Zygi Wilf throws his team’s horned hat into the Super Bowl ring

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From the moment running back Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings, the team instantly became a contender for the coming season. And for good reason; 7-9 despite not having Peterson for 15 games in 2014, his mere presence could propel the team to enough additional wins to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Among those seeing the coming campaign through purple-colored glasses is owner Zygi Wilf, who addressed whether the team has a chance to win the Super Bowl in remarks to a group of reporters.

Absolutely,” Wilf said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I mean, we can win the Super Bowl, but I stopped my predictions I think my third season [of owning the team].”

Wilf has owned the team for a decade, with the 2009 edition of the franchise nearly making it to the Super Bowl. But his positivity is currently unprecedented.

“I’ve never been more optimistic since we’ve owned the team about the players or a coach, our organization or the direction that we’re headed,” Wilf said.

Things should only get better from here. The Vikings will finish their two-year stay at the University of Minnesota’s open-air venue in 2015, christening next year a futuristic new structure that Wilf says will be “rivaled by none.”

The football team is far from reaching that point, but the arrow definitely is pointing up. There’s a danger, however, in putting the bar too high, especially for a franchise that hasn’t seen the divisional round in six years. It’s always better for a team’s expectations to be low, and the expectations are now anything but that for the 2015 Vikings.

87 responses to “Zygi Wilf throws his team’s horned hat into the Super Bowl ring

  1. I would challenge Wilf and anyone else to look at the vikings schedule and identify which 4 games they think the vikings could win?

    They have a chance against the Raiders and maybe the Rams but what other 2 teams on their schedule might they be able to get lucky wins?

  2. The Vikings have the hardest schedule in the NFL this year! So the record won’t be as good as some people are predicting. But making the playoffs is still a possibility and it will be awesome to see how Teddy, Adrian, and the best young defense in the NFL look going head to head against the highest competition.

  3. This would be truly comical if it wasn’t so sad. The Vikings finished 4 games out of the wildcard slot. There’s no way they make up that ground, especially facing a 3rd place schedule. They couldn’t muster 1 win versus a winning team last year. Not one.

    Either the fans are as delusional as their crooked owner or the owner is as dumb as the fans his team attracts.

    #NFLRecord27PlayoffLosses
    #DoubleDigitLossesInAll4SBs
    #NoSignificantWinsInTeamHistory

  4. Tough schedule this year. If they finish better than last year with this schedule I’ll be impressed.

  5. As an owner, Wilf should believe his team can win the Super Bowl this year. Every owner should believe in his team, and he should task steps to make it happen.

  6. Since my comments weren’t allowed on the Packer article, let’s see if I can say here:
    The real Favre is coming to Green Bay, but the Vikings think their fans will be fooled by Roundhouse Rodney Jr. in a #4 jersey.

  7. I doubt super bowl, but winning 10 games is a posaibility. Other than the top six teams in the league – other good teams ahow up & some throw up…no way to predict winner on last years team w-l. Wait for madden to come out

  8. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Obviously they do not drug test owners.

    People need to get off this Teddy Bridgewater bandwagon. He’s like 2% better than Geno Smith.

    Was 22nd in QB rating last year … BEHIND such stalwarts as Cutler, Orton and Sanchez.

    14 TD passes in 13 games. Big whoop. He also had 15 turnovers too.

  9. AP playing only means AP numbers. Same story it has always been. Even when he has put up his biggest numbers, the team has had a bad season….which is almost all of them with him.

    He does not carry the team, he only just keeps them from getting the #1 pick every year.

  10. The Vikings as a playoff team is crazy? They lost 5 games by 4 points or less last year.. With a rookie QB, a rookie HC and without their best player. Half the offensive line was missing due to injuries. They were playing in brand new schemes. They could have easily won at least a few of those games last year.

    Now, Teddy ended the last 5 games of the season as the highest ranked QB in the league. Zimmer has a year under his belt. AP is fresh and back. The team has a year playing in great schemes for a change. And they added a ton of talent on the defense and got healthy on offense.

    There’s a reason virtually everyone is predicting them to be in the playoffs and challenge for the NFCN.

  11. Because there’s no place I’d rather be in late January/early February than Minnesota. Screw the fans, right NFL?

  12. Oh good Lord Zygi, keep your mouth zipped on this. Let the team do it’s talking on the field.

    Expectations are justifiably high for the Vikings, as they should be, especially in comparison to their last two seasons. However, they need to prove they can win on the road, especially within their own division. The Vikings went 1-5 last season against division opponents, and 6-4 against the rest of the league.

    If the Vikings can post a winning record within their division, they make the playoffs.

  13. From an outside observer I think this is the first time the Vikes have a team capable of making the playoffs in quite some time IMO. If Bridgewater proves last year was just the starting point of his potential and AP returns to form they have a shot. The only people that wouldn’t think this are the predictable Packer trolls who’s sole purpose in life is to come on here and bash the Vikes. Sad really.

  14. This is the part of the season the Vikings dominate, the off season. Have fun, September is right around the corner and then you’ll be parked in the gutter until February again. #offseasonsuperbowlchamps

  15. Any team that doesn’t think they can win the big one really doesn’t deserve it. The Vikings have a lot of good reasons to feel confident.

    But it won’t be easy…..so do the Packers.

  16. Let me help you …Bob…

    49ers
    Lions twice
    Chargers
    Broncos
    KC
    Bears twice
    Rams
    Raiders
    Falcons
    Seattle
    Arizona
    Giants
    And one of the two against the Packers

    15-1!

  17. The Vikings won 7 games by squeaking out wins against some truly awful teams.

    Their most impressive performance was with Matt Cassel at quarterback.

    5 victories in 2015 would be an impressive achievement for Wilf’s bunch. A Super Bowl appearance is about as close as the Andromeda Galaxy.

  18. packfaninpackland says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Obviously they do not drug test owners.

    People need to get off this Teddy Bridgewater bandwagon. He’s like 2% better than Geno Smith.

    Was 22nd in QB rating last year … BEHIND such stalwarts as Cutler, Orton and Sanchez.

    14 TD passes in 13 games. Big whoop. He also had 15 turnovers too.

    —–

    You mean the guy that made a mental error 1 out of every 200 snaps which was referred to as “Tom Brady in his prime” and half of the “elite” average of 1 in every 100 snaps?

    Or the guy that threw like 8 “interceptable” passes all of last year?

    Yep, sounds like 2% better than Geno Smith to me.

  19. Bad teams try to keep their expectations low because they’re afraid they won’t meet them. It isn’t Zygi Wilf’s fault that everyone seems to be on the Vikings’ bandwagon. It’s Teddy Bridgewater’s fault, for finishing last year as the best quarterback in the NFL. It’s Mike Zimmer’s fault for changing the culture of the team and improving the defense to what should be top 10. It’s Rick Spielman’s fault for loading the team with young talent. It’s the NFL pundits’ fault for objectively looking at how things are going with the team and expecting improvement.

  20. firerogergoodell says:
    Jun 10, 2015 3:45 PM

    The Vikings have the hardest schedule in the NFL this year! So the record won’t be as good as some people are predicting. But making the playoffs is still a possibility and it will be awesome to see how Teddy, Adrian, and the best young defense in the NFL look going head to head against the highest competition.

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    Not sure how long you have been watching the NFL, but all the teams in the division play the exact same teams with the exception of TWO different teams from the other 14 same team match ups.

    By your rational all 4 teams in the NFCN have the hardest schedule this season.

  21. From Pro Football Focus:

    “Getting Peterson back in the fold will do wonders for this team, but the Vikings’ biggest reason for optimism is how Teddy Bridgewater finished the 2014 season at quarterback. Over the final five weeks, he was PFF’s highest-graded passer, one spot better than Rodgers. Over the final six games, he was second only to Drew Brees.”

  22. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:22 PM

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    Hold on, I thought the vikes were the 1969 NFL Champions? At least that’s what vike fans keep telling me.

  23. 7 wins, against NOBODY! They won games against the absolute WORST IN THE LEAGUE! Not a single win against a team with a winning record! Almost all of the wins came against teams at the very top of this year’s draft. The utter NONSENSE about this sorry team beating anybody is laughable!

  24. fordmandalay says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:05 PM

    Because there’s no place I’d rather be in late January/early February than Minnesota. Screw the fans, right NFL?
    ______

    Ummm…he was talking about the Vikings going to the Super Bowl, not Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl.

  25. So in terms to anyone who listened to Wilf. He feels the Vikings finally have a great coach, a promising quarterback, new home and a groups of young talent that could be a rival in the next few years…

  26. Let’s see…

    Who shall we listen to?? Packers fans who continue to bash Teddy’s stats as a rookie starter, and won’t even acknowledge the fact that he was one of the best QB’s (statistically) in the last month of the season…

    Or pretty much every single NFL insider who almost unanimously agree that he’s due for a breakout season…

    Yeah I think I’ll go with the experts on this one.

  27. lightninhopkins says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:29 PM

    @1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs Pre-merger championships are a joke.

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    Only fans of teams with ZERO Championships say ridiculous statements like that or you have no respect for the NFL and don’t anything about the history of this league.

  28. “7 wins, against NOBODY! They won games against the absolute WORST IN THE LEAGUE! Not a single win against a team with a winning record! Almost all of the wins came against teams at the very top of this year’s draft. The utter NONSENSE about this sorry team beating anybody is laughable!”

    No dog in this fight for me. But I’d point out that this argument is not as meaningful as many would have you believe.

    One of the reasons the “weak” strength of schedule you’re leveraging for your argument isn’t very strong, is because the team you’re capping on beat those teams.
    If an opponent is 8-7 going in to play the Vikings and the Vikings win that game, then they had a significant role in keeping that team from ending the season over .500.

  29. “Hold on, I thought the vikes were the 1969 NFL Champions? At least that’s what vike fans keep telling me.”

    The Vikings have many Conference Championships which was the equivalent to their Championship in 1969(the Championship in question), but was null and void from being recognized due the Kansas City Chief’s 23-7 victory in Superbowl IV.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships in 27 playoff appearances.

    That’s pretty bad.

  30. tokyoquiltmaster says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:44 PM
    Let’s see…Who shall we listen to?? Packers fans who continue to bash Teddy’s stats as a rookie starter, and won’t even acknowledge the fact that he was one of the best QB’s (statistically) in the last month of the season…
    //////////////////////////////

    or Vikings fans that can’t admit the Packers had a top five defense in the second half of the season?

  31. “ Over the final six games, he was second only to Drew Brees.”

    …and their record in those games (4 of them at home I believe) was a sterling 3-3.
    Pro Football Focus seems to think the Packers will do okay as well – even better than the mighty purple juggernaut.

  32. fordmandalay says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:05 PM
    Because there’s no place I’d rather be in late January/early February than Minnesota. Screw the fans, right NFL?
    ////////////////////////////////

    Uhhh…not everyone lives in Miami, or New Orleans, or San Diego, or LA.

    Personally, I cannot wait for it to be in Minneapolis.

  33. YES! Look at this math.

    1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:22 PM
    Lions have 4 Championships

    Bears have 9 Championships

    Packers have 13 Championships

    Vikings have ZERO Championships

    48 years of failure and counting…

    The Owner is just as delusional as his team’s fans.

  34. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:32 PM
    From Pro Football Focus:

    “Getting Peterson back in the fold will do wonders for this team, but the Vikings’ biggest reason for optimism is how Teddy Bridgewater finished the 2014 season at quarterback. Over the final five weeks, he was PFF’s highest-graded passer, one spot better than Rodgers. Over the final six games, he was second only to Drew Brees.”

    Whom exactly were the Vikings playing during that juggernaut run to the couch to watch the rest of the league in the playoffs?

    Remember – the Packer’s defense being top tier in the last bit of the league means nothing so Teddy’s numbers mean the same then.

  35. The level of “fail” in this thread is about what one would expect from the Annual Off Season World Championship crowd.

    “There’s a reason virtually everyone is predicting them to be in the playoffs and challenge for the NFCN.”

    If by “virtually everyone” you mean a handful of Minnesota regional homers posing as journalists then yeah, maybe. Vegas has them at 7 wins again this year and returning to the NFCN basement. Most people are predicting them to improve, I’ll give you that, but how hard could it be to improve over the hot mess they’ve been for the past several years?

    “But making the playoffs is still a possibility and it will be awesome to see how Teddy, Adrian, and the best young defense in the NFL look going head to head against the highest competition.”

    Best young defense in the NFL? Bahahahahaha!!!! Oh, dear Jebus. They were middle of the pack last year. Average. Nothing special. They started the year in the middle of the pack and they ended the year in the middle of the pack. No noteworthy improvement at all. Stagnant. Best young defense in the NFL… Ai yi yi.

  36. Big time packer stock holder chiming in!
    But, but, but we have a top 5 defense! Look out NFL, here we come! Bwaaaaaaah, wetc are going to take the Whitehouse, Bwaaaaaaah!

  37. I don’t think Super Bowl is in sight for this team. Are they getting better? Yes, they are a team that is improving. I still think they are a couple years off of really pushing for the top spot in the North. A lot of this year is going to hinge on how AP comes back and how Bridgewater progresses.

    I think Wild Card is a possibility and they will scare some teams this season. I am guessing 9-7 but trending upwards. Green Bay and Detroit should be around 11-5.

  38. Things are changing under Zimmer. Last year, Minnesota’s defense allowed 113 fewer points than in 2013, the biggest improvement in the league. It cut its yards allowed by an average of 52.9 yards per game. The mentality changed. They ended up the 14th rated defense in 2014 when they were ranked near the bottom the year before.

    Now they have Peterson back and they have guys back from injury, like Rudolph. They are going to go at least 10-6 IMO.

  39. Game by game look at the Vikings chances..

    at 49ers: Niners aren’t doing much this year. Vikings win.
    home vs Lions: Divisional game, anything can happen. I think the Lions win.
    home vs Chargers: Chargers either flop or go deep into the post season. I think the Vikings win this one.
    at Broncos: Broncos win. Easily.
    home vs Chiefs: Chiefs win. Despite Alex Smith throwing interceptions.
    at Lions: Lions win again.
    at Bears: Bears suck. Vikings win.
    home vs Rams: Rams will surprise people this year. Rams win.
    at Raiders: Raiders still suck. Vikings win.
    home vs Packers: Tough divisional game. Gotta give it to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers on this one.
    at Falcons: This will probably be the closest game of the season for the Vikings. Vikings win by 3 points.
    home vs Seahawks: The Vikings will make a showing. The Seahawks will win.
    at Cardinals: Cardinal win. Easily.
    home vs Bears: Vikings win. Easily.
    home vs Giants: Giants will stink this year. But I think they’ll win this one.
    at Packers: Packers win.

    So, let’s see, that’s 6 wins with maybe 4 more on the fence. Seems to me they probably finish about the same this year as last year. 8 wins, maybe. Adrian Peterson has never translated into tons of wins for the Vikings. He is a stats guy.

  40. If by “virtually everyone” you mean a handful of Minnesota regional homers posing as journalists then yeah, maybe. Vegas has them at 7 wins again this year and returning to the NFCN basement. Most people are predicting them to improve, I’ll give you that, but how hard could it be to improve over the hot mess they’ve been for the past several years?

    I don’t know why I repond to this but; national media is all over the Vikings: those pesky loca networks like CBS Sports, ESPN, Peter King, the list goes on and on and on and on. Like I said, virtually everyone has the Vikings as a playoff team whether you can admit it or not.

    Vegas’ lines are set on the basic fans betting 4 months ahead of the season! Those lines change a lot, since not many bettors are betting on things they won’t collect on for 10 months. Vegas definitely isn’t making any money off of the experts that are all picking the over. Useless to look at, at this point.

    And just for fun:

    “Bridgewater was playing at a phenomenal level by the end of last season. In Weeks 13-17, Bridgewater was tied for the league lead in completion percentage (72.1 percent) and was tops in vertical yards per attempt (16.5 yards on aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield). He also ranked 11th in Total QBR (67.1) and set a record for the highest completion percentage in NFL history for a rookie quarterback who attempted 40 or more passes in a game.

    Bridgewater also had a terrific season-long showing in the bad decision rate (BDR) metric that gauges how often a quarterback makes a mental error that leads to a turnover opportunity for the opposing team. His .5 percent BDR is a Tom Brady-in-his-prime caliber number and indicated Bridgewater made that sort of mental error once in every 200 pass attempts.

    The league-wide BDR average is usually about 2 percent (once every 50 passes) and the elite bar is 1 percent (once every 100 passes). Bridgewater had a 0.6 percent BDR against BCS-caliber conference opponents in his last year at Louisville, so this is par for the course for him, but it sure isn’t par for the course for most rookie quarterbacks.”

  41. It wouldn’t be so bad if you people weren’t so spineless. Sadly, though, spineless is exactly what you prove to be year after year after year.

    You talk all this nonsense and then by week 8 of the regular season, you’ll all be back to hiding in your parents’ basements; unseen and unheard-from until it’s time for your next Off Season World Championship.

    And we’ll laugh at you just as much then as we do now. Maybe even more so, because you will at that point have added yet another layer of fail to the ever-growing pile.

  42. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 10, 2015 3:57 PM

    Tough schedule this year. If they finish better than last year with this schedule I’ll be impressed.
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    I agree their schedule is pretty tough this year. However, the entire division pretty much has the same schedule. The only team with a so-called easier schedule in the division would be the Bears due to their fourth place finish.

    I am truly optimistic this year as a Viking fan more so than in the last several years. But until they prove it on the field they are still a third place team.

  43. firerogergoodell says:
    Jun 10, 2015 3:45 PM
    The Vikings have the hardest schedule in the NFL this year!

    Steelers have the toughest schedule in the NFL this year, followed by the Bengals at #2. Vikings have the 12th toughest schedule. It’s on any sports related website ie:
    espn, cbssports etc etc etc.

    1) Steelers – 147-107-2 .579
    2) Bengals – 144-112 .563
    12) Vikings – 137-117-2 .539

    The toughest schedule in the NFC North but not by much.

    13) Bears – 136-120 .531
    14) Packers – 135-120-1 .529
    15) Lions – 135-121 .527

  44. Let’s give the guy a break, in all 32 NFL cities, the off season is where optimism runs highest. Ziggy probably hasn’t swindled anyone in at least 6 months so his mind wanders to the possibility that the Vikings will make it to the Superbowl. Forget for the moment you would have better odds with a dollar bill buying a lotto ticket, he thinks that paying any RB is worth $13 million despite finishing in last place in the last 3 of the 4 years that RB even played so his football judgement is exactly razor sharp.

    I say let him have his daydreams, like almost all Viking fans, the spring before training camp is the time to declare your paper championship. They have been delusional each and every spring so why should this year be any different? Because once the season starts, if the Vikings are even mathematically alive by Halloween, I’d be surprised.

  45. I’m wondering where all the people think the Lions are going to be that good this year. They won several games last year having one of the top defenses in the league. They lost two of their best defenders and one of which may just be a top 3 defender in the league. I don’t have a crystal ball, however, I truly don’t see them being a playoff team this year. If Stafford can be smarter with the football, maybe. But I don’t believe they have the same success on defense.

    Packers are still the class of the NFCN until someone proves otherwise. One of the best offenses in the league and a defense that just may improve from last year.

    Bears – Who knows? I don’t think they improve much from last year. Only because they have a new coaching staff, defense playing a new style and the unpredictability of Jay Cutler.

    Vikings are an improved team from last year. No doubt about it. Are they as good as the Packers? Not while they have Aaron Rodgers. Can they beat them? They did with Christian Ponder and came within 3 points last year without their best player. People seem to forget they lost several games in the last few minutes of the game last year. With AP, that can very well be a different story. Again, they have to prove it on the field.

  46. Wow, it looks like the Vikings organization has hit the Delusion Trifecta!
    No surprise that the fanbase and even the coaching staff are chock-full of delusional thoughts about the fortunes of their team, but now the Vikings’ crooked owner has demonstrated that he is delusional, as well. Incredible!

    Mark my words, Vikings. With your tough schedule and questionable talent, you’ll be lucky to achieve a .500 record this year and, again, no playoffs!

  47. Not a Packers or Vikings fan, but I’d say that for a rookie, Teddy Bridgewater did pretty damn well at QB. The Browns should have taken the advice of the outside consulting company and taken Teddy, not the guy who would sell more jerseys (short term) and is an alcoholic.

  48. anewshole says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:58 PM

    YES! Look at this math.

    1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:22 PM
    Lions have 4 Championships

    Bears have 9 Championships

    Packers have 13 Championships

    Vikings have ZERO Championships

    48 years of failure and counting…

    The Owner is just as delusional as his team’s fans.
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    Your statistics, although true, are extremely skewed. When you add in the variables of when the Vikings entered the league in 1961 compared to the other teams;

    Bears came into the league (1919) and have 1 championship since the Vikings entered the league.

    Lions came into the league (1929) and have ZERO championships since the Vikings entered the league. The Lions championships were in the 1950s. Why anyone thinks they are a better franchise is just ludicrous.

    The ONLY team that has multiple championships since then are the Packers.

  49. You mean the guy that made a mental error 1 out of every 200 snaps which was referred to as “Tom Brady in his prime” and half of the “elite” average of 1 in every 100 snaps?
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    I don’t know what the heck this “stat” is, but it is pretty ridiculous.

    You are right….it isn’t a fair comparison to Geno Smith. Geno Smith has a much better arm and is much more mobile in the pocket with a lot more upside.

  50. tjacks7 says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:05 PM
    The Vikings as a playoff team is crazy? They lost 5 games by 4 points or less last year.
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    Only three wins were by more than 7 points. Rams, Falcons and Panthers. None had a winning record.

  51. “Your statistics, although true, are extremely skewed. When you add in the variables of when the Vikings entered the league in 1961 compared to the other teams;

    Bears came into the league (1919) and have 1 championship since the Vikings entered the league.

    Lions came into the league (1929) and have ZERO championships since the Vikings entered the league. The Lions championships were in the 1950s. Why anyone thinks they are a better franchise is just ludicrous.

    The ONLY team that has multiple championships since then are the Packers.”

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    There is nothing skewed about the history of the NFL. The only thing skewed is you with you desperate and feeble attempt to clear the Vikings from reality which is having (o) Championships in their pathetic 48 years in this league.

    …but, you’re a “nutj0b” as previously stated so it’s expected from a person such as yourself.

  52. Do you think they have any chance against Seattle, Green Bay twice, the Cardinals, the Broncos, the Chiefs, and the Chargers?

    Look at the next tier of opponents: Lions twice, the Giants, 49’ers, and the Bears twice. (Too many of you are underestimating the Bears.) No viking wins there.

    Then you have games against the Falcons, Rams, and Raiders. They likely cannot win all 3.

    They simply cannot win nearly as many games as last season.

  53. granadafan says: Jun 10, 2015 6:09 PM

    Not a Packers or Vikings fan, but I’d say that for a rookie, Teddy Bridgewater did pretty damn well at QB. The Browns should have taken the advice of the outside consulting company and taken Teddy, not the guy who would sell more jerseys (short term) and is an alcoholic.
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    Even as a Packers fan I full-heartedly agree with this. Teddy did have a good stretch last year, and he will be better than Manziel.

    However, and these are facts now:

    1) Teddy was never able to beat a team with a winning record last year.

    2) Of the six teams he beat, four finished in last place, and another finished third, in their respective divisions.

    3) Those six teams have a combined winning percentage of .295 (28-67-1). Let me repeat that: .295!

    4) Four of those teams finished 27th, 29th, 30th and 32nd in passing defense. The Jets were middle of the pack at 17th against the pass.

    Now, they did have a bright spot against the Panthers, and Bridgewater had good stats in that game, but still only passed for 135 yards.

    In summary, I will not say he’s a bust by any means, but he still has a lot to show me against better than average teams before I’ll say he’s ready to break out.

  54. Do you think they have any chance against Seattle, Green Bay twice, the Cardinals, the Broncos, the Chiefs, and the Chargers?

    Look at the next tier of opponents: Lions twice, the Giants, 49’ers, and the Bears twice. (Too many of you are underestimating the Bears.) No viking wins there.

    Then you have games against the Falcons, Rams, and Raiders. They likely cannot win all 3.

    They simply cannot win nearly as many games as last season.

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    Now this is a reliable and accurate prediction. Viking’s fans should take notes and their medication for delusional thoughts.

  55. I seen a team last year that had a new coaching staff, new playbook, loss of their star running back, numerous injuries along the offensive line, and a rookie qb. Regardless of that overcame and finished 7-9, outperforming the previous years! Yet I read a bunch of negativity about my team from a few disrespectful Packers fans about my team! The fact that you guys spend more time on here speaks volumes about your true thoughts! Just remember all this come the season! There is a reason so many people call us a team on the rise!!!!!

  56. What’s with this weird thing that you Green Bay fans and Minnesota fans have going on??!! F…..g Odd!! Give it a break already! You people sound like School children for F…k sake!

  57. The most awesome play I ever saw was in week 17 of 2003 when Josh McCown completed a perfect throw of a Hail Mary to Nate Poole, who made a diving catch on the sideline, keeping the Vikings out of the playoffs after a 6-0 start, and giving the Packers a playoff appearance.

  58. On the rise to what? Mediocrity? Truthfully, we just don’t care about the Vikings. They’re completely irrelevant and inconsequential. We only wish them bad because of the delusional nonsense we hear from the likes of you every offseason.

    After putting up with so much delusional nonsense for 8 or 9 months, we really, really enjoy it when “your team” jerks the rug out from under all your hopes and dreams yet again.

    I’ll tell ya what… try posting again with a few more exclamation points. That will show how much you really mean business!!!!!!!

  59. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:38 PM
    fordmandalay says:
    Jun 10, 2015 4:05 PM

    Because there’s no place I’d rather be in late January/early February than Minnesota. Screw the fans, right NFL?
    ______

    Ummm…he was talking about the Vikings going to the Super Bowl, not Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl.

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    Easy to see where he got confused… unfortunately.

  60. 34defense2014 says:
    Jun 10, 2015 7:49 PM

    What’s with this weird thing that you Green Bay fans and Minnesota fans have going on??!! F…..g Odd!! Give it a break already! You people sound like School children for F…k sake!
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    Agreed! Tell them to stay out of our threads unless they want to talk intelligently about football instead of trolling. Yes, the same goes for the Viking fans that do the same thing in the Packer threads.

  61. beerbratscheese says:
    Jun 10, 2015 7:09 PM

    Even as a Packers fan I full-heartedly agree with this. Teddy did have a good stretch last year, and he will be better than Manziel.

    However, and these are facts now:

    1) Teddy was never able to beat a team with a winning record last year.

    2) Of the six teams he beat, four finished in last place, and another finished third, in their respective divisions.

    3) Those six teams have a combined winning percentage of .295 (28-67-1). Let me repeat that: .295!

    4) Four of those teams finished 27th, 29th, 30th and 32nd in passing defense. The Jets were middle of the pack at 17th against the pass.

    Now, they did have a bright spot against the Panthers, and Bridgewater had good stats in that game, but still only passed for 135 yards.

    In summary, I will not say he’s a bust by any means, but he still has a lot to show me against better than average teams before I’ll say he’s ready to break out.
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    As a Viking fan I like this post. It’s all 100% true. But throw in they had a rookie QB, had 60-80% of their OLine injured most of the season, lost their star RB for 15 games and had several other injuries. Also, throw in they lost several games in the last couple of minutes of the game and you will note they were pretty competitive in all but two of their games last year.

    Look, I’m not saying they are a superbowl caliber team yet. But I will say they should be better this year and there is plenty to be optimistic about. The educated football fans are not gloating or have delusional thoughts as the Packer trolls keep saying. But yes, we are optimistic that the team is going in the right direction.

  62. calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jun 10, 2015 6:49 PM

    “Your statistics, although true, are extremely skewed. When you add in the variables of when the Vikings entered the league in 1961 compared to the other teams;

    Bears came into the league (1919) and have 1 championship since the Vikings entered the league.

    Lions came into the league (1929) and have ZERO championships since the Vikings entered the league. The Lions championships were in the 1950s. Why anyone thinks they are a better franchise is just ludicrous.

    The ONLY team that has multiple championships since then are the Packers.”

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    There is nothing skewed about the history of the NFL. The only thing skewed is you with you desperate and feeble attempt to clear the Vikings from reality which is having (o) Championships in their pathetic 48 years in this league.

    …but, you’re a “nutj0b” as previously stated so it’s expected from a person such as yourself.
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    Once again, thanks for your intelligent input. But allow me to correct you again. The Vikings have plenty of championships. They don’t have any superbowls. Should I reiterate they have more divisional championships than every other team in the NFCN/NFCC? They have one NFL Championship and three NFC Championships.

    Now I know all the rest of the trolls will try and correct the “NFL Championship”. Before you do, that IS what it was called then. Yes, they lost the Superbowl that year and it’s the equivalent of today’s conference championship game, but the fact is they were the NFL Champions that year as the Chiefs were the AFL Champions and Superbowl winners.

    Next, just to clarify, no I’m not proud of that. I would be proud if they won a superbowl or two. But they haven’t. But to say they have no “championships” is downright wrong. The fact you are boasting about a team that hasn’t been relevant in 60 years doesn’t make you look very sane now does it?

  63. The only reason that the Vikings were not in the Super Bowl that year, is because the Katrina Saints had the officials in their back pocket.

    Anyone, who watched the game, knew that straight away.

  64. Old Wigi is trying to con the viking fans like he did investors and once again he has them duped. Reality will slap him & their fans in the face by week 8.

  65. Big time viking used urinal trough high-bidder chiming in once again! I love our zero pre and post WWI league championships!

  66. Rodgers not only beat a Top 5 defense to WIN THE SUPER BOWL….the Steelers were the #1 defense overall that year.

    And then of course there is the Lions last year…just off the top of my head.

  67. I agree with Zygi Wilf in that the team is going in the right direction, but I also think any brash predictions are a year or two early.

    Although we could make the playoffs this year, I don’t see us making a deep playoff run.

    In 2016, we WILL be a very good team, and I expect us to win the division and to make a run in the playoffs.

    There is a lot of good young talent on this team, and we have a bright future over the next decade.

  68. grandpabw says:
    Jun 10, 2015 9:02 PM
    The only reason that the Vikings were not in the Super Bowl that year, is because the Katrina Saints had the officials in their back pocket.

    Anyone, who watched the game, knew that straight away.
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    Brett’s pick, and…. TWELVE MEN IN THE HUDDLE, didn’t help much, either.

  69. There couldn’t have been 12 men in the huddle, especially coming out of a timeout! Nobody’s that dumb! It had to be more of that trickery, perpetrated by the refs, the networks, and Roger Goodell’s Aunt Katrina!

  70. Just a quick question…. How were the Chiefs NFL champions in 1969 when they were not in the NFL in 1969? Seems to be a logical fallacy to me.

  71. brewdogg says:
    Jun 11, 2015 11:43 AM

    Just a quick question…. How were the Chiefs NFL champions in 1969 when they were not in the NFL in 1969? Seems to be a logical fallacy to me.
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    They weren’t “NFL” champions. The were “AFL” Champions and Superbowl Champions.

  72. I have them winning 5 or 6 games. I think they’re building something up there and even though will be a better team than last year they may not win as many games. It’s the 2016-17 season they may finally contend for a playoff spot, I think.

  73. If the Seahawks saints can do it why not the Vikings anything can happen in the Nfl it ain’t the NBa when it LeBron James in the finals every dam year

  74. Extremely talented but also an extremely young team. I see them making the playoffs but the big jump is going to be next season or the one after that. Definitely a team on the rise though.

  75. every year teams that are projected to contend flop, and teams that are projected to flop contend. strength of schedule is an over-rated statistic. let em play the games and see how it all plays out. myself I like the purple’s chances this year. pieces are in place.

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