Friday, December 31, 2010

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Preview

Adrian PetersonWell, this is the last game for the 2010 Minnesota Vikings. A season that began with great promise and optimism turned into one that will be ending early. However, a victory in Detroit can send the Vikings off with a 2 game winning streak and hopefully some momentum into getting Leslie Frazier the head coaching position. It has been a whirlwind of a season and definitely one that fans will not forget. I believe this time still has pieces in place to be competitive next season and get back on track. It may be a "meaningless" game by definition, but it could have some bearing on the future (is Joe Webb our potential quarterback of the future?). Get your Minnesota Vikings tickets at Ticket King!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Minnesota Vikings 24, Philadelphia Eagles 14

Joe WebbNot many people saw this one coming. The Minnesota Vikings took down the NFC East Champions Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Tuesday night. Rookie quarterback Joe Webb looked poised and impressive in his first career start. The defense blitzed early and often and put pressure on Michael Vick all night.

The Philadelphia Eagles got on the board first with a 3-yard Clay Harbor touchdown in the 1st quarter. After several dropped interceptions by the Minnesota Vikings, Antoine Winfield forced a fumble from Vick and took it 45 yards to pay dirt to tie the score. After a Ryan Longwell field goal in the 3rd, Joe Webb had a nifty 9 yard touchdown run that displayed his athleticism. He juked 3 Eagles players on his way to the endzone. Michael Vick would score on a 10 yard run in the 4th quarter but Adrian Peterson would respond with a 1 yard score to push it to 24-14.

The Minnesota Vikings moved to 6-9 and clinched a bye for the Chicago Bears. Leslie Frazier pushed his possibility of landing the head coaching job to highly likely after this victory. Joe Webb has now forced the Vikings to decide on whether he may be the future quarterback.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles Postponed for Tuesday

BlizzardIn a season filled with the most distractions imaginable, why not add one more to the reality television show? The Minnesota Vikings were slated to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. That game didn't happen. The game got rescheduled for Tuesday night instead, making it the first Tuesday game in 64 YEARS. The game was rescheduled due to a blizzard that ripped through the Philadelphia area. Sounds familiar, right? So, the game is delayed another day and will be played eventually tomorrow night. Just another bizarre occurrence in the 2010-2011 season.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Biggest Needs Leaving the 2010 Season

Could Cam Newton be wearing a Minnesota Vikings jersey next season?There is a lot to dissect with this franchise. We thought we were in all-in mode. We have a lot of soon to be free agents including Ray Edwards, Ben Leber, Chad Greenway, Pat Williams, Ryan Longwell, and Brett Favre. Here are thoughts for the Minnesota Vikings biggest needs for next season:

1) A quarterback - I think if we draft in the Top 15 range, we need to see where Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, and Cam Newton fall.

2) A ball-hawking safety - Simply put, we have the worst safety combination in the league and it isn't even close. We desperately need a safety and fast.

3) A right guard - You could make a case for another cornerback because of Asher Allen's play, but I'll go with the assumption that Cedric Griffin will recover from his ACL injury and Chris Cook was still only a rookie this year. We need a right guard that we can rely on because it showed this year that we don't

A Bears Beatdown: Chicago Bears 40-14 Minnesota Vikings

TCF Bank StadiumThe final score read 40-14. It wasn't the Minnesota Vikings putting up 40 points. It was the Chicago Bears. I was at the game at TCF Bank Stadium in the cold and it didn't help with how the Minnesota Vikings played. It was a tough game that had a promising start with Percy Harvin's touchdown. The experience was awesome but the final result was not. Brett Favre was knocked out and rookie Joe Webb struggled. All around just a result I'd rather forget.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are playing primetime for Monday Night Football. The two teams will battle at TCF Bank Stadium in Dinkytown, home of the Minnesota Gopher football team. I am looking forward to this game in every capacity. I mean, honestly, how cool is this matchup?

TCF Bank Stadium
There hasn't been an outdoor home game for the Minnesota Vikings since December 20, 1981. Rookie quarterback Joe Webb is making his first career start. Joe Webb has unlimited potential and Minnesota Vikings fans will get to see firsthand tonight if Webb can make some noise. Also, the Minnesota Vikings are honoring the Top 50 Minnesota Vikings of all-time.

So experts are saying it might be a little cold. Throw on some expected snow (possibly 4 to 5 inches) and this is a historic game for Minnesota Vikings fans. Outdoor football, Joe Webb's first start, playing with the elements, Monday Night Football, against the Chicago Bears, what is there not to like? Get your Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears tickets with Ticket King!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Minnesota Vikings, Giants, Bears

The Minnesota Vikings lost in their second to last 'home' game of the season on Monday. The Giants, who had been waiting to play the game from an airport in Kansas City since Saturday, met the Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit and beat them 21-3.

The Giants defense held the Vikings offense to less than 200 yards and Jackson completed 50% of his passes as Brett Favre sat on the sidelines. Favre ended his consectutive-game streak at 297 by not starting Monday's game.

With the Metrodome currently out of commission, the Vikings are looking to play at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus for their last home game of the 2010 season. This game is against the Chicago Bears, who are currently leading the Division.

Guess we will just sit here and twiddle our thumbs until the venue is finalized. No hurry.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Vikings Dome Field Advantage No More

You would have to be living under a rock if you haven't heard about the Metrodome roof collapse this weekend. What a complete bummer. The Minnesota Vikings only had two home games left this season and now we only have one (and that's even a maybe at this point). So much for Vikings home field advantage or Dome field advantage as I like to call it.

The Vikings will be rallying at Ford Field Detroit tonight to try and take down the NY Giants. I will be watching from my sofa since there was no chance I could drive or fly to Detroit today. The Vikings need a win desperately and after yesterdays low scoring Packers @ Lions game (3-7, Lions) there are plenty of points left on the field just waiting for the Vikings.

Be sure to cheer on the Vikings tonight...mathematically, there are still 2010 Vikings playoff hopes.

This is my favorite picture of the Metrodome roof collapse - it's from inside - they even have the Vikings vs Giants game programs all ready on the chair backs!
Metrodome Roof Collapse - Inside View

Friday, December 10, 2010

Showdown with the New York Giants

Eli ManningOn Sunday, the New York Giants will make their appearance at the Metrodome. The New York Giants were the Super Bowl Champions as short as 3 seasons ago when they knocked off the mighty New England Patriots. Eli Manning at the helm, with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw at running back, and Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks at wide receiver make the New York Giants have a potent offense. The Minnesota Vikings manhandled the New York Giants last year and this year they hope will be the same. Stay tuned to see if Brett Favre and Percy Harvin will start.

Percy Harvin Questionable for New York Giants

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin missed last weekend's game against the Buffalo Bills with a migraine. He hasn't practiced this week and it makes him questionable against the New York Giants. The New York Giants come in at 8-4 and are battling the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East Division. They are led by quarterback Eli Manning, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and wide reciever Steve Smith. Recently, the Minnesota Vikings have had the New York Giants number. Hopefully Percy can be ready to go.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Minnesota Vikings 38, Buffalo Bills 14

Tavaris JacksonThe Minnesota Vikings defeated the Buffalo Bills by a score of 38 to 14 on Sunday afternoon at the Metrodome. Brett Favre was injured on the 3rd play of the game and in stepped Tavaris Jackson. Jackson threw 2 touchdowns to Sidney Rice and finished 15 for 22 for 187 yards, plus two runs for 22 yards. He also threw 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Adrian Peterson finished with 107 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings built a 38-7 lead in the game and didn't look back. We will see if Favre is ready to go next week against the New York Giants.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Will Adrian Peterson Be Ready To Go?

Adrian PetersonOne of the concerns this week is whether Adrian Peterson will be ready to go. He was injured last weekend in Washington and could miss his first start in some years. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He had a sprained right ankle and apparently some of the swelling has gone down. It looks like he may be a gametime decision. If he is not able to go, look for Toby Gerhart to get his first career start.

Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings

Ryan Fitzpatrick and CJ SpillerOn Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills will go toe-to-toe at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Buffalo Bills come in with a 2-9 record, so on paper, the Minnesota Vikings should win. However, there hasn't been any easy victories this season so nothing is gauranteed. The Buffalo Bills have some talented players in emerging wide receiver Steve Johnson, running backs CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson, and strong throwing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Minnesota Vikings should be able to run on the Buffalo Bills - as they are last in the league in rushing yards. Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 30, Buffalo Bills 20.

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