Eric Nelson

After eight games the Minnesota Vikings are NFC North Stars

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By Eric Nelson
November 1, 2017
GAMEDAY GOLD

 

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the North Star State…..

•Trending Up: The Minnesota Vikings are a solid 6-2 at the halfway point of their season. The Purple have won four straight games, are on top of the NFC North and have a top-flight defense that keeps them in every game. Minnesota could win the division because Green Bay (4-3) is mediocre without all-galaxy QB Aaron Rodgers, Detroit (3-4) has been inconsistent and Chicago (3-5) is struggling…

•UK Success: The Vikings are now 2-0 when they play regular season games in London. Minnesota knocked off Cleveland last Sunday in the UK and won across the pond in 2013 against Pittsburgh…

•Power Ball: For the second straight week Minnesota is ranked seventh in the NFL power rankings. Philadelphia is number 1, followed by the LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and New England…

•Miami Not So Nice: Just a hunch but I am guessing that Miami HC Adam Gase and Pro Bowl RB Jay Ajayi won’t be exchanging Christmas cards this year…

•Philly-Bound: On Tuesday Miami dealt Ajayi to Philadelphia for a fourth round pick. After a 40-0 loss to Baltimore Gase publicly ripped the Dolphins offense. Even though Gase did not single out a specific player, it’s as clear as the Key West sky that he was not happy with Ajayi…

•Trophy Envy: The U of M trophy case needs some hardware. Minnesota failed to bring home the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy on Saturday, losing 17-10 at Iowa. This week the Gophers get a chance to win the Little Brown Jug as they play Michigan at the Big House. But history says that is unlikely. The Wolverines lead the series 74-25-3 and have won 55 of the last 67 games, including 23 of the past 25…

•Politically Incorrect: Robert McNair and Yulie Gurriel – must be a Houston thing…

•Lucky Sevens: MLB is on a roll. For the second straight season and third time in four years, the World Series has gone seven games. In 2014 Kansas City and San Francisco went the distance, in 2016 the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland played a seven game series, and it will take seven games to crown a champ in this year’s Houston-LA Dodgers WS…

•Diamond Duo: If they stay together in Houston, the Astros middle infield tandem of SS Carlos Correa and 2B Jose Altuve has a chance to be one of the greatest in MLB history…

•School Pride: A pair of classmates from Highland Park HS in Dallas were competing for television ratings on
Sunday night. On FOX, LA Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was on the mound at Minute Maid Park pitching against Houston in the WS. Meanwhile on NBC, QB Matthew Stafford and Detroit were playing Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Kershaw and Stafford, both their teams lost…

•Star Power: In the sports saturated Twin Cities it is easy to get spoiled. Fans have plenty of chances to see super teams and super star athletes. For instance, last Friday NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Then on Saturday, Sidney Crosby and the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins skated at the Xcel Energy Center against the Minnesota Wild…

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