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Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 18, 2012 – 11:17 am

The Vikings and their fans have no game to sweat out today, which means there is no opponent to worry about. And since there’s no single opponent to concentrate on today, that means we can take a look ahead at all of the Vikings remaining opponents.

When the Vikings return to work this upcoming week following their bye this week, there will be six weeks remaining in the regular season. The Vikings will play four different teams over those six weeks, including two division opponents (Chicago, Green Bay) and perhaps the best team in the AFC (Houston). The Vikings will play four of those six games on the road, including the next two, and then they will finish up at home against border rival Green Bay.

Here’s a brief week-by-week look at the remaining schedule…

Nov. 25 at Chicago
The Vikings return from their bye week to face a tall task – play at Soldier Field against a Bears team that will likely enjoy the return of their starting QB – Jay Cutler – from a concussion. It was 2007 the last time the Vikings won at Soldier Field.

Dec. 2 at Green Bay
The final month of the regular season begins with a bang, as the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field for their first contest vs. the Packers of 2012. Regardless of the outcome in Chicago, this game in Green Bay figures to be HUGE for both teams as they chase a playoff bid.

Dec. 9 vs. Chicago
A challenging post-bye stretch of games continues for the Vikings as they host Chicago and will play their second game against the Bears in three weeks. Aside from the Monday Night Football game that week, which features the Houston Texans traveling to New England for a showdown with the Patriots, this matchup is perhaps the NFL’s most intriguing.

Dec. 16 at St. Louis
Before the season, this was a game many had singled out as one the Vikings should win. But the Rams have come to life under Jeff Fisher, and this game figures to be a tightly-contested one. St. Louis has taken a big step forward defensively, and their offense features one of the NFL’s best RBs – Steven Jackson – along with a QB who was the #1 overall pick in 2010. I think the Vikings will be very alive in the playoff hunt at this point, and this game will test their mettle as finish line nears.

Dec. 23 at Houston
Speaking of tests, the Vikings travel to Houston in Week 16 to face a team many will favor to come out of the AFC to appear in the Super Bowl. The Texans are great or solid in all areas of the game. There’s a chance Houston could have everything buttoned up by this point, so perhaps they’ll rest some of their best players. But it’s best not to count on that…this game will represent a great challenge for the Purple.

Dec. 30 vs. Green Bay
The NFL has given football fans a great Holiday present this season by setting the stage for a great finish in the NFC North. The Packers and Vikings will battle at Mall of America Field in Week 17 to close what will surely have been another spectacular regular season. If there is any drama to be had in the season’s final week, what better way to celebrate it than Vikings vs. Packers?


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159 Responses to “Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks”

  1. By Ozzinator on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Fifth!

  2. By tomcat on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Man, what a stretch! The next few weeks will answer a lot of questions about the Vikings. Can Ponder step up? Can A.P. stay on his roll? Will our run defense figure it out? What do we have in Jerome and Jarius? How will Walsh fare in the cold/snow? I wouldn`t miss it for all the tea in China. Hopefully, the 9ers and kittens give us a hand. Skol!

  3. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks

    SERIOUSLY? This is a professional NFL website?

  4. By Ozzinator on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titanium in the house!

  5. By Ozzinator on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lions doin’ alright…….

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Oz– we need to educate the populous about reality.

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We also need to purchase a dictionary for Wobschall.

  8. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Lions are taking out their frustration of being swept by the Vikings on the Packers– HA HA HA HA!!!

  9. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Where is Parody when I need back-up?

  10. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lions r playing good. Goo lions! Haha hope they beat the packers

  11. By Sconnie on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    You would say that.

  12. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Genius Childress displays his mental prowess at Dallas. Browns over Cowboys right now.

  13. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Way to give that one away Detroit.

  14. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    bottom line, Ponder steps up his game or we watch the playoffs. Ponder chose to choke on the easy games and put the Vikings in a must win every game position

  15. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks

    REALLY? This is a professional NFL website?

  16. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lions suk … but we already knew that. Just needed one win today and they couldnt do it.

    On the bright side the Packers look beatable and the longer they win the sooner they will have lose … as all streaks end.

    Chicago and GB both look beatable. If we split them both and beat the Rams , we will need 1 more win vs GB, Chi, or Houston.

    Its a tough road and the losses to Tampa and Indy will never seem as rough as they may in 3 weeks. Those were winable games …

  17. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    *will have to

  18. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Seattle and Washington were winnable games too, Ponder choked off a playoff spot

  19. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    But anywhere from 7-9 to 9-7 will show positive signs in the right direction … making a nice playoff push possible championship hopes high for next season.

    If only we could peek into the future ….

  20. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    nothing like watching a football game during Christmas that means nothing, thanks Ponder

  21. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Is D’Wayne Bowe a FA after this season or did KC get a long term deal done? or did they Franchise him?

  22. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply
    nothing like watching a football game during Christmas that means nothing, thanks Ponder

    _____________________________________________________________

    What are you talking about ???

    We are 6-4 … with 4 games vs Chicago and GB. The division is in our hands.

  23. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Bowe said he wants to retire in Kansas City, he changed his mind

  24. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    yeah sure, Ponder will pull off road wins and play at a high level, lol

  25. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Dam, what a great weekend of Football.

    #1 and #2 went down in College Football.

    Then today three games went to OT and 2 other games were decided by 4 points.

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    This is unacceptable for professional communication!!!

    Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks

  27. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    its not all about Ponder … Its about AP and if you dont believe AP can carry this team you should root for another.

    All we need from Ponder is no turnovers and 200 yards and a deep ball once or twice a game.

    And the defense to hold …

    We have 2 weeks to prepare for Chicago then play them 2x in 3 weeks … being they are division rivals and already know them … this Playoff run is very much alive.

  28. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    i think the Vikings have a shot at beating the bears next week only if Ponder doesn’t choke again

  29. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    The secondary desperately needs Chris Cook, I have no faith in J-Rob and Jefferson, they wont be able to contain Brandon Marshall.

  30. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    the Vikings should of went after Marshall when he was available

  31. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We’ll be 7-9 at best with a mid draft pick

  32. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wallace, D’Wayne Bowe, and Greg Jennings are all Free agents … Wallace might have burnt the bridge in Pittsburgh … same with Bowe

    Jennings likely get franchised … in fact all 3 could

    B/R top 50 FA for 2013

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1392041-top-50-2013-nfl-free-agency-big-board

  33. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I took a peek at the free agent list and the draft … WR seems slim pickens

  34. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Chad Reuter says …

    Wide Receivers
    1. *Robert Woods, USC, 6-1/190
    2. *Keenan Allen, California, 6-3/206
    3. *Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee, 6-3/208
    4. Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-3/205
    5. Keenan Davis, Iowa, 6-3/215

    Woods’ speed and agility will aid Barkley’s Heisman campaign — just as Rogers (and teammate Justin Hunter, if healthy) could with Bray if Tennessee becomes a surprise contender in the SEC East. Allen should finally get his due as a playmaker this season, while Williams hopes the departure of Robert Griffin III doesn’t hurt his production significantly.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8289ff57/article/2013-nfl-draft-top-five-prospects-by-position

  35. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Chad Reters peek at DT’s

    Defensive Tackles
    1. *Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, 6-4/317
    2. Star Lotulelei, Utah, 6-4/325
    3. *Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6-3/305
    4. Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4/320
    5. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6-4/295

    Hankins is this year’s version of Dontari Poe — a huge athletic specimen who played end and tackle for the Buckeyes. 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Year Lotulelei will be a household name (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay), while Alabama’s Williams could be another versatile Tide performer going to the pros.

  36. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Pack didn’t look that great. With a little help and fire we could sneak into playoffs. Playoffs…did I say playoffs…are ya kidding me …playoffs.

  37. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Chad Reuters peek at MLB

    Inside Linebackers
    1. *C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2/232
    2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, 6-2/255
    3. Kevin Reddi’ck, North Carolina, 6-3/240
    4. Shayne Skov, Stanford, 6-3/251
    5. *Kevin Minter, LSU, 6-2/242

    Nick Saban knows how to recruit linebackers — and fully utilize their talent. Mosley was lost at times behind big names like Upshaw and Hightower, but he is a big hitter and quick closer. Reddi’ck and Minter are two others who will come out from the shadows in 2012, while everyone already has seen Te’o effectively plug the middle for the Irish. Skov is coming back from injury, but would have been considered top 50 if he came out this year due to his size and heady

  38. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond … whats your take on Reuters lists? you seem to have a good grasp on prospects

  39. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rogers isn’t on the Vols anymore, he could be the best receiver of the bunch but he’s ranked lower due to some off the field issues. He could be a steal in the 2nd round if he gets his act together.

  40. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    7-9 might land us Teo in the draft

  41. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    No takers on the playoff comment. Where’s mora when I need him.

  42. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    It might Shawn. If we went Teo, Rogers in the first and second rounds somehow…. we’d win the superbowl

  43. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    That’s my boy, Shawn. We may disagree on the means to the end, but I knew your curiosity would be piqued by my posts and you would uncover the error. Not to nitpick, but that headline sends a image if unprofessionalism. Even a cheesehead with a fourth grade education would sea that.

  44. By Ozzinator on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    And Titus brings it home!

  45. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway and a guard in the 3rd …

  46. By Nicholas on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Or a DT…

  47. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    MLB … WR … DT … OG

    WR … DT … OG … MLB

    DT … OG … MLB … WR

    OG … MLB … WR … WR

  48. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nicholas I wish this site had thumps … cause you would get one up

  49. By Shawn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    err thumbs

  50. By Nicholas on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, that pretty much sums it up Shawn : )

  51. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Chicago has 3 free agency pick ups that make their whole team, the Vikings don’t even go after big name free agents

  52. By Nicholas on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Just imagine if Greg Childs wouldn’t have been injured in training camp….

  53. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, we can see how the big boys play tonight on Sunday night football- should be a good one. I missed most of the Lions game, but what I did see looked impressive– in terms of the Lions defense. Too bad Rodgers is sooooo good.

  54. By Richard1A on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Berzerk Gang with there purple people munchers are just getting started, I say give the competition a complimentary “run for your lives” warning, its getting to playoff time, the Vikes are done playing!

  55. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need another te… When we make the playoffs that’s all that’ll be left.

  56. By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    it’s pretty much all over with a Chicago loss. maybe just throw the rest of the games after that for a higher draft pick

  57. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    By ponder, aka 3 and out on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply
    it’s pretty much all over with a Chicago loss. maybe just throw the rest of the games after that for a higher draft pick

    QUIT WHINING! YOU PLAY EVERY TIME TO WIN! WINNERS NEVER QUIT!

  58. By Nicholas on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder aka 3 and out ——-

    Play to WIN NOW!!!

    Spielman will figure out a way to orchestrate an excellent draft regardless of our position.

  59. By Nicholas on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Look at our improvement after only one draft……

  60. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve always been the glass is half full kinda guy. No matter what this season alright. Petersons back, we won more than anyone thought. Another wr in draft…lb..dl…ol. New stadium soon. It’s all goooooood!

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We are still in the playoff race after 10 games– how can people complain?

  62. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, I forgot. Cause they’re people.

  63. By 32frank12 on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    If we get a win at Chicago next Sunday, I really think we will make the playoffs.
    SKOL

  64. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    If we get a win at Chicago next Sunday, I really think we will win the Superbowl.

  65. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Like I said you play to win the game…oops …no I said playoffs…playoffs???…are ya kidding?…playoffs…yeah man!!!…PLAYOFFS!!! That would be sweet!

  66. By HCG. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus I agree. This title is jacktarded. It sounds like Vanilla ice lyrics.

    http://vikingsfootballblog.com/ Now with extra gluten.

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not to mention peak is the top of a mountain or the experience you feel afterward.

  68. By HCG. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hhaahahaa!

  69. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hahaha, I just caught that.

    It should be “peek.”

  70. By T.allengovikes on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Now I know what Viking fans do on the bye wk…never seen so many comments for a blog…oh we’ll skol!!!

  71. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer that is what I was harping on all day:

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply
    Sneak Peak At The Next Six Weeks
    SERIOUSLY? This is a professional NFL website?

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply
    We also need to purchase a dictionary for Wobschall.

  72. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Billion dollar stadium, million dollar contracts, and the website puts this out!

  73. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I just cant believe I missed that.

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, we all make mistakes– Wobschall, I can proof your articles for you. And since I am a fan, I will give you my friend rate.

  75. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We can’t be critical of our team but being overly critical of spelling is okay

  76. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    *it’s

  77. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you are not faithful in the small, you cannot handle the higher concerns.

  78. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Where are the throwbacks?…and purple pants?

  79. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Just look at tiny penalties– can have the best team- biggest players, fastest players, most athletic, but if they allow penalties or have two or three “small things” such as a fumble– then they lose. The details matter if you want to get to the next level! Excellence requires attention to all.

  80. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yes if Wobs spells better perhaps Ponder won’t be so terrible?

  81. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Just turned on the game. WHAT ARE THE STELLERS WEARING??

  82. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    They look like undernourished Bu mble bees!

  83. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA– I could not post bu mble bees because of the word b u m.

  84. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    steeler throwbacks. 1934 i believe. are the vikes not wearing their throwbacks this year or perhaps waiting for green bay?

  85. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    It’s called organizational excellence Parkway and yes, every facet does matter. For someone of your deeper insight into world affairs, understanding reality behind reality, it surprises me you do not see this. Peak may not keep us out of the Superbowl, but it is not professional and this site is the window of the Vikings to the world. What did McEnroe say- Image is everything?

  86. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    STELLARS LOOK HORRIBLE!

  87. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am surprised they’re winning dressed like that!

  88. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    they won two or three weeks ago wearing them.

  89. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yes spelling on the blog will help us win way more than Ponder not being terrible. How could I be so blind?

  90. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Read my last post Parkway–

  91. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    AND it is not misspelling — the word is spelled just fine. It is using the wrong word! It looks very unprofessional. How about we put the wrong word on the new stadium?

  92. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ravens will win this one easily.

  93. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    It’s misspelled if he was trying to spell peek but put peak instead. The fact that peak is also a word is irrelevant.

  94. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We would win more if the defense wasnt terrible. Ponder is a game managing qb which is perfect since we are a run first team. Few missing pieces to get corrected and we’ll be just fine. Where is Jared this year? Kevin Williams is the main guy on the line as of late. Losing Cook was huge. Losing Harvin better have showed musgrave we dont have to be 1D. Harvin is a beast but the consant bubble screen has GOT to stop.

  95. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder doesn’t give us a good image by being terrible, how about that for organizational excellence?

  96. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota’s governor is hot over the Wolf’s proposal to add seat licenses to the new stadium tickets.

  97. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe its just me, but I like the uniforms- particularly the socks.

  98. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    he didnt make it to the nfl level by being terrible. I am a terrible qb which is why im sitting on my rear watching them play. he needs better recievers and better coaching schemes. musgrave is a mediocre coordinator. bevell should of been kept.

  99. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus shouldn’t you be on your 3 week hiatus from that bad Seabirds prediction still?

  100. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    if only we could clone kalil 4 times.

  101. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, we had that game- Ponder did not do well. At any rate, that was a month ago.

  102. By Parkway on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    11/4 was a month ago?

  103. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, it was a misspelling. No big deal, right?

  104. By HCG. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    steelers are wearing the bee girl suit from the Blind Melon video. Alsohttp://youtu.be/50_iRIcxsz0

  105. By HCG. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

  106. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    ponder barely has anything to work with yet still has more impressive stats than current superstar qb”s early years. minnesota will NEVER have a franchise qb with todays logic on immediate results.

  107. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I usually enjoy the throwback uniforms, but these are horrible! I feel pain with every camera angle.

  108. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Barely anything to work with????

    Great RB.
    Good TE.
    Great slot WR
    Solid Outside WR

    What more does Ponder need?

  109. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey why did Vikings let go of mile Tomlin???

  110. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    umm an oline…a coordinator. and what outside WR? Simpson? why cause he can jump high? does he have a td this year? he has two solid people to throw to. Rudolph and Harvin. thats it. plus our Oline Guards are trash. Maybe Wright will Rise up to be the man we need our there. Aaron Rodgers had all the weapons Favre had when he came in and sucked for two years. Ponder deserves a chance. Minnesota needs to finally have a franchise qb. Ponders skill set is very similiar to Tarkenton who also started out slow and became the best we have ever had.

  111. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone wondered why Ponder played better without Harvin in the line-up? I think it is more than that Ponder HAD to widen his choices– After seeing Harvin scream at the coach and this past off-season when he wanted more plays in the offense, I wonder if Harvin makes Ponder feel compelled to throw to him or else feel Harvin’s wrath? Not sure, but we all have been in situations where one demanding person changes the whole atmosphere of a place. I have been thinking about this all week.

  112. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    if that were the case then he would either need to stop or be traded for a 1st round pick. his talent isnt worth that drama. maybe thats why he hasnt gotten a new contract yet…

  113. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    peterson even said it may be a blessing in disguise…a few days before the game.

  114. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I have no idea, but it sure seems strange to me– Ponder had all the various choices to throw to when Harvin was in the game, so why would he suddenly utilize them more when Harvin is not in the game? Ponder played better because he felt no pressure to throw to Harvin FROM Harvin. This is speculation for sure, but Ponder played better because he was more at ease.

  115. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am just wondering if anyone else thought of this, or if now after I said it, does it make sense, or am I way off base?

  116. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    or perhaps musgrave schemed for everyone else and not just primarily harvin as usual. having an athlete like harvin is probably very addicting due to the stats he tends to put up. we will see next sunday if things change to everyone getting involved. carving up the chicago defense would be a very big deal.

  117. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    i think the offseason thing was more about him being the kick returner. just a guess tho. he always had issues with them not using him enought on special teams.

  118. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Oh dont give me that nonsense. But in the unlikely event that it is true then Ponder needs to man up and stop being Percys b!tch.

  119. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Good points– I feel better, maybe my theory is not fully correct, but I do think a strong willed person can change the dynamics of a group and affect the level of comfort– Ponder plays best when he is relaxed. Tense, you do not do well– in fact, psychologists say people get tunnel vision and cannot think well. Key word in my post– fully. I think my theory has some merit.

  120. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Steelers cannot win wearing those ridiculous outfits. Clothes make the man.

  121. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    They already won with those uni’s against the Redskins.

  122. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, let me rephrase: they cannot win against good teams wearing those Bee uniforms.

  123. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think this Black Friday stuff has gone way too far– ban it.

  124. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Stores shouldn’t be opening at 8pm on Thanksgiving.

  125. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT? Is that where we are at? Heck, why not just forget the slippery slope and stop playing games– have the malls open all day so families can shop together on holidays– they can trample each other to get the best deal on barbie.

  126. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Titus I agree with you about ponder. I thought about that to. I feel like ponder is scared or something not to pass it to harvin because he will tell ponder something. Also the receivers tried more last game when harvin wasn’t playing

  127. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Supply and demand.

  128. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, that could explain the Harvin syndrome I just theorized.
    See, I am not alone in thinking this– 1vikingsfan, it makes sense doesn’t it?

  129. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like the Bills began their run for the playoffs today. Peeking just in time.

  130. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Black Friday Myths:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/finance-10blackfridaymyths/?cid=hero_media

  131. By Spencer on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Haha- ‘Peeking’ just in time.

  132. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha– glad you sea that, Spencer.

  133. By 28problems4theDFence on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    to be fair, the lions secondary is god awful. lol

  134. By Ozzinator on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I think you might be on to something about Harvin. I heard it theorized a week ago that Harvin might be the problem. Who knows for sure……..

  135. By Old School on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    “Clubber”………”Clubber”………”What’s your prediction for the next 6 weeks?”…..

    “My prediction…………..?”

    “PAIN”

  136. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    All I can say is, thank goodness the union refs are back…So they can keep giving away games to the Packers again !!!…

    So Mr Roger Goodell…When do you start FIRING officials for making terrible calls, that reflect the outcomes of games ???…

    The last 5 mins of the Lions game was a JOKE…The refs allow the Packers to MUG Titus Young in the end zone…That play would have “more or less” sealed the win for the Lions…If they would have scored that TD…Or at least called the penalty !!!…The whole WORLD saw on TV…

    And the refs give the Packers a “free” pass interference call late also…

    I am getting so sick of the Packers winning games because of officials not doing their jobs !!!…

    Get rid of these guys Goodell !!!…Not sure HOW the Packers pay these officials off…But hope some day, we find out ???

  137. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin has made 2 bad mistakes this season…First was the trade demand ask for, within ear shot of the media…That was foolish…

    Second mistake was even worse…Coming to the sideline, and getting in the head coaches face…MAJOR red flags there…

    Percy…DO NOT SHOW UP THE HEAD COACH !!!…nuff said…

    Percy was not making Ponder feel added pressure to throw the ball his way…Maybe the OC felt a need to get one of his bigger play makers involved…Frazier loves the conservative short game…Choices slim down quite a bit..If the field is shrinks to a 10 yard area in which to call plays ???…

    I think the reson Ponder was more relaxed last for the most part…The O-line stepped up big time…And Ponder moved around in the pocket early..Out of design…Instead of dropping straight back…When he was getting killed before…

    Coverage schemes helped out Ponder in the Lions game…Musgrave and Frazier moved him around a little with designed roll outs early…Suh and Fairly were held in check…Because of SOLID game planning…And execution…

    Harvin does need to stay focused…And keep his temper under control…Or he might be traded…Outbursts with Frazier…Like had in the Lions game…Will not be overlooked or tolerated…Players are allowed only so many strikes against them…

  138. By OTKalil2012 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    I like how the Harvin situation was brought up…Nice to hear some opinions on that subject…

    Here is another…

    Why hasn’t Gerhart see more touches in games ???…

    RB’s need to absorb physical contact on the field of play in game situations to stay sharp !!!…That is a phrase that has crossed the lips of AP himself…Many times…

    Yet, Gerhart sits on the sidelines getting soft ???…

    Vikings played better last week from getting all the WR’s involved…Could the same be true with the running game ???…

    Why not get Gerhart in playing shape giving him some touches in the game…And keep AP fresh…With sitting out a few plays ???…

    Different looks on offense…Confuse the defense…It’s not like Gerhart is a scrub at RB…

    Opinions ???…

  139. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    I am still with Titus. I feel harvin is not a team player when he screamed at the coach. Like he doesnt care of the players. He just want him to be involved in everything. Its not like that team work wins championship.

  140. By Jeffbleedspurple on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings must win at least 3 of the next 6 to make the playoffs, but with the way other teams are playing in other NFC divisions they may be able to sneek in at 8-8. I see the Packers and Rams being the easiest way to at least 2 wins. Bears and Texans will be very tough on the road.

  141. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Hey we have a pretty good shot at Texans. They the starters will probably rest

  142. By Kathy P on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    IF the Jags can hang in there with the Texans, as they did, I think the Vikes can too IF we have all our team playing up to their potential. They need to curb the penalties alot because they have cost this team some points for sure. I think we can “stay up” with the Bears/Packers and at least give them a run for their money anyway. The Packers didn’t play well last night, A.Rodgers didnt play very well either. The Lions should have won that game clearly. I really feel that if the Vikes come out playing like they did the Lions that they will give both the Bears/Packers alot to worry about. The Bears are going to have a short week and it will be interesting if they lose to the 49er’s tonight. One never knows how the cards will fall. We just have to keep the Viking faithfuls going and hope for the best outcome that we can achieve. Skol VIkings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  143. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    that whole sneaking in2 the playoffs might b tough especially since the bucs and seahawks are tied with us in wins and since both teams beat us they have the tie breakers and we have the tougher schedule so what we need to do is dominate in the division if we want a shot this year at the playoffs

  144. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    i just hope the bears are who we thought they were and if so that we dont let em off the hook……now if u wanna crown there a s s then crown em but im sure, just like the greengay fudgepackers they r who we thought they were………OVERRATED>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!

  145. By vikesince69 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad Im not the only one who is seeing Harvin’s recent display of immaturity as a distraction to this team. This is a team sport and Im sure the coaches will ensure he understands that. His contract is up soon and his behavior will probably determine his value to the team as much as his stats. He is no lock to stay around just because he is a great player. Just ask the former all world TO if the league revolves around one player… you may get by with it initially if your extremely talented… but the NFL has a lot of talent and teams have too much flexibility to be held hostage by any one player!

  146. By VikingFanatic209 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    thats a very true statement however I don’t believe that Percy is a “T.O.” type of player…i will admit this year there has been a couple occasions where he could have held his tongue a bit but i think this kid has good character and will b a team player moving forward, as well as a much needed asset to this team……i remember when Culpepper said we would b a better team without Moss….fat chance where is ol’ Daunte now? Im still waiting to see that better team w/o Moss to this day….we have had a trend of letting go good receivers and replacing them with not so good receivers….Burleson wanted out and though i wouldn’t say he is great by any standard at the time he was our best and then we didn’t resign Sydney Rice after a probowl caliber year and a pretty nasty hip injury which it seems he has recovered nicely from. And then u throw in a bust 1st rounder like Troy Williamson and the Berrian project and u start to really see Percy’s Value to this team and thats y u see guys like Muskyfever constantly posting things like “Pay Percy” becuz when its all said and done character will only get u so far u still need talent behind it and I think we have both in Percy and if we want to see him even get better hows about we put a nice speedy, big playmaker right along side him? skol vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. By vikesince69 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Is it too much to ask for the Vikes to SWEEP the Bears and Packers over the next 6 weeks????????? If we do that the division and playoffs are ours!!! I know I’m dreaming but please dont wake me up…how sweet it would be to see that “Houndog Cutler Face” after about his 6th sack and 3rd INT and the cheeseheads big brow scowl!!

  148. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Troy Williamson was a waste man. We could of drafted white. troy has worse hands then me. Cnt believe he was #7 overall

  149. By Troutdaddy on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    First of all- Every single Viking fan knows that Ponder needs to play well going forward. He hasn’t been perfect, but he has had some great games and we saw first hand what he can do with more targets. I have a feeling he is going to surprise many of us and finish strong the remaining 6 games. As far as Harvin goes, he is passionate- and if he thinks that something is not working then he is going to be verbal about it. I don’t care if you call it immaturity. It is quite possible that Frazier or whoever needed to hear it. Players have a say in the way the team plays and they see things that can help out. Paying Harvin is not a matter of “If” but when. He is going to be a Viking for a long while and like any other young player- he will get opportunities as he grows and brings his skills to the game. The fact is that the team came together the last game and fired on all cylinders and that needs to continue as long as our OC doesn’t jinx it with predictable play-calling and as long as our O-line can give Ponder time to hit his targets. The rest should come together nicely. Our defense is responding well and our running game is golden. So, my take is that as fans we need to support the team. All of you half-baked fans who are already counting losses(Hoping for more losses too) and planning our draft are a bunch of idiots. The coffin is not closed yet so put away your hamer and nails until the fat lady sings… Better yet- lets hope that the Fat Lady is “Helga the Viking” and that it is a victory theme she is belting out because we made the playoffs….

  150. By northwoodsv2 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    “QUIT WHINING! YOU PLAY EVERY TIME TO WIN! WINNERS NEVER QUIT”

    Many plays are designed to deceive the opponent. Some plays are designed not to better our position, but to prevent losing the ball (victory formation or dumping out of bounds). Other plays are wasted so that we can plan a better play (grounding the ball to stop the clock). Lastly, some plays are intentionally detrimental to us in order to create a better situation (letting the play clock expire and intentionally taking a penalty and backing up 5 yards). Some teams keep their best players out of the game to prevent injury so they can play at a later date (when it REALLY matters). Regardless, the ultimate goal is to be league champions.

    It’s called “strategy.” Something we should have employed LAST year. This year, we’re not in a position yet to pull the starters and get the kids some NFL experience, with the expectation that we probably lose the game in order to better our position and win MORE games. However, if we lose the next 3 games, I would not fault the team for doing it.

  151. By northwoodsv2 on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    And Titus, at least he didn’t write ‘pique.’

  152. By Tim S on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000097752/article/seattle-seahawks-new-orleans-saints-among-playoff-picks

    Kinda funny to me. Not ONE of them even mentioned the vikings for the final NFC playoff spot. They listed the cowboys(5-5) over us for a wild card spot. lol kinda funny when you think about how ppl forget us

  153. By 1vikingsfan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Im with you Tim no1 pays attention to Vikings but it’s good because their is noo drama n scandals u know. My opinion the most famous team can’t get noo good because they have to alooot of eyes on them n they choke in pressure

  154. By Ryan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    yea nobody pays attention to the vikings but thats alright, historically we fare well as underdogs

  155. By OldNole on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I saw every game Ponder played at FSU and he spread the ball around nicely. Played very well under presssure too so I have wondered what has caused his play to become erratic at times. The constant razzing by some so called fans, especially those 2 cheeseheads in Vikes clothing, may be a factor. I had also considered Harvin’s influence. Harvin has skills our team needs so we need to be forgiving of his bad benavior, After all he’s still a Gator at heart.

  156. By Gilberator on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    OldNole- Good point but don’t forget how different the game is in college vs. NFL. Why don’t we take a better. more recent showing from Ponder to evaluate his skills. We were projected to lose against Detroit. Almost everyone on here was bashing Ponder and basically saying there is no hope for us in this game. Ponder came out and spread the ball around WITHOUT Percy Harvin. Detroit’s secondary isn’t that good on paper, but against your division, your gonna play well or at least attempt to. We have shown Harvin we can win games without him so its time to win games with him. Lets use him properly and please for the love of god take him out of the backfield Musgrave. I really don’t care if he gets us 15 yards per carry, its too dangerous and we have players that fill that role already. The plays you want Harvin to do, give it to Gerhart. I saw it mentioned earlier on this thread and its true. Gerhart is a great RB and we should use him more often. NFL analysts might underestimate us(not to mention a hard-awn for GB) but I don’t think any team we face is going to be thinking like that. If SF can beat Chi like that, we can win. Cutler may be back in the game but that offensive line makes ours look like a bunch of pro bowlers. Our pass rush should be the game decider honestly. We can get in the endzone against that bears defense if we spread the ball, and run effectively. Lets demoralize them at their own stadium!!! SKOL!!!!!

  157. By Derek on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Its a tough schedule, but if they play like they played against the Lions we have a shot. I hope so!

  158. By Bruce on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Play calls need addressing. Every drive needs 1st downs. Cannot count how many drives we run twice, few yards shy then pass. Punt. Even to just eat time when needed, field position. Cannot afford punts to the opponents 40.
    Are the coaches seeing the same game? I don’t see the urgency until late in the game. Even if we have a early lead it looks like we get conservative. We have the talent, just got to get more involved.

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