Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mike Zimmer

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Drew Mahowald presents the 17th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The Minnesota Vikings are facing their most important performance of the season this Sunday.

And that’s not just because it’s their next game, or whatever hardcore football guys say these days. It’s because the Vikings are being tested and their performance on this test will give a glimpse into the future.

The Vikings are coming off a devastating Week 14 loss on the road against the Carolina Panthers — which, on the surface, doesn’t appear to be such a bad thing. The Panthers are 9-4 and currently hold a playoff spot. This loss was certainly not a bad loss.

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Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell briefly discuss some final thoughts from the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 14 loss at Carolina and go in-depth on Minnesota’s Week 15 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Episode 144 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and SoCom Creative.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda
  2. Final Thoughts: Vikings at Panthers
  3. Bengals Offense vs. Vikings Defense
  4. Vikings Offense vs. Bengals Defense
  5. Week 15 Picks (full season picks here)
  6. Twitter Questions: Deja vu from Week 15 vs. Indianapolis in 2016? Chances at No. 1 seed in NFC?

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Vikings should get Pat Elflein, Mike Remmers, and maybe Riley Reiff back Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was in a better mood Wednesday at his press conference. That may have something to do with the health of his beat-up offensive line.

Zimmer was calm today when asked how he felt about the offensive line heading into Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

“I feel pretty good. I think we’ll get a lot of them back,” Zimmer continued. “We should get [Pat] Elfein back this week, I think we should get [Mike] Remmers back. There’s a good chance, a possibility of getting [Riley] Reiff back.”

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What a difference a week makes.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer isn’t always a happy man. That statement is especially true after his team suffers a loss. One can imagine reviewing game film the next day and reliving the mistakes his team made doesn’t exactly make Zimmer a jolly person. Needless to say, he wasn’t in a great mood at his weekly press conference Monday.

After a weekend loss to the Carolina Panthers in which multiple players left the stadium hobbled and in walking boots, Zimmer naturally fielded questions early and often regarding injury updates.

When he was first asked if he thought the team would be at full strength this upcoming Sunday, Zimmer didn’t have much of a response.

“I don’t know… today’s Monday,” he murmured softly. “I don’t know.”

A few questions later, Zimmer let out a sarcastic laugh as he grew increasingly annoyed by reporter questions.

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Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Episode 143 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and SoCom Creative.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda
  2. Offense: Case Keenum’s performance, offensive line injuries, uncharacteristic mistakes
  3. Defense: Rock solid with exception of two long runs
  4. Twitter Questions

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