Picks #22-#32 were based on a composite of current NFL power rankings. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”Follow paulmbanks
As 2pac famously said “they say money don’t make the man, but damn I’ll make you money.” The man who played the Minnesota Vikings mascot had a very inflated sense of self worth/the value add of the mascot performance to Vikings game days. His stage name is Ragnar the Viking, his legal name Joe Juranitch.
Here’s a video below detailing his story:
Adrian Peterson had an awful return to the NFL last weekend. The San Francisco 49ers versus the Minnesota Vikings contest was an absolute s#$tshow. AP finished with just 31 yards on 10 carries, for an awful 3.1 yards per carry. It showed just how rusty he was after missing 2014 due to the child abuse suspension.
However, week 2 was a completely different story, as carried 29 times for 134 yards as the Vikings beat the Detroit Lions.Follow paulmbanks
The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury.Follow paulmbanks
Add Kyle Rudolph to the list of tight ends that could burn the Chicago Bears this season.
The Notre Dame product participated in full during the Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Thursday. He is returning from sports hernia surgery and would improve an inconsistent Minnesota passing offense. For Chicago Bears fans, the last thing they want to see is a promising rookie quarterback getting back a weapon that compliments his skill set. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
In the words of Andre 3000 from Outkast: “glitter, glisten, floss, floss I catch a beat running like like Randy Moss.”
On the evening of Veterans Day, ESPN will premiere “Rand University,” directed by Marquis Daisy and narrated by Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire). It explores the development of Randy Moss from literally out of nowhere.
Rand, West Virginia is about as nowhere as it gets and when you watch the first half of this ESPN 30 for 30, you’ll absorb that message.Follow paulmbanks
Now for the latest episode of franchise tailbacks who wear purple and viciously beat women and children. We haven’t heard much about Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice lately. That bears mentioning because in September that’s all we heard about- Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice. When autumn arrived we couldn’t go a single day without coverage of yet another NFL player committing morally repugnant and felonious acts.
That’s quieted down considerably.Follow paulmbanks
Percy Harvin was one of the biggest trending topics over the weekend. Certainly when it comes to NFL discussion. All the Sunday morning talk shows were on him, and understandably so. But maybe NFL Today’s Boomer Esiason on CBS had the hottest take of all the hot takes (because “malcontent” is such as awesome word):Follow paulmbanks
Teddy Bridgewater did not run or throw at the NFL Scouting Combine and he truly disappointed at the Louisville Pro Day held this past St. Patrick’s Day. Throughout his NFL Draft process he was heavily scrutinized. The last time we heard this much talk about a glove, it belonged to Michael Jackson.
“No doubt, I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft,” Bridgewater said during combine weekend.
“I’m not going to just say that. I actually feel I can back up these words. I’m just confident in myself and my capability of doing all the things at this position and to go out there and prove that I’m the best guy.”
Today, he backed up his talk, by completing 19 of 30 passes for 317 yards, also running for a touchdown as the Vikings piled up more than 500 yards of offense in a 41-28 defeat of the Atlanta Falcons.Follow paulmbanks
In the middle of the night, literally, the Minnesota Vikings finally figured it out. They’ve certainly pat themselves on the back enough about it. Numerous members of the Vikings leadership used the phrases “get this right,” “made sure we got this right,” and other forms of “right.”
So in their three major decisions pertaining to Adrian Peterson, within a 96 hour span, they “firmly believe this is the right decision.”
Well, of course they got it right, because now the Minnesota Vikings are feeling pressure from their corporate sponsors. The organization had no moral epiphany, they have no moral high ground to stand out. They’re only doing this for commercial interests.Follow paulmbanks
The NFL has had a rough couple weeks; to say the least. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and league commissioner Roger Goodell have exposed the NFL as a broken and flawed organization that depended so much on its image that it overlooked the ugliness that was inside the whole time.
There is a good chance that the aforementioned players and commish will never set foot on a football field or appear in public representing the NFL ever again. Rice, Peterson and Goodell are the sacrificial lambs for a league that has engaged in gross malfeasance for a prolonged period of time.
The league office has hidden brain damage inducing concussions from its players while extorting tens of millions of dollars from a well meaning American public in the name of breast cancer research.
Pink jerseys, ladies, helped finance a few second home mortgages in the league’s executive offices. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
After retiring from football before the 2005 season, Rich Gannon began a career in sports broadcasting. Currently, Gannon is an analyst for NFL on CBS and co-hosts the radio program The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio. In the NFL season opening week, Rich Gannon, paired with Marv Albert on CBS, will call the Oakland Raiders at the Indianapolis Colts.
The Raiders are the very team with which Rich Gannon found his greatest success as a quarterback, making four straight Pro Bowls and reaching a Super Bowl. However, the Minnesota Vikings are the team with which Gannon broke into the league, so I wanted to get his assessment of the Vikes, and the NFC North during my exclusive time with him at NFL CBS Media Day.Follow paulmbanks