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Dec 11, 2018
Report: Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo fired

Report: Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo fired

QB coach Kevin Stefanski will assume the role of OC In a move that was kind of surprising but not necessarily unexpected, the axe has fallen on Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo: Source: #Vikings OC John DeFilippo has been fired.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2018 The Vikings offense has struggled for most of the last month, and in the last two road games they have barely put up much of an effort. Between one of the worst running games in the NFL, and a passing game that generated more targets to Laquon Treadwell than Adam Thielen until midway through the third...
Dec 11, 2018
Stock Market Report: Seahawks

Stock Market Report: Seahawks

I’ve been a Vikings fan for a long time, and I’m having a hard time remembering a stretch this long where the team has seemed so apathetic about playing. They look listless and uninspired for large chunks of games, if not entire games, and just sort of go through the motions. Maybe at the end of the Childress era, maybe the first few weeks of 2005, but this seems different. The Vikings had a playoff spot pretty much guaranteed with a win, a chance to get up to the fifth seed, and a still ‘yeah maybe’ shot at the division. Yet once again, the Vikings just seemed to airmail it in, and...
Dec 10, 2018
NFC North playoff picture: It’s all about the Wildcard for the Vikings right now

NFC North playoff picture: It’s all about the Wildcard for the Vikings right now

Things broke well for the Vikings yesterday, but it wasn’t perfect. When the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams took the field last night, things had gone as well as could be expected for the Vikings to that point. Dallas beat Philadelphia, Cleveland beat Carolina, and the Giants boatraced Washington. Had the Rams beat the Bears, like most people thought, the Vikings would have a 50/50 shot to win the division, depending on how they did against Seattle, and things would be a lot more interesting. Mitchell Trubisky’s best efforts aside, the Bears still won though, and are now in firm...
Dec 6, 2018
Increase in ‘three and out’ offensive drives a cause for concern

Increase in ‘three and out’ offensive drives a cause for concern

One of the main issues for the Vikings offense is the increase in three and out drives. There have been a lot of reasons, excuses, and theories thrown out about the drop in production for the Minnesota Vikings offense compared to last year. Some people think it’s offensive coordinator’s John DeFilippo’s inconsistent play calling. Others think it’s a bad offensive line, still others point to some serious off the field issues that could still have lingering after effects. It could be one, some, or all of those things, but one thing is certain: The Minnesota Vikings offense, for...
Dec 6, 2018
Five Questions with Field Gulls

Five Questions with Field Gulls

We talk about the Monday Night game with our SB Nation Seahawks site Kenneth Arthur is the managing editor and the 12th writer Writer Numero Uno for the SB Nation Seattle Seahawks site, Field Gulls. With a huge Monday Night game against the Vikings coming up, and playoff fortunes hanging in the balance for both teams, we wanted to get an in depth look at our opponent from a guy that covers them on a daily basis. As is usually the case, I asked some pretty lame questions, but Kenneth made me look really good by providing us some very insightful answers. So without further delay, let’s...
Dec 5, 2018
NFC Playoff Picture: Vikings hanging on by a thread right now

NFC Playoff Picture: Vikings hanging on by a thread right now

The Vikings enter the stretch run controlling their own destiny, but it’s not for the NFC North title, like many thought. When the Minnesota Vikings took the field Sunday afternoon, a golden opportunity lay before them. The Chicago Bears had been upset by the New York Giants, and a win by the Vikings would have cut the Bears lead in the NFC North to just a half game, with a week 17 matchup on the horizon. Granted, it’s a tall order to beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro, but the opportunity was there. And it slipped through their hands like they were throwing to Troy WIlliamson. An...
Dec 2, 2018
Stock Market Report: Patriots

Stock Market Report: Patriots

It’s a tall order to win in New England in December. It’s an even taller order when you play small. The 2018 Minnesota Vikings seem to be the proverbial conundrum, wrapped around a riddle, packaged in to a mystery. On paper, they have as much talent as anyone in the league. They’re strong on both sides of the ball, and when you look at their week to week matchups, more often than not they seem to be the better team. Yet, when they take the field, there seems to be an air of apathy, or lethargy, or something about them that makes me scratch my head, damn near every week. On Sunday in...
Nov 30, 2018
Vikings at Patriots: Vikings Final Injury Report

Vikings at Patriots: Vikings Final Injury Report

Things are looking up from earlier in the week The Minnesota Vikings just announced their final injury report a few minutes ago, and things are looking better than they were a couple days ago: #MINvsNE Injury ReportOUT: Chad Beebe, David MorganQUESTIONABLE: Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, Brandon Zylstra— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 30, 2018 The official ‘questionable’ designation for both Xavier Rhodes and Stefon Diggs means there’s a decent chance they’ll play, and both were practicing in the portion of today’s practice that was open to the...
Nov 29, 2018
The beginning of the end?

The beginning of the end?

Can the Vikings actually beat New England in Foxboro? Every year, when the regular season schedules are released, we eagerly go through it and try to figure out wins and losses for the Minnesota Vikings. And every year, there are one or two games that you automatically chalk up as a win, and one or two games you look at and go, ‘well, that’s probably a loss.’ And almost every single year, without fail, the Vikings lose one of those ‘cakewalk’ games (oh, hi Buffalo), and they win one of those ‘ehhhhhhhh I don’t think so’ games. When the schedule came out back...whenever it...
Nov 27, 2018
Zim Tzu won’t pack it in

Zim Tzu won’t pack it in

The Vikings warrior poet coach dispenses his words of wisdom ED NOTE: This has bad words. Most of the other things we write on here usually don’t, but this one does. It seems to be a popular bit, so until the law catches up with me, I’m going to keep doing it. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for not reading and not letting your kids read it if bad language isn’t your thing. Hope you enjoy the rest of our articles—Ted When you’re a warrior poet, sometimes you find yourself in a situation where a campaign hasn’t gone as planned. You’ve lost when you should have won, some of...
Nov 26, 2018
A week after a bitter loss, the playoff candle burns bright

A week after a bitter loss, the playoff candle burns bright

The Vikings playoff chances got much, much better Sunday Night. Last Sunday Night, the Minnesota Vikings had a golden opportunity to take over first place in the NFC North, and barring a complete meltdown down the stretch, they would have essentially clinched a playoff spot. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. Instead, they found themselves playing what was essentially a playoff elimination game against Green Bay last night. Like Eric said in his Thursday preview, it wasn’t quite a Loser Leave Town match (great old school wrestling reference, btw), but it was pretty close. This time,...
Nov 26, 2018
Stock Market Report: Packers

Stock Market Report: Packers

It was a playoff elimination game for the Vikings and Packers, and the Vikings came up big. The Sunday Night matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers was pretty much a post-season elimination game. If the Vikings lost, their playoff chances dipped to 28%. If the Packers lost, they were essentially done. It was two bitter division rivals, fighting for their playoff lives, on national TV for all to see. It was ugly early, though, as the Vikings offense had trouble getting untracked, Aaron Rodgers looked like the MVP Aaron Rodgers of old, and US Bank Stadium became as...
Nov 22, 2018
Five good questions with Acme Packing Company

Five good questions with Acme Packing Company

We talk to our SB Nation Packers counterpart about this week’s do or die game This week’s Sunday Night matchup between the Packers and the Vikings is essentially a do or die game for both teams. Lose, and it’s time to start talking draft positioning. Win, and we can still run realistic playoff scenarios and look at a path to the post-season. With that backdrop in mind, we got to exchange questions and answers with our Green Bay counterpart in the SB Nation family, Acme Packing Company. Senior writer, editor, PFW member, and all around good dude other than the NFL team he cheers for...
Nov 21, 2018
The NFL is just trolling the Vikings and their kicker situation now

The NFL is just trolling the Vikings and their kicker situation now

I just...lol all you can do is laugh. Kickers and the Minnesota Vikings go together about as well as salt water taffy and green peppers, going all the way back to 1998. Between Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh, Kai Forbath not making extra points, and the infamous 29-29 tie in week two, the Vikings have a more tragic history with kickers than the planet Earth does when Germany starts a war (look it’s a joke so spare me the sanctimonious ‘how can you compare football to the two most destructive wars ever blah blah blah). As most of you know, each week the NFL hands out ‘Player of the Week’...
Nov 21, 2018
The Vikings are on the edge of the playoff race, but they’re still in it

The Vikings are on the edge of the playoff race, but they’re still in it

The primetime loss to the Bears really hurt, but it wasn’t mortal One of the reasons I love the NFL is that each game is so important, especially as you get later in the season. A win can really improve your playoff positioning, and a loss can really, really hurt it. It’s also why sometimes I hate the NFL, and football can be stupid and terrible and dumb. Sunday night was a classic example of that, as the Vikings had a chance to take over the number three seed in the NFC with a win against the Bears. But they lost, and Minnesota is now walking a tightrope in the NFC playoff picture. If...

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