Friday, December 2, 2016

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As the news broke of kicker Blair Walsh being released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, much of the tone around the Vikings community centered around feelings of relief and happiness. Minnesota fan’s from all over took to social media to express their excitement with the team’s decision to cut their struggling kicker.

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Besides writing for a living, one of my goals has always been to host a podcast. I have always wanted the podcast to be centered around football and mainly the Minnesota Vikings.

So a few weeks ago I finally bit the procrastination bullet and recorded episode number one of The Donut Club!

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. There isn’t much I can say about the Vikings’ recent slide that hasn’t already been said. It’s amazing to feel like we have to wonder if the team that was once the darling of the NFL will even make the playoffs.

Back to back division losses has brought out all of the skeptics from the fan base. Frankly, can you blame them? The team hasn’t done much in order to gain the faith of fans and after suffering a tremendous amount of major injuries, there doesn’t seem to be a silver lining.

Vikings Territory projected the Vikings final record prior to the season kickoff and as you can see, optimism was at an all-time high. Does it still remain?

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What Went Wrong: Week 10

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Down a point to the Pittsburgh Steelers with nine seconds remaining, Ezekiel Elliott burst through the line of scrimmage and carried the Dallas Cowboys to an improbable win. His 32-yard touchdown sealed the game for Dallas, launching himself and the Cowboys into the NFL’s rarified air.

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings experienced similar joy — albeit, in a losing game — from Adrian Peterson. Down 10 to the Denver Broncos, facing a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter, Teddy Bridgewater handed the ball to Peterson. Minnesota’s All-Pro running back exploded through a crease and jaunted to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown, pulling the Vikings within three.

Fast forward to the present day, and such short-yardage situations aren’t a gimmie for the current Vikings offense. Gone are the days of a push by the offensive line and decisive running between the tackles. Sure, the Vikings try to play “power football,” but the results have been alarmingly disappointing.

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