The 2011 Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterback is…

There isn’t really a sense in denying the fact that the 2010 NFL season has been an apocolypse for the Minnesota Vikings. After being mere seconds away from a game winning field goal attempt in the NFC Championship Game last January, the downward spiral of the team has been swift and painful.  The explanation for the demise is so multi-faceted that it would be more productive to shove your face into your computer monitor and then spend the next 24 hours tediously putting the screen back together by hand. Instead, let’s look forward at what can be different.

(note: this is being re-run from December 5th, it’s very topical today with that whole McNabb thing)

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Two Former MSU Spartans help Detroit Lions end Road Losing Streak

Sports fans in Tampa Bay proved their futility once again by leaving large areas of their cavernous stadium empty despite their home team entering this game with a 8-5 record. This is one reason why the Red Sox and Yankees are set to regain control of the AL East (just like old times, but that’s another discussion)

The approximately 48,000 who did show were treated to some efficient if not fantastic football by both sides. The Detroit Lions were led by two in-state products, who played their college football just two hours from Ford Field as Michigan State Spartans.

Former Spartans Quarterback Drew Stanton (Farmington Hills, MI) (23-37-0, 252, 1 TD, 2 rushes, 24 yards) and placekicker Dave Rayner (3-3 FG, long 41, Game winning kick in OT) gave football fans in the state of Great Lake Splendor something to be excited about.

But the biggest hero was Calvin Johnsonm with big catches near the end of regulation and in overtime. His numbers (10-152)  show what a huge factor that he was for the Lions offense.

By Patrick Herbert

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Aaron Rodgers Injury Changes Complexion of the Game

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Detroit Lions fans are breathing a sigh of relief for a change at the conclusion of a game. They have won a divisional game for the first time in over three years with late heroics by the defensive line. Ndamukong Suh and company controlled the line of scrimmage for the entire game. Before Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down late in the first half with a concussion, the defense for the Lions at least had to respect the passing game that Green Bay had. After the injury, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and the rest of Detroit’s staff could focus on stopping the run.

By Patrick Herbert

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Detroit Lions: A Case of Good News and Bad News

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The Detroit Lions held the lead heading into the fourth quarter once again this week, but (as expected) lost it. Despite their two and ten record through twelve games, the Lions were able to attract over fifty eight thousand fans out to Ford Field Sunday for their intra-divisional matchup with the geographically attractive Chicago Bears. The latter’s fans were out in full force; partially due to their current position atop the NFC North. And partially due to the ASTRONOMICAL cost of all tickets in their home stadium.

Michigan State product Drew Stanton filled in admirably for the two men above him on the depth chart even though he must have been fuming that his Spartans were left out of the BCS shuffle even though they were Big Ten champions.

By Patrick Herbert

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NFC North Review: Minnesota Vikings Gain Ground


It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but a win nonetheless as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 in the hyped-up “Panic Bowl.” The Vikings were the only team in the NFC North to grab a win this past Sunday while the other three teams all lost in close games decided by single digits.

If Week Six provided any message about the NFC North, it was regarding the division title being up for grabs.

Here’s a look at each team in the highly competitive NFC North:

By: Nick Grays

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