Weekly Vikings Roundup

On Sunday, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. Although the game didn’t live up to expectations (unless, of course, you are a Broncos fan), there were plenty of great performances to go along with some head scratching moments.

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By JORDAN WRIGHT | For The Record

Peyton Manning didn’t have a spectacular game (13/23, 141 yards and an interception), and to be honest it was almost bad, but he did just enough to not lose the game. Luckily for Peyton, he didn’t need to do much, as Denver’s defense was stifling. Von Miller rightfully took home the Super Bowl MVP award after recording six tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Due to Denver’s dominating defense, Carolina was held to only 10 points, far lower than their league-leading 31.3 points per game. Cam Newton had a passer rating of only 55.4, which was his lowest of the season. In the end, there were numerous things that went wrong for Carolina, but the most glaring to me were their inexperience, sub-par wide receivers, and the inability of the offensive line to protect Newton.

If the game was lacking in drama, then the post-game interviews more than made up for it. Cam Newton, a player known for his joy and enthusiasm was left relatively speechless during his post-game press conference, offering simple one-word responses before abruptly leaving the stage in the middle of answering a question. Many people were put-off by that reaction, and I understand that someone in Newton’s shoes should be held to a higher standard than most. However, if you have accepted him because of the emotion he shows on the field when he wins, you must be able to accept him when he shows emotion after a loss.

The Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year, with almost everyone watching, from hardcore football fans to casual observers. If you weren’t a fan of either team, or of football in general, you were probably more excited to see the commercials than anything. Personally, I was disappointed in the commercials this year, but there were some good ones here and there. Here is a list of my favorites:

The Doritos commercial with the ultrasound was pretty funny. Doritos usually has some unique commercials every year in the Super Bowl, and this year they didn’t disappoint.

I enjoyed the T-Mobile commercial with Steve Harvey, if only because he was able to make fun of himself and the embarrassing error he made during the Miss Universe pageant.

I was also very excited to see, and not disappointed by, the movie trailers that came out. Personally, I can’t wait for the new Captain America: Civil War or Deadpool movies, along with Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Those were just a few of my favorite commercials. What were your favorites?

Now that the 2015-2016 NFL season is officially over, that can only mean one thing: it’s time to start the 2016-2017 season! I will be bringing you Vikings related content throughout the off-season, including free agency and draft news and rumors. If you have any Vikings questions, or any players that you would like me to scout, reach out to me. You might just find your question in one of these articles!

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