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  1. Week 11: VIKINGS (5-3-1) at Bears (6-3)

    Marcus Sherels? He has been around at long as Everson and longer than Rudolph. Is it because he as on the practice squad for most of 2010 that you don't count him? Rudolph was still playing for Notre Dame that year.
  2. Week10 Games

    I know we all expect the Vikings to win the division and we didn't get help with that on our bye. However, the the second place team in all three of the other divisions did lose this week. In case things don't work out as we hope, this helps the fallback plan of winning the Super Bowl from a wild card playoff seed. The Vikings got plenty help when the Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks, and Falcons all dropped a game while the Vikings were healing up for the back side of the schedule. They currently looked like the biggest threats for the fifth and sixth seeds. And, the Vikings are still in position to take the lead in the division with a win coming off the bye. The glass is more than halfway full.
  3. Week10 Games

    No doubt about it, that is the safest bet unless there is a lot more clarity than one could possibly have at this point of the season. The point is, it is still a bet while being the safest bet. It isn't a sure thing that at the end of the day it ends up being in the Vikings best interest.
  4. Week10 Games

    I don't know about that. With a cursory look it seems that way. However, it has potential to help the Vikings. It has potential to ultimately be irrelevant to the Vikings, or it has the potential to hurt the Vikings if the team that the the NFC team currently above the Vikings in the standings lost to end up being a team that ultimately ends up passing the Vikings in the standings. This has happened. Be careful what you wish for. However, when it is an AFC team getting the win it is a lot less likely the NFC team's loss would hurt the Vikings. There are always edge cases like the possibility that an AFC team that is playing an NFC team that would make the playoffs if the NFC team wins the game with the alternative being the Packers making the playoffs. In that case, if you are a true Vikings fan, you will be rooting for the NFC team to beat the AFC team.
  5. This is really concerning. There are too many QBs having their best games of the year against the Vikings. It reminds me of the 90s when all sorts of QBs from rookies (Joey Harrington), has-beens (Jeff Hostetler), never-was journeymen (Jim Miller) were seeming to have their best games of the year (or career) against the Vikings. This year the Vikings have Josh Allen putting together his only game that wasn't completely terrible, Jared Goff, and Aaron Rodgers putting up their best games of the year. That is a rookie, a has-been, and some young guys that look to have a bright future in the league but still might prove to be a one year wonder too. I am not saying that Josh Allen will ever be as good as Joey Harrington's disappointing career or that the Vikings defense is anywhere near as bad as it was in the 90s but I am saying that I don't think QBs playing their best games against the Vikings is a good point to bring up in defense of the Vikings '18 defense. Nor do I think the Vikings putting up numbers against rookies like Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen with their terrible offenses is a great defense of the Vikings '18 defense. It is a better story than blaming rookie Allen having the best game of his career, has-been Rodgers having the best game of his career, or possible one-year wonder Jared Goff/seven game wonder Jimmy Garoppolo putting up their best games of the year.
  6. Week10 Games

    Any AFC team beating any NFC (save for the Vikings) is good for the Vikings. It is hard to say, specifically, whether this Carolina loss helps the Vikings but given the current standings it has a strong chance of helping the Vikings. Right now they are the five seed and the Vikings are the six seed. If the Vikings pass the Panthers in the standings that loss will be one of the losses that helps the Vikings pass them. On the other hand, if the Vikings win the NFC North and the Panthers end up as a wild card or out of the playoffs that Panthers loss will not have helped the Vikings. There is a whole variety of possibilities. But generally it is good for the Vikings when their potential wild card competition loses or their competition for seeding amongst division winners. I am still hoping for the Vikings to not end up being part of the wild card competition via division victory but as things stand right now competing for a wild card spot is very relevant. Will it be by the end of the year? We don't know. It is still possible that the Panthers will win that division. They have two game left versus the Saints. And if both the Vikings and Panthers win the division that loss may end up being the different between the two and three seeds. Between a bye and a wild card game. We won't know specifically whether that loss helped the Vikings at all for some time but generally I am happy about that outcome. I think all Vikings fans should be happy about it.
  7. Purple Haze - State of the Purple Pass Rush

    Wasn't working for me this morning either. I figured the board software wanted to take a bye week break.
  8. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    Structures can change. Not at all unlike the Vikings old gang of ten ownership eventually changed to something more traditional, not all all unlike the Vikings triangle of confusion eventually went to something more traditional, the Packers GM/head coach relationship will most likely eventually resolve to something more traditional too.
  9. Not for me. He saw what it is like but habits become further entrenched with more repetitions. It is very hard to form decent habits in an offense like that. Putting a kid back there is not giving the kid his best chance to succeed IMO.
  10. If I was running the Bills I am was looking to the future I would start anyone but Josh Allen this year -- even if that means throwing Nathan Peterman in there to run that offense. I would be very concerned that putting any young QB into that offense would ruin the QB. Out of concern for a young QB that I had hope for in the future I would keep him off the field. No young QB can develop good habits playing with that garbage offense.
  11. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    I am a Vikings fan in support of the Packers keeping McCarthy and moving on from Rodgers. Since that isn't realistic I'll be happy enough if they just keep McCarthy. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. It is true that if they replaced McCarthy the replacement could be worse than McCarthy. The Packers should definitely keep that in mind when making their decision. I support all of our rivals making decisions based on fear rather than bold decisions that give them their best chance of improving. I'm still sad that the Lions let Matt Millen go. I was a huge supporter of the Lions continuing to employ Millen -- even moreso than I am a supporter of the Packers continuing to employ McCarthy.
  12. Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers Updates

    No. He hasn't been super impressive. He has done fine but nothing special. More than losing DeFilippo, I am concerned about the possibility of the Packers firing McCarthy and hiring a good coach. That would stink. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers does well enough this year that they keep McCarthy (just not against the Vikings)
  13. As things stand now that would be correct. We'll know later today whether anyone claimed Bradford. His salary is pretty reasonable and there are teams that could use a QB. Also, a team might want him if they are expecting a net loss of compensatory free agents after this year and see Bradford as a guy other teams would sign to a contract that would earn them a pick.
  14. The 2018 Playoff Hunt is on!

    Here is what the league has to say about flex scheduling http://www.nfl.com/flexible-schedules The league leaves out some details from their contracts. This is a good source of information: http://sports.morganwick.com/nfl-flexible-scheduling-primer/ Each network can only protect five games from week 11 through 16 so for each network at least one of those weeks will not have a game protected. CBS and FOX had to submit their list of protected games after week five. If the league were to flex a game that week, Saints versus Eagles or Cowboys versus Atlanta may be other games the league would consider depending on which of the games were protected. Fox didn't protect both of those. The league seems to like putting the Cowboys into prime time slots. We should know by the end of the day on Tuesday; that is the day by which a flex would need to be announced.
  15. Knockin' on Valhalla's Door

    Yes. Traded players, like Teddy Bridgewater, still count as a loss in the formula. I am pretty sure it is the same with a player that is claimed on waivers. That player is still bound by the terms of the contract he signed as a compensatory free agent. If the player is under the contract they signed as a compensatory free agent they should count in the compensatory formula.