Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NFC North

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This is the second installment of our Opposing View series, in which we gauge the league-wide perception of the Vikings by talking to bloggers from around the NFL. For each post, I’ll seek out a writer for a team on the 2017 Vikings schedule, and ask them a few short questions about the way they view our squad from afar. 

This installment features a divisional perspective, as I chatted with Jeff Hughes of Da Bears BlogThe Vikings play Chicago in Weeks Five and Seventeen. 

(Check out the first installment with Steelers writer Alex Kozora here.)

VTTop of your head, give me the first things you think of with the Minnesota Vikings going into 2017.

Jeff Hughes: Honestly, I think of a team that will probably be around 8-8 again because I think Sam Bradford is an 8-8 quarterback. Bradford’s problem has always been the same thing: he prefers not taking chances. So you’re going to get a high completion percentage and high quarterback rating but you’re going to be limited when it comes to explosive plays in the passing attack and I’m just not sure how you win that way in the modern NFL.

2016 Bears had this problem. Hoyer moved ball. Barkley moved ball. But the team didn’t score enough. Because the red zone is where the top quarterbacks separate themselves.

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Thoughts on the Vikings from around the league.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

This is the first installment of our Opposing View series, in which we gauge the league-wide perception of the Vikings by talking to bloggers from around the NFL. For each post, I’ll seek out a writer for a team on the 2017 Vikings schedule, and ask them a few short questions about the way they view our squad from afar. 

The first installment features Alex Kozora, writer for Steeler’s DepotThe Vikings play Pittsburgh in Week Two. 

 

VTTop of your head, give me the first things you think of with the Minnesota Vikings going into 2017.

Alex Kozora: Think of an offensive line that has improved but still needs to get better. An uneasy quarterback situation. Teddy Bridgewater’s future is still a complete unknown. Sam Bradford, to be general in my description, is competent but not someone who is going to outduel Stafford/Rodgers in the North. A run game that should, and desperately needs to be, better this year. Defensive ends who can get after the QB and a solid secondary.

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Episode 77

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ backing of Michael Floyd’s Kombucha claim, surprise starters and make a couple end-of-June predictions for the NFC North division based on their recently-completed rankings segment. The guys also wrap-up the show with Take 5 lists on their favorite travel destinations.

Episode 77 is sponsored by local stand-up comic Brendan Gay — Catch the LIVE recording of his first comedy special at the Joke Joint Comedy Club (Lilydale, Minn.) on August 10th! Use to the promo code “BRENDAN” to get 40% off your ticket at www.JokeJointComedyClub.com!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: See Local Comic Brendan Gay Perform LIVE August 10th (1:37)
  3. Floyd Filler: Somebody Screwed the Pooch Here (2:30)
  4. Surprise Starter: Who will be Minnesota’s Surprise Starter Mid-Season (13:00)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Final Takeaways featuring Multiple Tangents (22:33)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Knee-Jerk 2017 Records & Standings Predictions (31:34)
  7. Take 5: Favorite Places Visited & Where BJ Got His Butt Tattoo (43:23)
  8. Drew’s Final Take: Final Thoughts & Recap Notes (55:37)
  9. Sign-Out: Standard Procedure + Pumping Our YouTube Tires (56:35)

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Episode 76

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ deal to acquire Jimmy Butler, debate the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest offseason additions and departures rank the NFC North division’s safeties and list their top video games of all time.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:09)
  3. Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler to Minnesota (1:41)
  4. Arrivals: Vikings Biggest Offseason Acquisitions (8:41)
  5. Departures: Vikings Biggest Offseason Losses (16:54)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Safeties (26:05)
  7. NFC North Rankings: Instinctive Takeaways (33:56)
  8. Take 5: Best Video Games (36:46)
  9. Sign-Out: Back to Our Regular Tuesday-Thursday Schedule Next Week (47:00)

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Episode 75

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald dive into the fallout of Michael Floyd’s positive alcohol test and revisit their “Retire No. 84” discussion following news that wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will be enshrined in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor ahead of discussing a deep, versatile and smoldering hot group of Twitter Takes. The guys also touch on the latest quotes canonizing Teddy Bridgewater, rank the NFC North’s cornerback groups and give their opinion on the worst consumable beverages available in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:42)
  3. Floyd’s Fall: The Situation, Dynamic & Impending Fallout (3:00)
  4. Randy’s Rise: Randy Moss & Ahmad Rashad Enshrined in Vikings Lore (10:09)
  5. Saint Teddy: Kyle Rudolph & Laquon Treadwell Latest to Chime in (16:07)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Cornerbacks (23:22)
  7. Twitter Mailbag: Courtesy of @PurplePTSD, @SIEMONSMA99, @SkolSees & @SwedSkol (34:35)
  8. Take 5: Worst Beverages (59:06)
  9. Sign-Out: You Know the Drill (1:04:06)

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