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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Boller Shocks Vikings with Precision Passing

The Minnesota Vikings suffered a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend. They were outscored by just a touchdown but were clearly dominated by the Ravens offense. Kyle Boller put forth a rare but admirable effort and we were only able to break his stride once with our fourth quarter interception. It was like Boller waited all season to show he had the stuff to play a near perfect game and dashed our playoff hopes with a supply of accurate passes that seemed endless. Unfortunately I feel that we didn’t really deserve to go to the post season this year anyway. There is always next year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Ravens, a Tough Nut to Crack

After the Green Bay Packers embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens it appears we are facing quite a challenge next week. They were more dominant in recent years, however one could say the Ravens have been more aggressive this year, especially at home. They have allowed very few touchdowns when playing in the M&T Bank Stadium. We are even more afraid for Michael Bennett because the Ravens have allowed very few rushing yards and even fewer rushing touchdowns. It seems that they have all the bases covered but our offense can hold the line and Brad Johnson performs well under pressure.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Rams Flounder in Vikings Presence

The Minnesota Vikings are into a six game winning streak after their win over the St. Louis Rams this Sunday. The score was 27-13 and this was a great win for the Vikings. Since the Chicago Bears lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they only lead us in the division by one game. The Vikings dominated the St. Louis Rams by forcing mistakes and shutting down their running game with weapons like Erasmus James. Koren Robinson showed up to play an excellent game and made some key plays and a touchdown for Minnesota. We proved the better team simply by converting on downs which the Rams struggled with throughout the game.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Johnson Does it Again

Brad Johnson had a great game against the Detroit Lions in the Minnesota Vikings’ 21-16 win. He threw two touchdowns and the one to Koren Robinson was an 80-yarder. For the game Johnson had a season-high 256 passing yards and went 17 for 23 against the Lions defense. The best thing about Brad Johnson is that he doesn’t get intercepted much and that’s more than we can say for Daunte Culpepper. This is our fifth win in a row and it seems like the slow start we got this season was just a warm up for a fantastic finish. Brad Johnson is the one to take us there.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Vikings Slice Through Browns Defense

The Minnesota Vikings beat the Cleveland Browns 24-12 pushing our record to 6-5. Brad Johnson passed to Marcus Robinson for a total of three touchdowns and threw for 207 yards total in the game. Our defense was effective against the run forcing two fumbles off Trent Dilfer who later left the game with a hurt right knee. Viking Darren Sharper intercepted a ball meant for Charlie Frye and Vikings QB Johnson threw for only one interception in a game with very few mistakes all around. The Vikings have really turned this season around with better defense and fewer errors than we started with.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Favre Versus Johnson in the Cold

In a battle between Bret Favre and Brad Johnson you never know what you are going to get. The Minnesota Vikings pulled out a victory over the Packers 20-17. It was not our best performance all season but we still got the win. Mewelde Moore was the star of the game with 122 yards rushing. Everyone expected this game to go to Green Bay because Favre is so good at Lambeau Field when it’s extremely cold. We held on to the ball in the second quarter and made a lot of solid plays. Mike Tice and his coaching staff were pretty happy with the game despite some key injuries. Fans felt like the Vikings running game was worthy of a playoff contending team and I have to agree. This was a good win against a strong yet floundering rival.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Thanks for all the Turnovers

Eli Manning had one of the worst games of his career and the whole Giants team was having trouble holding on to the football. If it hadn’t been for the Giants total lack of offensive strength and intensity the Vikings could have been in trouble. The Minnesota Vikings only had 12 rushing yards and a total of 156 yards of offense. They took advantage of every turn over and looked really good doing it, but no fan can ignore that the New York Giants were off their game big-time and a win like that fosters no faith in your team’s ability to go all the way. No the Vikings and Shaun Hill are going to have to put up a better offensive effort against the Green Bay Packers to earn a real win.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Trigger Happy

What is up with football players and guns?

Just recently I read that Terry Johnson a defensive tackle from the Chicago Bears was arrested for and unregistered gun. In a relating story dealing with you Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Daunte Culpepper was discovered with a gun in his car that he rented. Apparently the gun was actually registered to team mate and Vikings running back Michael Bennett. No one was arrested but just an odd story I think.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Birk Out 3-4 Months

It just seems that every time I write about center Matt Birk the situation gets worse. Just recently I found out the Birk will miss the season opener after he had hip surgery several days ago. It was to repair his torn labrum, which will take 3-4 months to heal. The anchor of the line seems to be sinking in his injury right now. But coaches are optimistic of his return after week 1. In the mean time Cory Withrow will replace Birk at center.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Update

The last entry we talked about the all mighty Matt Birk. Well I have some updated news on his status. Apparently the center has said that he will miss part of training camp after all. I just feel bad for the guy. Birk has not been healthy in over a year. Hopefully he will be ok soon enough for the 05’ season.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Anchor

Matt Birk, the Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl Center, is scheduled to have surgery today to fix his torn labrum in his right hip. If my calculations are correct this will be Birk’s third operation in his career.

Birk is still penciled in as the starter; after all he is the anchor to the offensive line as well as a team leader on offense. Birk feels that he should be ready by the time training camp roles around, so nobody panic.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Running Back Shuffle

Did you know Onterrio Smith was caught with a kit which sole purpose is to circumvent drug test. That is now a strike against him for the NFL substance abuse policy.

Yet regardless Coach Mike Tice has said Smith will still compete with Michael Bennett and Mewelde Moore for the stating job at running back, which has been shaky. I doubt that it will be Smith carrying the workload though. Rather, a trio of backs combining for 1,000 yards.

But don’t leave out rookie running back Ciatrick Fason. He was about to be pushed aside as a special ‘teamer’ for the 05 season, but now has a legitimate shot for some playing time in the back field.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Falling in to Place

from Foxports.com
WR Troy Williamson has top-flight speed but will need work on his fundamentals. During early spring workouts, Williamson dropped more than his share of balls -- at times appearing to have his hands in the wrong position. New WR coach Wes Chandler should be able to correct that technique early in training camp.

WR Travis Taylor didn't receive the notoriety of some other free agent signings, but he might prove to be one of the team's shrewdest. During a recent minicamp, Taylor showed unexpected polish and technique and has a strong chance to be the team's No. 3 receiver.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Target Practice

The Vikings sit in a good position to upgrade their need at wide receiver. Particularly since Randy Moss was dealt over to the Raiders. Moss was the Vikings only vertical threat. Not that the Burleson is bad because is a quality NFL receiver. He had his first thousand yard season this past with Moss injured off and on.

The Vikes will try to find a running back some in the draft since the draft is actually deep with running back talent. But look for Mike Tice to stick with using full advantage of his quarterback in Daunte Culpepper.

Understand that the Vikings have the 7th and the 18th picks in this years draft and would like to acquire Braylon Edwards, Mike Williams or maybe even Troy Williamson. The draft is the draft and with rumors of trading up with the Niners anything can happen.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

A simple Fact

from Foxsports.com
Because he is so effective in his limited role, the team has given no thought toward including RB Moe Williams in its training camp competition for the starting running back job. Coach Mike Tice believes that Williams, who will turn 31 this summer, has a tendency to wear down as the season progresses. One of the reasons is that Williams runs so hard and with such abandon that he is a bruised mess after each game. Although he is the team's most reliable runner, Tice does not believe it is realistic to use Williams on an every down basis throughout 16 games. As a result, Williams will continue to fill his third-down role -- with his repetitions increasing as the playoffs draw near -- in 2005...

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Vikings get Cowart for 7th-round pick

by the Associated Press, from ESPN.com
The New York Jets traded middle linebacker Sam Cowart to the Minnesota Vikings on Friday for a seventh-round pick in this year's draft.

Cowart saw his playing time diminish in 2004 after a knee injury knocked him out for an extended period and rookie Jonathan Vilma emerged as a standout player. After the season, Cowart asked for a trade when it became clear he wouldn't have much of a role with the Jets.

The move to Minnesota reunites him with defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who coached him in Buffalo and New York, along with former Bills teammates Antoine Winfield, Pat Williams, Keith Newman and Ken Irvin.

"Adding Sam Cowart gives us a strong veteran presence and leadership in the middle of our defense," said Vikings coach Mike Tice said. "Sam has played at an elite level throughout his career and we are expecting him to add that type of performance to our defense."

Cowart, entering his eighth season in the NFL, was a second-round pick of Buffalo in 1998 and emerged as a star, notching over 100 tackles in five of his first seven NFL seasons. But he hasn't been the same since an Achilles' tendon injury in 2001.

He played outside linebacker for two years with the Jets before moving back to the middle last season, where he is most comfortable. Cowart was playing well until he sprained his knee in Week 2 against San Diego and missed the next six games. He was hardly used when he got healthy.

The Vikings have been busy upgrading their defense in the offseason, signing linebacker Napoleon Harris, safety Darren Sharper, cornerback Fred Smoot and Williams in the last three weeks. Including Cowart, the five players bring a combined 339 NFL starts, 57 interceptions, 32 sacks and have played in three Pro Bowls.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

It's True

For the Vikings in 2005 it would be nice to have some talent on the defense side of the ball. This is not to say that Vikings defense is bad, but I am saying some impact players at defensive back and linebacker would really help.

So come draft time look for the Vikings to draft secondary personal and some new LB from free agency.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Moss Might be Dealt....

Rumors are flying around that WR Randy Moss might be dealt, and that is pretty all I can tell you guys. I mean, it is a little more than a rumor, team officials are toying with the idea of trading him.

Although, the problem is who will be the teams number 1 receiver. Do the Vikings go shopping for one or do they use the draft to groom one or do they use an improving 3rd year player in Nate Burleson.

It is decision time in the front office...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Time to Buckle Down

Making it into the playoffs is the ultimate goal. With out the playoffs there is no road to the Super Bowl. Then tell me why it doesn't feel right for the Vikings. Is it because they are the 6th seed getting in with an 8-8 record? Was the NFC that bad this year? Should the Vikings just stay home and save the NFC the embarrassment?

No, of course not...

The Vikings still possess a good as chance as any to represent the NFC in the playoffs and perhaps a Super Bowl.

Though it starts through the arc-rival Green Bay Packers. This is the time guys to step up and show every body why you deserve to be here.

A great man once said,
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."