It's Week 2 of our BringMeTheNews.com Vikings predictions, where the sports staff and Amy Hockert try to figure out what will happen this Sunday.
In short: We will putting our dignity, reputation -- and in Joe (I love P.A.) Nelson's case -- livelihood and mental well-being on the line.
Here's the inaugural predictions, which we posted last Friday. And here's the results from the pre-Lions Week 1 extravaganza:
Sports Director No. 2 Doug Frattallone is your big winner, correctly predicting the Lions victory as well as getting closest to the actual margin Detroit won by (predicted 11 point win, ended up 34-24).
Sports Director No. 1 G.R. Anderson and Sports Yes-Man Mike Gallagher will both receive a point for correctly predicting the winner, although neither of their bold predictions came true, as AP did not launch Louis Delmas into orbit, and Harrison Smith was not suspended six games for a helmet-to-helmet hit ... yet.
Morning sports voice Eric Perkins and Editor-In-Chief Amy Hockert receive zero points for predicting the Vikings as winners.
Night sports guy Joe Nelson gets negative three points for his ridiculous prediction of the Lions finishing the contest with negative three points. Joe, not possible. Learn the rules.
Here are your standings:
To the predictions, BMTN newcomer Aaron Ziemer joins us to put his reputation, credentials, and house note on the line:
Editor-in-chief Amy Hockert: Bears 27, Vikings 13
"Five minutes into the game, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave reveals he is dying...of boredom. AP tries to administer CPR by tearing up Musgrave's playbook, but it's so small no one can find it."
Sports director No. 1 G.R. Anderson: Bears 24, Vikings 14
(Cue hard hitting sports take): "The Cordarelle Patterson era will begin! If the Vikes don't use him on Sunday, they're crazy. I predict two big kick returns, one for a touchdown, and another receiving TD. But that won't be enough - the Bears' defense is still plenty tough without Urlacher, and the Vikings get no pass coverage from their linebackers."
Sports director No. 2 Doug Frattallone: Bears 30, Vikings 10
"With the Vikings down 30-0 at the half, Joe Mauer, despite on-going concussion symptoms, will jump out of the stands at Soldier Field and beg Leslie Frazier to put him in at quarterback in the third quarter. Frazier obliges, and Mauer goes 6-8 with a TD toss to ex-QB Joe Webb to get the Vikes closer, but Minnesota still starts 0-2."
Morning sports voice Eric Perkins: Bears 31, Vikings 17
"Chicago is just too tough a venue for our Vikes." (Still boring).
Night sports guy Joe Nelson: Vikings 30, Bears 23
"Adrian Peterson runs for 200+ yards and gets a hug from Samantha Ponder on the sideline." (2008 version of AP in Soldier Field below).
Newcomer Aaron Ziemer: Bears 20, Vikings 10
"Christian Ponder throws three picks and gets a hug from Samantha Ponder on the sideline." (Samantha showing off a better arm than Christian below).
Sports yes-man Mike Gallagher: Bears 24, Vikings 6
"Bears DB Peanut Tillman gets three picks, and gets a hug from Samantha Ponder on the sidelines." (Awkward sideline reporter moments below).
Other observations: Hockert's prediction is a little far-fetched, but let's not write it off.
Perkins' is all too possible. And for every inside-the-box, between-the-hashes take the KARE Bear gives, we give you another demonstration of the unwavering professionalism and hard-hitting sports knowledge that is our morning drive voice:
A true visionary.