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Post by dwevans on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:42 pm

Meyer Brings the Old Skål to Minnesota


A win in front of 'The Dawg Pound' has Vikings fans panting over the new appointment





MIN 17 - 16 CLE

No one doubted the pedigree Urban Meyer was bringing to U.S. Bank Stadium after his legendary career in the college game. His years at Florida and Ohio State have propelled him into being one of the most exciting coaching additions to the league in years. The pedigree he has shown over his career have meant he has been linked with every vacancy available over the last 5 years in the NFL. It was no surprise this year when he finally pulled the trigger and took over a Vikings team loaded with talent and poised for a run at a divisional title at the very least. In unusual circumstances, he agreed with the front office in Minnesota to only take over from Pete Carroll after the first week of the season in order to spend the summer ensuring a good transition was made for his side at Ohio State. Luckily for the Vikings, Carroll was happy to assist in one more offseason, and gained an important win in week one before he takes a break from the game. The fans wish him well after his short tenure in charge.


Meyer's welcome to the league was with a trip to FirstEnergy Stadium for a brutal encounter with a Browns team led by Blake Bortles. This one was not a game for highlight reel fans and those watching on RedZone may not have seen much of the first half. The Vikings front seven completely shut down the Cleveland run game with second rounder Linton only averaging 1.3 yards per carry on 14 attempts. In fact, the Cleveland offence only gained 14 yards on the ground all game. With the run shut down, coach Dawg fired up a potent passing game. Bortles to Gordon was on all evening it seemed with Flash finishing with a 14-186-1 stat line that will have won his fantasy owners a fair few match ups this week. With the outside threat complemented by Gary Barnidge, Harrison Smith and his defence had to opt for a 'bend but don't break' mentality for the majority of the game.


The Vikings themselves struggled to get the ball moving through AP for the majority of the game. He was held in check by the Shelton led D-Line on the ground and found little space on the outside to break big. The whole first half culminated in a game with a real 'old school football' feel about it. Defence won the first half with it finishing 3-3. Cody Parkey missed his first kick of the game from 43 and, at the end of the game, some Browns fans would go home wondering if this early miss got to his head.


The second half was a slightly different story for the Vikings side. Two big plays on offence resulted in two long TDs. The first, to third round rookie Joshua Aikens was a 91 yard score that only travelled 9 yards through the air before a broken tackle allowed him to race free the length of the field. Aiken has fans in Minneapolis excited for what he can do in the NFC North. They feel he has superstar potential and more days like this in his rookie year will only enhance these claims.


The Browns fought back with a short yardage running score before another missed tackle cost Cleveland another long break. A 72 yard TD for Peterson reminded the NFL why he is one of the greats. Whilst the home side's fans will not be happy with the score, they may have a little more sympathy for their players when their broken tackles are on All-Day. This sight is nothing new to fans of the running back and further proof that even if you shut him down on the ground, he is still a dangerous receiver out the backfield in open space. He finished the game with a 13-27 line on the ground but a 2-77-1 line through the air to highlight why he is a perennial first round pick in fantasy drafts.


The Browns had just over 2 minutes to drive for the tie, and Bortles admirably commanded his crew up the field and managed the clock beautifully. With less than a minute left, Bortles threw to Gordon yet again. Gordon held on and gave the Browns a chance to take the game to overtime! Parkey stepped up to slot the extra point over...and...pulled it left! Cleveland fans went silent and those familiar looks were seen on the Cleveland offensive players faces - ones that say "you are paid to do one job man!"


The take away message from this game is that the Vikings could are back after finishing with the ninth worst record in the league last year. With Urban Meyer at the helm, the fans expectations are high and the core of this team is a solid one to build around. Minnesota had less than 13 minutes of possession compared to 23 for Cleveland and this clearly tells the narrative of this game in one simple statistic. Some may say they were lucky to get the result they did here, but, to escape with an away win against a seasoned veteran is not something to be ignored. They continue their 'tour' of the AFC North hosting the Bengals next week before travelling to Baltimore in week four and will look to continue their recent form. The Lions and Packers both sit at 2-0 and no one will want to give any ground early in the NFC North race this year. Cleveland themselves have a short week and a road trip to Houston to look forward to.



Be prepared for a spike in beards and long hair in the north of the country this year. The Vikings are back and they're pillaging the profits of local barbers with their return!

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Re: Week 2 Game Reports

Post by GBDawg1 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 6:22 pm

Great report. However, I was supposed to do this as I was the home team. Was going to do it this evening, but no need to add very much to that!

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Re: Week 2 Game Reports

Post by H64mmy on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 7:42 pm

Falcons @ Buccaneers

I must apologise again. Missed the whole of the 3rd quarter and part of 4th, because I was concentrating too much on this game! Huge pick six thrown by Winston in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter was the best quarter of football I've been involved in. Scoring 15 points to take the lead, starting with a 9 yard TD catch by Darius Jackson, and a two point conversion.
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Re: Week 2 Game Reports

Post by patriotscpfc on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 8:02 pm

dwevans wrote:

Meyer Brings the Old Skål to Minnesota




A win in front of 'The Dawg Pound' has Vikings fans panting over the new appointment





MIN 17 - 16 CLE

No one doubted the pedigree Urban Meyer was bringing to U.S. Bank Stadium after his legendary career in the college game. His years at Florida and Ohio State have propelled him into being one of the most exciting coaching additions to the league in years. The pedigree he has shown over his career have meant he has been linked with every vacancy available over the last 5 years in the NFL. It was no surprise this year when he finally pulled the trigger and took over a Vikings team loaded with talent and poised for a run at a divisional title at the very least. In unusual circumstances, he agreed with the front office in Minnesota to only take over from Pete Carroll after the first week of the season in order to spend the summer ensuring a good transition was made for his side at Ohio State. Luckily for the Vikings, Carroll was happy to assist in one more offseason, and gained an important win in week one before he takes a break from the game. The fans wish him well after his short tenure in charge.


Meyer's welcome to the league was with a trip to FirstEnergy Stadium for a brutal encounter with a Browns team led by Blake Bortles. This one was not a game for highlight reel fans and those watching on RedZone may not have seen much of the first half. The Vikings front seven completely shut down the Cleveland run game with second rounder Linton only averaging 1.3 yards per carry on 14 attempts. In fact, the Cleveland offence only gained 14 yards on the ground all game. With the run shut down, coach Dawg fired up a potent passing game. Bortles to Gordon was on all evening it seemed with Flash finishing with a 14-186-1 stat line that will have won his fantasy owners a fair few match ups this week. With the outside threat complemented by Gary Barnidge, Harrison Smith and his defence had to opt for a 'bend but don't break' mentality for the majority of the game.


The Vikings themselves struggled to get the ball moving through AP for the majority of the game. He was held in check by the Shelton led D-Line on the ground and found little space on the outside to break big. The whole first half culminated in a game with a real 'old school football' feel about it. Defence won the first half with it finishing 3-3. Cody Parkey missed his first kick of the game from 43 and, at the end of the game, some Browns fans would go home wondering if this early miss got to his head.


The second half was a slightly different story for the Vikings side. Two big plays on offence resulted in two long TDs. The first, to third round rookie Joshua Aikens was a 91 yard score that only travelled 9 yards through the air before a broken tackle allowed him to race free the length of the field. Aiken has fans in Minneapolis excited for what he can do in the NFC North. They feel he has superstar potential and more days like this in his rookie year will only enhance these claims.


The Browns fought back with a short yardage running score before another missed tackle cost Cleveland another long break. A 72 yard TD for Peterson reminded the NFL why he is one of the greats. Whilst the home side's fans will not be happy with the score, they may have a little more sympathy for their players when their broken tackles are on All-Day. This sight is nothing new to fans of the running back and further proof that even if you shut him down on the ground, he is still a dangerous receiver out the backfield in open space. He finished the game with a 13-27 line on the ground but a 2-77-1 line through the air to highlight why he is a perennial first round pick in fantasy drafts.


The Browns had just over 2 minutes to drive for the tie, and Bortles admirably commanded his crew up the field and managed the clock beautifully. With less than a minute left, Bortles threw to Gordon yet again. Gordon held on and gave the Browns a chance to take the game to overtime! Parkey stepped up to slot the extra point over...and...pulled it left! Cleveland fans went silent and those familiar looks were seen on the Cleveland offensive players faces - ones that say "you are paid to do one job man!"


The take away message from this game is that the Vikings could are back after finishing with the ninth worst record in the league last year. With Urban Meyer at the helm, the fans expectations are high and the core of this team is a solid one to build around. Minnesota had less than 13 minutes of possession compared to 23 for Cleveland and this clearly tells the narrative of this game in one simple statistic. Some may say they were lucky to get the result they did here, but, to escape with an away win against a seasoned veteran is not something to be ignored. They continue their 'tour' of the AFC North hosting the Bengals next week before travelling to Baltimore in week four and will look to continue their recent form. The Lions and Packers both sit at 2-0 and no one will want to give any ground early in the NFC North race this year. Cleveland themselves have a short week and a road trip to Houston to look forward to.



Be prepared for a spike in beards and long hair in the north of the country this year. The Vikings are back and they're pillaging the profits of local barbers with their return!
Now that's a report!! Great read.

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Re: Week 2 Game Reports

Post by Donniebrasco72 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 10:30 pm

Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts




It was all over when.....A monster hit from Colts safety Clayton Geathers on Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson mid way through the fourth quarter caused the ball to turf. The ball was scooped up by arguably the biggest player on the Colts roster in 305 pound Kendall Langford who returned the pigskin 71 yards for a ten point, fourth quarter lead. It was a lead that the Seahawks wouldn't recover from.  




Game Ball.....Andrew Luck had another great game passing for 366 yards and two touchdowns. He had two receivers go past 100 yards(Mayo 132 yards and Dorsett 191 yards).




Key Stat.....Both teams found running the ball difficult and combined for a total of just 58 yards. Just a good job that  both teams have a passing game that totaled 755 yards.




Noteworthy.....Colts lost another starter in last years rookie safety sensation T.J Green who will miss four weeks of action with a shoulder injury.....Green follows other injured Colts players T.Y Hilton and undrafted rookie Cole Glowinski.....Seattle have no new injury concerns and will look to take their high powered passing game to San Francisco in week 3.....The Colts travel to Baltimore in week 3.




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Seattle Seahawks 26 - 31 Indianapolis Colts
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Re: Week 2 Game Reports

Post by bapminister on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 10:42 am

H64mmy wrote:Falcons @ Buccaneers

I must apologise again. Missed the whole of the 3rd quarter and part of 4th, because I was concentrating too much on this game! Huge pick six thrown by Winston in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter was the best quarter of football I've been involved in. Scoring 15 points to take the lead, starting with a 9 yard TD catch by Darius Jackson, and a two point conversion.
Great game


It really was a great 4th quarter, looking for a new kicker!

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