25 SKOL’s of Christmas: Vikings’ Jarius Wright walks off the Jets

The last time the Jets came to Minnesota, Jarius Wright walked them off

Welcome to the 25 SKOL’s of Christmas!

In a similar vein to how Freeform has done the 25 days of Christmas, we will look back at different moments in Vikings history to bring a little extra joy to you this holiday season.

It’s that simple. The holidays can be a trying time for some people and we want to put a smile on people’s faces by reminiscing about some truly joyous times in Vikings’ history.

On the third SKOL of Christmas, the Vikings gave to me: a Jarius Wright walk-off touchdown.

The last time the Vikings faced off against the New York Jets in Minnesota, it was in the first year of Mike Zimmer and the game was at the home of the Golden Gophers TCF Bank Stadium.

The game was a very even back-and-forth contest that saw the return of Percy Harvin to Minnesota and he caught a 35-yard touchdown from Geno Smith.

Teddy Bridgewater started the game for the Vikings and the rookie played really well, but his best play came in overtime when he was helped by Wright.

On a third and five on the Vikings’ first drive of overtime, offensive coordinator Norv Turner called a tunnel screen and it worked perfection. Pair it with an excellent call by the radio voice of the Vikings Paul Allen and you have an excellent moment in Vikings’ history.

The play worked to perfection as Greg Jennings got a beautiful seal block to spring Wright as he outran future Viking Sheldon Richardson.

The win was one of just six that the Vikings had in 2014, but this helped spring them to an 11-5 season in 2015. That Sunday was a great way to spend my birthday in 2014.

Previous SKOL’s of Christmas:

Drafting Randy Moss
Vikings 1997 Wild Card Comeback

Jets vs. Vikings Week 13: How to watch, stream & listen

Here’s all the information you need to catch Sunday’s game

The Minnesota Vikings get an opportunity to close out their three-game homestand with a win as they take on the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.

The last time that these two teams played, the Vikings went to Met Life Stadium and beat the Jets handily by a score of 37-17. The game snapped a six-game losing streak against the Jets, who lead the all-time series 8-3-0.

The game has a few storylines laced into it, as the Vikings will be facing two of their former players in Mike Remmers and Tyler Conklin.

There is also the question of if Zach Wilson will suit up after he was benched last week for his postgame comments paired with poor performance. Mike White played really well last week for the Jets and looks to be in line to get the start.

As the Vikings continue to make a push for the NFC North division crown, make sure you know how and where to catch the game.

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ESPN chart shows how insane Bryce Huff has been rushing the passer this season

Bryce Huff has been incredible this season

He may not be a household name like Myles Garrett or Micah Parsons, but Bryce Huff has been quite a force rushing the passer, even in such a limited time.

Huff is fourth on the team with 3.5 sacks, behind Quinnen Williams (8), Carl Lawson (5) and John Franklin-Myers (4).

To put in perspective how little Huff plays compared to the others, these are their number of snaps so far this season:

Quinnen Williams – 488 (66.5%)
Carl Lawson – 438 (59.7%)
John Franklin-Myers – 412 (56.1%)
Bryce Huff – 117 (15.9%)

Lawson and Franklin-Myers have played almost four times as many snaps as Huff, yet Huff is within 1.5 sacks of both.

And that’s just on his own team. A chart from ESPN’s analytics and Seth Walder shows how impressive Huff has been in pass-rush win rate.

Think about that chart for a second. Huff’s pass-rush win rate is higher than those of Garrett and Parsons. It’s higher than everybody on this chart. That is insane. And it makes you wonder what he could do if he was playing even more than he already is.

The Jets have a stable of pass-rushers, so they don’t necessarily need to throw Huff out there as much, so having Huff in the position they do can be seen as a luxury. But down the line, Huff may turn into the force on the outside for New York. Until then, we can continue to see the flashes during his limited time. And soon enough, more people will know the name Bryce Huff.

Vikings vs. Jets final injury report: Christian Darrisaw officially out

The Vikings will see the return of two defenders on Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings’ injury reports have been improving since Thanksgiving and that theme continued on Friday afternoon with their final week 13 injury report.

Going into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, the Vikings will only be without two players: left tackle Christian Darrisaw and recently activated tight end Ben Ellefson.

It is worth noting that Darrisaw did return to practice with a red non-contact jersey on. This is a positive step in his return to the field. Head coach Kevin O’Connell spoke about him and that the Vikings didn’t want to rush him back.

“He’s progressing right along where the doctors want him to be, but we want to make sure we can give him a little bit more time.” 

The sole addition was defensive end Ross Blacklock who appeared on the report for the first time with an illness. The last time we saw a player added with an illness on a Friday was edge rusher D.J. Wonnum in week 6 and he missed the game against the Miami Dolphins.

As expected, safety Harrison Smith was removed from the injury report, but seeing defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson and cornerback Akayleb Evans off the injury report confirms what head coach Kevin O’Connell alluded to earlier this week that they would both play on Sunday for the first time since week nine and 10 respectively.

The Vikings are ready to roll against the New York Jets.

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Jets add Clemson linebacker in Dane Brugler’s first mock draft

Some linebacker help for the Jets in the first mock draft from Dane Brugler.

Yes, the Jets are thinking about the playoffs with a 7-4 record with six games left. But there will be a time after the playoffs to begin thinking about 2023 and beyond. And with college football entering conference championship weekend, draft season is about to be kicked up a notch.

One surefire sign that draft season is gearing up is when the first mock draft drops from one of the best in the business, Dane Brugler of The Athletic. He did just that this week. (Subscription required)

His pick for the Jets at No. 22? Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson.

C.J. Mosley is getting older and Quincy Williams is in the final year of his deal, so linebacker might be a position the Jets examine in the early rounds next April. With his position flexibility as a blitzer, run stopper and cover man, Trenton Simpson offers the athletic versatility that will appeal to Jets coach Robert Saleh.

Linebacker certainly will be among the top needs for the Jets next offseason. As Brugler notes, C.J. Mosley is 30 years old and Quincy Williams and Kwon Alexander are set to be free agents, so the Jets will have some decisions to make.

Simpson would add plenty of flexibility to the Jets defense. He can play the hybrid safety/linebacker role for the Jets and give Jeff Ulbrich’s unit another excellent, sideline-to-sideline player in the second level.

Simpson currently ranks second for the Tigers with 65 tackles, behind only Jeremiah Trotter Jr., has 2.5 sacks and also three passes defended.

Jets vs. Vikings: Final Week 13 injury report

Sheldon Rankins will play Sunday, Michael Carter and Cedric Ogbuehi are doubtful.

The Jets released their final injury report for Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. The big question throughout the week was the status of running back Michael Carter with his ankle injury. Chances are the Jets will not have him available for Sunday. He is listed as doubtful after missing practice all week.

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is also doubtful with a groin injury. He also missed practice all week between the injury as well as an illness this week.

One player has already been ruled out for Sunday. Safety Ashtyn Davis will miss Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.

Offensive tackle Duane Brown is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but that has been his weekly routine this season. He practiced in full on Friday and will play Sunday.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (elbow) and tight end Kenny Yeboah (calf) both practiced in full Friday and are off the injury report.

For the Vikings, offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw returned to practice in a limited fashion Friday as he returns from a concussion. That’s good news for the Vikings. However, he has been ruled out for Sunday. Also out for the Vikings is tight end Ben Ellefson with a groin injury.

Defensive tackle Ross Blacklock is questionable with an illness after missing Thursday and Friday.

Safety Harrison Smith (ankle), cornerback Akayleb Evans (concussion) and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (calf) are off the injury report.

Jets vs. Vikings: Week 13 staff preview and predictions

Our staff predicts Sunday’s game

The Minnesota Vikings are sitting on a magic number of two going into Sunday’s week 13 matchup with the New York Jets, a feat that nobody would have predicted going into the season.

Yes, there were some pundits who believed that the Vikings would win the NFC North, but nobody had them running away with the division, especially this early in the season.

The Vikings have set themselves up for a playoff run and they have done so with great coaching and a renewed belief in the locker room that this team can be a Super Bowl Champion.

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Leading into Sunday’s game, we teamed up with Billy Riccette of Jets Wire to preview and predict the game on Sunday.

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Experts are picking the Vikings in droves in Week 13 vs. Jets

The experts like the Vikings this week

The Minnesota Vikings are in a position to improve their record to 10-2 when they finish their three-game homestand against the New York Jets on Sunday.

With a win on Sunday, the Vikings would go undefeated against the AFC East and give them a chance to go undefeated against the AFC with a win against the Indianapolis Colts in two weeks.

Considering the similarities between the Jets and the New England Patriots, whom the Vikings beat last Thursday, they have a really good chance to get another win.

The experts have a lot of faith in the Vikings to get their 10th win, as 80% of them have picked the purple and gold per NFL Pick Watch.

It’s going to be a fun, competitive game on Sunday afternoon.

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Mike White — yes, that Mike White — has a chance to become a New York legend this weekend

Seriously! Jets fans need this!

This is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning. Charles Curtis is filling in for Andy Nesbitt.

Oh, you think I’m exaggerating here? That one amazing Mike White game for the New York Jets will suddenly mean that he’s the QB of the future for a constantly downtrodden franchise, one they’ve been looking for … forever?

No.

But I’m a native New Yorker who still lives in the city. I talk to Jets fans all the time, and let me tell you: When White came in and threw three touchdowns against the Chicago Bears, it was electrifying.

Die-hards were clearly done with Zach Wilson and rightfully so — who knows if they’ll ever embrace the 2021 No. 2 overall pick again unless he turns his game and approach around? And maybe next year, they’ll be rooting for a veteran who comes in and thrives with a great crew of wideouts to match their menacing defense.

But let’s stay in the present. The Jets are 7-4 and very much in the playoff hunt. They’re facing a 9-2 Minnesota Vikings team that has some holes defensively.

Can you imagine what it’ll mean to the fanbase if White repeats what he did last week? I can. White will become a folk hero around here, the guy who kept the Jets in their playoff hunt by taking down one of the NFC’s best teams.

Jets fans need all the hope they can get, and White might be the one to provide it.

Quick hits: World Cup upsets … LeBron James’s whataboutism … Let’s get the Texans into the NFL playoffs … and more.

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Some really good teams are out of the World Cup.

LeBron James’ whataboutism with Jerry Jones and Kyrie Irving completely misses the mark, writes our Mike Sykes.

— Hey, the Texans can still make the playoffs! Let’s explain how.

What to watch on Netflix this month!

Justin Hardee reaching out for Pro Bowl votes, upset about current standings

Justin Hardee is hoping for your vote for the Pro Bowl Games

Special teams are often an overlooked aspect of football games. But the units, and the key players on those units, can be very helpful in building football teams and winning football games.

For the New York Jets, they have a player like in Justin Hardee, who is the special teams captain for the Jets. Hardee is a leader both on and off the field. He leads the Jets with 11 special teams tackles. No other Jets player has more than four on special teams. Hardee also has a forced fumble to his credit this season, which came back in Week 4 against the Steelers.

His play could be deemed worthy for the new Pro Bowl Games. But at Hardee tweeted himself, perhaps he just isn’t getting enough exposure. Hardee noticed he wasn’t even in the top ten among specialists and he was none too happy about it.

In the voting standings revealed earlier this week by the NFL, the leading vote-getters from each conference among special-teamers were Baltimore’s Justice Hill (17,043 votes) for the AFC and Minnesota’s Kris Boyd (16,568) for the NFC.

To vote for Hardee and others, visit NFL.com/pro-bowl-games/vote or vote on Twitter. To cast a Twitter vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag #ProBowlVote. Fan voting ends December 15.

The new Pro Bowl Games will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, February 5, 2023.