Piping Hot Vikings Stomp on the Browns as they go 6-2 heading into the Kip (Bye)
There is no city in the world that is more proper and kind then London, England. From Big Ben (the clock), to the most world class tea, to the British Royalty in Queen Elizabeth, Princess Kate, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte, London is quite the city.
However two (American) Football teams would have to follow British ways and travel overseas for the season finale of the 2017 NFL London series in the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. As they went onto the football pitch, the Vikings looked to extend their win streak to 4 and their division lead by 1.5 games. Let's just say that what followed was another example of why the Browns are where they are and have no consistency.
Despite possessing an early third quarter lead, that vanished quickly as the Browns score only two touchdowns with 1 missed and made extra point. Just add two fumbles; one from a muffed punt, and an interception by Deshone Kizer and you get yourself a long 10 hour 45 minute flight, long enough before the Browns get their first win.
After a dominant performance by Case Keenum, his day consisted of 27/43 for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. If the Vikings keep playing like this, a home playoff game for Minnesota might not be out of the question. Now once they get Sam Bradford back, it will feel like the unbeaten 2016 team all over again. But it doesn't stop there Vikings fans. The defense is monstrous. If they keep sacking the quarterback like they have been, they will be in good shape. But, let's put on the brakes for a second.
The biggest test for the Vikings has yet to come. It is in the form of 4 out of the next 5 are road games (at Washington, vs. LAR, at Atlanta, at Carolina, and at Detroit). Speaking of Stafford and the Lions, they are the only divisional loss for the Vikings as Minnesota lost at home 14-7 back in Week 4. As for the others, you have a young LA Rams team in Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and Aaron Donald. You have a struggling Atlanta squad coming off of a Super Bowl rematch loss to New England as they have now lost 3 of their last 4, (and as I am writing this blog, the Falcons are trailing the Jets 17-13). If the Vikings can win at least 3 of those games, a divisional round game is possible.
Last year, the Texans tried to be the first team in Super Bowl history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Vikings are turning into something special in 2017. Beat two dynamic squads in the Rams and the NFC's best Eagles in Philadelphia and the Vikes have their first Super Bowl berth since 1976.
The dynasty that wasn't in Fran Tarkenton when he took the Vikings to four straight Super Bowls in the 70s will always be remembered by all Vikings fans. But what would be even more amazing if the Vikings won their first Super Bowl in the comfort of their own turf.
And if it is to be that way with either the Chiefs, Steelers, or Patriots standing in the way of their first Super Bowl in franchise history...
Then let us have a jolly good show!