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#1 Posted by liny195 3 months 1 week ago
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shrink the links up here so I can get these posted http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-hughes-jersey , get to bed and get up earlier than necessary so I can spend time with my family before we all race off to work. If I see anything of interest regarding the Vikings I’ll try and link it up here or post in the comments. Time to carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Fire up the mock drafts and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have some delicious bacon.Around the DN since our last open thread:Watch: Adam Thielen Pro Bowl skills challenge highlights from Chris.Also from Chris, Which Minnesota Viking would make the best UFC fighter?Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the league:From Vikings.com DE Danielle Hunter was wired for sound during Thursday’s practice at the Pro Bowl.Experts forecast Gary Kubiak’s potential impact for Vikings, Cousins.4 takeaways from Thursday’s Senior Bowl practices.From Courtney Cronin at the ESPN NFC North blog how Gary Kubiak’s influence could affect the Vikings’ offense.Our own Oofda22 posted this in the thread the other day: For the NFL and all of football, a new threat: an evaporating insurance market.From NFL.com Nick Foles’ next NFL team? Five potential landing spots.Chiefs hire Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.We come to today’s media selection: Jon Snow Kills a White Walker Season 5Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the Tears of Our Rivals鈩?and as always Womens Tom Compton Jersey , Welcome Aboard! As we do every week, it’s time to take a look at things from the other sideline leading up to this week’s Minnesota Vikings contest. This week, the Vikings are taking on the New Orleans Saints, and that means we’re exchanging questions with the folks from Canal Street Chronicles, SB Nation’s home for everything relating to Saints football.I had the opportunity to exchange questions with Christopher Dunnells, and whenever they post my responses to the questions they had for me, I’ll link them here and put them at the top of our page. In the meantime, here are the questions I had for him, along with his responses. Enjoy!One of the keys for offensive success for the Vikings on Sunday night? Find Ken Crawley.Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports1) Last season, after a rough start, the Saints’ defense rounded into one of the better units in the league. This season, things haven’t quite followed, as the Saints are currently near the bottom of the league in points allowed, passing yardage, and passer rating allowed. What’s changed to derail a pass defense that appeared to be moving in the right direction at the end of last year?Regression from the Saints cornerbacks, most notably in #2 CB Ken Crawley. This is the primary reason the Saints went out to trade for former 1st Round Pick Eli Apple from the New York Giants. Hopefully the addition of Apple will help reinvigorate the Saints secondary and we can see a group that performs to the level of the second half of 2017.Demario Davis has been a key to the Saints’ NFL-best run defense thus far.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports2) Conversely, the run defense has been very good Kyle Rudolph Jersey , allowing the fewest yards/carry in the NFL and the fewest rushing yards/game in the league. What has been the key to the Saints’ outstanding play against the run through their first six games?The Saints defensive line has been stout against the run this year, but I would say there are two reasons why the Saints have a top-ranked rush defense: 1) the Saints linebackers are playing great - specifically, Demario Davis is having an excellent season in his first year in New Orleans. You could argue he’s playing at a Pro Bowl level right now, but he hasn’t quite gotten the recognition from the talking heads just yet. And 2) the Saints have struggled so mightily against the pass, opposing teams aren’t really choosing to try to run the ball. When you could previously just keep throwing at whoever Ken Crawley was covering, why in the world would you try to run between the tackles?The draft day trade for Marcus Davenport is just part of the reason the Saints have just one pick in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports3) With the trades they’ve made recently, the Saints now have just one pick in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. Combined with the age of Drew Brees, does this make the 2018 season “Super Bowl or Bust” for the Saints in your opinion?You could see the Saints were going all-in on 2018 when they traded their 2019 1st Round Pick to draft DE Marcus Davenport and passing on QB Lamar Jackson. That made the Saints front office’s direction very clear. At the same time, the Saints had arguably one of the best draft classes in 2017 in the history of the NFL, with the reigning offensive and defensive rookies of the year (first time that happened on the same team since the award’s inception), plus numerous other key, young players.Combine the 2017 rookies with a young core that includes Cam Jordan, Michael Thomas, Marcus Davenport, Tre’Quan Smith, Demario Davis, Eli Apple http://www.thevikingslockerroom.com/authentic-nick-easton-jersey , and one of the best offensive lines in football, and the Saints team wouldn’t have too many holes to fill in the 2019 draft regardless. The biggest concern would be the Saints’ lack of a QB of the future, but if the Saints are able to keep Teddy Bridgewater (heard of him?) a la Jimmy G. in San Francisco after the trade from the Patriots, then I have no issues with the Saints sparse draft picks next year.Taysom Hill does a little bit of everything for the Saints.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports4) Give us one player on each side of the ball that Vikings’ fans might not necessarily know about that you think will play a role in deciding the outcome of Sunday’s game.Well I’ll start with the aforementioned Demario Davis. He’s been great thus far in New Orleans. He’s played the run exceptionally, holds his own in coverage, and has looked great when asked asked to rush the passer on a linebacker blitz. He would absolutely be someone to be aware of when the Vikings offense is on the field. Now when I’m asked to address a player on the “other side of the ball,” I’m going to go a little off script and go Taysom Hill. Taysom, the quarterback, halfback, tight end, wide receiver, gunner, holder, kick returner, hair stylist, travel agent, and tire salesman... OK Laquon Treadwell Jersey , I might have gotten a little carried away there at the end, but seriously, check out these numbers:Taysom is an absolute monster right now, and a player the Vikings have absolutely spent hours preparing for.He’s the up back on punts, and the Saints have already successfully executed two fake punts already this season - one was where Taysom threw a pass against the Giants, and the other a rush up the middle by Taysom against the Ravens. He also is seemingly unstoppable when running the read option. He’s let Alvin Kamara run up the middle, but he absolutely prefers to tuck the ball himself and run outside. The Saints have now shown a couple of looks where he’s thrown a pass out of the read option, and the Saints have also had Taysom run a sweep outside only to pitch the ball back to Kamara. Last week, they handed the ball to Taysom like a traditional running back. They’ve also shown multiple looks where Taysom is in blocking like a tight end.The Saints and Sean Payton continue to expand the Taysom Hill Playbook, and it wouldn’t be surprised to see another wrinkle added on Sunday. When Taysom is in at quarterback, Drew Brees stays on the field out wide. You just know Sean Payton is waiting to call some sort of double-pass. Taysom is also the primary holder for field goals and extra points, but we haven’t seen Payton break out the bag of tricks on those plays just yet.He has sub-4.40 speed and is used primarily on special teams, though. He wants to bring every kick that’s not deep in his own end zone out for a return. He’ll also lay the wood to opposing returners when he’s on the coverage unit. No matter how he gets used this week, when #7 goes on the field, Saints fans hold their collective breath in excitement.The last time we saw professional doucherocket Sean Payton, he was doing this. Will we see a repeat on Sunday?Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports5) How do you see the game playing out? Do the Saints get a measure of revenge for January?Mike Zimmer is giving lip service to Xavier Rhodes and Anthony Barr’s chances of playing on Sunday. I think a lot of this game will come down the Vikings ability to stop the Saints on offense. The Vikings will score against the Saints secondary. Adam Thielen will go off and Kirk Cousins will seemingly be able to pass at-will, even behind a shaky offensive line. I
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