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NFL VP of Officiating: Seahawks Bobby Wagner’s Field Goal Block Vs Vikings Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner’s crucial field goal block against the Vikings last Sunday should not have counted, NFL.com reports.

Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, explained in the league’s weekly officiating video that Wagner used his teammates to leverage himself while leaping over the line of scrimmage, which is a violation. Wagner proceeded to deflect Dan Bailey’s 47-yard attempt with 5:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“In this case this is a foul,” Riveron said. “Watch No. 54, he is on the line of scrimmage, and also stationary, but he is going to put both hands on a teammate, and he is going to use his teammates to leverage himself to get to the other side. And again, if you use your teammates and/or an opponent … to help you get to the other side … or an attempt to block a kick … that is a foul. Incidental contact is not considered a foul.”

An official initially threw a flag on the play, but upon review it was determined there was no infraction.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander Still Can’t See the Truth About Sunday’s Loss to the Vikings; So Someone Made a Video to Remind Him

Forget about being humble, as despite being schooled on Sunday night by the Vikings, Packers CB Jaire Alexander still was ready after the game to say that the Packers simply ‘didn’t make enough plays,’ and that Minnesota ‘wasn’t that tough.’

Huh?

The corner was burned quite a few times in the loss, and leave it to twitter to find someone who went out of their way to make a video showing just that.

Enjoy maybe the most fun tweet of the year, proving again why you should just shut up after you lose a game and not try to justify why you took the big fat ‘L.’

Still Hanging on to the NFC’s 6th Seed, the Vikings Have a Tough Road to the Postseason

Following the Chicago Bears Thanksgiving feast of a win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings march to a hopeful postseason birth has done nothing but get tougher as the team has a huge game this Sunday against the rival Green Bay Packers.

Checking American Football Betting, the Vikings are sitting in most sportsbooks as 3.5 point favorites for the NBC Sunday Night Football showdown, and it might just be the last chance for Minnesota to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Sitting at 5-4-1, and currently in the 6th spot in the NFC playoff picture, those numbers do not mean a whole lot when you look at the games that the Vikings have left on their very tough 2018 schedule.

The team has six games left including Sunday night’s battle with the Packers, and four of them are going to be daunting, including the biggest being the week 17 showdown with the Division leading Bears, who look more and more impressive by the week with a sense and the ability to find ways to get the job done.

The week after the Vikings take on the Pack, they will have a game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and if that is not tough enough, the game will be played late in the day in New England, which is never an easy place to win.

The Pats are still fighting teams like the Chiefs and Steelers for a bye in the AFC, and the Vikings will have their hands full on the road a week from Sunday.

After the matchup with the Patriots, the team will head to Seattle, another very tough place to win, for a prime-time showdown with the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN on Monday, December 10th.

The Hawks are also in the mix for a NFC playoff spot, so this will be a big game in terms of trying to stay in control of a wild card spot in the NFC.

After the Seattle battle on Monday night, the team will come back for to play the final two home games of 2018 in their last three games, staring with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 16th with a noon kickoff.

The team the next week will go on the road to play the Lions, and then in the last week of the season have that huge matchup at home with the Bears, a team they lost to in the National spotlight on Sunday Night Football last week by a final score of 25-20.

The road to making it to the postseason with a chance to make some noise is not going to be easy for the purple people eaters, but it seems like the task is simple – win games and you’re going places – lose, and you’ll be on the outside looking in.

Video: NFL Network Breaks Down the Huge NFC North Matchup Between the Vikings and Bears

Move the Sticks hosts preview the Week 11 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

Lions vs Vikings NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Lions and Vikings NFC North matchup in Minnesota

Lions

RB Ameer Abdullah
OG Joe Dahl
OT Andrew Donnal
DE Kerry Hyder
DE Eric Lee
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin
LB Kelvin Sheppard

Vikings

LB Anthony Barr
DE Tashawn Bower
OG Tom Compton
WR Stefon Diggs
S Andrew Sendejo
QB Kyle Sloter
RB Roc Thomas

Vikings DE Everson Griffen Expected to Be Ready to Take the Field Sunday Against Saints

Everson Griffen is expected to be active and play on Sunday after being away from the Vikings for the last five weeks, ESPN reports.

According to the Vikings’ team website, Griffen is slated to make his return to the lineup against the New Orleans Saints after practicing in full from Wednesday to Friday.

The Pro Bowl defensive end last appeared in Minnesota’s Week 2 tie in Green Bay. Griffen was ruled out of the Buffalo game with a knee injury and later was placed under a health and welfare hold at a Minneapolis-area hospital on Sept. 22 after his alleged involvement in two separate incidents drew police involvement and concern over his mental health.

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Preaching Patience Over Panic Regarding Slow Start to 2018

With back-to-back Vikings losses and the team slipping to 1-2-1 on the season, Coach Mike Zimmer is preaching patience, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

“I know everybody wants to evaluate everybody after four weeks, but I think if you remember last year, early in the year, Xavier had some penalties, but we cleaned them up. This isn’t time for ‘woe is me,’?” Zimmer said. “If you remember, we were 2-2 at this time last year; we finished 13-3. We were 5-0 the year before; we finished 8-8. We were 2-2 the year before that, and we finished 11-5. All the predictors are really — this isn’t a good time to predict.”

It remains to be seen whether the Vikings’ 1-2-1 start is as poor an indicator of their final record as their starts the past three years turned out to be, but Zimmer seemed intent on sending a message as the Vikings began preparations for their NFC Championship Game rematch with the Eagles on Sunday.

The defense allowed 556 total yards last Thursday against the Rams, and equaled the most points they’ve given up in a game under Zimmer by surrendering 38 in Los Angeles. Now, as the Vikings try to get back to .500 while delivering a blow to the defending world champions, Zimmer said their problems can be fixed with a greater attention to detail.

“I obviously addressed some things with the team the last couple days,” he said. “We’ve had some points of emphasis we’ve got to continue to get better at. It’s doing things the way we’re supposed to do them, the way we’ve always done them.”

CB Trae Waynes and RB Dalvin Cook Miss Another Practice for the Vikings

The Vikings continued practice Thursday without cornerback Trae Waynes (concussion) and running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Waynes remains in the concussion protocol a week after suffering the brain injury in a 38-31 loss to the Rams.

Cook continued to rehab his injured hamstring with strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama off to the side of practice.

It remains to be seen if either will be available Sunday in Philadelphia. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that Cook is “probably questionable” to play against the Eagles. We’ll get the actual game-day designations on Friday after another practice.

Defensive end Everson Griffen remains away from the team while addressing mental health concerns.

Video: Vikings No Match for Rams and Goff in 38-31 Thursday Night Setback

Trey Wingo, Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. reflect on Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff’s 465 yards and 5 touchdown performance in the Rams’ 38-31 win Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings WR Cayleb Jones Arrested on Allegations of Felony Theft, Domestic Assault

Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones was arrested Tuesday on allegations of felony theft, misdemeanor domestic assault and for interfering with a 911 call. He was being held without bond in the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota.

A preliminary investigation deemed that Jones and an unidentified female engaged in “a verbal altercation” that turned physical. Jones fled the scene, but turned himself in.

According to arrest records, Jones was taken into custody at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday by Eagan police and booked at 5:05 p.m. He is due to appear in court at noon Thursday when he will be formally charged.

“We are aware of the situation involving Cayleb Jones and are in the process of gathering more information,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement released by the team. “Further comment will be provided at the appropriate time.”

Jones, a practice squad member in 2017, was already due to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

KSTP was the first to report news of Jones’ arrest. The Vikings travel to Tennessee on Thursday for their preseason finale against the Titans.