11:02 AM EST, Wed December 07, 2022
42 mins ago
Vikings are abysmal in alternate reality

Vikings are abysmal in alternate reality

Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/ We all know that as the season has progressed, the Vikings have been in their fair share of close games. They’ve been fortunate to come out of those close games with wins, which as Minnesota Vikings fans, we know we should not take for granted. We only have to look back to last season, when the Vikings went 4-6 in one-score games, to know that things don’t always go our way. This season has been quite the opposite; the Vikings are an astounding 9-0 in one-score games this season, so as we head into week 14, someone went ahead to look at what...
57 mins ago
Skol Schemes, Week 13: In Appreciation of Harrison Smith

Skol Schemes, Week 13: In Appreciation of Harrison Smith

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports Hats off to Harrison! One day, Harrison Smith will hang up his cleats and look back at an extremely decorated career in purple. That day was not Sunday as Smith tallied up 8 tackles, 3 pass deflections, and an INT on the way to a 27-22 victory. Smith finds himself 3rd in the league in interceptions despite missing one game and is a key part of a polarizing defense. The Vikings’ defense allows yards aplenty but clamps down in the red zone and is able to make game winning plays seem routine. The Jets went 1-6 in the red zone and 3-16 on third...
10 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7 December 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7 December 2022

Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Yep. . .that day again. Yes, folks, we’ve made it to another Hump Day here at your favorite Minnesota Vikings website, and now the preparations for this Sunday’s trip to Detroit can officially begin in earnest. We’re getting closer to it, and we’ll promise to take you the rest of the way. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . The Real Forno Show talks about how your 2022 Minnesota Vikings refuse to break in big situations. There’s a new episode of Norse Code for you to check out as well. Shawn takes a look at what...
20 hours ago
Sportsbooks Pricing in a Vikings Letdown in Detroit

Sportsbooks Pricing in a Vikings Letdown in Detroit

Photo by Nic Antaya/ Reason behind it unclear A week or so ago, the Vikings were a three-point road favorite in Detroit according to many sportsbook sites. But following last week’s action, the Lions emerged as a 1-point favorite, and now that has extended to a 2.5-point favorite. Normally such dramatic moves result from some injury news, and perhaps that may be the case this time as well. One possibility is the prospect of Lions’ defensive end Romeo Okwara returning to the Lions’ lineup, but that was somewhat expected after being activated last week. Lions...
23 hours ago
Mike Zimmer could be a defensive coordinator again soon

Mike Zimmer could be a defensive coordinator again soon

Photo by Stephen Maturen/ But it would be in the college ranks Over this past weekend, a hire was made that sent shockwaves through the college football world, and it could mean good things for a former Minnesota Vikings head coach. As you’ve likely heard by now, the Colorado Buffaloes have hired NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders to be their head coach. Sanders was the head coach at Jackson State University for the past three seasons, compiling a 26-5 record during that stretch. One of the members of his current staff is former Vikings’ head coach Mike...
Dec 6, 2022
Adam Thielen selected as Vikings’ 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Adam Thielen selected as Vikings’ 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Photo by David Berding/ Very deserving of the honor It’s the time of year where teams around the NFL put forth the names of their nominees for the annual Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, and the Minnesota Vikings have nominated a player that is very worthy of that honor. The nominees have been announced, and your nominee for the Minnesota Vikings is wide receiver Adam Thielen. The Vikings have put together an extensive list of all of the charitable endeavors that Adam and his wife, Caitlin, are involved in, not the least of which is the Adam Thielen...
Dec 6, 2022
Skol Schemes, Week 13: Red Zone Radiance

Skol Schemes, Week 13: Red Zone Radiance

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Looking at how the Vikings’ defense stood strong In football, the red zone is the area arbitrarily determined to be 20 yards out from the end zone. Allegedly, this is where touchdowns are to be scored. The Vikings’ defense clearly does not subscribe to this as they held the Jets to just one touchdown on six trips to the red zone in a 27-22 win. When teams cross the 20, space condenses, matchups become even more crucial, and execution errors are exposed with grander consequences. The Vikings’ defense showed discipline, technique, and...
Dec 6, 2022
Norse Code Podcast Episode 452: The Regret of Believing

Norse Code Podcast Episode 452: The Regret of Believing

Norse Code Logo Arif and James are back to discuss the sustainability of instability and the win over the Jets! We go over the hits from Cousins, the MASH unit that makes up the Vikings corners, and visit the mailbag’s occult corner for the final time.  *****Download Link Here***** Show notes: The Linear Super Bowl is on hold My writeup of the Vikings-Jets game My thoughts on the Lions being the future of the NFC North I wrote about whether or not Taylor Heinicke is real There are a lot of cardamom cocktails and desserts Here’s the Mario trailer with Chris...
Dec 6, 2022
Refusing To Break: The Vikings Way in 2022

Refusing To Break: The Vikings Way in 2022

On The Real Forno Show - It was another way too close victory, but they count as much as blowouts as the Vikings defeated the Jets 27-22.  On this The Real Forno Show - The Minnesota Vikings not only continue to find new ways to win, but also new ways to give the fanbase heart attacks. They gave the New York Jets every opportunity to win the game, but Camryn Bynum came up clutch with an interception to seal the game with 10 seconds left in a 27-22 victory. The Vikings have been inconsistent on defense in some areas, but one where they have been consistent in refusing to...
Dec 6, 2022
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 6 December 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 6 December 2022

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Week 13 is officially done Week 13 in the National Football League is officially in the books, ladies and gentlemen! That means that the Minnesota Vikings and their fans can shift their focus to this Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Lions and the team’s opportunity to wrap up their first division title since 2017. We’ve got a ways to go before we get there, though. . .but we’ll get you through it. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . GA Skol wants to know who you thought Sunday’s best player was in the...
Dec 5, 2022
Vikings Giving A Few Snaps to Players that Could Have an Impact Down the Stretch

Vikings Giving A Few Snaps to Players that Could Have an Impact Down the Stretch

Photo by David Berding/ Wouldn’t be surprised to see them get more in the coming games either Over the last few games, the Vikings have started to mix in some players a bit that could have an impact down the stretch and into the playoffs. Some have been getting a few snaps longer than a few games too and are beginning to compile more of a track record. While seemingly inconsequential now, getting some rotational players more snaps now may prove valuable in preparing them to make an impact when needed in the playoffs. Let’s take a look at some of these rotational...
Dec 5, 2022
Vikings rule out Akayleb Evans for Sunday’s game

Vikings rule out Akayleb Evans for Sunday’s game

Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports Concussion issues strike again The Minnesota Vikings have had a number of issues at the cornerback position in the later part of this season, and the revolving door of starters across from Patrick Peterson is going to continue for at least another week. The Vikings have announced that they have already ruled out rookie cornerback Akayleb Evans for this Sunday’s game at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions. Evans suffered a concussion in the Vikings’ victory over the New York Jets this past Sunday, his third of the season. Evans had his...
Dec 5, 2022
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Monday Night Football picks and discussion

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Monday Night Football picks and discussion

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Week 13 in the NFL wraps up tonight Week 13 of the 2022 National Football League season officially comes to an end tonight in central Florida, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host their division rivals, the New Orleans Saints. Both of these teams enter this one below the .500 mark, but the Buccaneers still sit atop the division with their 5-6 mark. New Orleans is currently last in the division with a record of 4-8. This is the back half of the home-and-home series for these two teams this season. They met in New Orleans back...
Dec 5, 2022
Vikings Pull Out Another Win Over Jets

Vikings Pull Out Another Win Over Jets

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Situational mastery and giving up lots of yards continue The Vikings turned what looked like it might be a comfortable win into yet another nail biter, but once again made enough plays to come away with a win. After getting out to a 20-3 lead at one point in the first half, the Vikings needed two back-to-back red zone stops at the end of the game to preserve the victory. The Vikings managed to score 27 points against the Jets 5th ranked defense, which was an impressive grind. The run game averaged 5.5 yards per carry, with Dalvin Cook...
Dec 5, 2022
2022 Linear Super Bowl Title currently on hold

2022 Linear Super Bowl Title currently on hold

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports So it is written, so shall it be done As you know, we’ve been tracking the Linear Super Bowl championship for this season. It started when the Minnesota Vikings “won their Super Bowl” back in Week 1 over a not-very-good Green Bay team, causing legions of bitter fans to declare that the Vikings actually treated that game with the same level of reverence as a Super Bowl. Because they’re dumb, you see. Unfortunately, the Vikings lost the Linear Super Bowl title the next week to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles then held onto it for...