The Minnesota Vikings have a small chance of making the playoffs in 2016. The 7-7 Vikings, after starting off the season with so much promise, are barely hanging by their finger nails as far as their playoff hopes are concerned. In order for the Vikings to make it to the playoffs, the following things would have to happen.
Most of us Minnesotans follow at least one sport. We follow our favorite team(s) by several means like watching them on television, listening to them on the radio or following the team through our mobile devices. Some would rather attend a live sporting event in person to cheer on their favorite team(s).
A film that sets up anticipation for thrills, but keeps its audience in a dull suspense for two-thirds of its performance, Shut In is certainly ambitious, but it falls prey to lack of commitment.
The Minnesota Vikings are the third team in the entire history of the NFL to lose four straight games after starting off 5-0 — the third team, ever.
This loss to the Redskins was another painful one similar to the Lions home loss in that the Vikings had plenty of chances to win the game, but shot themselves in the foot enough times to eliminate a possibility of winning. They didn’t completely blow it like the Lions matchup, but this was another heart-wrenching loss.
The Vikings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday — this home loss to the Lions was by far the worst of the three on the season. Aside from the chorus of mistakes and miscues, the Vikings hurt themselves in more ways than one yesterday. This is a third straight loss, a second straight divisional loss and second straight loss to a very beatable opponent. But unlike the other two losses, one where the Vikings were outplayed much of the contest and the other where they were outplayed the entire contest, this loss came from the aforementioned chorus of miscues.
After 9 weeks, clearly this Vikings team is no where near as good as we thought they were, even the defense — they are likely closer to the team in the three losses these past weeks than the five mostly dominating victories (which is still shocking to me). I’m not sounding the “season is over” alarm, but these losses, specifically the past two are extremely troubling to a 2016 campaign that started out so promising.
Back in the fall of 1986, the Minnesota Twins promoted 33 year-old Andy MacPhail to General Manager. MacPhail had been serving as Vice President of Player Personnel since August of 1985 with the Twins. He had been an executive in the Houston Astros organization early in his career and had previously worked in the Chicago Cubs organization as well.
When the Twins were sold to Carl Pohlad back in 1984, then owner Calvin Griffith suggested to keep Howard Fox on as General Manager. Griffith had been the Twins GM since moving to Minnesota from Washington D.C back in 1961. This meant the front office was staffed by largely members and friends of the Griffith family.
The Minnesota Vikings have now experienced what every other team in the NFL has — a loss. Calm down Vikings fans, it’s only one game against a tough opponent on the road. And I will give credit where credit is due — the Eagles came up with a solid game plan and played well enough to win the game. But in my eyes, this game is all about the purple shooting themselves in the foot, over and over. Like the Week 1 loss last year to the woeful San Francisco 49ers, this was an uncharacteristic game from this Vikings team.
The obvious jumping off point is the atrocious play of the offensive line. We all knew this unit was the Vikings glaring weakness and it really showed on Sunday. Though the offensive line lost battle after battle and never got settled, a lot of factors contributed to Sam Bradford and the Vikings offense getting blown up.
After five weeks, the only undefeated team left in the entire landscape of professional football is the Minnesota Vikings. Starting quarterback, gone. Starting, Hall of Fame running back, gone. Starting left tackle, gone. Starting right tackle, gone. Despite all that, 5-0.
At this point it’s old news to talk about the greatness of the Vikings defense. Five weeks into the season, they are on a historic pace of shutting opposing offenses down. The Vikings defense has better defensive statistics through five weeks than the heralded, 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0. The last time they were 4-0… well, I can’t talk about that because it brings up too much pain (cough, 2009).
The NFL has surely taken notice of the Mike Zimmer led Vikings, one of the three remaining unbeaten teams. At this moment, they are undoubtedly one of the top three teams in the entire league — I think the Broncos are best until they prove otherwise and a Brady-led Patriots team are still elite. Still, top three in the entire league right now? When’s the last time we’ve said that (cough, 2009)?
The Minnesota Vikings turned in another start-to-finish, lights out performance and dismantled the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants barely showed a pulse for the duration of the entire match.
In the past two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings faced off against the past two NFL league MVPs. In the past two weeks, the Vikings defense has made both look pedestrian. The Vikings made the pair look like Cleveland Brown quarterbacks.
These two quarterbacks are on their way to the HOF (if Cam stays on his current trajectory of greatness), and both looked disheveled, intimated and confused versus the Vikings defense. The two quarterbacks combined for two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, four interceptions, three fumbles and were sacked a total of 13 times.
This. Defense. Is. For. Real.