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How many games will the Vikings win this year?
0-3 -- one of the worst teams in the league
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
4-5 -- a little worse than last year
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
5-6 -- basically the same as last year
3%
 3%  [ 2 ]
6-7 -- a little better than last year
7%
 7%  [ 4 ]
7-8 -- .500 or a little worse
33%
 33%  [ 18 ]
8-9 -- .500 or a little better
31%
 31%  [ 17 ]
9-10 -- in the running for a wild card
16%
 16%  [ 9 ]
10-11 -- playoffs
5%
 5%  [ 3 ]
11-12 -- division winner
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
13-16 -- one of the best teams in the league
1%
 1%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 54

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Krauser


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:00 am    Post subject: Predict the Vikings 2014 record Reply with quote

With the regular season one month away, how good do you think the Vikings will be in 2014?

Grouped the poll options into small ranges to make it easier to pick.

If you want to go through game-by-game and mark the wins and losses, here's the schedule:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think 6-8 wins is likely, it will probably depend on when Bridgewater starts and how well he starts. I think if he starts mid season and plays better than an average Ponder (or average late 1st/2nd round QB) we could win up to 8, but that is probably pretty unlikely. I'd expect a top 12 pick again next year, with as late as top 15.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

16-0 BABY!!!! SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going with 9 wins and in the wild card running. My bold prediction, mn will field a top 10 defense.

Offense will be middle of the pack, between Cassel being Cassel and Bridgewater going through rookie struggles, I think there will be growing pains early on offensively. The first month will be rough but things will turn around come October and November.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said 6-7 wins.

I think the defense will be better than last year, but they aren't going to go from worst to first. Probably a middling defense the first year.

The offense will be about the same as last year while Teddy gets up to speed and the team learns Norv's offense.

A tough schedule doesn't help us out much either.

Next year though.... look out!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

said 5-6 wins. That schedule is super tough.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked 9-10 games. I think 9 is likely but the reason I went with 9-10 is because that was the one that said in the running for a WC spot which I believe we will be.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i always split the season in to quarters, and look at how we might do:


@ St. Louis
New England
@ New Orleans
Atlanta

probably 1-3, maybe 2-2 if we come out hot. but not likely.


@ Green Bay
Detroit
@ Buffalo
@ Tampa Bay

2-2 maybe? another 1-3 quarter? so halfway through now we're around 2-6 to 4-4.


Washington
**Bye**
@ Chicago
Green Bay
Carolina

2-2 again, i'd say.


NY Jets
@ Detroit
@ Miami
Chicago

3-1.

total season record of around 7-9 to 9-7. yep, sounds about right.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So now the starting QB is set, the starters have made it through preseason without any major injuries, and we can get a sense of what Zimmer's and Turner's systems look like with the Vikings personnel.

Preseason has also revealed challenges for several of their opponents, including some notable injuries.

Where would you put their record?

I wonder if this might be a lot like 2013, in terms of preseason expectations:

-- hope the QB is a competent game manager and the downfield passing game improves (better WRs in 2013, better game plan in 2014)
-- expect continuing success with the running game, though unlikely to match the heights of 2012
-- expect the defense to be solid, with an improved pass rush (better play from DL in 2013, new scheme in 2014), solid run defense and competent play in the back 7 (still the weak link)
-- expect one of the better special teams performances in the league

Match that against a strong division, and you could expect anywhere from 7-9 wins, depending on luck, injuries etc.

Last year, the QB play was terrible (too many turnovers, not enough success downfield), the running game and special teams were about as expected, and the defense was way worse than anyone could imagine.

If Cassel can play reasonably well (the same ~15th in the league passer rating, mid-to-high 80s, that I was hoping Ponder would improve to reach last year), and if Zimmer can get the defense back to respectability, they'll have a chance at a winning record.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

11-5

Dancing

Whatever, might as well enjoy the final days before the cold hard reality of the regular season hits. A little blind homerism never hurt nobody.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

since72 wrote:
11-5

Dancing

Whatever, might as well enjoy the final days before the cold hard reality of the regular season hits. A little blind homerism never hurt nobody.


Not being one to rain on your parade, I think this record 11-5, is the high end of where this team could go. Given what I'vewatched and listened to this summer, I'm convinced the coaching change will pick up wins.

Yes, having healthy starters helps, but the look of the depth today compared to 3 or 4 years ago is amazing. The final key to me is the first 4 games. As bad as I feel for Bradford, the Vikes might be in great position to steal a win there. The Vikes will beat Brady and Co. Saints on the road? . . . Nope. Falcons at home should bode well. So we start 3-1 . . . 2-2 at the worst, that should be enough to garner confidence and chemistry that can carry this team to double digit wins.

If this team is 6-2 at the half way point, 10-6 is very realistic.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ St. Louis - 60%
New England - 25%
@ New Orleans - 5%
Atlanta - 70%
@ Green Bay - 5%
Detroit - 55%
@ Buffalo - 70%
@ Tampa Bay - 70%
Washington - 60%
**Bye**
@ Chicago - 20%
Green Bay - 35%
Carolina - 50%
NY Jets - 80%
@ Detroit - 45%
@ Miami - 60%
Chicago - 50%

TOTAL = 7.6 wins
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess I'll go on record as voting for 8-9 wins. I wouldn't be surprised for us to steal a game or two and sneak into the playoffs but I also wouldn't be surprised if we laid a dud or two and finished with 7-8 wins. What excites me most is the long-term potential of this team. It's looking like we could consistently contend as early as 2015.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted 8 to 9 wins.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/pete-prisco/24683167/predicting-every-nfl-game-heres-how-the-season-plays-out

Prisco's picks for the season are out. You will not believe when he thinks we get our first win.
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