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Links Of The Week: Packer Week #1

The Vikings have officially entered survival mode (which they prefer to call “controlling their own destiny”) and will travel from one daunting task directly to another as they endevour to take down the Packers in their own house.

Let’s take a look around the web at some of the best articles regarding last week’s loss to Chicago, and the upcoming matchup in Green Bay:

  • It could be that the clock is ticking on the Leslie Frazier era in Minnesota already.
  • The Giants may have laid out a blue print for the Vikings to use against Green Bay this week.
  • Jarius Wright has been able to take advantage of his two games on the active roster in ways that the other receivers have not.
  • Christian Ponder was 0 for 10 (including an interception) on passes that went 10 yards or further down the field on Sunday.  More interesting notes right here.
  • Plain and simple:  Jerome Simpson isn’t getting it done.
  • A gallery of photos from Sunday’s loss to the Bears.
  • Perhaps dropped passes are simply the latest excuse for Christian Ponder supporters to point to.
  • Adrian Peterson’s hold on the NFL’s rushing title is now 172 yards strong.  His hold on the football, however…
  • As if the Packers needed more talent, they really struck gold with cornerback Casey Heyward, who should be avoided if at all possible.
  • The Vikings replaced Jordan Todman with undrafted running back Joe Banyard on the practice squad.
  • Toby Gerhart hasn’t been given much opportunity on the field, but that is keeping him from making a difference off of it.
  • Don’t be surprised if Greg Jennings’ return means the Packers use an empty backfield, with four receivers and a tight end, to neutralize the Vikings pass rush on Sunday.
  • The Vikings have an extensive injury report to keep an eye on this week.
  • Jerome Felton’s success has resulted in a fullback lining up in Bill Musgrave’s offense 20% more often than last season.
  • A former Vikings linebacker is running for office in Illinois, hoping to replace the recently resigned Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • Leslie Frazier describes all of Sunday’s drops as “really unacceptable.”  So there’s that.
  • In the last five games Adrian Peterson is averaging 7.4 yards per carry.  So, tell me again why he didn’t get the ball on third and short… or fourth and short.

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Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. I have a sneeeeeky feeling about this game, sort of like I had going up against San Fran, and far different than I had looking forward to Soldier’s field. The Pack have to be thinking they have a bit of a breather this week, and I think there is a lot of pride in that Viking locker room. The matchups aren’t all that bad for the Vikes, and the Pack have proven they are not dominant. I don’t know, but I think that just maybe….

    1. Oh no! Buds, have you forgotten it’s a grass field again this week? Does your “sneeeeeky feeling” trump the grass field theory?

  2. Whew, I don’t know Coach…I have slim hope about this one. One thing is for certain, we’re gonna have to have Cheech on the field to win. Because Ponder is developing slower than what we were hoping. The good thing is the Packers D is not all that great…but neither is the Vikes offense, except AP of course.
    I don’t know what to expect from our D, they’re a head scratcher to me. Seems we are having trouble stopping the run consistently, did well vs the Lions but they don’t run the ball well. I know the Packers don’t either, so there is hope there. Gotta find a way to get pressure, that was a big disappointment vs Chicago. I guess if you look at the fact that the offense gave them short fields on 2 turnovers, and held them to 3 points in the 2nd half…
    Like I said tho…Percy has got to be playing football come Sunday, or we have 0.7% chance of winning.

  3. This week will be ugly. At Lambeau field, vs a pissed off Rodgers(after last week he may go into beast mode), without Percy again, with ponder starting… Viking playoff hopes ride on Chicago at home, GB at home, and St Louie. I’ll be happy if we finish within twenty of them, this is a nightmare situation for us this week.

    1. yup. we should beat st. louis and if we’re lucky win one more, unless ponder all of a sudden dramatically improves. doubt we’ll have another 49ers-type win. enjoy AP