Posts tagged “Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings Have High Expectations


BY MICHAEL RATH, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Quarterback Christian Ponder is entering his second season in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder had a sub-par year last season as he played in 11 games throwing 13 touchdowns and 13 picks. However, this year, Ponder is coming in with lofty goals for himself.

Earlier in training camp, Ponder mentioned to the media that it was his goal and the Vikings goal to score every time they had possession.  What has he done so far this preseason?  He has put the Vikings in position to score every time he has been in as they have scored four out of the five times he has been in.  The only time they did not score was when rookie Blair Walsh missed a field goal.  How about that for living up to a goal?

While this will obviously not keep up for the rest of the year, and it is a small sample size, it is a great start.  However, Ponder made another statement.  According to a blog by Mike Wobschall and NFL.com, Ponder said, “We want 75 percent completions on first and second downs.  That’s the number we’re shooing for.  Obviously, we were in a lot of third-and-long situations a year ago, and we want to get out of that.”  This obviously is a lofty, lofty goal. (more…)


McNabb puts himself in the Hall of Fame


NFL quarterback Donovon McNabb told some members of the press that he deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame. Photo by: Rick Burtzel / Flickr

BY CHRIS EDWARDS, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Since he’s been a man without a team Donovan McNabb has come off as cocky and bitter in recent interviews.

He still thinks he should be on an NFL roster and thinks it’s Mike Shanahan’s fault that he failed in Washington. Furthermore, he thinks if the Redskins draft Robert Griffin III that Griffin also will fail in Washington. He went on to say that Shanahan hasn’t won jack since John Elway hung up his cleats. While the latter is true, he keeps being smug and cocky when he shouldn’t be.

In an online interview, McNabb once again stuck his neck out for himself by saying he deserves inclusion into the NFL Hall of Fame.

“Absolutely,” McNabb said. “See, one thing that people don’t realize — I never played the game to make it to the Hall of Fame. I played the game because I love it. I played the game to win. I’m a competitor. When I step out on the field, I feel like I’m the best player on the field. Even these last two years, when people may look at it and say, ‘Oh, he’s done, or whatever.’ I’m 34, 35 years old but still, I played at the pinnacle, I played at the highest level of my career. I played there. And I would vote for myself for the Hall of Fame.” 

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 11: NFL Mock Draft 2.0


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

The Couch Side gang of Wade McMillin, Craig Paul and Andy Paul, bring you the second edition of Couch Side’s NFL Mock Draft. Our hosts break down the rest of the first round (picks 11 through 32) to conclude Couch Side’s official NFL Mock Draft. The trio also discusses Bubba Watson’s win at the Masters. Click below to begin streaming or downloading the Couch Side Podcast, which is also now on KNWT 89.1 FM across the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming.

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If you could like to listen to Couch Side’s top 10 picks, check out the following links for the 10th episode of Couch Side:

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Couch Side Episode 10: NFL Mock Draft


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul welcome back NFL draft guru, Andy Paul, to break down the top 10 picks in Couch Side’s official mock draft. The gang also discusses Kentucky’s national championship victory; Ubaldo Jimenez getting revenge on his former team; the inductees to the basketball hall of fame; and Ryan Leaf getting busted in Montana for the second time in three days. Click below to download or stream another Couch Side podcast …

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Cundiff costs Ravens Super Bowl bid


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

You can call him the master of the miss, the sultan of shank or a klutz in the clutch.

Call him what you will, but if you were the New England Patriots on Sunday, you had better show Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff some mad respect. The nine-year, undrafted kicker completely shanked a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Foxboro, Mass. The botched chip shop would have forced overtime between the Patriots and Ravens, but instead it sent New England to its seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Patriots won the game 23-20 and will now face the New York Giants on Feb. 5 for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The kick will undoubtedly go down in history as what could have been for the Baltimore Ravens. If Cundiff would have been able to make a kick that most kickers can nail in their sleep, Baltimore would’ve at least had a shot at upsetting one of the greatest teams football has ever seen. But as we all know by now, Cundiff missed, eliminating his team from the 2011-2012 NFL Playoffs.

Now I have heard of Billy Cundiff since he entered the league in 2002 with the Dallas Cowboys. But the former pro bowler’s missed kick made me want to learn more about him. Obvious questions prompted me to do some research. As I started to stare at Cundiff’s statistics, the first one I had to look at is how accurate the guy is between the 30- and 40-yard line. To my surprise, he’s 76 percent for his carreer. Not the best, but also, not the worst. But he has been at his best from that distance in the past two season. During that span, he was well over 80 percent and a top 10 kicker from that distance. Actually, Cundiff has been one of the league’s best for the past two years and earned a pro bowl nod last season for his kicking abilities.

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