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The rally bug bit the Minnesota Vikings again this afternoon as the Green Bay Packers came back from a 16-point deficit to tie the Vikings in Overtime. There is possible good news if you look at it that way. The Vikings are not sitting at (2-8-1) on the season and are trailing only the Jaguars and Texans for the worst record in football. One might wonder if the Vikings should fall flat to end the season to get the first overall selection in the NFL draft.
Obviously, tanking on purpose would be absurd, head coach Leslie Frazier wants to keep his job and the players want to win, but if you get the first pick, you could draft a potential superstar quarterback that would set up a bright future.
The best way for the Vikings to go about the rest of their season is to do a few simple things that will probably result in quite a few losses, but also be smart moves on behalf of the management.
Toby Gerhart had the best game of his career rushing for 91 yards on eight carries vs. the Green Bay Packers.(Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)
Josh Freeman should play quarterback for the rest of the season. The Vikings are paying the guy $3 million to sit on the bench. Yeah, what a waste of money. Let’s see what the guy has got, maybe he has something left in the tank. Freeman will likely be slow in learning the offense and gaining chemistry with his teammates, this will result in more losses, but the positive will be more experience for Freeman in the Vikings system.
Toby Gerhart had a stellar game for the Vikings rushing for 91 yards on eight carries. Gerhart will likely test free agency next season and today he proved the he could be of value to some teams. Of course, he rushed for his career best in yards against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, but let’s not forget that Adrian Peterson is also running on a sore groin. The Vikings should look to use Gerhart a lot more and limit Peterson until he’s 100 percent healthy. They will need their star running back for the future. This mix up in the running game would hurt the Vikings chances of winning, but on the positive, it’d give Gerhart a chance to succeed and Peterson a chance to get healthy for next season.
Minnesota is not going to have a winning record, so why not let Freeman lead the way. Ponder has proved to be nothing but mediocre. Peterson is banged up and shouldn’t be rushing as much for a team that is destined to finish in the cellar of the NFC North.
This is not essentially tanking for the first pick, instead it’s choosing the smart route and giving the players the Vikings have invested in like Freeman and Peterson what’s best for them and the team down the road.
BEST OF MAXIM
Today after reports surfaced that the Seattle Seahawks signed Antoine Winfield, I contacted several sources close to antoine who stated that Abtoine has NOT signed with the Seahawks. A matter of fact I was told that Winfield has two workouts scheduled this week. NFL Draft Diamonds is hearing that both Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle […]
After a strong outing against the Packers on Sunday, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier made it clear that Christian Ponder will start again this week.
“I don’t know any reason why he wouldn’t (start again),” Frazier said. “I don’t know if it would be helping our football team not to start him.”
Ponder ending up throwing for...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Linebacker Erin Henderson was back atthe Minnesota Vikings' facilities on Monday after missing Sunday's game becauseof a personal matter and coach Leslie Frazier expects Henderson to be back atpractice on Wednesday.Safety Harrison Smith, on injured reserve with thedesignation to return because of a toe injury, is expected to return topractice on Wednesday...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have releasedcornerback A.J. Jefferson after he was arrested Monday morning on charges ofdomestic assault.Jefferson was jailed at 6:57 a.m. on Monday and is still incustody while being held without bail on the charges. Jefferson played onedefensive snap in Sundays 26-26 tie at Green Bay before leaving with a neckinjury.Jefferson, 25, had...
Leslie Frazier is essentially stuck. He has a starting quarterback he would love to back but has been wildly inconsistent. He has another quarterback everyone else wants to see but might not be ready yet. His choice reflects the reality: He is trying to save his job.
The Minnesota Vikings have released cornerback A.J. Jefferson after an alleged domestic assault.
AJ Jefferson released from the #Vikings this morning after being arrested for alleged domestic assault last night.
— FOX 9 Sports (@Fox9Sports) November 25, 2013
Jefferson only had 5 tackles and one interception this season.
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The Minnesota Vikings have little left to play for, with a fan base largely focused on positioning for next year's draft. Landing the first overall pick is a realistic outcome.
Their competitiveness hasn't waned despite this dismal 2-8-1 record, but their late-game command has sure been missing. That goes for everyone.
Consider the reaction from both sides of the ball after...
The Skinny: Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson continues to be limited by a strained groin muscle that significantly hampered him last week against the Seattle Seahawks. Peterson suffered the injury two weeks ago and has been limited since that time. Peterson returned to a light practice on Friday for the first time this week, which is where the questionable tag came from.
Maybe there's never been a more fitting end to a game thanthe Minnesota Vikings' tie at Green Bay.Minnesota controlled the game early and then gave up 16straight points to the Packers to go into overtime. Each team kicked a fieldgoal in overtime before the clock ran out, ending in the NFL's first tie sinceNov. 11 of last season and the Vikings' first since 1978 in...
After watching the Minnesota Vikings battle to a 26-26 tie with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon, I am fully in support of the team turning to Isuro "Kamikaze" Tanaka to be the team's new motivational speaker.Yes, the former fictional import for the Cleveland Indians in Major League II could teach the Vikings a thing or two about throwing caution to the wind...
Last week: 30 (-1)
Week 11 Studs
RG Brandon Fusco
RE Jared Allen
DT Fred Evans
Week 11 Duds
QB Christian Ponder
RB Adrian Peterson
LT Matt Kalil
LE Brian Robison
Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson didn’t finish Sunday’s tie with the Green Bay Packers, and it appears he wont’ finish the season in Minnesota either.
Jefferson, 25, was arrested early on Monday morning on a domestic assault complaint, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The team then quickly decided to release the four-year veteran after his arrest, according to USA...
Running back Adrian Peterson and receiver Greg Jennings are
active for the Minnesota Vikings against the Packers.
So, a Tie Happened
I have been trying to think of what my emotions are after the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers ended up tying on Sunday afternoon, 26 all.
On one hand, I'm just furious. A tie is just as bad as winning at this point in the year, because draft positioning is largely determined by your loss record, not your win record. Think about a playoff...
The Green Bay Packers entered this game at third place in the NFC North, needing a victory over the Minnesota Vikings to get back into the divisional race. Through two quarters, they have looked every bit of a third-place team, allowing the Vikings to take a 13-6 lead to the locker room. On the Vikings’ […]The post Green Bay Packers stumble to 13-6 deficit in first half against...