It’s Week 15 in the NFL season. Which of our insiders will come out victorious this year? Who’s going to tank? Stay with us as we present our fearless picks.
The Vikings are in Detroit on Sunday, in a rematch against the team that gave Teddy Bridgewater his first loss as a starter. It offers a pretty good barometer for the progress he’s made this season. Bridgewater’s first game against Detroit couldn’t have gone much worse: 3-of-14 on third down, three interceptions, eight sacks.
Two months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling. The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.
The new Vikings stadium has 200,000 square feet of glass as part of its iconic design. Glass fabrication is well under way, with installation beginning in February. But officials overseeing construction of the billion-dollar facility met last week with bird advocates and the Vikings at 3M headquarters in Maplewood, telling lawmakers they asked the company if it could develop a new 3M adhesive film to cover the glass.
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The St. Louis Rams aren’t necessarily out of the playoff race, but one more loss could get them to that point. The Arizona Cardinals have struggled a little since Carson Palmer went down with a season-ending injury. Now, the two NFC West teams are going to battle it out on “Thursday Night Football” and CBS Sports’ Dan Fouts talked about how important the game is for both.
The Minnesota Vikings enter the final three games of the season with two running backs that did not start the season on the active roster. Head coach Mike Zimmer would like to see more of what Joe Banyard and Ben Tate can bring the offense after the two combined for four carries in Sunday’s win over the New York Jets. Also, after 97 scoreless NFL games, Jerome Felton scored his first career NFL touchdown.
It can’t get any worse for the Saints, can it? They absorbed a 41-10 beating at home from the Panthers, yet they remain tied with the Falcons for first place in the woeful NFC South with a 5-8 record.
Tony Romo will have quite a bit on his plate as his team plays for a share of first place in the NFC East.
The Vikings are not a top-level team by any stretch, but they are playing hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and showing improvement.
The 49ers appear to be in a rapid decline after losing at home to the Seahawks and inexplicably finding a way to drop a game at the hands of the Oakland Raiders.
After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the first play of the game, beleaguered Geno Smith actually played one of his best games as he completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown.
Stop the presses! Peyton Manning’s streak of 51 straight games with a TD pass came to an end in the Broncos’ 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 14.
The Raiders pulled off one of the most shocking upsets of the season when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers at home last week.
After being pushed to the brink by the lowly Jets and losing at home to the Ravens, the Dolphins may be facing a difficult lesson when they go to New England to take on the high-powered Patriots.
After getting blanked by the Rams 24-0 at home, there’s little doubt that the Redskins are a team in disarray as they head towards the completion of the 2014 season.
The Jaguars would appear to be in over their heads as they go on the road to take on a tough Baltimore team that comes into the game with momentum following their Week 14 come-from-behind road victory over Miami.
Ben Roethlisberger has had one of his better statistical seasons, and there’s no reason he can’t build on that against the Falcons’ weak secondary.
The Andy Dalton show shuffles on, and the Bengals don’t know what they are going to get from their quarterback from one week to the next.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was replaced by Ryan Mallett earlier in the year, but an injury to Mallet has given Fitzpatrick another opportunity, and he is making the most of it.
Despite the optimism shown by head coach Bruce Arians that the Cardinals were capable of winning the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton at quarterback, there has been little evidence that they are truly capable of making that kind of run with their backup quarterback.
The Minnesota Vikings play two of their last three games on the road, beginning with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Week 6, 17-3. The Lions did not have most of their offensive weapons on the field or at 100 percent. The Vikings remain in the playoff picture, but need to win-out and get some help.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without three rookies for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for the second consecutive week and linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Jabari Price are listed as doubtful. The Vikings have seven players listed on their injury report and the Jets have nine listed on theirs.
Percy Harvin isn’t the only New York Jets wide receiver whose trip to Minnesota this weekend will be special. Eric Decker hasn’t been back in almost two years. “Friends, family, everybody’s coming to the game. It’s always fun to go somewhere where you know a lot of people and haven’t been for a while,” Decker said. “So it will be an exciting time for me.”
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