In an early season showdown between the perennial favorites for the NFC North division crown, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers put on a show. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until Week 12 for a difinitive conclusion.
The Minnesota line was solid in pass pro last week. Cousins took a few hits, but most were either the result of a schematic disadvantage or the fault of the quarterback. Overall, they stood up well, despite a rough start against DeForest Buckner. However, in the run game, they were never really able to get much going.
Coming off a solid week one win, the Vikings travel to Lambeau this week to take on Aaron Rodgers (probably) and the Green Bay Packers. Operating under the assumption that Rodgers will play seems like the correct decision, as the Vikings would likely dominate...
Quarterback play is often one of the hardest positions to evaluate in the NFL during the game. The broadcast angle is shown from the viewpoint of the press box. Because of this, there is often no way to see what the quarterback is seeing.
Game narratives often derive from a handful of plays. Quality play for 98 percent of snaps can be perceived negatively if one off play has a disastrous result. It is simply the nature of the way fans ingest sports. Because of that, post-game analysis of the big picture plays a significant role in determining true overall performance, as opposed to picking plays here and there to draw conclusions.
In Minnesota, it still begins and ends with defense. The Vikings forced four turnovers—one of them a Pick 6 from rookie defensive back Mike Hughes—to beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 Sunday. Hughes' interception put the Vikings up 17-3 early in the third quarter. Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins...
The 49ers are a team shrouded in what-ifs and optimism. It is tough to truly diagnose what to expect from such a young team, so to help us out, we asked Full Press 49ers managing editor Sanjesh Singh a few questions about the team he covers.
The quest for the Super Bowl starts Sunday as the Vikings welcome an upstart 49ers team to U.S. Bank Stadium. How will the Purple and Gold fare against Jimmy Garoppolo and company? The Full Press Vikings staff makes their predictions.
You would be hard-pressed to find a division with more lofty expectations than the NFC North. All four teams have legitimate reasons for optimism. Star power runs rampant. Everything is set up for a season-long division shootout.
Football and Sunday afternoons. They just go together. And for far too long, those two things have been separated. Well, at long last, the 2018 season finally reunites them this weekend as the Vikings open their Super Bowl-hopeful run at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are an optimistic team, with sights set on kick-starting their rise to playoff status perhaps a year earlier than anticipated. And the Vikings, well, they are in title-or-bust mode.
Expectations for a Vikings Super Bowl have perhaps never been higher. The schedule may be tough, the conference may be loaded, but the roster simply seems too good to fail. Of course that is a dangerous sentiment with this franchise.
Spirits are high in the Twin Cities. After a moderately surprising 13-3 run last season, the Vikings appear to be among the NFL's cream of the crop. They are heavily favored to make the postseason this year, with only Pittsburgh and New England ahead of them in playoff odds. But as Vikings fans know all too well, the biggest heartbreak comes when expectations are at their highest.
When the Chiefs schedule came out, few thought the team would enter their home opening contest with a 2-0 record. After the two big road wins, the excitement has continued to rise coming into this Sunday. It will be Patrick Mahomes' first career home start as a Chief. The fans will be ready to get Arrowhead Stadium rocking like they do every home game. Let's go ahead and take a look at some headlines coming into Sunday's Chiefs-49ers game.