they need to do is not go away from jarius wright when percy comes back. Have wright in the slot and have simpson and percy out and have rudolph in also. And i liked that they kinda got John Carlson going yesterday. We should keep doing that play but have percy out instead of where carlson was. People know that the vikings run that with percy. Have him out wide and have carlson run under neath and give him the ball and let him run. We need to get both him and rudolph going. Along with percy, jarius, and jerome. It is clear why they only signed jerome to a one year deal. Not a great fit here in Minnesota

  26. By Kyle on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Also kinda looking forward. If Greg Childs can come back strong and not be so frail maybe he could take the spot of where Sidney Rice was.

    Also thinking A.J. Jefferson played pretty good ball yesterday. If he improves and does pretty good like he did yesterday, its gonna be kinda scary next year with him, cook, and josh robinson, maybe winfield if he doesn’t retire

  27. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1405392-6-improvements-the-minnesota-vikings-must-make-during-bye/page/7

  28. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rest up during the bye week???? Isn’t that what they did the last several weeks pror to Sundays game? Rest up my as*.

    You have some tought games coming your way! Get ready!!!

  29. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, tought indeed. Musgrave paste your stamp-size playbook on your forehead.

  30. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t need the “t”.

  31. By purple08 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    im pretty sure the coaching staff has a better idea of where this team is at in their progression and developement than most of the snapperheads that whine and complain about play calling and player performance etc…every week on this blog. That being said…I enjoyed the game but I didn’t like the clock management at the end of the first half. Hopefully Jarius Wright will continue to get snaps and Percy will be back soon. I heard a commentator make an interesting comment. He basically said the Vikings need to protect Percy Harvin from himself. Use him frequently but try to spread the ball around a little more. Having him miss a game might have been a good thing for Ponder so he could stop trying to force the ball to Percy every down and use some of his other weapons. Rudolph and Carlson for example.

  32. By TT33 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    bluebird why you so plssed off? the vikings won, get outta here with your bs

  33. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    You cant open up the playbook when your players cant execute the plays you are giving them. Ponder is a green pea and screaming at Musgrave is not the answer. When Ponder understands the whole playbook and can go out and execute it on the practice field you will allow Musgrave some more options. Until then your going to see alot of what we already have seen. Musgraves offense has alot more plays and different scemes,Ponders ability to learn it and run it consistantly takes time. More time than the 20 starts he has under his belt.

  34. By RealViking on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not sold on Ponder yet but i have to admit he surprised me i thought he would have a hard time without Harvin but he played the way I wanna see a qb play. Musgrave put together a good game plan, no predictable plays. J-Wright proved to Frazier that he belongs out their start him over Jenkins and our offense should be good. AP phys just unbelievable this gut really remind me of am old school back. Frazier have some more faith in the team when we go for the two point conversion.

  35. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder doesn’t understand the playbook after a year and a half really???? Then he should not be an NFL quarterback.

  36. By dieseldog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    it looks like the receivers were “more” in the game without Harvin. I’m thinking that with Harvin in the game the receivers get tired of just running down field every play while knowing the ball is going to either Peterson or Harvin. Without Harvin, I think that the receivers thought that they had more of a chance for the ball being thrown to them and therefore gave more effort.

  37. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    When Farve took over for TJack the playbook doubled. TJack after 4 seasons was limited to apprx 50% of the plays. Farve came in and the whole playbook was open and the coaches could call any play they wanted to and new they had a QB that could run it. We do not have that in ponder….yet. Hes smart, works hard and will get better, but he needs more playing time.Will we see a few new plays after the buy? SURE! Will Musgrave be able to throw the playbook open with Ponder at QB? NO!!!

  38. By dieseldog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    With all the talk about Ponder…..I think that the next six games will tell us if he is an NFL QB or not…..he will have had “basically” two years experience by then, with not many more excuses to hide behind.

  39. By Nicholas on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Single Set Formation ——— Please do something like this!!!!!

    Simpson Kalil Johnson Sully Fusco Loadholt Rudolph
    Harvin Ponder Wright

    Peterson

  40. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    No PARKWAY! A year and a half to understand an NFL playbook!! Are you kidding me. Have you seen one of them? Trust me,i dont care how smart you are,how good you are,running an NFL playbook takes a few years. Its one thing to no the plays and another to be able to go out on the field and execute those plays in a game.

  41. By Dakotakid59 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    We might have 1-2 more wins if we would have put in Jarious a couplr of games back????

  42. By dieseldog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    It doesn’t look lick Andrew Luck will need more than two years to execute.

  43. By Nicholas on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Take out Rudy for Aramoshadu at times, and Simpson for Rhett Ellison or Carlson for two TE sets

  44. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly dieseldog. It doesn’t take that long to learn a playbook. We don’t need to give Ponder every excuse there is.

  45. By JE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Its tough to watch a young QB learn the game and play while hes learning. Ponder seems to have all the tools to be a good,solid QB. I hope he can take a few more big strides this season and i look forward to seeing him break out next year. Until then your going to see some inconsistantcy. Its just the way it is.Hopefully he learned that going deep a few times is a must.

  46. By dieseldog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway….especially when there are only 4 or 5 plays in the playbook.

  47. By dieseldog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    One thing Ponder needs to do is step forwar with his left leg, he seems to throw alot from the flat foot position.

  48. By tomcat on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like we found another receiver to go with Percy. Skol!

  49. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    TT33

    Not pi$$ed, clown just telling it like it is!!! Next time watch the game instead of just sitting there scratching your a$$.

    The next games will prove my point..The Detroit game was just a repeat of the 49er game, Some good plays, some not so good. Yes, we “Won”

    You, Frazier, Mustgraves, Ponder.Get ready for the Storm thats coming!

  50. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway

    Thanks for the article on Webb. I have been screaming that for months now.

    Couple of others like Jones have been doing the same! Frazier and crowd will do NOTHING.. They are wrpped up in this Ponder thing. :sigh:

  51. By TT33 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    go take your little blue pill bluebird

  52. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Purple08 speaks the truth about Ponder and Harvin team. I think that the comment about protecting Harvin from himself is a great one.

    Ponder looked super comfortable throwing the football to 10 different recievers, I love Harvin, I think he is the man… But I fear that there will be some backlashing if we don’t get Harvin the ball 15 tiems a game. if we spread the ball around like we did yesterday Harvin may only see it 3 or 4 times instead of 10 times. Maybe then Ponder can be more relaxed focusing on the open reciever and not just focused on Harvin.

    I still think we should pay the man BIG TIME though… which I am sure they will this off season

  53. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Second coming of Percy Harvin = Jarius Wright….. Just not as talanted as we know of yet…………………… YET

  54. By Troutdaddy on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just enjoy the win for a change. Enjoy the Bye week too. Let the Vike’s Prep and plan (and rest too) and then we will all meet up again to rail on each other like normal…. You gotta love it baby….

  55. By Spencer on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why does this guy get paid to speak?

  56. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need a punt return guy people. I don’t like sherels he is just averaging 9 yards. I would want another guy.

  57. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Bayless is notoriously an idiot. He’d take Tebow over Brady too.

  58. By Spencer on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Parkway, you’re right….Skip would take Tebow over Brady.

  59. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Statically Bayless is right. But I also think he’s an Idiot just in general. And would much rather have an A.P. over a Martin any day of the week.

  60. By 61Vikings on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer
    We know who the best RB is in this league!! Nobody comes back from an injury like that and runs for 1128 yards in just 10 games other than AP!! If he runs for 1700 yards and the Vikes make the playoffs, he’s got to be considered for MVP!!!!

  61. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Ponder thinks he has not earned the right to celebrate. Maybe thats why he doesn’t jump around like a AHole. I would rather have him then SuperCam.

  62. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    1700 No way.
    2000 is his aim and Peterson usually hits what he aims at.

  63. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    If he can average his 175 yards a game for the next 6 games he will hit that 2000 yard mark.

  64. By 61Vikings on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin is a good young RB, but let’s see where he’s at after being in the league for 5 years like AP has!! We all know the life of an NFL RB is only a few years!!! AP is a beast!! He’s possessed this year!!!!

  65. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes I know its nuts to think some one can average 175 yards but he is ADRIAN PETERSON he is not human!

  66. By H.M.G. on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Do you think its possible that AP actually need the knee injury to give him that extra boost to break the 2000 yard mark?
    He wants to prove he is still who he is and he is playing like a monster.

  67. By iaVIKE on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like Skip Bayless, mainly cause he always says Aaron Rodgers is overrated, and doesn’t praise the packers like every other “analyst” does. but he’s wrong on this topic. There isn’t a more complete running back in the league. I get so used to AP grinding out yards and runnin people over that i forget just how fast the man is, he gets one inch and he’s gone.

  68. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    H.M.G.- Well it certainly gave him more motivation. After the injury happened the vast majority of people said his career was over and he would never be the same A.P. again. So for he has proven all those people wrong.

  69. By Immure on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    so far*

  70. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    HM.G.

    I don’t think that will happen Maybe if we were playing Detroit 6 times again.

    TT33

    Keep your blinders on next game..might as well miss everything again.

  71. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    He actually only has to average about 150 per game, but considering the defenses we are facing the rest of the way, averaging even 100 a game is going to be an incredible feat I think…

  72. By liito on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    1. Good job Vikings.
    2. I hope that you just do not get into the playoff and only to lose in the early rounds.
    3. I think with more practice and reps; as well as another depth at the wide receiver position, the Vikes can pull a surprise.
    4. Good luck in the next few games. Stay healthy.

  73. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Both Peterson and Martin have broke the 1000 yards mark. I vote Peterson.

  74. By Spencer on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin only has 862 rushing yards…

  75. By snowrow on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    My vote is trade Percy Harvin…. I don’t think he is a great team player. I thought it was interesting what Adrian Peterson said in his post game press conference about how Ponder didn’t have to worry about trying to “force” the ball to Percy, so he could go through his reads better and spread the ball around more.

    Harvin has been kind of a drama-queen these past couple weeks and earlier in this season. I think we need more team players on this team, and I bet we could get heck of a trade for Harvin (High Draft picks and some great team players). No disrespect to the talents of Harvin, I think he is an absolute beast, and so do other teams so they would fork out a lot for a trade for him :)

  76. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer… that guy is clearly an idiot. I would take ALL DAY over any two RB’s in the league…ANY!!!

  77. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Jim Swartz (coach of Lions) said something about AP I thought was pretty correct

    “Adrian is like a QB in the way that he can look Dfenses off with his eyes, before cutting in the other direction for a TD”

    Not only does ALL DAY posses all of the perfect skills to be the best RB that ever landed on teh Football field, but he also has skills of some of the other postions… like QB, and becoming a better reciever as well.

    AP = MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’d also like to see Mr. Doug Martin, tear is ACL and MCL and come back 8 months later… then lead the league in rushing… Good luck there buddy

  79. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    his* not is

  80. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer

    ESPN is giving out bad info. That is where I got it from. Sorry.

  81. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did you see Peterson go up after the pass from Ponder?

    I believe he can moomlight as a Wide reciever if things get slow.

  82. By BlueBird7 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    He would be good at moonlighting too.

  83. By Muskyfever on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    That was an awesome catch from Ponder to Peterson, He had to really reach to get it. But thats what I am saying, not only best RB in the league this yr and many to come, but not a bad reciever and can look D’s off with his eyes

  84. By Parkway on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    snowrow, that is actually a fair point about Harvin from what we have seen on the outside anyway. I think it is inc umbent upon the head coach, OC, and QB to put a drama player in their place and not feel pressure to give into their demands for touches. Obviously you need to give your best playmaker the ball whenever you can, but It is on Ponder to make the best reads and not force the ball.

    That being said, I’m hoping that Harvin isn’t really that much of a drama queen behind the scenes. I think he would be less frustrated with less double coverage and maybe some deep routes and if he wasn’t the ENTIRE p@ssing game like he has been.

    Seriously… Simpson, Harvin, Wright. Can you say speed? Run a 3 go route and see which one gets open. Good luck DBs.

  85. By Kevin on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    The fact that they moved Greg Johnson down to the sideline is interesting. Ponder responded to this! They both go through practice on the field and I think this help Ponder with seeing the whole field. Keep Johnson down on the field on game day please!

  86. By Kathy P on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    One could only think that hopefully, Percy would have a “team” concept instead of “me” concept. They all need to work as one unit and the ball should be thrown to whomever can get open plain/simple. For the betterment of the team, they need to work together to achieve a common goal. We dont need any drama from one particular player. Be a team-player and just maybe the rewards will outweigh the benefits. Work together guys,play solid football, AND less penalities on a side-note. We are starting to see the foundation form for next yr. and yrs.to come. Let’s build on this and go with whatever it brings to this organization. We started the year as a whole unit, functioning as one, and need to continue with this strategy. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!

  87. By Gilberator on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    @ Kathy P I agree. Its like soccer, if you have one player on the team that has an abundance of talent, but they hog the ball, you still don’t get a solid game because its not a unit. Our defense is playing as a unit and they have been pretty darn successful this year. The offense needs to come together and gel as a unit. I read a lot of the comments above about having Harvin, wright, and Simpson on the field together and I totally agree. However, one pivotal option is Rudolph as well. With these four on the field, we already have opposing defenses in a stupor. Add in Peterson and we have an offense that should be able to stand with the best of the NFL…with time of course. I know a lot of people on here ragged on me for backing Ponder but I hope he showed you guys a glimpse of what he could become as long as hes not over-coached and actually looks at his options after the snap. Peterson was right about Harvins’ injury being a “blessing in disguise”. Ponder will hopefully learn that he must spread the ball around regardless if Harvin is there or not. Plus from this win; Harvin was not in the game and we STILL got it done through the air. Something that wasn’t getting done when Harvin was playing. Hopefully we move forward on this and actually put up 30 points a game. That’s the only way we will win against GB and Chi; outscore Rodgers and the Bears defense. I say defense because that seems to be the only real danger. Cutlers got a rocket for an arm but that O-line is in trouble….has been in trouble for a while. Hopefully we expose that and our secondary holds up. GBs D isn’t that scary, we just have to score every drive because stopping Rodgers at this point in the season is not gonna happen a lot. Stopping Brees is probably the only scenario in the NFC that’s more difficult than stopping that GB offense. Detroit will do damage hopefully!

  88. By Carl on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think its a little bit of everything. First of all Harvin needs to understand to keep other players interested in the game they need to get the ball also. Vikings pay the man it starts with harvin in the passing game. Musgrave heres a clue put all your play makers on the field at the same time be unpredictible. Clue two Musgrave Wright on Go wrote Harvin on a deep in ten yards under neith Wright and Simpson under neith him. Rudolph under neith Simpson goingthe other way. Its called a passing game.

  89. By Tampavike on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    @JE……Have you seen a pro playbook??? Yes they are complicated but these guys only have football to worry about, not school or another job. This is what they do: practice, study the playbook, and play. that is there job. I am sure CP7 knows the play book.
    You were talking about how Favre opened the play book…..Musgrave wasn’t even here then!!!

    If you had payed attention to my posts last week, you would see that Musgrave has been fired MANY times after only one season as an OC because of his poor choice in play calling.

    In closing…NICE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SKOL VIKES

  90. By BlueBird7 on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bring back Mike Tice from Chicago…If nothing other then to keep him from giving the Vikings secrets to the Bears. He would promise not to sell anymore Game Tickets. Trade Musgraves for Tice. Time for Bears to start losing.

    Tice must be doing something right for the Bears..They are on top of NFC North.

  91. By GrandDaddyPurp on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    The only reason doug martin has been this good is because of how short he is. Bucs have some big OLinemen so the defenders lose track of him more than a guy like Lynch or AD. Skip bayless is just an idiot. He is wrong about pretty mucheverything. Including Aaron Rodgers. Yes im saying it Rodgers is the best qb in the nfl.

    Its nice to know our division has the best qb, rb, receiver, and defense in the entire league. Skip is an nfc east guy so ofcourse he is going to hate on the nfc north. THE BLACK AND BLUE DIVISION.

  92. By Ekolu on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil is having an all pro season. Blair Walsh is statistically the best kicker in the league. Harrison Smith is pro bowl worthy, Josh Robinson has been put in the fire and is coming out like polished bronze. Jarius Wright may have just had his breakout party allowing the team to reconsider the WR corps for the rest of the season. Rhett Ellison has made some key blocks and has impressed. Audie Cole is at least a special teams ace and could develop into a starting caliber LB in a couple years. IEven if Greg Childs fails to live up to his potential, this could be the best draft class in Vikings history.

  93. By Ekolu on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    And, thats obviously not the real Skip Bayless but a saud eating fudge packer.

  94. By Anita Wilson on Nov 14, 2012 | Reply

    If Spielman does next year what he did this year, we’ll be in the 2014 Super Bowl…WHAT A GREAT JOB HE AND HIS SCOUTS DID…THE BEST I’VE SEEN SINCE THE VIKES STARTED OUT IN 1961!

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