COMMENTARY Nobody has had more presumed last gasps than the New England Patriots. That’s bound to happen when you have a 41-year-old quarterback, a gimpy Hall of Fame tight end, and an extended run of success that keeps outsiders hoping there’s a change of the guard on the postseason horizon. As it stands though, the window has been “closing” for what seems like a decade now. Albert Breer is the latest to sound the warning horn on MMQB, speaking with a number of NFL executives who discuss why the crossroads is — finally? — looming for the Patriots. It’s a pretty gloomy outlook for the future of the franchise while taking a realistic stance on the team’s confluence of problems in not having a backup plan to Tom Brady, a broken-down Rob Gronkowski, and a drafting report card that is somewhere in the realm of incomplete as it stands now for Bill Belichick. The sky isn’t falling. Not for a team that heads into this weekend as the No. 2 … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:54 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Welcome to our live chat on the Detroit Lions with Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett. The Lions (3-4) will take on the Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis. Feel free to leave your question below and check back at 1 p.m. when Dave begins to answer them. Access to live chat for mobile users. … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions chat recap: Is Vikings’ game a must win?
The Detroit News Published 1:03 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s Lions vs. Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (1 p.m., Fox/760). Justin Rogers: This isn't so much about Golden Tate's absence, which will be a factor given the Vikings' ability to rush the passer and Matthew Stafford's best check-down option is no longer on the roster. But I simply have no idea how the Lions cover both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Vikings, 27-17 John Niyo: The last four games in this series have gone down to the wire. But the Lions will have to force some turnovers – something they really haven't done all season – if they want to have a chance in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Vikings are home and hungry and headed into a bye week. Vikings, 31-21 Bob Wojnowski: The Vikings’ normally staunch defense is hobbled by injuries, but surely is glad it won’t … [Read more...] about Detroit News predictions: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 4:40 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Lions at Vikings Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis TV/radio: Fox/WJR 760 Records: Lions 3-4, Vikings 4-3-1 Line: Vikings by 5 View from the other side Chris Tomasson covers the Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He breaks down the Lions’ upcoming opponent for The Detroit News, answering five questions heading into Sunday’s game. You can follow him on Twitter @christomasson. ►Question: Are the Vikings actually better with Kirk Cousins at quarterback compared to Case Keenum a year ago? ►Tomasson: Yes, Cousins is the more accurate thrower and has more of a track record than Keenum. While Keenum had a tremendous season in 2017, he was prone at times to reverting to his earlier wayward days. That especially was the case in the 38-7 loss to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game. While he may not have the scrambling ability of Keenum, Cousins … [Read more...] about View from the other side: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Adam Thielen caught just 16 of his 247 career receptions from Teddy Bridgewater, but the impact the former Vikings quarterback had on him goes far beyond statistics, Thielen says. “I probably wouldn’t be the receiver I am today without him,” Thielen said Thursday. After a year on the practice squad, Thielen’s first season as a Minnesota wide receiver was in 2014, when Bridgewater arrived as a first-round draft pick. Bridgewater was the starting quarterback for much of 2014 and throughout 2015, when Thielen caught 16 of his first 20 NFL passes from him. Bridgewater suffered a severe knee injury and missed the entire 2016 season, when Thielen finally moved into the starting lineup. While still recovering, Bridgewater played just one game last season. Bridgewater, now the backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans, returns to Minnesota for Sunday’s game against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. “His impact really all of the years he was here was huge. … [Read more...] about Vikings’ Adam Thielen: ‘I wouldn’t be receiver I am today’ without Teddy Bridgewater