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NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS WASHINGTON REDSKINS

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Keys to victory for Minnesota Vikings
-Pound Adrian Peterson. The Redskins are ranked 22nd in run defense. Minnesota must take advantage and give the best player on the field the ball.
-Protect Christian Ponder. Vikings offensive line has been shaky all season. And thats being nice. With Orakpo and Kerrigan on the other side of the ball, the O line has to block well or Ponder will be on his back a lot tonight.
-Get Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson involved early. Quick screens, quick slants, etc.
-Stop Alfred Morris. Just like the O line being shaky, the defensive line for the Vikings has been up and down. They have to tackle well tonight.
-Contain the legs on RG3. Robert Griffin lll killed the Vikings last year with his legs. If they don’t play disciplined football, its going to be a long night.

Keys to victory for Washington Redskins
-Contain Adrian Peterson. Coming off of a 140 yard performance vs Dallas. Peterson is lookin to continue his hot hand. Linebackers for the Redskins must play excellent in the gaps.
-Let RG3 run. He has been at his best this year, when he‘s playing as a dual threat QB. Washington has a good chance to win if they turn Griffin loose.
-Run Alfred Morris. The Vikings cant stop the run this year. Morris should see plenty of opportunities for big plays. 20-25 touches is ideal tonight.
-Blitz Christian Ponder early and often. I think we all know by now, Ponder plays horrible when facing pressure. Rookie cornerback David Emerson and DeAngelo Hall might get a few picks tonight.
-Take advantage of Minnesota‘s injury plagued defense. Tight end Jordan Reed is going to be a matchup nightmare for the Vikings linebackers and safeties. He should see a lot of targets his way tonight.

PREDICTION: Vikings 28 Redskins 24

5 Reasons Vikings HC Leslie Frazier should be FIRED.

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After last night’s debacle vs the winless Giants. Its become more and more evident that Frazier and his coaching staff are not the answer for the Minnesota Vikings. The product that has been placed on the field is not good at all and last night’s loss was downright painful to watch. Changes are coming and coming soon for Minnesota. This is unacceptable.Here are 5 reasons coach Frazier and his staff are not the answer and need to recieve their walking papers sooner rather than later.

-Lack of discipline. Week in and week out there are senseless penalties and just downright undisciplined play from the Vikings players. When your players dont look ready to play and are out of position, that’s a direct reflection of the head coach.
-Players coach. Yes, Frazier is a pretty nice guy, but it has to be a fine line when coaching a group of men. You have to be a leader, not their friend. By this happening, comes a lack of accountability. Last night is an perfect example. There were countless bonehead plays, rather it be Jerome Simpson’s dropped TD pass, Marcus Sherels self inflicted fumble or rookie DT Shariff Floyd trying to run a kick off back, and fumbling. Those are inexcusable plays that eventually led to the Vikings demise last night. I’m not saying get all in guys faces, but they have to be held accountable for those kind of dumb mistakes. Sit them down a couple plays. Do something to let them know, that won’t be tolerated.
-Failure to utilize their best talent. I really cant wrap my head around why OC Bill Musgrave can’t find a way to get explosive rookie reciever Cordarelle Patterson the ball. Everytime he touches the ball something good happens, but yet he’s only playing about 25 percent of the snaps. Put him at kick and punt returner. Utilize that explosive talent he has. Adrian Peterson has 24 carries in the last 2 games. That’s unacceptable. He’s the heart and soul of this Vikings team. Give him the ball. Having newly acquired QB Josh Freeman throw almost 50 times in a game that was close, is ridiculous. Frazier needs to have some say-so in that. This cannot happen.
-The selection of Christian Ponder. This one isn’t just on Frazier, its also on Vikings front office. Its disturbingly clear Ponder is not the answer at QB. This might set Minnesota’s franchise back years unless they hit on one of the quarterbacks coming out in the stacked 2014 NFL draft. Ponder has shown ZERO improvements since entering the league. He still makes those bone head interceptions, that leave you scratching your head. This is not the first case of a QB being drafted high and the coach taking the fall. This was Fraziers “guy” though. We was all in for drafting Ponder. Mostly because he was a “smart guy”. This should just show that just because a guy is smart doesn’t mean he has the talent to play in the NFL. Ponder clearly doesn’t.
-He’s just not a good head coach. Every game, Frazier constantly gets badly outcoached. Never makes the adjustments that need to be made during the game to win. Its a reason it took him so long to get a head coaching job in the first place. He just doesnt have what it takes. Look at Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera. Took him the same amount of time to get a head coaching job, and look how that’s turning out. He has one foot out the door as well. Leslie Frazier just doesnt have “it”.

NFL MONDAY NIGHT EDITION: MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS NEW YORK GIANTS

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KEYS TO VICTORY FOR VIKINGS
-Keep it simple for newly acquired QB Josh Freeman. Dont handcuff him though, allow him to use that big arm to stretch the field.
-Heavy dose of AP. He only had 10 carries last game vs Panthers. That can’t happen again. 20-25 carries is ideal.
-Get WR Cordarelle Patterson involved early. Quick passes and screen passes. Mix it up.
-Get off the field on 3rd down. Vikings are among the worst in that area in the NFL.
-Secondary must play disciplined. With a lot of injuries back there, everybody in the secondary will have to execute and play sound football.

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KEYS TO VICTORY FOR GIANTS
-Eliminate turnovers. Giants lead NFL with 23 turnovers on offense. A majority of them coming from Eli Manning.
-Find some kind of running game. New York signed Peyton Hillis hoping he can get a spark going in the running game. Brandon Jacobs is inactive for tonight’s game.
-Stop Adrian Peterson.
-Continue to feed Victor Cruz. Minnesota has one of the worst secondarys in the NFL right now. Try and exploit that.
-Get pressure on Josh Freeman. He’s prone to make mistakes when facing pressure. Keep attacking.

Prediction: Vikings 31 Giants 21