Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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The Vikings vet is in the zone — a quick look at whether the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule will allow him to make a run at the NFL’s single-season record for sacks.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is in good company. He is now tied with two team legends — Jared Allen and Jim Marshall — for most consecutive games with a sack. Griffen has at least one sack in all eight games this season, which is tied for the franchise record. The last time a Viking accomplished the feat, he finished a sack short of the NFL record.

That got me thinking… is Griffen capable of breaking Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record?

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Why There’s Hope For A Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Victory

“A team is only as strong as it’s weakest player.”

I’m not a fan of that expression, partially because I know how it feels to be the weakest player and partially because if it were up to me, I’d simply replace the worst player on the team. But I digress.

Why bring it up then? It’s because nowadays, too many people analyze teams that way. A player has a bad game or a rough stretch of games and suddenly he’s garbage, and so is the team if they don’t replace the player immediately.

It’s simply not a fair judgement. There’s more to a team than meets the eye. A team wins and loses together, rolls with the punches, celebrates the good times, and changes individuals for the better.

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Episode 67 — "He's Just Not Teddy Bridgewater"

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss their thoughts on the most recent Teddy Bridgewater rehabilitation video, review Laquon Treadwell’s depth chart situation after taking first-team reps in three-wide receiver sets, name their favorite NFL celebrations since 2000 and plenty more on Episode 68 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Table of Comments (0:00-1:26)
  • The Video: Bridgewater Breaks the Internet … Again (1:27-9:15)
  • Never Enough: Bradford Will Never Win Over Vikings Fans (9:16-15:34)
  • Bad Luck: Bradford Always Finds Himself Stuck in Unfavorable Situations (15:35-16:50)
  • Jersey Sales: Find a No. 8 Jersey on NFLShop.com … You Can’t (16:51-18:15)
  • Next Step or Nothing: Treadwell takes first-team reps in 3-WR sets at OTAs (18:16-25:00)
  • Weird Tangent: James Harrison Instagram Workouts (25:01-26:18)
  • Treadwell Takeaways: Way-Too-Early Numbers to Expect (26:19-29:42)
  • Take 5: Favorite NFL Celebrations — Touchdown, Sack, etc. (29:43-41:05)
  • Smooooooooot: Quick Edit to BJ’s Top-5 All-Time Favorite Vikings (41:06-42:24)
  • Sign-Out: New Shows Post Every Tuesday & Thursday (42:25-43:13)

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It feels like forever ago that I was scouring the internet for Brett Favre rumors involving his return, I was working for Vikings Gab at the time and disliked Favre plenty, but I do remember clearly that “this isn’t ordinary” feeling when news broke that Zygi Wilf enlisted Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell, Steve Hutchinson, and his private jet to convince Favre to give it one more shot.

We now know that Favre did indeed return for a 2010 season that should easily be in the running for one of the most embarrassing of all time. Favre’s consecutive games streak ended, a roof caved in, Randy Moss returned and then was booted, a caterer and a Jets sideline reporter publicly exposed two Vikings greats as very questionable humans, and… well, they weren’t a very good football team and their coach was fired.

Recently, Jared Allen was a guest on A.J. Hawk’s podcast (oh, by the way, A.J. Hawk has a podcast) and he opened up a bit about the events that unfolded resulting in Favre’s return to Minnesota. His recollections have gathered headlines mostly because his statements weren’t exactly what you would expect them to be.

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