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Frazier’s “Focusing On The Now” Mentality Pays Off For Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 18, 2012 – 7:37 am

This is the time of year when you want to be talking playoffs. If things have broken your way for most of the season and you’ve been able to collect enough wins, you’re in the playoff conversation and often times it’s hard not to look ahead to figure out who you’ll be playing and where you’ll be playing them once the second season rolls around.

That’s not the case for the Vikings, however. They have indeed played well enough and collected enough wins to be one of the teams involved in the playoff conversation, but Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has determined that in order to stay there, his team must keep its focus on the “now” instead of on what might happen if the Vikings can fight their way into the postseason.

“We did talk about scenarios, but the most important thing we talked about was the Rams and what we had to do to win that game and it won’t be a whole lot different this week,” Frazier explained. “We’ll talk at length about what it will take to beat the Texans in Houston. They’re a very good football team. That’s where our conversation and our focus has to be, on the team that we’re playing.”

If the last two weeks are any indication, Frazier’s philosophy is paying off. The Vikings have won two straight games, defeating a Chicago Bears team that came in with a superior record and then hitting the road to blitz a St. Louis Rams team that was also fighting to stay alive in the NFC playoff chase.

“That win yesterday was huge for our team in the month of December,” Frazier said. “To go on the road, and as we all know, we’ve struggled on the road this season, to go out and play as well as our team played against a team that was fighting for a playoff spot just like we are, for our guys to go out and jump out early the way we did, made all of us very proud of our players. The effort they put into the week’s practice and their preparation as well. It really paid off.”

Since taking over as head coach of the Vikings, Frazier has preached to his team the importance of playing smart, tough and disciplined football. The kind of football most playoff teams feature this time of the season. And that’s the kind of football the Vikings have played coming down the stretch.

“One of the things I was most impressed with about our football team [Sunday] was the discipline they showed throughout,” Frazier said. “We talk all the time about what our team characteristics should be and what we want to look like for opponents and fans as well, but to play smart, tough, disciplined football, that was something we needed to do on the road and we got that done. It was truly Viking football in so many ways.

“Kudos to this group of guys for just focusing on the now and not the past or the future, just the now, which is good.”


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89 Responses to “Frazier’s “Focusing On The Now” Mentality Pays Off For Vikings”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    IN THE NOW !!!!!….

    I agree !!!!… ;-)

  2. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Am I starting to buy in on Frazier’s philosophies, or getting a fever ???…

    (checked my temperature, all is good there)…

    Frazier has earned this fans support “this season”…No matter what happens from here on out…

    I am not talking about contract extensions here, by any means….

    But Frazier has earned the right to lead this team again next season…imo

    Good job Les !!!…

  3. By rory from n.w.ark on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I cant say enough how proud I am of our VIKINGS ,I have been saying how I just feel this has been a magical season in a 100 ways,Christian I have always had your back and real happy the way you have battled for I understand what you are going thru,And you are improving each week in small little things you are doing to help the team win,You can do this for us I know you can,shut out the naysayers for there not a real fan, that gives up …You have a very good team that believes in you…. Adrian just keep motoring along the record is yours and playoffs for the Vikings GO VIKINGS….Leslie Fraiser and all the staff great job…

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

    Currently, we are ranked 6th seed as of today. My Christmas wish list is extremely short this year. I first want to express how pleased I am that we have come this far this year. All, I ask is to continue “giving it your all” for the next (2) wks. Buck up, stay steady, and work as hard as you can. Santa??? I would wish for the VIKINGS to win their next (2) games, and I would wish for AP to attain his goal that he is so valiantly trying to achieve. GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. By BlueBird7 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Will try this one more time. Action to follow Viking/Texans game.

    Michael strahan’s Sack record for 1 season: 22.5

    Aldon Smith & J.J. Watt both have 19.5 Both Texans.

    Iric D-i-c-k-erson has 2,105 rushing yards.

    Adrian Peterson will attempt to break this record prior to the seasons end.

    Texans fans fans screaming for Ponders hide.

    Viking fans screaming fo Peterson, “Go AD, Go!

    Which will win this contest? Maybe the Viking fans if they bring Bull Horns.

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

    Vikings lets get that 10-6 and see what happens, yes we can. Go Vikings!

  7. By BlueBird7 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    The real contest will be between Smith and Watt, as to which one can,

    get to Ponder first and most often! Get your Track Shoes on, Ponder!

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

    No matter what happens the rest of this year I am very proud of this team, who-rah!!!! Go Vikings get that 10-6, yes we can.

    Looking forward to open air football next year.

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    This Texans game will be a huge test for our players and coaching staff !!!…

    I predicted wins against the Bears and Rams…I also predict a win against the Packers…In the final game of the season…

    The Texan game I left open for evaluation…Until seeing how the Vikings handled the last 2 games against the Bears and Rams…For a possible prediction for this game…( this is a tough call )…

    I think this is going to be a very good game…The Vikings will find the balance on offense they need with the passing game…To make AP effective in the running game…

    But the defense ???…Can the secondary keep making plays ???…
    We don’t play well on defense away…Or on grass…The D-line has got to find a way to pressure the QB…Grass or not…

    The “wild card”…Cook comes back to help against A Johnson… :-)

    My Prediction….Vikings 28…Texans 27…

  10. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…

    I predict Cook will get his first interception of his career, this Sunday !!!…

    Hope it comes true….We need all the help we can get…lol

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

    He started out slow against the Rams; but once he had time to evaluate their Defense scheme, that’s when he took off to the races. AP watches/studies and then knows the routes that will be more effective for him to get the yardage. The commentators basically said the same thing. I truly believe we CAN WIN this game on Sunday. Maybe, just call it a feeling/wish, but maybe,just maybe we will be able to contain JJ Watt/Schaub. The Vikes are very hungry right now. And I know that they will come out and do whatever they have to do for AP too! Best of Luck to our team on Sunday. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Go Vikings!

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

    Vikings, Go to victory with a hart of steel and you will win! You have the talent. Be true to your self and you will win. SKOL Vikings

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

    To this black night I ponder-ed. Skol Vikings Be true to yourself and you will win!

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

  16. By APtherecordbreaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Blue bird you know Aldon Smith is on the 49ers right??

    I say if we want to win this game we must keep the texans under 24 points this can’t become a shootout cuz we all know Ponder is still our starting qb

    Gotta get AP going early and often and have to put the ball in the endzone in the redzone we have been way to poor all season in doing that until musgrave finally realized in these last couple games hey if I give the ball to this #28 guy he runs it in almost everytime

    Feed the beast and we can compete with the Texans

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

    Until then, SKOL Vikings

    Later

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

    Bring on the berserker rage and feed the beast, SKOL Vikings

    Until then have a great day.

  19. By Troutdaddy on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus… If I Uurked you about my political comment on the earlier blog, forgive me. There was such a good conversation going about Viking stuff, and then WHAM!, O’Bama comments… Just threw off my groove… That’s all. Forgive me?

    As far as Frazier goes, I have been quick to criticize him- because he is not emotional, dynamic or expressive…. at all… That doesn’t mean he is an ineffective coach- just not my expectation of what a coach should be. I think many of us feel the same way, but if he can coach a team to win then I will shut up and eat every word. So, we have 2 games to go. Houston is going to be the game of the season as it is make or break. If we can get this win under our belt, then I truly believe that the momentum is going to carry over to the Packers game. I am really hoping that the Vikes can pull this off. They deserve it. they have been through a lot of stuff for a while and if it can come together for them now when everything is on the line, then they deserve a lot of kudos and many of us fans who have been critical can slap ourselves in the face and party.

  20. By BlueBird7 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AP record breaker.

    My bad. Read the report to fast. It’s all Obama’s fault!

    Ban all NFL reports! Ban all small print ! Ban the Texans!

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Troutdaddy– I did not start the political discussion and I kept it middle of the road. And OTKalil– do we drink the same Kool-Aid? Seems you steal my lines every day. I predict a narrow win over the Texans too– more like 24 to 13. I don’t see us winning if it is too close– just too young a team against too good a team to win by one point. We need to go in there like we did in St. Louis and dictate the game.

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    It has been a thing of beauty watching AP getting back to form this season…

    At first, AP had to stay inside the tackles running the ball…Until he could make his cuts…

    Now he can take it outside…And burn defenses outside now also…Making cuts and leaving defenders grasping at air trying to tackle him…Making AP almost “unstoppable” !!!… :-)

    Its like seeing the 6 million dollar man preform…(old TV series)…lol

    “Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him. We Have The Technology
    He will be better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster”……

    Yep…That’s our AP !!!…

    The Vikings…Bionic Man !!!…

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Titus….

    Great minds, think alike…lol…hahaha…

    We have our work cut out for us against the Texans…

    I see Walsh making more pressure kicks …And making them look easy… :-)

  24. By vikesince69 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    This week we have keep Arian Foster in check on the other side of the ball. Foster is an outstanding back with great vision and quick feet so the d will have to keep gap discipline and gang tackle the ball. We have to get them off the field on third down or our ball control strategy will backfire. If we can fustrate them a little bit on offense they may go up top for the big play and that will give our young aggesive secondary a chance to make a play. Make no mistake someone on Defense will have to make a big play somewhere in this game for us to win (ie..griffin pick 6) Ponder and company have to convert some third downs to keep drives alive and keep our defense fresh even if they dont score every drive. Finally, PROTECT the ball…we cannot afford turnovers and keep giving it to AP…he is our last best hope for the playoffs!

  25. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    What a blessing Walsh has been !!!,,,

    Leading the league in touchbacks this season…A stat we would not have been close to acheiving last season…

    8-8 in field goals over 50 yards !!…

    Way to go, AIR BLAIR !!!!

  26. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    We need to win badly on sunday…..the week after that may be an easier game. Gb will likely be resting anybody who is dinged up, and Rodgers will probably only play one quarter. I’m thinking they will want to give their second string qb and other reserves some playing time in case they need them in the play offs.

  27. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I for one was estatic when they drafted Walsh….not too many other people were…..Longwell couldn’t get the ball past the eight yard line on kickoffs and I was tired of seeing that.

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    vikesince69

    Nice post…

  29. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    6th round pick…

    What a STEAL !!!…

  30. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    IT’s interesting. We’ve seen the defense evolve over the season. They started out with a new coach, probably new system, playing basic football and no scheming. The younger players were developing within the system and the results seem to have been getting slowly better. Very few turnovers. Now, we’re seeing more sophistication in the scheming – blitz packages, etc. The result? Pick sixes. I think our defensive coaching must be very good – I am certainly impressed by Alan Williams’ press conferences. Now, can the same thing be said of the offense. In the last two games, we have seen other receivers become part of the action, against the Bears, Jenkins stepped up and against the Rams it was Carlson and Burton. I’m anticipating seeing some deep throws to Burton against the Texans. Is it time to insert some trickery???

  31. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AIR BLAIR……I like that!

  32. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I really like the branding Frazier is doing– Viking football– all the players are buying into it and they are becoming what they are told to be– they associate their style of play as unique to them (whether it is or not– the brand image is what is important). It is really smart— Frazier knows what he is doing gang! I am telling you as a professional communicator– this branding will pay off huge in the long run–

  33. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Our Defense needs to stop going into prevent all the time…instead of doing that we should (at times) come at themwith moren blitzed from different parts of the field. These games coming down to “nail biters” after we build a big lead are unecessary.

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    We need to win badly on sunday…..the week after that may be an easier game. Gb will likely be resting anybody who is dinged up, and Rodgers will probably only play one quarter. I’m thinking they will want to give their second string qb and other reserves some playing time in case they need them in the play offs.

    _____________________

    I don’t think the packers will rest their players…Not with AP going after the all time rushing title…

    Teams “usually” do their best to stop players from getting those types of records…(unless your Favre…And give the sacks record to Strahan…of course)…

  35. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    pardon my poor proof reading….

  36. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    but having AP get the record would be good publicity for the league…..and the league is a business.

  37. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    in any event we have to win this sunday to get into the playoffs.

  38. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Our Defense needs to stop going into prevent all the time…instead of doing that we should (at times) come at themwith moren blitzed from different parts of the field. These games coming down to “nail biters” after we build a big lead are unecessary.

    ___________________

    Totally agree…There was NO reason to allow Bradford to throw the ball all over the field last Sunday…And total 377 yards in the air…And 3 TD’s… :-(
    STOP…with the prevent defense !!!…

    All the prevent defense ever does…Is prevent your team from winning the game, most of the time…

  39. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    On my computer my comments arent coming up on the message board can anyone else see them?

  40. By liito on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations, Vikings! I hope you guys beat the odds. Go AP. Go team. Amazing!

  41. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    On my computer my comments arent coming up on the message board can anyone else see them?
    ____________________

    Wobbs has a strict list of words allowed of this site…Sometimes your posts will be rejected, because of certain word usage…

  42. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AP….that happens to me sometimes too…..i don’t know where the messege goes sometimes after submitting a comment and they don’t show up.

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AP….that happens to me sometimes too…..i don’t know where the messege goes sometimes after submitting a comment and they don’t show up.

    ____________________

    What I do…Is copy a long comment I have written…Then try to post it…Then if it doesn’t post…I put the copy in the box again…Then search for Wobbs naughty word ???..And remove it…Or put a space in the lettering…lol..

  44. By Troutdaddy on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    No prevent defense when (not if…) we get the lead this Sunday. Keep cramming Peterson down their throat. Musgrave has got to keep them going stong all game. Run up the score for Pete’s sake. Noone is going to be mad! I am going to go out on a limb this week and say that Ponder connects on his longest deep ball for a TD to Wright or Simpson. Its gotta happen sometime- there are only two games left!!! Vikings 28, Houston 24.

  45. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    We couldn’t say “Christian” on here…Until a few months ago…

    You can say pass or passing now…But still can’t say p a s s e s… ;-)

  46. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope we don’t need to move down the field 70 yards for a TD with under a minute and a half to go and only one time out.

  47. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil….touche!

  48. By Champ Henson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Houston has already clinched a playoff spot….they may be vulnerable.

  49. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Some aspects of Houston’s team might rest, but you have a potential sack record – he’ll be going full out.

    Plus they will want to prevent AP from embara ssing them.

  50. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    If it won’t post – I just use the back button – the message is still there. Don’t use the word “b,alls”.

  51. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Reasons why Houston will rest:

    1. Keep players healthy for already clinched playoffs.

    Reasons why Houston will not rest.

    1. Kill Vikings’ playoff hopes.
    2. Prevent AP from getting the record.
    3. Attain new sack record.
    4. It would seriously cheese their fans.

  52. By The 1 And Only PurplHaze! on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    The few things that should help us get the “W” this Sunday are…

    1.) Help out the right side of our O-Line with an extra blocker or two. Loadholt has proven he can’t handle players like JJ Swat by himself!

    2.) Practice good gap discipline, and keep Arian Foster from getting those big runs!

    3.) Blanket-cover Andre Johnson! He’s their deep ball threat!

    4.) Don’t stop giving Adrian Peterson the ball late in the game! Allow him a legitimate chance at that Single Season Rushing Record!!!

    SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  53. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    If it won’t post – I just use the back button – the message is still there. Don’t use the word “b,alls”.

    __________

    I used to do that…But still ended up losing posts hitting the back button…Or got the “no double post or repeat statement” screen…

    So just went with copy..Try to post..If it fails…Paste…Look for Wobbs naughty word…And try to repost…Then keep pasting until I find it…

  54. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    OK, so here’s what the Minnesota Vikings need to make the playoffs: two of the three NFC East contenders to lose ( Redskins at Eagles, Saints at Cowboys, Giants at Ravens) and the Cardinals to play their tails off versus the Bears. Meanwhile, your Vikes are in Houston. From the in-case-you’re-wondering department: The Texans’ run defense is ranked fifth in the NFL. I still wouldn’t bet against Adrian Peterson. too bad we don’t have a qb

  55. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, “ball” is okay now…But not… b a l l s ???…funny…

  56. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    someone was saying it was better if Dallas won a few days ago for a temp #6 spot. that was wrong, it would of been better if Dallas lost

  57. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    If Houston lets up , it won’t be a conscious choice – it will be a psychological backing off – a relaxation, if you will.

    AKA – I just read that on NFL.com.

    It’s all irrelevant – we have to win at Houston.

  58. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    i realize that, but even if we win out the chances of a playoff spot are only 50 percent

  59. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AKA – I don’t think they are only 50% if we win out. If we win out those two teams also have to win out. So I think our chances are much higher IF we win out.

  60. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Root for San Francisco.

  61. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t know “who” the QB coach is for the Vikings ???…
    But he needs to go !!!!…

    Ponder could be saving himself a lot of problems for himself…If he just preformed “play fakes” much better !!!…Buying extra time in the passing game for himself, and his receivers…

    Ponder is so bad at his play fakes…There is NO WAY he is being taught correctly from the coaching staff….

    It is too late in the season now, for major changes in that area…But it is something that needs a MAJOR overhaul before next season !!!…

  62. By Ponder AKA 3 and out on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    still need alot of help, chances of one of those 2 teams winning out is about 50 percent, or close to that

  63. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    *Ponder could be saving himself a lot of problems for himself…

    What ???…lol…hahaha

  64. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Never thought I would go through so much work just to comment haha, but we need to stop their screen game more then anything. We can’t let Arian get the ball in space and be able to make a move because he is one of the best at making defenders miss.

  65. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    “I don’t think they are only 50% if we win out. If we win out those two teams also have to win out. So I think our chances are much higher IF we win out”

    __________________________________________________________

    Hokay Lucy, splain me this: We are currently the #6 seed. If season ended today, we have the 2nd wildcard.

    If we win our last 2 games, why does that fact change?

  66. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Had a long analysis of the game but the site isn’t letting me post it, I’m going to make my comments short from now on haha

  67. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AKA – you are probably right – we just need to win and lets the chips fall where they may.
    We do have an additional chance if Seattle were to lose out – a small chance but it is there.

  68. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Stop using foul language AP – or, what Wobbles considers foul.

    Or, check out http://www.vikingsfootballblog.com – we can say whatever we want there, but we keep it fairly classy.

    And, we publish Vikings stories often days before Wobs gets to them. He STILL hasn’t published anything regarding AP getting arrested.

  69. By Argos Geminus Sparticus Esperanza on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will lose out and Peterson won’t break the record. Get used to it you knuckle draggers. Futility shall continue.

  70. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    North – it’s complicated to be sure, but if either Dallas or Giants win out, they have a better record than us – go to NFL.com to see all the reasoning. My head hurts trying to figure it out.

  71. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Northwood I honestly took out everything I thought would even be considered foul so I just gave up, I’ll just post it on that website then haha thanks

  72. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    “I don’t think they are only 50% if we win out. If we win out those two teams also have to win out. So I think our chances are much higher IF we win out”

    __________________________________________________________

    Hokay Lucy, splain me this: We are currently the #6 seed. If season ended today, we have the 2nd wildcard.

    If we win our last 2 games, why does that fact change?

    ___________________________________________________________

    Oooh Ricky, Its just like Fred was splaining to you yesterday…

    Basically its conference wins…How many of these last 2 games the team wins within their conference…And then owning tie breakers against teams with the same amount of division wins…

    Sooo Ricky…Is that enough splain’in for you ???….Because I know Lucy is still confused !!!…lol…

  73. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AP – fill out your user stuff, then the moderator will get a notification you are positing and grant you access – after that you’re golden

    As far as the language on here – gotta watch out for the sneaky words like “competi tion” because of the 3 letter word referencing women’s sweater appendages hidden in it.

  74. By northwoodsv2 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Tanks OTK. That makes sense.

  75. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah I guess I have to watch out for that now, but anyway we need to play a hard hitting and disciplined game this sunday. Get pressure in Schaub’s face early and dont let him get in a rhythm because if we can get an interception or two this then becomes a game that fits our game plan, which if we can score off them, all we then have to do is do what we do best…. Give #28 the ball and use up the clock, we need to keep that offense off the field. Ponder just needs to manage the game like he did last week, make a couple 3rd down conversions here or there then just give the ball to AP and get out his way. One dimension about the texans offense and arian foster I’m worried about isn’t really him running the ball but him getting the many screens they run because when in the open field he is one of the best at making plays and making defenders miss, we need to rally to the ball quickly and not let him get the ball in space. Also getting Cook back is needed because if he couldn’t play then with Josh’s lack of height and Jefferson’s lack of aggressiveness Andre would come out with a very nice day at the office.

    I got a 24-17 win for the Vikings which gives them a lot of momentum going into a pivotol game against the Packers who I dont think will sit all their starters

  76. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Northwood that last tip about the hidden words was the solution haha

  77. By MuskyFever on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    IF the vikies can beat the Texans in houston I will have more faith about the playoffs. Unfortenatley we wouldn’t even be talking about a race if we had won just one or two more games this year. We would already have a spot and possible the spot of the NFC north.

    But lets say that all the peices fall where we want them too… The vikies win out and Dallas and Seattle lose. OK, so now were in the Playoff hunt. We are going to have to play like ATL or a team of that caliber once we are in.

    Does anyone here actaully think we can win a playoff game IF we get in??? I know I would love to give this team a shot. But it sounds like we are putting a lot on a plate of a QB who already can’t seem to handle the regular season and making sure his game is up to “par” with the rest of the QBs. And “par” is laughable… So I truley beileve that AP and a few others on the team deserve to be there, but I don’t see us winning a game IF we make it. Again it will depend on who we play, but low seed always plays high seed first… So thats bad news.

    On the other hand part of me doesn’t care if we would win a game in the Playoffs or not. The fact that we got there is a pretty significant jump IMHO. I would LOVE to see these guys go!!! I want my team to make it so bad!!!! I just know what state I live in and which team I am routing for. I can’t get my hopes up. I will hold out hope, at least through Sunday. But I will not get my hopes up to high, cause there is always a let down when I do that. Like 2009 or 1998… Everyone remembers those years like they were yesterday…

  78. By AP The Record Breaker on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Musky IF we get in then depending on what Seattle does we would draw the Packers in GB, which as we all know especially in January at that point isn’t easy at all to come away with a win in with the snow coming down and lambeau getting very LOUD. Those factors don’t bode well for this young team but we can talk all that IF the time comes but until then let’s just take care of Houston first

  79. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    New blog up…

    Musky…

    You want to tell this young team they are supposed to lose ???…
    Or tell AP that…If we reach the playoffs ???…

    Go ahead…lol…

    I plan on just sitting back…And see what happens…hahaha

  80. By CaribooBill on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Musky – I hear you!

    If we can win out, won’t that give you more confidence? It will for me.

  81. By MuskyFever on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t even have to win out, just beating houston will give me more confidence

  82. By MuskyFever on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK… You know what I meant brotha. I don’t want them to lose at all. I especially don’t want AP to lose. But I am not sure this team can make it past anything playoff team during a playoff game while the season is on the line.

    IF we can beat Houston, I will have a great feeling going into GB and beating the Fudge Packers

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

    Yes, we can beat Atlanta– no problem. Sweet payback after the 98 season.

  84. By peterk on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    If Ponder plays like he played on Sunday, just spreading the ball to the receivers

    and not throwing any interceptions, we have a chance. I am only saying a

    chance. FOCUS on Execution, not Records !

  85. By BlueBird7 on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    AP Record Breaker.

    OTK is correct. I had to keep trying to post time after time on the one.
    I kept at it each time it wouldn’t post, lost track and tried to get Smith into the Taxans team. Finally when I found out I couldn’t type Dic-kersons name without changing the spelling, or spac ing in this case. Like OTK and couple of others say, watch the words. Some day Mike W. will let people post. Don’t bet on it.

    But bet on the Vikings and that great runner Adrian Peterson!!!

  86. By Fred Swenson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Frazier and his staff spent every every minute they had at their disposal dissecting how Brady and the Patriots were able to put the smack-down on Houston. To me, it looked like normal Pats and sub-par Houston. Lets hope this week we have a sub-par Houston again and the best game of the season for the Vikings. I would be a lot more optimistic if we had Harvin, but this can still be done if:

    1. Ponder can keep his cool, avoid the rush, throw zero interceptions and not fumble while throwing enough 8-15 yard completions on first and second down to soften up the zone right behind the line of scrimmage so Adrian can have a better chance to break loose like he’s been doing.

    2. We can avoid costly defensive penalties like what happened last week in St. Louis.

    3. The pass rush steps up and brings down Schaub at least twice in critical situations. Jared needs to have a career game. The defensive backfield needs to take advantage and play smart and aggressive and stick to Houston receivers like glue, but avoid those pass interference penalties. At least one interception would help too.

  87. By True Vikes Fan on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Im going to be at the Vikings and Packers game in a week and a half and hopefully i get to see Adrian Peterson break the record…that would be the best thing ever and also i hope we win this weekend to stay in playoff hunt

  88. By Kathy P on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Post?

  89. By Kathy P on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Won’t let me post my comments at all (no bad words in it either). Well. this team has actually been playing better as a unit the last (2)games. Improvement shown on most all aspects of the team. The Texans will be playing their starters as they would get home-field advantage if they won. We need to contain JJWatt,Foster,Schaub at all costs. Keep Schaub out of his rythm from the get-go. Don’t allow 10-15yd.middle of the field catches. Play tight to the plays at all times. Limit PENALTIES to a minimum. This team has been evolving over the last 2 games and they know what is at stake with winning this game. They want AP to achieve his goal and THAT, in itself will spur them on. @True Vikes: My son, who just got back from Afghanistan, will be there as well, cheering on his team/AP. It would be great if he gets his RB record at home! GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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