Cool Rushing Stat Story, Rams:
Heading into the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams game on Sunday afternoon, the Rams were feeling a bit like Ice in Top Gun. Cocky, sure of themselves, maybe a little bit of that Aviator, 80's swagger. They hadn't allowed a running back to top more than 65 yards in their previous four games. Most recently, they just faced the VAUNTED Buffalo Bills team that was ranked sixth in rushing, and they held them to 61 rushing yards, TOTAL, 80 yards below their average. And that was on the road! Man, tough looking shit there, am I right? The Rams were hot to trot, were riding a four game streak in which they hadn't lost (three wins and a tie), and were coming home hot on the playoff trail getting ready to shut down this overrated Adrian Peterson-led Vikings team. THIS IS OUR HOUSE, VIKINGS, they probably yelled in their pre-game huddle, thinking they were super awesome.
Well eat some dick sauce, Rams, because Purple Jesus just emasculated your false gods and shit into your offering plate. When all was said and done, all you non-believers did was allow him to put up his highest rushing yardage total of the season at 212, on 24 attempts, and basically told yourselves "No, that's OK Vikings, we don't want to go to the playoffs. Please take our spot. Thanks for stopping by." Well thanks for your generosity, lady skirts, we'll take all of the things and keep on trucking.
Now bow down to your new God. Purple Jesus is here.
Mushroom Stamp of Approval:
Stop just a moment and think about what is going on right now. Some of you may remember Eric Dickerson in his heyday, running around like a boss and setting records with the best of them. If not him, you at least remember watching Barry Sanders redefine the running back position. He was just unfortunately a Lion, which shouldn't be held against him. Many thought though that a player of his caliber would never come around again. Now, I'm trying not to get all teary eyed and emotional right now, but dammit people, do you understand what is happening? We are watching history with Adrian Peterson. And this isn't just a single season thing, this is an entire career. This is like watching Muhammad Ali, or Babe Ruth, or Bill Clinton run a White House. It's unbelievable. And you know what? Screw all of those guys, because I don't think ANY of them tore an ACL less than 365 days ago and his only now having THE BEST SPAN OF THEIR ENTIRE CAREER. I don't know what the hell is going on, but watching Peterson destroy shit every week is like having the heavens open up every seven days and just fill you with a million orgasms at once. I hope it never ends. And for the love of god, whatever coach ends up coaching him until he retires, PLEASE always make sure he has a fullback in front of him. It makes such a difference.
2012 PLAYOFF WATCH:
I can't believe we are still talking playoffs with two games left in the season. To my understanding though, here's what I believe will and needs to happen. First, the Vikings CAN lose to the Texans next week and still make it, IF they beat the Packers the following week. What we'll also need though is some help, namely in the form of the Giants taking a huge shit down the stretch. The Vikings can make it in as the sixth seed with a 9-7 record, but we'll also need the Bears to lose one of their last two as well (@Arizona and @Detroit, neither of which I feel very good about). Dallas winning today also hurt us (THANKS FOR NOTHING, BEN RAPEY). We need Dallas to lose to the Redskins the last week of the season for us to sneak in too, otherwise both of those teams will make it in. There are probably a billion other tie breakers out there, but the teams I'm watching are those ... Dallas, Redskins, Bears, Giants. The Seahawks and 49ers have their own things going on, but their final games are all pretty week, so we have to balance out the other ones. Frankly, I'm just so giddy thinking about a Vikings playoff game that all the scenarios get jumbled in my head anyway and then I just lose control of my bowels and adaslk;fj as;jfha sighaso ; AWESOME. Ya feel me?
Notes and Nips:
Lot's of other little pieces that came up from the game, so let's jump into it:
- Ponder still didn't play great, but he played better, admittedly. His scramble for a touchdown was nice in the things he DID do, namely, shuffled in the pocket and kept his head down field before crossing the line of scrimmage and running it in. And many of his slant passes were pretty spot on. They were good, hard throws and easy decisions to make, and that seemed to play to his strengths. He even took a couple of shots down field, shots that were WAY off, but it at least made the defense think about shit. So who knows. Maybe Musgrave is figuring some things out down the stretch. I mean, I doubt it, but maybe.
- Blair Walsh is now your all-time Vikings rookie scoring leader. The previous holder was Randy Moss with 106 points, and Blair ended the day with ... More. Lots more. I don't even know how to do math that high since he was kicking like a billion field goals, all seemingly from 50+. I was hesitant to roll with a rookie kicker this year, but then I figured "What the hell, it's a throw away season anyway," and now we're actually in the playoff hunt largely because of his golden leg. Pretty sweet.
- I'll give the receivers some credit. Jerome Simpson had a couple of nice catches, and I thought Michael Jenkin's single reception was handled nicely too. The top receivers were all in the 20 yards, which still sucks big, but still. I'll take what we can get.
- John Carlson showed up too, and when I say "showed up" I mean he did something instead of nothing, which totally exceeded expectations. A couple of his catches he got wracked pretty hard and I was sure he'd drop it, but surprisingly he didn't. Good for him for finally doing his job!
- Brian Robison sprained his shoulder early in the game, and that had me worried because he started the game well. I'd also hate to lose him down the stretch here if needed. It sounds like it was a sprain and he'll be day-to-day, so that's good news. When he went out though, that meant Everson Griffen got more playing time, and he of course was a huge badass. The pick six was solid, but he was also pressuring Bradford all day too.
- Things I cannot wait for in 2013 - NO MORE AJ JEFFERSON. Jesus, every year there's one of them. Do other teams have to suffer through this?
"Hey Saint Louis Rams,
Know how I know you will lose?
Your punter's Ginger."
Alright everyone, take a deep breath. Big week coming up. If the Vikings beat the Texans, the team has a great shot at making the playoffs. I don't like our chances, obviously, but maybe we can catch them in a slump after they just won the division? That kind of a hangover effect is a real thing, right? Or we can rufi them all the night before too, right? That's legal? Well, we'll need the help. Either way, can't wait.
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I think our playoff chances are pretty weak (Houston still needs to win at least one game to clinch the #1 seed, so they aren't likely to let up... and the Packers will be playing for a #2 seed (and could potentially be playing for the #1 seed as well).
All my cheering interest will be for PJ breaking the record. Houston is going to be a tough game (their defense is one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL), but he should be able to put up 175 against the Packers (at least). If he gets at least 125 against the Texans, then I think he does it for sure.
@Lakeville Mikey Word, I like that a lot. I haven't hoped for anything more in a loooooong time, than I have been hoping for AP to break the rushing record. This is one of the greatest rushing seasons ever, and it's amazing we get to see him every week.
I will gladly come back every week, and admit I was wrong if they can put together a few more performances like this. With PJ I just expect it, but it's good to see the defense contributing as much as they have. After having one pick-six in the last four years, they have three this year with a handful of rookies starting in the secondary. Finally Winfield doesn't have to do everything himself, but he's still a bad ass who doesn't even have to practice.
Ponder played well on that first drive. Sometimes he even looked like an NFL QB. Of course, AD was getting stopped behind the line of scrimmage on purpose to see how Ponder reacted so he deserves some of the credit, too. In the past he'd said he doesn't like running behind a fullback, but who can blame him when Tahi was leading the charge. Felton has made a difference, and it's nice to see solid blocking in front of him. Even some of WRs have thrown a few good ones on his long runs (Simpson against TB and Aromashodu had a great block against the Bears - I think, can't remember what game it was).
Trade Jared Allen for a bunch of picks, because Griffin is BOSS. And I Love AP times infinity. I can't wait until he breaks Eric Dickheadson's record.
The Vikings need to do whatever they did before the 49ers game. Get Winfield to make a fiery speech, and whatever else helps.Probably not going to happen, but hey - I'll gladly take a loss if AP can get another big day.
@peterandkelsey Agreed... even if we make the playoffs, we'll get curb-stomped by the Packers or 49ers in round 1. I'd rather PJ breaks the 32-year old record (which I thought would never happen in the current pass-happy NFL) than the Vikings making the playoffs (which will hopefully happen more than once in 32 years)
@peterandkelsey Sounds OK to me.