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In-season, I’m pumping out content faster than editing can keep up with. I don’t want to hold the recaps for hours waiting on perfection. We will correct errors after the fact, but for now – forgive any of my gaffes. I dictate some of my notes, and the computer software or Siri interpretation can be comical. I try to correct them all before publishing it, but I miss it sometimes…in the 50,000+ words I pen each week during the season (not including all the emails). I’m moving fast, and want to get the product out there ASAP at 98% ‘good’…vs. big delays trying to get to 99.9% craftsmanship. So here you go…
Now, the Vikings are just embarrassing themselves. A must win game at home versus a very flawed Colts team. It was 27-0 Colts at the half. A merciful 34-6 ending. If you’re a real football critic and not a paid-off to spin nonsense mainstream football analyst – you have to say this is a serious coaching issue. Mike Zimmer has lost this team. I keep reiterating this one point – after Week 5 many believed the Vikings were the best team in football. They’re now one of the worst. Their collapse was not bad luck or scheduling – it’s a giant mirror in front of their face.
No one in the mainstream is going to say it’s a Mike Zimmer issue. ‘They’ also won’t blame GM Rick Spielman — ‘they’ are no longer celebrating how grand his trade for Sam Bradford is now. One of the best rosters in all of football gone to waste. The football intelligentsia kept making excuses and offering praise for Norv Turner, and they’ll do the same for Zimmer. Being the head of an organization is not easy and it is not for everyone, only a select few are truly great a la Belichick. To me, Zimmer is not one of those select few. Wrong era.
It’s the last chance for the Vikings this week. A win would put them in decent shape for a playoff spot and not totally dead for the NFC North title. I’d say Green Bay is one of the better bets of the week.
The Colts have to win out to have a chance to win the division – it’s their only hope to get into the playoffs. Most likely, they’re done. However, every time you try to bury Andrew Luck…
— I re-watched all of Adrian Peterson’s (6-22-0, 1-1-0/1 targets) touches, and it looked worse the second time around. Originally, I thought he was fine and that it was just the perpetual O-Line issues, but upon further review – I don’t think AP looks that great either.
This run game has been a mess all season, and Peterson was awful the first two games of the season anyway. Why would I think he’s going to hobble into Green Bay and make water into wine this week? It’s believing in ghosts…the ghost of Adrian Petersonpast.
If you’re going to play a Vikings RB it’s Jerick McKinnon (3-12-0, 9-59-0/9 targets) in PPR. In the last three games, JMK has 6.7 catches for 37.0 yards and 0.33 TDs per game…along with 28.0 yards rushing per game…8.5 FF PPG (15.2 PPR). He’s been a near RB1 in PPR the past three weeks. Tough to trust, but since the new O-C has taken over this targeting shift has occurred…
McKinnon’s catch counts in games this season…
Weeks 1-8 — 1-1-1-3-1-1-0 (1.3 per game)
Weeks 9-15 — 3-1-3-5-6-9 (4.5 per game)
— T.Y. Hilton (3-45-0/7 targets) drew Xavier Rhodes in coverage, and it was as bad as I feared. I called Hilton’s fade correctly. One part Rhodes, then one part blowout so who cared anymore in the second half.
— I didn’t call Stefon Diggs (2-13-0/5 targets) correctly. I thought this would be the return of the heavy targets/catches again in an easier matchup. This was a joke. I’ve pretty much been wrong on every turn of Diggs for two years.
If anyone can make one of the best technicians at WR in the NFL (Diggs) a chump…it’s Mike Zimmer and Sam Bradford.
— I thought Adam Thielen (0 rec/1 target) got ignored in this game – I was wrong. He hurt his shoulder/neck and missed a lot of the game.
If Thielen is out this week, I’ll be chatting up Cordarrelle Patterson (5-49-0/8 targets) as a sleeper for the umpteenth time. He got three more targets than Diggs did in this game, somewhat because Thielen was out.
— Vikings DB Anthony Harris (15 tackles, 1 PD) has been terrific for IDP in place of Harrison Smith. 11.0 tackles, 0.5 PD per game in the last two weeks.
— Kyle Rudolph (8-97-0/10 targets) isn’t seeing any target drop off like Diggs has of late. Rudolph has 6.8 rec. (10.0 targets) for 66.5 yards and 0.25 TDs in his last four games. Rudolph and McKinnon keep rising in targets and Diggs is fading away.