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5 Takeaways from the Loss Custom Orioles Jersey  to Carolina

March 16th, 2018

The Vikings are indeed mortal. Their eight-game winning streak has come to an end at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, who forced uncharacteristic mistakes from the Vikings and made several big plays of their own to take down one of the hottest teams in the NFL by a count of 31-24.

Here are five takeaways from the Vikings loss to Carolina on Sunday.

1. Furious 4th quarter charge was impressive, but wasn’t quite enough

With 7:04 to play in the 4th quarter, the Vikings offense took the field trailing 24-13. They were minus-three in turnover margin, had allowed four sacks, missed a field goal and were down 60% of their starting offensive line. But Mike Zimmer’s team still found a way to bite, scratch and claw their way back into the game. By the 3:11 mark, the Vikings had tied the game. Case Keenum hit Adam Thielen for a 52-yard touchdown and tight end Blake Bell secured the two-point conversion on a pass from Keenum to pull the Vikings to within three. On the ensuing Panthers 3rd down, Custom Orioles Jersey  Andrew Sendejo intercepted a Cam Newton pass and returned it to the Panthers 6. The Vikings couldn’t punch it in for a touchdown from there, but Kai Forbath split the uprights from 27 yards to knot the game at 24. It was a remarkable demonstration of grit and toughness on the part of the Vikings, but Carolina had one more big play left, and it came via a Cam Newton 62-yard run to the Minnesota 8. Three plays later, Jonathan Stewart scored his third touchdown of the day, and that would be enough to end the Vikings comeback.

2. It’s not time to panic

The Vikings had won eight consecutive games entering Week 13. It had been more than two months since the tea m and its fans have experienced the bitter taste of defeat. It’s an unusual feeling, and that’s a good thing. The Vikings did lose while other contending NFC rivals won, but it’s not time to panic. The Vikings are still one win away from clinching the NFC North and every goal they set out to attain from the very beginning is still attainable. The main concern going forward should be the health of players who are banged up and then finding a way to correct errors in time to put forth a good effort against the Cincinnati Bengals next week at U.S. Bank Stadium. Yes, it’s on to Cincinnati.

3. Slow start, late mistake marred otherwise solid defensive effort

The Vikings allowed touchdown drives of 69 and 89 yards to open the game, but then settled down to hold Carolina to nine, six 14 yards on the next three drives. Carolina struck again to open the second half, but then was held to drives of eight, two, 15, eight and five yards on the next five  Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap series. To that point, Christian McCaffrey was held to 48 yards on 10 touches and Newton had only eight yards on 10 carries. Newton made the game’s decisive play on the second-to-last Panthers series, though, taking the snap on 2nd and 5 from the Carolina 30 and finding a crease to spring 62 yards to the Minnesota 8. That late mistake combined with the Panthers first two drives of the game constituted the Vikings gravest miscues on defense, but they were enough to get Carolina over the hump and into the winner’s circle.

4. Uncharacteristic mistakes held down Vikings offense

Pass protection, red zone scoring efficiency and big-plays from wide receivers have defined much of the Vikings success on offense this season. The Vikings didn’t perform to standard in those areas on Sunday and it hampered the offense’s production. Keenum was sacked six times, the Vikings were one of four (25%) in the red zone and zero for two (0%) in goal-to-go situations and dropped passes took two touchdowns away and resulted in an Eagles interception. These mistakes were both uncharacteristic and too much for the offensive to overcome against a stout Panthers defense.

5. Injuries bear monitoring after physical contest in Carolina

Starting center Pat Elflein and starting right tackle Mike Remmers were both inactive, while starting left tackle Riley Reiff left the game and did not return with a leg injury. Danielle Hunter, Emmanuel Lamur, Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph were also among those who were banged up during the game. Injuries are a part of the game for every team every week, but after  Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange what was a physical contest between two tough teams, injuries will be something worth monitoring in the days ahead for the Vikings.

Injuries Force Vik Custom Orioles Jersey ings to Shuffle Offensive Line

March 16th, 2018

The musical chairs for the Viking offensive line started before Sunday’s game even kicked off.

With rookie center Pat Elflein missing an NFL game for the first time because of a shoulder injury, left guard Nick Easton slid over a spot to center while Jeremiah Sirles filled in for Easton at left guard.

Riley Reiff was at left tackle, Joe Berger was at right guard and Rashod Hill remained at right tackle as Minnesota opened the game with Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange  its fifth different starting line combination this season.

“That’s part of the job description though, guys bounce around,” Easton said. “We’re all talented at different positions, so I think we adjusted pretty well.”

But that starting combination didn’t remain intact all game. Reiff left the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter.

Reiff’s absence created seismic shifts all across the line, with only Easton (center) and Berger (right guard) remaining in their original spots.

Hill took over at left tackle for Reiff, while the versatile Sirles moved to Hill’s spot at right tackle. That meant rookie Danny Isidora entered the game and filled in at left guard.

But with the Vikings trailing for most of the game and needing to gain yards through the air, Carolina’s defense sensed passing plays were in order.

The Vikings allowed a season-high six sacks on the day, including a strip-sack that lead to a Panthers field goal.

The entire offense shouldered the blame for the tough performance on that side of the ball.

“Honestly, I think those guys did a really good job,” said Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. “But when you have to pass it and the defense knows, they’re teeing off.

“We have to put those guys in better positions by starting fast and scoring early because then they don’t know if you’re going to run the ball or pass the ball. It’s complementary football,” Thielen added. “I think that’s why we haven’t [given up many] sacks this whole year, because we’ve been able to score points and  Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey take pressure off those guys.”

Added tight end Kyle Rudolph: “Unfortunately that’s part of our game and something we have to deal with. Everybody that was called upon and came in played well.” 

Easton and Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer noted there would be plenty of room for improvement this week at practice.

“We’re going to see things across the board we wish we would have done differently,” Easton said. “One thing here, one thing there … it would have been a completely different game for us.”

Added Zimmer: “That’s wh Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey y we have them here. They’re pros, and they need to come in and perform.”

While it was a frustrating day for the offense, the offensive line did help Minnesota’s ground game record exactly 100 yards rushing against a stout Panthers defense.

That marks the 10th time this season the Vikings have gained 100 or more rushing yards in a game.

While Minnesota saw its eight-game win streak snapped, Easton provided a silver living with all the moving and shaking around him. 

“I think we definitely have experience in ga mes,” Easton said. “Wish we could have pulled it out though, you know?”

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March 16th, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Vikings reached the red zone four times but never really entered “the zone” on Sunday against the Panthers.

Minnesota scored just one touchdown on four trips inside the Carolina 20-yard line and went 0-for-2 in goal-to-go situations, departing from a slew of success since the bye week in a 31-24 loss.

The Panthers, however, scored three touchdowns on their four trips to the red zone, including both times they were awarded a goal-to-go situation.

The Vikings went 12-for-15 in the red zone and limited opponents to 4-f Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey or-11 in their four previous games (Washington, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit and Atlanta).

Minnesota continued that effectiveness when Case Keenum perfectly placed the ball over the outstretched arms of safety Mike Adams for an 18-yard touchdown to Kyle Rudolph.

The second trip stalled at the Carolina 12 after an incompletion and short gains on passes to Jerick McKinnon and Adam Thielen.

The third trip sputtered at the 4-yard line but was close to putting the Vikings ahead.

After incompletions to Thielen and Rudolph, Keenum guided another pass to Thielen who grabbed the ball and landed in bounds. Unfortunately, the football moved when Thielen hit the turf and caused what was initially ruled a touchdown to be taken off the board after officials review.

The final trip to the red zone was set up by a 34-yard interception return by Andrew Sendejo to the Minnesota 6. The Vikings, however, couldn’t get six points and settled for a chip-shot field goal that tied the game at 24 with 3:07 remaining.

Lata Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap vius Murray was stopped for no gain on first down, and James Bradberry broke up a pass intended for Diggs. Keenum was then sacked on third down for a loss of 3.

“I missed a throw after Sendejo’s interception,” Keenum said. “We’ve got to score a touchdown there. The defense comes up big after we score to get within three. I wanted that one bad. That was tough. You’ve got to give it to them. They did a good job, made some plays. I think it just comes down to making the right play at the right time.”

Keenum finished 27-of-44 passing for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 75.9. He also lost a fumble during one of the six sacks by Carolina against an injury-depleted offensive line.

Beyond the red zone, there were big plays and bad plays, three costly turnovers and narrow misses in Minnesota’s first defeat since Oct. 1.

There also was an impressive comeback effort in the fourth quarter when the Vikings erased an 11-point deficit with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to Thielen and field goal that was set up by Sendejo’s second interception of the season.

“[The Panthers are] a good team, but I have 100 percent faith in my guys,” receiver Stefon Diggs said. “We left a lot out there, and I feel like we didn’t come up with enough plays, especially on my part. We’re going to do better.”

What’s it mean for playoff position?

The Vikings were denied in their first opportunity to win the NFC North in the Queen City.

Minnesota (10-3) needs one more win, or one more loss/tie by Detroit and Green Bay, to secure its second division title in three seasons. The Vikings also need patience to wait until next week since the Lions (7-6) won by a field goal and the Packers (7-6) won in overtime.

The Vikings will host Cincinnati (5-8) next Sunday.

“This is when everything starts to get important, this is when juices get ramped up, as they say,” Brian Robison said. “But once again, we have to put this one behind us and just move on to the next one.”

Philadelphia (11-2) reclaimed the No. 1 spot on in the NFC Playoff standings with a 43-35 win over the Rams (9-4), but QB Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury.

Runs that stunned

The Vikings defense entered the game as the best team in the NFL at preventing explosive runs, having allowed just 15 of 10-plus yards through 12 games.

Carolina, however sprung free on its third offensive snap, using an imbalanced offensive line and catching Minnesota with a missed run fit.

Jonathan Stewart sped to a 60-yard touchdown, his first of three rushing scores on the day, on a third-and-1. He also became the first pla Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange yer to rush for more than 100 yards against the Vikings in 2017, totaling 103 on 16 carries.

“There ain’t like no magical question or magical answer for it,” Everson Griffen said. “They popped a long run, somebody got out of their gap, he [got an open] run. We just have to come back and figure it out, and come back refocused.”

The Vikings never led but fought back to tie it late, seizing momentum until Cam Newton broke free for a 62-yard run down the middle of t he field to the Minnesota 8. Newton totaled 70 rush yards on 11 attempts, helping the Panthers total 216 on 36 attempts.

“Momentum is momentum. It’s up and it’s down,” Diggs said. “It’s kind of like when you get it, you try to keep it, and that’s how it goes. They made some plays afterwards, they bounced back after we had some momentum, and we just have to continue to fight and play the whole game, the full game.”

Tight end milestone

Rudolph totaled three receptions for 41 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury, pushing his season total to 53 re Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey ceptions, 506 yards and seven touchdowns.

It is the second time in his career in which he has had at least 50 catches, 500 yards and five scores, tying him with Steve Jordan for the most such seasons by a Vikings tight end.

Case Keenum ‘Disappointed But Not Despaired’ After Hard-Fought Custom Orioles Jersey  Road Game

March 16th, 2018

Case Keenum is “disappointed but not despaired” after a 31-24 loss at Carolina that wrapped up a stretch of three consecutive road games.

Keenum described Sunday’s contest as a back-and-forth battle between “two good football teams” in playoff contention.

“They’re a good football team. They’re in a race to win their division just like we are,” Keenum said of the Panthers, who improved to 9-4. “We knew it wasn’t going to be handed to us. They fought, we fought, and it came down to a couple of plays here and there.”

Three turnovers in various scenarios proved especially costly for Minnesota, but the Vikings never quit fighting.

Keenum threw an interception, just his sixth of the season, during the first series of the game. From his own 32-yard line, Keenum targeted Adam Thielen on second-and-14, but the pass instead was snagged by cornerback Daryl Worley at the Panthers 31.

“[I] was trying to make a shot, trying to make a play,” Keenum said. “I didn’t get as much on that one as I wanted to, and it got caught up a little bit. He made a great play.

“I’ve got to have enough room to make that throw if I’m going to try to throw it that far down the field,” Keenum later added. “I’ll go look at it and decide what I could have done in that situation to make a better play, whether it’s moving in the pocket and throwing it or moving in the pocket and checking it down.”

Carolina capitalized on  Custom Orioles Jersey the tur Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey nover, and on just the third play of the drive, Jonathan Stewart ran 60 yards for a touchdown and early Panthers lead.

Keenum didn’t get rattled, however.

Minnesota’s offense answered right back, driving 75 yards in nine plays, and Keenum found Kyle Rudolph for a touchdown to even the score.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, a handful of miscues that Head Coach Mike Zimmer called “unlike us” enabled Carolina to regain and keep control of the lead.

“I think  Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap we had quite a few explosive plays today, [but] we had an opportunity for more,” Rudolph said. “I dropped a pass that would have been an explosive play. The opportunities were there, we just have to make the plays.”

Thielen also took ownership for errors, including a slightly bobbled ball in the end zone that was initially ruled a touchdown but then overturned and called an incomplete pass. Instead of a go-ahead score, the Vikings were forced to settle for a field goal before the half.

“We’ve got to come out, as an offense, better to start the game. I put a lot of that on me. If I make a couple plays there at the end of the half, it’s a totally different game,” Thielen said. “As a leader, as a guy who wants those really bad, those are plays you’ve got to make. It would have changed the whole game. We put a lot on our shoulders as competitors and receivers, so I have to play better to help us win games.”

In addition to dropped passes by a few of his targets, Keenum also was credited with another two turnovers.

Midway through the third quarter, Panthers defensive end Mario Addison sacked Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey  Keenum and got a hand on the ball just as the quarterback went to throw it, causing a fumble that was recovered by Carolina.

“I tried to look down field a little too long, took one extra hitch, and these rushers are too good. They’ve got some great rushers at defensive end,” Keenum said.

A second interception occurred late in the game, when Keenum aimed at Stefon Diggs from the Panthers 26. The ball bounced out of Diggs’ fingertips and popped into the air, where Diggs and cornerback James Bradbury wrestled for it.

Bradbury came down with the pick and left the Vikings scoreless on the drive.

Keenum evaded pressure a number of times to extend drives but also was sacked six times for a combined loss of 24 yards.

The Vikings were without starting center Pat Elflein, and starting left tackle Riley Reiff left partway through the game with an ankle injury, but Keenum didn’t place any blame on the offensive line.

“They’re a great defense, a great front,” Keenum said. “I think every sack, every play has a story to tell. As a quarterback, I take a lot of pride in, you know, a lot of sacks are on me, so we got out of a few and made some big plays, and they got to the quarterback a few times.”

Keenum’s biggest play turned out to be a throw over the middle to Thielen, who hauled it in near the Panthers 35 and broke a tackle, turning the catch into a 52-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Despite the late-game rally during which the Vikings closed an 11-point deficit to tie the game, Minnesota was unable to come away with the win.

“Depending how you look at it, it’s a positive that we fought and got back in the game,” Keenum said. “As a quarterbac k, I want to be in that position with the ball in my hand.”

Keenum finished the game 27-of-44 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 75.9. He also once again demonstrated a tenacious ability to extend plays with his legs, scrambling five times for 40 yards and ending up as Minnesota’s second-leading rusher behind Jerick McKinnon.

The Vikings sit at 10-3 after the loss and remain at the top of the NFC North. They will now return to U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time in nearly a month, as they are scheduled to host the Bengals next Sunday.

“I’m ready to start another win streak,” Keenum said. “I’m disappointed in today, but I’m not despaired, and I think this locker room is ready to start another one.”

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March 16th, 2018

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Getting ready for a really good football team coming up. Another game on the road, another NFC game. They’re very talented defensively. Very good at running the football offensively. A lot of skilled guys so it will be a heck of a test for us again.

Q: You’ve coached a couple of their guys in Captain Munnerlyn and Matt Kalil. Does that give you some advantage in trying to scheme against them and plan against them?

A: No, not really. I mean they coached with [Mike] Remmers so it is kind of a wash.

Q:  What are some of the keys to have had success facing Cam Newton?

A: I’ve got good players. They played those games well. Each game is different, though. Every time you play someone it’s a different deal. He is a very, very talented athlete. They’re do Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ing a few different things with him now. He’s got a very strong arm. Competitive. They’re good on third downs. They use him a lot in the running game so it makes it difficult.

Q: From your experience, why do some teams handle success and other teams have trouble handling success?

A: I think it’s human nature. Some guys get full of themselves and go from there. Everybody is telling them how good they are and they listen. But it goes the other way, too. Everybody tells you how bad you are and you listen. It’s really human nature to back off of things. 

Q:  Is Cam Newton one of those quarterbacks that it’s important to get after early?

A: I don’t know. With each quarterback, you pick your spots and try to get them off rhythm. I don’t know there is any guy that you wouldn’t try to get off rhythm early. Heck, he’s a great player. Best player in the League two years ago.

Q: Do you see him feeding off when he starts running the ball early and having some success there, do you think that feeds into how he’s throwing the ball?

A: I don’t know. I don’t know how he reacts to those things.

Q:  How much is Case Keenum’s movement from his athleticism and how much is it the sense of knowing where guys are coming from?

A: Some of it is vision. Some of it is the feel, having a feel in a pocket. Understanding that sometimes coverages dictate that you can run. I think it’s just a feel.

Q: Is that part of reading the defense quickly?

A: Yes, a little bit. You get back and as your vision starts looking, you feel a little bit on one side or the other. You move to a step here or there. Everybody works on those things, but he’s done a good job with it.

Q:  How much does it impact a defense when you have a guy like Christian McCaffrey where you’re just not sure where he is going to line up from play-to-play?

A: Yes, it’s hard. It’s hard. They put him in a lot of different places and move him around. He’s a good player. Sometimes he’s a back, sometimes he’s a receiver. It makes it difficult.

Q: How different are they with Greg Olsen and without Greg Olsen?

A: Well, Olsen is a great player. [Ed] Dickson has a lot of catches, too. They both can run. They might use him a little bit more opened up formations with Olsen than with Dickson. They move him all over the place, too.

Q: How does Cam Newton look compared to the past seasons?

A: I think throughout the course of the season everybody has their little ups and downs a little bit. I see the things that he does really good and that’s what we try to defend. He throws the ball great down the field. He moves in the pocket well. He runs good, on the move he throws well. I don’t know. I can’t tell you about all that. I know the guy that went to the Super Bowl a couple years ago.

Q: Since Case Keenum took over the game in Pittsburgh, from then until now, have you noticed a difference in preparation?

A: Not really. Maybe a little bit more assertive at practice. He’s out there leading the team, so he might be little more assertive, but Case is kin Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey d of an energetic guy anyways. That’s kind of how he always is.

Q: In the games when their defense is playing really well, what are they doing?

A: Most of the times they are stopping the run or affecting the quarterback. They’re very high on blitz percentage on first, second, and third downs, so they pressure the quarterback. [Luke] Kuechly and [Thomas] Davis they run around, their two inside tackles are hard to move off the ball and the ends are very good pass rushers. They use [Kurt] Coleman down in the box quite a bit and these two corners get up and challenge you. They give you a lot different looks. Stature wise they are a little bit like our defense; 4-3 base that does a good job with the pressures and the things that they do. If they get the run stopped, then they can really try to affect the quarterback.

Q: There was a lot of talk about the Monday night game and how physical it was. Do you talk to team about what the fine line of physicality is?

A: I talk to them about playing clean. I didn’t see the second half of that game, so I don’t know exactly what happened or what was going on. We talk to them about playing clean. We try to play by the rules. We try to do things the right way. We talk to them about how you have to put a target on the receiver where you want to hit him legally, and same thing on running backs and quarterbacks. We don’t want to be a high penalized team.

Q: Is this team’s defense comparable to the best one you’ve coached before or are they better?

A: Each one is a little bit different. I’ve been around some great defenses, great players. I really like this group. I think we have a lot of good playmakers. But I like, probably more so, I like really the confidence they play with and the desire to compete each Sunday. This group really likes to go out and compete and prove that they are good.

Q: What’s been the key to your defense? You’ve played high powered offenses and held them to nine or ten points.

A: I’m sure we’ve given up points to teams who score points too. We  Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap played good that day, that’s really about it. Typically when you cover good, you don’t give up big plays.

Monday Morning Mailbag: Uncharact Custom Orioles Jersey eristic Mistakes Lead to Loss

March 16th, 2018

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Tough loss, but mainly because we could have won it. Mental errors like penalties, missing or being late to fill gaps and dropped passes killed us but can be fixed (and generally are our strength). The toughest part about it was the offensive line  Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap getting banged up. How concerned should we b Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey e with injuries along the offensive line? Any  Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey idea where Mike Remmers is at?
— Chris Stewart

Injuries are always a concern, especially when players aren’t able to suit up, as was the case this week for Pat Elflein and Remmers, or when they leave the game and aren’t able to return, as was the case with Riley Reiff. I am guessing head coach Mike Zimmer will be asked about the injuries at his Monday press conference, so we’ll have to wait and see what he says at that point. For now, though, the biggest concern coming from the game is probably the status of some key players, particularly along the offensive line, rather than what transpired on the field that led to the loss.

Haven’t felt this way in two months but I’d rather this happen now than in January! That being said, what adjustments do you think need to be made or is it as simple as you gotta catch passes in the end zone when t Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange here thrown at you? Rare drops all across the board, but we’ll right the ship!
— Raymond Bustos
The Dalles, OR

Dropped passes were an issue for the Vikings offense on Sunday. The Vikings entered Week 14 with 11 dropped passes, fewest in the NFL. Case Keenum’s pass catchers have been solid all season, and they did make plays against the Panthers. Kyle Rudolph reached over a defender to A) save a potential interception and B) score a touchdown on a pass in the 1st quarter and then Thielen caught a Keenum pass and then turned on the jets for a 52-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter to help the Vikings pull to within three points. But at other times on Sunday, dropped passes were a problem. Thielen got his hands on the ball twice in the end zone at the end of the first half, but couldn’t secure a touchdown. Stefon Diggs dropped a pass that wound up being intercepted and Kyle Rudolph missed an opportunity for an explosive gain down the left seam. All three of those players are sure-handed receivers, so this isn’t going to be a long-term issue, but it was part of what went wrong in Carolina.

Do you think there’s some good that can come from this going into the postseason? Of course you always want to win, but the truth of the matter is you can’t win every week. Kind of like the way we lost to the Lions this year in Week 4…we leave a little bit on the table and then we learn from our mistakes and fix it going forward. Do you think of the Viking can actually take this loss and make something good out of it?
— Casey Hansen
Grand Island, NE

Yes, coaches and players can learn lessons from a loss and apply it to the following week’s work to help generate improvement. But they can also do that in the wake of a win, so you won’t ever find a coach telling his team it’s okay to lose games. Wins are hard to come by in this league, so when a team is giving you amp le opportunity to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat, it stings to not get the job done. The important thing now is to move on quickly by burying the loss to Carolina and starting to unearth the right plan to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

How psyched is the team going to be for a chance to not only beat Zim’s former team but to possibly clinch a playoff spot in front of its home crowd?
— Jake Loftus
Circle Pines, MN

I can assure you that Zimmer will very quickly make it clear to his team that Sunday’s game against the Bengals is not about defeating his former team. The Vikings have a chance to win the division and secure at least one home playoff game with a win on Sunday, and that objective is far more important to Zimmer than beating his old team. With that being said, there’s no question that the familiarity between Zimmer and many of the Bengals coaches and players does add an intriguing dynamic to next Sunday’s contest. You can be sure the Vikings won’t overlook this 5-8 opponent and you can be equally as sure that this 5-8 opponent won’t lose its focus or give up easily despite the circumstances of its current season.

That was a tough loss, but don’t panic Vikings fans. Turnovers, missed assignments, dropped balls and bad penalties contributed to this loss and we still were in it to the end. We have three winnable games coming up. Let’s take care of business and get some momentum going before the playoffs. Skol!
— Corey S.
Sioux Falls, SD

Well-stated and I agree. The main concern in the early part of the week is on the injured players. Aside from that, the Vikings are still in excellent shape and can take a big step toward securing the NFC’s No. 2 seed by winning on Sunday. A win over the Bengals next weekend would assure the Vikings of a lead of at least one game over the leaders of the NFC South and NFC West with just two games to play.

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March 15th, 2018

The season’s final quarter begins this wee Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey k and the Vikings will travel to Carolina for their third consecutive road trip and their third consecutive game against a fellow NFC playoff hopeful. Here are five Vikings-Panthers storylines to watch in the buildup to this week’s game.  

1. For the Vikings, it’s win and they’re in

The Vikings won their eighth consecutive game and their fifth straight r Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey oad contest last week to move to 10-2. And while he was complimentary of his team and expressed his pride in their effort, head coach Mike Zimmer also reminded his players they haven’t actually accomplished any of their goals yet. The Vikings can attain the first goal on their list with a win in Carolina on Sunday. A victory over the Panthers would clinch the NFC North title for Minnesota and it would be the second time in three years they become NFC North champions. It would also guarantee the Vikings at least one home playoff game. The Vikings list of goals goes well beyond winning a division title, but you can’t attain all of them if you don’t get the first one.

2. Do the Vikings have Cam’s Kryptonite?

The Vikings face one of the NFL’s most dynamic players on Sunday – Cam Newton. He was rookie of the Year in 2011 and MVP the year he guided Carolina to the Super Bowl (2015). He’s a three-time Pro Bowler with 203 career passing and rushing touchdowns. But he’s not been at his best when facing Zimmer and the Vikings defense. In two games against the Vikings, Newton has completed only 55.7% of his passes (39 of 70) for an average of 228 passing yards per game with one touchdown and four interceptions for a passer rating of just 56.6. Newton has one rushing touchdown and has been sacked 12 times in those games, both losses. Newton has gotten a lot done in his career, but figuring out the Vikings defense is one item still left on his to-do list.

3. Rookie McCaffrey is a new wrinkle for Panthers offense

In the last two games against the Vikings, Carolina is averaging only 11.5 points per game, with just two offensive touchdowns. But for this matchup, the Panthers have a new weapon in their arsenal – rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. An All-American at Stanford, McCaffrey has wasted no time making an impact in the NFL. He’s proven to be a true dual threat, with 64 receptions for 501 yards and four touchdowns to go along with his 82 touch Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap es for 284 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Panthers can lineup their rookie running back anywhere in the formation, including as a slot receiver. This is a new dynamic in the Vikings-Panthers matchups, as Carolina running backs have accounted for only 12 receptions and 84 yards through the air in the last two matchups.

4. Teams on the run

It’s a passing league and both the Vikings and Panthers have aerial attacks who can strike, but they both also tend to the running game on defen Custom Orioles Jersey se and offense. The Panthers enter Week 13 ranked No. 5 in rushing yards per game (127.8) and No. 4 in rushing yards allowed per game (88.6). The Vikings enter the week ranked No. 6 in rushing offense (122.8 yards per game) and No. 2 in rushing defense (77.7 yards per game allowed). On offense, both teams feature a committee approach at running back, with the Panthers using bot Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange h McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart along with Newton. The Vikings have a two-back system that features Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray. McKinnon scored on a reception last week, but Murray has shouldered much of the load in terms of carrying the ball. In the last six games, Murray has rushed for 475 yards (third in the NFL) and five touchdowns (third in the NFL). It doesn’t take a Ph.D  in football to realize that whichever team experiences the most success in the running game – both defensively and offensively – will have an advantage on Sunday.

5. The Captain faces his old mates

It’s the third time this storyline has been monitored, but the script is flipped for the Vikings this time around. Captain Munnerlyn will be going against his former team. Munnerlyn was drafted by the Panthers in 2009 but signed with the Vikings in 2014, where he then faced and helped defeat his original team twice. This past offseason, Munnerlyn hit free agency and decided to return to Carolina, which has set the stage for him see his old teammates once again, but this time it’s his old Vikings teammates. It stands to reason that Munnerlyn, who plays almost exclusively in the slot, will spend plenty of time locked up with either Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen on Sunday, both of whom he practiced against every day while with the Vikings.

Lunchbreak: Linval Joseph Receives Praise from Hall of Famer Joh Custom Orioles Jersey n Randle

March 15th, 2018

John Randle is among the best defensive linemen to have donned Vikings Purple over the years.

The seven-time Pro Bowler spent 11 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Vikings, during which he tallied 489 total tackles, 114 sacks and 25 forced fumbles. So when the Hall of Fame defensive tackle highlights the play of a current interior lineman, you can bet he knows what he’s talking about.

Randle recently spoke with the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand about various activities and promotions leading up to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. During their conversation, Rand asked Randle about the 2017 Vikings and his impression of their season thus far.

Randle said that Everson Griffen “reminds me of myself” but went on to single out Linval Joseph and the productivity he has alongside Griffen.

“Guys like Linval Joseph, you don’t just  Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey find guys like that on every team,” Randle told Rand. “Those are the kinds of players who come to work and maybe don’t get the thrills and satisfaction Griffen gets, but yo Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap u need a guy like that on your team. He’s a guy that does it day in, day out.

“For guys who played in the National Football League like me, I know that when you talk about the Minnesota Vikings, you have to talk about Linval Joseph,” Randle added. “He is not a man, he is men. That dude is a load.”

Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey atavius Murray playing key role in Vikings win streak

The Vikings have now won eight consecutive games, and Matthew Coller of said there “has been no shortage of heroes” on Minnesota’s roster during that time.

One player that he feels has been flying under the radar while having a significant impact, however, is running back Latavius Murray. Coller pointed out that Murray over the past six games has averaged 79 yards – 4.5 yards per carry – per game and has scored five touchdowns. Coller wrote:

The only running backs with more yards during that time are Mark Ingram, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Only Ingram and teammate Alvin Kamara have more touchdowns since Week 7.

While the Vikings off ensive line has played a huge role in the success of the Vikings running game, Murray has been tough to take down when defenders get a hand on him. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound back ranks third in the NFL in yards after contact over his last six contests.

He’s been effective as a home run hitter and a ground-and-pound finisher. Murray has picked up runs of at least 30 yards in three straight games. He’s also averaging 5.1 yards per carry when the Vikings have been ahead in games.

Coller said that Murray’s “effectiveness has been key” in a Vikings third-down offense that now ranks No. 1 in the league, and that’s also part of the reason that Minnesota has been able to avoid many third-and-long situations.

Since [Dalvin] Cook went down, Murray has been everything the Vikings were hoping for in a top back – he’s even shown some improvement in his patience, several times waiting for holes to open up in the Falcons’ front seven before taking off. His contribution shouldn’t be overlooked when we break down why the Vikings have won eight games in a row.

Carr: Thielen’s route running ‘near perfect’

Heading into Week 15, Adam Thielen continues to stay on the radar of David Carr, former NFL quarterback-turned analyst.

Carr released his weekly offensive player rankings for, and Thielen was at No. 11, improving one spot over last week’s position. Carr wrote:

The win over the Falcons was not Thielen’s most productive game of the season (he posted four catches for 51 yards), but he had a huge play on third down to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. He created major separation on that play and picked up 22 yards. His route-running ability is near perfect, with no wasted movement.

Thi Custom Orioles Jersey elen remains the only NFC North player on Carr’s list. The highest-represented team is the Saints (9-3), who seem to have been on a hot streak since losing to the Vikings in Week 1. Carr highlighted running backs Alvin Kamara (No. 7) and Mark Ingram (No. 12) as well as veteran quarterback Drew Brees (No. 9).

Keenum Inspired by Tarkenton’s Words of Advice, Abilit Custom Orioles Jersey y to Scramble

March 15th, 2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Nobody is going to confuse Case Keenum with Fran Tarkenton anytime soon.

The Vikings cur rent quarterback has been adept at moving around in the pocket, and sometimes taking off to pick up a first  Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey down.

The Vikings former quarterback, now a Pro Football Hall of Famer, racked up more than 3,600 career rushing yards and 32 career rushing touchdowns.

But Keenum, who has been quietly elusive this season, said there’s something to glean from all types of quarterbacks, including those known for scrambling.

“There’s always guys. Anytime you’re watching film, you’re learning from situations,” Keenum said. “Hey, what’s this situation, and what would I do in this situation?

“Things that go well, you try to imitate that. Things that don’t go well, you try to learn from that as well,” Keenum added. “There’s all sorts of quarterbacks, everybody out there that you watch you can learn something from.”

While Keenum hasn’t put up staggering rushing totals this season (he has 27 attempts for 102 yards and a 9-yard touchdown run), he’s done more than enough to stay clean in the pocket.

Keenum has been sacked just nine times in 11 games that he’s pla Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey yed in this season, a testament to how he has a good feel for the defenders.

“It’s a lot of things,” Keenum said when asked about how he eludes a pass rush. “Trying to not be where they are. Trying to get away.

“A lot of it is drill work that we’ve done on the practice field,” Keenum added. “But some of it just happens.”

Keenum’s next task will be against a Panthers defense that has amassed 34 total sacks this season, tied for fifth in the NFL.

Carolina defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mario Addison have 8.5 sacks apiece, and defensive tackle Kawaan Short has 4.0 sacks.

Keenum on Thursday was asked by the Twin Cities media if he preferred a team to rush because he has displayed such a keen pocket presence this season. 

The Texas native responded with some dry humor. 

“If they want to not rush, that’d be great,” Keenum quipped. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“Anybody we play, you look at their roster and it’s like, ‘Oh man, they have so and so. Oh man, they have Julius Peppers.’ Everybody is really good in this league and everybody has pass rushers, so I think we’re going to expect them to rush the passer pretty well,” Keenum added. “It’s something we have to work on and expect to get ready to get the ball out.”

If Keenum needs any extra advice, he could turn to Tarkenton, who led the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances in four years in the mid-1970s.

Tarkenton, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986, spoke to the Vikings in Atlanta the night before their 14-9 win over the Falcons this past weekend.

Keenum said it was an honor to meet the V Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange ikings Legend and that he just might incorporate some of Tarkenton’s skill set into his own game going forward.

“It was great. Obviously, he’s one of the best to play the position. But not only that, here for the Vikings and what he’s meant here to this organization,” Keenum said. “He’s awesome. I loved getting to know him, getting to meet him, talking to him. He had some great words of advice for the team, for us quarterbacks specifically, too. I’d love to put on some film of him this offseason and learn from that.

“I haven’t seen much of his film. There’s obviously some highlights, and you see pictures,” Keenum later added. “I want to go back and watch it at time Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap s. Who knows? Maybe learn some stuff from him?”

Presser Points: Zimmer on Fac Custom Orioles Jersey ing Another NFL MVP

March 15th, 2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings are prepping to face a recent NFL MVP and NFC Champion for the second time in as many weeks.

After limiting Atlanta’s Matt Ryan to 16-of-29 passing for 173 yards and snapping his streak of 30 straight games with a touchdown last week, Minnesota is turning its attention to Carolina’s Cam Newton, who accounted for 45 touchdowns in 2015 when he claimed MVP honors and helped the Panthers make it to Super Bowl 50.

The Vikings under Head Coach Mike Zimmer have fared well against Newton in two games. He is 39-of-70 passing for 456 yards with one passing touchdown and four interceptions for a passer rating of 56.6 in those contests. Newton rushed a combined 16 times for 75 yards and a score but was sacked a total of 12 times for a combined loss of 88 yards in those games.

In 2014, the Vikings built a 28-6 halftime lead thanks to a pair of blocked punts returned for touchdowns on a 12-degree day at the University of Minnesota. Newton was 18-of-35 passing for 194 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a 31-13 loss.

Last season in Week 3, the Vikings snapped the Panthers home win streak that dated to 2014 with a 22-10 victory. Newton completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards but threw three interceptions and took eight sacks. Newton’s passer rating of 47.6 is the sixth lowest in 105 career games.

“I’ve got good players,” Zimmer said when asked about the past two games. “They played those games well. Each game is diff Men’s Authentic Custom Baltimore Orioles Alternate Baseball Jersey Orange erent, though. Every time you play someone, it’s a different deal. He is a very, very talented athlete. They’re doing a few different things with him now. He’s got a very strong arm. Competitive. They’re good on third downs. They use him a lot in the running game, so it makes it difficult.”

Zimmer pointed out Wednesday that previous success doesn’t guarantee future desired results.

The coach said he’s focused on everything the QB does well. He’s had three games this season with a passer rating of 120.7 or higher and four games under 60.0.

“I think throughout the course of the season everybody has their little ups and downs a little bit,” Zimmer said. “I see the things that he does really good, and that’s what we try to defend. He throws the ball good down the field. He moves in the pocket well. He runs good. On the move, he throws well. I don’t know. I can’t tell you about all that. I know the guy that went to the Super Bowl a couple years ago.”

Here are four other topics that Zimmer discussed Customized Orioles Jersey Cheap :

1. Handling success

Minnesota is 10-2 and can clinch the NFC North with a victory in any of its final four regular-season games. The four-game gap over Detroit and Green Bay for the division is new territory for the Vikings under Zimmer.

In 2015, Minnesota traveled to Green Bay for a season finale that determined the winner of the division.

With the Vikings riding a five-game win streak in road games and eight-game heater overall, Zimmer was asked why some teams handle success better than others.

“I think it’s human nature,” Zimmer said. “Some guys get full of themselves and go from there. Everybody is telling them how good they are and they listen. But it goes the other way, too. Everybody tells you how bad you are and you listen. It’s really human nature to back off of those things.”

2. Tracking multiple Panthers

Jonathan Stewart is back for his 10th season i Personalized Baltimore Orioles Jersey n Carolina and leads the rushing attack with 531 yards on 164 carries. Newton has rushed 89 times for 515 yards, and rookie Christian McCaffrey has 284 yards on 82 rushes.

McCaffrey lines up in the backfield and as a receiver. He has a team-high 64 receptions for 501 yards.

Zimmer said the versatility of the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft poses a challenge.

“They put him in a lot of different places and move him around,” Zimmer said. “He’s a good player. Sometimes he’s a back, sometimes he’s a receiver. It makes it difficult.”

3. On ‘blitzen’

The Panthers have held three opponents (San Francisco, Buffalo and Tampa Bay) to three points each this season and are sixth in total defense (297.6 yards allowed per game), fourth in rush defense (88.6) and seventh in pass defense (209).

Zimmer said Carolina is frequently stopping the run or affecting the quarterback with pressure, often turning to blitzes.

“They’re very high on blitz percen Men’s Customized Authentic Baltimore Orioles Home White MLB Baseball Jersey tage on first, second, and third downs, so they pressure the quarterback,” Zimmer said. “[Linebackers Luke] Kuechly and [Thomas] Davis run around, their two inside tackles are hard to move off the ball, and the ends are very good pass rushers. They use [safety Kurt] Coleman down in the box quite a bit, and these two corners get up and challenge you.

“They give you a lot different looks,” Zimmer added. “Stature-wise they are a little bit like our defense: 4-3 base that does a good job with the pressures and the things that they do. If they get the run stopped, then they can really try to affect the quarterback.”

4. An energetic guy

The Panthers have recorded 34 sacks on the season. The Vikings have allowed a total of 14.

Case Keenum has been sacked just nine times in 10 starts and has developed a rhythm to navigate the pocket created by the offensive line since suffering two sacks in his first start (Week 2 at Pittsburgh).

After initially intending to bridge the gap until Sam Bradford could return, Keenum has now started seven games in a row. Zimmer was asked about the change in Keenum over the course of the season.

“Maybe a little bit more assertive at practice,” Zimmer said. “He’s out there leading the team, so he might be little more assertive, but Case is kind of an energetic guy anyways. That’s kind of how he always is.”

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