Sunday, November 29, 2015

We have the injury reports and inactive lists from both teams for the upcoming Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings game

Floyd, Sharrif DT Shoulder FP FP FP Probable Active
Greenway, Chad LB Hand/Rib DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Mauti, Michael LB Foot FP FP FP Probable Active
Smith, Harrison S Knee LP FP FP Probable Active
Rudolph, Kyle TE Abdomen DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Robinson, Josh CB Hamstring DNP LP LP Questionable Active
Smith, Rodney WR Hamstring FP FP FP Probable Inactive
Joseph, Linval DT Shoulder FP FP FP Probable Active
Watts, Brandon LB Knee LP LP FP Probable Inactive
Johnson, Charles WR None Inactive
Yankey, David OG None Inactive
Crichton, Scott DE None Inactive

No huge surprises, though with Kyle Rudolph out, the offense should suffer more (something people expected). This will be a good opportunity for Gerald Hodges to prove his worth at Greenway’s spot. Rhett Ellison will be starting in place of Rudolph, but I suspect they will bring together a committee of players to replace his role throughout the game.

Despite Fusco being on IR, Yankey is still not active. To me, that’s somewhat telling.

Shembo, Prince LB Calf LP FP FP Probable Active
White, Roddy WR Hamstring LP LP FP Probable Active
Douglas, Harry WR Foot FP FP LP Questionable Inactive
Hester, Devin WR Ankle FP FP FP Probable Active
Smith, Antone RB Hamstring FP FP FP Probable Active
Renfree, Sean QB None Inactive
Arenas, Javier CB None Inactive
Starr, Tyler LB None Inactive
Stone, James C None Inactive
Schraeder, Ryan OT None Inactive
Matthews, Cliff DE None Inactive

Aside from Harry Douglas, no major Falcons are out. Harry Douglas is important, but not for the reasons you think. With how well Hester has been playing, this may not have a big impact.

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There is plenty to discuss about the 2014 Minnesota Vikings even when a game isn’t being played, but the actual on-field action is more fun than anything (at least that’s the hope).

I invite you to join me and some of the other VT‘ers for today’s live chat as we watch Teddy Bridgewater make his first career start against the Atlanta Falcons.

If you want to join, and I hope you do, then CLICK HERE right around kickoff.

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Teddy Bridgewater will make his first start today, which brings some much-welcomed optimism to this Minnesota Vikings team, and we are curious how you think they will fare against the Atlanta Falcons:

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The Vikings have announced that Matt Cassel, who fractured several bones in his foot on Sunday, and Brandon Fusco, who suffered a pectoral injury, will be put on injured reserve. Neither of them have received the Designated to Return label.

In addition, Chase Ford and Austin Wentworth have been signed from the practice squad to the active roster.

To take their spots, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and tight end Ryan Otten have been signed to the practice squad.

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While not as difficult as last week, it still seems somewhat silly to try and select a highlight player from a game that featured so much bad.

Alas, we will try. For the second straight week, the Vikings suffered a difficult loss. Despite holding a Saints offense that is historically prolific at home to 20 points, the Vikings offense could not muster anything other than three field goals for 9 points. The biggest news from the game is that the Teddy Bridgewater era has officially begun. After Matt Cassel suffered multiple fractured bones in his foot during a scramble in the second quarter, Bridgewater was forced to take control of a struggling Vikings offense and attempt a comeback on the road in the Superdome. All things considered, he performed well and showed a lot of poise against a defense that smelled blood in the water and pressured the rookie hard in his first start.

I know who I’d pick for the Player of the Game, but we’ll leave the decision up to you. Vote below for who you feel deserves the “game ball.”

Harrison Smith: #22 showed once again that he is a special talent and could very well be the best player on the Vikings current starting roster. He had multiple pass break ups, some great tackles and generally just seemed to be all over the field. Unfortunately, there was one PBU that he most definitely should have taken the other way but couldn’t bring it in. Still, another great game from the Vikings young safety.

Teddy Bridgewater: The future is now. As far as I’m concerned the rest of this season is about watching one #5 take snaps under center. The situation was less than ideal, our offensive line looked like a sieve, our receivers couldn’t get any separation, our running game was atrocious, and yet, Bridgewater stood in the pocket (or ran from it) and looked like he belonged there. Not much more you could ask from a rookie QB in his first regular season action in the NFL. Teddy ended the game 12/20 for 150 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and ran for 27 yards on 6 attempts.

Anthony Barr: The rookie linebacker registered 2 tackles, 3 assists and 1 sack (his NFL career first) in this game. Not a stat line that’s going to knock anyone over but, in general, Anthony Barr looked good during today’s game. He’s been better than expected in his coverage and has shown flashes of greatness where his athleticism allows him to shine. Barr most definitely has some growing to do but has shown why he was worthy of a first round selection so far. (Of course, he could always pull a Kalil…)

Captain Munnerlyn: For sacking the quarterback of the cheatin’ Saints (even if it did result in a horrible call that very well could have cost the Vikings the game).

Cordarrelle Patterson: This is a reach. But, there’s still that feeling you get that he could go all the way anytime he touches the ball. So, Norv Turner, let Patterson touch the ball more! Patterson had 5 touches in this game: 4 receptions and 1 disastrous end around for a total of 54 yards. As far as I’m concerned, that’s about 10 touches too few. (Can we bring back the Randy Ratio? But, you know, for Patterson?)

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