Football Sunday! Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams

The Minnesota Vikings will be traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams at Noon on Sunday for their first regular season match-up. 

Sam Bradford is out for another NFL Season after he tore his left ACLsame injury, new year. The St. Louis Ram’s will be counting on backup QB, Shaun Hill who’s 13-13 as an NFL starter but hasn’t started in an NFL game since 2010. His career ratio is 41 touchdowns to 23 interceptions…so, it could be worse? Ram’s head coach, Jeff Fisher says, “Shaun’s our guy. We’ve brought him here, he’s got experience, we’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.” 

Shaun Hill

Matt Cassel will start for the Minnesota Viking’s and while he only started 6 games in the 2013 season…He led the team in passing yards – completing 60.2 percent of pass attempts for 1,807 yards and 11 touchdowns. Along with many other coaching shifts – the Viking’s brought on former Cincinnati Brown’s offensive coordinator, Norv Turner…who wanted the Browns to sign Matt Cassel in 2013. Interesting, eh?

Matt Cassel

The Rams were reasonably decent at home last season winning 5 out of their 7 total games at home…. while Minnesota hasn’t won a true road game since Week 16 of the 2012 season. 

Home field advantage has it’s perks…

rams fans
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But…

Minnesota Viking’s, Adrian Peterson loves opening day. Last year he opened his first run against the Detroit Lions with a 78 yard touchdown.  St Louis Ram’s are hoping to count on defensive leader, James Laurinaitis to help stop Adrian. Laurinaitis has not played any preseason games due to an ankle injury – but he will need to be on top of his game if they want to stop the Viking’s run game. 

Other than Sam Bradford’s injury, the Rams also have a few other key players not playing. 

Rams Injury Report Week 1
St. Louis Ram’s – Injury Report – Week 1

The Minnesota Vikings injuries shouldn’t play much of a role this week.

Minnesota Vikings Week 1 Injury Report
Minnesota Viking’s  – Injury Report – Week One

If I was a betting gal, I’d put my dollars on the Minnesota Vikings to come out victorious on week one of the 2014 NFL Season. The Vikings have made notable, significant changes in their roster & coaching staff. I believe their confidence is where it needs to be while the St. Louis Rams have a few uncertainties that may hinder their game. 

But we shall see… 

Happy Opening 2014 Football Sunday, Everyone!

Originally Posted at Onside Chick

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:

OAK
MIN
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
Comp-Att
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

OAK C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
McGloin 11/18 90 5.0 0 0 0-0
Carr 10/16 74 4.6 0 1 1-0
MIN C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
Cassel 5/6 62 10.3 0 0 1-5
Bridgewater 6/13 49 3.8 0 0 2-16

Rushing Leaders

OAK CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Murray 7 28 4.0 0 7
McFadden 1 23 23.0 0 23
MIN CAR YDS AVG TD LG
McKinnon 12 45 3.8 0 12
Williams 9 27 3.0 0 8

Receiving Leaders

OAK REC YDS AVG TD LG
Butler 4 44 11.0 0 15
Jenkins 4 36 9.0 0 13
MIN REC YDS AVG TD LG
Patterson 3 38 12.7 0 17
Higgins 2 27 13.5 0 17

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER OAK MIN
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
FOURTH QUARTER OAK MIN
oak TD 1:25 Matt McGloin 10 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)

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

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