1. Vikings-Ravens: Pass the Defense, Please; and Other Observations

    An embarrassing final period. An epic near-collapse. A defensive meltdown worse than any other in the Brad Childress era...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 622 reads 1 comments

  2. Vikings-Rams: When "Balls Out" Is a Bad Strategy, and Other Observations

    Minnesota gave the Rams plenty of chances to make this a game.The Vikings gave up 400 yards of offense in St. Louis on Sunday. They gave up 27 first downs. They gave up four trips to the red zone...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 813 reads 3 comments

  3. Vikings-Rams: After Two Heart-Pounding Weeks, Minnesota Is Due for a Break

    Whenever the Bears come to Minnesota to play the Vikings, my priest likes to tell a story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 322 reads 3 comments

  4. Vikings-Packers: A Homer and a Hater Debate Minnesota's Win

    Four hours after watching the Vikings put away the Packers in the latest, greatest edition of the Aaron Rodgers whack-a-thon (nee: The Brett Favre Bowl), I still have no idea what I just saw...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 1,609 reads 16 comments

  5. The Greatest Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers Games of the Past Decade

    If you’re an ESPN executive, the most exciting sentence in the English language right now probably goes a little something like this:Brett Favre takes on the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 3,141 reads 2 comments

  6. Win and Pray: The Minnesota Twins and the Metrodome Make One Last Stand

    In April 1982, the Minnesota Twins took the field at the Hubert H. Metrodome for the first time. Their odds of a pennant were slim: The team had finished in last place in 1981, and was destined for a repeat performance...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 203 reads 0 comments

  7. Catch Him If You Can: Brett Favre and His Receivers Still Have Issues

    If you’re a defensive coordinator taking on the Vikings these days, your game plan isn’t complicated: Take away Adrian Peterson, and make Brett Favre throw big to beat you. It didn’t work for Cleveland or Detroit...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 1,215 reads 18 comments

  8. Brett Favre's $12 Million Buys a Storybook Ending and Nightmares for NFC North

    Eighty-nine seconds to play, eighty yards to go, no timeouts, and down by four.Does Sage Rosenfels get the job done in that situation? I don’t know...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 921 reads 33 comments

  9. NFC Closing Fast in Race for Quarterback Supremacy

    Not so long ago, the gulf in quality between AFC and NFC quarterbacks was about as wide as Peyton Manning's forehead...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 692 reads 44 comments

  10. Something About These Vikings Still Makes Us a Little Nervous

    If the Vikings were any other Super Bowl contender, we wouldn't be having this conversation. We wouldn't be getting antsy about taking the Lions seriously. We wouldn't flirt with the idea of putting our money on Detroit plus 10...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 920 reads 6 comments

  11. Don't Let the NFL Raise Your Kids, Folks

    Booze, babes, Viagra, and football.If you ask me, that sounds like a heck of a party. But if you ask one media watchdog group, the combination is making NFL telecasts unfit for family consumption...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 161 reads 2 comments

  12. Brett Favre and Percy Harvin: The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

    If the Fox Sports broadcast team made one thing clear on Sunday, it was this: Brett Favre and Percy Harvin really dig each other.Harvin admires how much Favre has to teach him. Favre admires how quickly Harvin learns...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 3,250 reads 31 comments

  13. Don't Start Believin': Debunking Five NFL Myths for 2009

    If Malibu Stacy is right when she tells us, "Thinking too much gives you wrinkles," NFL pundits should be one baby-faced bunch...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 790 reads 6 comments

  14. "O" or "No" Part Two: A Half-Glassed NFC Preview

    On Monday, we pounded 16 shots of Kool-Aid and knocked out an AFC preview that outlined best- and worst-case scenarios for each club, along with our best guess at each division's order of finish...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 258 reads 27 comments

  15. Big "O" or Big "No": A Half-Glassed AFC Preview

    It’s early September in the world of football, and that means you’re going to hear plenty of the “O” word.No, not “Ochocinco"—get your mind out of the gutter...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 143 reads 1 comments

  16. Vikings-Texans: Five Things We Learned

    A preseason football game can be tedious. Instant replay during a preseason football game is downright mind-numbing...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 1,214 reads 17 comments

  17. No Gambling on the NFL? That's One Wild Fantasy

    The NFL doesn’t want you to gamble. Really. It doesn’t want you to gamble so much that it bars gambling-related ads during broadcasts of games and reserves the right ...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about 5 years ago 302 reads 3 comments

  18. Fitting Brett Favre Into the Vikings Offense: Leave Your Guns at Home

    Picture this one, Vikings fans: Bernard Berrian streaks down the sideline, the Metrodome crowd roars, and Brett Favre cocks his arm back, looking for a home run.Thrilling? Hell yes...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 340 reads 16 comments

  19. Say What You Want, But the Vikings Are Just More Fun with Favre

    Vikings fans are cheering. Packers faithful are jeering. Pundits are bouncing between, "Say it ain't so," and, "I told you so...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 357 reads 19 comments

  20. Love Doesn't Come Cheap: Vikings Fans Face Pricey Battle to Keep Team in Minny

    When the Vikings made the trek to Indianapolis on Friday, team executives noticed how nicely the one-year-old Lucas Oil Stadium suited the Colts.They made sure the Minnesota public noticed too...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 1,092 reads 31 comments

  21. How Close to a Title Are the Vikings? Not as Close as You Think

    Whatever the Minnesota Vikings are putting in the Kool-Aid this offseason, it sure goes down smooth.The team’s presumptive blueprint for success this year—run the ball, stuff the ...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 988 reads 17 comments

  22. Adrian Peterson's Phantom Poundage and the Art of Saying Nothing

    Way back in April, when NFL Draft coverage was in full swing and the Minnesota Vikings had precious few headlines to offer, Adrian Peterson gave us something to talk about...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 332 reads 3 comments

  23. The Minnesota Vikings Shouldn't Burn the Brett Favre Bridge Yet

    Driving, e-mails to your boss, and quarterback decisions: It's best to steer clear of all three when angry.Right now, the Minnesota Vikings have plenty of reasons to be angry.They've been jilted at the altar by The Indecider himself...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 881 reads 23 comments

  24. CBS Releases NFL Correspondent List

    Want to congratulate the Bleacher Creature who scored a correspondent job with your favorite team? Want to know if the guy who edged you out is any good? Now you can. The list hit the Web in a CBS press release yesterday...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 231 reads 0 comments

  25. Dear Tarvaris Jackson: Time to Prove Us Wrong

    Dear Tarvaris Jackson:It's been a rough year for you, big guy.In January, you went 15-for-35 for 164 yards and a pick in a playoff loss at home.In February, the Vikings imported a 31-year-old career backup to compete with you...

    M. Eccher Written by M. Eccher about over 5 years ago 112 reads 3 comments