Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.
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NFL players and coaches don't want to fly over the Atlantic and give up a home game to play in London. That's just the way it is. If they wanted to sightsee in London, they'd do it in the offseason.
Given that fact as context, the Vikings' week in London couldn't have gone much better than it did.
They practiced at a golf resort. They had time to adjust to the time change. They played in front of a remarkable number of friendly fans, whether they were Vikings fans who made the trip or Vikings fans for a night.
Wembley Stadium is beautiful, and loud, and much better at picking music than most American stadiums.
Most important, the Vikings won while finding their quarterback. Matt Cassel performed well enough that the Vikings resembled the team I thought they'd be all along: A talented team whose offense helps make up for weaknesses on the back seven of the defense.
If they keep Cassel at quarterback, as they should, and Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford get healthy over the bye, this could be a dangerous team the rest of the way.
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||4|
|Seattle||0||Top 4th Inning|
|San Francisco||9:05 PM|
|Charlotte||101||1st OT 0:46|
|Boston||86||4th Qtr 3:29|
|Cleveland||96||4th Qtr 0:46|
|LA Lakers||81||4th Qtr 0:45|
|Miami||86||4th Qtr 0:01|
|Golden State||85||4th Qtr|
|Sacramento||70||4th Qtr 9:07|
|Minnesota||78||3rd Qtr 1:03|
|Utah||22||2nd Qtr 7:08|
|Columbus||4||2nd Prd 12:41|
|Dallas||0||1st Prd 13:55|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Michigan State||9:15 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||65||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||67|
|(9) Arizona State||8:30 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|(14) Stanford||9:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|