Craig: Vikings forfeit crowd noise advantage on London trip

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2013 - 6:47 AM

LONDON – The local chamber of commerce probably frowns upon reporters asking NFL players and coaches about flying to London six days early for a “home” game. Especially when those questions come moments after those players and coaches fall to 0-3 with an upset loss to the Cleveland Browns.

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lakneeSep. 24, 1311:11 PM

ARRey sez: Noise is no advantage when there is no crowd. Lose to the Steelers and the Rollerdome will be half empty.

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minneg56Sep. 25, 13 6:12 AM

Sending THESE 2 winless clubs to play overseas must be NFL's version of 'product dumping'! Product dumping occurs when a company produces a product that's unwanted, unsaleable, doesn't meet minimum standards or is even illegal for sale in the 'producing country'... and then gets rid of it (dumps it) for sale in another country due to its lack of desireability ...

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vmrchitectSep. 25, 13 6:31 AM

If we're honest Ponder hasn't shown promise ever. He's been a terrible quarterback who makes horrible decisions. He seems to be confused on the field. He makes egregious errors in critical moments of the game. Case in point was the end of last Sunday's game against the Browns. With time running out he threw an ill-advised pass into the middle of the field and it was a short pass. Then he was sacked on the last play of the game. It's been said from day one that Ponder needs to work on his errors, especially turning over the ball. That message hasn't sunk in and in my opinion it never will. Ponder has thrown only 2 TDs in 3 game but he's thrown 5 INTs. Ponder's stats - Completion Percentage (59%), 2 TDs, 5 INT's. He's thrown for an average of 230 yards per game

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vlombardySep. 25, 13 7:28 AM

There was a time when a report of Vikings landing in Britain struck fear in the hearts of the locals. Now, nobody cares.

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rzieskeSep. 25, 13 8:24 AM

Crowd noise in the Metrdome this weekend probably would have been booing aimed at the Vikings.

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voner26Sep. 25, 13 9:28 AM

Good grief that crowd noise certainly helped , didn't it?

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bigtmnSep. 25, 1310:40 AM

Boos are an advantage?

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jcb56435Sep. 25, 1310:44 AM

What? Are they going to miss all of the booing?

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arramsSep. 25, 1311:51 AM

Now you've done it, Craig. You said the Steelers can't run the ball and are minus something in turnovers. Which means they will probably shred the Vikings baby-soft defense for about 200 yards rushing and pick off a few passes. And forget the noise factor. You're either good or you're not. As Bill Parcells said,"You are what you are."

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commonsens4uSep. 25, 13 2:46 PM

Yeah, that "crowd noise advantage" really helped against Cleveland last Sunday didn't it?

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2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
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