Good afternoon, Vikings fans. Great to chat with you again. Let's do this.
Well, he's made it through 11 this season and 23 of his first 24, so I'd say pretty good.
I haven't really been keeping tabs on Gerald. I knew they weren't using him much after the trade, which is understandable given that he didn't know the defense. But Gerald is a good player. Getting rid of him hasn't cost the Vikings yet, though.
Well, he's averaging over 100 per game, so probably in the 1,600-1,700 range, assuming he doesn't get injured down the stretch.
I don't think anyone is underestimating the two-time reigning NFC champions, but I do think going to Arizona for a Thursday night game is the toughest of the two challenges. Very possible the Vikings go 0-2 in the next nine days.
The Cardinals are really good, but one game at a time here.
Well, he only plays about a dozen snaps a game since losing his starting job to Stefon Diggs, so not much to write about there.
I've only been here for two years so I can't really compare them to past regimes, but they do have a good staff. Zimmer obviously is one of the top defensive minds in football and Norv deserves some credit for sticking with what his players do best, even if they aren't putting up huge numbers. They have some good assistants on the staff, too, guys like Kirby Wilson, Jerry Gray, George Steward, Adam Zimmer, Scott Turner, etc., etc.
It's hard to gauge how much he is improving when he is only asked to throw 25 passes per game and maybe one or two behind 20 yards.
Playing with intelligence and consistency. Seems like Zimmer liked how Antone played against the Falcons, so we'll see. He might not have a choice but to play him with both of his starting safeties dealing with knee injuries.
Was he a stud? Or was he only one of a couple of viable options for a team that was throwing a lot more?
Well, only two teams have thrown fewer passes than the Vikings, so naturally when you throw it less, there are fewer opportunities for the wide receivers to put up numbers. That being said, only Stefon Diggs has been getting open consistently, and teams have been slowing him down in recent weeks.
Hard to say since we don't get to watch practice, but I still think Hill will be here next year, assuming he doesn't retire.
I get what they were thinking. With the way the defense was playing, a field goal was fine there and maybe Asiata catches them off guard and pop one. I mean, that was third and 5, right? So it's not totally ridiculous to run a draw play there. Teams do that pretty regularly. But I understand why that might have frustrated you.
Sure. Zimmer was talking yesterday about how that when you play in one of the North divisions, you better be able to run the ball and stop the run once December rolls around.
Someone on Twitter asked me about this yesterday. They've played four games not at noon and got trucked by the 49ers and the Packers and lost a close one against the Broncos. They did handle the Raiders on the West Coast. I don't think the time is necessarily the issue, though. I think it's more so that they have struggled in the spotlight against the 49ers and the Packers because maybe guys are pressing too much and playing undisciplined because they want to make a statement.
I'm no Miss Cleo, so I can't say. But yes, deep-ball accuracy is a major issue with his game.
Well, every team plays a Thursday night game, so everyone has to deal with that problem at some point.
Truthfully, I can't say that I've seen too many guys running wide open downfield these past few weeks. And the times that Teddy has thrown it deep and missed them are well-documented. He ranks 28th in the league in deep-ball accuracy, per Pro Football Focus. So that's not good obviously. But the Vikings also don't have a receiver with size who can go up and win 1-on-1 balls consistently. That's one thing they will need to add in the offseason.
I don't know, but those stretch run plays are the ones that have given them the most problems. Coleman's run Sunday was one of those. Ronnie Hillman's touchdown for the Broncos was one, too.
I don't understand the clamor for Justin Trattou. Are you two related?
I'm a beat writer, not a fan, so the only thing that will make me nervous is trying to file before deadline.
They only use the fullback for an average of like 15 snaps per game, so it didn't make sense to bring back Jerome for the amount that they were paying him.