It’s a poorly-kept secret that the Seattle Seahawks don’t mind taking a penalty flag or two for pass interference or defensive holding in exchange for five or six no-calls on borderline plays. Supposedly, the NFL will be cracking down on physical play in the defensive backfield. If true-and that’s a big if-it could mean even bigger numbers for the quarterbacks.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he can’t afford to let his spotty history when it comes to quarterbacks deter him from taking one in the first round this year if he believes the right player is available. Spielman addressed the media on Tuesday, two days before the first round of the NFL draft.
The Minnesota Vikings play in a division that has been up for grabs all season long. They’ve had four losses — and a tie — by four points or less. So many factors led to the Vikings (4-9-1) being on the outside looking in as the season winds down. But one appears to stick out more than any other.
The last time the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears, they were well on their way to an important division victory on the road. Until, that is, Jay Cutler, ruined their day. The Vikings led by six points with 3:15 to play at Soldier Field on Sept. 15. Then Cutler drove the Bears 66 yards, finishing the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds to win it. Cutler will not play in the rematch Sunday at the Metrodome because of a high left ankle sprain. A reason for the Vikings to celebrate? Well, they don’t exactly have fond memories of facing backup quarterback Josh McCown, either. Back in 2003, McCown was making his third career start for the lowly Arizona Cardinals in the season finale. The 9-6 Vikings need a win over the 3-12 Cards to clinch the NFC North.
James from Apple Valley and Anna from Sartell wanted to know: When did Black Friday start? According to BlackFriday.com, the term “Black Friday” was coined back in the 1960s, but it was really 1924 – the first year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – that the day after Thanksgiving became the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Early on, when the term was coined in 1961, it had a negative connotation because Philadelphia Police used it to describe the traffic jams and clogged sidewalks of that day. But, by the 1980s, the idea of the Friday after Thanksgiving putting the retailers back in the black (or profitable) started to take hold.
The quarterback merry-go-round in Minnesota is on the verge of spinning again. Christian Ponder was pulled for Matt Cassel early in the fourth quarter on Sunday at Seattle, and coach Leslie Frazier didn’t convey much hope on Monday for Ponder to keep the job this week.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers grew up in California and San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick grew up a Packers fan.
Christian Ponder is out, and backup Joe Webb is in at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.
Augsburg College freshman quarterback Ayrton Scott makes plays, and in the process, he makes highlights.
The Osseo Orioles feature Bridge Tusler. He is the kind of football player that makes those Friday night lights seem brighter.
Christian Ponder is the man in charge of the Vikings offense. He is being groomed as the team’s leader as well. And right behind Ponder on the depth chart is Joe Webb, an interesting prospect since he came into the league.
The Gopher football team has many unknowns. They hope they have a little certainty at the most important position of quarterback, where MarQueis Gray has patiently become the focal point.
The keyword is “upside.” And these guys have it. Here are the top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks for the 2012 NFL season.
It is football’s foreign language. The quarterback yelling, “Red- 24! Red 24! Hut! Hut! Hike!”
The Minnesota Vikings have several key decisions to make heading into the final preseason game of the year. They need to identify the top backup to Donovan McNabb and pick a starting strong safety before they open the regular season at San Diego on Sept. 11.