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Early Aggressiveness, Conversions Help Offense Set Tone

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 17, 2012 – 10:07 am

Earlier Monday morning, we discussed a cleverly-crafted defensive game plan featuring an aggressive wrinkle as a key to the Vikings win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. We’d be remiss to not mention the aggressive strategy employed by the Vikings offense early in the game as an important factor in the victory as well.

In last week’s win over the Chicago Bears, it was almost as if the Vikings game-planned for the offense to perform around QB Christian Ponder. In Sunday’s win, though, Ponder was instrumental in the offense’s operation. That was especially the case on the Vikings first drive of the game, a series that required poise from Ponder and featured a few clutch conversions along the way.

It started with a “gotcha” moment on the first play, as the Vikings anticipated St. Louis ganging up to stop Adrian Peterson. Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave called for a play-action pass on 1st down, opening the door for Ponder to rollout and find a wide open Kyle Rudolph in the right flat for a 14-yard gain. That was a nice start. After a 4-yard gain by Peterson on the ground, Ponder rolled right once again and fit a precise pass through a tight window to Jerome Simpson on a crossing route – 11 more yards.

At that point, the Vikings were off to a great start. They forced a St. Louis punt after just 4 plays and were now driving deep into Rams territory. But consecutive rushing plays of -2 yards set the Vikings back to a 3rd and 14 from the St. Louis 20. Out of the gun formation, Ponder zipped a quick slant to Stephen Burton for 13 yards, setting up a 4th and short. Rather than take the conservative approach and send the ever-reliant Blair Walsh onto the field for a quick 3-0 lead, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier elected to be aggressive and go for it on 4th down.

“I knew if we got in that situation early, that was exactly what we wanted to be able to do,” Frazier explained after the game. “We wanted to be aggressive. We talked to our players about it all week long, that we were going to be aggressive in every situation. That was a chance to backup what I had said during the week.”

And it worked. Ponder scrambled for 3 yards to pickup the 1st down, plus a defensive holding penalty gave the Vikings an automatic 1st down anyway. Two more rushes for losses came after the 4th-down conversion, setting the Vikings up with a 3rd and goal from the 5. Ponder dropped back, was in the arms of Rams DE Robert Quinn, escaped, found a crease down the left seam, and dove into the end zone for the TD. He capped the play with an emphatic spike in the end zone, and the Vikings offense was rolling.

On the drive, Ponder was 3 of 3 for 38 yards and added 2 rushes for 8 yards and the TD.

More than just staking the Vikings to an early 7-0 lead, that first offensive series and all it entailed – 5 carries for Peterson, play-action bootlegs, clutch completions and conversions, etc. – helped the Vikings offense gain a rhythm, gain a confidence and set a tone.

“It was big,” Frazier said. “That was a part of what we wanted to be able to design to help us against the eight- and nine-man fronts we knew we were going to get. And sure enough, they came in stacking the box, and we wanted to get Christian on the perimeter and hit some plays on crossing routes. We were effective doing that early. It helped us to open up some of the runs a little bit later.”


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113 Responses to “Early Aggressiveness, Conversions Help Offense Set Tone”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    On the drive, Ponder was 3 of 3 for 38 yards and added 2 rushes for 8 yards and the TD.

    More than just staking the Vikings to an early 7-0 lead, that first offensive series and all it entailed – 5 carries for Peterson, play-action bootlegs, clutch completions and conversions, etc. – helped the Vikings offense gain a rhythm, gain a confidence and set a tone.

    “It was big,” Frazier said. “That was a part of what we wanted to be able to design to help us against the eight- and nine-man fronts we knew we were going to get. And sure enough, they came in stacking the box, and we wanted to get Christian on the perimeter and hit some plays on crossing routes. We were effective doing that early. It helped us to open up some of the runs a little bit later.”

    Nice job TEAM !!!!

  2. By Mike B. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    First

  3. By Mike B. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    oops second

  4. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    In last week’s win over the Chicago Bears, it was almost as if the Vikings game-planned for the offense to perform around QB Christian Ponder. In Sunday’s win, though, Ponder was instrumental in the offense’s operation.

    HUH? Wobbles, check your syntax for clarity.

  5. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of “around” did you mean “bypass”? If I plan a party around the holiday– it means I plan it for that particular time, taking the holiday into consideration.

  6. By Mike B. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    It is critical with the Texans to establish both the p@ss and the run. They are going to be ready for Adrian’s runs, so we need to keep them honest with some high percentage p@sses. It’s going to be a tough game, but I am sure we can come out with a win.

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings win out…

    I “think” the Vikings will make the playoffs…

    I look at this season as a winner…So whatever happens from this point on for this fan…Will only be icing on the cake…

    If we go into the playoffs, AP gets the rushing titlle,beat the Packers on the last game of the season ???…

    All would be great finishing touches, on what I blieve has been a solid season for the Vikings….

    Do I want more ???…Of course I do !!!…

    But also happy with what the Vikings have done already…

    But keep pooring it on AP !!!…

    Like the late Al Davis used to say…

    JUST WIN BABY !!!!!…. ;-)

  8. By GrandDaddyPurp on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  9. By GrandDaddyPurp on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

  10. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…Hilarious !!!…A good Monday morning laugh….hahaha

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Even before the season started…I had this Texans game tabbed as one of the most difficult games on the Vikings schedule…

    It is an away game…And even though the Texans have a domed stadium…It still is a stadium with “natural grass”…Recipe for disaster in recent past history for this Vikings team….

    Wow !!!…This should be a tough game…But think the Vikings have a solid chance to win !!!…

    GO VIKINGS !!!….

    Run AP…No mistakes with few penalties…Ponder move the chains on 3rd down pass completions…O-line block like a O-line positioned to go down in history, with the RB beast you are blocking for !!!…

  12. By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Please get us a new quarterback! 36 points on the board and we only had 109 yards passing? Thank goodness for AP and Walsh. Go get Alex Smith, I heard he was available. As much as I love the Vikings and want to see them win, I am really concerned that our horrible coaching staff will see these wins as confirmation that they made the right decision with Ponder.

  13. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    NFC North Week 15 Quarterback Report

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/50862/nfc-north-week-15-quarterback-report-2

  14. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    PAY PERCY, WHY IS HE PLAYING.

  15. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not a word from, or about Harvin…

    Except a very short note about his foot operation a few days ago ???…

    Strange ???…

  16. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS…

    Nice QB report !!!…

  17. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Percy has great abilities, but why pays him when he fails to be on the field for the entire season year after year. We need players who provide a full year of service on a continuous b-a-s-s-e-s.

  18. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks.

  19. By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS, I hope that report wasn’t meant to support Ponder. His performance although better then the last few weeks was stil poor. Look at the stats. Not one pass over 15 yards. 2-11 on 3rd downs, 109 passing yards etc. Basically ranked last or close to last in all stats in the NFL. Sad, just plain sad. I also agree that they should pay Percy.

  20. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I realize players get hurt…

    But Harvin is a media and usually vocal spotlight player on this team…

    So why no vocal support for your team and coaching staff ???…Has he even been around winter park since being out for the season ???…

    Not a word on Harvin…That concerns this fan ???…

    Nothing about the injury…Nothing about recovery…How did the operation go…Is he still rehabbing after the operation ???..

    Nothing but silence ???…

  21. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to trade Percy for someone who is a solid all-round player who can play for an entire year; maybe the Vikings could get some extra picks in next year’s draft as well.

  22. By Kevin on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin IMO is a play maker…also a cry baby who cant take the field the whole year. I know he had a operation but the way he treats everyone around him is childish. Yelling at your head coach the way he did!
    Trade him now and get the top market value.

  23. By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier said that Percy had an emergency appendectomy not an operation on his ankle.

  24. By liito on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Good job, Vikings!

  25. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier said that Percy had an emergency appendectomy not an operation on his ankle.

    ______________________________

    I will have to find more about that ???…Thanks…

  26. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikingz, Yes Ponder is not a starter though I think he is a good back up QB. That being said, I would say we do not have a starting QB on this team. I think web is in the wrong position, he would be a better at handling the ball in the back field, or a receiver of some type, I think we need a QB like Tim Tebow, (sorry about the spelling), we need a big and strong QB to back up AP.

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ankle or appendectomy ???…

    WHY ???…The big mystery ????

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_22200553/minnesota-vikings-receiver-percy-harvin-tweets-he-will

  28. By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Webb as a reciever is a good idea as we might actually get something for our money, but please not Tebow. Alex Smith is a much better option, he can through down field with accuracy and he wants to play. Tebow on the other hand has a very poor work ethic and we do not need that on the team right now. I also would not keep ponder as a back up either, I think he is horrible. He is another Webb when it comes to QB’s. Someone we wish we could develop into “that guy” but does not pan out. What we need first is a GM and a new coaching staff and a QB. Start there and were can fix the other spots later. This year we should draft CB’s, WR’s and then worry about a back up QB for someone like Smith. Just my opinion. I will say this though, if I was Ziggy and I was watching my money be wasted I would be losing my mind.

  29. By Vikings1 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS. on Dec 17, 2012

    How did Percy get hurt? He was playing football and that is what he is paid to do, players get hurt all the time. Also if you draft/trade for a particular player is no guarantee that person will not get hurt. AP got hurt and it so happened it was the last game of the season, are you upset with him. Players get hurt it is a part of the game! Can you at least be happy about the team’s turnaround because we could have a lot more injuries, have a nice daay, Go VIKINGS!

  30. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    We had an excellent Veteran QB that could have made all the difference this year, why did we let him go? I would have taken him over Ponder or Web.

  31. By realviking on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why fans are getting mad saying don’t pay Harvin.
    Can you find another receiver in the NFL who can do the things that Harvin does for this team?
    Maybe if we weren’t relying on him to do everything he would be healthy.
    Maybe if someone else other then AP stepped up he wouldn’t have to do everything.

  32. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings1 I know players get hurt but they should do all they can do to get back to the field as AP did, besides Percy has had other issues that keeps him off the field, All I am saying is if a player is prone to injuries and other issues he is hurting the team not helping it. One must be productive in what one does. One must put his/her full effort into what they do to be worth something to an organization. Then, and only then do I think an organization should reward ones efforts.

  33. By Vikings1 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS. on Dec 17, 2012

    I totally agree, have a nice day!

  34. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think the fans like to see their star players on the field not on the side line, and yes there are other receivers who can do what Percy can do, there are young stars coming up the rank that are just as good or maybe better without all his issues. I am not saying he is not good, all I am saying is he needs to be more active in maintaining his health.

  35. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    You as well. Happy holldays to you all.

  36. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    What physical problem does Harvin possess right now…And in recent weeks…

    That keeps a key media player like Harvin off the sidelines rooting for his team…A team in playoff contention ???…And with a teammate going for the all time rushing title ???…

    Has anyone seen Harvin roaming the sidelines the past few weeks…
    Cheering on his team ???…

  37. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    And let us all say a prayer for the innocent ones slain by a nut who should have been put in a nut been years ago.

  38. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Later.

  39. By autobon7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I did not see Harvin yesterday in STL

  40. By BlueBird7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    So the secret cleverly-crafted defensive game plan helped win?

    Great!!! Would like to ask, just in %^&***# was that plan all year???

  41. By BlueBird7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    I think all those nuts in the “been”were turned loose to go find Parkway.

  42. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By BlueBird7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    I think all those nuts in the “been”were turned loose to go find Parkway.

    ____________

    At least you warned him…

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By BlueBird7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    So the secret cleverly-crafted defensive game plan helped win?

    Great!!! Would like to ask, just in %^&***# was that plan all year???

    ________________

    Its been the same plan…Just a different team each Sunday….hahahaha

  44. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK … since Harvin yelled at Frazier … he has not been on the sideline. He is gone.

  45. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Whats going on with Harvin reminds me of what happened with Moss …. POOF

  46. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    BlueBird7

    The goverment stuff anyway…

  47. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin ???, isn’t that a guy who once played WR for the Vikings…

    And one day..Just disappeared from the face of the earth ???

  48. By VikingFanatic209 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS seemed intelligent until he opened his mouth……if u are talking about Sage Rosenfels u are mistaken buddy…..that guy is not the answer for this team. And y are we even discussing this 1 again…..the team at this point is still evaluating Ponder and Webb is the back up and can get the job done if his number is called. If they deem him as not being the guy then go after someone in free agency who can do the job. The Vikes have done fairly well at bringing veteran QB’s that still got gas in the tank. With exception of McNabb and Brad Johnson the 2nd time around. Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, and who can 4get Brett Favre. If he’s not the guy I personally think Phillip Rivers could do the job here. With an AP in the backfield Rivers could pick apart the 1 on 1 match ups and he has plenty of arm strength in that cannon to stretch the field and take some pressure off of Adrian.. I think his play over the last 2 seasons is a result of bad personal and coaching as well. Sure Rivers gets some of the blame but he is still a good QB in my eyes. However, with all that said I just have a feeling that Ponder isn’t going anywhere just yet and as a fan I am gonna root for him and the rest of this team going down the stretch…………skol vikes

  49. By VikingFanatic209 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    ya seems very similar and Frazier just flat out looks uncomfortable every time he speaks about it and it just gives u that feeling that something else is going on.

  50. By VikingFanatic209 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’d sure like 2 see Percy in purple next year….he is a dynamic player and I blame the coaching staff for letting him get hurt this year with those dang bubble screens . I can see once or twice a game but that became 1/2 of the play calls….come on guys.;..mix it up a bit…..

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Loony bin. Not BEEN!!!

  52. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    VikingFanatic209, really, name calling just because you disagree; that is what is wrong with this country. Well I will take the high road and say Happy Holladay’s to you.

    Later

  53. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Here is the deal….

    AP is putting this team on his shoulders…Like a man possessed !!!…

    And the team is rallying around that…Big time…
    Like a team possessed on the O-line !!!…And the defense…

    There seems to be extra effort at a high standard from all over the team…

    But where is Percy Harvin ???…

    The attitude and mind set are totally different since Harvin is gone…With Harvin no where to be found ???…

    When Frazier sat down Harvin…After his little temper tantrum…

    Did petulant Percy, slip on his “moody slippers” ~ take his football, and go home for the season ???…

    Why has Harvin disappeared ???…If that is not the case…

    Things just don’t add up ???…

  54. By DRS. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry for the spelling. Have a great day. Later one and all.

  55. By VikingFanatic209 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed OTK…..Merry Christmas to u 2 DRS………that wasn’t name calling just passion….u r still a fellow Vikings fan…….instead of where’s waldo its not where’s Percy?

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    VikingFanatic209

    The reason Harvin asked for a trade in training camp…Was to get more carries going forward…Or he wanted a trade if he didn’t get the ball…His gripe was not contract related…

    Is that Musgrave and Fraziers fault ???… more

  57. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    OT Kalil I said when Percy was first out that Ponder played better- he seemed more relaxed– a few agreed with me, but most mocked me. I know what it’s like to be around a high achiever with an attitude– it permeates the atmosphere and everyone is a bit tense because of it.

  58. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    - more

  59. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harvins personality, reminds me of T O….And that’s not a good thing…

  60. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus ..

    I also remember you saying this Harvin situation…There may be more to it, than meets the eye ???…

    I am beginning to agree….Always did to a point…

    But how bad does this situation get ???…

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    It could be a very good situation– we get several high draft picks and bring in more good team players– don’t need great players that make everyone nervous and tense– those “great” players actually bring a team down.

  62. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Things may be fine…With Harvin and the team…

    But sure don’t add up for me ???…

    B Urlacher,R Lewis and Suggs have injuries…But nothing is keeping those team players off the sidelines during games for moral support…Just sayin…

  63. By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin not on the sidelines does not mean he is a prima donna. Most likely he has been given a time out. The fact is that when he yelled at the coach he was wrong, but at the same time he was so right. The coaching staff sucks. The GM sucks. Trading Harvin for draft picks is possibly the worst idea I have ever heard! OMG lets gamble with a commodity for a chance to have a good player? Our GM’s track record sucks. Trading Harvin for another Ponder is what we would most likely get and that is disgusting.

  64. By VikingFanatic209 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    very true i do recall Harvin was calling for the ball but not necessarily the bubble screen in particular and that is the problem I have that we just continued to do that particular play over and over again and it would have worked more if we had the ability to stretch the field and keep the Defense honest but we struggled at that so every time we would run that play i would hold my breath at the punishment he would receive from defenses. I was thinking that when Frazier said a few weeks back that Harvin didn’t make the flight….U would just think that u would want to travel and cheer on your team as they push for a playoff berth but I guess to each their own….huh?

  65. By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    IF Percy had an appendectomy, he wouldn’t be on the sidelines, would he?
    Was he on the sidelines for the Bears game?

  66. By Spencer on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sure, trading a great player for a number of good players is a lousy idea. Dallas did it with Herschel Walker and only won three or four Superbowls because of it. Yep, sure is a stoopid idea– our GM knows nothing — look at the players brought in this year– all mediocre– Kalil, Walsh, Harrison Smith, etc. And to top it off, this same management brought in Harvin and AP– wait, now the logic is folding upon itself– am I entering a wormhole back to the future? Seems some calling other idiots should refrain from living in glass houses! Period. Done for the day before I lose any more gray matter blogging here.

  68. By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    First, I never called anyone any names. Second do you seriously believe the GM has done a great job? I don’t, and comparing him to the cowboys when they got extremely good choices and luck is not a fair comparison either. How many poor choices have they had? So they get lucky on some and I as a fan should be happy with that? Seriously? Harvin is a young great player that needs to stay a viking. Our track record has not been spectacular and the fact that we have not won a SuperBowl 3 out of 4 times should wake people up. Facts are facts, we have never won a superbowl! We have had some teams that played thier hearts out to get us close but really can you say the GM did that? Settling for a chance to win to win is a gamblers motto, I am not a gambler so I want results.

  69. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    IF Percy had an appendectomy, he wouldn’t be on the sidelines, would he?
    Was he on the sidelines for the Bears game?

    __________________

    Nobody knows for sure what kind of “minor Surgery” Harvin had done ???…

    But we do have a head coach that avoids all questions…When they pertain to Harvin…

    Not sure…But seeing as Harvin is on season ending IR…I don’t think Frazier has to say anything to the media about injury related things with Harvin either…

    But action speaks louder, than words…Where is Harvin ???…

  70. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Vikingz on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply
    The coaching staff sucks. The GM sucks. Trading Harvin for draft picks is possibly the worst idea I have ever heard! OMG lets gamble with a commodity for a chance to have a good player? Our GM’s track record sucks.

    ________________________________________________________________

    What?????????????????

    Our GM just drafted 2 Hall of Famers(barring injury) … Blair Walsh and Matt Kalil

    He also drafted Harrison Smith who might also one day be in the Hall of Fame but definitely will be in Pro Bowls

    Three potential Hall of famers from one draft cla’ss ????

    You have lost any credibility you may of had. It will take time of reasonable blogging if you ever want to be taken seriously ….

  71. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK … Percy has not been with the team for any game since he yelled at Frazier. I dont even get the sense he is meeting with the trainers …. He is gone.

  72. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    The coaching staff BTW has 8 wins with Ponder and NO WRs … sounds like Frazier is coaching his a** off

  73. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Former DC Frazier … even had to sit down with Musgrave to work on route combo’s. Frazier is an awesome coach.

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin is a great young player? Who brought him here? AP? Yes, I do believe our GM is very good at what he does– Smith, Kalil, and Walsh are long term winners– great additions to our team. Every expert said we would be trash this year– and we still have a shot at the playoffs even with lousy QB play. Sure, some mistakes are made, but overall our GM has done a great job.

    And vikingz, I guess you did not call names directly– but think about when you address someone’s post how he may find it– called audience analysis. SO, this is what I read from you:

    worst idea I have ever heard!
    OMG lets gamble with a commodity for a chance to have a good player?
    another Ponder is what we would most likely get and that is disgusting.

    Add to that you said Harvin was right for yelling at the coaches because our coaches and GM suck.

    So, sue me– I inferred you were calling me an idiot.

  75. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Titus you just copied me :)

  76. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, I see that now– I am doing a million things and never saw your post.

  77. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I was so fired up from that bloggers comment, I just responded. Ridiculous logic around here– saying the GM sucks with one breath and the next saying how great Harvin is (who the GM brought in) — OMG.

  78. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I figured we were just thinking the same thing and I typed faster or refreshed faster

  79. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    or how about in one breathe saying how bad the team is … then how bad the coaching staff is

    meanwhile reality has us 5 wins better than last season and in the playoff hunt …

    with all of the “horrible players” and “horrible coaching” .. you would think we were 0-14

    something just doesnt add up with the complaints and the record …

  80. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I know I was throwing fits the last 2 seasons … but we were 6-10 and 3-13

    we are 8-6 and have not been under .500 this season … and we will not be under .500 this season no matter what happens

  81. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    And I heard Jimmy Johnson yesterday praising Frazier, saying how great a job he has done. But what does that guy know?

  82. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think we beat the Texans. AND I know we beat the Packers– we really played them close in Lambeau, even with Ponder’s bad outing– so I expect a cheese slaughter– should be a keeper.

  83. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hairspray and Extenze ???????

  84. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    We will have the best defense in the league next year

  85. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Packer prediction but I have serious concern with the Texans game.

    Texan strength pretty much exposes our weakness’

    JJ on Loadholt

  86. By The 1 And Only PurplHaze! on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you, Titus … I think the tougher of the two games will be played on the 23rd. But we need to be prepared for both!

    Let’s keep that Defense primed for a late season run!!! SKOL!!!

  87. By The 1 And Only PurplHaze! on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Phil will need help on the 23rd!

    Leslie … Help Phil with Reisner and/or Ellison against Houson! Don’t let JJ Swat run wild on CP!!!

  88. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think JJ Watt will get the sack record against us

  89. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    If we do beat the Texans and then go 10-6 I expect Frazier will begin to get the accolades he deserves– look how dysfunctional of a situation he inherited- – remember the metrodome collapsing? The Chilly implosion? The Favre debacle? The bountygate?

  90. By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    OTK: In the post-game presser yesterday Frazier clearly says that “Percy had an emergency appendectomy”.

    One more thing: We have not lost to the same team twice this year – 49ers and Bears. We have already played both of the remaining teams. I believe we will win both games.

  91. By BlueBird7 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway

    If you return to your old ways of bashing Obama, you might be watching,

    those games on the inside with bars on the windows..and yelling

    “keep ytour hands off me, you bad guy”!

  92. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yes because every person who bashes Obama is in Prison. You must have been one of those idiot cops who thinks he is just the man huh? Probably would have arrested Peterson too wouldn’t you?

  93. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like Titus will be in prison too then, I believe he has a particular disdain for Obama

  94. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have mixed feelings on Obama– I am fairly conservative but I like his leadership style.

  95. By Troutdaddy on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs- give us an update on Harvin!!!

    Many are speculating that Harvin is not going to be around next year. I say that is bogus. He has a great thing going here. Despite being injured, the Vikings organization know what it has with him and would be foolish to let that go UNLESS they get something that is going to be just a valuable or more so for us in the future. Again- not going to bash anyone this week as the Vikes won and still can make the playoffs, but I am perplexed over the fans who can’t give credit to players when they win or perform to win. Just because Ponder may not live up to your idea of a QB or your standard for what you think a QB is or does, that is no reason to not give him credit for executing on the game plan he was given and being successful at it. I have criticized him tons this year, but I give him props for exceeding my expectation this last week. Some good growth is taking place and that makes me happy.Still not a big Ponder fan. but he did the job and performed admireably. So did a bunch of guys this week. Really looking forward to Houston and watching our Defense wreak havoc, Peterson to bust some holes and for Ponder to do even better… Fingers crossed….

  96. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Watch out for the thought police!

  97. By Shawn on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Obama is a tyrant just like the President before him …. This country has been headed towards fascism since GHWB told us publicly the NWO will succeed

    The only issue I have is when some people put all the blame on Dems and Obama. Its been both parties “leading” us towards fascism …

  98. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Troutdaddy, I can almost guarantee he will be gone.

  99. By Troutdaddy on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus….Love your insights my friend, but don’t go political on us….. Please….That would wreck everything….Spencer…. you got your Cook jersey cleaned, pressed and ready to go for Sunday?

  100. By Spencer on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yesir, Trout.

  101. By Parkway on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yup what Shawn said

  102. By Alamo Tex on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Howdy you-haul.. great game you had with the Rams! You are coming up here.
    We will be waiting to show you some Texas hospitality by feeding you boiled Prairie Dog, with a side dish of Houston Texans to compete your day!

    We are also travelling downtown with the following message over loud speakers.
    THE YANKEES ARE COMING! THE YANKEES ARE COMING!

  103. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Toutdaddy– why single me out on politics? I said one sentence and actually quite neutral– and it is sandwiched between a lot more political commentary than mine.
    And since you said not to, I think I may have to.

  104. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Alamo Tex on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply
    Howdy you-haul.. great game you had with the Rams! You are coming up here.

    Apparently the rumor that education in the south is behind may be true– in case you didn’t notice, we are coming DOWN there, not UP. Ha ha ha ha ha. Since you do not know geography it should be easy for AP to run downhill on the Texans all day long!

  105. By CaribooBill on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    New blog!

  106. By vikess86 on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Guys we are a great team. Having percy just adds extra. Having somebody running back kickoffs for td’s is awesome. Having somebody to have defenses to double team is awesome as well. I am glad that we are stepping up. but we should have been doing it from the start. I don’t like the fact that he got in frazier’s face in public. that is a no no. but Harvin is still an asset for the viks. Come back Percy!! if he leaves whoever gets him will have a heck of an asset.

  107. By Alamo Tex on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    The only “down” you will be is by half time you will be about 30 points behind.
    HeHAW! Getr along little doggies!

  108. By byronvikingsfan on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    wow…someone called us a great team?…i think that is a little out there…i would say we are a descent team on the verge of being a good team…if we can keep the core of this team together, we are only 2 or 3 moves from becoming a superbowl (no that is not a typo) contender in 2 yrs, maybe even next year.
    ponder or webb are not the answers @ qb that is just the truth, seems like percy wants out & thats not the end of the world. he is a stud but sure is hurt alot & we need our guys on the field every week.
    i would love to see us bring in alex smith & dewayne bowe, if we did that we would be a serious contender in my opinion.

  109. By pinkerton on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    i dont see the point of kissin up to percy. if he doesnt care for us take the randy route partner

  110. By sean on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    watching the titans game… i think ponder and locker have the same potential but the play action plays for locker are just so much nicer.. the routes make sense and idk why we cant run plays like that.. same type of team offensively.. nice o line bottom end receivers young qbs explosive rbs

  111. By HCG. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have your “Early Aggressiveness”

    RIGHT HERE WOBBY!!

  112. By Gilberator on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Percy for Bowe. Love me some Percy Harvin but I’d be happier if he didn’t complain all the time. Let him go somewhere else. Lets trade while he has value and grab someone that wants to play for us.

    As for Alex Smith….I say no. If we want a better QB in here, Smith isnt the way to go. He makes Ponder throws just at a higher level. All he does is slant routes. Do I believe hes the answer for the niners? Yes. For Minny? No. Our coaches had a game plan and that was to give the ball to Peterson. We came out not relying on 28 to keep the defense honest. That kept Ponder in check and helped him with his reads. After the rams seeing Ponder score, Petersons game opened up. We need to play somewhat similar against this Texans group. They are an outstanding team but we can win. Anyone know if Texans are still gonna be playing all their starters? Aren’t they already in the playoffs after that win over the colts?

  113. By Kathy P on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    My understanding is that they are wanting home-field advantage- which translate that they want to win this upcoming game. I don’t think that we will have the lassitude of having to play their “second-stringers”. We will have to play as if this is a true “playoff game” with them. I just hope we can contain JJ Watt. and keep constant pressure on Schaub all day long. It has been done before by other teams, granted only a few, BUT if we can keep Schaub from “gun-slinging” the ball like he prefers to do, it might prove that we can play with the big boys. We will just have to wait and see. I’m really hoping the VIKES and play solid football, limit the penalties, and not give up those 10-15 yd. gains like they have been doing.

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