fiestavike wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:22 pm
J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:42 pm
1. Until we win a game, WE are at least tied for the worst team in football.
2. As others have said, if we get the No. 1 pick, it's unlikely Spielman or Zimmer will still be here. Also, Michael Pierce will be back next season.
3. Again, I'd be shocked if Kubiak, Spielman, Zimmer, et. al. are here next season. And by the way, Lawrence is every bit the runner those guys are (see his 67-yard TD run against Fields and OSU last year). He also WINS. LSU beat Clemson last year because they outscored the Tigers. Lawrence played his butt off. That's the only game he's ever lost in college. Trey Lance ... I want no part of a small-school QB. I want somebody who has played top competition in a pro-style system. That's either Lawrence or Fields, and I just don't trust OSU quarterbacks.
What's your guess on final record at this point?
Interesting you should ask. I've been thinking a lot about this.
Let's go game by game.
10/4 at Houston:
Might be our best chance for a win before the bye. They've played a nightmare schedule thus far, which might be a reason they're 0-3. But they also can't run the ball, so we might have a chance defensively. I still think we lose this to move to 0-4.
10/11 at Seattle:
The Vikings, as they're playing now, have no chance against the Seahawks. 0-5.
10/18 vs. Atlanta:
The Falcons are a team that should be better than its record. They can score in bunches. 0-6.
Finally, we don't lose!
11/1 at Green Bay:
The Packers are averaging 40 ppg. They put up 37 last night at N.O. without Davante Adams. 0-7.
11/8 vs. Detroit:
This is hard to say, but even Detroit is better than we are. However, they are the Lions. We win. 1-7.
11/16 at Chicago:
We typically lose at Soldier Field when we're good. Kirk Cousins regularly plays like Spergon Wynn on Monday night. 1-8.
11/22 vs. Dallas:
This team might put up 60 points against our defense. 1-9.
11/29 vs. Carolina:
Finally, a team that might be as bad as we are. Sorry Teddy. We win. 2-9.
12/6 vs. Jacksonville:
A winning streak? I think so. 3-9.
12/13 at Tampa Bay:
By December, Tom Brady will be using Rob Gronkowski as more than a blocker. 3-10.
12/20 vs. Chicago:
The Bears will likely have something to play for. We won't. 3-11.
12/25 at New Orleans:
1/3 at Detroit:
Neither team has anything to play for. Both teams about to fire their coaches. Flip a coin. Tails, we lose. 3-13.
There it is. We finish 3-13, just good enough to allow the Giants or the Jets or some other hapless team to move ahead of us in the draft.
In further predictions ...
Mike Zimmer's eye flares up again, forcing him to resign after the season. He interviews with both CBS and Fox to be an analyst but isn't offered a job when the only analysis he offers is, "Looks like they got some things to fix."
Rick Spielman is promoted to President of the Vikings. Nobody actually knows what that means, but the Wilfs pay him really well.
The Jets, who finish an NFL worst 1-15 appear to be a lock to draft Trevor Lawrence. But ownership, stricken with a severe case of Mitchell Trubisky Disease, hold onto hope that Sam Darnold is a potential Hall of Famer. They trade the top pick to the Vikings.
New Vikings GM George Paton, elevated from VP of Player Personnel (because the Wilfs really value a GM who has trained under Rick Spielman) reluctantly settles on Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick when his own family threatens to sue him if the Vikings draft another corner.
Lawrence starts the season as Kirk Cousins' understudy but comes off the bench in Week 3 against the Lions when Cousins throws his 8th pick of the season.
Lawrence rallies the winless Vikings and erases a 20-point second-half deficit to take the lead against the Lions, only to see the Vikings lose by two late touchdowns when former Ravens DC and new head coach Wink Martindale (the Wilfs hold fast to the idea that defense wins championships) goes into the Zimmer Shell, the popular new name for the prevent defense, with 12 minutes to play.
At the press conference after the game, Martindale channels his inner Herm Edwards as he explains his conservative defensive strategy: "You PLAY to NOT LOSE the GAME."
Martindale loses his mind at a press conference four weeks later, jumping over the podium and beating the hell out of poor old Sid Hartman, who keeps insisting Martindale is the host of Tic Tac Dough.
Paton fires Martindale and replaces him with Adam Zimmer. Vikings fans jump off the Capella Tower.