7 burning questions about the Minnesota Vikings

From Justin Jefferson to Alexander Mattison, fans had burning questions and we answered them

The Minnesota Vikings are quite the fascinating team going into their week 10 matchup. Sitting at 5-4, the record is objectively fine considering their schedule, but how they got there could end up being a movie.

Despite injuries to their best three players on offense against the Atlanta Falcons, they willed themselves to a win.

After a wild first half of the season, we went tot the fans to see what questions they had about the team moving forward. These seven questions are fascinating and we answered them.

Lions pre-game mailbag: Getting ready for the Ravens

Lions pre-game mailbag: Getting ready for the Ravens and the trade deadline

Our Detroit Lions are 5-1 and are entering one of their toughest matchups on the year with the Baltimore Ravens on tap. Going on the road to Baltimore won’t be easy but the vibes are high in the Motor City right now. The Lions feel look like a team that can beat anyone so we’ll see what happens against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. With that, I wanted to open my Twitter to Lions fans to ask me anything for a pre-game mailbag prior to the Lions/Ravens tilt in week seven. Let’s dive into your questions!

Q: Who do you think the Lions keyed in today at Ohio State/Penn State? — @GodComplexion 

A: Love this question because there was so much talent in this game. Certainly, the Lions had their eyes on wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. It’s unlikely he ends up being selected by the Lions in the 2024 NFL Draft but crazier things have happened. Aside from him, they definitely were watching Kalen King from Penn State.

The talented cornerback is a Detroit native. He played high school football for Cass Tech and has been fantastic this year. Prior to this game, he had only given up 9 receptions for 93 yards this season. He seems like a potential first round corner that could fit the Lions.

Another top name is Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu. There’s a chance he’s the first offensive tackle selected next spring but if he’s not and there’s a run on other players, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions targeted this long and powerful offensive tackle.

Lastly, the Lions should have definitely circled the name Adisa Isaac. The Penn State defensive end is listed at 6’4″ and 254 pounds. He’s got a blend of power and explosiveness to his game. If the Lions are looking for another edge rusher to pair with Hutchinson, this could be an underrated fit for them.

Q: All I hear is trade talk. There any realistic deals to be had for Holmes? — @legendjc13 

A: I love the speculation around the trade deadline. Most years, not much happens around the deadline. Recently, there’s been some deals that occur. The Lions have shown that with the Hockenson trade last season.

That said, I don’t see them making a trade for big names such as Brian Burns, Danielle Hunter or Davante Adams. We can just stop with that. I’d be surprised if the Broncos parted ways with Patrick Surtain II and I don’t think the Lions are interested in Jerry Jeudy.

That leaves a pool of players that could be damaged goods. However, if there’s any team that can get the most out of a player, it would be Detroit. Even if it’s for the second half of the season. If I had to guess on a player that could use a change of scenery, I’d say New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes.

During his tenure with the Giants, he’s been used sparingly and has only started 11 games over his four-year career. Currently, he’s on the final year of his four-year rookie contract. Going into this season, he took a pay cut to stay with the Giants. However, he’s only played 28 defensive snaps this season but he’s only given up two receptions so far. With Emmanuel Moseley being done for the year with a torn ACL, I wonder if the Lions would be interested in trying to add some depth to their secondary for the second half of the season.

Q: In your estimation, should the Lions get wins against the Ravens & Raiders to stretch the winning streak to 6 before the bye week? — @MrEd315

A: I do think the Lions win against the Ravens and the Raiders. They won’t be easy games by any means but I think the Lions can pull off wins in both games and enter their bye week with a 7-1 record.

Against the Ravens, the Lions obviously have to enter the mobility that Lamar Jackson has but if they can force him to make a few bad throws, it could be enough to force a turnover or two. Meanwhile, the Lions offense is clicking. It doesn’t matter who is on the field. They just get after it. I think Gibbs, LaPorta and Williams have strong performances against the Ravens.

Q: How will Glenn scheme for Jackson? — @JosephPanteluk

A: This is the million dollar question this week. It’s well known that the Lions struggle with more mobile quarterbacks. But the Lions showed what can happen if they can contain quarterbacks that can move around and extend beyond the pocket with their 21-20 victory over the Chiefs this season. Patrick Mahomes was held to 45 yards rushing and he only had 226 yards passing.

For Lamar Jackson, he’s only hit that passing yardage (over 226 passing yards) total twice this season. The Lions defense gives up 221 yards passing per game so if they can keep him in the pocket and limit his ability to run, the Lions should be able to find success on defense.

The key will be having defensive ends playing with patience and at the heels of the offensive line to help contain the quarterback. Meanwhile, the Lions will need a second level defender to be able to patrol the middle with the ability to come down and meet Jackson in space. Could it be Brian Branch? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case. It’ll be tough but it’s manageable.

Q: Hey Russ, what do you think is the Lions biggest weakness? — @bdrfab

A: Really good question here and I’m going to go back to what I said during the summer. It was concerning when the Lions only carried two running backs on their roster. Regardless of how good the Bucs run defense was a week ago, we saw the drop off in talent with their backfield without Montgomery and Gibbs.

While I love what Craig Reynolds provides from short yardage to special teams, I think the Lions should have looked at adding another back to their roster in the off-season. They’ll run with what they have but with how run focused the Lions are, it’s somewhat concerning that Montgomery and Gibbs have both been banged up through six weeks. For that playoff push, the Lions will need that rushing attack. Let’s hope they can get healthy.


8 burning questions answered about 2023 Vikings

From Lewis Cine to drafting a quarterback, Tyler Forness answers the burning questions from Minnesota Vikings fans

The 2023 Minnesota Vikings are quite an interesting team. After having poor underlying metrics and a 13-4 season in 2022, they are 2-4 with really good underlying metrics so far this season.

Crazy how the script flipped that drastically right?

It also has the fanbase not sure what to think of the team or the direction. Should they continue to pursue a playoff spot or sell off players that have expiring contracts like they do in baseball?

With a level of uncertainty, until we see the Vikings play out the next two games, we decided to answer some of the questions that the fanbase has. These eight questions tackle a lot of the questions being debated by the fanbase and I answered them all.

Video mailbag: Answering Lions questions after the Week 4 win

Video mailbag: Answering Lions questions after the Week 4 win via the Detroit Lions Podcast

Sunday was a rare off day for the Detroit Lions. After beating the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, fans got to enjoy the weekend of watching the rest of the NFL play things out.

With no game to immediately react to, it was a good time for the latest edition of the Detroit Lions Podcast video mailbag. Among the questions posed from the Patreon Slack channel that get covered here:

  • What has Aaron Glenn done differently in the last two weeks?
  • Emmanuel Moseley expectations
  • What’s up with Jahmyr Gibbs?
  • Is a Jared Goff contract extension coming?
  • Biggest surprise and disappointment from the first four weeks?

There are a few more as well. The audio-only version of the mailbag will be available via your favorite podcast providers.


Vikings mailbag heading into week 1

The latest Vikings Wire mailbag answers the latest questions from Minnesota Vikings fans via @TheRealForno

Week one is finally here! The Minnesota Vikings are set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon

All throughout the week, we have spent time previewing every angle of the first game of the 2023 season and we took it to another angle by asking the fans about the season.

What do they want to know about this season’s Vikings team? We answered questions from eight fans as we head into week one.

Browns mailbag: Questions at linebacker, Cade York, and running back

Do the Browns need to add to the linebacker, running back, and kicker rooms?

The Cleveland Browns are in Philadelphia this week for joint practices on Monday and Tuesday with the Eagles. Kevin Stefanski has already said that it will be mostly backups on Thursday after the starters get their time in during the joint practices. Some roster questions remain after the struggles of kicker Cade York and injuries to linebacker after losing Jacob Phillips for the season, as well as backup running back Jerome Ford being sidelined with a calf injury.

So do the Browns need to explore available options now or later to fill potential roster holes? Let’s take a look at these questions and more in this week’s Browns mailbag.

Vikings training camp mailbag: Jordan Addison, Mekhi Blackmon and more

Heading into week three of Minnesota Vikings training camp, we open up the mailbag to answer questions about how camp is going.

Two weeks of Minnesota Vikings training camp have passed and we are learning more and more about the 2023 squad each and every day.

As we continue to move forward throughout training camp, there are things to learn about the team. I have been at practice three times so far this year and am opening up the mailbag to answer any and all questions about where the players and team sit currently, including a question about pizza.

Podcast: A training camp mailbag edition discussing the DTs, LBs, and more!

Browns training camp is back, so what better time for a mailbag?

The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their fourth training camp practice on Thursday, and the pads come on for three days this weekend before they head back to Berea. There has been plenty to like from both sides of the ball through one week, but it has to translate onto the field when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town in Week 1.

What better way to wrap up the first week of the return to the practice field than with a mailbag episode of Nothing Rhymes with Orange? You can listen on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Tap in!

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Watch: Detroit Lions Podcast pre-training camp mailbag

Detroit Lions Podcast pre-training camp mailbag answers many questions about the Lions and several specific players

The latest edition of the Detroit Lions Podcast is now available. This one is in mailbag form, with logistical difficulties preventing a live show this week.

In this mailbag, I fielded questions from the podcast’s Patreon Slack chat in advance of training camp. Among them:

  • What’s happening at off-ball linebacker, what should we be looking for, and who is on the hot seat?
  • What are potential offensive wrinkles we might see from Ben Johnson?
  • Breaking down the TE competition entering camp
  • Will defenses figure out what the Detroit Lions are doing on offense?
  • Who are the top breakout candidates?
  • What should fans expect from Levi Onwuzurike?
  • Could another kicker be on the way?

All that and more get covered.

This was recorded Wednesday morning, before the Denzel Mims trade and the release of kicker Michael Badgley. Both of those topics do come up, and the Badgley take here does not age well. C’est la vie!

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Pre-training camp Browns mailbag: realistic season outcomes and predictions

What are realistic goals for Watson, the defensive line, and are more moves coming?

Training camp is just around the corner kicking off next weekend on the 22nd as the team heads for West Virginia to kick off camp. The long offseason is nearly behind us as Cleveland Browns football is in the air. It’s time to turn the page on the additions of the offseason and start focusing on what this team will look like in 2023.

Most, like myself, believe that Deshaun Watson will have some kind of bounce back but what could that look like? Is Andrew Berry done adding talent or is more coming? Let’s take a look at these questions and more in this pre-training camp Browns mailbag.