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December 11, 2006

Vikes Win In Motor City

This past weekend the Minnesota Vikings went into Detroit with a lot of questions surrounding their team. The biggest one being who is going to be taking the snaps against the 2 - 10 Detroit Lions. The answer, struggaling Brad Johnson was the starter. Now just a week ago Brad threw four interceptions and posted a 13.8 passer rating. Clearly not his best performance, but due to injury and nervousness Brad was the only option. Bollinger was still out with an injured shoulder, and Jackson did not feel he was ready to grab the reigns yet. Johnson had a very average performance against the Lions, but did manage a rushing touchdown. Thanks to a great rushing attack the Vikings were able to defeat the Lions 30 - 20. Next week the Vikes take on the New York Jets at noon.

December 4, 2006

Time To Move On?

At what point does Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings start looking into the future? I mean Brad Johnson has made his career on managing the game and not making costly mistakes. This past sunday he threw four interceptions and completed eleven passes for 73 yards all game. Bollinger came into the game in the fourth quarter once the coaches finally seen Johnson wasn't cutting it. Bollinger was seven for nine and had 70 passing yards, and he was cold when he did it. Bollinger was injured after leading the vikings on their first touchdown drive of the game. Jackson then came in and went three for four and had 35 yards passing. If I were Brad Childress I would start giving the young guys on the team a shot to prove what they can do. The offense can't get much worse than it already is. That way you would know what you have and need for next year. Tune in this Sunday to see what the coach actually does.

November 28, 2006

Vikings Sneek Past Cards.

This past Sunday the Minnesota Vikings hosted former coach Denny Green and his Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings have been in a rut lately and it wasnt looking good early. Minnesoata kicked the ball of to start the game. Not 15 seconds into the game Arizona led 7 - 0. Thanks to a 99 yard touchdown return. The Vikings looked impressive on their first drive answering back with a strong drive that resulted in a touchdown. The number one rush defense in the NFL demonstrated their dominance, but the pass defense was questionable. The vikings ofense seemed to be back on track posting 31 points in the game. It looked over, but thanks two a critcal fourth quarter drive and an onside kick recovery Arizona was left with three final shots to the endzone. Good thing for the Vikings the results were better then 2003 when the Cards beat the Vikes on a last second shot to the endzone. Next week the Vikings roll into Chicago to try and upset the division leading Bears.

November 20, 2006

Vikings

I don't even want to get started on the Vikings. My Mother once told me if I don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all. I think I am going to take her advise this week. Maybe next week will be better.

November 14, 2006

Boarder Battler

The Minnesota Vikings hosted the annual boarder last weekend when the Green Bay Packers were in town. The Packers have been struggling this year, but so have the Vikings as of late. Minnesota came out a little slow and it showed after the first quarter when they trailed ten - zero. They came out in the third quarter and showed signs of life. Billy McMullen scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. This was quite impressive considering he had only one career touchdown comming into the game. After those touchdowns it was all downhill. The Vikings defense held Packers Running back, Green, to under sixty yards rushing. Green came into the game with over 100 yards in each of his last three games. The Packers passing game ripped Minnesota apart for 347 yards and two touchdown passes. Packers prevailed 23 -17. Next week the Vikes square off with former Quarterback Daunte Culpepper and the Miami Dolphins.

November 7, 2006

Vikings 'O' Needs Major Help

The Minnesota Viking's Offense is in terrible need for some help. They have a quarterback, Brad Johnson, who just can't get it done anymore. He is supposed to be the smart guy who can run the offense, and not make turnovers. Now he is making stupid throws for interceptions, or is to scared to make the throw period. He had three turnovers in last weeks game and threw several off mark. Not to help any Vikings recievers dropped several key passes. Including one by Troy Williamson, that killed the Vikings final drive that would have potentially won the game. They have a strong offensive line and a solid running back, but now need to find playmakers at the quarterback and wide reciever positions. The Vikings defense held San Fransisco to 133 yards of total offense on the game. Pretty dang impressive. Oh ya they still lost 9-3. It was and embarrasing game to watch as a Vikings fan.

November 1, 2006

Vikings exploited by Patriots

This wee the Minnesota Vikings returned to Monday night football. They were fresh of a big win against Seattle and were going to face another difficult team. The New England Patriots rolled into town this week. The Vikings could have established themselves as a serious contender if they play a close game with the Patriots. But they did the exact opposite of that. Brad Johnson began to show his age a little in this game. He was trying to go deep, and make throws that he doesn't have the arm for. He also made several very bad decisions in the pocket including a pick in the endzone to kill Minnesotas drive. Also the defense that has been the cornerstone of this team this year was picked apart by Patriot quarterback Tom Brady. Brady went 29-43 for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns. It was a hard night to be a Vikings fan. Next up San Fransisco 49ers. Hopefully the Vikes can figure something out before then.

October 25, 2006

Impressive showing against Seahawks

This past sunday the Minnesota Vikings travled to Seatlle to take on the Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks went into the game with an impressive home unbeaten streak. The Vikes were determined to end it. Minnesota scored on its opening drive for the sixth game in a row. They started a little slow, but quickly found their rythme and began to leave seattle in the dust. After halftime Minnesota out scored Seattle 21-3. Vikings runningback, Chester Taylor, set a new Minnesota record for the longest run from the line of scrimmage when he broke a 95 yard touchdown run. Also Mewelde Moore connected with tight end Jermaine Wiggins for a 15 yard touchdown pass. To capa it off defensive tackle Kevin Williams recovered a fumble for another Viking touchdown. Minnesota took this game convincingly, 31-13. Next week Minnesota returns home for a Monday night showdown against the New England Patriots.

October 10, 2006

Vikings Grab Elusive 3rd Win

The Minnesota Vikings battled the Detroit Lions this past Sunday. It wasn't looking promising at the begining for the Vikes. They kicked an early field goal again, the went dormint until the fourth quarter. At the end of the third quarter the Vikings were down 17 - 3, and appeareed to have little hope left. But early in the fourth the Vikings offense put together a rare touchdown drive, and thats all the defens would need. Again this week the team was carried by the defense. Pat Williams forced a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown by Ben Leber. Later E.J. Henderson returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown that put the Lions away for good. To break down the scoreboard it was Minnesota 26 Detroit 17, Vikings offense 13 Vikings defense 13. So once again the Vikes offense was bailed out by the defense. How long can this trend continue? And at what point do you make a move to improve your offense? Rest up this week because when the Vikings return from the bye week the do battle with Seattle.

October 1, 2006

Vikes Fall Seconds Short of Victory

The Minnesota Vikings went into Buffalo on Sunday hoping to get their season back on the right track after a heart breaking loss last week against the Bears. The Vikings marched down the field on their opening drive just like every week and scored early. Also like every week their ofense shut down after the first drive. The Bills were on top at halftime 7 - 6. The Bills scored again in the third quarter to make it a 17 - 6 lead after three. The end of the Third quarter marked the 12th consecutive quarter that Minnesota's offense failed to score a touchdown. That streak ended in the fourth quarter when Brad Johnson completed a 29 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Robinson to bring the Vikings within 5 points. The game ended when Vikings reciever, Billy McMullen failed to get out of bounds after catching a pass. The Vikings came up 16 yards short of beating a good Buffalo Bills team. Next week the Vikings again look to get back on track against the Detroit Lions. This game is in Minnesota and airs at 12:00 pm Sunday on FOX.

September 26, 2006

Battle of the Unbeatens

The Minnesota Vikings challenged their division rival Chicago Bears. The game started out exactly how it was expected to, a defensive war. Two of the top five defenses in the NFL showing off their talent. The game was a field goal fest for the first three quarters. There wasn't a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Go figure that it was scored by Minnesotas defense. Antoine Winfield intercepted a pass and returned it for the score. That play gave the Vikings the lead back, but it wasn't enough. Minnesota had the ball and were looking to have a solid drive that took time off the clock, pin the bears deep in their own zone, and watch their defense do what their best at. It didn't quite work that way. Brad Johnson attempted a quick out on 2nd and 8, but the pass not even close. The next play they gave the ball to Chestor Taylor to try and pick up a first down and keep the clock moving. Taylor was stripped of the ball and the Bears recovered. Minnesotas defense made one coverage breakdown all game, and Rex Grossman completed a 24 yard touchdown pass to succesfully drive the dagger into the Vikings Chances. The game ended in a depressing 16 - 19 loss.Tune in next week as the Vikings look to get back on track against the Buffalo Bills. Game time is 12:00 pm, and the game can be seen on FOX.

September 21, 2006

Ryan Longwell vs. Carolina Panthers

This past sunday the Minnesota Vikings had there home opener vs. the Carolina Panthers. Just like last week the Vikings won the toss and chose to recieve. Also like last week they opened the game with a seemingly effortless drive. They marched the entire field, but settled for a Ryan Longwell field goal when their drive stalled due to penalties. Again like last week the Vikings defense looked great. The offense then went into a shell until the fourth quarter. The Vikings looked down and out in the fourth quarter until the Panthers attempted a trick play on a punt return then turned out to be a costly mistake. The Vikings recovered the ball and started their drive in great field position. The drive stalled as did most drives sinced the first quarter. Just as you thought they were going to settle for Longwells third field goal of the night, Longwell threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Richard Owens to tie the game at 13. The game went into overtime where Minnesotas defense was strong again. The Vikings got the ball and marched down the field thanks to many key runs by Chester Taylor. Finally to add to his two field goals, a touchdown pass, and the extra point, Ryan Longwell kicked a game winning field goal in overtime to give Minnesota a 2 - 0 start to their season. Ryan Longwell will never forget week two of the 2006 sseason. Next week Minnesota has a defensive showdown against the Chicago Bears for the lead in the NFC North. Tune into FOX this Sunday at noon to watch this big game.

September 14, 2006

Vikings open with a win

Last monday the Minnesota Vikings squared off with the Washington Redskins on monday night football for the season opener. The vikings recieved the ball to start the game and looked very impressive on their opening drive. They marched 80 yards in 10 plays and scored on a Chestor Taylor touchdown run. The offense then went into a shell for the rest of the half scoring only one field goal in the next quarter and a half. The Minnesota defense looked very impressive against the Washington offense that was revamped over the summer. The game went down to the wire when Minnesotas offense controlled the ball and ran the clock down to one minute before they kicked a field goal to take the lead 19 - 16. Washington having no timeouts left made an impressive push down the field but fell just short when they missed the field goal to tie up the game. Week one went good, but week two may be a bigger challenge as the Carolina Panthers roll into town. As we all remember last year when these two teams met it was a 38 - 13 beating of the vikings. Tune into the game this sunday at 12:00 pm on FOX.