4:05 AM EST, Wed December 19, 2018
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Kyle Rudolph is crushing the Walter Payton Man of the Year Challenge

Kyle Rudolph is crushing the Walter Payton Man of the Year Challenge

But that doesn’t mean Vikings’ fans can rest now! It was a little less than two weeks ago that we passed along the word that Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was the team’s nominee for this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Now, he’s absolutely running away with the online vote for the award, but there’s still plenty of time left to ensure that he brings home the big prize. As of right now, Rudolph is sitting at a total of. . .refreshes browser again. . .146,512 votes. The second place contestant right now is Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott with...
6 hours ago
Dalvin Cook nominated for Week 15 FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award

Dalvin Cook nominated for Week 15 FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award

But he’s got some pretty stiff competition For the second time this year, the Minnesota Vikings have had a running back nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award. This time, the nod goes to Dalvin Cook, who put on a show in the Vikings’ 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday. In that game, Cook put up 136 yards and two touchdowns, including this move that was so dirty it should have a label on it that says “For Mature Audiences Only.” Cook has some pretty solid competition this week, though. He’s going up against Tennessee Titans’...
6 hours ago
Four Minnesota Vikings named to Pro Bowl

Four Minnesota Vikings named to Pro Bowl

Including one that you’re probably not expecting Just a little while ago, the National Football League announced the rosters for the 2019 Pro Bowl, which will take place in January in Orlando, Florida. Four members of the Minnesota Vikings were named to the squad. . .three of whom you were probably expecting, and one that’s probably going to come as a surprise. Defensive end Danielle Hunter, wide receiver Adam Thielen, and safety Harrison Smith were named to the team. This is the fourth consecutive Pro Bowl for Smith, who is widely regarded as one of the best safeties in the league, and...
10 hours ago
Which College Players Are Future Vikings? Bowl Week 1 Primer

Which College Players Are Future Vikings? Bowl Week 1 Primer

Who should you be keeping an eye on as bowl season gets underway? Another college football regular season is complete and now we move to he bowl games some of which have been played already. I think the final 4 teams is correct but I think there should be at least 8 teams as a minimum. Logically, if Division II can have a 28 team playoff then so can Division I. The notion that Division I is unable to do this is preposterous. There were a few upsets but in the end all the #1 seeds made the quarter finals. https://www.ncaa.com/brackets/football/d2/2018 Obviously there is some money that is...
14 hours ago
So that Brian O’Neill fella is pretty good

So that Brian O’Neill fella is pretty good

The Vikings rookie RT is having a pretty good season One of the constants for the Minnesota Vikings over the last several seasons is the inconsistency of the offensive line. This post isn’t being written to debate the achievements or the failings of GM Rick Spielman’s offensive line rebuild plans, because I’ve done enough of those in the past. And I’m going to need some off-season material to write about so we’re keeping that powder dry for now, haha. Overall, I think he’s had a couple of decent hits in free agency (For the most part Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers played well...
19 hours ago
Good Morning Gjallarhorn Episode 041 - In the Raw With The Grand Poobah

Good Morning Gjallarhorn Episode 041 - In the Raw With The Grand Poobah

Minnesota Vikings defeat the Miami Dolphins soundly 41-17 and Daily Norseman’s Christopher Gates joins GMG for postgame reaction. Good morning Horners! The Vikings needed a victory over the Dolphins, and that is what they did. The team from Miami traveled north with a 7-6 record to take on the Vikes with their 6-6-1 record. The Purple failed to beat a team with better than a .500 record until Sunday. Daily Norseman’s own leader and Grand Poobah, Christopher Gates, joined Drew Bunting and David Stefano for the immediate, after the game recording of Good Morning Gjallarhorn. Did that...
Dec 18, 2018
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 18, 2018

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 18, 2018

Coming off of a big win, the team prepares to travel to Detroit and continue their march to the playoffs Merry Tuesday, everyone! The Vikings’ enjoyment of Sunday’s win is short-lived, as their focus is now on Detroit, and Sunday’s match-up in the Motor City. This looks to be a win on paper, but as we are all aware, you never know what could happen in a conference game. They need a win on Sunday in order to maintain control of their playoff destiny, so let’s hope they’re prepared and that they take care of business. Around the DN since our last open thread: Ted takes a close look...
Dec 17, 2018
Vikings vs. Dolphins Week 15: Five Game-Changing Plays

Vikings vs. Dolphins Week 15: Five Game-Changing Plays

Looking back at the most important plays from big 41-17 win over Miami. Where has this version of the Minnesota Vikings been hiding all season? We wanted the Vikings to get off to a fast start and dictate the game script for once. They were up 21-0 in the first quarter. We wanted the Vikings to run the ball more often and more effectively. They racked up season highs of 220 yards and 40 carries. We wanted to see the defense keep playing at a high level. They allowed 37 net yards passing and sacked Ryan Tannehill a Ferris Beuller-esque nine times. We wanted the special teams to stop making...
Dec 17, 2018
Dalvin Cook talks about the offense to Deion Sanders

Dalvin Cook talks about the offense to Deion Sanders

Dalvin balled, so he got the call Every week the NFL Network has a highlight/wrap up show, and one of the co-hosts is NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. Sanders calls a standout player on every winning team and spends a few minutes interviewing them, so naturally the segment is called ‘You Ball, You Get The Call.’ On Sunday, after a 136 yard, two TD performance against the Miami Dolphins, Dalvin Cook got the call from Deion, and he had a couple of interesting things to say. ‘We could have easily said we just lost our OC, it’s over, let’s try again next year. We have an OC that...
Dec 17, 2018
Dalvin Cook’s big Sunday

Dalvin Cook’s big Sunday

After almost being a nonexistent entity for most of the season, Dalvin Cook reemerged on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and reminded all of us who is and what he can do. According to Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press Cook had his first 100+ yard game since his debut in week one, 136 yards to be exact, and two rushing touchdowns. While Cook’s game on Sunday is a highlight reel the one play that really caught everyone’s attention was the incredible spin move on Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker. That spin move resulted in a 21-yard touchdown. Can't catch Cook! ‍ ‍ ‍ ...
Dec 17, 2018
Notebook: Offense, defense and special teams all click in Vikings’ win

Notebook: Offense, defense and special teams all click in Vikings’ win

The Vikings seemed to be firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings blew out the Miami Dolphins 41-17 on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium. There were a lot of positive takeaways from Sunday’s contest and if you want a breakdown of the game, the Daily Norseman has a recap for you here. I’ll have some notebook type thoughts that I saw throughout the game, nothing to fancy, but just some more post-win readings and some more material to spark conversation for the readers. I’ll break it down with a few takes from the offense, defense and special...
Dec 17, 2018
NFC Playoffs: Things are coming more in to focus

NFC Playoffs: Things are coming more in to focus

A much needed win keeps the Vikings in control of the final spot in the race to the playoffs, but it’s far from decided Even after a four game stretch where the Minnesota VIkings lost three games and the offense became so unwatchable they fired their offensive coordinator, they were still solidly in the NFC playoff race, and even had a slim path to win the NFC North. They needed some help, and a few things to break their way to win the division, but it was still a possibility. Winning the NFC North is no longer possible, but after the Vikes trounced the Miami Dolphins, the they still find...
Dec 17, 2018
Monday Open Thread: December 17, 2018

Monday Open Thread: December 17, 2018

The Vikings offense made its first appearance in several weeks, and it was a welcome sight Happy post-win Monday, everyone! Now THAT was a fun game to attend. US Bank Stadium was rockin’, especially during the first quarter. Seeing the offense look like an actual offense again was a welcome sight for fans, and that place was LOUD. Getting to the game was a bit of an adventure. Kiddo and I took off Saturday morning to join my wife in the cities so he could attend his first game. Well, he got sick along the way. Not sure what it was, he never gets sick, but he threw up 6 times between...
Dec 16, 2018
Stock Market Report: Dolphins

Stock Market Report: Dolphins

So where has THAT been all season? For the last month or so, many fans of the Minnesota Vikings had begun writing them off. They looked mostly listless, uninspired, and a team just waiting for one more hard kick for the whole thing to collapse. All that was standing between them and oblivion was a 7-6 Miami Dolphins team that was coming off their own miracle win against the New England Patriots last week. After the last two games, it felt like the Vikings were Hans Gruber at the top of Nakatomi Tower, right before Detective John McClain let go. And yes, if you’re wondering, Die Hard is a...
Dec 16, 2018
Bears clinch NFC North; Vikings still control playoff destiny

Bears clinch NFC North; Vikings still control playoff destiny

The division is gone, but the Vikings are still in decent shape to make the playoffs With most of the results from Week 15 of National Football League action in the books, the Minnesota Vikings have lost any chance they had of winning a second consecutive division title, but they’re still in the driver’s seat for a postseason spot. With their 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Bears officially wrapped up the NFC North title for 2018. That game also officially eliminated the Packers from the playoff race for this season. As far as...