Happy Festivus everybody.
This is a game I would say will be the biggest blowout the Vikings endure this season: they've got no answer for Michael Vick or DeSean Jackson, and they'll be starting their third or fourth quarterback of the season. But considering the Vikings have already lost games this year by scores like 31-3 and 40-14, really, where is the blowout range going to be worse than what we've already seen?
This Viking season feels like 2001: a disappointing season with a lot of dreadful losses, an offense that suddenly goes from explosive to inept, the coach is eventually ousted in rather ugly fashion, and by the end of the year the team is on a third quarterback and it seems almost hopeless that they can even score a touchdown. I barely had the stomach to watch those games (OK, I often didn't). Watching games this season feels like a burdensome chore, like it's something I have to do when I'd rather be doing something else, and I'm just hoping the team does something in the offseason to give some hope (at quarterback, at coach, somewhere important) so that games next year can be fun to watch again. I haven't had fun watching a Viking game in a really long time.
Other Interesting Games
Panthers-Steelers. Can Carolina pull off a Festivus miracle?
Jets-Bears. There's not an NFC playoff team that I can't see beating the Bears, and there's not an NFC playoff team that I can't see the Bears beating. They're playing for a bloody two seed.
Colts-Raiders. Peyton Manning has a reason to play through all 16 games for the first time in a very long time.
Giants-Packers. Finish those suckers off now.
Saints-Falcons. All season long, I sort of rooted for the Falcons because they seemed like one of the better contenders to stop the Packers from getting to the Super Bowl (they're killer at home). Now that fear of the Packers in the Super Bowl is significantly weakened (but not dead), I still kinda sorta root for this Falcon team anyway.
I was in a waiting room the other day, waiting, when somebody started chatting with me. This fellow asked me if I played "fantasy football."
"What's that?" I said. "Does that have something to do with those football games on TV?"
"Well, yeah, sort of."
"Hmm. I've seen those football games. What is 'fantasy' football?"
"Well, you pick your own team of players, like a quarterback, running backs, etc., and then your team does well when those players do well."
"So you make up a team?"
"I guess. You draft them."
"'Draft'? Like that thing they do in April?"
"Yeah, just with the members of your league. You draft a team from all the players in the NFL."
"Sounds interesting." I then returned to my magazine and continued waiting, going back to a life with no such thing as fantasy football. It sounds like the sort of thing that will take up way too much of your energy and time and can only leave you feeling miserable.
Airing of Grievances ("I've got a lot of problems with you people!")
If there were a Bizarro Pro Bowl, where players make it by being actively bad, Madieu Williams would be the starting safety. No other defensive back excels so highly in two key areas: being wildly out of position in pass coverage, and being wildly out of position when attempting to tackle. If an opposing wide receiver made a big play this season, look around: #20 was probably somewhere nearby. This year's airing of grievances is reserved for none other than Madieu Williams.
I would watch the Bizarro Pro Bowl, by the way.
Feel free to air your grievances.
Have a good one, suckers.