Onside Chick: Vikings Vs. Packers Prediction

The last time the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers dueled, it ended in a 26-26 tie. Prediction: That will not happen again… 

Offensively Speaking…

The Minnesota Vikings have a lot to be excited about after Sunday’s win against the Falcons.  Rookie QB, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 317 yards and ran five times for 27 more. His calm demeanor and mature movement in the pocket, certainly doesn’t scream, Rookie! 

Teddy Bridgewater
via: espn

As good of a game as it was for the Vikings on Sunday – Let’s not forget that the Green Bay Packers are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Vikings at home &… they do not need stellar performances by a rookie quarterback to get their fans excited; they have Aaron Rogers – who recently told fans:

R-E-L-A-X…He’s got this.

Aaron Rogers
via: espn

Since Adrian Peterson has been out dealing with his legal woes, Viking running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon have had a good run… (pun intended).  McKinnon exploded out of the backfield for 135 yards last week and Asiata added three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons. This week, these two get to go against the less than stellar Green Bay defense – who has given up 175 yards on the ground… per game.

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Packers running back, Eddie Lacy rushed into the end-zone for the first time this year securing 1 out of the 4 touchdowns Green Bay scored against the Chicago Bears last Sunday.  It’s safe to say, Green Bay may not a running team… but they don’t need to be to get a win.

via: blacksportsonline.com
via: blacksportsonline.com

Because, the Packers have him & Jordy Nelson… & Randall Cobb.

Defensively Speaking…

The Minnesota Viking’s overall #1 pick, Linebacker Anthony Barr seems to know what he’s doing with 2 sacks so far & Free Safety, Harrison Smith made his intentions clear in the 4th quarter against the Falcons by sealing the the Viking’s win with an interception.

via: zimbio.com
via: zimbio.com

The Packers defense has struggled this season, but they managed to hold their own against the typically high scoring Bears offense last week. The packers have key players on their defense like Clay Matthews who intercepted Jay Cutler & Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix who had 5 tackles, all on his own last week.

via: sportingnews.com
via: sportingnews.com

It pains me to say this as a Minnesota Viking Fan…but, I have to be honest. The combination of playing at Lambeau Field & Teddy’s minor ankle setback… I can not sit here and say I think The Vikings will come out victorious.

Green Bay Packers:  34
Minnesota Vikings: 27

I’m expecting Mr. Rogers to sling the ball & connect a few times. I mean, obviously…

I think Mr. Bridgewater’s game will be less smooth than his game against the Falcons. If he can stay as collected as last week & the offensive line continues to protect him though…

Who knows?


One more prediction…

via: allgbp.com
via: allgbp.com

We will see this.

Fun Fact: The Packers–Vikings rivalry is noted for being very balanced. In the first 97 meetings, the total offensive yardage, points scored, wins, turnovers, and time of possession are all within 5% of each other; these are the closest margins for a rivalry longer than 15 years. 

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First Preseason Recap: Minnesota Vikings

It was a beautiful evening for some Preseason Football at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Vikings will call home for the next 2 years while their New Stadium is constructed.

Adrian Peterson who hasn’t played in a preseason game since 2011 was suited up on the sidelines – looking all beastly like. We’ll have to wait to watch him make any plays…but there were plenty of other players who can be highlighted from last nights game.

Matt Cassel completed 5 out of 6 passes for 62 yards. As it’s the first preseason game of the year…I’m not disappointed or excited about that – but I’m certainly not upset.

Cassel completed a pass to familiar face Kyle Rudolph for an almost touchdown – but was stopped at the 1 yard line. Rudolph, who has lost a noticeable amount of weight is looking good; I’m expecting to see him do some fancy stuff this season. If you want to read more about Mr. Rudolph slimming down & preparing for the season you can do that: Here.

27 year old running back, Matt Asiata made it into the end zone for the only touchdown of the night from the one yard line. He had 3 carries for 13 yards – which doesn’t sound as awesome as it was to watch. His excitement & obvious hunger for greatness is what makes it fun to see.

Any time you can come down and score on your first drive, that’s what you’re trying to accomplish.

-Matt Cassel 

Well gosh…isn’t that the truth.

While a pretty sharp Cassell clearly outplayed Teddy Bridgewater, our rookie took the Vikings another 10 plays, and set up a 30-yard field goal by Kicker, Blair Walsh. Bridgewater’s debut had it’s ups & downs: 6 for 13 for 49 yards, two sacks and one fumble that Matt Kalil recovered for the Vikings.

There were a couple times in the game where he just didn’t act like a veteran. Things happened that he hadn’t seen before. So those are all great experiences for him. But he made some great throws.

-Head Coach, Mike Zimmer

The upside is that Bridgewater is not a veteran…He’s a rookie; time is on his (and Viking’s Fans) side.

Let’s talk about Wide Receiver, Adam Thielen who was wired for sound during the game. I know I said previously that Matt Asiata looked excited & hungry…but, Thielen was pumped last night. His punt returns were very well done & I do not think he has to worry about being on the practice squad this year; He wants to play & it shows.

Um Hi…Cordarrelle Patterson? He is going to be special this year & He knows it.

No one is going to touch me this year.

-Cordarrelle Patterson 

The Raider’s cornerbacks had a hard time keeping up with him last night; I won’t be surprised when that’s a regular thing regardless who the Vikings are playing.

Rookie Anthony Barr put the first quarter to rest by laying out Matt Schwab as the quarter came to an end…which has me thinking, Jared, Who? 

Mike Zimmer has a defensive approach that is much different than what Viking’s fans are used to; He tends to rotate multiple guys who can get 4+ sacks – rather than the one powerhouse (i.e. Jared).

To see what Coach, Mike Zimmer had to say to his team after the game, Click Here.

I am the first to acknowledge that preseason football is just that…preseason. It may seem premature but I have high hopes.

Our rookies did not disappoint & I think this is the start of something pretty dramatic. The Minnesota Vikings have made notable changes & are moving in the right direction; it seems it’s been a while since we’ve witnessed substantial movement that isn’t backwards.

In the 3rd quarter of the game, players on the bench were mouthing to commentator & former Minnesota Vikings, Ben Lieber about how many points their going to score this year.

Superbowl bound? Who knows…but…

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ESPN Team Stat Comparison:

1st Downs 16 17
Passing 1st downs
9 10
Rushing 1st downs
5 4
1st downs from penalties
2 3
3rd down efficiency
4-13 6-16
4th down efficiency
1-1 0-0
Total Plays 61 66
Total Yards 268 236
Yards per play 4.4 3.6
Total Drives 12 11
Passing 182 109
24-41 14-26
Yards per pass
4.2 3.4
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-3 6-41
Rushing 86 127
Rushing Attempts
18 34
Yards per rush
4.8 3.7
Red Zone (Made-Att) 1-1 1-2
Penalties 13-94 5-25
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:54 34:06

Passing Leaders

McGloin 11/18 90 5.0 0 0 0-0
Carr 10/16 74 4.6 0 1 1-0
Cassel 5/6 62 10.3 0 0 1-5
Bridgewater 6/13 49 3.8 0 0 2-16

Rushing Leaders

Murray 7 28 4.0 0 7
McFadden 1 23 23.0 0 23
McKinnon 12 45 3.8 0 12
Williams 9 27 3.0 0 8

Receiving Leaders

Butler 4 44 11.0 0 15
Jenkins 4 36 9.0 0 13
Patterson 3 38 12.7 0 17
Higgins 2 27 13.5 0 17

Scoring Summary

min TD 8:27 Matt Asiata 1 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick)

Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:28
0 7
min FG 0:54 Blair Walsh 30 Yd Field Goal

Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yds, 5:28
0 10
oak TD 1:25 Matt McGloin 10 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)

Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 2:32
6 10