Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 31

Game Recap

The Vikings came up short in their attempt to win nine games in a row Sunday. The last game of a three-game road trip resulted in Minnesota’s third loss of the season, and prevented the 10-3 Vikings from clinching the playoffs and capturing the NFC North division crown.

Offensively the Vikings failed to establish the rushing attack early. Jerick McKinnon led the team with 46 yards on seven carries (6.6 YPC) and Latavius Murray managed only 14 yards on nine carries (1.6 YPC). Quarterback Case Keenum added 40 yards on five rushes.

The Vikings had some success through the air but were doomed with turnovers at inopportune times. Keenum finished the day 27 of 44 (61%) passing for 280 with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen led Minnesota with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two key drops in the end zone before the half. Instead of taking the lead at halftime the Vikings settled for a Kai Forbath field goal.

Stefon Diggs had six catches for 64 yards but had a ball bounce off his hands late in the game which resulted in a Carolina interception.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph had three catches for 42 yards with a touchdown but he also had issues catching the ball. Two dropped passes in the first half would have resulted in big plays for the offense. The Vikings top three pass catchers all had crucial drops throughout the game.

The Vikings defense was hurt by big plays, specifically two long runs. Carolina’s first touchdown was a 60-yard blast by Jonathan Stewart to the right of the center on third-and-one. Later in the game Cam Newton sealed the win with a 62-yard scamper up the middle of the field.

Defensive linemen Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen each collected a sack but Zimmer’s top-2 defensive unit couldn’t bounce back after giving up the long runs. Carolina rode 216 rushing yards en route to their fifth victory in six games.

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Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings take on the Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is at noon (CST). The Vikings are 4-1 on the road this season, while the Falcons are 3-2 at home.

Both teams are hot, as the Vikings have won seven straight games and the Falcons have won four of the past five.

The Vikings, still blazing after a Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, have the opportunity to add fuel to their playoff positioning while burning Atlanta’s in the process.

Last week, Atlanta’s offense finally ignited. The Falcons exploded for 516 total yards in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Julio Jones, the Dirty Birds’ leading pass catcher, scorched the Buccaneers secondary for over 250 receiving yards. The Falcons offense caught fire on third down, going 11 of 14 and improving its league-leading third-down conversion percentage.

In Sunday’s showdown, both teams face a heat check. Looking to douse Atlanta’s flame is an even hotter Minnesota squad.

The Vikings counter with a defense that is best in the NFL at smothering opposing offenses on third-down (28.5%). Through 11 games, the top-5 unit has at times been suffocating. This week, it will be tasked with perhaps its most difficult assignment of the season: extinguishing a prolific NFL offense in its home stadium.

The Vikings defense versus the Falcons offense; it’s a great matchup on paper. Let’s take a look at how the numbers stack up, five storylines to follow, matchup history, the injury reports for both teams, game implications, and a Borman Breakdown complete with a score prediction.

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Drew Mahowald presents the 15th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ impressive Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

Undrafted NFL prospects aren’t supposed to be stars. They’re not even supposed to be starters. NFL prospects that go undrafted are supposed to work like heck to find a spot on a practice squad and enjoy a fine career riding the bottom of multiple NFL teams’ depth charts.

There’s something different about undrafted players that the Minnesota Vikings acquire, though. It’s as if the chip on their shoulders doubles in size. They’re like Michael Scott in his eternal pursuit of the love of his life, Holly Flax, on The Office (this is an absurd analogy, but please give it a chance)It didn’t matter how many people told him it wouldn’t happen or how many people tell him he isn’t good enough, Michael refused to let his dream die. Several opportunities to connect with Holly failed, and management even relocated Holly to keep them apart. Holly was even engaged to another man. But Michael is an undrafted success story. He kept grasping at chances to prove himself and finally snatched one — and never let it go. The rest is history.

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After three straight losses, the Minnesota Vikings finally put away the Detroit Lions.

The 30-23 victory over the Lions was perhaps the Vikings’ most impressive win of the season.

The Vikings overcame shaky officiating to earn 408 yards of total offense. They held Detroit to 289 total yards. For the second straight week, Minnesota dominated the time of possession (34:57 to 25:03) and the offense did not commit a turnover all game.

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The Minnesota Vikings listed three players as questionable for Thursday’s divisional matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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Safety Andrew Sendejo, right tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Brian Robison are listed as questionable for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions. All Vikings players practiced in full Wednesday.

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