Generation upon generation of Vikings fans have spent more than half a century wondering when that doggone oblong-shaped ball will bounce their way both figuratively and literally. Now, halfway through their 58th season, a high-priced Vikings team built to end a 42-year Super Bowl drought is 4-3-1, has lost the turnover battle five times and is muddling along in a tightly packed NFC North Division that features no five-game winner and four teams within a game of each other. “No one in this division is ever really out of it at this time of year,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said. “This probably will come down to the last few weeks.” Defense of the division title finally begins in earnest for the Vikings on Sunday, when they kick off a stretch of division games that includes three in a row and five of the final eight. “It is a unique schedule,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “Schedules can be different. They’re not all created … [Read more...] about Vikings’ defense of NFC North (finally) begins in earnest
Detroit Free Press staff Published 6:02 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018 Free Press sports writers and columnists predict Sunday's game, an NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. Jeff Seidel Vikings 28, Lions 17: Hey, sit up straight. Show some respect. There’s no slouching while you read this prediction. Got that? All right. So let’s recap: Golden Tate is gone. Matt Patricia has joined the Posture Police. And all hope seems gone. Which means, this is exactly the type of game the Lions will win, right? Nah. Carlos Monarrez Vikings 31, Lions 20: The Vikings are the most balanced team in the division and have a potent offense behind Kirk Cousins, who is second in NFL passing yards and completes 70.7 percent of his passes, and top-notch receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The Lions’ defense is going to need an amazing game just to give the Lions’ Golden Tate-less offense a fighting chance. Windsor: Matt Patricia's … [Read more...] about Lions vs. Vikings predictions: Who wins NFC North battle?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 5:08 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 Two NFC North teams traded away key starters and impact players at Tuesday's NFL trading deadline, but Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said in a conference call with Detroit reporters Wednesday he doesn't think either move will dramatically impact the division race. "I don’t think it does," Zimmer said. "I don’t think anybody’s not trying to win. I think everybody's trying to do the best thing they possibly can. I don’t know the reasons why they’ve dealt those two players and that’s really none of my business." The Chicago Bears sit atop the division with a 4-3 record, but just one game separates them from the last-place Lions. Matt Patricia: Trading Golden Tate doesn't impede Lions On Tuesday, the Lions (3-4) traded leading receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2019 third-round pick, and the Green Bay Packers traded safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to … [Read more...] about Lions trade Golden Tate: NFC North teams should be ‘extremely happy’
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 The Detroit Lions' seasonal momentum seems to stop with the 28-14 loss to the Seahawks at Ford Field on Sunday. We've broken down just how likely a playoff run is now. But where do the Lions compare right now with the rest of the team in the NFL? Here are the full rankings, 1-32, and the a little insight into why: 1. Rams (8-0) Last game: Defeated the Packers, 29-27 | Previous ranking: 1 | The buzz: Todd Gurley could be the first non-quarterback to win NFL MVP since Adrian Peterson in 2012. 2. Patriots (6-2) Last game: Defeated the Bills, 25-9 | Previous ranking: 2 | The buzz: There’s a chance Golden Tate is catching passes from Tom Brady next week. 3. Chiefs (7-1) Last game: Defeated the Broncos, 30-23 | Previous ranking: 3 | The buzz: With 290 points through eight games, Chiefs are on pace for the third highest-scoring season in NFL history. 4. Saints (6-1) Last game: Defeated the … [Read more...] about NFL power rankings: Detroit Lions near bottom of NFC teams
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Oct 30, 2018 If Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn trades receiver Golden Tate, there would only be one way to read the move: The Lions will have given up on this season. And that shouldn’t happen. Not when they’re 3-4, one game out of the division lead and just swung a trade to improve their team by acquiring nose tackle Damon Harrison. This all stems from Monday’s report by NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, who said the Lions aren’t sellers in the run-up to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, but “have been fielding calls as teams have reached out about Tate.” “At this point, my understanding is it’s not likely Tate gets moved, unless they get blown away with an offer,” Pelissero reported. “So what would it take for the Lions to be blown away? Tate’s 30 years old, still highly productive, but he’s in a contract year so you’re talking … [Read more...] about If Detroit Lions trade Golden Tate, forget winning NFC North