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Daily Norseman 1 hour ago

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 10/21

Good morning, everybody. My apologies for the lack of action here on the site over the past 24 hours or so. . .between some work-related things and spending the last 18 hours feeling like I had been run over (repeatedly) by a bus, I wasn't able to get to a lot of things. But that will change over the course of the day today, as we start looking at our game this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread, the only story that's gone up on the site is Kyle's look at the use of defensive time outs. Be sure to check that out. From some other sites...
Daily Norseman 15 hours ago

Defensive Timeouts May Not Be As Absurd As We Think

Zimmer may regret not bucking tradition yesterday... ironically, a lesson learned by his predecessor last season. Typical wisdom in the NFL runs as such: save your timeouts for the end of the half/ game so that if you are desperately trying to drive down the field for a win or a tie, you can stop the clock at critical intervals. Likewise, wisdom also dictates that when you are ahead late in the game- whether you are on the field offensively or defensively- you let the clock run as much as possible. Unfortunately that wisdom may have backfired for the Vikings this Sunday. Ben Goessling over...
Daily Norseman Oct 20, 2014

Monday Open Thread

Relive the disaster, and other stuff So the Vikes lost in the last second, literally, at Buffalo yesterday.  Cool story, bro. Let's not tell it again this season. because that story is old, sucks, and it doesn't have a happy ending. Here's the SMR, which managed to find a couple silver linings in this cloudy ass season. Fearles Leader is comfortably numb, as are most of us. If you want to chew glass, here's a game recap. Seattle traded Percy Harvin on Friday, in a stunning move. We take one last look back on that as it pertains to the Vikings. You guys know the rules--no politics, no...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014

Stock Market Report: Bills

The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same. For 57 of 60 game minutes, the Minnesota Vikings were either tied with or lead the Buffalo Bills, including the entirety of the third and fourth quarters. Of course, they lost on the last offensive play of the game when Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for the game winning score with two seconds left. I can handle losing; I'm a VIkings fan, after all. But I hate watching Minnesota lose games...heck, GIVE AWAY games...they should, and could have won. But I've seen this dance far too often, and when the Bills converted that 4th and 20...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014

Comfortably Numb

There is no pain you are receding A distant ship smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown The dream is gone I have become comfortably numb. In shades of what we saw entirely too much of in 2013, the Minnesota Vikings played well enough for the first 58 or 59 minutes of their game against the Buffalo Bills to escape with a victory. And then, in maddening fashion,...
Vikings Gab Oct 19, 2014

Vikings Fall In Final Seconds To Bills in Buffalo 17-16

The Vikings seemed to have it all going their way, but then as good as they played on defense in the first three and a half quarters, their defense fell flat in the final seconds as the Bills topped the Vikings 17-16 in Buffalo. Kyle Orton broke the Vikings hearts, as he completed a 2-yard […]
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills Final Score: Vikings Lose Heartbreaker, 17-16

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills Final Score: Vikings Lose Heartbreaker, 17-16

On a day when the Minnesota Vikings got an outstanding performance from their defense, the game came down to one play, and the Buffalo Bills made it. Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins from one yard out with no time left on the clock to give the Bills a 17-16 victory over the Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota got on the board first with a 40-yard Blair Walsh field goal near the end of the first quarter to make the score 3-0. Following Teddy Bridgewater's second interception of the afternoon (on consecutive pass attempts), the Bills took a 7-3 lead on a 26-yard...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Fourth Quarter Open Thread

The Buffalo Bills received the second half kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings, and started their first drive at their own 32-yard line after a nice return by Leodis McKelvin. The Vikings got a nice three-and-out to start the drive, and Buffalo punted the ball away to the Vikings. Colton Schmidt got a very nice punt away, and Marcus Sherels. . .for some reason. . .called for a fair catch at the Minnesota 6-yard line. Jerick McKinnon got the Vikings out of that hole pretty quickly with a 29-yard run that saw him break several tackles. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked by Jerry Hughes on the...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Third Quarter Open Thread

The second quarter of play started with another penalty for the Bills, as Manny Lawson was drawn offside by Teddy Bridgewater's hard count to give the Vikings a 1st-and-5. The Vikings got into a 4th-and-1 situation and lined up to go for it. . .but the Bills were called for 12 men on the field to give the Vikings a free first down. On the next third down play, Bridgewater dropped back to pass and threw a ball that, literally, bounced off the back of Brandon Spikes and into the hands of Leodis McKelvin for his fourth interception in two games. The Bills moved the ball into Minnesota...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Second Quarter Open Thread

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Second Quarter Open Thread

The Minnesota Vikings won the coin toss for the second week in a row, and elected to receive the opening kickoff from the Buffalo Bills to start things off. Cordarrelle Patterson took the opening kickoff. . .and didn't even make the 10-yard line. You read that correctly. The Vikings started from their 7-yard line, and got things going early on a couple of carries by Jerick McKinnon. However, after getting as far as the 29-yard line, Jeff Locke came on to punt, and the Bills wound up with good field position at their own 34 after a 36-yard punt. The notoriously slow-starting Vikings' defense...
Buffalo Rumblings Oct 19, 2014
Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings: first half game chat

Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings: first half game chat

The Buffalo Bills take on the Minnesota Vikings in a slobberknocker today. Chat about the first half with us. The Buffalo Bills look to get back on the winning track today as they host the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are on a season-long skid made worse by the loss of Adrian Peterson to child abuse charges. Can Buffalo snap out of their funk at home? Kyle Orton makes his third start and at 1-1 decided to shave his mustache between Friday and today. Photo evidence: BREAKING: Kyle Orton shaved off his incredible mustache. #SoLongUncleRico pic.twitter.com/Y8Xx2ViyMl— Buffalo Bills...
Daily Norseman Oct 19, 2014

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Inactive Lists For Both Teams

We're approximately 90 minutes away from kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo for this afternoon's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills. That means both teams have made their inactive lists available, so let's see which players will be sitting this one out for both teams. As always, we start with the visitors. Minnesota Vikings LB Gerald HodgesFB Zach LineTE Kyle RudolphLB Brandon WattsG Austin WentworthDE Corey WoottonG David Yankey Chad Greenway is active and, from all accounts, is back in the starting lineup after missing three games with a couple of...
Daily Norseman Oct 18, 2014

FanDuel Week 7: Searching For Success

Well, folks, I've tried pretty much everything, and have yet to find myself in the money in any of the leagues I've entered with our friends at FanDuel. So, I'm going to try something that should. . .repeat, should. . .help my chances a little bit. I'm going to enter a head-to-head league for $2. And, to borrow a famous phrase, I want my two dollars! So, here's my lineup for this week's game. QB - Joe Flacco (vs Atlanta) - $7,700 RB - Branden Oliver (vs Kansas City) - $7,400 RB - Ronnie Hillman (vs San Francisco) - $6,300 WR - Dez Bryant (vs New York) - $8,600 WR - Alshon Jeffery (vs...
Daily Norseman Oct 18, 2014
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Game Time, TV Channel, Radio, Streaming and More

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Game Time, TV Channel, Radio, Streaming and More

We're approximately 24 hours away from kickoff in Buffalo, ladies and gentlemen, so it's time to make sure you know all the ways that you can follow along with all of the action between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. Whether it's on television, on radio, or on the internet, we've got you covered. Television Info This weekend's game will be kicking off at the best time for football, noon Central time on Sunday. This game will be on Fox, and your announce team will be Bill Goldberg Mike Goldberg Tim Brando and Brendon Ayanbedejo. If you want to see whether or...
Daily Norseman Oct 18, 2014
A Final Bow On The Percy Harvin Trade

A Final Bow On The Percy Harvin Trade

A little less than a year ago, I made the declaration that the Minnesota Vikings had already won the trade that sent Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for three draft picks. . .picks that turned into cornerback Xavier Rhodes, linebacker Michael Mauti, and running back Jerick McKinnon. At the time I made that post, Harvin had appeared in exactly one game for the Seahawks, recorded exactly one catch and one kick return (against the Vikings. . .boy, he sure showed them), and had already collected $11 million from the Seahawks courtesy of them signing him to a new contract. With...
Buffalo Rumblings Oct 18, 2014
Bills vs. Vikings, 2014 NFL Week 7: five questions with Daily Norseman

Bills vs. Vikings, 2014 NFL Week 7: five questions with Daily Norseman

In preparation for this Sunday's Week 7 showdown between the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings, Christopher Gates of DailyNorseman.com drops by Buffalo Rumblings to answer five questions about his favorite football team. What sort of playing time breakdown should we expect to see between Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata? Will it be closer to 50/50 than it was against Detroit, or is McKinnon still the top guy? More from our team site Minnesota Vikings blog Daily Norseman Gates: Mike Zimmer has said this week that he would like to get Asiata some more touches, but for the...
Daily Norseman Oct 17, 2014

Seahawks Trade Percy Harvin To Jets

So let's take stock of that trade the Vikings made with Seattle one last time, shall we? In a stunning development confirmed just a little while ago, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded to the New York Jets for a conditional mid round pick in the 2015 draft: The #Jets have traded for #Seahawks WR Percy Harvin, source confirms (as @JayGlazer reported). Compensation is conditional mid-rounder — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2014 To say this came as a surprise is an understatement, and it make me wonder that if Harvin can't play for two of the most player friendly...
Daily Norseman Oct 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Final Injury Reports

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: Final Injury Reports

We've finally gotten the final injury reports for the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills leading up to their contest in upstate New York this Sunday. Let's take a look at what names are on the injury report, starting with the visitors. Minnesota Vikings Player Position Injury Sunday Status Gerald Hodges LB Hamstring Out Kyle Rudolph TE Abdomen/Groin Out Corey Wootton DE Back Out Sharrif Floyd DT Elbow/Ankle Questionable Chad Greenway LB Hand/Rib Questionable Chase Ford TE Foot Probable Linval Joseph DT Ankle Probable Michael Mauti LB Illness Probable Cordarrelle...
Daily Norseman Oct 17, 2014

What Would Happen To The Vikings In A Close Game?

It's once again time for us to hear from our good friend Marshall Faulk, as he's got another question for us this week. .@SBNation, 2 minute drill preparation: Down by six, on your own 30. Do you win or lose? http://t.co/cDd0yzZU0l #GMCPlaybook — Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) October 15, 2014 To be Professional Grade, you must be prepared for every situation. Imagine your team facing its next opponent. You're down by six, with 2 minutes left, on your own 30. I wanna know right now, what does your team do. Do they win, or do they lose? See, this would be an interesting scenario for the...
Daily Norseman Oct 17, 2014

Five Good Questions With Buffalo Rumblings

As is the custom leading up to each game, we're attempting to get a little intel from the SB Nation blog that represents the Minnesota Vikings' opponents this week. This week, that distinction falls to the folks at Buffalo Rumblings. I have exchanged questions with Brian Galliford, the lead blogger at Buffalo Rumblings, about the Bills and this weekend's game. I'll have a link to the questions Brian answered from me as soon as they're up and available. In the meantime, here are the questions that Brian answered for me. 1) We Vikings fans are no strangers to our team's situation being a bit...

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