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    Vikings: In Search of Valhalla (Madden 17)


    January 10th, 2016

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Minnesota, the Vikings know that all too well. Since 1976, they have appeared in the NFL playoffs 15 times. In all those times, they have never appeared in the Super Bowl. Hell, Minnesota's never even won a Super Bowl. Their downfall is usually something so preventable, sometimes not. A missed kick, a dropped pass, a shut-out loss. Thus is life in Minnesota. It's not like the Twins or the Timberwolves are useful, and the Wild are always taken out of the NHL playoffs early. It's an exercise in futility, to be frank. This missed kick? This is not the last of sudden heartbreak for the family clad in purple, it is the same scene for the last 20 years. It only brings flashbacks to Gary Anderson missing the kick in the 1998-1999 NFC Championship.

    For Minnesota, their season is over. For the Seattle Seahawks, they will go to be blasted by Carolina, who is on their way to a Super Bowl appearance and eventual loss at the hands of a retiring Peyton Manning. Rumors have been swirling, however, that change is coming. The Wilf family, owners of the Vikings since 2005, are rumored to be in negotiations with a mystery financier about the sale of the Minnesota Vikings for approximately $3 Billion.

    Those rumors would prove to be correct, though. The Vikings were sold for exactly that amount with the Wilfs continuing to be minority owners. Under new management, it looks like the Vikings are looking to finally break the curse that has long afflicted them and their fans. This is the beginning of a new era in Vikings football. This is in search of Valhalla. This is the quest for the ever-elusive Lombardi Trophy. What's the worst that could happen? Well... never mind.




    Teddy Bridgewater 82
    Shaun Hill 69
    Joel Stave 63
    Taylor Heinicke 59


    Adrian Peterson 91

    Jerick McKinnon 77
    Matt Asiata 72
    Jhurell Pressley 64


    Zach Line 69


    Stefon Diggs 78

    Jarius Wright 76
    Charles Johnson 75
    Laquon Treadwell 73
    Cordarrelle Patterson 71
    Adam Thielen 68
    Moritz Boehringer 61

    Tight End

    Kyle Rudolph 82

    Mycole Pruitt 74
    Rhett Ellison 70
    Brian Leonhardt 62
    David Morgan 62
    Kyle Carter 58
    Kevin McDermott 50

    Left Tackle

    Matt Kalil 83

    Andre Smith 78
    Austin Shepherd 66

    Left Guard

    Brandon Fusco 73

    Willie Beavers 70
    Zac Kerin 64


    John Sullivan 87

    Joe Berger 81
    Nick Easton 64

    Right Guard
    Alex Boone 82

    Mike Harris 79

    Right Tackle

    TJ Clemmings 71

    Jeremiah Sirles 63

    Left Defensive End

    Brian Robison 81

    Scott Crichton 70
    Zach Moore 66
    Justin Trattou 66

    Right Defensive End

    Everson Griffen 87

    Danielle Hunter 74
    Stephen Weatherly 64

    Defensive Tackle

    Linval Joseph 92

    Sharrif Floyd 85
    Kenrick Ellis 76
    Tom Johnson 72
    Shamar Stephen 69
    BJ Dubose 63

    Left Outside Linebacker

    Anthony Barr 90

    Edmond Robinson 58

    Middle Linebacker

    Eric Kendricks 77

    Audie Cole 70
    Kentrell Brothers 68

    Right Outside Linebacker

    Chad Greenway 77

    Emmanuel Lamur 72
    Brandon Watts 65


    Xavier Rhodes 79

    Terence Newman 76
    Captain Munnerlyn 76
    Mackensie Alexander 72
    Trae Waynes 70
    Marcus Sherels 64
    Melvin White 64
    Jabari Price 62

    Free Safety

    Harrison Smith 97

    Michael Griffin 78
    Antone Exum Jr. 71
    Anthony Harris 69

    Strong Safety

    Andrew Sendejo 78

    Jayron Kearse 68


    Blair Walsh 79


    Jeff Locke 70

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    Mike Zimmer

    First I want to adress the elephant in the room. I know this is a somewhat similar project to the one Musashi is doing here, but this one is more focused on one team, not a league, and this deals more with the inner-workings and cap situation involved with the decisions made by me (the owner). Needless to say, I'm playing the game in Franchise Mode, as a custom owner, using the Preseason Roster. The game will begin in Week 1 of Preseason, 2016.

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    Re: Vikings: In Search of Valhalla (Madden 17)

    Looks awesome, I’ll be following. Will be pretty cool to see how you deal with the cap, draft and free agents. Good luck with this!

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    Re: Vikings: In Search of Valhalla (Madden 17)

    I love a good Football BTB and the Vikings are always an interesting choice. Will be reading, Yuri. Good luck with the project, buddy.

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    Re: Vikings: In Search of Valhalla (Madden 17)

    Week 1:

    Transactions & Acquisitions:

    - Vikings Signs 29 Year Old Full Back Darrel Young (78 Overall)

    He may be a little older for my liking, but his talent as a free agent is undeniable. Zach Line is younger than Darrel, but I need someone who can protect Teddy Bridgewater in the backfield. In my opinion, this was a great pickup on our part, especially this early in Pre-Season.

    - Cut Quarterback Joel Stave (63 Overall)

    It may only be week one of Preseason, but already I'm going to go ahead and make several cuts to the team. The first of many cuts is to be young rookie Joel Stave. Stave had some promise, but not truly enough to justify staying on the future 53-Man roster. Unfortunate, but it is what it is.

    - Cut Running Back Jhurell Pressley (64 Overall)

    To be frank, with Adrian Peterson still in the backfield, it'll be tough to see how other running backs gauge against other teams. This is Peterson's team until he either leaves or retires. He's on thin ice, however, as far as I'm concerned. Pressley is an unfortunate victim of circumstance.

    - Cut Full Back Zach Line (69 Overall)

    With the hire of Young, Line was clearly going to be gone from the team. I feel a bit bad about getting rid of young raw talent, but Darrel's talent is the best we're going to get for a while.

    - Cut Wide Receiver Charles Johnson (75 Overall)

    A bit of a confusing move, at first glance. However, there's a method to the madness. Johnson is a decent receiver, yes, but this is more for the development of Laquon Treadwell and Adam Thielen. I'm sure Johnson will find work elsewhere.

    - Cut Tight End Brian Leonhardt (62 Overall)

    Leonhardt was among the several people cut from the roster. We have a surplus of Tight End talent, so I believe it's not such a great loss to cut Brian.

    - Cut Right Tackle Jeremiah Sirles (63 Overall)

    Sirles has never been a great backup, and with Berger moved to right tackle, he is no longer necessary.

    - Cut Left Defensive End Justin Trattou (66 Overall)

    Trattou is a victim of roster movement, and was cut to help with the development of Danielle Hunter

    - Cut Cornerback Melvin White (64 Overall)

    With the surplus of Cornerback talent, Melvin White was excess baggage and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), was the most cost-effective cut.

    Roster Moves:

    - Joe Berger moved from Center to Right Tackle (81 Overall to 85 Overall)

    With John Sullivan as the starter at Center for the foreseeable future, Berger is best placed over at Right Tackle, where he can make an immediate impact instead of hinging on TJ Clemmings to suddenly get good. There's one major problem, however. Between Sullivan, Boone, and Berger, they will all be on the wrong side of 30 next year. I need to inject new talent in due time or I may be between a rock and a hard place.

    - Defensive Tackle BJ Dubose (63 Overall) Placed on Injured Reserve (Torn ACL)

    Dubose suffered a horrible contact injury in practice and it was revealed to be the worst-case scenario. With a torn ACL, Dubose has been placed on Injured Reserve and is unlikely to return even next year.

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    Vikings, Bengals Tie in Preaseason

    (Teddy Bridgewater preparing a handoff)

    In the preseason opener, the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals fought to a tie in a low scoring, defensive affair. Among the highlights was a last minute pass from veteran backup Shaun Hill to Cordarelle Patterson to score the game-tying touchdown. During overtime, Hill threw a costly interception with 37 seconds left at the Bengals 30 yard line to determine the tie.

    Teddy Bridgewater was 3/4 for 70 yards, with Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell the recipients of his pass attempts. Shaun Hill was 26/34 for 157 yards while throwing both a touchdown and an interception. Adam Thielen was all hands today, catching 11 passes for 161 yards. The run game however, was stagnant and was almost certainly a determining factor in the tie game. Adrian Peterson had one rush for 13 yards, while Jerick McKinnon ran several times for few yards. All was not lost for McKinnon, however, as he was excelling in the passing game today.

    On the Defensive side of the ball, Danielle Hunter looked every bit impressive as he has been made out to be, pressuring the AJ McCarron several times today and even getting 2 sacks. Trae Waynes was also a standout performer, making an interception to help set up the game tying touchdown drive.

    All in all, while the running game has not looked solid today, everything else points to a potential playoff season for Minnesota. Cincinnati may also surprise a couple people.

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    Re: Vikings: In Search of Valhalla (Madden 17)

    Week 2:

    Roster Moves:

    - Wide Receiver Adam Thielen (68 Overall) Placed on Injured Reserve (Torn Pectoral)

    An extremely unfortunate injury during the Seahawks game. He'll regrettably be out for the entire 2016 season. It's a damn shame, but what can you do? He's a personal pet project of mine and I'm most certainly not going to give up on him just yet.

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    Vikings Pillage Seattle 24-7

    The Minnesota Vikings won an exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks today 24-7. While the score may look good, on the field, Minnesota's running game was once again stagnant and unable to make an explosive impact. Seattle's lone score came off of a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Russel Wilson in the 2nd quarter.

    Shaun Hill, Minnesota's veteran backup quarterback, was 26/34 for 231 yards on his throws today. He threw both a touchdown and an interception as well. Jerick McKinnon had 5 rushes of 13 yards today, the highest amount of rushing yards the Vikings put up today, and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught 11 passes for 107 yards.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Danielle Hunter made his presence known with several pressures and 2 massive sacks. Backup cornerback Mackensie Alexander also made an interception late in the 3rd quarter. The defense held Seattle to a total of 133 yards of offense.

    Adam Thielen was walked off the field today after being blasted on a catch and run of 8 yards. He was slow to get up and needed help from trainers to get to the bench. An diagnosis came later today and revealed the worst-case scenario for Thielen: a torn pectoral. Soon after the news, the Vikings placed Thielen on Injured Reserve, effectively ending his season. Many people are questioning whether he could possibly return next year, as well. Time will tell.

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