Everson Griffen cautions Vikings: “Don’t take the cheese”

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The Vikings had low expectations in 2017, especially after quarterback Sam Bradford made an early exit with a knee injury. They grossly surpassed them.

In 2018, the expectations became sky high, with the arrival of quarterback Kirk Cousins. They failed to even make it to the playoffs.

This year, the expectations are sort of in the middle. On Sunday, the Vikings performed like anything but a sort-of-in-the-middle team, smashing the Falcons, 28-12.

But defensive end and team captain Everson Griffen has a warning for his teammates.

“Don’t take the cheese,” Griffen told PFT by phone after Sunday’s victory. “There’s a long way to go. This is just the beginning.”

The worst thing any team can do is listen to external praise and hype, but in this day and age it’s virtually impossible to tune it out. If they keep winning, the hype will grow, and they’ll have to deal with it, without losing focus on the one-game-at-a-time task at hand.

In six days, the Vikings will literally try to take the cheese, when making their annual trip to Lambeau Field. Last year, the two teams battled to an epic 29-29 overtime tie. This year, the winner (if there is one) will take early control of the NFC North.

78 responses to “Everson Griffen cautions Vikings: “Don’t take the cheese”

  1. Tokyo was calling this a “has been” secondary on Friday. Guess we’ll see come Sunday. Anthony Harris is finally the compliment that Harrison Smith needed at safety. We may be a bit banged up a corner, but I expect another strong showing.

  2. Soft part of the schedule coming up vs Pack, Oakland and Giants, all perennial sub 500 teams…gotta take advantage.

  3. Yes, because I’m sure the overhauled and improved Packers defense, is beyond terrified of Kirk Cousins, who is no better than Mitch Trubisky, on any level.

  4. Go Vikes. Cousins is not the long-term solution at QB, but hopefully he won’t screw things up too badly this year. Other than that (and possibly the O-line), the Vikes appear to be loaded everywhere else. Draft a QB, please, Spielman. It’s time to eat Cousins’ contract and find a winner at the QB position.

    If Cousins can be a game manager and figure out a way to not lose games, the team can go a long way. This team is that good overall. Green Bay will be a good test, and I hope Minnesota can go in to Lambeau and come away with the victory we should have had last year (no thanks to Daniel Carlson).

  5. Going to be a battle at Lambeau. First to admit Vikes looked good on Sunday. Maybe the most complete team they’ve had in awhile. Pack will have to have Offense clicking. Big week!

  6. I dunno, I think cousins is better than Trubisky today. Maybe that will change over time but give me cousins over trubisky, unless we are factoring intangibles like cap hit, supporting cast, etc…

  7. Yeah, if I remember correctly, it wasn’t much of a game until Kevin King made an abrupt exit due to injury and the refs decided to throw a bone their way a-la Matthews. Watching the scrub they called a kicker miss 3 field goals was pretty fun to watch though. This year I have a feeling our defense will be a little bit different.

  8. Good work, Edge Griffin. I’m so happy he is part of a progressive organization that values mental health, as opposed to the Midwest Mississippi neighbor the the east that would have cut bait the second he wasn’t 100%. His leadership and experience are very valuable.

  9. “This year, the winner (if there is one) will take early control of the NFC North.”

    One game up with 14 left to play is hardly “control”

  10. boiler72 says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Yes, because I’m sure the overhauled and improved Packers defense, is beyond terrified of Kirk Cousins, who is no better than Mitch Trubisky, on any level.
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    If the Packers are expecting to see Mitch Trubisky again this week, they’re going to be sadly disappointed. The overhauled and improved Vikings offense will be fun to see against the Packers’ new defense. And I can tell you that the same old Vikings defense will not be frightened at the thought of facing the Packers’ new offense.

  11. A large portion of the team has been together to see both sides of that; crappy – no one see’s you coming (2017), play over your head (2018) – you get a tougher road. Just try to tune out the people who say you are trash and the people who say you’re the king and find a way to stay level headed and play in between.

  12. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    Anthony Harris gets 2 balls thrown right to him and he is now the second coming? Too funny

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    Tennessee Volunteers 0-2, too funny. Go Gators!

  13. Sorry to read my Packer brethren on here talking smack; there’s no need for that. I’m looking forward to a great game next Sunday and again later in the season. It’s always fun to watch the Vikes and Pack battle it out.

  14. Boiler72 says:

    Yes, because I’m sure the overhauled and improved Packers defense, is beyond terrified of Kirk Cousins, who is no better than Mitch Trubisky, on any level.
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    The old Packer defense held Trubisky to an average of 203 yards the last year.

    This years “overhauled and improved” Packer defense allowed Trubisky 228 last Thursday.

    Cousins averaged 383.5 yards per game against the old Packer defense.

    Based on the Trubisky throwing for 11% more yards last Thursday against the “overhauled and improved” Packer defense, the math says that Cousins will have over 430 yards on Sunday.

  15. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    Every time this guy opens his mouth everyone’s looking to see if he’s got a gun.

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    Wisconsin humor, don’t quit your day job.

  16. Harris had two thrown right to him? The first INT, he recognized his man wasn’t running a route, then Harris read Ryan’s eyes all the way and got the pick. But your version probably makes you feel better? I believe Harris was rated higher than anyone on your entire defense last year.

  17. Wonderful! The Vikings fans are pretty much guaranteeing victory over the Packers in Lambeau. Exactly what we want.👏

    The Packers had a bonus Monday practice today. The Pack came out of the Chicago game healthy. Oren Burks and Darrius Shepherd are the only players that did not practice today.

    All positives so far this game week. Great for the team to be rested and healthy after having the weekend off.

    The Packers are favored Sunday and now also favored to win the NFC North.

    “It only took one week for the Green Bay Packers to take their usual place as the betting favorites in the NFC North.”

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  18. packers291 says:

    “If they keep winning”

    Yes, if they continue their current trend of 1 consecutive wins…
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    The Packers failed to win 2 consecutive games last year. The last time the Packers had a winning streak – it was with Brett Hundley at QB.

    The Vikings had winning streaks twice last year. A 3 game winning streak (Eagles, Cards and Jets) and a 2 game winning streak (Lions and Dolphins).

    Go ahead and make fun of our wins (there were 2 of them) over the Lions. The Lions have swept the Pack last two years in a row…

  19. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    Anthony Harris gets 2 balls thrown right to him and he is now the second coming? Too funny.

    ____________________________

    Well after watching the bears offence trip over themselves, Packers fans have anointed their defence elite. I find that pretty hilarious. Especially considering they were never elite before this game while Harris actually was really good a year ago

  20. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The Packers are favored Sunday and now also favored to win the NFC North.

    “It only took one week for the Green Bay Packers to take their usual place as the betting favorites in the NFC North.”
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    That’s good. It will make it even funnier.

  21. Don’t take the cheese? Why didn’t they decline that clean hit Matthews put Cousins, if they “weren’t gonna take cheese,?”

    It was so cheesey in fact the NFL had changed their rules midway through the season.

  22. You know, admitting that another team in the NFCN is good or improved won’t give you cancer or require the return of your helga hat or cheesehead. The Pack is much improved on D, Rodgers is a top NFL QB, and the Vikes have to play on the road at Lambeau. It should be a good game. The Pack should win at home and then, all things being equal, should lose to the Vikes when they cross the border and play in MN. And if the Vikes should happen to win Sunday, I will promise not to say anything about not losing to the Packers in 988 days — even if that coyote guy repeats for the 3,789th time that the Vikings didn’t win, but the Packers beat themselves.

  23. The Vikings would be hitting on all cylinders if their fans didn’t look like they were trying to high-five themselves during the stolen chant.

  24. gtodriver says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    The Packers failed to win 2 consecutive games last year. The last time the Packers had a winning streak – it was with Brett Hundley at QB.
    _______________

    Last year, the Packers also failed to win a road game until 2 days before christmas…. this year they won their first road game a few days after labor day… while I know its hard for some fans to realize since its “Rodgers” under center, there IS a new coach in town, and it brought NEW energy to this team.

  25. While the Vikings did get off to a good start yesterday, I hate to break it to our Western neighbors –

    The road to being King of the North still runs through Chicago this year. Minneapolis is nothing more than a shady rest stop on that road.

  26. It’s been reported locally that two hotels had turned the Vikings down as a place for the team to stay.
    The third accepted the team as long as they paid for expenses to hire extra security for hotel staff and housekeeping.
    I shouldn’t even have to explain why.

  27. shaggytoodle says:
    September 9, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    while I know its hard for some fans to realize since its “Rodgers” under center, there IS a new coach in town, and it brought NEW energy to this team.
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    You do realize that in 100 years, the Packers have never had a first year HC that led the Packers to the playoffs (or before there were playoffs, a season with more than 4 wins), don’t you?

    McCarthy first season was 8 – 8 – 2nd place

    Sherman was 9 – 7 – 3rd place

    Rhodes was 8 – 8 – 3rd place

    Holmgren was 9 – 7 – 2nd place

    Infante was 4 – 12 – last place

    Gregg was 8 – 8 – 2nd place

    Starr was 4 – 10 – last place

    Devine was 4 – 8 – 2 – last place

    Bengston was 6 – 7 – 1 – 3rd place

    Lombardi was 7 – 5 – 3rd place

    McLean was 1 – 10 – 1 – last place

    Blackbourn was 4 – 8 – last place

    Ronzani was 3 – 9 – 5th place

    Lambeau was 4 – 3 – 3 – 7th place

    Just the facts….

  28. shaggytoodle says:
    September 9, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    there IS a new coach in town, and it brought NEW energy to this team.
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    The only energy I saw from the offense was when they scurried off the field every time the punt team came on.

  29. The Vikings winning streak against the Packers is one game, 288 days ago, not even one year. Did the Vikings accomplish anything during this magnanimous power vacuum?

    I didn’t think so.

    “Minnesota Vikings. Wishing, Hoping, and Praying Since 1961.”

    The dreams of Viking fans are the memories of Packer fans.

    That’s gotta hurt.

  30. gtodriver says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    You do realize that in 100 years, the Packers have never had a first year HC that led the Packers to the playoffs (or before there were playoffs, a season with more than 4 wins), don’t you?
    ______________

    You realize in the almost 60 years Vikings NEVER one a Superbowl….. don’t you?

    Does that mean it its impossible?

  31. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm
    Wonderful! The Vikings fans are pretty much guaranteeing victory over the Packers in Lambeau. Exactly what we want.

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    What thread are you reading? I don’t see any Viking fans “guaranteeing victory”. “Exactly what we want” What? lol.

  32. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6

    The Packers are favored Sunday and now also favored to win the NFC North.

    “It only took one week for the Green Bay Packers to take their usual place as the betting favorites in the NFC North.”

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    “It only took one week for the Green Bay Packers to take their usual place as the betting favorites in the NFC North.”

    Are you actually quoting yourself? lol.

  33. shaggytoodle says:

    You realize in the almost 60 years Vikings NEVER one a Superbowl….. don’t you?
    ###

    The Vikings have been to four Super Bowls, thank you…

    I can’t believe you’re comparing making the Super Bowl to making the playoffs. Is this Packer logic/

  34. cellarperformance says:

    The Vikings winning streak against the Packers is one game, 288 days ago, not even one year.
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    When’s the last time the Packers beat the Vikings? I think it’s 997 days ago.

  35. I’m surprised that idiot Zim didn’t proclaim them the luckiest team in NFL to win that game & then mutilate some inanimate object to prove his point. Someone take the idiots ability to challenge calls away from him. Let Kubiak control when to throw it. Zim is 12 out of 29 in challenges & he always challenges the dumbest things.

  36. Spamalot says:

    It’s been reported locally that two hotels had turned the Vikings down as a place for the team to stay.
    The third accepted the team as long as they paid for expenses to hire extra security for hotel staff and housekeeping.
    I shouldn’t even have to explain why.
    ###

    Lie much?

    The Vikings have been staying 30 miles away from Green Bay since the 80’s at the Radisson Paper Valley. The Vikings will be there again this year – just like all the other NFL teams that now choose to stay outside the Green Bay area.

    No other NFL city fails to have the opposing teams stay in the city itself or one of it’s suburbs.

    I shouldn’t have to explain why.

  37. gtodriver says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    You do realize that in 100 years, the Packers have never had a first year HC that led the Packers to the playoffs (or before there were playoffs, a season with more than 4 wins), don’t you?
    *************
    This has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen posted in here.
    And believe me, I’ve seen plenty of dumb things posted by various Heidi fans.

    You do realize that there’s not a single player, or significant front office personnel man, employed by the Packers today that held a job of any importance during the start of any of those former HC’s careers.
    Or the fact that most weren’t even born yet, should have clued you in to the fact that one has absolutely no bearing on all the others.

    But, you know, thanks for all your wasted time with that crack research and posting.
    I felt it was so important that I didn’t even bother to copy and paste most of it to refute your stupid argument.

  38. The Vikings have been staying 30 miles away from Green Bay since the 80’s at the Radisson Paper Valley. The Vikings will be there again this year – just like all the other NFL teams that now choose to stay outside the Green Bay area.
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    I think they are all trying to avoid the smell

  39. Everything went great. The entire second half was relaxing as the Vikings were cruising. But……the next 15 games probably will not start with a blocked punt on a 3 and out, and an INT, for a quick 14-0 lead. The defense played very well until garbage time. But….there were too many flags and mental errors. The running game was great. But…..there were plenty of zero yard gains (when it was obviously a running play with a big lead).

    So, ya, I loved what I saw, but it’s a long season.

  40. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    Anthony Harris gets 2 balls thrown right to him and he is now the second coming? Too funny.
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    Bro. Come on. That’s not even good trolling. Anthony Harris made two great plays, and had a fumble recovery. You literally picked something about that game that cannot possibly be picked apart. Kind of an embarrassing post by you, really.

  41. vikesfansteve says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:05 am
    I’m surprised that idiot Zim didn’t proclaim them the luckiest team in NFL to win that game & then mutilate some inanimate object to prove his point. Someone take the idiots ability to challenge calls away from him.
    ///////////
    The flag gave the Falcons the ball at the 1 yard line. It was worth the challenge. Now, none of that addresses your hatred for the Vikings with a goofy screen name that should be telling us something else.

  42. stellarperformance says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm
    The Vikings would be hitting on all cylinders if their fans didn’t look like they were trying to high-five themselves during the stolen chant.
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    Ha ha ha. Oh man, this is my favorite. The Vikings plays so well in week 1 that stellar has abandoned his normal schtick and is attacking the fans at the game. Don’t look now stellar, but your team just punted again…

  43. gtodriver says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    When’s the last time the Packers beat the Vikings? I think it’s 997 days ago.
    **************
    Do any of you Heidis have any self awareness at all?
    Do any of you realize how sad and pathetic you all look actually counting the days since the last Packer win over the Vikings.
    Seriously, we all laugh at you!
    It’s hilarious how much you all obsess over a team that’s always stood well above your own in historical stature.
    And how much the Green Bay Packers live, rent free, inside your puny skulls all year round.

  44. You think Packer fans realize Vegas sets the line in the hopes of getting equal bets on both sides so they can win the juice? It literally has nothing to do with who they “think will win”. Vegas does not care who wins, until they see the final bet tally.

  45. It’s going to come down to the 4th Qtr and turnovers. Should be a great game and I’m interested to finally get an extended look at this new Packer defense. Guessing a 17-14 game but I have no idea who wins.
    My bigger concern is the trap game next week when the Buffalo Bills I mean Raiders come to town. We all know what happened last year.

  46. I only care about the Packers twice a year and thats during border battle week. Obviously you can’t judge a season on one game for either team. The Chicago QB is not the second coming of Drew Brees or Tom Brady. However, if the Vikings run the ball against the Packers like they did against the ATL, that keeps their one man team on the bench. You can’t score if you don’t have the ball right? Maybe the Vikings will pass more off of play action because the Packers D will be so worried about the run. Ball control, keep A A Ron and his porn star mustache on the bench Vikes win.

  47. freefromwhatyouare says:
    September 9, 2019 at 6

    The Packers are favored Sunday and now also favored to win the NFC North.

    “It only took one week for the Green Bay Packers to take their usual place as the betting favorites in the NFC North.”
    ——————————————————————————–

    Yeah with that high powered kick ass offense, I’m sure the Vikings Defense is shaking in their shoes. Packers have/will always be the media darlings because of ancient history and especially because this is the 100th anniversary of the NFL. If you listen to any broadcast there is always a gratuitous mention of the Packers, its almost like they are obligated to say something. The Packers barely beat a mediocre Bears team then proclaim their defense has improved because they played against an awful QB. We they not the favorites last year, the year before? I’d curb your enthusiasm the Cheesier than thou.You have to win it, and its gonna take a lot more than 10 points to beat the Vikings friend.

  48. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Anthony Harris gets 2 balls thrown right to him and he is now the second coming? Too funny./////

    One thrown to Harris in the end zone that is it. The play he made on the ball to Julio Jones was a nice play by Harris. I don’t think he is Deion either but give him credit when he makes a nice play .

  49. leroysbutler says:
    September 9, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    Cousins threw the ball 10 times. Anything more than that against the Packers and the Vikes are doomed. Cousins is a poor man’s Jay Cutler.
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    I mean, are you trying to imply that Cousins, one of the most accurate passers in the NFL, can’t THROW? He didn’t need to throw in the last game as the Vikings D essentially played Falcon keep away for 3 quarters. Why show all the O moves when it’s not needed? WHY be predictable as the Vikes were last year under DeFillipo? In the final analysis teams don’t know what Vikings Offense they will face each week.

  50. Spamalot says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:30 am
    gtodriver says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    You do realize that in 100 years, the Packers have never had a first year HC that led the Packers to the playoffs (or before there were playoffs, a season with more than 4 wins), don’t you?
    *************
    This has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen posted in here

    I dunno waffle it saying first-year head coaches have Traditionally had trouble adjusting to the job is the opposite of dumb.

  51. fmc651 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    The play he made on the ball to Julio Jones was a nice play by Harris.
    ______________

    He made the play yes, but Matt Ryan didnt make itn overly hard on him, Ryan decided Jones was getting the ball from/possibly before, the snap and then proceedes to act as if he was in the finals of a staring contest. I get why Minnestoa is excited, about him making strides and expecting him to be a probowler, but thats a play most college and any NFL safety should make.

  52. shaggytoodle says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:34 am
    fmc651 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    The play he made on the ball to Julio Jones was a nice play by Harris.
    ______________

    He made the play yes, but Matt Ryan didnt make itn overly hard on him, Ryan decided Jones was getting the ball from/possibly before, the snap and then proceedes to act as if he was in the finals of a staring contest. I get why Minnestoa is excited, about him making strides and expecting him to be a probowler, but thats a play most college and any NFL safety should make.
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    Harris has been good for a while now, where have you been? Every time Sendejo was hurt or suspended Harris stepped in and didn’t miss a beat. It made Sendejo and his money expendable. After a year of starting he keeps getting better. The only downside is the Vikings will have to pay him eventually too. World Class problems I guess.

  53. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 10, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Harris has been good for a while now, where have you been?
    ________

    I LITRTALLY said I get why Minn. Is excited about him and expecting him to.make the pro bowl this year…. it takes more than one game to get there

  54. shaggytoodle:
    Harris had a great game & should be in the running for NFC defensive player of the week, he deserves a shout out & you know it. By the way, who is this Spamalot person posting, never seen him on here before, is he another made-up name by the same packer troll?

  55. shaggytoodle:
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    Harris had a great game & should be in the running for NFC defensive player of the week, he deserves a shout out & you know it.

  56. shaggytoodle:
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    Harris had a great game & should be in the running for NFC defensive player of the week, he deserves a shout out & you know it.

  57. Just take a look at the stat line, Falcons had 3 turnovers and anytime you lose the turnover ratio by 3 or more, that team always loses. Now getting 3 turnovers every game is hard to sustain but knowing the Viking fans, they feel like they have a shot.

    Sunday is going to be a very different game, its highly likely the Packers aren’t going to gift wrap 3 turnovers to the Vikings. The Vikings will have to earn this win and that should scare any rationale Viking fan, if there is any,

  58. Packers opponent last year:

    Number 1 Defense (17 points per game allowed)
    Number 9 Offense (26 points per game)

    Vikings opponent last year:
    Number 25 defense (26 points per game allowed)
    Number 10 Offense (25 points per game)

    Packers, on the road, in the division. Vikings at home for their home opener.

    Vikings fans:
    The Bears are terrible and the Falcons are easily one of the best teams in the NFL, and we dominated them. They are so much better than the Bears and Packers and we obliterated them and so Packers fans can’t celebrate winning a game and thinking they have a good defense because only we can say we have a good defense look what we just did to the Falcons just look.

  59. I read between the lines of Viking troll comments and laugh at the undeniably obvious reason for their myopic insults and putdowns:

    The hopes and dreams of Viking fans are still the fortunes and memories of Packer fans. Nothing has changed.

  60. stellarperformance says:
    …fortunes and memories of Packer fans.
    /////////////
    Ah, isn’t that special, that’s so sentimental of you.
    BTW, Vikes fans have plenty of good memories with the great HOF players and games through the years and more to come. Keep trying Stellar, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try.

  61. Spamalot says:

    It’s hilarious how much you all obsess over a team that’s always stood well above your own in historical stature.
    ###

    Since the inception of divisional play, the Vikings have had to look down in the standings to see the Packers 30 times out of the 52 seasons. It’s the Packer fans that have developed an inferiority complex and obsess over the Vikings.

    During the dark days of the late 60’s through the early 90’s, a 25 year span where the Packers failed to score a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season. They finished the season 4th or worse 10 times during that stretch.

    No other team has matched or exceeded that level of total futility in the 100 year history of the NFL.

    It was during this time that the annual Packer/Viking game at Lambeau Field became the Packer fans Super Bowl.

    A week 2 Super Bowl is lame.

  62. Dances with sheep says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Ah, isn’t that special, that’s so sentimental of you.
    BTW, Vikes fans have plenty of good memories with the great HOF players and games through the years and more to come. Keep trying Stellar, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Attaboy.

  63. gtodriver says:
    September 11, 2019 at 6:52 am
    No other team has matched or exceeded that level of total futility in the 100 year history of the NFL.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Everyone but you measures historical success in the postseason. You’ve applied some very self-serving rationalizations in consideration of the fact the Vikings own the all-time NFL records for the most postseason losses and the most one-and-done postseason appearances.

    Futility; Thy Name is Vikings.

  64. When will some dolts come to the realization that the Packers have four legitimate Lombardi Trophies and have no need for a symbolic bi-annual “SuperBowl,” as the Vikings surely do?

    It’s time to wake up boys and girls.

  65. the packer defense is going to destroy cousins and his porous line. it might be beneficial to their fans. they can begin shopping for a decent qb in the upcoming draft. I wonder if the coaching staff will let him throw 10 times?

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