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Daily Norseman 16 hours ago

Which College Players Are Future Vikings Week 8 Review and Week 9 Primer

8 weeks of college football are complete and the 4 team playoff picture is still fairly wide open. Notre Dame and Florida State played a fantastic game. It ended on a really tough call though. Kind of ticky tack IMO. But that is the way it goes. West Virginia upset Baylor. Alabama thumped Texas A&M bad. Kansas State snuck by Oklahoma in a mild upset. Arizona State upset Stanford. Just another good week really. The top performers this week were ...*Marcus Mariota QB Oregon rJr 6-4 215 completed 24 of 33 for passes 336 yards and 2 TDs with 0 INT*Connor Cook QB Michigan State rJr 6-4...
Daily Norseman 19 hours ago
Vikings/Buccaneers Preview And Week 8 Picks: Falling Trees In The Forest

Vikings/Buccaneers Preview And Week 8 Picks: Falling Trees In The Forest

The Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday is NOT a marquee matchup. Who will win on Sunday? And more importantly, who will care? If the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play each other on Sunday and nobody gives a sh*t, does the game make a sound? When a 2-5 disaster visits a 1-5 dumpster fire and nobody can be bothered to care, can you still hear the boos? We're only seven weeks into the 2014 NFL season and the two metaphorical trees of the Vikings and Bucs seem to have already fallen in the forest. This was supposed to be a year of improvement and hope for...
Daily Norseman 20 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 10/23

Week 8 of NFL action officially gets underway this evening in the Mile High City with what should be a good game, as the Denver Broncos will play host to their AFC West rivals, the San Diego Chargers. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Marshall Faulk asked us what needs to change for the Minnesota Vikings in order for them to compete for a playoff berth, and we answered. -Our friends from Bucs Nation have noted that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pretty bad against rookie quarterbacks. That's a good thing. -According to the rankings from Pro Football Focus, Vikings...
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago

Adrian Peterson Case: Motion To Remove Judge Denied

With a trial looming for Adrian Peterson on charges of causing injury to a child, he and his defense team got a victory on Wednesday when a motion for the judge in the case to be removed was denied. The Montgomery County District Attorney had petitioned to have Judge Kelly Case removed, stating that he was biased against the DA's office. Case had referred to Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon as a "media whore" in the past. Peterson's attorneys wanted to keep Case on the bench and argued that the DA had not met the standards for having the judge removed. This is a positive for Peterson's...
Daily Norseman Oct 22, 2014

Matchup Index: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Daily Norseman dives deep into statistical trends and player grades to find possible matchups to exploit. This coming Sunday afternoon the Vikings travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.  In this week's installment of the Matchup Index, we'll be digging through statistical trends and player grades in an attempt to find areas where the Vikings have some advantages and disadvantages.  As I've done in the last few articles, we'll start with the Bucs offense versus the Vikings defense. Well first off, the Bucs are struggling to consistently move the ball on offense, generating an...
Daily Norseman Oct 22, 2014

Daily Norseman Mailbag #4

Responses to questions that readers have tweeted to #DNMailbag. Well, kids, another week has come and gone and many of you are losing your freakin' minds about the Vikings and about Teddy Bridgewater. Calm yourselves, people. I know some of us were pretty damn excited coming out of training camp about the possibilities that lay ahead for our beloved Vikings (yeah, I'm looking at you, @purplebuckeye). Then there was the whole AP nightmare. It has definitely changed the outlook for this team for this season, but not forever. Both the offense and defense have completely new play books. The...
Daily Norseman Oct 22, 2014
Vikings First-Rounders At Opposite Ends Of Spectrum Thus Far

Vikings First-Rounders At Opposite Ends Of Spectrum Thus Far

We're nearly to the halfway point of the 2014 NFL season, and the folks from Pro Football Focus have compiled a list of their grades for each of the rookies from the first round of this past year's draft. As we know, the Minnesota Vikings had two selections in that first round in linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. How do they rate thus far? Here's the list of all the grades from PFF. (Thanks to our friends from Silver and Black Pride, SB Nation's site for the Oakland Raiders, for the table and formatting.) Pick Position Player Team Grade 5 LB Khalil...
Daily Norseman Oct 22, 2014

What Needs To Change Going Forward?

Once again, our good friend Marshall Faulk has a question that he would like to ask us about the Minnesota Vikings. Well, he's going to ask the other SB Nation blogs the same question about their teams, too, but since there's only one team that we really care about. So, with that, here's this week's question. Let’s get professional: Midway through the season, it’s time to assess and adjust. To be GMC Professional Grade, you must be calculated in your approach. What adjustments are needed to make sure you are fighting for a playoff spot? Well, at 2-5, a playoff spot is going to be a...
Daily Norseman Oct 22, 2014

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 10/22

It's that humpiest of all days once again, ladies and gentlemen, and we're one day closer to the Minnesota Vikings' next game, which is awesome. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Kyle is attempting to get some folks together to party before and after the game in Tampa Bay on Sunday. All of the details are right here. -Steady as she goes. . .that's the message, for the most part, in the latest round of NFL Power Rankings for the Vikings. -SB Nation's Stephen White named Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen his Hoss of the Week for Week 7. -We started our stream for...
Daily Norseman Oct 21, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Invade Raymond James Stadium- Join The Hoard!

I hate the Bucs soooo, so so so much. If you are traveling to the Tampa Bay area for the Bucs game, or if perhaps you are a Vikings fan who already lives nearby, the Daily Norseman will be hosting both a tailgate and post-game party (either celebrating our victory or drowning our sorrows, however this works out). If you are attending the game, coordinating seats or whatnot is obviously a bit of a moot point now- of course I'm sure there are still some seats available and if some of you want to do that, knock yourselves out. I've personally got my seat and I ain't movin'. (And it's a good...
Daily Norseman Oct 21, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup, Week 8

Coming off of a third consecutive loss, the Minnesota Vikings have seen themselves start to stagnate across many Power Rankings across the internet. They're not the worst team in the NFL at this point, but they certainly aren't doing themselves any favors. Let's take a look at some of the numbers for this week's rankings. Average Ranking (Number of Rankings) 25.75 (8) Average Change from Last Week -0.75 Highest Ranking (Source) 25 (4 different sources) Lowest Ranking (Source) 27 (ESPN/SB Nation) Biggest Positive/Smallest Negative Change (Source) +/-0 (4 different...
Daily Norseman Oct 21, 2014
A Brief Look At Vikings/Buccaneers History

A Brief Look At Vikings/Buccaneers History

In what should be an absolute barn-burner of a matchup. . .said nobody outside of Minneapolis and Tampa. . .the 2-5 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Florida this weekend to take on the 1-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings have an edge in a lot of things against the Buccaneers in their history, but recently have had a lot of trouble with their former NFC Central rivals, as they've dropped six in a row to Tampa Bay and seven of their last eight. Let's take a look at the history between these two teams, with our facts and figures brought to you, as always, by the folks at Pro Football...
Daily Norseman Oct 21, 2014

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 Oct 20, 2014

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...

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