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Saturday, January 05, 2013

NFL wildcard day one

AD is the best running back in the league, but Arian Foster is simply a pleasure to watch.  He's so silky smooth; I can't believe anyone who saw him run in college didn't see fit to draft him.  Perhaps it was because he's in the mode of Marcus Allen or Gale Sayers in that he doesn't even look like he's trying.

Ponder sitting isn't really a big deal.  The Packers were going to stack nine in the box to stop AD anyhow and it wasn't as if he was going to beat them with his arm.  It should be interesting to see what Webb can do.  If nothing else, he can play-fake to AD and then take off running himself.

Skol Vikes!

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Anonymous stg58/Animal Mother January 05, 2013 6:54 PM  

I wish the Texans were producing more yardage, and get serious. The Bengals will win if Schaub and Co. don't finish them off. It's like we aren't even trying, and we have home field advantage.

Anonymous Zartan January 05, 2013 6:56 PM  

PONDER INACTIVE WEBB STARTING!!!111!!!

We have a chance! SKOL VIKINGS!

Anonymous zen0 January 05, 2013 7:13 PM  

What happened to Ponder? Post-Honeymoon injury?

This is the most interesting thing that has happened all day.

Anonymous Outlaw X January 05, 2013 7:29 PM  

Is it for sure Ponder is benched? Didn't know he was hurt that bad.

Anonymous zen0 January 05, 2013 7:36 PM  

Usually new girlfriends and wives wait six months before they kick you in the nuts. That's 6 periods, 3 for each ovary. You know they alternate duties, right?

Blogger jamsco January 05, 2013 7:41 PM  

Say Vox,

Should the Vikings lose, how would you rank the loss?

Anonymous stg58/Animal Mother January 05, 2013 7:41 PM  

Oh well, we won. Yay!

Anonymous VD January 05, 2013 7:48 PM  

Should the Vikings lose, how would you rank the loss?

A 2. We have no passing game, GB has all their receivers healthy, Winfield is still hurt, and our starting quarterback is out. There is no way the Vikings should win this game.

Blogger SarahsDaughter January 05, 2013 8:06 PM  

Aww, you steal the victory right out of the gates?
Go Pack Go!

Anonymous Chev January 05, 2013 8:07 PM  

Since these teams just played last week, it might be good for the Vikes to start a different QB...Packers won't be prepared after prepping for more of the same. Hope Webb was watching Johnny Football last night.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 8:14 PM  

This looks like football from 1978... and I love it.

Anonymous Baseball Savant January 05, 2013 8:15 PM  

VD,

If this game is a 2 if the Vikings lose, what will you rank this win if the Vikings pull it off?

Anonymous Josh January 05, 2013 8:15 PM  

The Vikings should not attempt a pass all game

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 8:16 PM  

BTW:

Totally classless move to introduce Earl Campbell before the game in Houston.

Earl was not a Texan. Earl was an Oiler.

Anonymous Baseball Savant January 05, 2013 8:20 PM  

BTW:

Totally classless move to introduce Earl Campbell before the game in Houston.

Earl was not a Texan. Earl was an Oiler.


so glad i wasn't the only who noticed this. i about screamed at the TV that Earl was an OILER!!!!!

Blogger David of One January 05, 2013 8:27 PM  

What a way to enjoy a Saturday evening! Go Vikings!

Very entertaining game thus far! Carry after carry, right down the field.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 8:29 PM  

whelp... that's why Webb ain't a starter.

Blogger David of One January 05, 2013 8:29 PM  

What was that about not trying to pass all the time ... yep.

Anonymous Djamgo Limbaugh January 05, 2013 8:31 PM  

Is Clay Matthews overrated because he's white?

Blogger SarahsDaughter January 05, 2013 8:51 PM  

Matthews overrated? Ha!

Sacks Webb while lying down.

Anonymous zen0 January 05, 2013 8:53 PM  

Didn't someone talk to Webb about just throwing the ball up in the air for no reason?

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:05 PM  

i haven't watched Minnesota a lot... but this Greenway character appears to be out of position and late... a lot.

Anonymous Josh January 05, 2013 9:07 PM  

I think Chad Greenway was a Big Ten linebacker, which would explain that

Anonymous Supernaut January 05, 2013 9:10 PM  

He's a pro bowler and the Vikings best LB. Even the best players have bad games.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 05, 2013 9:11 PM  

Well, that was the most entertaining first quarter I think we're likely to see in the playoffs this year. The rest of the game, not so much, unless you like watching a backup QB tempt fate a lot for no reason.
Or, gamblers whacked Ponder at the knees and handed Webb a dufflebag full of Caesar's Palace chips to do whatever it is he's doing....

Anonymous Supernaut January 05, 2013 9:14 PM  

As a Viking's fan, I wanted to see noodle armed Ponder benched after he threw the game away last time at Lambeau.

Ponder got the accuracy and leadership charisma, but no arm.

Webb's got the arm...but not the accuracy. He's all legs.

Don't get cute Musgrave, just feed the beast...ALL DAY!!!!!

Anonymous jack January 05, 2013 9:15 PM  

Don't know how the Vikes game will go, but, there were certainly some interesting and entertaining college bowl games.
Clemson over LSU
Louiville over Fla.!
The Marcell show at the Texas AM game [this quarterback is going to be fun to watch the next three years. Could he be the first player to ever win 4 Heismans?]

Yeah, in the huge number of bowl games the BCS riggin of it all to get second tier teams [Louiville, Clemson, etc.] in the mix seems to have really worked out in a few of them.

At least the Vikes just forced GB to take a field goal instead of something worse. May be some hope...

Blogger Aviator4 January 05, 2013 9:21 PM  

Foster played on some poor Tennessee teams with poor coaching. He only rushed for around 500 yards his senior year, which was a huge drop-off from his junior season. His friction with UT coaches provoked them to essentially badmouth Foster to NFL scouts, which hurt his overall stock even more. Most importantly, Adrian simply was a late bloomer of sorts; he's 100 times the RB now than he was then.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:28 PM  

"Ponder got the accuracy and leadership charisma, but no arm."

So you're saying he's Joe Montana?

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:30 PM  

You could still see Foster's skilset in college. I watched UT a lot when he was there. They simply never fed him like they should have.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 9:36 PM  

Green bay has so many offensive targets. One goes down, another takes over. Same as NE. A good QB can hit a semiasshole in the basket.

Anonymous Outlaw X January 05, 2013 9:38 PM  

If Ponder can play at all, better get him out there in the second half.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat January 05, 2013 9:43 PM  

I knew the Bungles wouldn't win their Wild Card game, but one can always hope. They had some real flashes of brilliance, but just flashes. I can't tell if they need just a bit more talent, or a coaching change.

Now, the Vikings are just overmatched. Once the Packers took the away the option, that ended Webb.

I just want to see Cobb get a SB ring, to make up for Joker Phillips doing his best to destroy him through overuse.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 9:45 PM  

P.S.

I hate that pencil-neck Chris Collins.

Blogger David of One January 05, 2013 9:46 PM  

The Vikes are just tiring out the Packers ... any moment now. :-)

The Packers will get tuckered out after a couple of more touchdowns. Wait and see.

Anonymous Supernaut January 05, 2013 9:46 PM  

A poor man's Montana.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:47 PM  

On that 3rd down... that was one of the worst no-calls I have ever seen. That was the very definition of Holding on the left tackle.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:48 PM  

Look... he's doing it on every freakin' play! Every play dude has his right arm completely around Jared Allen. That's out of frame. WAY out of frame.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 9:55 PM  

You must be mistaken, Nate.

Else Chris Collings'(or, worth), would be calling it.

Anonymous robwbright January 05, 2013 9:55 PM  

Still think Ponder sitting isn't a big deal? His QBR was like 3rd in the NFL the last 4 games. Webb's is not and never gonna be.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 9:57 PM  

Plus... Ponder's girlfriend is... way... way hotter.

Anonymous Supernaut January 05, 2013 10:08 PM  

Ponder may be a noodle arm, but he's been clutch at converting 3rd downs these past few weeks.

Webb? Not so clutch.

Bah. Such is the fortunes of Viking fandom. Sad to say, we're used to it.

Game over.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 10:09 PM  

Clay seems to be a weird name.....but. It works.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 05, 2013 10:10 PM  

So who's more excited right this second, Ponder for his newfound job security, Andy Reid for finding a job this quickly after such failure, or every BBQ joint in KC for the newfound business potential?
Also, I have to wonder what was Reid's determining factor in choosing KC: a running back he'll only use for screens and wheel routes or the food?
I know which way I'd wager...

Blogger Nate January 05, 2013 10:14 PM  

Ummmm... Andy picked KC because they have talent... and the ownership fired Pioli to get him.

Anonymous Outlaw X January 05, 2013 10:23 PM  

Damn Vikings have quit playing.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 10:27 PM  

So did your boys , X, suck on it.:)

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 05, 2013 10:28 PM  

KC's defense is bursting with talent, but they'll be worse for losing Crennel.
On offense, KC's got Charles, a better than average O-line, and, um, a busted up and disgruntled Dwayne Bowe?
The only question now is who their next QB will be, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, or Mike Glennon.
The future's so bright, they're gonna need shades...

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 10:32 PM  

So. Where is your QB, Huck?

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 10:34 PM  

I see your names....but, they are NO NAMES.

Blogger WATYF January 05, 2013 10:44 PM  

I don't know that I've ever watched an NFL QB who passes as lousy as this guy. He looks like he's in high school.

WATYF

Blogger Right Republican January 05, 2013 10:52 PM  

This Webb QB/RB: why, oh why do people want to get on their knees and kiss the...ring...of these "running" quarterbacks? Ten years ago already, Rush was right....

Anonymous beerme January 05, 2013 10:58 PM  

Ponder's wife has a better arm than Webb.

Anonymous Clay January 05, 2013 10:59 PM  

Where's Tad? Must be butthole nite.

Anonymous outlaw x January 05, 2013 11:05 PM  

So did your boys , X, suck on it.:)

Yeah, I predicted it. knew exactly what was going to happen. but the waffles at the IHOP are still good. Their bacon still sucks though.

Blogger Jamie-R January 06, 2013 12:16 AM  

lol

Blogger Jamie-R January 06, 2013 12:21 AM  

Among the locals, there's a Giants fan, a Packers (lol) fan, and I was a Jets fan until New York showed it truly has the devil within it like Ghostbusters II and ignored Tebow. A lot of guys are like, hey you can't support the Redskins and RGIII now, you were a Broncos then a Jets fan! I'm like, cunts, do I look like the man to maintain the integrity of this league?

Anonymous Go Titans! January 06, 2013 12:48 AM  

In addition to what others have said about Foster, here's some more information about Foster at Tennessee:

"The notion that Arian Foster was a fumbling machine at Tennessee is false. The notion that he had extraordinarily poor timing is very true.

The first one was in the South Carolina game in 2005, at the goal line going in with a 12-7 second quarter lead. The Vols lost 16-15.

The second one was in the Outback Bowl at the end of the 2006 season. In a 10-10 ball game with ten minutes left, Foster fumbled at the Penn State 12, and it was returned 88 yards for a touchdown. Penn State won 20-10.

The next one was at Florida in 2007, with the Vols trailing 28-20 with the ball in the third quarter. Florida picked it up and ran it back for six. They never looked back, 59-20.

At UCLA in 2008, Foster fumbled going inside the five yard line with the Vols ahead 14-7 on the first drive of the third quarter. UCLA won in overtime.

A few weeks later at Auburn, another Foster fumble led to another defensive touchdown. The Vols lost 14-12."

From rockytoptalk.com

Anonymous AdognamedOp January 06, 2013 2:22 AM  

"Among the locals, there's a Giants fan, a Packers (lol) fan, and I was a Jets fan until New York showed it truly has the devil within it like Ghostbusters II and ignored Tebow."

Given the way the Jets treated Tebow, this lifelong fan -going backing to the Richard Todd, Gastineau, Freeman McNeil days- wanted to disown them too. Almosts seems like they brought him here to sabotage his career..
The local sportsmedia were by far the worse. Spreading false rumours about Tebow refusing to play, calling him a coward, ridiculing his religious beliefs. I knew the parasites would go after him. Didn't expect it to be this bad. As much as I like Tebow I'd rather see him play elsewhere.

ps, Go Collingsworth!

Blogger Jamie-R January 06, 2013 2:39 AM  

It's Collingwood, you American dick.

Anonymous AdognamedOp January 06, 2013 3:22 AM  

Oh, my bad,..Go Collingwood Meerkats!

Anonymous Anonymous January 06, 2013 4:03 AM  

Just wonder, how exactly one can overrate a defencive lineman? Like assign two people to keep him away from your QB and in the end of a game suddenly realize, that one man could have done the trick easy, or you could have even left him uncovered because he is no threat at all?

Anonymous Django Limbaugh January 06, 2013 4:47 AM  

Just wonder, how exactly one can overrate a defencive lineman?

If it has to be explained it has no utility. It is best to pretend that it never happened and go your way in peace.

Anonymous Anonymous January 06, 2013 5:21 AM  

Sure. And it feels good to be able to put all the pathetic jocks down, where they truly belong.

Anonymous Archives January 06, 2013 6:08 AM  

From Sept. 2003

Let's review: McNabb, he (Rush Limbaugh) said, is "overrated ... what we have here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback can do well—black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well."

Blogger Right Republican January 06, 2013 6:36 AM  

The point being about running quarterbacks is that they are contrary to what football is all about. NFL football is a TEAM sport. It's not supposed to be eleven guys blocking for just one guy all the time. But that's what you get with a guy like Webb. Consider one the Packers' touchdown drives. Rodgers, a drop-back pocket-passing quarterback, spread the ball around to eight different receivers, while about three or four different backs (Kuhn, a fullback) and halfbacks ran the ball. Now isn't that more interesting to watch than a quaterback who, if his first receiver isn't open, immediately tucks the ball down and tries, chaotically, to run the ball? I for one will not bow down and worship at the feet of the running quarterback, and I disagree with Chris Collinsworth when he said, "if you don't have one of the ten guys in the league who can..." do what Rodgers or Manning or Brady does, then a running quarterback is the way to go. I just don't agree and will stop watching football, just the way I stopped watching the NBA when it became a game where eight guys stand around and watch two guys play one-on-one. It's a team sport, and the running quarterback destroys that model. I'm not interested in that type of football.

Blogger bmc January 06, 2013 7:33 AM  

Unbelievable. A pro team that employs a backup QB who cannot throw a pass. I CAN THROW A PASS!

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben January 06, 2013 10:44 AM  

Hey hey, ho ho, Tim Tebow got to go! Free Tebow!

Anonymous Geoff January 06, 2013 1:29 PM  

#Right Republican,

But...but...if running quarterbacks aren't appreciated how will men of color break the quarterback barrier?!


Ditch Webb, ditch Frazier, draft some young blood to help Matt Kalil do the job. Ponder's good enough for now if he can keep his facemask out of the dirt for long enough to pass.

And Webb? Career advice? Don't throw the ball straight up in the air every time you're about to get sacked. Just a thought.

Anonymous Anonymous January 06, 2013 3:38 PM  

Let's review: McNabb, he (Rush Limbaugh) said, is "overrated..." It is not called "overrated", because football, unlike, say, figure skating, is based on stats, and it gives true value to everyone, despite all the PC bs. If someopne is claiming that a black blayer is better than his stats are, it is called delusion or, rather, affermative action - and as usual it has nothing to do with standing over or under the ratings but, as usual, despite them.

Anonymous He's Fallen January 06, 2013 7:10 PM  

And he can't get up.

RG III = RG 0

Anonymous D. L. January 06, 2013 7:13 PM  

If someopne is claiming that a black blayer is better than his stats are, it is called delusion or, rather, affermative action - and as usual it has nothing to do with standing over or under the ratings but, as usual, despite them.

You could have got the joke and just chuckled or thought it was lame, but no, you had to get all drunk and maudlin about it.

Go to sleep.

Anonymous mark in orlando January 07, 2013 5:01 PM  

Vox, you forgot about Robert Smith a Vikings silky smooth runner, quite underrated.

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