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ncviking
11-14-2005, 06:24 PM
Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?

1. Going into yesterday’s game, the Vikes had the most wicked road schedule that I’ve seen in the league in a long time! Every respective opponent was in first place in their division, Cincinnati (6-2); Atlanta (6-2); Chicago (5-3); Carolina (6-2); and the Giants (6-2). Though we were blown out in all except the Giants game, it’s tough to criticize a poor road record with that level of competition.

2. Combined record of teams the Vikes have lost to: 32-13 (.710) (WOW!); combined record of teams they have beaten 14-19 (.424); combined record of remaining opponents: 28-35 (.444); combined record of remaining opponents minus Pitt and Chi: 15-30 (.333). They are beating the teams they should, and losing to the top teams in the NFL. Given this, it is possible they could finish the season out 5-2, which might be enough to win the division or make the playoffs at 9-7. Once in the playoffs, anything can happen.

3. After a winnable road game at Green Bay, the Vikings finish out the season with four of their last six games at home.

4. Two of three team components are gelling, special teams and defense. Offense was never a problem for the Vikes in the past (with or without Pep) so it seems likely that this would be the easiest piece to correct. If the offense gets hot and the D and special teams continue to play at this level, look out!

Lotza
11-14-2005, 06:33 PM
nice post nc.



i agree totally.


i think it was vikez who said that if we win this giants game. then we will win the nfc north.



SO LOOK OUT BITCH!

ncviking
11-14-2005, 06:39 PM
That last game of the season in the Metrodome may shape up to be a classic one for all the marbles.

Lotza
11-14-2005, 06:50 PM
yeah its a good thing that its at our dome

TATEone
11-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Not to sure about playoffs at this point...
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/sports/2001/11/25/mora_7116.jpg
PLAYOFFS!?!?!?

audioghost
11-14-2005, 08:44 PM
Man...we talkin' 'bout playoffs? We talkin' 'bout playoffs? Not the game...not the regular season game where the Vikes leave it all on the field? We talking 'bout playoffs? Man!

http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2002/0507/photo/020507ai1v.jpg

V4L
11-14-2005, 08:46 PM
I think the playoffs is a big possibilty.. I said if we beat the Giants we could beat anyone in our division and I still believe it

Mr. Purple
11-14-2005, 08:50 PM
LMFAO audio ghost!

culpeppers_vikes
11-14-2005, 09:02 PM
"Thanks PPE! and F**k you Chris Gamble!"
right freaking on

snowinapril
11-14-2005, 09:04 PM
"Lotzapurple119" wrote:

yeah its a good thing that its at our dome

Finally the last game of the season is a home game!!

But back to the original post, we still have to play Pitt and Chi(maybe) that also will be the top of their division.

We must win atleast 3 out of 4 of our remaining home games, especially CHI.

We must win atleast 2 of our 3 remaining away games with GB and DET a must win.

We need Chi to lose at least 3 games for insurance purposes, at Pitt, at TB and home against Car.

Minnesota and GB have the easiest schedules the rest of the way but we have 2 games on them. We must control our own destiny here and beat them this week, and with that win, we can pretty much seal their fate.

K-Robbing18
11-14-2005, 09:08 PM
Man it looks promising, but we still need to improve a lot.
As for trying to make it to the big dance, we need a offensive that doesnt always depend on out defense. But i see us having a great chance at winning the next 3 or 4 games.

V4L
11-14-2005, 09:11 PM
If we can get a lil O going I totally think we can win this division.. Bears schedule is way harder and I don't see Orton bringing them very far way into the season.. Cedric might be out for season and Jones seems to be injury prone.. I think the Bears will start choking a lil bit.. Starting with the Panthers next week!

canadian_vikes_fan
11-14-2005, 09:13 PM
"ncviking" wrote:


1. Going into yesterday’s game, the Vikes had the most wicked road schedule that I’ve seen in the league in a long time! Every respective opponent was in first place in their division, Cincinnati (6-2); Atlanta (6-2); Chicago (5-3); Carolina (6-2); and the Giants (6-2). Though we were blown out in all except the Giants game, it’s tough to criticize a poor road record with that level of competition.

2. Combined record of teams the Vikes have lost to: 32-13 (.710) (WOW!); combined record of teams they have beaten 14-19 (.424); combined record of remaining opponents: 28-35 (.444); combined record of remaining opponents minus Pitt and Chi: 15-30 (.333). They are beating the teams they should, and losing to the top teams in the NFL. Given this, it is possible they could finish the season out 5-2, which might be enough to win the division or make the playoffs at 9-7. Once in the playoffs, anything can happen.

I think your first two points are contradictory. You say in the playoffs, anything can happen. But who will we be playing against? Good teams. The top teams in the NFL. And we will be playing on the road. So if we are losing all our games we have against good teams, that doesn't give me confidence if we do make the playoffs.

"ncviking" wrote:


4. Two of three team components are gelling, special teams and defense. Offense was never a problem for the Vikes in the past (with or without Pep) so it seems likely that this would be the easiest piece to correct. If the offense gets hot and the D and special teams continue to play at this level, look out!

I agree with you with the special teams, but not so much with the defence. So far, with the exception of the Giants game, our defence has been pretty crappy. And I must say that Eli and the Giants were pretty much moving the ball at will against us. Our defence really stepped it up in the red zone, but we can't always count on that.

Don't get me wrong. I love the Vikings as much as the next guy and I want them to do as well as possible. I just don't want to be getting my hopes up too high because I really don't see them doing much this year. Our best player is out for the year, and our offence has been brutal. So far, anytime we've faced some good competition (except the Giants) we've been blown out. We've only been able to beat up on the bottom feeders.

I hope I'm wrong. We're on a 2 game winning streak, maybe we've turned it around. I sure hope so.

RK.
11-14-2005, 09:15 PM
We got lucky beating the Giants. Don't get me wrong I am really happy we did but our offense got blown out in this game. No TD's and a last min field goal is not a playoff caliber team. Our offense scored 3 pts. At this point if we make the playoffs we will simply get blown out in the first round. The weakness is very apparent. No O line, No RB, really crappy coaching. Unless we fix these things winning the division means just that, we won in a weak division. I am excited that the Vikes seem to be improving in some areas but not the offense unfortunately. If you don't have an offense you are not going anywhere in the NFL.

V4L
11-14-2005, 09:18 PM
Rk I agree with alot of that.. Yes we did get lucky.. But maybe we can take something from this.. If we win the division it won't be easy either man.. And I don't think our division is weak.. The Bears are an awesome team dude.. Packers are under achieving and barley losing games.. Still a good team.. And the Lions are a decent young team.. Yah I don't see us going far in the playoffs but it would be nice to get in and get some experience.. And if we win the division we got some bragging rights

snowinapril
11-14-2005, 09:20 PM
Ya, the D still needs toimprove. Even on that Sharper INT 4 a TD, they were marching, the next series they moved down field and got a FG.

I am happy that they played better in the red zone.

Tiki had a lot of yards. I think the goal must have been just to keep Tiki in front of them and not let him break one. We weren't as run D conscious this week. If we had more confidence in our pass D(this week), I think we could have played mor Run D.

JDogg926
11-14-2005, 09:37 PM
About Chicago, they've won the games they should and you can't take away from them for that, but has there ever been a worse 6-3 team. This statement could very well be proven wrong over the next couple weeks, but hopefully we're just able to keep pace and have the last game of the season determine the division.

That blocked FG return, I've now seen the replay at least 10 times, and every time I see it, I see 2 obvious blocks in the back and one questionable side/back, one against the kicker. A great play either way you look at it, but the Bears should have been penalized on that return.

DCPologirl
11-14-2005, 09:38 PM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

If we can get a lil O going I totally think we can win this division.. Bears schedule is way harder and I don't see Orton bringing them very far way into the season.. Cedric might be out for season and Jones seems to be injury prone.. I think the Bears will start choking a lil bit.. Starting with the Panthers next week!


both Detroit and Chicagos schedule is more difficult in my opinion. I say that we have a decent chance.

RK.
11-14-2005, 09:58 PM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

Rk I agree with alot of that.. Yes we did get lucky.. But maybe we can take something from this.. If we win the division it won't be easy either man.. And I don't think our division is weak.. The Bears are an awesome team dude.. Packers are under achieving and barley losing games.. Still a good team.. And the Lions are a decent young team.. Yah I don't see us going far in the playoffs but it would be nice to get in and get some experience.. And if we win the division we got some bragging rights
I agree bragging rights would be nice this year. I wouldn't say the Bears are "awsome". The Colts are awsome, the Bears are OK. :razz: I think we do have a shot at the division. I hope the addition of Fontoni (sp?) will do a lot for us.

gregair13
11-15-2005, 12:43 AM
yes our start shed was so hard. and our next few games look easy, but they still are games we have to win no matter what. whatever it takes should be our modo for the rest of the season.

stek
11-15-2005, 12:52 AM
Bears lose next week...we beat the fudge packers...and we're only one down!

V-Unit
11-15-2005, 05:42 AM
We have a favorable scehdule compared to everyone else in the division. If we beat the teams that we should beat like we have all season, this team is playoff bound. I do not see the Lions or Bears getting hot down the stretch.

Because we are 4-5 we have a lot of must-win games if we want to make the playoffs. There is a lot of pressure to win our next three. If we pull it off we'll do it while the Bears face tough teams, as do the Lions. If we win the next three we should be in 1st place in the division.

happy camper
11-15-2005, 06:26 AM
cant wait until the final game, which i hope to be a showdown for the division. THANK GOD its a home game.

whiteboy
11-15-2005, 06:46 AM
we can do it, i have faith in the vikes

mnvikes61
11-15-2005, 07:57 AM
"snowinapril" wrote:

Ya, the D still needs toimprove. Even on that Sharper INT 4 a TD, they were marching, the next series they moved down field and got a FG.

I am happy that they played better in the red zone.

Tiki had a lot of yards. I think the goal must have been just to keep Tiki in front of them and not let him break one. We weren't as run D conscious this week. If we had more confidence in our pass D(this week), I think we could have played mor Run D.
i agree but against the Giants offense there is no way you can stop them from getting yards, we held when we needed to.

i also think our pass rush was hurt from the lack of time our offense was out on the field, our front four looked pretty tired at the end.

i think with our schedule if we keep putting forth the effort we have put in the last two weeks we should have a good shot. we aren't turning the ball over anymore and we have been playing a pretty solid field position game with Kluwe punting the ball 50+ yards and Johnson not turning the ball over.

Vikes
11-15-2005, 08:01 AM
Yes we are going to the playoff. That what a new owner wants and that what he shall have. Tice wants to keep his FAT paying job. What else will he do to make a million a year. (Don't answer ticket scalper hehe)

collegeguyjeff
11-15-2005, 08:02 AM
playoffs? with our record we have to win the division to do that and chicago is getting too far ahead. but chicago sucks so i don't expect them to win the division