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Week 17 Morning Aftermath: Vikings on the right track

As a result of three prime-time December failures, the Vikings had been written off by many league observers.

And their 44-7 demolition of the New York Giants has prompted most to conclude that it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, since the Giants barely tried, if at all.

But let’s throw a bone to our friend Paul Allen of KFAN, who handles the team’s play-by-play duties with the kind of fervor and zeal and subjectivity that any good play-by-play man should.

The Vikings have gotten back on the right track, and they’re a real threat to win the NFC crown for the first time since 1976.

They finished with a 12-4 record, only the second time they’ve won 12 or more games since 1975.  Coupled with Philly’s loss to the Cowboys, the Vikings earned a bye for the third time — their first since 2000.

The victory also pushed the team’s record to 10-0 on artificial turf in 2009.  And since they’ll only play in the postseason season either in their home stadium or at the Superdome, their excellence on fake grass bodes well for an appearance in the Super Bowl.  (Of course, a 2-4 record on the real stuff could be problematic if the Vikings get back to the Super Bowl, which will be played in Miami.)

And after a sluggish first half against the Bears in Week 16, quarterback Brett Favre has rediscovered his highest possible gear, completing 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants.

Favre finished the season with an eye-popping passer rating of 107.2, 4,202 passing yards, 33 touchdown passes, and only seven interceptions.  Statistically, it was the best year of Favre’s entire career; he’d never previously finished with a triple-digit rating.

It’s also the first time he threw fewer than 13 interceptions since 1991 in Atlanta, when he pitched two picks in two relief appearances.

Given his production and the impact he has had on the Vikings and the age at which he’s doing it, Favre very well could be the league MVP, for the fourth time in his career.

Based on the way he’s playing right now, Favre has a shot at being the Super Bowl MVP, for the first time in his career.

So yes, Paul, I finally am a believer in the 2009 Vikings. 

Which likely means that they’ll collapse in the divisional round.
 

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  1. DragynJ says: Jan 4, 2010 8:39 PM

    “Which likely means that they’ll collapse in the divisional round.”
    Spoken like a tru Vikings fan. . . . Just when you think they can they shoot you in the heart, burn your corpse and piss on the fire to put you out (see Super Bowl appearances, Darrin Nelson, Gary Anderson, Vikes V Giants NFC Championship. . . )

  2. Tsinakis311 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:39 PM

    WOW!

  3. MasterShake says: Jan 4, 2010 8:43 PM

    Playing in Domes or outside (Miami) in warm weather will do wonders for this type of team. Granted they have to move past the mighty Cowboys first.
    Or do they?

  4. lebowski says: Jan 4, 2010 8:43 PM

    Paul Allen is a loud, annoying jackass. Which explains why he calls Viking games. Has to shout over the ridiculous noise pumped into the Humpty Dome.

  5. gathman78 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:43 PM

    AND here comes all the bone headed smack talk from quality individuals…..

  6. sven_ftw says: Jan 4, 2010 8:44 PM

    i’ll be sure to tune in tomorrow! =D

  7. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 4, 2010 8:45 PM

    “As a result of three prime-time December failures, the Vikings had been written off by many league observers.”
    Sounds like a familiar story. Interesting that the Vikings’ game against the dysfunctional NY Quittin’ Giants proves that they’re “on the right track”, but the Cowboys’ game against what you and many others said was the hottest team in the NFC before Sunday proves nothing. I mean hottest NFC team AFTER the Cowboys went into New Orleans and systematically dismantled the previously 13-0 Saints in the William Jennings Jefferson Memorial WelfareDome.

  8. DocBG says: Jan 4, 2010 8:45 PM

    I’d like to extend a big, pre-emptive, middle finger to all the moronic packer fans that will doubtlessly post on here out of jealousy and boredom over their own teams lack of success.
    Favre is finally with a team that uses the guy to his abilities, it’s a real shame that he wasn’t with the vikes for a much longer period of time, passing yards record might be 75k+ and passing touchdowns would probably be around 575 or so. Also, the poor guy probably wouldn’t have the record for most interceptions either. probably a hell of a lot more than 1 superbowl, if only his former team knew how to use him.
    oh well, Vikes going to miami and winning the damn thing finally. Been saving a bottle of good scotch for the win.

  9. Catfish19 says: Jan 4, 2010 8:46 PM

    ‘So yes, Paul, I finally am a believer in the 2009 Vikings.’
    Glad to hear you say it!!!!
    Totally enjoy the banter you & PA do every week…

  10. Bigbluefan says: Jan 4, 2010 8:48 PM

    We all know how well brett did the last time he had to play post season ball
    And that was in GB he is good but is no longer great and after 16 games he is due to expire as a QB

  11. TFBuckFutter says: Jan 4, 2010 8:49 PM

    “Given his production and the impact he has had on the Vikings and the age at which he’s doing it, Favre very well could be the league MVP, for the fourth time in his career.”
    Why should his age, in any way shape or form, factor into the MVP debate?

  12. Why Isn't Jackson Starting? says: Jan 4, 2010 8:53 PM

    lol people really bought into the Vikings beating a team putting forth 0 effort? You must me kidding right? right?

  13. GBP says: Jan 4, 2010 9:03 PM

    Wow, well there you are Viking fans. These last few weeks I couldnt find you guys anywhere. You had me worried sick. I though you had gotten injured jumping off the bandwagon and were in the hospital or something. I’m glad you guys have made a full recovery so that the rest of us NFL fans can hear you immature rants and raves. Whoowee!!!

  14. Butt Fart says: Jan 4, 2010 9:05 PM

    The Vikings are a Balloon, and the Packers are a Pin.
    POP!
    As Britteny Say’s “Oooops, they did it again!”
    Maybe next year Viking Fans.
    Your probably used to this by now.

  15. Flvikesfan says: Jan 4, 2010 9:06 PM

    The Vikings won the NFC Championship in 1975 not 1976. If Florio would only shave a little money of his haircare budget and hire a proof reader.

  16. LC68 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:07 PM

    No doubt Favre has had a superb year. I am amazed he has only thrown 7 picks the entire season. Having said that, I don’t think that he will be able to get through the post-season without having one of those games where he throws 3 or more interceptions.

  17. slipkid says: Jan 4, 2010 9:09 PM

    eagles saints bengals and cards all laid down sunday.
    saving it for next week.
    the only nfc opponent i think wont toast the vikes in the playoffs is az.

  18. RacerX says: Jan 4, 2010 9:10 PM

    All us Vikings fans know this will end poorly…it’s just the way it is. It’s always someone else’s year.

  19. Stetson wears panties says: Jan 4, 2010 9:11 PM

    Repeat after me. The 2009 NFL MVP is Peyton Manning..
    With that said, Favre is in the discussion for 2nd place, even though the Vikings would make the playoffs with either of their two back ups running the show.
    Though I do think Favre was robbed of the SB MVP when it went to Desmond Howard. The Packers weren’t winning that game without #4.

  20. packers4life says: Jan 4, 2010 9:18 PM

    “Favre is finally with a team that uses the guy to his abilities, it’s a real shame that he wasn’t with the vikes for a much longer period of time, passing yards record might be 75k+ and passing touchdowns would probably be around 575 or so. Also, the poor guy probably wouldn’t have the record for most interceptions either. probably a hell of a lot more than 1 superbowl, if only his former team knew how to use him.”
    It is offical. DocBG is the stupidest person on this site. What makes the Vikings so special that Favre would of done better there? Hmm?? and what the hell do you mean by if the Packers ‘knew how to use him’? He is the freakin’ QB. How else were the Packers suppose to use him?
    Favre wouldn’t of done any better had he played in Minnesota for a long time. Actually he would of done worse mainly because the Vikings haven’t done $hit since the ’70s.
    Also, it is own fault for throwing picks not the team’s. Idiot.

  21. pdxbolt4life says: Jan 4, 2010 9:23 PM

    And look here!!! Vox even puts in a cameo appearance!!! Mom wouldn’t let your buddies come over for a D&D game night in her basement Vox??

  22. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 4, 2010 9:26 PM

    Yes Florio, The Vikes are sitting on top of the world now.
    Yet you say the Cowboys have everything to prove.
    Just like you hinted the Giants had the inside track to the division title a few weeks back and the Cowboys would be lucky to make it
    They should sell you in the Sears catalog.

  23. c.carterhof says: Jan 4, 2010 9:29 PM

    Flvikesfan says:
    January 4, 2010 9:06 PM
    The Vikings won the NFC Championship in 1975 not 1976. If Florio would only shave a little money of his haircare budget and hire a proof reader
    ————————————————–
    Most people go by the year of the reg. season. Which would have been 1976, but actually won in 1977. Yes they did win it in 1975, of the 74 season, but the last time was the 76 season.

  24. c.carterhof says: Jan 4, 2010 9:35 PM

    TFBuckFutter says:
    January 4, 2010 8:49 PM
    “Given his production and the impact he has had on the Vikings and the age at which he’s doing it, Favre very well could be the league MVP, for the fourth time in his career.”
    Why should his age, in any way shape or form, factor into the MVP debate?
    ————————————————-
    Hey, how old are you? Age does have somthing to do with it.
    I’m not sayin he should get it because of his age. But doing what he did at 40 is impressive, its alot harder when you’re 40 than at 22 thru 37. Maybe you should try it.

  25. ThanksTed says: Jan 4, 2010 9:37 PM

    No one ever could have imagined that Favre would have 33 TD’s and 7 picks (and only 2 fumbles).
    For those haters like Bigbluefan stating “We all know how well brett did the last time he had to play post season ball,” Favre did the same in -24 degrees as Romo did in warm Cowboy Stadium and Golden Boy Brady did inside in Phoenix — He got beat by the Giants. The game before, Favre led GB from a 14 point 1st quarter deficit to a 42-20 win over Seattle in heavy snow.
    Granted, Favre’s body can’t handle the super cold weather like it used to. The Giants opening drive of the 2nd half in the 2007 NFC title game killed favre. The drive took 7 minutes off the clock and Favre stood by and froze for nearly 20 minutes before he got back on the field. McCarthy should have left Favre in the locker room until the Packers got the ball back even if that meant Aaron Rodgers taking snaps. He won’t have to worry about that cold this year.
    Yesterday the Giants effort was attrocious, but I give more credit to a team trying to win against anybody as the Vikings did rather than a team that quit when it had a chance at a perfect season or team that gets beat by a bad team 30-7 after the individual stats have been padded. I like Payton Manning but his organization has made it hard to root for him for MVP or to win the Superbowl this year.

  26. OmegaXxXNFL says: Jan 4, 2010 9:41 PM

    Wow, didnt the vikes just beat a team laying over without ten of it’s starters? I don’t understand at all them being any favorite, oh well it will soon be over.

  27. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 4, 2010 9:44 PM

    “Though I do think Favre was robbed of the SB MVP when it went to Desmond Howard. The Packers weren’t winning that game without #4.”
    They darn sure weren’t winning it without Howard’s Super Bowl record-tying 244 return yards. Thirty more than BertFarve’s 214 net passing yards.

  28. c.carterhof says: Jan 4, 2010 9:46 PM

    Ok, so some of you want to say it, so go ahead. Dont say things like-
    I don’t think that he will be able to get through the post-season without having one of those games where he throws 3 or more interceptions.
    Lets hear it-
    “TRAIN WRECKS COMIN!! Just wait, its comin! I cant wait, he’s gonna choke in the playoffs! Its comin!!!”
    Thats funny stuff. Who said that anyway? Was it Jimmy?

  29. ThanksTed says: Jan 4, 2010 9:46 PM

    Flvikesfan says:
    January 4, 2010 9:06 PM
    The Vikings won the NFC Championship in 1975 not 1976. If Florio would only shave a little money of his haircare budget and hire a proof reader.
    Hey Flvikesfan says:
    December 26, 1976 — Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
    Perhaps you should hire a fact checker.

  30. garylandon41 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:59 PM

    Man I hate the Vikings, but Man what a huge bitch slap Favre laid on media that told him he couldn’t do it.

  31. Calistin says: Jan 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    “I’d like to extend a big, pre-emptive, middle finger to all the moronic packer fans that will doubtlessly post on here out of jealousy and boredom over their own teams lack of success. ”
    Yeah that 1 extra win really makes the Packers jealous. The only fans jealous of lack of success is the Vikings my friend. Zero championships, I don’t see where you get your delusions from. Not one person in Wisco is jealous of any Viking fan, don’t flatter yourself up there. And we aren’t exactly bored looking foward to our playoff game on Sunday, seeing as how the Packers have are peaking and the Vikes are stinking. Good thing NY Xavier Memorial JV squad showed up on Sunday, enjoy that false confidence as your moronic coach gave the team off all week. Way to keep sharp.

  32. LBPACKFAN says: Jan 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    Favre and Rodgers….2 awesome seasons. Vikes back into the #2 seed but have played 6 quarters of complete ass kicking football…
    Pack 7-1 last 8…losing on a last second “Greg Lewis” esque TD grab.
    Lots of football left!
    Brett has proven his doubters wrong (me included)…and so has Aaron Rodgers.
    I for one am appreciating the level of football these 2 guys are playing at.

  33. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 4, 2010 10:05 PM

    GBP says: “Wow, well there you are Viking fans. These last few weeks I couldnt find you guys anywhere. You had me worried sick. I though you had gotten injured jumping off the bandwagon”
    ********
    Go back and look at the posts for any Packer or Viking story the first 2 1/2 month of the season vs. the last six weeks. Lots of Packer bandwagoners lately. Of course most will now deny they ever doubted their team following the home beat down by the Vikings and the loss to the Bucs.

  34. JimmySmith says: Jan 4, 2010 10:06 PM

    Florio is only posting this to get his share of hits to the web site, I don’t honestly believe any true hetrosexual football fan really believes the Vikings might get to the Superbowl. As for the others, keep the faith, ignore losing three out of four games and keep telling yourself that a big second half comeback against a piss poor Bear’s team and the lay down Giants really means something….other than another playoff choke job is right around the corner.

  35. Supersuckers says: Jan 4, 2010 10:16 PM

    that was just great objective writing Mike!! Entertaining to boot! LMAO

  36. Supersuckers says: Jan 4, 2010 10:17 PM

    c.carterhof says:
    January 4, 2010 9:46 PM
    Ok, so some of you want to say it, so go ahead. Dont say things like-
    I don’t think that he will be able to get through the post-season without having one of those games where he throws 3 or more interceptions.
    Lets hear it-
    “TRAIN WRECKS COMIN!! Just wait, its comin! I cant wait, he’s gonna choke in the playoffs! Its comin!!!”
    Thats funny stuff. Who said that anyway? Was it Jimmy

    they did collapse as many predicted.

  37. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 4, 2010 10:20 PM

    lebowski says:
    January 4, 2010 8:43 PM
    Paul Allen is a loud, annoying jackass. Which explains why he calls Viking games.
    ————————————————–
    Paul Allen is the best in the business. You just hate him because of how he calls with style as the Vikings are pounding on your team.
    GBP says:
    January 4, 2010 9:03 PM
    Wow, well there you are Viking fans. These last few weeks I couldnt find you guys anywhere. You had me worried sick. I though you had gotten injured jumping off the bandwagon and were in the hospital or something.
    ————————————————–Been here all along tool…during the wins and losses. After next weekend there will be no need for you to be here…unless just hating on the Vikings!
    OmegaXxXNFL says:
    January 4, 2010 9:41 PM
    Wow, didnt the vikes just beat a team laying over without ten of it’s starters?
    ===================================
    Listen to you jackass! Joke will be on you in Arizona. They played possum and rested. Wait til next weekend. Rodgers will be deer in the headlights like he was against the Vikings twice. You guys not ready for a playoff run…mark my words! arner gonna light yo ass up!!

  38. Mike Florio says: Jan 4, 2010 10:33 PM

    @Flvikes fan . . .
    sorry but you are wrong. in 1975, the vikings lost to the cowboys in the flying whiskey bottle playoff game. in 1976, the vikings lost to the raiders in the sammy white flying helmet super bowl.

  39. RacerX says: Jan 4, 2010 11:14 PM

    All us Vikings fans know this will end poorly…it’s just the way it is. It’s always someone else’s year.

  40. c.carterhof says: Jan 4, 2010 11:14 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    January 4, 2010 10:17 PM
    c.carterhof says:
    January 4, 2010 9:46 PM
    Ok, so some of you want to say it, so go ahead. Dont say things like-
    I don’t think that he will be able to get through the post-season without having one of those games where he throws 3 or more interceptions.
    Lets hear it-
    “TRAIN WRECKS COMIN!! Just wait, its comin! I cant wait, he’s gonna choke in the playoffs! Its comin!!!”
    Thats funny stuff. Who said that anyway? Was it Jimmy

    they did collapse as many predicted.
    —————————————
    They did?
    Looks like they are still standin to me! Yea, still standing as NFC North Champs.
    With a 1st round bye. A stumble yea, but a collapse? No dude, you want I could look up collapse. Dont think it applies here. So I guess the Saints collapsed? Hmm….Maybe the Cardinals?

  41. i'm president charlie! says: Jan 4, 2010 11:17 PM

    if the packers play the vikings in the playoffs the internet will blow up

  42. packers4life says: Jan 4, 2010 11:35 PM

    “Lots of Packer bandwagoners lately. Of course most will now deny they ever doubted their team following the home beat down by the Vikings and the loss to the Bucs.”
    Didn’t the Vikings get their a$$es handed to them by the Panthers and the Bears in consecutive games? Yeah that’s what I thought.

  43. TFBuckFutter says: Jan 4, 2010 11:38 PM

    “c.carterhof says:
    January 4, 2010 9:35 PM
    Hey, how old are you? Age does have somthing to do with it.
    I’m not sayin he should get it because of his age. But doing what he did at 40 is impressive, its alot harder when you’re 40 than at 22 thru 37. Maybe you should try it.”
    I agree.
    However, it has ABSOLUTELY no bearing on how valuable he is to the team or the league. NONE.
    I mean, I would say that if Jim Brown came out of retirement, and played, that’d be pretty impressive no matter how well he played. You would have to agree, though, that would be a pretty stupid basis to argue for him to win MVP though. Even if he ran for 1,000 yards.

  44. bustabloodvessel says: Jan 4, 2010 11:45 PM

    What’s the difference in the Packers beating a team that wasn’t playing full speed and the Vikings beating a team doing the same??? Mark my words, the Cards were sandbagging that game, and a win in the desert this weekend will not be as easy.

  45. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 12:26 AM

    Supersuckers says: January 4, 2010 10:17 PM
    they did collapse as many predicted.
    ____________________
    If going 12-4, winning the division and securing a first round bye is considered a collapse, I bet 29 other teams wish they could collapse as well. And how many QB’s wish they could have suffered through Favre’s 4200 yards, 33 TD, 7 INT collapse?

  46. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 12:37 AM

    packers4life says: January 4, 2010 11:35 PM
    Didn’t the Vikings get their a$$es handed to them by the Panthers and the Bears in consecutive games?
    _____________
    Yes Carolina beat them handily, but I don’t think an overtime win is considered handing someone their ass. And don’t forget Packer fans, that same shitty Bears team you talk about that beat the Vikes also took your beloved Packers to the limit twice, with 2 single score victories that came down to the last minute.
    And please Packer fans, keep discrediting the Vikings victory while boasting of the Packers victory over the laying down Cards. McCarthy laid his hand out on the table in the blowout, while Whisenhunt kept his cards close to vest. And I think we all know what a reeling Cardinals team is capable once in the playoffs after watching last year’s run.

  47. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 12:39 AM

    OmegaXxXNFL says:
    January 4, 2010 9:41 PM
    Wow, didnt the vikes just beat a team laying over without ten of it’s starters?
    ===================================
    Listen to you jackass! Joke will be on you in Arizona. They played possum and rested. Wait til next weekend. Rodgers will be deer in the headlights like he was against the Vikings twice. You guys not ready for a playoff run…mark my words! arner gonna light yo ass up!!
    ————————————————–
    Rodgers was a deer in the headlights in the first two meetings against the Vikings. Right.
    He went 52-78 for a 67% completion percentage.
    He averaged 335.5 passing yards each game and had 70 rushing yards.
    He had 5 TD’s to 1 interception.
    A 109.6 combined passer rating.
    And all of that running for his life being sacked a combined whopping 14 times.
    Yeah those numbers definitely speak to someone who looked like a deer in headlights. And you’re calling other people morons. That’s impressive for someone not getting touched at all and he put those up getting sacked 14 times. You’re a genius Percy_Harvin.

  48. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 12:46 AM

    fs

  49. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 5, 2010 12:55 AM

    Dallas will beat the Eagles again, the Packers will beat the Cardinals again, the Cowboys will then beat the Vikings, the Saints will beat the Packers and the NFC Championship will be the Cowboys versus the Saints in the Superdome. Should be a good game…..again. Hopefully with a different outcome from their last meeting.

  50. MNFANINAZ says: Jan 5, 2010 1:15 AM

    The media is a necessary evil, we all know that but man is it hard to stomach the flip flopping knee jerk reaction that goes on week to week.
    Seriously, do you guys (PFT, ESPN, ETC.. ETC.. ETC…) read and or watch the sh*t you say from week to week? Try mixing in some objective and rational opinions every once in a while.
    LIKE I HAVE SAID ALL ALONG…
    ALL WE DO IS WIN
    ALL WE DO IS WIN
    9 PRO BOWLERS
    18 time Division Champions
    26th playoff appearance
    undefeated at METRODOME this season
    UNDEFEATED AGAINST THE VAUNTED PACKERS THIS SEASON
    UNDEFEATED AGAINST THE PACKERS WITH THEIR LEGEND AND THEIR MASCOT… BRETT FAVRE
    UNDEFEATED IN LAMBEAU FIELD IN THE PLAYOFFS!
    ALL WE DO IS WIN!
    ALL WE DO IS WIN!
    NOTHIN’S GONNA STOP US NOW…
    #4
    SUCK IT MEDIA.
    SUCK IT HATERS.
    SUCK IT GREEN BAY, WI.
    SKOL VIKING FANS… HONOR YOUR NAME!

  51. c.carterhof says: Jan 5, 2010 1:17 AM

    TF-
    You said-
    I mean, I would say that if Jim Brown came out of retirement, and played, that’d be pretty impressive no matter how well he played. You would have to agree, though, that would be a pretty stupid basis to argue for him to win MVP though. Even if he ran for 1,000 yards.
    ————————————-
    What if he was 2nd in the league in yards per carry and got say 1600 yards while scoring 13 TD’s. Plus his team was 12-4, won their div. and got a 1st round bye.
    And lets say since he is a RB, he was 36.
    What would you say then?

  52. Notoroius B.U.G. says: Jan 5, 2010 7:46 AM

    Agree with bustabloodvessel…as much as I want to see Philly and GB win so we can dismantle the Packers one last time this year, I think Arizona wins this weekend.

  53. TFBuckFutter says: Jan 5, 2010 8:21 AM

    “c.carterhof says:
    January 5, 2010 1:17 AM
    What if he was 2nd in the league in yards per carry and got say 1600 yards while scoring 13 TD’s. Plus his team was 12-4, won their div. and got a 1st round bye.
    And lets say since he is a RB, he was 36.
    What would you say then?”
    I would say that his age has absolutely nothing to do with the argument and if the running back with a better YPC, more yards, more TDs, or even entering QBs into the debate, performed better, than he shouldn’t win the MVP just because he’s old.

  54. sand0 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:57 AM

    Vikings on artificial turf.
    10-0 record includes 4 games against playoff teams. Obviously 8 of the games were at home.
    Average margin of victory on artificial turf = 18 pts.
    Vikings will not play a game on grass until the super bowl if they get that far. If they do get there, it will likely be a “good field conditions” grass game where the Vikings are 2-1 this season with the loss at Arizona. Vikes other 3 losses were on poor condition fields (Steelers after heavy rain, Panthers wet and sub 40, and Bears pretty cold)
    If you have written off this team you are a fool. They are a team built on speed offensively and pass rush defensively and these two factors can be seriously hampered by slow surfaces. There won’t be any more slow fields, so these boys will be running loose.
    Not saying they won’t lose. Sure it can happen any Sunday against a good team. But you can’t just point at a couple bad road games down the stretch as if that is the Vikings team you are going to see. You will be seeing the 10-0 on turf Vikings team, which is significantly better than the 2-4 grass team.
    Yeah I’m excited.

  55. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 9:13 AM

    TFBuckFutter
    There is no bigger Favre fan than me, and I agree with you 100%. Favre performing at such a high level at the age of 40 is remarkable, but his age should have no bearing on MVP voting. Being 40 years old doesn’t make you more or less valuable, it just makes you 40.
    The MVP award should be earned based on merit, and Favre has put up a pretty good case for it. But so have Brees and Manning. All 3 are deserving, and the deciding factor shouldn’t be Favre’s gray hair.
    In my opinion, Manning had a slight lead until Week 17, with Favre’s impressive performance in a very important game to help clinch the 2 seed pushing him over the top. The award was Manning’s to lose, it’s just a shame that Caldwell is the one who may have lost it for him.

  56. cusoman says: Jan 5, 2010 9:20 AM

    @supersuckers
    “They did collapse as many predicted”
    No, you predicted that FAVRE would collapse – in the preseason, in the first half of the regular season, in the 2nd half of the regular season, and none of that happened.
    The only person to make a correct prediction here was me, as I said you all would continue to make half-assed predictions that Favre would collapse in every phase of the season, and you all did me proud! Way to go, jackasses!

  57. purpleguy says: Jan 5, 2010 9:36 AM

    Allen is an annoying homer, but he’s our annoying homer. One thing is for certain, the Vikes will be playing in two weeks, while 2 of the 4 NFC teams playing this weekend won’t. Lets see what happens in 2 weeks, or even this week, before we all start sporting victory chubbies shall we?

  58. Strick says: Jan 5, 2010 9:36 AM

    “Which likely means that they’ll collapse in the divisional round.”
    God I hope so.

  59. mixman34 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:50 AM

    “Strick says: January 5, 2010 9:36 AM
    “Which likely means that they’ll collapse in the divisional round.”
    God I hope so.”
    Ya’ll have been doin a LOT of hopin against the vikes this year… keep on hopin, we’re comin!!!

  60. Percy Nugz says: Jan 5, 2010 10:00 AM

    It may be hard to believe, but the Minnesota Vikings are not a cold weather Big Ten team like the Packers. They play a southern style of football based on speed. Having said that, having to only play in a dome/Miami from hear on out is a huge advantage for them. Especially with Brett Favre playing the football of his like in purple and gold!

  61. duffsbeer says: Jan 5, 2010 10:42 AM

    Biggest statistical difference between Favre and Rodgers, Rodgers had been sacked 50% more then Favre. This tells you a lot about the G-B line play. He was sacked 40 times more then the stone statue Peyton.
    GB gets a better oline next year and the games between the vikings and pack become a lot closer.

  62. Tompadre says: Jan 5, 2010 11:24 AM

    packers4life -
    “Favre wouldn’t of done any better had he played in Minnesota for a long time. Actually he would of done worse mainly because the Vikings haven’t done $hit since the ’70s.”
    ——————————————————
    While I agree Favre wouldn’t have neccessarily done better with the Vikings (and the Pack used him just fine) I think your second statement could put you right up there with the stupidist comments on this thread.
    The Vikings had the same overall record as the Pack over the first nine years of Favre’s career with GB, and not one losing season during that stretch. I seem to remember a pretty good season in ’98 where maybe Favre would have put them over the top. Unless of course you’re only talking about championships, in which case only 16 teams during Favre’s career in GB did $hit.
    By the way, didn’t the Packers have their a$$es handed to them by the previously winless Tampa Bay Bucs?
    Yeah, that’s what I thought!

  63. Tompadre says: Jan 5, 2010 11:26 AM

    slipkid -
    So the Eagles laid down on Sunday???
    Would that be so they could take the much easier route of trying to win three games on the road rather than possibly two games at home in order to reach the Super Bowl?

  64. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 5, 2010 11:29 AM

    “sorry but you are wrong. in 1975, the vikings lost to the cowboys in the flying whiskey bottle playoff game. in 1976, the vikings lost to the raiders in the sammy white flying helmet super bowl.”
    I lost my virginity to the flying nun.

  65. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    chunky soupy sales says:
    January 5, 2010 11:29 AM
    “sorry but you are wrong. in 1975, the vikings lost to the cowboys in the flying whiskey bottle playoff game. in 1976, the vikings lost to the raiders in the sammy white flying helmet super bowl.”
    I lost my virginity to the flying nun.
    ===============================
    Were you listening to the Flying turkey trot, by REO Speedwagon at the time?

  66. Tompadre says: Jan 5, 2010 11:48 AM

    Crigs -
    I agree Rodgers doesn’t play like a deer in the headlights, but those stats you posted don’t tell the whole story either.
    In the first game, over a third of his yardage and a quarter of his completions came in garbage time (middle of the 4th qtr and down by 16) when the Vikings started playing a soft zone.
    In the second game he had a 10 minute spurt in the 3rd qtr (momentum aided by a Viking DE trying to return a kick-off like he was Devin Hester). During that ten minutes, Rodgers completed 12 passes for 169 yards. For the other 50 minutes of the game he completed just 14 passes for just 118 yards. The last drive he touched the ball his team was down 12 with just under four minutes to play and he went 2 of 7 for 11 yards. The majority of that game he was just okay at best.

  67. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    Tompadre-
    I understand where you’re coming from and your post seems to make sense but there are two reasons why I disagree. Number one, that is how a lot of games work. On two or three drives, the QB gets most of his numbers. If a QB was consistent throughout the entire game he would throw for 600 yards and 7 TD’s.
    Secondly, and I can’t repeat this enough, Rodgers was sacked 14 times. That is remarkable. Since RT Tauscher came back and LT Clifton got healthy, Rodgers and the Packers have been on a tear losing only one game by a last second throw. The fact of the matter is you can’t contain Rodgers if he has time to throw.
    The two primary reasons the Vikings beat the Packers both games were health and special teams. Two LG’s, Colledge and the rookie Lang, starting in place of an injured Clifton vs. Jarred Allen, and a newly acquired Derrick Martin in place of the injured Bigby just got torched by Favre. Special teams was getting torched by everyone early in the season and it now has solidified. If Percy Harvin didn’t have his huge return it looked like the Packers were gonna comeback and win that second game.
    So I don’t know if the Packers could beat the Vikings if they played again, but I do know that the Packers o-line and special teams has solidified and they’re way better than they were 8 weeks ago.

  68. Supersuckers says: Jan 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    cusoman says:
    January 5, 2010 9:20 AM
    @supersuckers
    “They did collapse as many predicted”
    No, you predicted that FAVRE would collapse – in the preseason, in the first half of the regular season, in the 2nd half of the regular season, and none of that happened.
    The only person to make a correct prediction here was me, as I said you all would continue to make half-assed predictions that Favre would collapse in every phase of the season, and you all did me proud! Way to go, jackasses!
    ——-
    As many point out I never make predictions. So you have me confused with someone else.

  69. sand0 says: Jan 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    Vikings are dominant at home and would be favored by about 7 in a re-rematch against the Packers. Regardless of how the game turns out or what you think, the Vikings win more than 5 out of 10 of those games. I do agree though that the game could go either way since both clubs are playoff teams.
    But that is somewhat irrelevant anyways. Packers are under dogs this weekend and Dallas is favored. The odds of another rematch aren’t even that good, maybe 25% or something.
    And don’t give us those tired arguments about how Green Bay is better at blocking now and that would make all the difference. If you just look at how the Vikings play at home, the Vikings have gotten much better themselves since the first Green Bay game.
    Plus I personally think Rodgers would melt under the pressure of another Favre rematch. Just melt.

  70. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 3:38 PM

    sando-
    “And don’t give us those tired arguments about how Green Bay is better at blocking now and that would make all the difference.”
    How is that a tired argument?
    The Vikings totaled 14 sacks in the two games because Colledge was at LT and Barbre was at RT and the Packers couldn’t run the ball. Just look at the stats. With Clifton and Tauscher back and healthy the Packers are not only keeping Rodgers upright but they are running the ball against anyone they want to. How is that not a valid argument?
    It’s okay to be a homer and it’s even okay to think the Vikings would clean up the Packers again but to say that the Packers aren’t vastly improved is ridiculous.

  71. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 5, 2010 4:18 PM

    Crigs says: You’re a genius Percy_Harvin.
    ===================================
    Thanks man! We all know that though!

  72. sand0 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:42 PM

    Crigs,
    Their offensive game plan has obviously changed to protect the passer more. It is more than just “better blocking”. They have more chips, blockers, short routes, screens, and running plays and that is the key reason for the reduced sack totals. Plus like in the one Vikes game 6 of their sacks were after 4+ seconds which is, news flash, the QB’s fault not blocking.
    In terms of offensive points scored, particularly when you look at quality teams they have played, the results have been consistent all season. The only significant difference in offensive prowess is the fact that they scored more against bad teams second half than first.
    The reason their record was better is that they defensively allowed 14 or less to the quality clubs they played while allowing 30+ first half against every quality club they played.
    So yeah, I think it is a tired argument. They are playing better defense and scoring about the same. Sacks are down, but so are explosive pass plays, which is exactly what should happen when you scheme towards protecting the QB from sacks.

  73. VikesbyBigsky says: Jan 5, 2010 7:49 PM

    Look at all the Packer fans show up now, you can tell the heat is on!!!!!!
    GBP, your the biggest hipocrit I have ever seen, you ask where have we been, that makes me laugh, right here loser!
    Please give me your info on how you know who is a bandwagoner, that cracks me up, you have meet and greets with all Viking fans, right? From years past, so you know who is a real fan or not, WHAT AN IDIOT, LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!
    All the fear on here about the Vikings is unbelievable, WOW!
    Don’t worry you guys you will get just what you have asked for, hope you like the out come.
    Pretty sure you wont, we are fans of a team that is two games away from their dream, with the best leader in the business, and I feel no one will stop them now!!!!!!!!!!
    Mark it down, fudgie girls…………………….
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!

  74. VikesbyBigsky says: Jan 5, 2010 7:52 PM

    LBPACKFAN says:
    January 4, 2010 10:03 PM
    Favre and Rodgers….2 awesome seasons. Vikes back into the #2 seed but have played 6 quarters of complete ass kicking football…
    Pack 7-1 last 8…losing on a last second “Greg Lewis” esque TD grab.
    Lots of football left!
    Brett has proven his doubters wrong (me included)…and so has Aaron Rodgers.
    I for one am appreciating the level of football these 2 guys are playing at.
    ————————————————–
    Here is a true fan of football, nice post.
    I agree, two great teams, two stellar QB’s.
    It will be up for grabs, it will be a heart stopper, thats for sure, here’s bumpin beer cans with ya, cheers.

  75. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 9:48 PM

    Crigs says: You’re a genius Percy_Harvin.
    ===================================
    Thanks man! We all know that though!
    ————————————————–No Problem!

  76. Crigs says: Jan 5, 2010 10:02 PM

    sando-
    “Their offensive game plan has obviously changed to protect the passer more. It is more than just “better blocking”. They have more chips, blockers, short routes, screens, and running plays and that is the key reason for the reduced sack totals.”
    That would make sense but it’s incorrect. I guess Clifton and Tauscher haven’t changed anything? For a moment (which includes the two Vikings games) the Packers were keeping more guys in to protect and were chipping everything but they realized that wasn’t the problem. Obviously you haven’t watched all of the Packer games this season or you’d know this. What they figured out was a great majority of the sacks were coming not on blitzes but four man and even three man rushes.
    Your analysis that less sacks and less big plays were a result of max protection would seem to makes sense but it just isn’t true. Watch the game on Sunday and see how many times the Packers have Jennings, Driver, Jones or Nelson, and Finley spread out with just Brandon Jackson in the backfield. The Packers realized they performed better with more recievers in route and less blockers than vice versa. The defenses can’t cover all of their weapons. Nice try though.
    “Plus like in the one Vikes game 6 of their sacks were after 4+ seconds which is, news flash, the QB’s fault not blocking.”
    This statement in regards to the beginning of the season is very true. Rodgers was holding the ball too long but it wasn’t all of his fault. Some of the receivers even admitted they needed to do a better job of getting open. You can once again say it’s a tired argument but as the o-line has improved so has Rodgers risk taking, decision making, and getting rid of the ball on time. Top that with how well the defense has played, which you’ve even mentioned, and the “tired” argument that the Packers are much improved is very real and very true.

  77. Tompadre says: Jan 6, 2010 9:55 AM

    Crigs -
    Good points, but I still think garbage time stats don’t hold a lot of value and 10 minutes out of 60 doesn’t constutute a good game.
    The Packers have definately been playing better regardless of the strength of the competition.
    Enjoy the game against Arizona!

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