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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 19 December 2023

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” ― Tim Fargo

Minnesota Vikings v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Jeff Dean/Getty Images

This is a HUGE game this week. It is practically a must win if the team wants to control it’s own playoff fate. Well, as least making the playoffs fate. Once there, the fate is already decided. Butts will be whupped!

Detroit is 2nd in rushing yards per game at 140.9

The Vikings are 5th in rushing yards allowed per game at 92.0

That is going to be a key factor IMHO.

Detroit is 4th in passing offense while the Vikings are 17th in passing defense.

These stats do not look at home vs away but Detroit is not as good away from home.

Gonna need the fans to make real noise!

Since yore last open thread

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Cincinnati Bengals 27, Minnesota Vikings 24 (OT): Missed opportunities doom Vikings again

Other Vikings News

‘Fire KOC’ was trending after Vikings’ choked in Cincinnati

Obviously, there are more than a few fans who are a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic!

Vikings Announce Jordan Hicks Will Return to Practice

Purple Daily on Draft: Vikings won’t play Jaren Hall and J.J. McCarthy breakdown

Vikings in danger zone with 3 weeks to go

According to Tankathon, the Vikings have the fifth-hardest remaining schedule in the NFL. Still, the data from SumerSports says they have a 61% chance to make the playoffs.

Vikings announce Nick Mullens will remain starting quarterback for Week 16 vs. Lions

NFL News

Steelers’ Damontae Kazee suspended for rest of 2023 NFL season after illegal hit on Colts’ Michael Pittman Jr.

In a letter to Kazee, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote the following statement:
“With 8:49 remaining in the second quarter, you were involved in a play that the League considers a serious violation of the playing rules. The video of the play shows that you delivered a forcible blow to the head/neck area of Colts’ receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was in a defenseless posture. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided. Your actions were flagrant, and as a result, you were disqualified from the game. When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player, it is appropriate to impose substantially greater penalties.”
Per the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Kazee can appeal the suspension, and he will do just that, his agent told CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson .
“I want to bring light to the situation of defensive players who are in a position feeling like they have to make plays to keep their job, but also not having any intent to injure,” Ron Butler said. “This is the most I’ve dealt with fines since I’ve been an agent. I understand they’re trying to clean up the game, but at this point it’s a bit extreme. As for the notion of Kazee receiving a harsher punishment for being a ‘repeat violator’ you have to remember most of his fines that were assessed this season got rescinded after appeal. So we have to be careful about that classification and narrative.”

The spiraling Philadelphia Eagles are no longer among the NFL’s elite

Top five candidates for 2023 NFL Executive of the Year

2023 NFL hot seat rankings: Bill Belichick, Robert Saleh among five head coaches who could be fired

How can KOC not be in the top 5 after last week? Many of the high level thinkers here are calling for his head.

What should Bears do with Justin Fields? Chicago faces decision to trade QB or top pick for 2nd straight year

Why would Chicago keep Justin Fields?
His play this season has inspired a bit more confidence in his capabilities moving forward. However, has it been enough to tip the scales in his favor?
First, he was drafted by neither general manager Ryan Poles nor head coach Matt Eberflus.
He is through 60% of his rookie contract if it is assumed that the fifth-year option would be used.
What would it cost a team to acquire the Bears quarterback?
There is not a lengthy history of a prospect as naturally talented as Fields being traded three years into a rookie contract.
Chicago is unlikely to receive a pick in the top half of the first round so it is more likely that it would fetch a late first-round pick or potentially a few Day 2 choices.

2024 NFL Draft order: Packers go from playoff picture to No. 12 pick after Week 15

NFL Draft Rumors: Latest News Surrounding Caleb Williams and the Bears, Marvin Harrison Jr.’s Landing Spot, Jordan Love’s Future, and More

Chicago Bears Won’t Pass on Caleb Williams
Bears GM Ryan Poles didn’t draft Justin Fields, so there’s no allegiance to the dual-threat QB. If USC star QB Caleb Williams checks out well during the pre-draft process, he will be the selection for the Bears with the No. 1 overall pick that Chicago received from Carolina.
New England Patriots Linked to Drake Maye
From talking to a source with knowledge of the situation, third-year New England Patriots QB Mac Jones looked like he was clearly the player of the future at the position after having a stellar rookie season.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Instant 1st-Round Projections After Week 15

20. Minnesota Vikings : Chop Robinson | EDGE | Penn State

Yore Mock

Trade Partner: San Francisco 49ers
Sent: Round 5 Pick 25
Received: Round 5 Pick 39, Round 6 Pick 34
Trade Partner: Green Bay Packers
Sent: Round 6 Pick 1
Received: Round 6 Pick 19, Round 7 Pick 19

22: R1 P22 QB Michael Penix Jr. - Washington 6’3” 213

54: R2 P22 C Jackson Powers-Johnson - Oregon 6’3” 320

122: R4 P22 LB Payton Wilson - NC State 6’4” 238

127: R4 P27 DL McKinnley Jackson - Texas A&M 6’2” 325

160: R5 P24 RB Dillon Johnson - Washington 6’0” 215

175: R5 P39 DL Darius Robinson - Missouri 6’5” 295

181: R6 P6 G Isaiah Adams - Illinois 6’5” 320

194: R6 P19 S Kitan Oladapo - Oregon State 6’1” 217

209: R6 P34 EDGE Jaylen Harrell - Michigan 6’4” 242

238: R7 P19 LB Nathaniel Watson - Mississippi State 6’2” 245

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