Sunday, September 21, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater Makes his NFL Debut for the Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater Signed Picture - 8x10 w COA #1Minnesota Vikings fans got their chance to see their quarterback of the future. When Matt Cassell went down with a toe injury early in the second quarter, Teddy Bridgewater took the field.

I believe that this is Teddy's team now and that's exciting for this Vikings fan (more of Teddy later). The Vikings were in this game but they ran out of gas and couldn't find a way to win a game that was played in a very tough place for any team to win.

The Saints played a decent game but they showed that they can only beat a team that is not very good. The 12th man for the Saints is the ref. That's a common theme for the Saints. They seem to have cheating refs in their pockets. At least it looks that way.

Terrible Call by Officials Leads Saints to Victory

The call that turned the game on its head was an atrocious call by the zebras. They called the Vikes for roughing the passer. I'm guessing they think the Vikings threw Drew Brees to the ground unnecessarily. That's bogus.

It was a good play that would have ended the Saints drive and given the ball back to the Vikings offense. The momentum was starting to turn in the Vikings favor. Their defense was playing well and that atrocious call gave the Saints life.

The Saints would go on to score a TD and put a dagger in the Vikings heart. Even if you think that was a legitimate penalty, Drew Brees should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness as well. After he was thrown to the ground he went after the Vikings player who tackled him.

He threw punches at the Vikings player. Sure they were punches thrown by a sissy but they were punches or swats never the less. Brees should have been flagged for his actions.

The referees decided the game with their poor officiating and that should not be tolerated by the NFL.

Vikings Defense

The Vikings started this game on a poor note, allowing two quick touchdowns by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. They hunkered down and were impressive (for the most part) until the midway point of the fourth quarter.

While the officials made a terrible call on the roughing the passer penalty, the defense fell apart and couldn't handle adversity. It was a shame. They totally fell apart. They played their worst football of the season in the last 10 minutes of the game. It was painful to see.

The Vikings have issues stopping the run and pass. That was evident late in the fourth quarter and early in the game. The Saints receivers had almost 10 yard cushions to catch balls and the Saints running game seemed to have major holes to run the ball down the throats of Vikings players.

They Saints ran out the last 6 minutes of the game with the Vikings defense barely doing their part to try and get the ball back to Teddy.

There was one positive note to take away for the defense. They prevented the sissy Drew Brees from passing for 300 yards and setting another NFL record. That was good to see. I love to hate Brees and I'm happy he didn't throw for 300 yards, since some of his 293 yards came courtesy of the officials after a terrible call.

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy came on in relief of Matt Cassell. It's tough coming into a game in those circumstances, especially on the road and against a team that doesn't lose at home.

Teddy impressed me. He didn't make any major mistakes and he did show how mobile he is. Teddy extended a number of drives with his feet and led his team on scoring drives. It was evident to me that Teddy needs some work but that will come when he gets first team reps.

I think we'll see Teddy get better and better and this is definitely an exciting time to be a Vikings fan. I think we finally have a quarterback that can lead this team into the future. I look forward to seeing Teddy Bridgewater mature as an NFL quarterback.

Minnesota Vikings Running Game and Receivers

The Vikings running game was basically non-existent. The running game produced a paltry 59 yards, 27 of them from Bridgewater. The inability for the Vikings to run the ball forced them into a predictable passing game. It made our offense vulnerable.

The Vikings need to find a way to run the ball better but that's stating the obvious.

Now let's turn my criticism to Greg Jennings. Greg dropped some balls today that he should have had. The drops would have earned the Vikings first downs and would have extended drives. The veteran receiver needs to play better, especially with a rookie quarterback under center.

It's a Wrap

This was a disappointing finish to a close game. The Vikings played better than I thought they would on the road. It was a much better effort than last Sunday and I do think the team has a bright future.

The Vikings are a work in progress but I believe that they have a coaching staff in place that will be able to build a winning team. I would have thought that the drama of the past week would have thrown this team for a loop and it looked that way early in the first quarter.

The Vikings coaching staff did a good job preparing the team for a tough road game. This is a tough stretch for the Vikings and they've started the season playing some good teams. A 1-2 start is OK and I think they will figure things out.

The Vikings are lucky they play in a terrible division. Right now there is only one 2-1 and team in the division. We'll see if the Bears can match the Lions in the win category. So the division is wide open right now. There doesn't seem to be a good team in the division. If the Vikings can figure things out, they will be in the tick of things as the season progresses.

Go Vikings


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 NFL Picks - Week #3

Andrew Luck Autographed Photograph - 8x10I have to take a deep breath after the last couple of weeks from all the scandals and NFL bungles regarding those scandals. There's definitely been a lot to consume and sift through.

I just want to get to football and my weekly picks. Let's hope that the NFL can get its house in order and do the right thing when it comes to domestic and child abuse.

Thursday Night Special - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Some experts believed that this would be a good year for Tampa Bay. I didn't think things would be much different than last year.

The Bucs are a terrible team that's in need of a victory and they have to get it on the road against a divisional opponent.

I think that Atlanta will walk all over the Bucs in this one. Atlanta fans? You might be able to change the channel after the first half of this game.

Atlanta wins 27-6.

Snoozer of the Week - Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at St. Louis Cardinals (1-1)
This is a battle between two bad teams. I'm not jumping on the either team's bandwagon because they won this week. I think this week will show us that both teams are not playoff contenders.

Dallas will win but Tony Romo will not be brilliant.

Dallas wins a boring game 13-10.

Wild Card of the Week - San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Buffalo Bills (2-0)
I'm not sold on the Chargers at this time. They may have potential but I think that they are an 8-8 team.

I'm also not sold on the Buffalo Bills. Sure they're 2-0 and but it's hard to gauge how good the Dolphins and the Bears are.

This game is a toss-up and I give the edge to the Chargers.

San Diego wins 21-20.

Upset in the Making of the Week - Houston Texans (2-0) at New York Giants (0-2)
So the Texans have beaten the Raiders and the Washington Football team to start the season. Woohoo! Big deal.

The Giants have started 0-2 and have looked terrible. Eli Manning looks like he's should be the backup QB and not he starter for the Giants.

I'm sure most people believe that Houston will go 3-0. Not so fast. Eli will pick a good game out of his hat and will prevent the Giants from sinking even further into the depths of the NFL's cesspool.

New York wins 24-13.

Lock of the Week - Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
I would hate to be the Jaguars this week. Andrew Luck and the Colts want to right their ship. They are angry at how they've started the season and may be upset how they were robbed of victory against the Eagles due to two atrocious calls at the end of the game on Monday Night.

The Jaguars are on their way to a 2-14 season and that's being generous. Win one will not come against the Colts.

Indianapolis wins 35-3.

Monday Night Football - Chicago Bears (1-1) at New York Jets (1-1)
Can someone call a darn timeout? New York might want to hold on to their timeouts so that they can blow another game tying TD.

Al kidding aside, I think the Jets will actually win this game. I think that the Bears are the worst team in the Snorris. They're not a good team.

New York wins 14-10.

Season totals: 
W-7 L-5


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NFL Recap - Week #2 - 2014 Season

Autographed Philip Rivers Photograph - 11x14 Psa dna #3a88054This past week was a crazy one with the Adrian Peterson Saga, the continued fall out of the Ray Rice situation and other allegations of abuse by NFL players. We did have some good football but it seems as if everything is being overshadowed by news of NFL players getting into trouble and being alleged to have committed serious crimes.

I'm a Vikings fan and was upset with the news that Peterson was indicted on a charge of negligent injury to a child. I was shocked to read the details surrounding the charge that has been levied against the player.

I was disgusted at the way the Vikings handled the situation and their choice to reinstate Peterson. I've decided to suspend writing Vikings post-game recaps until Adrian Peterson is suspended or no longer on the team.

So you may see future recaps that contain a blank space when it comes to the Vikings.

Now let's get to the recap.

Pittsburgh Steelers 6 at Baltimore Ravens 26
Pittsburgh - It's only one game.
Baltimore - We can play this game.

Detroit Lions 7 at Carolina Panthers 24
Detroit - Now you see how we play against good teams.
Carolina - We're on a roll! Yes we are.

Atlanta Falcons 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 24
Atlanta - Matt? This is what happens when you play a decent defense.
Cincinnati - Are you going to take Andy seriously now? No! Not until he wins a playoff game or two.

New Orleans Saints 24 at Cleveland Browns 26
New Orleans - Hey coach, how about that Rob Ryan defense? I know what you’re saying Drewsy but that pick six that you threw was pretty brutal.
Cleveland Browns - We won a game! We won a game!

New England Patriots 30 at Minnesota Vikings 7
New England - That team sucks.
Minnesota - Zygi, who cares what AP did? We need him on our team to have a chance at winning a game? OK Mark, I'll reactivate him.

Arizona Cardinals 25 at New York Giants 14
Arizona - We still won with Stanton?
New York - Bench Eli! Bench Eli! What? He only has 4 INTs in two games.

Dallas Cowboys 26 at Tennessee Titans 10
Dallas - Tony didn't throw away the game today.
Tennessee - How did we lose to Romo and the Cowboys?

Jacksonville Jaguars 10 at Washington Football Team 41
Jacksonville - There's nothing more to say.
Washington - I should be the starter. I can win us games. Cousins, you just beat the Jaguars. Don't let that go to your head.

Miami Dolphins 10 at Buffalo Bills 29
Miami - We were fish bait on Sunday.
Buffalo - New England, Miami, bring them all on. We are taking this division.

Seattle Seahawks 21 at San Diego Chargers 30
Seattle - We shouldn't have purchased our tickets to the Super Bowl. Then again, we can always watch from the stands.
San Diego - Did you see how we shredded up the Seattle defense? They didn't look so good did they?

St. Louis Rams 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
St. Louis - You have a chance of winning a game when you play the Bucs.
Tampa Bay - So you thought that we would be good this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 17 at Denver Broncos 24
Kansas City - What a difference a year makes. Alex got a big contract but hasn't had a big game.
Denver - Peyton's the man!

New York Jets 24 at Green Bay Packers 31
New York - Timeout! Timeout! Timeout!
Green Bay - Hey Aaron, do you know how to come back from an 18 point deficit? I don't know. How do you do that Jordy? You play the New York Jets.

Houston Texans 30 at Oakland Raiders 14
Houston - We are undefeated!
Oakland - Houston, we'll see what happens when you play a good team.

Chicago 28 at San Francisco 20
Chicago - Cutler on Fire!
San Francisco - We were Kaepernicked tonight.

Philadelphia Eagles 30 at Indianapolis Colts 27
Philadelphia - There isn't a lead we can't overcome.
Indianapolis - Interception? What about a pass interference penalty? Horse Collar?

That's it for week 2. Now we can get ready for week 3.

Suspension of Vikings Updates

UPDATE (09/17/14 at 7:10 AM)
The Minnesota Vikings have changed its decision to activate Adrian Peterson by placing him on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioners's permission list. This means Adrian Peterson will be barred from all league activities but will be paid his regular salary.

This is the right decision and one that Sportmentary.com said was the right course of action to take. The Vikings likely changed course after Radisson suspended it's limited sponsorship with the team and then NFL sponsors Anheuser Busch, Visa and Cambell's Soup all questioned the NFL's handling of recent player domestic abuse allegations.

Sportmentary.com wishes that the Vikings had reached this decision earlier in the week and without business pressure but does feel that this is the right course of action from the team and will now resume writing articles about of the Vikings.

Original Message
Sportmentary.com has made the decision not to write post-game articles and recaps regarding the Minnesota Vikings. It pains me to say that. I love watching and following my team but I’m disgusted by the actions of the team’s ownership regarding Adrian Peterson.

Had the team taken some action and prevented Peterson from taking the field this coming Sunday, I would have respected that decision. I cannot and will not watch a Vikings game where Adrian Peterson is on the field until such time he is not on playing football for the Vikings or he is suspended.

Obviously I’m a little guy and my decision will not have any impact on the mighty Vikings or the NFL but I need to stand up for what I believe and think is right.

How can I watch my team when they are fielding a player that I believe beat up a child?

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings Reinstate Adrian Peterson – DISGUSTING!

The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated accused child beater Adrian Peterson and he will likely play this Sunday. The Vikings claim that they take child abuse seriously but want the process to play out. This is absolutely disgusting and as a Vikings fan I have lost all faith that the team’s ownership are decent people.

I mentioned in a previous article that I believe that Peterson should be suspended with pay until the legal process plays out and then be suspended for one year should he be found guilty of injuring his 4 year old son.

The Vikings seem to have made a decision that putting their star player on the field is more important than doing the right thing and taking a stand against child abuse. The team failed miserably. The team’s ownership failed miserably. A good person wouldn’t put money ahead of decency and that’s what I believe happened here.

This decision for the Vikings to reinstate Peterson shouldn’t come as a surprise to Vikings fans. The team has fielded thugs and criminals in the past few years. If you are a star, it seems as if the Vikings will look the other way. They will say that they take violence against women and children seriously but then they will dress guys like Chris Cook and Adrian Peterson.

Did the Vikings see the pictures of the young boy? Have they read the charge levied against Adrian Peterson? Could the Vikings have suspended Peterson with pay? The answer to all these questions has to be yes.

I’m not sure how someone can be called a good person if they make a decision to play a guy who’s admitted to beating his child and leaving scars and bruises on a 4 year Old’s scrotum, back, legs, ankles and backside. It is also alleged that Peterson stuffed leaves in his boy’s mouth.

All that is left to decide is if his probable defense to the charge levied against Peterson is that it happened to him as a child is sufficient for a court of law. For me, it isn't.

Sure there should be due process in the law. Sure the Vikings are right not to release him outright but a decent organization would have suspended him with pay until the legal process played out. Organizations across America take this approach. Why not the Vikings?

I think the reason has to do with money and wanting to win. I believe that the Vikings placed these things above doing the right thing. I’ve lost a ton of respect for the Vikings. Right now if you asked me what word describes how I feel about the Vikings, I would say DISGUSTED!

If your name is Adrian Peterson, it seems as if the Vikings will turn a blind eye to child abuse.

UPDATE:
News out of Houston is that Adrian Peterson who has been indicted on a charge of negligent injury to a child is was  investigated for abusing another son in 2013. No charges were filed. Peterson is alleged to have hit his child in the head, leaving a scar over the child's eye. Peterson allegedly admitted this to the child's mother.

Way to go Vikings. This is a PR nightmare. When you support a scumbag you get burned. Way to go Vikings. You could have done the right thing by suspending this alleged abuser. Instead you supported this disgusting man. Way to go Vikings.

So much for AP saying he is not a child abuser.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings Self Destruct at TCF Bank Stadium

Chad Greenway Signed Picture - 8x10The Vikings started their weekend with news that its star player Adrian Peterson was indicted on a charge of child negligent injury. The question many analysts had in addition to what the Vikings would do with Peterson was how the team would deal with this shocking and jarring news.

The Vikings showed that they are a fragile team that can't weather the storm of controversy and hardship. If the Vikings looked amazing against the Rams last week they looked amazingly awful at home against a good New England Patriots team.

This game answered another question I had about this team. How would the Vikings play against a top rated team? They hardly showed up and they were greatly outplayed. It was hard to watch this game

Matt Cassell & the Vikings Offense

Matt started strong by leading the Vikings to a first drive touchdown. Then things fell apart for the veteran. He would go on to throw four interceptions from that point on.

While his receivers did drop some balls today, Matt threw some atrocious passes, three of which were intercepted. At times he looked like Josh Freeman in his only Vikings game. Cassell wasn't nearly as bad but he was bad and some of his passes were questionable for a veteran quarterback to attempt.

I think that the offensive line was downright offensive today. Matt Cassell was sacked six times and much of the blame should fall squarely on the shoulders of the O-line. Matt didn't help things by throwing interceptions.

Today, the Vikings needed a strong running game. It would have gone a long way in keeping the Vikings defense off the field. The Vikings had a total of 56 yards rushing with Peterson's fill-in Matt Asiata getting the majority of those yards (39).

Cordarrelle Patterson wasn't involved today and that hurt the Vikings. Patterson's dynamic play making was the key to victory last week. It wasn't there today and the Vikings suffered because of it. Patterson finished the game with four receptions good for 56 yards.

Defense

The Vikings defense was equally as bad as the offense today. It's important that the Vikings pressure the quarterback. Without that, the Patriots passing and running game were able to confuse and defeat the Vikings.

The Vikings defense had only one sack and they didn't force any interceptions. That type of poor playing can't win games. There's tons of work to be done for the Vikings pass rush and if they can't get it together, the New Orleans Saints will run and pass all over them.

The inability of the Vikings defense to pressure Tom Brady exposed the Vikings pass defense. We saw just how bad Minnesota was against the pass. They didn't make any big plays and the Patriots were able to extend drives due to the inability of the pass defense to do its job.

Special Teams

I'm going to be brief here and this category could have been placed in the defense section. Minnesota missed many tackles today that resulted in big plays for the Patriots. The Patriots were able to extend drives due to the inability of both the special teams and defense to make tackles.

What's Up Next

The Vikings travel to the Bayou to play the New Orleans Saints next Sunday. The Saints were upset by the Cleveland Browns today. I believe that spells disaster for the Vikings. Drew Brees would be hard to play against in normal circumstances but the fact that the Saints have lost two very close games on the road leads me to believe that the Vikings are doomed.

This was an extremely disappointing team. While it was a long shot for the Vikings to win this game, I was hoping that they would have made it a competitive one. There was only one NFL caliber team on the field today and it wasn't our Vikings.

GO VIKINGS!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Adrian Peterson Indicted for Negligent Injury to a Child

Adrian Peterson the star running back for the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on a charge of negligent injury to a child (his child). The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

While I'm a huge Vikings fan, I need to use the same standard that I used regarding the Ray Rice situation. That means that I have a zero tolerance for child abuse. If Adrian is guilty of these charges he should be banned for life by the NFL.

I know that will not happen but Adrian should face a lengthy suspension if he is found to have beaten his child.


Punishment?

I, like most parents have my own discipline style. Mine doesn't involve corporal punishment. There is no physicality to my or my wife's punishment style.

I don't condemn parents who feel the need to use other methods of punishment but I don't personally believe that corporal punishment is a good long-term strategy and physical harm to a child could occur when instituting this form of punishment. That's my personal opinion.

Peterson is alleged to have beaten his child with a switch. It is alleged that Peterson's son suffered cuts and bruises on his "back, buttocks, ankles and legs". If this is indeed true, I believe that this went way beyond punishment and became a beating.

There should be no tolerance for abuse of children. Peterson may not have intended to inflict cuts and bruises to his child's body but it allegedly occurred. That's the risk of corporal punishment, especially if the punishment is being handed out in a fit of rage or anger.

Many people who believe in corporal punishment will tell you that the punishment should be handed out in a calm and controlled manner. This does not seem to be the case in this incident.

The NFL Needs to do the Right Thing

In the wake of the Ray Rice incident, the NFL will hopefully do things right with Peterson. Sure Peterson is one the league's biggest stars but the NFL needs put that aside and hand out the appropriate punishment if it's warranted.

The NFL has many critics looking into how it deals with serious crimes against women and children. I'm sure that the offices of the NFL must be chaotic right now with one of its star players being caught up in another violent incident.

How Roger Goodell and the NFL deals with Adrian Peterson will speak volumes about how determined the NFL is to hold its players accountable for serious offences.

Minnesota Vikings

The first step that should be taken by the Vikings is to do the same thing that many US businesses would do in a similar situation with their employees who are charged with this type of crime; that is to suspend Adrian Peterson with pay until it can gather more facts.

While the team might want to be cautious before doing anything before it can gather the facts, suspending Peterson with pay would send a message that the Vikings are both serious about dealing with abuse issues as well as wanting to do is due diligence regarding one of its players.

I do believe that Peterson will receive a severe punishment for his alleged behavior. The NFL can't afford another controversy like the Ray Rice situation. They may be forced to act before they want to because the nation will be looking for them to act and act now!

UPDATE (09/14/14 at 10:02 AM)
You should read an article in the Daily Norseman regarding Adrian Peterson's use of the switch and the text messages he send to his 4 year old son's mother. I believe it's abuse and it's disgusting. It's horrible plain and simple.

Peterson should be released by the Vikings and the NFL must hand out a lengthy suspension. I think a one year ban would be appropriate under the circumstances.


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