Mike Zimmer: At some point, we’ll get over the hump

AP

The Vikings rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to tie their game against the Broncos on Sunday afternoon, but they couldn’t pull off the victory.

Denver was able to drive 55 yards to set up Brandon McManus’s third field goal of the day with 1:54 left and Teddy Bridgewater was stripped of the ball on the final Vikings drive to send the team back to Minnesota as a 23-20 loser. The loss left coach Mike Zimmer “not happy with where we’re at” and he said that it seems like “everyone wants to make a play” in a big spot rather than doing their jobs, but he also found some things to like about the way his team played.

“But it’s not like they spit the bit,” Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “They want to do good. They want to impress. They want to be with all the elite teams in the league. I think every time we get in these situations and we’re able to teach and we’re able to coach and we’re able to fight back like we did in that ballgame, I think these are all great learning experiences with a young football team. And at some point in time, we’re going to get over the hump.”

Among the things to like in the second half was the way Bridgewater played despite a heavy pass rush and inconsistent success on the ground. The fumble was a bad ending, but he was 13-of-15 for 131 yards up until that point. It wasn’t enough to win, which is why Zimmer’s right to say the Vikings “have to get better” if they’re going to make the strides expected of them this season.

The Vikings have a bye this week to work on those strides before returning to host the Chiefs in Week Six.

91 responses to “Mike Zimmer: At some point, we’ll get over the hump

  1. Teddy is one of those QBs where if everyone around him is playing well he can look really, really good. But when, for example, pass pro breaks down (as it did on that last play), the lack of athleticism surfaces and he’s just toast. That blitz came and I thought “no problem he’ll just turn around and run out of it”… and he didn’t. Not even close.

    He’s better than at least 8-10 guys who will take the field as starting NFL QBs next Sunday but as a guy who’s ever going to put a team on his back, I’m just not seeing it.

  2. I haven’t seen a pass rush like that since Archie Manning played the Bears in 1984. Miller and Ware were almost in there quickly enough to take the shotgun snap. Facing the Broncos will be like swinging a weighted bat, in that Teddy will be amazed at how much time he has against future opponents.

  3. I was impressed with the Vikings. Coming back twice from a two score deficit on the road against a very good team is worthy of a lot of respect. On a neutral field, Minnesota quite probably wins the game.
    I don’t look at them as a top notch Super Bowl contender at this point. But a playoff team? Yeah, I’d say they have a good chance. Any team that takes them lightly will regret it.

  4. Sounds like a peewee coach talking about a bunch of 6 year olds. They can’t possibly dumb down the playbook any further for Teddy. You knew this “team” was in trouble when all of their offseason goals were individual accomplishments. 2500 yards for AP. 70% completion rate for TB. Not one of these guys set a team goal that was attainable. Now that their personal goals cannot be reached, what do they have to play for?

    But their fans will be on here rooting against the Packers for the rest of the season and then declaring their dominance over the offseason once again. It must suck to have the Vikings as your “team”.

  5. It was a loss that didn’t sting particularly bad; the Vikes strength is defense… the Broncos strength is the best defense. It stands to reason that if one teams’ strength is better than another’s then there is no shame in the loss; especially in near comeback fashion.

  6. The fumble was a bad ending, but he was 13-of-15 for 131 yards up until that point…

    Against the #1 defense in the league no less. But they swear Teddy is horrible. People forget he only has 16 games under his belt.

  7. Big time Minnie soda lover here. Coach zimmern is going to realize that he made a big mistake leaving Cincinnati. There’s nothing that he can do to get these not so merry band of losers to perform. God just isn’t a fan of our purple pansies. They will continue to be mired in mediocrity forever. Once us fans begin to accept this the less angry we will be towards our more superior big brother to the east.

  8. This is not your Leslie Frazier, Brad Childress, Mike Tice Vikings… Zimmer gives us fans hope in the future. Something that we haven’t had since Culpepper’s knee got shredded.

  9. Bridgewater’s hands are so tiny he could be stripped by a bumble bee. Or as they call them in Minnesota, fumble bees.

  10. I’m continually impressed with Zimmer’s honest even if not flattering assessments of his team. They do show signs but there is a clear hump that they have not quite gone over. Just like when after the embarrassing SF acknowledging how they basically choked in the “prime time” spotlight. It’s refreshing in contrast to coaches like Joe Philbin and Mike Pettine who are always in such denial of their teams’ shortcomings.

  11. The Broncos didn’t take the Vikings seriously (why would they?). That’s the only reason the score was as close as it was.

    BTW, the Packers are currently ranked 8th in defense and the Vikings are 17th.

    In case you didn’t already know.

  12. The Vikings have a really soft middle of the schedule, so they’ll probably win a few games coming up, so the hype machine will really get going.

    Then the schedule gets real with the Rams, Packers x 2, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals. I wouldn’t expect a win there.

    Even assuming they beat the bears x2, the Lions x 2, the Chiefs, the Raiders, AND the Giants, that’s 8-8.

    A miracle would get them 9-7.

  13. Zimmer and Bridgewater are building something here. I’d rather take the slow and steady route to a consistent winner than have one good mirage season like 2012 that doesn’t have staying power.

    Most Packer fans started paying attention to their team in 1995 and don’t remember the 25 years of futility from 1968-1992. They’ve had Favre and Rodgers their whole lives so they don’t understand what it means to build a team. They were born on third base and think they hit a triple. Their pronouncements of Zimmer and Bridgewater as busts show how ignorant they are. Knowledgeable NFL fans know that the Vikings will be contenders soon and for a long time.

  14. Funny how the Packer trolls commented in the two previous wins about Teddy’s low passing yardage totals.

    Now he adds nearly 150 yards to last week’s numbers against the best defense in the NFL – and it’s still not good enough for the GB trolls.

    Don’t tell anyone, but Teddy had 45 more yards than Rodgers did Sunday.

    So, if these trolls want to be consistent – Rodgers must really suck if he can’t even equal Teddy’s passing production – especially when AR wasn’t playing against the best defense in the NFL… 😀

    I can hardly wait to hear the excuses… 😉

  15. The o-line is awful. Also, please Norv don’t ever, ever count on Peterson to block or line up on the outside as a WR. He can barely catch.

    The fumble to end the game was caused by Peterson not chipping his man before going out for the screen. Which the Broncos were waiting for. Turner made some questionable calls. Finally, Blair Walsh. He’s becoming a liability instead of an asset.

  16. weepingjebus says:
    Oct 5, 2015 5:43 PM

    Bridgewater’s hands are so tiny he could be stripped by a bumble bee.
    ________

    Aaron Rodgers: 114 games, 50 fumbles (0.44/game).
    Teddy Bridgewater: 17 games, 4 fumbles (0.24/game).

  17. Aaron Rodgers: 114 games, 50 fumbles (0.44/game).
    Teddy Bridgewater: 17 games, 4 fumbles (0.24/game)
    ———
    Nice sample size. LOL You clowns posted the same kinda stats early in Ponder’s career to try to prove a point. I remember it used to be passer rating, during the first 4 weeks of the 2012 season. Then you guys just threw in the towel.

  18. “Hope so, “spitting the bit” sucks, even though I dont know what that means.”

    The bit is the part of a horse’s bridle that goes in its mouth and transfers the rider’s actions on the reins to the horse. To “spit the bit” means to refuse further input or instruction.

  19. Losing to Denver by 3 is nothing to be ashamed of. That being said, TB still missed a lot of the deep stuff and seemed to go into panic mode under pressure. Looking forward to seeing them play the pack.

  20. Bridgewater played well despite what people think who didn’t watch the game. we have a great chance to be 7-2 when green bay comes if the vikings play like they have the potential to.

    2-2 isn’t bad and anything can happen.

    pretty much everyone outside of wisconsin can see this is a good young team with great potential. probably 9-7, 8-8 but the 2016, 2017 vikings are going to be a real good team. Thanks again all you owners and gms passing on Zimmer year after year!

  21. Broncos fan here. I know there is no place for patience or nuance in the NFL – but from the outside looking in, it feels like Zimmer is turning the ship in Minnesota. Whereas Frazier always seemed hapless. That team is underrated, he’s a good and well-respected coach, they’ve got some good young talent. I hope the ownership doesn’t get impatient for the sake of Vikings fans, because they could be a contender in a year or two.

  22. f1restarter says:

    BTW, the Packers are currently ranked 8th in defense and the Vikings are 17th.
    **************************

    Points allowed, the most important stat – The Packers are tied with Carolina with 71.

    The Vikings are the next team in the rankings with 73, tied with Arizona.

    The Packers have amassed there defensive stats against opponents currently have a 3 – 12 record this season (after tonight it will most likely be 4 – 12).

    The Vikings opponents currently have a 7 – 8 (which will most likely be 7 – 9 after tonight) record.

    So, the vaunted Packer defense really isn’t as good as you want to make it out to be… 😀

  23. The criticisms of Teddy on this board are laughable. The dudes is 22 years old and playing in his second season. The great Aaron Rodgers didn’t even play in a game until he was like 25 and he wasn’t elite until 27 or 28. Teddy is going to be in this league a long time and do a lot of great things. Keep up the hate, haters.

  24. The Vikings have been saying that 54 years! At some point you just have to admit you’re not a good franchise and you should try the CFL.

  25. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 5, 2015 5:42 PM
    This is not your Leslie Frazier, Brad Childress, Mike Tice Vikings… Zimmer gives us fans hope in the future. Something that we haven’t had since Culpepper’s knee got shredded.
    ——
    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

    Big time lake Minnetonka lover here. I hope we don’t get too embarrassed by the Packers.

  26. Teddy, you get funnier by the day. For almost 25 years now, the Packers have practiced draft and develop, quite successfully, while your beloveds have clowned around in free agency digging their own hole ever deeper.

    Now you want to come on here and try to sound like “professor development.” All you sound like, is a typical Minnesotan.

    I’ve been watching the Packers since the glory days of Lombardi, through the drought of the 70’s and 80’s, and on to today. You know what the difference is between the Packers’ drought and your beloveds’ drought? The Packers drought came to an end.

  27. I’m always amazed at how satisfied the Vikings and their fans are with .500 football. I suppose it’s because the MN culture of losing is so deeply engrained there.

  28. The biggest hump and yeah – MN won’t be a contender until this happens – is to get your QB to at the LEAST – average a TD per game.

    16 TD’s – 17 games.

    I don’t care what other stat you want to throw up there – that’s where the rubber meets the road. You are NOT “a contender” if in any given game you don’t get at least 1 TD from your QB – on average.

    Averaging less than a TD a game and more than 1 turn over a game is NOT a QB worthy of “contender” status.

  29. I’ll just leave this here:

    Defense Yards Given Up Per Game:
    Chicago #7, Green Bay #8, Minnesota #17, Detroit #28.

    Defense Pass Yards given up Per Game:
    Chicago #5, GB: #7, Minny # 12, Detroit #27

    Rush Yards given up Per Game:
    Detroit: #17, Green Bay #21, Chicago #24, Minnesota #28

    Points given up per game:
    Green Bay: #3, Minny #5, Detroit #29, Chicago #31.

    Sacks: Green Bay #2 (17), Minny #16 (8), Chicago #22 (6), Detroit 31 (4).

  30. The Packers have amassed there defensive stats against opponents currently have a 3 – 12 record this season (after tonight it will most likely be 4 – 12).

    The Vikings opponents currently have a 7 – 8 (which will most likely be 7 – 9 after tonight) record.
    ——-

    Funny how the Purple Paste Eaters have to lie about easily verifiable things like this, to try to build themselves up and tear the Packers down.

    The Packers’ opponents have records of 1-3, 1-3, 1-2, and 1-3. Making it 4-11, soon to likely be 5-11.

    And of course, those records are affected by the Packers and Vikings respective records. If the Packers had lost two games like the Vikings have, their opponents’ record would be 7-9 after tonight….exactly what the Vikings opponents have.

    But please, keep trying to find any stat you can to trick yourselves into thinking your team is on the same level. It’s entertaining.

  31. I’m surprised that some Vikings fans are down on Bridgewater. He looked significantly better than Flacco, Smith or Stafford against the same Denver D. He made an outstanding secondary look mortal.

    In fact, had Denver not landed Bradley Roby in the same first round (who, by the way, is the one Denver DB that Teddy quit testing), I’d be seriously bummed that Denver passed on the opportunity to pick him.

    Minnesota is the best team, in general, that Denver has played this year. KC might be as talented, but completely lacks the heart and grit of the Vikes.

  32. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 5, 2015 6:06 PM
    Aaron Rodgers: 114 games, 50 fumbles (0.44/game).
    Teddy Bridgewater: 17 games, 4 fumbles (0.24/game)
    ———
    Nice sample size. LOL You clowns posted the same kinda stats early in Ponder’s career to try to prove a point. I remember it used to be passer rating, during the first 4 weeks of the 2012 season. Then you guys just threw in the towel.
    ***********************

    Ok, let’s look at the first 16 starts for both players.

    Teddy had 3 fumbles in his first 16 starts – Rodgers had 4.

    Teddy won 8 games in his first 16 starts – Rodgers had 6.

    Rodgers took over a team that was 13 – 3 the year before – after riding the bench for 3 years..

    Teddy took over a team that was 5 – 10 – 1 the year before, after riding the pine for 3 games.

    Teddy may not ever be as prolific as AR has become.

    But anyone that looks at what he’s actually done to date in his career has to be encouraged.

  33. The Viking fans love to believe that moral victories count almost as much as real actual victories.

    They’re all slapping each other on the back for hanging with the Broncos yesterday.
    Just like we had to listen to the Heidis all offseason because their team came away with a 3 point loss against the Pack last year.

    Losses are losses, there are no participation trophies in the NFL.

    As was my mantra all through the summer months, “can’t wait for real, meaningful, football to start”, so glad it’s finally here.

  34. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 5, 2015 6:06 PM

    Aaron Rodgers: 114 games, 50 fumbles (0.44/game).
    Teddy Bridgewater: 17 games, 4 fumbles (0.24/game)
    ———
    Nice sample size. LOL You clowns posted the same kinda stats early in Ponder’s career to try to prove a point. I remember it used to be passer rating, during the first 4 weeks of the 2012 season. Then you guys just threw in the towel.
    _________

    I think 17 games is enough to make the point that Teddy hasn’t fumbled very often in his career. If you want to talk about small sample sizes, how about ripping your brethren who are spouting stats rankings after four games?

  35. Their pronouncements of Zimmer and Bridgewater as busts show how ignorant they are. Knowledgeable NFL fans know that the Vikings will be contenders soon and for a long time.
    ———

    And your pronouncements like this would sound a lot stronger, if Vikings fans didn’t say the same thing every year, about every bust QB and coach they’ve had.

    And “the Vikings will be contenders soon”?? All off-season long, we heard you and your fellow fans proclaiming that they were already contenders. That the Packers’ “window” had officially “closed” because “elite” Teddy Turnover would take over the division. So that’s changed now?

    This is why we don’t take the Vikings and their fans seriously. Because it’s the same thing every year. Talk a big game during the pre-season, make excuses and proclaim “next year!” once the games actually start. Rinse and repeat, ad nauseam, every season.

  36. packer trolls are on here talking a lot about the Vikings. But say nothing about their own overrated and overpaid Clay Fabio. He had another huge game for him .He had 2 tackles, and was talking mess. That is back to back games with 2 tackles for the Claymaker.He had one tackle against the Seahawks so I guess he is improving. All this for $12.8 this year.

  37. Fro the packer troll with the Kamsas city 1969 champion name. The Chiefs were not in the NFL in 1969 so they couldn’t be NFL champions. hahaha
    Troll somewhere else.

  38. fmc651 says:
    Oct 5, 2015 6:50 PM
    packer trolls are on here talking a lot about the Vikings. But say nothing about their own overrated and overpaid Clay Fabio. He had another huge game for him .He had 2 tackles, and was talking mess. That is back to back games with 2 tackles for the Claymaker.He had one tackle against the Seahawks so I guess he is improving. All this for $12.8 this year.
    ——-
    Big time Heidi supporter here. I take it you’re a casual fan just like your wife because you don’t seem to understand football at all.

  39. I’ll admit that the Vikings seem to be headed in the right direction. I kinda like Zimmer. Seems to be a good dude. Way better than Mr. Noodle.

    I just wish the unrealistic Viking fans that always seem to come out of the woodwork proclaiming that they’ll win the Superbowl or even the division this year would cool it. While optimism springs eternal in sports, the level of bombast that these “fans” display is ridiculous. You should listen to Minnesota sports talk here. It’s insulting to the football fan intelligence.

    But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Go head over to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and read Bob McGinn’s latest column in which an NFC personnel man who is not affiliated with the Packers and who has studied the Packers in-depth predicts they will easily win the division because “Minnesota can’t hold Green Bay’s jock” in terms of talent or production.

    That was the exact quote.

  40. The Vikings will figure it out soon enough. This coach and this teams work ethic is too strong for things not to fall into place.

  41. The vikings keep improving their passing game which is now 31st in the league and improving their offense to 29th.

    Their defense so far is clinging to 17th but will change when they start playing better competition.

    Maybe in a year or two they can get a win against a .500 team.

  42. A quarter of the way through this NFL season and a few things are apparent.
    The Packers are well on their way to another NFC North title and a definite challenger for the conference championship.

    While the Vikings are slugging along to another solid 7-9 season.
    But fear not Heidis, at least you can wrap yourself in your favorite child abuser’s jersey and snuggle with your annual offseason championship trophy.
    That should keep you warm during these upcoming long winter nights.

  43. The Bye Week is a great time to unload AP. Trade AP for a kicker that can make em under 40 yards.

  44. The Chiefs won the Superbowl in 1969 destroying the pathetic Vikings you momo!!!!

    In case you just started your life yesterday the Superbowl is a Championship. It was changed from Championship to Suberbowl for media purposes you delusional, jealous, hapless Viking inbred!!!

  45. The Chiefs won the Superbowl in 1969 destroying the pathetic Vikings you momo!!!!

    In case you just started your life yesterday the Superbowl is a Championship. It was changed from Championship to Superbowl for media purposes you delusional, jealous, hapless Viking inbred!!!

  46. Boy oh boy, look at all these stats flying around. It’s too much, just too much. If only there was one simpler stat to encompass all the others. One stat that would take in everything about each team’s performance in all 3 phases of the game and boil it down to real simple numbers.

    Oh, wait. There is such a stat. It’s called wins and losses. The Packers are 4-0. The Vikings are 2-2. That’s all that matters. Everything else is just noise.

  47. The vikings keep improving their passing game which is now 31st in the league and improving their offense to 29th.

    I can see them being 5-11.

  48. Packers also haven’t beaten a team with more than one win this year That doesn’t make them suck,so stick to comments that might be relevant

  49. jcbadger34 says:

    Funny how the Purple Paste Eaters have to lie about easily verifiable things like this, to try to build themselves up and tear the Packers down.

    The Packers’ opponents have records of 1-3, 1-3, 1-2, and 1-3. Making it 4-11, soon to likely be 5-11.

    And of course, those records are affected by the Packers and Vikings respective records. If the Packers had lost two games like the Vikings have, their opponents’ record would be 7-9 after tonight….exactly what the Vikings opponents have.
    ____________________

    I did make a mistake and I thank you for setting the record straight.

    One point though, if the Packers had lost two of their games, the Packers still wouldn’t have played an opponent with a 4 – 0 record to date.

    Just sayin’… 😉

  50. Week 6 will be a gimme.

    Going against Andy Reid is basically the same as a game against a down syndrome kid. Throw in the terrible Alice Smith, and it’s virtually a guaranteed win.

  51. SKOLOL
    WELL LETS SEE I HAVE HEARD THIS A FEW TIMES
    DENNY GREEN MIKE TICE BRAD CHILDRESS LESLIE FRASIER NOW ZIMMER MAYBE MAYBE JUST MAYBE YOUR “GREATER THAN TED THOMPSON G.M. ” JUST SUCKS HE SURE HAS PICKED SOME WINNER QBS JOSH FREEMAN IS A PRIME EXAMPLE LOL PONDER NOW I HOPE I DON’T HAVE TO THROW TDS TO WIN BRIDGEWATER
    YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED A CHANGE OF CULTURE BUT YOU THINK YOU WOULD KNOW THAT WITH 0 SUPERBOWLS IN 49 YEARS NOW GO AHEAD AND TRASH THE PACKERS OR THEIR FANS LOSERS YOUR PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A TEAM HASN’T BEEN TO THE BIG DANCE SINCE SUPERBOWL XI
    WHICH IS MUCH LONGER THAN THE PACKERS DROUGHT BUT THE PACK HAS WON FOUR WHILE YOUR TEAM HAS LOST 4
    SKOLOL LOSERS MORAL VICTORIES SUCK

  52. You forgot to mention that Marshall ran the wrong way, AD is a child beater, and Bridgewater has small hands. Your fellow Packer trolls are going to be so disappointed.

  53. Lets leave this out there for the trolls to digest….

    Rodgers first 17 games, 1.1 TD’s per game
    Bridgewaters first 17 games, .94 TD’s per game

    Rodgers first 17 games took almosyt 4 years
    Bridgewaters first 17 games took a little over a year

    Bridgewater is doing just fine…….

  54. 23 straight years of HOF qb’s has produced only 2 championships. pretty poor percentage IMO. Granted I’d love to have just 1 championship. But if my team had had Favre/Rodgers for the last 23 yrs I’d be disappointed we never reached dynasty status.

  55. The AFL-NFL merger was announced June 8, 1966. The leagues agreed to maintain separate schedules for the next 4 years. The first common draft was held in March of 1967. For the Vikings this would be the first of 4 Super Bowl losses.

    The Vikings have not been back in almost 40 years, proving that it can get worse than losing 4 SB’s.

  56. jcbadger34 says:
    Oct 5, 2015 6:46 PM
    Their pronouncements of Zimmer and Bridgewater as busts show how ignorant they are. Knowledgeable NFL fans know that the Vikings will be contenders soon and for a long time.
    ———

    And your pronouncements like this would sound a lot stronger, if Vikings fans didn’t say the same thing every year, about every bust QB and coach they’ve had.

    And “the Vikings will be contenders soon”?? All off-season long, we heard you and your fellow fans proclaiming that they were already contenders. That the Packers’ “window” had officially “closed” because “elite” Teddy Turnover would take over the division. So that’s changed now?

    This is why we don’t take the Vikings and their fans seriously. Because it’s the same thing every year. Talk a big game during the pre-season, make excuses and proclaim “next year!” once the games actually start. Rinse and repeat, ad nauseam, every season.
    ____________

    Could you please cite some references to back up this claim? You guys keep saying this but I don’t see many real fans having unrealistic expectations. Predicting a 9-7 record and maybe a playoff spot is not the same as predicting a Super Bowl, which by the way, Packer fans have been predicting every year.

  57. I love the comments defending Bridgewater, shows you the length a Viking fan will go to prop up a QB who simply doesn’t pass the eye test.

    Today’s NFL is a QB league, get yourself a franchise QB and you are in the hunt year in and year out. If your Qb isn’t in the top half of the league, the best you can hope for is a .500 record. Those QB’s in the bottom third of all starters, you are drafting in the top 15 year in and year out.

    I consider Zimmer a border line great coach but he can achieve a .500 record with a bottom third Qb. But don’t get crazy telling me that Bridgewater is a franchise QB, you insult everyone’s intelligence while showing to the world your lack thereof.

  58. In all fairness, it’s too early to tell with Bridgewater and I’ve been saying the exact same thing since he was drafted. I personally believe he will be an above average NFL starting quarterback and most likely a good to very good NFL starting quarterback. He could even become an elite NFL starting quarterback, although I personally don’t believe he’ll achieve elite status.

    A lot of the purple people like to post stats that say Teddy had a better first year than Aaron Rodgers; and he did; but it doesn’t mean anything.

    A lot of Packer fans counter by posting up stats that show Bridgewater had a worse first year than Tim Tebow; and he did; but that doesn’t mean anything either.

    If it meant anything, Tim Tebow would most assuredly be a better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers; and we ALL know that isn’t the case.

    I don’t know why you guys insist on going around this same circle again and again and again. It’s going to stay the same circle, no matter how many times you guys run around it.

  59. Trolls talking about the soft schedule 3 out of 4 teams the Vikings played so far were in the playoffs last year. Then they try to talk about baby hands Teddy being a scrub when he has QB rating of 92.4 against the best defense in the league. Enough, talk football not nonsense.

  60. Great because they announce the merger of AFL-NFL in 1966 doesn’t mean they were part of the NFL then. Use your head. The AFL didn’t become part of the NFL until 1970.When they made the AFC & NFC conferences. So as I correctly stated earlier the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t part of the NFL in 1969. They were in the AFL still in 1969. Give it up, they couldn’t be NFL champs 1969 if they weren’t in the league yet.

  61. AFL in 1969 had separate schedule from the NFL and were in a separate league. Pretty simple for most.

  62. fmc651 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 1:35 PM
    Great because they announce the merger of AFL-NFL in 1966 doesn’t mean they were part of the NFL then. Use your head. The AFL didn’t become part of the NFL until 1970.When they made the AFC & NFC conferences. So as I correctly stated earlier the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t part of the NFL in 1969. They were in the AFL still in 1969. Give it up, they couldn’t be NFL champs 1969 if they weren’t in the league yet.
    ////////////////////////////////

    You’d better call the NFL and bring them up to speed. If what you say is true, they’re getting it all wrong. You’d think they could figure this out on their own.

  63. And for God’s sake, enough bickering over 1969. The Minnesota Vikings were The NFL Champions in 1969. The Kansas City Chiefs, however, were The World Champions that year.

    The Vikings have never been World Champions. Period. If the purple people want to puff up their little chests and claim “1969 NFL Champions” in a lame attempt to lead the unknowing into believing they were World Champions that year, I say let ’em. All it does is further demonstrate their desperation and call into question their integrity… or lack thereof.

  64. The disgraced Vikings have managed to rocket to 2-2 and stay within a distant 2 games of the mighty Green Bay Packers despite their grueling 3rd place schedule.

  65. Don’t worry GB Choker fans, your time is coming….in January when you classless losers find a new way to choke your way into the offseason…..

  66. No Vikings fans has ever been saying they were world champions in 1969 or any year. But they are saying they were NFL champions 1969. No to your false narrative of “puff up their little chest” just stating fact.Packer trolls have trouble accepting that fact. No Vikings fan cares about their problem.

  67. Nowhere near Stellar –

    Don’t worry about letting the NFL know, they already know it is you who is lost. Minnesota Vikings 1969 champions. You and your ilk saying otherwise matters not.

  68. scrotiemcb says:
    Oct 5, 2015 6:24 PM

    I’m surprised that some Vikings fans are down on Bridgewater. He looked significantly better than Flacco, Smith or Stafford against the same Denver D.

    )))))))))))))))))

    Trolls on here are down on Teddy, not Vikings fans.

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