Implications of Vikings’ Tie in Green Bay

Sep 16, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson (7) misses a field goal at the end of overtime against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings did not suffer their first loss yesterday, but the tie in Green Bay was still deflating. It opened fans eyes to a lot of things regarding this team. And while there are still 14 games to go, certain aspects of the Vikings are starting to take shape.

Vikings, Packers Play to a 29-29 draw

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.

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers matchup breakdown

Today, the second week of the NFL season begins for the Detroit Lions as they've traveled to San Francisco to take on Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers. Garoppolo and the 49ers went up against the Minnesota Vikings during week one and lost 24-16. The Lions' outcome...

Detroit Lions: 4 Keys To Victory Over The 49ers

The Lions (0-1) were taken to the woodshed on national television when the Jets (1-0) came into Ford Field and thrashed Detroit, 48-17, on ESPN's Monday Night Football. With rumors coming out about the players disliking Patricia's style, along with general doubt from losing a...

Five Stories to Watch for Vikings @ Packers

Oct 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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.

FPC Vikings Staff Predicts Vikings @ Packers

Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
For the second straight week, all four FPC Vikings staff members are picking the Vikings to come out on top. However, the degree in which the arch rival Packers will compete varies drastically.

Lessons to be Learned For the Bears

Kicking off the regular season with a victory would have been the ideal welcome for the start of Matt Nagy era in Chicago. Off the heels of an uber-aggressive offseason addressing virtually every weakness combined with a hot streak of drafts and a certain...

Vikings @ Packers: Key Week 2 Matchups

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...

Charting Cousins: Week 1 49ers @ Vikings

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.

Week One Packers Postgame Wrap up: Rodgers Saves The Day

Packers Aaron Rodgers Pulls Out Late Game Heroics, Wins 24-23 by Frank Bonincontri @TheFFLWire Packers -7 Final Score Packers 24 - Bears 23 What went right: (Skip ahead to mid third quarter) Aaron Rodgers returned and finally had the offensive line pass blocking and blowing up run lanes...

Numbers to Note from 49ers @ Vikings

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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. 

Matchup Breakdown: Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets

The Detroit Lions kick off their 2018 season tonight when they host the Sam Darnold led New York Jets on Monday Night Football. This will be Matt Patricia’s first game as a head coach of the Detroit Lions, while Darnold will be the youngest starting...

Vikings Hold Off 49ers: Three Up, Three Down

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws during the fourth quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
An opening day win is never a bad thing. For much of the Vikings' 24-16 victory over San Francisco, they matched the lofty expectations laid before them. However, there were also a few points worth being mildly concerned about. 

Vikings D holds off 49ers, 24-16

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) celebrates an interception return for a touchdown during the third quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
US Bank Stadium, MN - The Minnesota Vikings began their "Super Bowl or bust" tour in a somewhat expected fashion, beating the San Francisco 49ers, 24-16.

Bears Recipe to Beat the Packers

The three most exciting words in sports have ultimately been uttered. Football. Is. Back. A dream come true, the new-look Bears open up in primetime at Lambeau. One of the finest rivalries in sports, the Packers hold a razor-thin two-game advantage in the all-time record and...

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Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander (20) celebrates his sack during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings’ Defense Finding its Mojo Again

Football is heart-achingly week-to-week. a mere two and a half weeks ago, the Vikings looked lost defensively; their coverage was porous, their stars were injured/playing badly and rookie quarterbacks were hurdling tacklers with ease. Yet, here we are entering week seven and suddenly, the Vikings look like a top-flight defense again. And all it took was two consecutive weeks of solid pass rush and tight coverage for everything to feel right again.

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