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Daily Norseman 42 mins ago

Super Bowl XLIX: Predictions Roundtable

The Daily Norseman staff participates in a group discussion to share what they think will happen in Glendale on Sunday. It's almost time! In just over 24 hours, the 2014 NFL season will culminate with the Super Bowl XLIX battle between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. (And then we'll be really sad because there's no NFL football for six months. But let's not focus on that right now.) It's our annual unofficial national holiday full of unhealthy food, prop bets, big screen TVs, incredibly overproduced halftime shows, and incredibly overpriced advertisements. It's the defending...
Daily Norseman 2 hours ago

Greg Jennings Does Trivia With SB Nation At Super Bowl

Like many NFL players, Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver Greg Jennings has made his way to Glendale, Arizona for the festivities surrounding Super Bowl XLIX. And the folks from SB Nation managed to track him down for a little bit of fun. SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein has been going around having NFL players and coaches answer questions for a bit of a game show that we call "Answer the Question." (Big hand for the creative department, ladies and gentlemen!*) Greg Jennings got his turn in the hot seat, and answered questions on subjects ranging from football to plants to the movie Forrest...

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater wins 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award. Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was one of five finalists. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, the league announced on Friday. NOTE: The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year is a fan vote and not the same as the league's Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, which will be announced during the NFL Honors Awards Saturday Night. Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was a finalist for the award alongside rookie wide receivers Odell...
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago

Norse Code Podcast Episode #62: Super Bowl Preview, Prop Bets and an Awesome Link Roundup

My favorite set of show notes and episode links this week, as well as an extended discussion on all things Super Bowl—including a guide to Prop Bets We do our best to provide a functional Super Bowl preview, but we do talk about the two things that have been capturing the game—deflated balls and Marshawn Lynch's pressers. Regardless, the discussion on matchups, your guide to prop bets and so on should be fun. These are probably my favorite set of show notes because there are so many good links this week. Check them out! Episode Notes (there are a lot of great links this week): We...
Daily Norseman Jan 30, 2015

Teddy Bridgewater Wins Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award

In what probably has to be considered a pretty significant upset, Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the winner of the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award, per the folks at NFL.com. Bridgewater was the only quarterback nominated for the honor, which is given based entirely on fan voting. In order for him to win the award, he had to beat out one running back (Jeremy Hill of the Cincinnati Bengals) and three wide receivers (Odell Beckham, Jr. of the New York Giants, Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills). Given that this award is...
Daily Norseman Jan 30, 2015

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 1/30

Hey, so it's Friday, and I totally forgot about the Open Thread until about 6:59 AM Central time. That's why it's late. My apologies. The next time we have an Open Thread, it will no longer be January. . .and we'll no longer have any real football to look forward to until September. Ugh. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Ted and Eric went over some Super Bowl prop bets for your reading pleasure. -The Minnesota Vikings are following the normal Mike Zimmer pattern of improvement, and it could be even better in 2015. Since I'm already running late, we'll just leave it at...
Daily Norseman Jan 29, 2015

The Fix Is In, Courtesy Of Mike Zimmer

When the Minnesota Vikings hired head coach Mike Zimmer a little over a year ago, he brought with him the reputation of being a defensive wizard. It was a reputation that was well-deserved, and one that was on display in his first season in charge of the Minnesota Vikings. In 2014, the Vikings' defense gave up 137 fewer points than they did in 2013. That turnaround, one that saw them go from allowing an even 30 points a game (good for dead last in the NFL) in 2013 to allowing 21.4 points a game (11th in the league) was the biggest turnaround in the league from last season to this one. With...
Daily Norseman Jan 29, 2015

Super Bowl 2015: Super Bowl Prop Bets

The ultimate game gives you the chance to make some of the weirdest bets I'm going to be honest with you...I don't gamble. Maybe once a year, I'll roll on down to a casino and play some slots, or try to find a $2 blackjack table, but that's about it. If I did gamble a lot, I'd probably be homeless, wandering the streets for scraps of food and clothing, because I suck at it. In the few times I have wagered on sporting events, I didn't win. I didn't lose big, mind you, because at heart I am gutless and all I could think about was money leaving my wallet. Which it did, but in only small...
Daily Norseman Jan 29, 2015

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 1/29

Welcome to Thursday, everybody! Hopefully everyone made it through Wednesday relatively unscathed. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Ted took a look at the NFLPA protest about Adrian Peterson being mandated to receive counseling. -Our favorite football team reached their 55th birthday yesterday. I think the Minnesota Vikings have aged all of their fans at least that much. -CCNorseman has gotten into draft mode, and has an early version of his consensus draft rankings up and available. From some other sites around the internet. . . -The new Minnesota Vikings' stadium...
Daily Norseman Jan 29, 2015

Vikings 2015 Draft: Consensus Rankings v0.5

The Daily Norseman calculates the average big board rankings for college prospects at the Vikings biggest positions of need. Now that the East/West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl are in the rear-view mirror that means the last meaningful college football games are over for the season.  And that makes now the perfect time to take a look at various college prospect rankings across the internet.  Why now?  Well, the "silly season" of draft scouting has barely begun, and most of the rankings right now are only considering what players have done on the field.  The combine is just under a month...
Daily Norseman Jan 28, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings Turn 55 Today

There are a lot of significant dates in the history of the Minnesota Vikings, but few carry more historical significance than 28 January. That's because on this date, 55 years ago, the Vikings were awarded to Minnesota as the National Football League's 14th franchise. The Vikings were originally slated to join the American Football League, as the AFL awarded a trio of Minneapolis businessmen. . .Bill Boyer, H.P. Skoglund, and Max Winter. . .a franchise in their league in August of 1959. However, five months later, after a significant amount of pressure from the National Football League,...
Daily Norseman Jan 28, 2015

NFLPA Says The NFL Can't Mandate Counseling for Adrian Peterson

The thing that won't end continues on So here's your daily Adrian Peterson news, kids. Ben Goessling over at ESPN has a good piece on the latest in the Adrian Peterson saga.  When we last left our erstwhile Vikings running back, he had been suspended by the NFL until at least April 15th, and had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get back in the good graces of the league before he would be reinstated. One of those hoops was league mandated counseling. After Peterson was initially suspended, he met with a psychology professor at Howard University, but the league insisted he meet with one...
Daily Norseman Jan 28, 2015

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 1/28

We've made it to the middle of the week again, folks. Watch for any wandering camels you may find on your travels. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Do you have questions that you'd like Ted and Di to answer on the next episode of Roughing the Podcast? Well, if you do, you can submit them right here. -The biggest event on the WWE calendar, Wrestlemania XXXI, will see a main event contest between two men with ties to the Minnesota Vikings. -Duron Carter could be allowed to sign with an NFL team earlier than expected. (Although, if social media is to be believed,...
Daily Norseman Jan 27, 2015

SB Nation Mock Draft...What Direction To Go?

SB Nation's most recent mock draft has the offensive minded fans happy, I would think With the Senior Bowl over, mock drafts are starting to take center stage, and SB Nation is at the forefront, with Mock Draft Guru Dan Kadar leading the charge. In his latest mock, the first one since the completion of the Senior Bowl, Dan has an intriguing pick at #11: 11. Minnesota Vikings: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville This pick is just too fun to not make. Parker is what the Vikings' offense needs and his timing with Teddy Bridgewater should come back quickly. He's a big-impact wide out who can do...
Daily Norseman Jan 27, 2015

Duron Carter Could Sign Sooner Than Expected

During the courtship. . .if you can call it that. . .of former Canadian Football League receiver Duron Carter, we've stressed that the son of Minnesota Vikings' legend Cris Carter could not sign with an NFL team until 10 February, when his contract with the Montreal Alouettes is set to expire. However, a recent development could put the drama (such as it is) to an end more quickly than that. Per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the Alouettes are set to release Carter from his contract as soon as he reaches an agreement with an NFL team. Because he would be released, he would be a...
Daily Norseman Jan 27, 2015

Two Former Minnesota Vikings To Main Event Wrestlemania XXXI

Yes, I know that not everybody is into professional wrestling and all that, but hey. . .I am, a lot of others are, and it's the off-season. Hence, there's this story. WWE held their Royal Rumble pay-per-view event in Philadelphia on Sunday night and, by virtue of two of the matches that were on that particular card, the main event of Wrestlemania XXXI is set. And it just so happens that the two people that, as of now, are set to do battle in the main event match both have ties to the Minnesota Vikings. Defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be former Minnesota Viking (and...
Daily Norseman Jan 27, 2015

Send Us Your Questions

Roughing The Podcast wants to hear from you! Hey, you!! Yes, you there. Vikings fan with the questions about...something. Be it the Super Bowl, the draft, free agency, the type of shoes Di wears in the winter, the type of treatment Ted uses to keep kids off of his lawn...the topics are almost limitless. If you have a question, ask away! There are several ways to get questions to the show, so let's go through them. If you're on Twitter, tweet us at the show's account, @roughthepodcast. Or, if you'd prefer to contact the hosts, you can tweet me or Di at our Twitter accounts, @purplebuckeye,...
Daily Norseman Jan 27, 2015

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 1/27

We're one day closer to the official conclusion of the 2014 NFL season, ladies and gentlemen. . .and one day closer to free agency, the NFL Draft, and all the other stuff that fans of 30 of the 32 NFL teams are really concerned about. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Mike Zimmer is awesome. But you knew that already. -Former Vikings' quarterback Daunte Culpepper seems to really like current quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. -One source says that the Minnesota Vikings are a long way away from contending for a title. -Another source says that this team is loaded with...
Daily Norseman Jan 26, 2015

ESPN Likes the Minnesota Vikings' Young Talent

If you'd like an illustration of how the folks in Bristol, Connecticut can play both sides of the fence, look no further than this piece. Well, if you have ESPN In$ider, I mean. Matt Williamson of ESPN has gone through all of the NFL teams and ranked them in terms of their 25-and-under talent. In direct contrast to another piece on ESPN. . .one that I did a post about just a little bit ago. . .Williamson says that the Vikings are loaded with young talent, as he has them rated 4th in the NFL in 25-and-under talent, and 2nd in the NFC behind the St. Louis Rams. He also lists the five most...
Daily Norseman Jan 26, 2015

How Far Away Are The Minnesota Vikings?

We know that the Minnesota Vikings are a young team on the rise in the National Football League, but how close are they to being a true championship contender? Well, as you might expect, the folks from Pro Football Focus have an answer, something they've shared on ESPN. PFF took a look at all of the teams that played in conference championship games from 2007 to 2013, and looked at how they had the players from each team graded. They broke their ratings down into four categories: Elite, Good, Average, and Bad. They estimate that, based on their research, in order to be a Super Bowl...

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