George Iloka gets just $790,000 salary, $90,000 signing bonus

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George Iloka will make a whole lot less in Minnesota than he was set to make in Cincinnati this season.

Iloka, who signed with the Vikings today after the Bengals cut him on Sunday, signed a one-year contract with a $790,000 base salary (the minimum for a player with his experience), and a $90,000 signing bonus, according to multiple reports.

That’s a far cry from the $5.3 million Iloka was going to make if he had played out this season on his Bengals contract. The Bengals decided to go with younger and cheaper safeties, and Iloka was left looking for a new deal with another team.

The best-case scenario for Iloka is that he has a good year playing for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for two seasons in Cincinnati, and that he can cash in as a free agent a year from now. But this year, Iloka is settling for relative peanuts.

89 responses to “George Iloka gets just $790,000 salary, $90,000 signing bonus

  1. He clearly could have made more. Just decided to play with one of the better teams in the league, in a system he knows.

  2. “The best-case scenario for Iloka is that he has a good year playing for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for two seasons in Cincinnati, and that he can cash in as a free agent a year from now.”

    Given the weak safety market this offseason it seems unlikely he’ll get any sort of big score in the next one.

  3. Fans of many teams are shaking their heads right now. I get the Zim connection but man, thats really cheap.

  4. Kurt’s Cousin says:
    August 22, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    I hope Zimmer does the three safety thing! Rogers now has one more headache to worry about.

    ————————

    Yep. Linebacker depth, especially weakside, is the one potential achilles heel to this defense. Especially now that Aaron Rodgers finally has 2 legit TEs to throw to. The ability to flex to a 3 safety big nickel personel without changing scheme look makes a ton of sense for them.

  5. This is like when DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Golden State Warriors for only 5 million. When your team is loaded you can add good players on the cheap. Minnesota is a destination franchise for NFL talent.

  6. It’s not a bad move. The money isn’t there but who knows how much more he could have had. The season starts soon, it’s a coach he knows and loves, the team and the D is loaded, he gets a shot at a SB run and still hits the market next year.

    It’s not a typical move but it’s not a bad move either.

  7. Simple…..George wanted to play for a Super Bowl contender and now has a great shot at it in Minny.
    Way to go Slick Rick!

  8. The Raiders and Vikes had massive advantages in securing Iloka. He’s a plug and play player on those teams. Having to learn a new system just a couple weeks away from the regular season would have been difficult.

  9. Sorry I still believe that MN is not the destination for players – unless said players have no place else to go. Got lucky last year to make it to the NFCCG. Then folded. This team is not very good.

  10. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    Yep. Linebacker depth, especially weakside, is the one potential achilles heel to this defense. Especially now that Aaron Rodgers finally has 2 legit TEs to throw to. The ability to flex to a 3 safety big nickel personel without changing scheme look makes a ton of sense for them.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Correct about LB depth, but Ben Gedeon on weakside is not anything to be worried about. Gedeon’s legit.

  11. TruFBFan says:

    August 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Sorry I still believe that MN is not the destination for players – unless said players have no place else to go. Got lucky last year to make it to the NFCCG. Then folded. This team is not very good.

    ——

    Quite a few pro bowl and all pro players…certainly wasn’t Case winning the games…

  12. He’s smart, go play on a solid team in Zimmer’s system since he’s very familiar with it. Quality depth that’s for sure. He could end up starting over Sendejo sooner rather than later.

  13. So a team can void a contract on the eve of a season and all these PFT commenters don’t say a word. But let a player ask for more money while his contract has time left on it and these same commenters would be piling on the player excoriating him for his greed.

  14. Something tells me his contract is similar to what Cleveland offered Dez. He may turn his nose up at that but that’s a truckload of money to normal people. It would take a person making $40k nearly twenty years to make that kind of money.

  15. Obviously wants to play for Coach Zim, and a team that’s in the SB mix. Smart move by Iloka.

  16. He’s still way overpaid in my book. This guy is not nearly as good as everyone is making him out to be. I watched him his entire career and the only thing this guy is good at is getting beat while in the prevent D… How does that happen?

  17. He also required the Vikings to refrain from using the word “desperate” in any contract documents.

  18. + $191,000 for superbowl payout.

    + contractual incentives.

    + whatever gambling nets.
    _____________
    = A whole lot more than I make on my couch.

  19. Yeah and all these conspiracy/collusion theorists have been pounding it about Eric Reid and him not getting signed. Here’s a guy who is much more talented taking a HUGE pay cut just to be able to play.
    Anyone still out there who can make an intelligent argument now about Reid? Especially after the niners just offered him a job?
    Thought not. Let’s put that one to rest. Goodnight.

  20. Viking fans are so excited to get this guy. I’ve watched him for years and you’re not going to like his invisible act he pulls in many games. Very average safety.

  21. whatjusthapped says:

    Maybe he feels like 16 games is enough, no January football, just sign with the Vikings.
    ###

    Coming from a fan of a team that would have to go to the playoffs for the next 7 seasons in a row (assuming the Vikings did NOT make the playoffs for the next 7 years) just to TIE the Vikings in playoff appearances since the inception of divisional play…

    FWIW – the Vikings have never failed to make the playoffs for more than 5 years in a row.

    The Packers have two stretches of 10 or more years without making the playoffs. If you don’t count the partial season in ’82 (when the Packers made the playoffs with 5 wins – along with the 5 win Vikings, Bucs and the 4 win Lions), it would have been 21 consecutive seasons without being in the playoffs.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    You can’t put a price on a Super Bowl ring. Vikings have as good a chance as anybody this year.

    ++++++++

    You recently reminded us that you have never predicted a Vikings Super Bowl. Yet in week 5 of 2016 you stated “We are legitimate Super Bowl contenders” and now the Vikings “have as good a chance as anybody”.

    I think I’d like you better if you actually made a prediction. Vikings in the Super Bowl this year? yes or no

  23. wiltmellow says:
    + $191,000 for superbowl payout.

    + contractual incentives.

    + whatever gambling nets.
    —————————–
    Enough already. Yes the Vikings are a very good team.
    But all this talk about how likely it is that they will win the Superbowl is ridiculous until they prove they can actually win one. Yes it is possible,
    but history tells us it’s very unlikely.

  24. stellarperformance says:

    August 22, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    He also required the Vikings to refrain from using the word “desperate” in any contract documents.

    ———————

    Whatever! This is a guy the Packers probably would have loved to have. Ha Ha Clinton Dix is decent, but besides that, this guy would have been a upgrade over the others. He chose to come here for cheaper. Simple as that.

  25. packertruth says:

    August 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    You can’t put a price on a Super Bowl ring. Vikings have as good a chance as anybody this year.

    ++++++++

    You recently reminded us that you have never predicted a Vikings Super Bowl. Yet in week 5 of 2016 you stated “We are legitimate Super Bowl contenders” and now the Vikings “have as good a chance as anybody”.

    I think I’d like you better if you actually made a prediction. Vikings in the Super Bowl this year? yes or no

    —————————

    I think your missing the point in the meaning of Superbowl contender. That mean you have a legit chance, doesn’t mean it will actually happen.

    There are a handful of contenders but no it’s hard to pick which one will actually do it. To me it’s the Patriots, Jaguars and maybe the CHargers out of the AFC, with the Vikings, Rams, Saints, and the Packers being in the mix for the NFC.

    I think Vikings fans like me just know its silly to predict anything, because the Vikings never win a Superbowl. But they certainly have the talent to get it done.

  26. nopepper12 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:31 am
    Viking fans are so excited to get this guy. I’ve watched him for years and you’re not going to like his invisible act he pulls in many games. Very average safety.
    ==========
    I will trust Zim’s opinion over yours.

  27. gtodriver says:
    August 23, 2018 at 7:02 am
    The Packers have two stretches of 10 or more years without making the playoffs. If you don’t count the partial season in ’82 (when the Packers made the playoffs with 5 wins – along with the 5 win Vikings, Bucs and the 4 win Lions), it would have been 21 consecutive seasons without being in the playoffs.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    So? Was it good for the Vikings during that time, with the Packers out of the way? Is that why the teams went 15-14 and 14-15 against each other over two decades? Did this contribute somehow to the Vikings having more postseason losses than anybody else, or more one-and-done postseason appearances than anybody else?

    The Dark Years is what makes Packers fans so unique and appreciative. That’s why Lambeau always sold out during those same years. The Viking franchise would’ve folded under similar conditions.

    In the meantime, thousands and thousands of Packer fans would be satisfied with all the successes the Packers have given them……….if the Packers never win anything substantive ever again. How many fans of how many teams can say that? Can Viking fans? Please!

  28. By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.

  29. dezno24 says:
    August 22, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    Just? I will take that anyday!

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    He’s basically getting minimum wage compared compared to other NFL safeties. If your happy working for minimum wage in your line of work then more power to you I guess.

  30. Great signing! Iloka is a “plug and play” guy in Zimmer’s system.

    Zimmer knows his nickel defense needed work (see last 6 qtrs. of playoff football). So he drafts Hughes who should be a nice upgrade over Alexander and signs Iloka who as a LB/S hybrid in the nickel can help plug those edges on screen passes (see the Jaguars game the other night).

    And to get him this cheap…awesome!

  31. Soon, players will pay the Vikings just for the priviledge of playing for such a World Class organization….

  32. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am
    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————

    The fact that you’re comparing MN to WI, IA, NE, SD and ND simply shows you have no idea what you’re talking about…

  33. This is interesting to see because the Vikings cb’s have trouble with deep balls and being out of position and the safety not rotating over fast enough. That is just a fact. It happens to all Zim’s D’s because if there isn’t enough push up the field up the d lineman to disrupt the qb or a gap isn’t covered they can get nailed for long runs and passes. They have a lot of talent to overcome those flaws. On a slow field like in SF or Phi they can be in serious trouble. Maybe George’s knowledge and experience will help the secondary overcome that flaw.

  34. gtodriver says:
    August 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

    FWIW – the Vikings have never failed to make the playoffs for more than 5 years in a row.

    ++++++

    This is worth very little. Like almost nothing. Except to you. But it seems like you think the above accomplishment is noteworthy ….. so, Congratulations? We note your tortured point and enter it into the record. Happy now?

  35. vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:46 am
    “This is interesting to see because the Vikings cb’s have trouble with deep balls and being out of position and the safety not rotating over fast enough. That is just a fact….”

    ———-

    Vikes were #2 in pass defense last year. I’d agree if you’re talking about Waynes, but not Rhodes. Rhodes is an elite shut-down CB. Waynes has always been a better run-stopping CB.

  36. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am
    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.
    —————————————

    I agree. Being born, raised and raising a family in the upper Midwest I can tell you it’s terrible. Please don’t ever move here or even visit. You’ll hate it. Tell all of your friends.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

    The Dark Years is what makes Packers fans so unique and appreciative. That’s why Lambeau always sold out during those same years. The Viking franchise would’ve folded under similar conditions.

    ___________

    Lambeau always sold out, yet they had to play half of their games in Milwaukee during those years?

  38. koreystringerswidow says:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I think the rest of the Viking coaching staff will soon envy Tony for taking the easy way out.

    ___________

    Can this person please be removed? Not sure why people think it’s funny to go down this road when we’re talking about sports. It’s just sports.

  39. The reaching in this commentary is even more bizarre than usual… which is quite a feat in and of itself… and I’m talking about reaching both ways.

    Zimmer certainly knows this guy, and his play, better than everyone on here combined. Add that to the bargain-basement price and this move makes a lot of sense for the Vikings.

    The timing of Iloka’s release from Cincinnati almost couldn’t be worse for a guy looking to catch on elsewhere. Iloka knows Zimmer’s system and what Zimmer expects of his players. Taking small money now, to enter a situation where his chances of success are bolstered by his previous knowledge of Zimmer and his system, makes sense for Iloka.

    Why can’t some of you guys just let this be exactly what it is? A low-risk move on both parts that makes sense for both parts.

  40. stellarperformance says:
    August 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

    In the meantime, thousands and thousands of Packer fans would be satisfied with all the successes the Packers have given them……….if the Packers never win anything substantive ever again. How many fans of how many teams can say that? Can Viking fans? Please!
    ____________

    That’s great for you, because I have a feeling you’re going to need it.

    Viking fans can legitimately look forward to the present and the future. You’ll have to be satisfied with your phony pronouncements that the Packers are “once again the team to beat” while looking back at all your past accomplishments.

  41. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm
    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am
    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.
    —————————————

    I agree. Being born, raised and raising a family in the upper Midwest I can tell you it’s terrible. Please don’t ever move here or even visit. You’ll hate it. Tell all of your friends.

    *****

    The Midwest is the backbone and most stable region of the country.

  42. koreystringerswidow
    Aug 23, 2018, 1:01 PM EDT
    I think the rest of the Viking coaching staff will soon envy Tony for taking the easy way out.

    Are you that pathetic that a husband and father passes and you think it’s humorous. You’re a sad, sad little person. You won’t own up to being worthless trash because well I guess you already know that. Tony accomplished more and was loved by more than you’ll likely ever know…. enjoy your life

  43. Not on deep crossing routes.

    danoj14 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 10:46 am
    “This is interesting to see because the Vikings cb’s have trouble with deep balls and being out of position and the safety not rotating over fast enough. That is just a fact….”

    ———-

    Vikes were #2 in pass defense last year. I’d agree if you’re talking about Waynes, but not Rhodes. Rhodes is an elite shut-down CB. Waynes has always been a better run-stopping CB.

  44. vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Not on deep crossing routes.

    ———————

    You’re saying Rhodes had trouble with deep crossing routes? If so, you haven’t been watching him. Have you seen what he’s done to top WR’s? ODB, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, etc…

  45. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It’s funny how you seem to think that’s some kind of an insult; it’s not. The people in all six of the states you mentioned share the same Upper Midwestern values. They all have plenty of beautiful, wide open spaces with some of the finest hunting and fishing you’ll ever find (if that’s your thing). The Upper Midwest consistently outranks “Y’allville” in employment, economy, education, crime, and quality of life overall.

    A few purples notwithstanding, this Wisconsinite will take Minnesota over Mississippi every time. I grew up in and around Memphis but thanks to Sweet Little Golden Baby Jebus, I was able to escape in the early 1980s.

  46. Yes, and outside go routes too.

    I sent 4 example articles for you to read. Even discussing a PI call when Rhodes was covering Antonio Brown.

    Stop paying attention padded stats that don’t show in penalties.

    I am not making any of this up & Zim freely admits to the problem.

    danoj14 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Not on deep crossing routes.

    ———————

    You’re saying Rhodes had trouble with deep crossing routes? If so, you haven’t been watching him. Have you seen what he’s done to top WR’s? ODB, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, etc…

  47. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It’s funny how you seem to think that’s some kind of an insult; it’s not. The people in all six of the states you mentioned share the same Upper Midwestern values. They all have plenty of beautiful, wide open spaces with some of the finest hunting and fishing you’ll ever find (if that’s your thing). The Upper Midwest consistently outranks “Y’allville” in employment, economy, education, crime, and quality of life overall.

    A few purples notwithstanding, this Wisconsinite will take Minnesota over Mississippi every time. I grew up in and around Memphis but thanks to Sweet Little Golden Baby Jebus, I was able to escape in the early 1980s.
    ————–
    Amen my midwestern brother…I have been in all 50 states in my 46 years of living and I would never live anywhere but the upper midwest

  48. “It’s funny how you seem to think that’s some kind of an insult; it’s not.“

    I think you’re missing the point, I’m not insulting you. If you look at PFT as a whole, Vikings/Packer threads are consistently in the top comments. And the usual posters are continuously hurling personal insults back and forth. The people you find in Iowa City are the same as you find in Ashland, and the same that you find in Nisswa. It’s just humerus to me is all.

  49. vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    I never bag on my fellow Vikings fans but a lot of you have no clue what you are talking about. Especially when it comes to their Achilles heel. Deep passes. Aaron Rodgers feasts on the Vikings with them.

    School yourself son.

    https://zonecoverage.com/2017/vikings/deep-passes-were-steelers-biggest-weapon-in-win-over-vikings/

    Specifically Rhodes

    https://vikingsterritory.com/2017/analysis/went-wrong-uncharacteristic-lapses-vikings-secondary

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-playoffs-2018-the-vikings-greatest-strengths-failed-them-at-worst-possible-time/

    https://billypenn.com/2018/01/18/this-is-the-key-for-nick-foles-to-beat-the-vikings/

    ———————————-

    From your own articles:

    “The Vikings, during the regular season, rarely got beat by deep passes. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks completed 22 of 71 passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield, for 691 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. That’s a 75.5 passer rating.”

    “Antonio Brown was held to just five catches and 62 yards” – Guess who was covering him?

    You’re actually citing from a preseason game? And even with that it states:

    “Rhodes doesn’t deserve much, if any flack for his coverage in this example. The wide receiver, rookie Kasen Williams, made one of the better plays you’ll see all preseason, which seems to be the requirement for a catch when facing Rhodes.”

    Did their pass coverage fail in the playoffs? Yes. Does that one game mean Rhodes is bad against deep routes? By that standard not one Viking player is good at their position…

    And you say I have no clue, says the guy whose own sources prove my point. And you cited an article about a preseason game…… Now that’s funny

  50. vikesfansteve says:

    August 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Yes, and outside go routes too.

    I sent 4 example articles for you to read. Even discussing a PI call when Rhodes was covering Antonio Brown.

    Stop paying attention padded stats that don’t show in penalties.

    I am not making any of this up & Zim freely admits to the problem.

    danoj14 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Not on deep crossing routes.

    ———————

    You’re saying Rhodes had trouble with deep crossing routes? If so, you haven’t been watching him. Have you seen what he’s done to top WR’s? ODB, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, etc…

    ———————-

    Rhodes is a top corner. He makes top WR’s usless for the most part. They struggled on deep passes in one game (The Eagles game) and we’re ready to forget that these guys have been consistently good for the last three years. Prisoner of the moment much?

  51. mikeinminny says:

    August 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    By the way they go back and forth, I don’t think Vikings and Packers fans have quite grasped the fact that, to the rest of us, y’all are the same state. You can toss Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas in that basket as well.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It’s funny how you seem to think that’s some kind of an insult; it’s not. The people in all six of the states you mentioned share the same Upper Midwestern values. They all have plenty of beautiful, wide open spaces with some of the finest hunting and fishing you’ll ever find (if that’s your thing). The Upper Midwest consistently outranks “Y’allville” in employment, economy, education, crime, and quality of life overall.

    A few purples notwithstanding, this Wisconsinite will take Minnesota over Mississippi every time. I grew up in and around Memphis but thanks to Sweet Little Golden Baby Jebus, I was able to escape in the early 1980s.
    ————–
    Amen my midwestern brother…I have been in all 50 states in my 46 years of living and I would never live anywhere but the upper Midwest

    ———————-

    I agree a bit. I like Minneapolis because it’s the perfect sized metro area in my opinion. It has a great job market, but as far the Midwest being the best I disagree. I like living here because of friends and family, but as far as climate it’s freezing in the winter, summers are humid and there really isn’t that much to do here unless you are a redneck that likes to hunt and fish which I am not.

    I think it’s a good place to live in the sense that it’s safe for the most part, good schools, good job and economy, but as far as a state with “Stuff to do” I would rather live in like Colorado, or Montana for the mountains as I’m an avid snowboarder. Or someplace with an Ocean.

  52. icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    “It’s funny how you seem to think that’s some kind of an insult; it’s not.“

    I think you’re missing the point, I’m not insulting you. If you look at PFT as a whole, Vikings/Packer threads are consistently in the top comments. And the usual posters are continuously hurling personal insults back and forth. The people you find in Iowa City are the same as you find in Ashland, and the same that you find in Nisswa. It’s just humerus to me is all.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Those are all the same guy. Well, it’s possibly two or three guys, but it’s also possibly all the same guy. There’s one that I know for sure has several Viking troll identities and it just stands to reason he’d also be some of the Packer trolls. Syntax, or the lack thereof, along with “quality” of posts seem to back it up pretty strongly.

  53. Steelers, Redskins, Saints, Eagles, Det, Panthers all burned Vikings DB’s with deep balls. The Rams did too but penalties negated a couple passes. Other teams saw how to beat the deep. You gave them eyes but they cannot see lord. I’m just telling you how it is.

  54. packertruth says:
    August 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    You can’t put a price on a Super Bowl ring. Vikings have as good a chance as anybody this year.

    ++++++++

    You recently reminded us that you have never predicted a Vikings Super Bowl. Yet in week 5 of 2016 you stated “We are legitimate Super Bowl contenders” and now the Vikings “have as good a chance as anybody”.

    I think I’d like you better if you actually made a prediction. Vikings in the Super Bowl this year? yes or no
    __________

    So let me get this straight. You stated that you can’t stand Viking fans because they are always predicting the Vikings will be in the Super Bowl. But you’re upset with me because I don’t make predictions about the Vikings being in the Super Bowl. And you had to go back to 2016 to find a comment where I even said the Vikings were contenders for the Super Bowl, which was exactly what everyone around the NFL was saying at that time.

    But okay. I want you to like me better, so I will make the same prediction I make every year. The Vikings will not be in the Super Bowl. No matter how good they are, something always goes wrong. I can’t even imagine them being in a Super Bowl until I see it with my own eyes. That’s mostly an emotional prediction. Logically speaking, the Vikings have just as good a chance to be in the Super Bowl as anybody in the NFC. There are a lot of really good teams in the NFC, though, so chances are pretty low for anybody you pick.

    I’ll even take it a step further and predict that the Packers won’t be in the Super Bowl, either. Rats, now you probably don’t like me again.

  55. vikesfansteve says:
    August 23, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    Steelers, Redskins, Saints, Eagles, Det, Panthers all burned Vikings DB’s with deep balls. The Rams did too but penalties negated a couple passes. Other teams saw how to beat the deep. You gave them eyes but they cannot see lord. I’m just telling you how it

    —————————————————————————————————

    You’re telling me but you’re wrong. You don’t get ranked #2 by being bad. The teams you mentioned: Here’s some stats for you. Review the # of plays over 20 yards and keep in mind the ones caught by RB or TE as they would be covered by a LB:

    Saints – 292 passing yards. 3 plays over 20 yards (1 to TE and one to RB)
    Steelers – 243 passing yards. 2 plays over 20 yards and one over 50 yards
    Rams – 225 yards passing. 2 plays over 20 yards
    Redskins – 327 passing yards. 4 plays over 20 yards (2 to RB’s)
    Panthers – 137 passing yards. 2 plays over 20 yards
    Lions – 209 passing yards. 1 over 20 yards
    Lions – 250 passing yards. 2 over 20 yards

  56. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Viking fans can legitimately look forward to the present and the future. You’ll have to be satisfied with your phony pronouncements that the Packers are “once again the team to beat” while looking back at all your past accomplishments.

    ++++++

    See this here is the main point of contention I have with a certain class of Viking poster.
    Your team can be good even if the Packers aren’t terrible. You all seem so beaten by past events that you need the Packers to suck, or you seem incapable of happiness.

    You reveled in Thompson losing GM privileges, crowing “I’ve been telling you for years and years that he was terrible”. So yes, eventually, you will be proven right because you have been repeating the same mantra for years and years. Playoffs 9 of 10 years – Ted Thompson horrible.

    Playoffs for 2 of 3 years and you can’t contain yourselves about how the rest of the NFL needs to “catch up”. The Vikings have a lot left to prove. To everybody. Imagine a Packer head coach whose teams went 1-12 in the playoffs. What would be said about him? Right.

  57. Stella says:

    The Dark Years is what makes Packers fans so unique and appreciative. That’s why Lambeau always sold out during those same years.
    ###

    Except for the fact that Packers have never had an actual sellout at Lambeau Field.

    Document just one game, JUST ONE, where the official NFL attendance number equals the published capacity at Lambeau Field at the time the game was played.

    Just one, Stella, JUST ONE.

    I can document many Vikings games that had NFL official attendance over the published capacity of the Metrodome or US Bank Stadium.

  58. voiceofrealism says:

    Enough already. Yes the Vikings are a very good team.
    But all this talk about how likely it is that they will win the Superbowl is ridiculous until they prove they can actually win one. Yes it is possible,
    but history tells us it’s very unlikely.

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    Agree on everything but the last part. You might be a realist, but you’re not a fortune teller. The franchise has been built up very nicely. Packer fans freaking out. Let’s play already.

  59. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    And you had to go back to 2016 to find a comment where I even said the Vikings were contenders for the Super Bowl, which was exactly what everyone around the NFL was saying at that time.
    ++++++

    Everybody around the NFL was saying it? So you parroted it. The Packer contingent on PFT were not saying it, we were still saying it was stupid for you to give up a first and a fourth in the pipe dream that the “window was open”. Which became apparent when the Vikings went 3-8 down the stretch.

    So I guess we were right and you were wrong in 2016. And in 2017 it became apparent you were right about Thompson (finally). 2018 we’ll see what happens. I’ll only say the Vikings aren’t nearly as loaded as some of you pretend. Cheers.

  60. packertruth says:

    August 23, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    And you had to go back to 2016 to find a comment where I even said the Vikings were contenders for the Super Bowl, which was exactly what everyone around the NFL was saying at that time.
    ++++++

    Everybody around the NFL was saying it? So you parroted it. The Packer contingent on PFT were not saying it, we were still saying it was stupid for you to give up a first and a fourth in the pipe dream that the “window was open”. Which became apparent when the Vikings went 3-8 down the stretch.

    So I guess we were right and you were wrong in 2016. And in 2017 it became apparent you were right about Thompson (finally). 2018 we’ll see what happens. I’ll only say the Vikings aren’t nearly as loaded as some of you pretend. Cheers.

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    Not Loaded huh? We only had the #1 defense (which I think might be a bit inflated, I think they might be #2, Jaguars #1 but #2 is good), They had a top 10 passing and running offense without their starting QB and RB. Have arguably the best WR duo, a great TE.

    I don’t think they are as loaded as maybe the Rams, or the Eagles, but it’s still a very loaded team.

  61. I do find the debate of the technicality of a Lambeau sellout debate humorous….. 3-4 years on pft and it’s the same dudes arguing the same moot point….packer games are sold out, do the tickets equal the capacity, it’s not that important to look at the official documented number..bottom line is you cannot buy a ticket to go, so I consider that a sellout. Every ticket available for the game is purchased

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