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When the Vikings took the field in Detroit Sunday Andrew Sendejo Jersey , the Lions were the only team in the NFC North Mike Zimmer had a losing record against since becoming their head coach, going 4-5.For nearly thirty minutes, it looked like it would move to 4-6, as the Vikings offense couldn’t do anything well, except go three and out, while a couple untimely penalties on the defense extended drives and allowed the Lions to jump out to a 9-0 lead.But the offense finally got it together, and when Kyle Rudolph caught a Kirk Cousins Hail Mary to end the first half, everybody lost their minds in Detroit, Rock City, and the Vikes pulled away on the second half for a 27-9 win. Didn’t they, Kiss?I feel uptight on a Saturday nightNine o’ clock, the radio’s the only lightI hear my song and it pulls me throughComes on strong, tells me what I gotta doI got to...Get up!Everybody’s gonna move their feetGet down!Everybody’s gonna leave their seatYou gotta lose your mind in Detroit, Rock CityThe SMR that’s gonna take the first half of the column off follows.Blue Chip Stocks:Kyle Rudolph, TE: Yes, Rudolph had 2 TD’s and over 100 yards receiving, but it was his Hail Mary catch to end the first half that sparked the Vikings and got the offense out of their doldrums.Up until that play the Vikings had done virtually nothing, and had once again run a fairly wretched two minute drill. All of that washed away with the Hail Rudy Cheap Harrison Smith Jersey , momentum switched over to the Vikings, and they never looked back.Kirk Cousins, QB: Cousins overcame a slow start to go 21-28 for 253 yards and three TD’s. For as bad as the Vikings played for about 25 minutes in the first half, when the switch came on for Cousins it stayed on, and didn’t come off. On the season he’s completed over 70% of his pases, has 29 TD passes, and thrown for over 4,000 yards, numbers not seen since the days of Brett Favre’s Deal WIth the Devil season of 2009. He’s had a pretty remarkable year, and can get the Vikings into the playoffs with another strong performance next Sunday.Solid Investments:Dalvin Cook, RB: Like the rest of the offense, Cook looked like he was moving in cement early on, but came on with a strong second half, running with authority, and had a touchdown taken off the board on a nice catch and run. He had some impressive runs in the second half, and 58 of his 73 yards came in the last two stanzas.Holton Hill, CB: It’s been a hell of an ask to put an undrafted free agent into a starting role, and Hill has embraced the opportunity. I think he’s a better cornerback than Xavier Rhodes right now Cheap Linval Joseph Jersey , and with every game his play seems to get better and better. If you want a PhD in how to be a defensive back, come to Minnesota.Mackensie Alexander, CB: Like Hill, Alexander has really playing good football for the past month. In the first half, when the Vikings seemed to be sleep walking through the game, Alexander seemed to be the only one consistently stepping up and making a play when it needed to be made. Things looked bleak for depth when Mike Hughes was lost with a torn ACL, but Mac and Hill are both playing some really good football right now.Junk Bonds:Mike Remmers, G: I haven’t seen the PFF grades, so maybe he grades out well in run blocking. But Remmers looked overmatched whenever I noticed him, and once again he was called for two or three really untimely penalties. Maybe it’s me, but I think the move to guard has been a failed experiment with Remmers, and this is a position that will need to be addressed in the off-season.Buy/Sell:Buy: The Hail Mary. I think the last time the Vikings had a Hail Mary to end a half was against the Saints in the 1987 playoffs. I didn’t see it coming at all, but Rudolph just went up and grabbed it. It was a great play, and it was really needed.Sell: Needing a Hail Mary. But you could argue it shouldn’t have been needed. The Lions are terrible, are dealing with a ton of injuries, and have nothing to play for. Had Minnesota come out and started the game like they started the second half, it would have been over by halftime. And take the Hail Rudy out of the equation, this game is a nail biter Cheap Laquon Treadwell Jersey , when it shouldn’t have been.Buy: The defense not letting the game get out of hand in the first half. Early on, the game felt like it was getting ready to veer out of control, but the defense kept it together and kept Detroit out of the end zone. 9-0 was a lot better to come back from than 17-0 or 21-0, and even though they had a couple bad penalties called on them that kept drives alive, they never gave up a backbreaking play.Sell: The offense not able to anything for most of the first half. The Vikings went three and out on offense in their first four possessions and managed a grand total of five yards of offense. How is that even possible? With players like Cousins, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook, it feels like you almost have to try to be that bad. Seriously. If they make the playoffs and start a game that way they’re getting run out of the stadium. Furthermore, they had a chance (with some help) to clinch a playoff spot, but for about the first 25 minutes they played like they were more concerned about tee times in week 18 than playing football. Buy: The Vikings going to the playoffs. It’s simple for the Vikings, as they control their own destiny: Win next week and they’re in the playoffs, and they’ll either go to Dallas or Chicago. They’ll be at home, where they generally play much better football, too.Sell: The Vikings going to the playoffs.’s against the Bears, it’s going to be a high stakes game, and if they lose they go home. these games always make me nervous. But I’d rather be watching my team play with the playoffs at stake than for nothing at all. On Thursday afternoon at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer gave his season-ending press conference. The presser was a mix of questions about some of the events of the 2018 season and a look ahead to 2019 , specifically some of the issues about the offensive coordinator spot.We’ll probably do separate posts about a couple of the specific things that Mike Zimmer said in his press conference, but for now we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to read everything that the coach had to say. You can watch the video of his press conference below (it starts about 11 minutes in, as the early portion is preparation and reporters milling about and such), or you can read the transcript underneath. Enjoy, everyone!We started our evaluations from this past season trying to look back at everything that went on and where we need to go from here. There were a lot of good things that happened. Unfortunately, we didn’t reach the goals that we wanted to. It was disappointing we ended up finishing that way. But there are a lot of good, positive things. We finished top five in defense again. We finished number one in red zone defense. Finished number one in third down defense again. There are a lot of good things. There are a lot of things we have to get cleaned up. Like I told the team the other day, we are going to evaluate everything very thoroughly, including myself, and everywhere that we are going to go from there.Q: What does that mean to you when the way players are supporting you and ownership?Q: How are you looking at the offensive coordinator position?Q: How does it complicate Kevin Stefanski not being under contract and being able to talk to teams?Q: Did your team’s identity change this year?Q: What is important for the next offensive coordinator and what kind of things do you want to see that person bring to the table?Q: What have you learned from the experience this year of hiring John DeFilippo new and then having to make that change in the middle of the season?Q: Are you talking about the interviews for prospective offensive coordinator candidates?Q: Do you feel like you missed something in that process?Q: Are you concerned about Kirk Cousins’ performances in big games and clutch situations?Q: In what ways did Kirk Cousins live up to your expectations and what you would like to see him improve on?Q: Was his play this season what you expected from him?Q: Is it as simple as great offensive line play and is that the most difficult thing to do is draft and build the offensive line?Q: How much of a premium needs to be placed on improving the offensive line?Q: In terms of support from ownership, would you be comfortable in a scenario where you coached into the final year of your contract without an extension?Q: Was there any part of you that considered retiring?Q: With the eye issues that you went through two years ago, was this season as stressful as that one was?Q: What do you think is one of the main things you lacked compared to playoff teams this year?Q: Could it have just been the wide spread assumption that you were just going to take the next step forward?Q: Beyond the offensive coordinator, do you anticipate any other changes to the coaching staff?Q: When you say you’re going to get it back, how do you get it back?Q: Care to share?Q: What were some of the things in preseason that you were concerned about that came to fruition?Q: Given the way the team was able to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season to perform well in 2017, what can you take from that example to prepare for 2019?Q: Has the up and down outcomes of the past several seasons concerned you?Q: Was being on the opposite side of most playoff teams by running for less yards than you allowed a reason you changed coordinators?Q: Do you put any more weight on coaching candidates who you’ve worked with in the past?Q: Is it a priority for you to bring someone in that has that mentality and approach like Tony Sparano?Q: How did you navigate the season without him personally without having that voice and ear of Tony Sparano?Q: Was there ever a time that you missed the voices of veterans like Brian Robison, Joe Berger and Terence Newman switching roles in adversity?Q: Do players lobby or try to be vocal about things they would like?

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