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Vikings knock off Bears in overtime thriller

Adrian Peterson, Tim Jennings AP

Overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit and shaking off the disappointment of a game-winning field goal nullified by penalty, the Vikings slugged their way to a 23-20 overtime victory against the Bears on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

The Vikings got a huge game from Adrian Peterson, who racked up 211 rushing yards on 35 carries and became the fifth back in NFL history to need just seven seasons to reach 10,000 rushing yards for his career. The Vikings also received a strong performance in relief from quarterback Matt Cassel, who stepped in after Christian Ponder suffered a second-quarter concussion.

The Bears had a chance to win the game in overtime, but Robbie Gould’s 47-yard field goal faded wide right. In a curious move, Gould was sent out to attempt the kick on second down.

The Vikings, led by 30 rushing yards on four carries from Peterson, would capitalize on the Gould miss, marching into range for Blair Walsh’s 34-yard game-winner with 1:43 left.

Walsh appeared to have won the game for Minnesota earlier in overtime when he connected on a 39-yard field goal, but Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison was penalized for a 15-yard facemask penalty. After the foul, Peterson would lose three yards. Then, on fourth down, Walsh missed a 57-yard attempt wide left.

However, the Bears could not capitalize, which was the story of their last-ever game at Mall of America Field.

The Bears seemed poised to put away Minnesota (3-8-1) after wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hauled in third-quarter touchdowns of 80 and 46 yards to give Chicago a 20-10 lead. Jeffery, who’s become a key part of the Bears’ offense in his second NFL season, set a franchise record with 249 yards receiving on 12 catches.

The Vikings, though, would fight back, with Cassel hitting Greg Jennings for an eight-yard TD with 7:41 in regulation to cut the Bears’ lead to 20-17.

The Vikings then had a chance to take the lead after Bears guard Kyle Long fumbled a reception of a deflected pass, giving Minnesota the ball deep in Chicago territory. However, Ellison couldn’t haul in a potential TD pass, and Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene made the interception, returning it to midfield with a little less than five minutes left.

The Bears could not run out the clock, and a punt pinned Minnesota at its nine-yard line with less than three minutes left. Then, on the second snap after the two-minute warning, Cassel made a pivotal play, hitting Jerome Simpson for 20 yards on 4th-and-11. With new life, the Vikings marched all the way to the Chicago 12 before Walsh’s 30-yard field goal tied the game at 20 with 20 seconds left.

The Bears would have one more shot to win the game, but Gould’s 66-yard kick fell short. Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson received the ball, but there would be no “Iron Bowl” miracle, as Patterson was brought down at the Minnesota 22.

The defeat leaves the Bears at 6-6 and with considerable work to do to catch and pass Detroit in the NFC North race. The Lions (7-5) have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bears after sweeping Chicago; if the teams tie for the division title, the Lions will have the edge.

The Bears’ wild-card hopes also took a major hit. The Bears are now 3-6 in NFC games, and their weak conference record could compromise them from a wild-card tiebreaker standpoint.

In another fine performance, Bears quarterback Josh McCown completed 23-of-36 passes for 355 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Once again, though, the Bears’ defense had a tough outing, allowing 496 yards on 86 plays and not quite getting enough stops.

Cassel completed 23-of-36 passes for 280 yards with two TDs and one pick for Minnesota, which has shown improved form in back-to-back games against NFC North foes. After tying the Packers, they finished the deal against the Bears, who desperately needed a win but couldn’t get it.

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102 Responses to “Vikings knock off Bears in overtime thriller”
  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 6:09 PM

    Vikings with a QB have the best all around team in the NFC north.

  2. f1restarter says: Dec 1, 2013 6:09 PM

    Hey Viking fans:

    Excellent job screwing up your draft position. And please do keep wearing out Adrian Peterson, he’s not getting any younger you know.

    BTW, I hope you’ve all been paying close attention to Geno Smith of the Jets this season. Picture him in purple, with the name “Bridgewater” across the back. Yep, that’s your future.

    Soon you’ll be reliving fond memories of how great Christian Ponder was.

  3. valhallavictory says: Dec 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    Vikes played better compared to last week. Beat a better team than which they drew to last week. Good for team moral, bad for draft status.

    Looks like the Lions have this division wrapped up.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    A tie was almost as good as a win as well. They even coaxed MIN to use up their TO before the kick, which makes it even better to bleed the clock while trying to move it closer. It would have been perfect to have no time on the clock and get the “almost as good as a win tie in this circumstance” as a great consolation if they don’t win with the final kick.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 6:11 PM

    I love not having to rely on only one player to win us a game and actually have talent around our team

    (Unlike the Packers)

    Our future is bright.

  6. vikefan says: Dec 1, 2013 6:13 PM

    that was the only thrilling part about the game, take away Adrian Peterson & ashlon Jefferies & then its just a major league snooze fest

    if the bears n packers keep this crap up they just may tie mn for the worst in the divison, should have been 2 very easy wins for these teams the past 2 weeks but just like the Vikings draft order next april, the pack & bears are finding ways kill themselves late this season

  7. dvic13 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:13 PM

    47 yard fgs are chip shots when playing a game of Madden, not in real football. That was straight stupidity on the part of Trestman.

  8. gsprulz says: Dec 1, 2013 6:13 PM

    Chicago plays there best game I’ve seen this year and Minnesota finally starts moving the ball. Good win. Good redemption for the heartbreak in Chicago week 2.

  9. craniator says: Dec 1, 2013 6:17 PM

    That so called “face mask” penalty called on the Vikings was utter garbage ; the football gods pushed Chicago’s subsequent FG attempt wide in response.

  10. bigdaddyrockytop says: Dec 1, 2013 6:21 PM

    That was a fun game even though I couldnt decide who to pull for. Either way I win.

  11. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 6:23 PM

    Nice win Vikes…….this fan will take it! Cheering for losses is for loser fans.

  12. trollsetter says: Dec 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    They don’t give up, unlike some other NFC North teams.

  13. egyptdog31 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    Bears trying a 47 yard field goal on 2nd down was totally stupid.

  14. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 1, 2013 6:24 PM

    who kicks a 47 yard field goal on second down and 7?

    a stupid coach. way to go. you just cost yourself any remote shot at playoffs.

  15. larryboodry says: Dec 1, 2013 6:26 PM

    Other than complimenting the Vikes for a hard-fought win, I have nothing much left to say. If last week was the most frustrating Bears loss I can remember in years, this week was the most heartbreaking.

  16. mylionsroaring says: Dec 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    Thank You Vikings!!!

    from a Lions fan,

    GO LIONS!!!!

  17. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    I think we need a new rule here at PFT: Fans of Detroit’s division opponents are no longer allowed to talk trash about the Lions. Your teams are terrible. Shamefully so. I would be embarrassed if I were you. The Bears might be the least terrible of the three but then again they just lost to the Vikings playing with their 37th string quarterback so it’s really hard to say. The Packers looked like a high school team against Detroit on Thursday.
    It feels awesome to be in first place and to think back to all the awful things so many of you have said about the Lions this year and laugh.

  18. packerfansarefat says: Dec 1, 2013 6:28 PM

    There are two types of Vikes fans at this stage…Emotional and Logical/emotional….ALL who love their team as much as the other.

    EMOTIONAL fans: Congratulations on the victory…that’s it.

    LOGICAL/EMOTIONAL fans: We just slid back to number 6 on the draft board…effectively sliding us further from this nauseating quarterback play….it is amazing to watch as people cheer continued sucking. Even today’s win was enough to make one puke as wins go.

    Well, we will get what we wish for I guess. Maybe next year we can pick up a “used up” Free agent like Matt Schaub.
    GET A CLUE PEOPLE!!

  19. mylionsroaring says: Dec 1, 2013 6:30 PM

    Hey it looks like Trestman is wanting to be like Schwartz!!!

    he said at his presser I ain’t scared!!!

    That is why he kicked a 47 yarder on second down LOL what a head case

  20. obsessedvikingfan says: Dec 1, 2013 6:32 PM

    2-1-1 in the last 4 games. Not too shabby.

    Better than the 0 for November team from the NFC North.

  21. nfl4days says: Dec 1, 2013 6:32 PM

    Can we get that officiating crew for every game? Other than the ticky-tack face mask, they did an excellent job that game. It’s been awhile since i was more worried about the game than the refs. Also what kind of coach goes for a 47 yard FG on 2nd down with your running back running very well? Trestman must have thought he was still in the CFL.

  22. niallofthenine says: Dec 1, 2013 6:33 PM

    This helps the mighty Lions!

  23. 25robrown says: Dec 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    The Bears coach may be the dumbest coach in football. He totally mishandled Cutler and his game decisions are astounding. DUH … bears!!

  24. sickcub says: Dec 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    Trestman did not remember Scott Norwood

  25. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 6:36 PM

    As a Lion’s fan, I loved that kicker’s duel! Thanks Vikes!

  26. roanboon says: Dec 1, 2013 6:38 PM

    it’s games like that which the bears always seem to find a way to win.

  27. shlort says: Dec 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    Vikings are going to the SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!

  28. larryboodry says: Dec 1, 2013 6:44 PM

    Nine times out of ten, Gould makes the 47-yarder, so I agree with trestman’s call…Why risk a turnover or penalty?

  29. firerogergoodell says: Dec 1, 2013 6:47 PM

    FEED THE BEAST! 211 yards and a huge win. Where are those who claimed he was “done”?

  30. johngaltwho says: Dec 1, 2013 6:48 PM

    As a Packer fan, it was fun to root for AP and watch him run wild all over the Bears. Must be disappointing for the Trolling Bears fans who mocked the Packers tie with the then 2-8 Vikings. Im looking forward to rooting for the Vikes again when they play Detroit at the end of the season.

  31. kabasaman says: Dec 1, 2013 6:55 PM

    It looks like Emery might not be so smart after all. Trestman might turn out to be another Shea McClellin…….”Bust”. Maybe . The Bears are in deep trouble. The problem is, even if the Bears finish dead last in the division. No one has any confidence in Emery not to screw up the draft picks anyway.

  32. conormacleod says: Dec 1, 2013 6:58 PM

    Ponder being knocked out of game saved the Vikings. He looked lost out there. And, the Vikings OC decided passing the ball early was the way to beat the worst rushing defense in the league. Curious. A win is a win, but the Vikings still have to clean house. All coaches must go. Cassell can stay to mentor new QB.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 1, 2013 7:05 PM

    Contra says packers fans can’t talk because they have a losing record.

    So, contra says shut up, Vikings fans.

    I agree.

    >

  34. trollsetter says: Dec 1, 2013 7:13 PM

    Packer fans should worry about next year. Have that genius TT draft some more defensive superstars like Datone Jones. Perhaps then you can take off your clown shoes.

  35. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 7:20 PM

    packerfansarefat says:
    Dec 1, 2013 6:28 PM
    There are two types of Vikes fans at this stage…Emotional and Logical/emotional….ALL who love their team as much as the other.

    EMOTIONAL fans: Congratulations on the victory…that’s it.

    LOGICAL/EMOTIONAL fans: We just slid back to number 6 on the draft board…effectively sliding us further from this nauseating quarterback play….it is amazing to watch as people cheer continued sucking. Even today’s win was enough to make one puke as wins go.

    Well, we will get what we wish for I guess. Maybe next year we can pick up a “used up” Free agent like Matt Schaub.
    GET A CLUE PEOPLE!!
    ………
    Dude…..are you a Viking fan or not? You act like a top 3 QB pick is somehow “Guaranteed” to work out. The draft will work its way out regardless if its the 1st, 3rd, 6th, or 8th pick……it doesnt really matter because nothing is guaranteed anyway. When will you cheer for a win…….ten drafts from now when you get the player you want?

  36. kabasaman says: Dec 1, 2013 7:24 PM

    Don’t get too excited Lion fans. You’ll find away to blow it.

  37. pack13queens0 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:25 PM

    Officials helped the Vikings win. A late hit penalty was going to be called but they decided to not call it. What a joke. And that taunting call against the Bears was bad too. I wish the Bears would have won.

  38. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 7:28 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:25 PM
    Officials helped the Vikings win. A late hit penalty was going to be called but they decided to not call it. What a joke. And that taunting call against the Bears was bad too. I wish the Bears would have won.
    ………..
    Did you see the ticky-tack facemask penalty that took away the Vikes 1st winning FG? Im sure you didn’t.

  39. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:25 PM
    Officials helped the Vikings win. A late hit penalty was going to be called but they decided to not call it. What a joke. And that taunting call against the Bears was bad too. I wish the Bears would have won.
    …………
    I thought the Bears were the Packers’ rivals and the Vikings were not? Why would you want to cheer for your rival to win? Is that what you “fans” do over there in Sconi?

  40. gophersnot says: Dec 1, 2013 7:34 PM

    Ponder is not good but who’s stats are these?

    Green Bay Passing
    C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
    M. Flynn 10/20 139 7.0 0 1 7-37 2.1 51.9
    Team 10/20 102 5.1 0 1 7-37 – –

    Dominant?! That QB rating is great.

  41. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 1, 2013 7:38 PM

    First of all, congrats to Vikings. The win won’t help you in the long run but congrats anyway.

    It’s amazing seeing a Bear’s QB throw for over 350 yards and no picks, a WR hauling in 250 yards, and a RB going over 100 yards rushing plus receiving yards … and we still lose.

    It’s the defense pure and simple. Injuries or not they just suck.

  42. nickynick04 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:38 PM

    It amazes me how Viking fans are so so obsessed with the Packers injury plagued year.
    They jump on little tide bits claiming
    …” at least the Vikings are my this or that…we re better then the Packers this past month etc…”
    How about you mention Green Bay has 13 World Titles including 4 Super Bowls and the Vikings have zero

    Yes contra and pftpoet. I m talking to you
    Kiss the Rings
    If Florio will print this….he pulls anti Viking posts…

  43. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 1, 2013 7:42 PM

    Since Rodgers went out, the Packers are 0-4-1 and the Vikings are 2-2-1.

  44. bdoubleoey says: Dec 1, 2013 7:44 PM

    There are two types of Vikes fans at this stage…Emotional and Logical/emotional….ALL who love their team as much as the other.

    EMOTIONAL fans: Congratulations on the victory…that’s it.

    LOGICAL/EMOTIONAL fans: We just slid back to number 6 on the draft board…effectively sliding us further from this nauseating quarterback play….it is amazing to watch as people cheer continued sucking. Even today’s win was enough to make one puke as wins go.

    Well, we will get what we wish for I guess. Maybe next year we can pick up a “used up” Free agent like Matt Schaub.
    GET A CLUE PEOPLE!!

    —————-

    Couldn’t agree more with you. You and I think long term, most think short term. Now with ATL and Jacksonville losing today, we would have been at the 2nd draft pick. We can’t even lose right.

  45. pack13queens0 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    I thought the Bears were the Packers’ rivals and the Vikings were not? Why would you want to cheer for your rival to win? Is that what you “fans” do over there in Sconi?
    ——————————————————
    I never cheer for the Vikings.

  46. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 1, 2013 7:51 PM

    Bears fans…. Brandon Marshall is a pretty good wr… But your best one is Jeffries… He’s a stud.. That kid has some very good hands. That TD he caught, never even brought that ball into his body. Went down holding it with two hands. There was no question he had control of the ball and scored. I remember before he was drafted, there was a lot of talk about him, then it kinda died down. But there should be more talk about him. He’s good! He’s not megatron, but he’s not far off.

    Jeffries is a guy Ted Thompson would have passed on in the draft because he would have some “gem” he would rather pick in the 7th round of the draft.

    Green bay isn’t half as talented as Chicago. Green bay just has Rodgers. That’s it.

  47. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Vikes beat the Bears TWICE in this one. That’s even better than the Vikies beating them once. Congrats, Vikes.

    GO LIONS!

  48. packerfansarefat says: Dec 1, 2013 7:57 PM

    “teamnorsecore”

    First, I’m not 13 years old…so don’t call me “dude”….second, your comment regarding “nothing is a guaranteed”….making blanket statements like that makes you sound niave. I have coached at a high level and understand that as long as you have an average QB, you will generally have an average team…that’s all son.
    VIKES FANS, I have unfortunately been a Vikes fan since “78….YES, that means I don’t even remember the last Super Bowl…..it’s not about being a “true fan”…I have been on every roller coaster you’ve been on……go talk “smack” to your true rivals. GOD FORBID one suggest losing is a logical right step.

  49. iowahbr says: Dec 1, 2013 7:57 PM

    the thing is that right now there are 44 posts and not one of them suggests that both the Bears and the Vikings are lousy. when lousy plays lousy the end result is still lousy regardless of the final score. the only amazing thing about the whole game is the number of tickets sold to watch lousy football. What night is draft selection 2014?

  50. urcrap says: Dec 1, 2013 8:05 PM

    Best spoiler team in the NFC! Screw the draft! Keep it up Vikes!!!

  51. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 8:07 PM

    Embrace the suck, Bears. It really was a game I was expecting to suck, but good job beating them twice, Vikes!

  52. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 8:08 PM

    The Vikes, with all due respect, are the best spoiler team, because they’re flat out the worst team in the division. At a higher level, the Lions are going to be the best spoiler team in the playoffs!

  53. whatjusthapped says: Dec 1, 2013 8:15 PM

    All in all, Peterson is the best RB in football, whoever is in 2nd place isn’t even close.

    I really feel bad for him, he will never play in the Superbowl, right now just playing on a .500 team would be a step in the right direction.

    And there is no such thing as screwing up your draft position. Spielman will screw up on his own no matter where the Vikings draft.

  54. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:18 PM

    Great way to end the Bears series at the dome, always enjoyed when they came to town its always interesting between the two teams and George Halas was a huge piece of bringing an NFL team to Minnesota.

    This should’ve been the last game at the dome, but we had to get Detroit who if they don’t have the division locked up by then could easily beat us 31-17. Our defense isn’t as bad as green bay and we can probably put up more than 56 yards with less then 3:00 to go in a game.

    Relax draft watchers, we’re slotted at 6 right now and can take a great player and draft a QB in round 2.

  55. stellarperformance says: Dec 1, 2013 8:26 PM

    Good job Vikings. Cassel played well in reserve. AP looked as strong as ever.

  56. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 8:30 PM

    Even though your teams are not good, our Akers might not have been able to win this one either.

  57. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 8:33 PM

    packerfansarefat says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:57 PM
    “teamnorsecore”

    First, I’m not 13 years old…so don’t call me “dude”….second, your comment regarding “nothing is a guaranteed”….making blanket statements like that makes you sound niave. I have coached at a high level and understand that as long as you have an average QB, you will generally have an average team…that’s all son.
    VIKES FANS, I have unfortunately been a Vikes fan since “78….YES, that means I don’t even remember the last Super Bowl…..it’s not about being a “true fan”…I have been on every roller coaster you’ve been on……go talk “smack” to your true rivals. GOD FORBID one suggest losing is a logical right step.
    ……….
    Sorry, I guess after I read your “Mature” login name, I figured you were a young’un……my mistake…..I guess. If you are a fan of an organization, you cheer for it to succeed…….I cheer for my favorite team to win every week…..all season. By you saying you are”unfortunately” a Vikings fan……well, that speaks volumes. No one is forcing you to cheer for the Vikes…..don’t do it if its that bad! “Unfortunately” a Viking fan…..wow….what a “fan” you are. I’d be proud to say that……unreal. I have been a fan of this team my entire life, I have been through all the ups and downs and I too want a championship here…..BUT……I CANNOT cheer for losses simply because people like you THINK you know that a top 5 QB pick this year is gonna make it all come together. Yes I want a great QB, yes I want a Championship, yes I love the Vikings. No I will not cheer for losses……that is pathetic and weak. Losing IS NOT a logical right step…….NO PLAYER IS GUARANTEED to be the stud QB we need. The Vikes play to win the games and chips will fall where they may. Why did you write about “coaching at a high level”? Should I brag about my football past as well?

  58. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 8:35 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:49 PM
    teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    I thought the Bears were the Packers’ rivals and the Vikings were not? Why would you want to cheer for your rival to win? Is that what you “fans” do over there in Sconi?
    ——————————————————
    I never cheer for the Vikings.
    …………….
    But you cheer for the Bears….got it. I ONLY cheer for the Vikings.

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:37 PM

    With their tremendous win over the Packers rival today, the Vikings are only 2 games in back of the Packers.

    2 games, and 13 World Championships.

  60. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 1, 2013 8:39 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:42 PM
    Since Rodgers went out, the Packers are 0-4-1 and the Vikings are 2-2-1.

    —-

    This is a great statistic.

    If you didn’t have Peterson, you’d be 0-16 at the end of the season.

    So?

  61. cfos00 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:44 PM

    People here are blaming Trestman for a bad decision, and I get that. It was a dumb call, and there’s no reason that we should keep slamming it into the middle of the line on X-and-1 since it never works and we’ve done it about a dozen times without learning.

    But good god, I can’t remember a Bears defense this bad in the past 30 years. We’ve given up over 175 on the ground in five straight games, the opposing WRs are open by 5 yards consistently, and we keep running out Safeties who seem completely clueless in coverage, take terrible angles on runs, and can’t tackle. Anyone who has watched any of the last two months of football can see every single team go after them over and over again, and why wouldn’t you when it works every time? Mel Tucker needs to go. Even with injuries, this is inexcusable. It doesn’t even resemble a competitive, let alone decent, defense.

  62. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 9:01 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 1, 2013 8:39 PM
    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:42 PM
    Since Rodgers went out, the Packers are 0-4-1 and the Vikings are 2-2-1.

    —-

    This is a great statistic.

    If you didn’t have Peterson, you’d be 0-16 at the end of the season.

    So?
    …………
    Probably not……Toby ran through that Packer “defense” like a hot knife through butter last week, so he would probably be able to step in and at least be serviceable. maybe 2 wins serviceable…..no?

  63. wnstonchill says: Dec 1, 2013 9:13 PM

    As deflating as this game was from a fan’s viewpoint, it’s not shocking just the same. Marc Trestman is learning how to be a head coach in the NFL. This is part of the education. The past few games, he’s made some really head scratching decisions and what will determine how succesful he is as a head coach will be his ability to learn from these mistakes and grow from them. The worst part about a loss is not learning from it!

  64. purpleguy says: Dec 1, 2013 9:15 PM

    I almost left that game about 3 times thinking it was over — glad I stayed. Feels good to win a game on Thanksgiving weekend.

  65. frank booth says: Dec 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 6:11 PM

    I love not having to rely on only one player to win us a game and actually have talent around our team

    (Unlike the Packers)

    Our future is bright.
    ==================================
    The Vikings couldn’t be more one-dimensional. Before todays game, Adrian Peterson had the same amount of rushing TD’s (11) as all Vikings QB’s had throwing for touchdowns. He accounts for nearly half of the Vikings total offensive production.

    Their defense is the worst in giving up TD’s and around 28th or 29th in giving up yardage. Jared Allen had 22 sacks in 2011, 12 in 2012, and has around 6 or 7 this year. He’s slowing down.

    The future is bright- As soon as Adrian Peterson becomes QB and plays defense as well as RB.

    Vikes should be holding down that basement spot for a while.

  66. f1restarter says: Dec 1, 2013 9:22 PM

    teamnorsecore says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:01 PM
    Probably not……Toby ran through that Packer “defense” like a hot knife through butter last week, so he would probably be able to step in and at least be serviceable. maybe 2 wins serviceable…..no?
    —————————
    Hmm…gotta say no to this one.

    After all, the Vikings are the only team in the division that can’t beat the Packers. And that’s with Adrian Peterson.

    Without him, 0-16 sounds about right.

  67. contra74 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:26 PM

    nickynick04 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 7:38 PM
    It amazes me how Viking fans are so so obsessed with the Packers injury plagued year.
    They jump on little tide bits claiming
    …” at least the Vikings are my this or that…we re better then the Packers this past month etc…”
    How about you mention Green Bay has 13 World Titles including 4 Super Bowls and the Vikings have zero

    Yes contra and pftpoet. I m talking to you
    Kiss the Rings
    If Florio will print this….he pulls anti Viking posts…
    ——-
    Does mentioning the past somehow make today’s team better? No? Then don’t mention the past because on desperate people do that.

  68. frank booth says: Dec 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    I think we need a new rule here at PFT: Fans of Detroit’s division opponents are no longer allowed to talk trash about the Lions. Your teams are terrible. Shamefully so. I would be embarrassed if I were you. The Bears might be the least terrible of the three but then again they just lost to the Vikings playing with their 37th string quarterback so it’s really hard to say. The Packers looked like a high school team against Detroit on Thursday.
    It feels awesome to be in first place and to think back to all the awful things so many of you have said about the Lions this year and laugh.
    ==================================
    But it won’t be nearly as funny as when the Lions get to the playoffs and get knocked out. Fans of the Bears, Packers, and Vikings at least know what it’s like to get to the Super Bowl. You’ll be twice as irritated then.

  69. contra74 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:41 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:22 PM
    teamnorsecore says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:01 PM
    Probably not……Toby ran through that Packer “defense” like a hot knife through butter last week, so he would probably be able to step in and at least be serviceable. maybe 2 wins serviceable…..no?
    —————————
    Hmm…gotta say no to this one.

    After all, the Vikings are the only team in the division that can’t beat the Packers. And that’s with Adrian Peterson.

    Without him, 0-16 sounds about right.
    —-
    Bitter about the packers current state of affairs eh?

    At least you tied your Super Bowl against the Vikings so there’s something to be proud about.

  70. f1restarter says: Dec 1, 2013 9:43 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Dec 1, 2013 6:27 PM
    It feels awesome to be in first place and to think back to all the awful things so many of you have said about the Lions this year and laugh.
    ———————
    Really? I didn’t know anyone cared enough about the Lions to bother saying anything.

  71. twolvesvikings says: Dec 1, 2013 9:52 PM

    Teamnorsecore,

    We say “unfortunately” a Viking fan because we are dedicated fans. Fair weather fans like yourself would maybe watch if they do good and shut it off when they struggle. We have watched every week of mediocre football and want to see a change. Letting the “chips fall into place” is the worst strategy there is. It’s why certain franchises continue to struggle. Regarding the QB situation since when has it not improved a team? Have you seen the difference with Rodgers out? Have you seen what the “loser” fans that cheered for Colts losses got with Luck? What other SENSIBLE way of getting a great QB is there? When you have stingy owners in a small market. Wake up my friend.

  72. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 1, 2013 10:08 PM

    My point is: If any team loses an NFL MVP, they’re not going to win many games. That kind of talent and game-changing ability is hard to manufacture elsewhere. If you find a diamond in the rough to come in and succeed at the same level, great…but it’s not likely.

    The Packers, with their MVP, won 5 games. So far, the Vikings with their MVP, have won 3.

    Saying the Vikings would go 0-16 isn’t that far fetched. I’m completely confident in saying that if Rodgers went down week one that the Packers would be 1-14-1 at the end of this season.

  73. packerfansarefat says: Dec 1, 2013 10:08 PM

    “teamnorsecore”..

    You’re obviously insecure enough to sit on here and argue with anyone that doesn’t agree with what makes a “real fan” in your mind.
    I notice you are arguing with several individuals…..

    Some might say a “true fan” knows his rivals and has conversation with others regarding the teams they cheer for.

    Look in the mirror…..”dude”. btw…it’s past your bedtime.

  74. frank booth says: Dec 1, 2013 10:29 PM

    purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Dec 1, 2013 9:42 PM

    “With their tremendous win over the Packers rival today, the Vikings are only 2 games in back of the Packers.

    2 games, and 13 World Championships.”

    ————————————————–

    I’ll let you in on something, NOBODY cares about your “championships”. Superbowls, yes; anything else, no… Congrats, you won a few games with 8 teams in the league, that resulted in “championships”. You’re literally embarrassing yourself trying to consider anything other than your superbowls. This coming from the same fan base that actually believes they “own” their team.. Just my two cents worth, but I gotta go polish my flag football trophies from when I was kid, have a good one!
    ==================================
    You couldn’t be more right. No one cares about the “Original Six” in hockey and any of those Stanley Cups, with such crappy players as Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and Rocket Richard. I prefer the much more watered down version that expansion brings. Stanley Cups during the era that there were 6 teams don’t matter.

    Baseball before the NLCS- screw it! No one cares about Ruth or Mantle or Henry Aaron’s home runs.
    Hell, he hit a lot of those home runs before the Rays, Mariners, Brewers, and others were in the league. Sports history means nothing.

    Jim Brown was garbage and no one cares about those players or their championships. Nothing matters until the Super Bowl started. 1958 Championship game, “The Greatest Game ever Played”? Garbage. George Halas, Curly Lambeau, and other pioneers of the NFL contributed nothing to the NFL. Plus, Vikings ownership has always been so instrumental when it comes to contributing to changes or forming new ideas in the NFL. Championships just don’t matter in leagues with more concentrated talent.

    The NFL never had less than 10 teams, by the way. Also, your team has never won a Super Bowl or championship (we don’t count the NFL championship in 1969, since they were subsequently beaten by the Chiefs, the first of their 4 Super Bowl losses)regardless of the amount of teams, so by either measuring stick, the Vikings fail. But remember the last time they played in the Super Bowl over 35 years ago? That was awesome.

    The NFL didn’t start in 1961 with the Minnesota Vikings. It started long before that.

  75. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 1, 2013 10:36 PM

    I think people are going to take “teamnorsecore” a little more seriously than you, contra… especially when you have the packerfansarefat screen name up.

  76. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    Viking fans are some angry, little (figuratively) people. They hate the Packers. They hate their fellow Viking fans. They hate their GM. They hate their coaching staff. And they hate themselves.

    I might feel sorry for them if they had any redeeming characteristics.

  77. dougy1970 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:47 PM

    Dick Butkus must have been turning over in his grave watching Adrian Peterson run all over the Bears defense. But then again, Butkus couldn’t stop the Vikings running game in his era either.

  78. kcprof926 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    The Bears are who we thought they were . Horrible tacklers and why kick a 47 yarder on second down? Another in a long line of poor coaching decisions this weekend in football

  79. larryboodry says: Dec 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    @dougy1970:

    You do know that Dick Butkus is still alive, right?

  80. duece5 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:20 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Dec 1, 2013 10:08 PM

    My point is: If any team loses an NFL MVP, they’re not going to win many games. That kind of talent and game-changing ability is hard to manufacture elsewhere. If you find a diamond in the rough to come in and succeed at the same level, great…but it’s not likely.

    The Packers, with their MVP, won 5 games. So far, the Vikings with their MVP, have won 3.

    Saying the Vikings would go 0-16 isn’t that far fetched. I’m completely confident in saying that if Rodgers went down week one that the Packers would be 1-14-1 at the end of this season.

    duece5 says:

    OK tokyo……you are an official knob.

    Everhyone knows that this is a QB driven league. Our MVP is a running back.

    We have 3 bad QBs,……AP can’t pass himself the ball.

    Dude tore your team up, and now the bears.

    He is an absolute stud, and you are well aware.

    If you’re not aware, you obviously don’t watch your packers play our Vikes, and when All Day does his thing.

    Pack fans very bitter since Erin has gone down.

    Hey, I predicted it WHEN ERIN went down……..THE PACKERS WOULD NOT WIN ONE TIME.

    Get over the bitterness tokyo, she is done for the year.

  81. logiclevoicesays says: Dec 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    The only thing worse than cheering for the Bears today would have been cheering for the Packers last Thursday.

    #MaybeFlynnCanKickForTheBears

  82. packerenglishmajor says: Dec 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    Who needs their starting QB ,

    to beat the Bears?

    Oh, yeah . . . the Packers

  83. duece5 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:27 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    Viking fans are some angry, little (figuratively) people. They hate the Packers. They hate their fellow Viking fans. They hate their GM. They hate their coaching staff. And they hate themselves.

    I might feel sorry for them if they had any redeeming characteristics.

    duece5 says:

    Poor filthy……..he must have kicked his dog too after he heard Erin may not play next week, or the rest of the year for that matter.

    I think the Erin absence has finally gotten to the pack faithful……….

    The Vikes win, and all pack fans are hateful.

    Tsk tsk pack fan, for shame…..this is the holiday season!

  84. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    twolvesvikings says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:52 PM
    Teamnorsecore,

    We say “unfortunately” a Viking fan because we are dedicated fans. Fair weather fans like yourself would maybe watch if they do good and shut it off when they struggle. We have watched every week of mediocre football and want to see a change. Letting the “chips fall into place” is the worst strategy there is. It’s why certain franchises continue to struggle. Regarding the QB situation since when has it not improved a team? Have you seen the difference with Rodgers out? Have you seen what the “loser” fans that cheered for Colts losses got with Luck? What other SENSIBLE way of getting a great QB is there? When you have stingy owners in a small market. Wake up my friend.
    ——————
    packerfansarefat says:
    Dec 1, 2013 10:08 PM
    “teamnorsecore”..

    You’re obviously insecure enough to sit on here and argue with anyone that doesn’t agree with what makes a “real fan” in your mind.
    I notice you are arguing with several individuals…..

    Some might say a “true fan” knows his rivals and has conversation with others regarding the teams they cheer for.

    Look in the mirror…..”dude”. btw…it’s past your bedtime.
    …………………
    You two guys keep cheering for losses…..if thats what being a “true” fan is, I want no part of it. I would still like to know how losing out guarantees a franchise QB who won’t fail. twolvesvikings, I take offense to you calling me fairweather. I am not going to sit here and defend my fandom to a stranger, but I will say usually season ticket holders and people who havent missed a single game since they were in Elementary School are not considered “Fair Weather”. And Mr. Maturity “packerfansarefat”……if you seriously think any coach or GM in the league is going to or should tell their players to tank and lose games, then all this “Coaching Experience” you say you have must be in women’s soccer or something. Would you seriously tell your players to tank games? Get a clue man…….why do they even go out there and play then? And since YOU threw it out there, anytime you’d like to really compare football experience, let me know. That comment by you is embarrassing!!

  85. teamnorsecore says: Dec 1, 2013 11:42 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 1, 2013 10:36 PM
    I think people are going to take “teamnorsecore” a little more seriously than you, contra… especially when you have the packerfansarefat screen name up.
    …………
    Contra doesnt cheer for his team to lose. He cheers for wins and knows that the coaches and players are professionals, with there jobs on the line……therefore they cant and wont play to lose football games.

  86. fluffy19 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:50 PM

    twolvesvikings says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:52 PM
    Teamnorsecore,

    We say “unfortunately” a Viking fan because we are dedicated fans. Fair weather fans like yourself would maybe watch if they do good and shut it off when they struggle. We have watched every week of mediocre football and want to see a change. Letting the “chips fall into place” is the worst strategy there is. It’s why certain franchises continue to struggle. Regarding the QB situation since when has it not improved a team? Have you seen the difference with Rodgers out? Have you seen what the “loser” fans that cheered for Colts losses got with Luck? What other SENSIBLE way of getting a great QB is there? When you have stingy owners in a small market. Wake up my friend.
    **************************************

    Wake up, indeed! If you really feel unfortunate for struggling through the ups and downs, then you are the band wagon fan. I consider myself fortunate to cheer for a consistently relevant team with a rich history of super freak level talent. If you can’t deal with some heart break without calling yourself unfortunate, go cheer for someone else.

    As for your draft position/”chips fall where they may” argument, you inadvertently negated your own point with your chosen example. Aaron Rogers is the PERFECT example of why it doesn’t matter if you have the 1st or the 20th pick. If you don’t get the right guy, it’s moot. Of the top 10 QB’s in the NFL, how many are #1/#2 picks? Rogers, no. Brady, no. Brees, no. Wilson, no. Kapernick, no. Sure, Manning and Stafford. But there’s also Bradford and Alex Smith (who took years to become a game manager). The point is, it’s not about draft position, it’s about getting the right guy. The Colts are the rarest of examples. Teams almost never tank a season in the NFL. And our closest rivals locked up 25 years of HOF QB play by trading for a loose cannon from Atlanta and taking a guy who slid down the board and who we passed on twice to replace him. So I guess those would be more SENSIBLE than intentionally tanking games. And since when have the Wilfs been stingy? (Aside from NJ real estate dealings, that is)

  87. 6kingswest says: Dec 2, 2013 12:04 AM

    5-7-1 …the Packer’s record after the game next Sunday. 13 championships and all the Viking bashing you can muster ISN’T GOING TO CHANGE THE INEVITABLE!

    Have a lovely week! :)

  88. frank booth says: Dec 2, 2013 12:26 AM

    Dick Butkus must have been turning over in his grave watching Adrian Peterson run all over the Bears defense. But then again, Butkus couldn’t stop the Vikings running game in his era either.
    ==================================

    If Dick Butkus was in a grave, he’d have greater concerns than Adrian Peterson, (such as escaping from the grave) given the fact that he’s not dead.

  89. allday420ap says: Dec 2, 2013 2:26 AM

    FYI, packer fans are actually fat. Science backs this.

  90. nickynick04 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:09 AM

    Green Bay is a better franchise fact
    Vikings wear purple
    play inside
    coach scalps Super bowl tickets

    Vikings had more arrests in November then wins
    Kiss the Rings

  91. banlarson says: Dec 2, 2013 8:33 AM

    I’m all for maximizing draft position, but I’ll take a win against a division opponent any week. Beating Washing in the 3-13 season and doing it again this year is what hurts. Can anyone tell me why two teams that were ranked #1 in the NFL last year (at one point) can both be 2-9 (Atlanta / Houston)? At least teams like MN, TB, and Jacksonville have pride and don’t quit.

  92. packerbadger says: Dec 2, 2013 10:00 AM

    BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! At least our PRACTICE SQUAD TIED the championshipless Vikings!!! Vikings won a game….. I guess a blind hog does find an acorn once in a while.

  93. iowahbr says: Dec 2, 2013 10:57 AM

    When Trestman has trouble with getting 1 yard on two tries to put a game away or calls for a 47 yard kick on 2nd down to win even the avearge fans starts to question his ability. The Bears need help at several positions on the field but most folks thought that hiring Trestman would make the silly Lovie coaching mistakes go away. Has not happened and I assume Bears fans didn’t think we needed to both hire and then train a fellow to be a decent NFL coach. Right now the average fantasy league game player could do better than the guy from Canada during the game.

    PS: could both Packer fans and haters post elsewhere please.

  94. hotwings4u says: Dec 2, 2013 11:55 AM

    Christian Ponder is our starting quarterback going forward

  95. kamikazebulldog says: Dec 2, 2013 1:20 PM

    All of you guys saying losing is the logical way to go so that the Vikings can get a higher draft pick to be used on a quarterback do realize that there have been quite a few #1 overall, #2 overall, etc. etc. QB draft picks that have been a complete washout right?

    You really think a franchise type QB has to be drafted in the top 5? Aaron Rodgers fell like a sinking ship in his draft and I would say he is pretty damn good even if I do despise Green Bay.

    When was Brady drafted again – must have been #1 overall? I sure do like looking at that HOF bust of Ryan Leaf, #2 overall pick, so you know he was a franchise savior.

    I root for the Vikings through and through. I know they are not very good, but there is no way in hell I will ever watch them and cheer for them to lose so that “maybe we can get so and so in May”

  96. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 2, 2013 1:26 PM

    Bridgewater/Manziel/Mariotta…no guarantee that they will pan into NFL stars. I’m of the belief that quarterbacks are made, not born. No one knows what would have happened if Rodgers was taken #1 and Alex Smith at #24. You need to coach and develop the quarterback and place him in a position to be successful. The Vikings appear unable to do that currently.

    Might as well knock off the Lions for me while you’re at it.

  97. iowahbr says: Dec 2, 2013 1:43 PM

    to Kamikazebulldog:

    What you say is true but I think you are ignoring the great strides that the best organizations have made in the last 5 years in scouting 1st, 2nd, and 3d round picks on more than basic skills. Work habits, academic record, past legal problems, and background research are much tigher than they were in the past. Steroid freaks, anit-social misfits and the like can still get drafted but these days it’s usually with everyone’s eyes open and knowing the gamble upfront.

  98. 25robrown says: Dec 2, 2013 4:07 PM

    First they injure Rogers then they injure Ponder — dirtiest team in football.

  99. kamikazebulldog says: Dec 2, 2013 4:08 PM

    to Kamikazebulldog:

    What you say is true but I think you are ignoring the great strides that the best organizations have made in the last 5 years in scouting 1st, 2nd, and 3d round picks on more than basic skills. Work habits, academic record, past legal problems, and background research are much tigher than they were in the past. Steroid freaks, anit-social misfits and the like can still get drafted but these days it’s usually with everyone’s eyes open and knowing the gamble upfront

    ————————————————
    I’m not forgetting about that at all. It is actually part of my point. Just because the media is always showing us clips of an talking about Bridgewater, Mariota, and Manziel will not by any means make them a better QB for a team than say an AJ McCarron or Brett Hundley.

  100. frank booth says: Dec 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    25robrown says: Dec 2, 2013 4:07 PM

    First they injure Rogers then they injure Ponder — dirtiest team in football.
    ==================================
    It’s strange, but players get injured in football. Neither of those hits was flagged or considered questionable.

    Football is a great sport. You should actually watch a game some time.

  101. funshipm174 says: Dec 2, 2013 7:22 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Dec 1, 2013 6:09 PM
    Hey Viking fans:

    Excellent job screwing up your draft position

    ___________________________________

    Sorry, but I agree. Two years ago w screw up our draft position by beating Washington in a meaningless game and Leslie is happy. Of course Peterson was hurt in that game also.

    If not for the fact we have the Ravens, Eagles, Bengal and Lions up next which we know they will lose, we might screw this years position up as well.

  102. notoriusbug says: Dec 2, 2013 11:02 PM

    @firestarter “Hey Viking fans: Excellent job screwing up your draft position. And please do keep wearing out Adrian Peterson, he’s not getting any younger you know.”

    One of the dumbest comments I have ever read on this site. Not too obvious that you are a disgruntled Bears fan. Do you really think NFL players go out and lose games to try and better the draft position of the team? They play to win. AD gives them a chance to win. Do you think the Lions ever considered diminishing Barry Sanders’ role in order to “perserve” him for the future? Of course not. Now stop being bitter that the Vikings put a major wrinkle in the Bears’ playoff chances.

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