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    Already assessing Vikings

    It's interesting when sports writers analyze teams/players of teams 1,000 miles away. Falcons fans are very, ummmm sensitive maybe 'bout the media and just the other day some guy in New Jersey wrote a piece and he made one serious mistake which immediately turned his work non-sequitur.

    I'm curious if this writer @ the Falcons official website has all this right and the best way to know that is to ask fans of the very team they be reporting on. And I find it interesting in June a writer would choose a game to be played in December to focus upon. From atlantafalcons.com

    Week 11 -- Seattle Seahawks,...Week 12 --*Minnesota Vikings

    2016 record:*8-8
    All-time series record:*Vikings lead, 18-11 (includes postseason)
    Last meeting:*Vikings won 20-10 on Nov. 29, 2015, in Atlanta
    When they play in 2017:*Sunday, Dec. 3, in Atlanta

    Best draft pick:*The Vikings played without Adrian Peterson for most of 2016 (he appeared in three games) and he has since signed with the Saints. In April they drafted running back Dalvin Cook 41st overall and believe the former Florida State star can eventually be their featured back. There’s no denying Cook’s talent but the reason he slid into the second round was more about off-field concerns. If Cook blossoms like most think he will, it will go a long way in taking some of the pressure off quarterback Sam Bradford, who was brought in via trade last season after Teddy Bridgewater’s gruesome knee injury. Third-round pick Pat Elfiein, a center out of Ohio State, can play guard or center should contribute and help improve an offensive line that had some issues in 2016. That’s also good news for Bradford – and Cook.

    Best free agent acquisition:*As noted above, the Vikings had some issues along the offensive line in 2016 and went out signed former Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff for $58.75 million over five years. Reiff, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2012, started in 69 games over five seasons in Detroit. He played both left and right tackle in Motown, and could end up on the left side after Matt Kalil left and signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers. Another signing worth noting is running back Latavius Murray. While Dalvin Cook shows promise and potential, the Vikings signed the former Raiders running back for $15 million over three years.



    Toughest matchup:*Remember when everyone was talking about the surprising Vikings and their 5-0 start last season? Before the team was decimated with injuries (Bridgewater, Peterson, Kalil, Diggs) and had their offensive coordinator (Norv Turner) step down after seven games, there was talk that this team was built to contend for a Super Bowl title. Seems like a long time ago now, but this team is talented despite finishing 3-8 down the final stretch. Their offense might’ve been stagnant but the Vikings’ defense was among the NFL’s best units. Minnesota’s defense ranked third overall and should be tough once again. Pro Bowl corner Xavier Rhodes has the ability to neutralize a team’s number of No. 1 receiver, like he did to Atlanta’s Julio Jones when these two teams last met. Jones had five catches for just 56 yards and no scores



    Unsung storyline:*Despite all of Minnesota’s problems last year the Vikings still managed to finish 8-8. This is not a bad football team and if things go better in 2017, this game – in a critical stretch of the season – could take on even more meaning as the NFC postseason picture comes into focus. The Falcons have also dropped their last two games against Minnesota. Atlanta’s last win over the men in purple was in 2011 – a 24-14 victory in the Georgia Dome.


    Other than the 1998 NFC Championship game the Vikings have owned the Falcons. The other 10 wins over the Vikings were low scoring and ugly. When the Vikings won it was usually a freaking blowout. But it'd be great come week 12 for a matchup of two winning teams thinking 'bout playoffs and playoff position,...maybe a division title on the line.

    Man, December is a long way off.

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    Still Assessing Vikes?

    Watch the upcoming Lions @Minnie game then. The latter have won most of the games in the division series by 2:1, even though Detroit has won three of the last five. All low-scoring games: remember this: 16 points were reached four times in the last 5 games. Sometimes its enough to win.

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