Lemke’s Bold Prediction Wrap-Up

Prediction #5: Cordarrelle Patterson wins rookie of the year.

Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a lot to prove in the NFL, but all of the skills and talent needed to do so. With his unbelievable speed and quickness, good hands, and return capabilities, He should be able to become a big time receiver in this league. The only huge knock on him is his lack of experience in Division I football, having only played one year at Tennessee. The Vikings traded back into the first round for a reason; They knew talent when they saw it. Patterson has had an okay preseason thus far, although I am a little upset about Jerome Simpson playing ahead of him. I definitely think that will change throughout the course of the season, if not week one. Patterson almost took the opening kickoff of the preseason for a touchdown as well.

No matter where his spot ends up being when we open up against Detroit, I expect Patterson to emerge quickly. His route running still needs some work, and I really feel Ponder and Patterson needed to develop more in-game chemistry over the course of the preseason, but there’s no doubt in my mind that chemistry will develop quickly. I think Patterson will finish in the area of 60 catches, 760 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 2 kick return touchdowns. He is going to be a very fun player to watch this year, and I have a feeling we’ll see some spectacular plays.

Prediction #4: Bobby Felder makes the squad; beats out Sherels for punt return spot.

I wrote this prediction in July, and in all honesty wish I would have released it sooner, because all signs are pointing to Felder making the final 53 man roster. I have been a fan of Felder since last preseason, where I felt he made enough plays to make the final 53 even back then. I think Felder would make the perfect situational nickel or dime back, but may be able to beat out Sherels for the punt return spot. We have only seen a handful of punt returns from Felder this preseason, but one of them just happened to be a 37 yarder against the Bills. Not only that, but coach Frazier has told special teams coordinator Mike Priefer that he wants to see Felder have more opportunities in the return game. It’s never a bad thing to have the head coach on your side.

I think Felder’s shot of making the final 53 is legitimate to say the least. He has stood out and been a bright spot for us during this unexpected 0-3 preseason, and should be able to contribute in the secondary and return game throughout the course of the regular season. I look forward to having the man with the longest dreads in the NFL still in purple once the preaseason is over.

Prediction #3: Vikings defense records 20 interceptions.

Go ahead and call me crazy. I wouldn’t blame you. However, I think we are going to witness one of the best Viking defenses over the last 15 years in 2013. It’s hard to think of an area of weakness when thinking of the Vikings defense (not including Kevin William’s injury). There are certainly question marks; Will Desmond Bishop win the starting OLB spot? How quick Will Josh Robinson and Xavier Rhodes step into their roles? The question I’ve been asking myself is how many turnovers are we going to be able to create? With a revamped secondary and playmakers at other spots, I don’t think 20 is out of the question.

I think Xavier Rhodes is going to play even bigger than we are expecting. I could see him having 4-5 interceptions his rookie year, long with Harrison Smith getting around the same number. Josh Robinson is going to snag a few as well, along with others, and hopefully we see our first interception from the suddenly “veteran leader” of our secondary, Chris Cook. When you take into account the few interceptions we could see from our linebackers and defensive line, and maybe some luck, I think the Vikings end up with 20 interceptions. It certainly would be nice, considering the lack of interceptions we’ve seen over the last several years.

Prediction #2: Adrian Peterson breaks Eric Dickerson’s record.

The second time will be a charm for Adrian Peterson in 2013. Last year, the MVP of the league finished just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record. Quite frankly, If Peterson hadn’t been benched in the final quarter of the Houston Texans game in week 16, he would have had the record without a doubt. I think Peterson wants the record this year even more than he did last year.

A few months ago, Peterson told NFL Network he was going to get 2,500 yards in 2013. I’m not sure if he’s going to get quite that much, but at the same time, I know that Peterson feels 100% that he’s going to accomplish that goal. Breaking 2,000 yards again would be a challenge for anybody, but if there’s anybody that could repeat a 2k yard season, I feel like Peterson would have to be the guy. Even with a better wide receiving corps and (hopefully) improved quarterback play to go along with better weapons, this is still Peterson’s team. He is simply a monster for defenses to face, much like last year, I don’t think anybody will be able to stop AP from acheiving his goals this year. I’m guessing Peterson finishes 50-100 yards over Dickerson’s record.

Prediction #1: Vikings win division; go 11-5.

Here you have it folks; my number one bold prediction. This division will be a two way race in December between the Vikings and Packers, and I think the Vikings win it by a hair. I have the Vikings going 11-5, the Packers going 10-6, Chicago going 8-8, and Detroit going 6-10.

Games Vikings Win: @Lions, Browns, Steelers, Panthers, Packers, @Cowboys, Redskins, Bears, Eagles, @Bengals, Lions

I have the Vikings going 8-0 at home. The Vikings year in and year out are a much better team at home, and our opponents at home this year vs the opponents we face on the road are a much easier bunch. Obviously, I’d really like to see more road wins.

Games Vikings Lose: @Bears, @Giants, @Seahawks, @Packers, @Ravens

The toughest places the Vikings play each year are at Soldier and Lambeau Field. Things just don’t seem to end up going how we’d like them two in those two stadiums. Over the last decade or so, Eli Manning has struggled against us in the Meadowlands, but I have us losing that away game. Seattle and the 12th man will be a challenge, as well as playing on the road against the defending Superbowl champions in Baltimore.

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  1. Those are bold Branden…you should hope that Freds doesn’t see the 11-5. He will want to kiss you!

  2. Yes indeed very bold. I hope you are right Branden but my gut is telling me this is too much wishful thinking.

  3. Now THOSE are some bold predictions. I’m rooting for you to be right, but I think you’re wrong on every one of these, sadly.

    But again, more power to ya brutha! Hope you are right.

    1. According to he has been. I would think the Vikes would, as long as he’s healthy. Just wonder if he would be willing…
      Also, Colin Anderson and Tyrone McKenzie have been released.

      1. That’s the big question: would he be willing. His pride’s been hurt, so I can see him with the skins long before coming back.

  4. .and what are we to make of Joe Webb? He again wins the 6th receiver – wildcat Qb – outstanding athlete spot?

    1. Don’t think all the cuts have been announced yet Coach….Know something we don’t?

    2. Joe is in Buds!! The team is simply trying to narrow down where they want him to play and who will have to sit. The latest new is that Joe is such a dynamic athlete that he will be starting at offensive line. All of it! Who needs 5 offensive linemen when one Joe Webb can do all of it?

      1. Well that’s just ridiculous Freds…Joe can’t cover for five linemen, I mean, c’mon. No one guy could possibly do that.

        Had you said three of them, maybe, but five? Preposterous.

        1. Rather than speculate, lets do the math. I believe Joe Webb is affectionately referred to as “Spider”. A spider has 8 legs, the same number of legs as 4 offensive lineman. The correct answer is four linemen replaced by Mr. Webb.

          Can anyone tell me the NFL’s rationale/formula for the 53 man roster? Why not 52 or 54 or 60?

          1. I will never try to guess at the NFL’s rationale. That is like trying to get inside the head of Hannibal Lecter. You never want to do that!

          2. While I wholeheartedly back the mathematical approach, I feel like you’ve neglected proper unitization. Your basic arachnid indeed sports 8 legs. Incontrovertible fact, that. However, that neglects arms of any manner. A standard issue lineman in the NFL has two legs, and two arms. To truly make the math work out, you’d have to assign half the legs on a spider as proxy arms. So, assuming a spider legs need to be divided by two, to compensate for arms, we’re looking at 4 arms, and 4 legs. Following this same chain of logic, how many linemen does it take to equal 4 arms and 4 legs? Well, that’s 2. So one spider equals TWO linemen, not four.


            1. That’s ridiculous. There is no way I would neglect proper unitization. I’m not that kind of person.

              Meanwhile, I think I may have the answer to my own question about the 53 man roster. 16 regular season games times 4 quarters in each game minus 11 players on the field at any one time equals 53. Makes perfect sense.

          3. 53 man roster-
            First of all only 46 can be active for a game. That’s 11 starters on offense and 11 on defense plus a backup for each position. Which gives you 44, then a kicker and punter equals 46.
            Then you have 7 more…seven. Seven is a universal number. For instance, 7 days in the week. Or 7-11, a TD is 7 points. 7 to 1 odds, lucky number seven. Seven deadly sins, 70 times 7. Every 7 years you start over, 52 weeks in a year and 5 plus 2 is seven! I can drink 7 beers and be okay…it’s that 8th one…and 6 just ain’t enough.

  5. Jay Glazier says-
    Antoine Winfield has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he is going to retire.

  6. Old Tony Windfield has retired huh? Thanks for all those great years Tony!

    It looks like the Vike had it right letting the mighty midget go huh?

  7. according to

    heres the cuts:

    TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, S Brandan Bishop, OL Travis Bond, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, DT Everett Dawkins, S Darius Eubanks, CB Bobby Felder, TE Chase Ford, OL Brandon Keith, DT Anthony McCloud, LB Tyrone McKenzie, OL Kevin Murphy, DT Spencer Nealy, DE D’Aundre Reed, WR Rodney Smith, WR Adam Thielen, DE Collins Ukwu.

  8. All in all I am happy with the cuts. Little surprised about Felder and Banyard. Glad to see Mauti and Spider make it.

  9. Anybody else notice we don’t appear to have a backup offensive tackle? They cut Murphy and Keith. I think they’ll be making a claim or two.

    1. I guess Kropog is the swing tackle, I don’t recall seeing him play much, maybe he outplayed the others. I guess if I didn’t notice his play that’s probably a good thing. I would have kept Burton and lost either Dean or Raymond, but I’m not overly shocked by any of the moves.

  10. Hope you are right, Branden. Gotta agree with Tomb though, doubt they will get eleven wins.

    Meanwhile, the Raiders have 4 qb’s and two punters on their 53 man roster

    How ya doin’ Chris Kluwe?
    I’m guessing they are hoping someone will give up a draft pick for him before they cut his ass

  11. Just for the record, Freds enjoys Lemke’s bold predictions. They are well done and actually, some are bold. Keep up the fine work!