Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings former mascot Hub Meeds watches the team play the Detroit Lions at the last game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com “Top 14 Games of 2014″ Does Not Include Vikings


The folks over at NFL.com must not think too much of the Vikings chances to be competitive or entertaining this year.  They have decided to exclude them from their list of the “Top 14 Games of 2014″.

Instead, the list features some games that even the most hardcore football fans might have a hard time making it through.

Here is their list of the top 14 games:

  1. Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
  2. Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
  3. Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
  4. Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks
  5. Kansas City Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers
  6. Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears
  8. New England Patriots @ Green Bay Packers
  9. Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys
  10. Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
  11. New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs
  12. San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
  14. New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans

Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The game NFL.com has listed as the #14 game of the year is essentially just Chris Johnson playing against his former team.  However, Chris Johnson hasn’t been a premier running back in the NFL since his 2000 yard season in 2009 and has since faded into the shadows of the conversations about the best running backs in the NFL.  Aside from that dynamic, the Titans and Jets offer little entertaining on the football field.

Instead, NFL.com could have featured a game starring the best running back in the game, Adrian Peterson.  Peterson is always a huge media draw and an exciting player to feature on prime time television.  Personally, I’m excited to see the Vikings take on the Carolina Panthers this year.  Not only does it have the player dynamics that people seem to find interesting (Captain Munnerlyn, Joe Webb, etc) but it will also feature one of the most interesting quarterbacks in the NFL, Cam Newton.

Do the Vikings deserve a spot on NFL.com’s top 14 games of the year list?  Which opponent do you think is their most compelling?  Let me know in the comments.

 

Tags: Adrian Peterson Cam Newton Captain Munnerlyn Chris Johnson Joe Webb Minnesota Vikings NFL.com

  • Bob E.

    Both games against Chicago last year were great… Particularly the Blair Walsh/ Robbie Gould shootout at the end of the second game. I’m not sure how the Vikings/Ravens game didn’t make the list! Most insane 4th quarter I’ve ever seen.

    • Kerry Elmberg jr

      Either way go vikings

  • Turdd Ferguson

    There are a lot of exciting matchups in there, but you’re right, #14 does not belong to Jets/Titans, Vikings vs any NFC north team is much more exciting than that.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I dont believe AP is the drawcard he use to be ~ Injures have hampered him the last 3 season costing him playing time ~ I still love AP but I dont think many in the media believe he has much left at his rush for 2000+ yards ~

    QB is the biggest issue because no one has any idea how Cassel and Ponder ((((Yes I said Ponder)))) will play with Norv as their OC ~ I for one believe both will improve under Norv and is one reason the Vikings want take a QB at #8 like many believe ~

    Then you add in the defense that couldn’t stop anyone ~ If the Vikings had the lead with 2mins left in the game you just new they would end up down with 23 seconds left on the clock ~

    Who besides Viking fans would want to see than ~ Its a real shame too because I believe even without the players yet to be added in 15 days in the NFL draft the Vikings will be much improved just by having a real coaching staff ~ There will be players we though would be at best ST players or busts who will step up under Zimmer and Turner and play good to great football ~

    It want take a new rookie QB to get the job done ~ I believe the players are already on the roster with bonus picks to be added in the next couple of weeks ~

  • Daniel Laxen

    No Adam, the Vikings will be a doormat again is the only way I see this, but every year a team surprises. Until the Vikings get a handle on the QB situation, knowing the equation doesn’t include Cassel or Ponder, the Vikings will struggle mightily…Build the defense and ignore the position that needs to be addressed at your own peril, oh Slick one!…Cassel and Ponder, Ponder and Cassel, draft pick, Cassel, and Ponder, yeah I’ve seen that movie and it sucked!

  • Paul Engleson

    Just win that will solve everything I expect great things from Mike Zimmer