Yes, I was super excited to use that headline: I remember when the Vegas line came out on this game sometime last week and I saw that it was only Packers by seven. I thought to myself, "You got to be shitting me. Seven points is all your giving them? They got Aaron Rodgers having a historic season, our team starting a rookie quarterback, and one of our cornerbacks in jail! Seven points is it?!" And while the Vikings didn't win on the field on Sunday afternoon, losing to the Packers 33-27, they were winners in Vegas. Moral victories, baby!! In fact, it was probably the best type of win for this team. It likely re-energized the fan base by getting to see Pondexter play against tight competition and perform admirably, allowed the team to play the role of the underdog attempting to make an amazing comeback against a top tier team, and we even roughed up their unmistakably gay quarterback a bit (which he obviously liked). In the end? We looked decent and still lost, keeping us in the hunt for the Suck4Luck campaign.
But now we have bigger questions ... do we Suck for Luck or do we keel for Kalil? We don't even need another quarterback now! We're coming, baby, we're coming!
Mushroom Stamp of Disapproval: The real mushroom stamp of this weekend should be headed to every single player on the defense. EJ Henderson looks terrible, Erin Henderson isn't up to snuff, we might as well be using trash cans as safeties, and the cornerback play makes me want to polish my sniper rifle. But since I don't have the fortitude to stamp EVERY defensive player on the team, I'll settle for dropping the poop stain on the one guy this week that gave up the big play which likely changed the game in Asher Allen, who left the Packers' best receiver in Greg Jennings wide open at the start of the second half which allowed the Packers to score the go-ahead touchdown. It was dumb, and really inexcusable. Watch the replays of it and even Joe Webb on the sidelines is like "Come on, man!" Other than that though, I thought the defense played ... fine? ... considering the circumstances, CHRIS COOK, and probably even a little bit better than what the team is good for this season. So really, I ain't mad atcha.
Accolades for the Kid: After a week of ambivalence from PJD about Pondexter starting, I can say I was mildly surprised by his performance. You look at his numbers and they don't really do shit for you (13-32, 40% completion rate, 219 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs) ... and in fact they're kind of bad ... but in the laziest possible sports reporting way, I can certainly say that Pondexter passed the eye test. Overall, he protected the ball well, had a decent sense for when pressure was getting to him, and hit on a handful of real nice passes. In particular, his third down completion rate was stellar, and just goes to show that if you're not trying to bowl a football to a receiver that they can sometimes catch the pass and get first downs with the reception, McNabb. Several times throughout the game I legitimately was not concerned about the Vikings picking up a third down, and that hasn't been the case since like 2009. So good on that. He also looked pretty butter with his slant passes, which is just so damn hard to defend in the NFL and is always good for at least five yards. If he can get that down to Harvin, Jenkins, and even Shanko, things will be a lot easier for him. People may want to rag on him for his two interceptions, but I'm going to play the role of apologist here and take the blame off of Pondexter's shoulders and pass it around. I thought both routes run by the receivers looked a bit lazy and weak, which is understandable as they are use to play with McFatpants, but on top of that, both were covered by Charles Woodson who made great plays on both. Truth is, very few DBs in the NFL have hands like that, or the brains, and Ponder won't be facing those players that do, I don't think. With that in mind, hey, the kid did alright. Now next time, I'll just expect him to play with his shirt off.
Craptastic Notes: There is a lot we'd would like to cover so we're hitting you again with some quick notes on the game. If we miss anything, beging a sexy convo in the comments. That's what they're there for:
- Berrian sat again, and my god, I was certain we were going to win the game because of it. We almost did, and I hope the coaches are realizing this isn't just a coincidence anymore. Can he be cut on Monday? That'd be so god damn awesome.
- The defense can obviously improve, and damn well better, but I think they played one of their best games this season today. There was some great pressure and even coverage sacks because Rodgers couldn't find people later on in the game. Also, they held their total team rushing yards to 114, which isn't AWESOME by any means, but is certainly better than they have been doing. I felt a lot of tackles were made right at or behind the line of scrimmage too, which was nice to see. I'm guessing the offense playing competently had a lot to do with energizing them.
- Did you notice Longwell put the ball in the endzone almost every time on kickoffs? Where has that been for the past three years? I know they just moved the kickoff up five yards, but even for the first six games ... nowhere to be seen. Awesome stuff.
- Do we win if Chris Cook is in guarding Jennings? If Winfield plays? Thanks for beating your wife, dick.
- I have to give kudos to the offensive line as well. They weren't perfect by any means, but with a rookie quarterback starting and with two guys eventually getting injured in the game (Fusco and ... that center guy starting? Yikes), they did pretty average considering. Which, as a reminder, is what we're setting the bar at now: Just let us be average, please god.
- Seriously, Vikings, how do you not realize that those throwback unis are the best thing this franchise has going for it right now? Every game, wear them, or GTFO.
- Between all of the visiting Nebraska and Wisconsin fans this weekend, Minnesota should pretty much have that new stadium paid for already.
- Ponder's first play of the game was just silly. You couldn't have planned something like that any better, and if that was the REAL #84 in that jersey, you bet your ass it would have been a touchdown. Solid stuff.
- Purple Jesus ran for 175 yards. I don't think that's been fully accepted by people yet. He gashed those mother f*ckers and we wasted that performance. I hate this team
- I don't give two shits abotu Robison kicking some dude in the testies. In fact, I think it's hilarious. Go get yours, son!
- Kluwe had another awesome Kluwe non-tackle on Sunday. Put it in line for a new figurine!
A losing haiku:
"Enjoy the win, Pack.
But know this: Title Town lives
Alright, solid stuff everyone, good times. Come back again for this upcoming week's game as the Vikings head to Carolina to try and contain Camputer Newton. If you were smart, you would have picked up Cam in your fantasy league after his week one performance SIMPLY for this game. 40 points from him, gauranteed. In the mean time, let's keep talking about how Ponder is our future, we don't need Andrew Luck, and holy shit are we depressed with this season. That's Vikings football!
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I seriously would rather have McFatty attempt to cover someone than Asher Allen pretend to. I throw up in my mouth a little whenever anyone says that name. Or Joe Webb, or Kluwe or how about Big Leslie. Really, just get the silver fox out of retirement again, he would do a better job.
Ohhhhh... that hurt. If the Packers were playing the Soviet Red Army hochey team from 1980, I'd wear the hammer and sickle with pride. I effin' hate the Pack and their stupid cousin f**king fans.
So, we were driving back home from Bemidji yesterday when the game started and I had it on radio. Ponder's pass to Jenkins makes me and my two girls (10 and 7) start shouting and gyrating like retarded kids with new fingerpaints. In the middle of it, my 7 year old shouts out YAAAYYYY!!! GOOOOO PACKERS!!!! Before she annunciated the "S" in "Packers", I had the radio shut off and was glaring at her and swear to God, my ten year old went Chris Cook on her and slapped her upside the head with her McDonalds Happy Meal Haloween bucket, sending awful french fries everywhere in the truck. She started giggling and corrected herself... "Packers!!! YOU SUCK!!!!". Good girl. Good girl. Nice recovery.
Anyways, typical Sunday for me. By the time I got home, we were up. I turned on the TV, we were soon down. I turned off the TV, we rallied. My buddy called to let me know we were rallying, I turned on the TV again, we lost. All I ask is a minimum of two wins per year - vs GB at home, and a win in Lambeau.
And one more thing... to the fans in the endzone who allowed a god damn Packer fan to sit on the rail holding a "Lambeau leap HERE" sign: Real NFL fans would never let that happen. I don't know if you got your tickets from your boss and were afraid to pour beer on a complete douchebag stranger for fear that you'd lose the promotion you thought you were going to get, or maybe you are originally from the Green Bay area and the guy was your cousin and you were afraid that punching him in the nads and THEN pouring beer on him would end all chances of a carnal relationship, but you DON'T... LET... A PACKER FAN... ANYWHERE NEAR THE END ZONE!! And you sure as shit don't let him carry a sign!! He can buy his scalped tickets, but as soon as he shows his colors, you make his life miserable until security takes you from the stadium!
Sorry for the long rant, guys.
That Greg Jennings pass i hate to not blame on Allen for playing so shitty, but it was actually our back-up safety's fault(Johnson I think?) for biting and playing up on the cover 2(up to the reciever who had 3 Vikings on him, but hey i cant blame him im sure he woulda caught it) and letting Greg Jizzings go deep. Cant a bomb his the playing field while our D and the Packer's O is on the field?? Spare numero 69 Javhid Allen for us please!
Wow, we looked infinity better than I would have EVER expected. Starting a rookie against the mighty gay Packers? I thought we were gonna get demolished by 75 points. (1 butt-rape per point.)
Too bad AP's performance was wasted AGAIN. Ughghghghgh. That pisses me off more than actually losing these games. He deserves better. If we aren't good for like 5+ more years, wow, his entire career will go down the crapper. His stats will be awesome, but I'll just feel really bad for him.
No way will SUCK4LUCK now. Ponder is better than McFatty, so we'll probably win some games. The Rams, Colts, and Dolphins on the other hand... they are just pure trash. No way we can out-lose all of them this year.
Usually on Monday's when I comment to you Mr. PJD I'm as hungover as hell and I'm deleting all the "legal" Puerto Rican porn I looked at the night before. Well, my kid had hockey after the game so I had to stay sober. Sober on a Sunday?! Cock balls dammit. Anyway, Ponder looked good, AP hauled ass and I still think Frazier is the dead guy from "Weekend at Bernie's". PLEASE SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, GET SOME CONFERMATION TO THE WORLD THAT HE IS ALIVE!! Cook and Winfield in there like you said PJD and it could have been celebratory Monday drinks to make up for no drinking yesterday. Whatever. Pretty sure I missed deleting some porn from last week and I got about 34 seconds to spare... gotta go.
I love that it was a 6 pt game. The stupid Packers fans in my office haven't really said much. Even many Packer players mentioned they were impressed with the rookie. Perhaps Ponder started a few weeks ago he would have been a little more comfortable. Either way he did great....a little disappointed there wasn't a shirtless locker room interview with him. There's hope for the rest of the season **my feisty fingers are crossed** If there was said interview, someone should send me the link. Defense sucks...agreed. Really can't say much more.
I think Robinson's nut kick should be a new shirt offered in the PJDiaries store....just sayin.
6 point loss is a Vikings win IMO. I hope the douchebag packer fans return to talk shit because I enjoyed that.
PJ juking the shit out of and/or bowling over Packers defenders in the throwbacks was hot. I agree, every game should be in the throwbacks. The combination of the gray facemasks and the stripes on the arms/shoulders are just too awesome to behold.
For the record, I say we let Ponder do whatever he can to convince us not to Suck4Luck... since it will probably be bad enough for us to still lose the rest of our games. Either Ponder will actually become the QB of our future (and then we can draft the top left tackle on the board), or he will explode in a fiery ball of suckitude and we will have a shot at Luck (although not a great one, the Colts, Rams, and Dolphins are spectacular in their desired to Suck4Luck)
ok that last pic about the wnba title nearly made me spit out my coffee. i want that on a t-shirt. holy balls that's a great sign.
overall i count that as a win (I'm wearing my purple shirt and tie in wisconsin today without much embrassment so that's a positive). the kid looked ok at qb but do we really think we can roll out that much? i think teams will start gunning for the boot leg. id like to see more of him in the pocket but i guess that comes down the road. also, 2 more sacks for allen was great and my god is purple jesus manly. the touchdown at the goaline where 3 dudes were on him and he just hulked them (he basically threw off aj hawk) was excellent.
@Hammy1724 I normally don't like kids, but I like your violent child.
@Hammy1724 I try to be sneaky when not doing work-related stuff at work, but your post made me laugh so hard I blew my cover. I can totally relate to the kids. My 7 year old has been trained to say "Ugh...I HATE Clay Matthews" every time he sees him on the tv. It's awesome!
@Hammy1724 Seriously, no need to apologize.
That was an awesome post!
@BlueViking I think it was Abdullah, but I think it's okay blame it on every player on the field at the time.
@BlueViking A bomb is our only hope.
@feistyfan Make that shirt haha... top seller for sure.
@MikeFromWinnipeg Roger that.
@lockout2011 Yeah, that run was awesome. Vintage PJ.
I think we should also open it up to a weekly troll post where I just put up an anger filled, blind and stupid hatred posting that draws in assholes from all around from the opposing team and then we make fun of them relentlessly, so they keep coming back, and I make like $2 on one post. Shit would be awesome.