Monday morning quarterback: Thoughts after a bye week

Eight weeks down, eight to go. While the 2-6 Vikings are most likely toast when it comes to the playoffs, there are some things we could be shouting about in the second half.

With a 2-6 record, there aren't that many glowing reviews when it comes to the Vikings' first-half report card. They're lucky to get above a C-plus from any media outlet.

That's exactly how the Bleacher Report saw the offensive line through the first eight weeks, calling the unit the flakieston the roster.

The Vikings Age blog ran down the Top 10 story lines of the season, (the quarterback quandary ranks high), and we were struck at just how much has happened. The drama never stops!

The Star Tribune, meanwhile, took a look at 12 key players  and where they stand in the team's future plans. Bottom line: Drafting Christian Ponder may have been a watershed moment for the purple.

As for the next eight weeks, back to the Bleacher Report, where writer Bill Hubbell identified 10 things Vikings fans can look forward to from now, until that final regular season game against the Bears on January 1, 2012.

We should end it here, but how about one more crazy thought?

If you gaze at the standings, the NFC wild card race is still wide open. If the Vikings can finish 9-7, they just might have a shot at a playoff spot. Assume Detroit -- at 6-2 -- is in. No problem. The next team in line: Atlanta, at 5-3. The rest of the contenders are 4-4 or worse. Stranger things have happened.

What grade would give the Vikings so far? And are you ready for the second half? How do you think they'll finish? Can they beat Green Bay? If you said: C-minus, yes, 6-10, and no're probably a realist.

But it's pretty hard for an NFL team to go undefeated all year...

Next Up

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.


St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.

emily ford

Duluth woman is hiking 1,000-plus miles on the Ice Age Trail this winter

She could be the second person ever to finish a winter-thru hike of the Wisconsin trail.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 19

Two days in a row with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.52.12 AM

After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.16.14 AM

Investigation after teacher accused of lewd act during distance learning

No charges have been filed yet and the staff member has not been identified.


Monday morning quarterback: Minnesota's killer P's

The Vikings improve to 2-6 with a win over Carolina. How did they do it? Peterson, Ponder and Percy.

Monday Morning quarterback: Punting & Ponder

The day after another loss, everyone is talking about Christian Ponder and if the Vikings should have let him extend a late-game drive.

Monday Morning Quarterback: TebowMania, unchecked

Yet another heartbreaking loss at the Metrodome for the 2-10 Vikings. It's pretty obvious what went wrong, as we check in with football experts from Minnesota and Colorado.

Monday morning quarterback: AP rules, but is it Ponder time?

There's no sugar-coating it. The Metrodome crowd jeered every time Donovan McNabb threw a bad pass in Sunday's 34-10 win over Arizona. Is McNabb off the hook? Or is it still Ponder time?

Monday (Tuesday) morning quarterbacks: Lambasted at Lambeau

So what are the experts saying the morning after the Vikings' Monday night meltdown? It's not all good for Vikings fans, but some of it is pretty funny.

Monday morning quarterback: Ponder vs. Pack?

The winds of change were swirling in Chicago Sunday night. On Monday morning, the big question isn't so much "What went wrong?," but "Will Christian Ponder start against the Packers?"

Monday Morning quarterback: Webb of intrigue

Ponder or Webb? Facemask penalty? How could they miss that! Plenty to gripe about the morning after another Vikings loss.

Monday Morning quarterback: Packers, Vikings equals again

Does a giant Packers loss make your Monday morning all that much brighter? Don't lie. If you're a Vikings fan, somehow 3-13 -- while still unacceptable -- doesn't hurt as much.