Dec 252013
 

Detroit Lions (7-8) at Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1) The Lions are such a frustrating team. They have the talent to be 11-4 right now, but they’re 7-8. The things that are plaguing them, close losses (3-5 record in games decided by a touchdown or less), turnovers (-14), and recovering fumbles (40.00%) are things that usually are [...]

Dec 172013
 

Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) The Bengals lost last week pretty convincingly in Pittsburgh in a surprise loss that really shouldn’t have been much of a surprise to anyone. The Bengals just aren’t the same team on the road. They’ve already lost pretty convincingly on the road to Cleveland and Baltimore (the Bengals [...]

Dec 132013
 

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) Earlier this season, a stat was floated around that the Eagles hadn’t won in 10 straight home games. They ended their home struggles over their recent three game home stand, by winning all 3, but what got lost in that was how good the Eagles were on the [...]

Dec 032013
 

Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) at Baltimore Ravens (6-6) The Ravens won at home last week against the Steelers, but did not cover. However, you could definitely argue they deserved to cover. They scored 6 times (1 touchdown, 5 field goals), as opposed to 3 times for Pittsburgh (3 touchdowns) and still could have covered if they [...]

Nov 292013
 

Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) The Vikings are favored here for the 3rd time this season. The first two times didn’t go well. They lost straight up at home as touchdown plus favorites over the Browns week 3 and then they got blown out as small home favorites over the Panthers 35-10 during [...]

Nov 212013
 

Minnesota Vikings (2-8) at Green Bay Packers (5-5) One of the most powerful trends in football says that divisional home favorites rarely cover before being divisional road dogs. Teams are 18-49 ATS in that spot since 2002, which is ridiculously low and impossible to ignore. The Packers are in that spot this week, as they [...]

Nov 132013
 

Minnesota Vikings (2-7) at Seattle Seahawks (9-1) In his last two games, Christian Ponder has completed 42 of 58 for 410 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. However, you have to remember he was facing two defenses in Dallas and Washington that are among the worst in the NFL and he was facing the latter [...]

Nov 072013
 

Washington Redskins (3-5) at Minnesota Vikings (1-7) The Redskins won a crazy home game against the Chargers last week in overtime, but that game might really hurt them here this week. Teams are 3-16 ATS since 1989 on Thursday Night after an overtime game. It makes sense. Recovering from a longer game on a short [...]

Oct 312013
 

Last week: 29 (-1) Record: 1-6 At this point, it’s pretty clear than Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman are all pretty lame ducks. The Vikings can keep rotating them all they want and they may in a quarterback situation that has become very reminiscent of the 2010 49ers’ quarterback situation. Freeman will probably [...]

Oct 262013
 

Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5) Josh Freeman was awful last week. He threw 33 incompletions (only 3 of which were drops) on 20 of 53 passing for 190 yards and an interception against a team that was previously one of the worst in the NFL defensively. ProFootballFocus said his performance graded out [...]

Oct 232013
 

Last week: 29 (+0) Record: 1-5 Some are calling Josh Freeman’s game against the Giants the worst quarterbacking performance in NFL history. I don’t know if I’d go that far or if I have the historical context to determine that, but it was pretty bad. He threw 33 incompletions (only 3 of which were drops) [...]

Oct 162013
 

Last week: 29 (+0) Record: 1-4 The people who said that Adrian Peterson should not have been playing this week are the worst kind of people. I preemptively tweeted this after Peterson’s 2-year-old was tragically murdered by some psychopath, “If Adrian Peterson plays this weekend, everyone should be fine with that. It’s his son. Not [...]

Oct 092013
 

It’s very interesting that the Vikings chose to lock up Brian Robison, but not Jared Allen, with the bookend defensive ends both set to hit free agency this off-season (along with talented #3 end Everson Griffen and starting defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Fred Evans). However, Robison has actually outplayed Allen since the start of [...]

Oct 082013
 

Carolina Panthers (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3) I can’t quit the Panthers. They’re clearly not going 12-4 like I thought they would at the start of the season. I can admit that because it’s clearly wrong and because I was right about pretty much everything else. But they’re not as bad as they’ve looked. They [...]