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

Minnesota Vikings 2014-2015 Season – Let’s Keep The Glass Half Full

I have lots of good feelings coming into the 2014 football season; as a Minnesota Vikings fan, while I say that lightly – optimism is important.
 
The Vikings ditched Head Coach Leslie Frazier and brought on Mike Zimmer – that alone makes me have warm fuzziness. Anyone know anything specific about Mr. Zimmer? If not, all you need to know is that He’s a defensive guru with a knack for taking some of the best quarterbacks out of the game through scheme and game-plan, something that will be a necessity in a division like the NFC North.
 
Offensively speaking, we got rid of offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave & his awful Run-Run-Pass offense, in turn welcoming Norv Turner. According to NBC Sports, “Wide receiver, Greg Jennings said that there are so many things in the new scheme that the variations on a single play in Turner’s offense are almost as diverse as last year’s entire playbook.” I think what Greg’s saying is we will see Mr. Turner with a larger play card than the embarrassing one Mr. Musgrave used to waltz around with. 
 
That’s good news, folks. Look at all these stellar moves we’re making! 
 
9 of out the 10 rookies drafted have been signed, the exception being Jerick McKinnon. The Vikings invested the earlier of their two first round picks on linebacker, Anthony Barr who they hope will have fans saying, “Jared Who?”. I’ve watched my fair share of highlight videos of our newbies & while you never really know how a college player will stack up in the NFL – I have high hopes. 
 
With all of these changes, I am realistic and realize there could be some growing pains. Regardless, I will rock my purple proudly & hope for the best.

Skol Vikings!