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Cardinals @ Vikings Recap

It wasn’t one of the Vikings’ prettiest victories, but a win is a win is a win.

Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Vikings’ 31st-ranked rushing game as Minnesota beat Arizona 27-17.

Receiver Adam Thielen had his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, catching 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Kirk Cousins went 24-of-34 for 233 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He scored on a 7-yard run, but his fumble resulted in a scoop and score for Budda Baker.

The Cardinals gained 269 yards but went 0-for-10 on third down and turned it over twice.

Josh Rosen went 21-of-31 for 240 yards and an interception. Christian Kirk caught six passes for 77 yards.

Vikings first-round pick Mike Hughes hurt his knee on Sunday and initial reports indicate that the cornerback’s rookie season is over.

W05: Vikings @ Eagles Highlights

The Eagles have indeed created millions in cap space, with the simple stroke of a pen.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has signed a restructured contract that pushes a large chunk of his 2018 and 2019 compensation into future years, adding extra space this year and next year. The specific details appear below.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the Eagles converted $8.19 million in remaining 2018 salary to a bonus that will prorate at $1.638 million per year through 2022. The net 2018 cap savings becomes $6.552 million.

Come next year, $14.67 million of Cox’s $15.6 million base salary becomes payable as an option bonus, reducing his base salary to $930,000. The device drops the cap number arising from the $14.67 million payment to $2.934 million per year, through 2023. The option bonus creates $11.736 million in cap space, with a net cap reduction (given the 2018 cap savings) of $10.098 million for 2019.

W04: Vikings @ Rams Highlights

FOX and the NFL got lucky on Thursday night with a great matchup — a matchup great enough to hold its own against an evening of TV news consumption following one of the most compelling political hearings in recent memory.

Via John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, the Vikings-Rams game generated a 10.7 overnight rating. That’s an eight-percent increase from last year’s Week Four Thursday night game between the Bears and the Packers.

Ourand notes that the spike in ratings looks even better when considering that the combined rating for the three major cable-news networks (MSNBC, FOX News, CNN) averaged 8.3, a 77-percent climb for the comparable night in 2017, 84-percent more than the comparable night in 2016, and 144-percent higher than the comparable night in 2015.

W03: Bills @ Vikings Highlights

The Bills didn’t score any points in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but it’s hard to imagine anyone in Buffalo getting too upset about that development.

They scored the first 27 points of the game, led 27-0 at halftime and cruised to a 27-6 win for the most surprising result of Week Three. The Bills had been handled with little sweat by the Ravens and Chargers in the first two weeks of the season and were 16.5-point underdogs in a road game against the Vikings, but they opened the game strong and never turned back.

Josh Allen ran for a 10-yard touchdown to open the game, added a sneak for another and threw a touchdown pass to Jason Croom while the more heralded Kirk Cousins lost a pair of fumbles in the first quarter. The Vikings offense didn’t cross midfield until the second half and didn’t get on the scoreboard until there were under three minutes left to play in the game.

W02: Vikings @ Packers Highlights

With a couple of hundred million dollar’s worth of quarterbacks on the field, the Packers and Vikings game came down to kickers.

Of course.

Vikings rookie kicker Daniel Carlson missed a pair of field goals in overtime, with the second coming as time expired, leaving the Packers and Vikings tied 29-29.

The 35-yarder as the 70th minute ticked off the clock was painful, but his third of the day. The fifth-rounder from Auburn also missed a 49-yarder earlier in overtime, and a 48-yarder in regulation.

Of course, if Packers kicker Mason Crosby had hit his, it would have never gotten that far.

Crosby had hit his first five field goals in regulation, and his first chance at his sixth one. But the 52-yarder was waved off after a timeout, and he missed the subsequent attempt.

W01: 49ers @ Vikings Highlights

While most of the disappointment in the 49ers’ locker room Sunday stemmed from the team’s offensive struggles, coach Kyle Shanahan believed his team’s defense generally played well enough to win.

The 49ers opened the season with a 24-16 loss to the Vikings in which the defense got off to an encouraging start.

“I thought our pass rush was good,” Shanahan said. “We held them to 17 points [on offense]. Holding that team to 17 points, I thought that would be good enough for us to win.

“I thought we could have tackled a little bit better, from what I saw, but I thought they played good enough to win.”

The Vikings outgained the 49ers 343 yards to 327. Minnesota ran 10 more plays from scrimmage than the 49ers, who had 20 first downs to the Vikings’ 19.

“I think we played all right,” said 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who recorded 2½ of the 49ers’ three sacks of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Divisional Round: Saints @ Vikings Highlights

It started easy and almost ended terrifying for the home team, but the result was the same: with a magnificent 61-yard final-play touchdown on a pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs, the Minnesota Vikings held off the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the final, and best, playoff game of the NFL’s divisional playoff weekend.

Early on, this one looked over and done; Minnesota scored an effortless 17 points in the first quarter, and New Orleans couldn’t manage a third-down conversion. Drew Brees threw for a mere 118 yards and surrendered two interceptions in the first half, and the Saints looked lost, floundering, and 30 minutes from returning home in disgrace.

But then New Orleans remembered it had two Pro Bowlers at running back, a powerful clampdown defense, and Brees at quarterback, and the game changed in a hurry. The key sequence came within a three-minute, nine-second slice of game clock at the end of the third quarter, when Brees found Michael Thomas twice in the end zone to cut an impenetrable 17-point lead to a suddenly fragile three-point one.

W11: Rams @ Vikings Highlights

The Vikings kept the Rams from making big plays at the rate they were accustomed to.

But they made enough of their own to win, and to make a case as perhaps the best team in the NFC.

The Vikings bludgeoned the Rams 24-7, improving to 8-2 and serving notice that they’re to be taken seriously despite their unconventional quarterback situation.

Case Keenum was again more than just efficient and acceptable, completing 27-of-38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers. He also found Adam Thielen for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the fourth quarter as they pulled away. That left former first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater standing and watching for the second straight week since coming back from his knee injury, and it’s hard to justify taking Keenum off the field at the moment.

W01: Recap/Steelers Preview

Something special may have come from last nights special performance and build up at US Bank Stadium Monday night in Minneapolis.

The Vikings Offense

Coincedentally Randy Moss gets induced into the presigous Vikings Ring of Honor, flaunting that purple jacket .While two active Vikings recievers (wearing custom Randy Moss cleats in honor of the occasion) combined for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thielen and Diggs.

5 Offensive lineman started for the first time together as a unit limiting penalties, allowing only one sack and giving QB Sam Bradford enough time in the pocket to allow plays to develop downfield. All with an offense that seemed to fire at will on a defense that had been scripted to be a dark horse in the NFC South.

Oh, I forgot to mention that RB Dalvin Cook managed to rush for 127 yards. Which may or may not have been better than the Vikings all time rushing leader.....on the opposite sideline!!

DIY halloween Flex Bond Tombstones

This year I wanted to build some tombstones and start to replace our styrofoam ones. The styrofoam is good but they break, blow around (in high winds) and are a bit pricey compared to how long they last. So, I thought it'd be nice to build a few this year and so on over the next few years. In the meantime, we'll keep the styrofoam headstones around and blend in the new ones.


Since I'm a builder, my 1st thought was to make them out of OSB plywood and that's what I did. I used sheets of OSB from Home Depot, ripped them down to the sizes I wanted and then glued three of the same size together with liquid nails.

I glued and clamped these together but you can screw them if you need to. A screw in each corner and a few in the middle should work fine. You just want no shifting between materials as the Flew Bond is thin and it may crack. Although it is easily fixable, we don't want cracks. If you glued them, let them sit overnight, that's what I did.

The Mummy (2017) Movie Review

The Mummy is a 2017 American action-adventure film directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, with a story by Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts and Jenny Lumet. It is a reboot of The Mummy franchise and the first installment in the Dark Universe film series. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.

The Mummy premiered at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia on May 22, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 9, 2017 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. It received negative reviews from critics and has grossed $384 million worldwide, but was labeled a box office disappointment given its high production and advertising costs.

"47 Meters Down" Movie Review

Welcome to my new "reviews" section of the site. I'll be doing album/cinema reviews. So, onto my first review.

I've recently watched "In the Deep" (aka 47 Meters Down). Before I review this, The history of this movie is strange as in how it's being brought to the surface. "In the Deep" went straight to DVD in the summer of 2016, August to be exact but it is being released in theaters in the summer of 2017. Studios are trying to capitalize on the success of "The Shallows" with "47 Meters Down". So, a studio bought the rights and changed the title for a theatrical release.

With all that said, let us review this thing.


"47 Meters Down" stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. The other actors are good but these two are the notables in the movie. So, two girls (Moore, Holt) are in Mexico on a trip. Holt travels the world, while Moore is a safe person. They are both talked into going on a cage dive in great white shark waters. Holt is all for this while Moore is reluctant but she agrees to go.


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