Vikings pass defense: Slight advantage, MinnesotaThe Vikings do not have a very good secondary, and the Packers have a deep and dangerous receiving corps. The Packers have last year's sixth-rated, and this year's eighth-rated passer, making this seem to be a clear edge for the Packers.Except for one thing: Green Bay also has one of the worst offensive lines in the history of the NFL, especially with left tackle Chad Clifton out injured. With the pressure coming from one of the NFL's premier front-fours, Aaron Rodgers may be lucky to survive, much less thrive.Packers rush offense vs. Packers pass defense: Huge advantage, Green BayThe Packers boast three Pro Bowl players in the secondary and have forced more turnovers than any team but the New Orleans Saints; with one fewer game played.The player they are facing is well-known to them, and also a prodigious turnover machine, committing more of them than anyone in the history of the game.Green Bay's pass rush is also much-improved over last season, with its return to health and the implementation of the 3-4 defense wreaking more havoc on pass protections.While the Vikings line is solid, it will struggle in this department unless the Vikings run the ball so well, as to keep the defense from being able to effectively pass rush.Vikings rush offense vs. Packers rush defense: Huge advantage, MinnesotaUnfortunately for the Packers, the Vikings will run the ball well. Punting has been better than expected, but nothing to lay ones hopes on.But the Vikings are the worst team in the league in covering punts.Last year, they gave up two touchdown returns in one game against the New Orleans Saints, and one each in the two games against Green Bay.
They already have given up big returns this year.Their kick coverage is mediocre-at-best, and their return games no better. They do have a reliable kicker, but he isn't good at 50-plus yards or on kickoffs, and their punting game is only above average.Intangibles: Advantage, Green BayThe pressure is on the Vikings to win this one. If they lose, the Packers will be unbeaten in the division and own the tie-break over the Vikings, with Minnesota having to win in Green Bay to even things up.The Packers are expected to lose, making this like playing with house money.Also, Brad Childress is on the hot seat and Mike McCarthy is not; Mac is 5-1 against his rival counterpart. The Traitor will likely try to win this game on every play, bringing out his worst.Prediction: 27-16 VikingsThe game will just not be in enoughjeopardy to count on The Traitor losing it for Minnesota. The Packers will struggle to do anything offensively to make this one in doubt in the fourth quarter..
Fear and Loathing on Wall Street as Bonuses Fail to Assure Workers FindseFinancialCareers ReportWhile Nearly Eight in 10 Received Bonuses, More than Half Expect to Look forWork in 2009NEW YORK, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ With the most contentious bonus season inyears coming to a close, 79 percent of Wall Street professionals received ayear-end payout according to a recent survey by eFinancialCareers, the leadingcareer site for finance professionals.That number easily surpasses the 66percent who expected a year-end bonus when a comparable group was polled inOctober. For those respondents receiving a bonus, it's fairly evenly split betweenthose who took home the same or more than the previous year (46) and thosewho took home less (54). The upside payouts most frequently rose less than 10percent year-over-year, while the downside payments were typically reducedbetween 31 percent and 50 percent."Following one of the most tumultuous years in financial history, smart peoplewho did good work deserve to be recognized," said John Benson, founder & CEOof eFinancialCareers. "The future of the financial services industry may beopaque, but the industry has a vital role to play in the global economy andthat requires talent."The payouts only satisfied 26 percent of finance professionals who responded,while 46 percent are at a minimum dissatisfied with their bonus.Of thatdispleased group, nearly nine out of 10 (89) are financial professionals withfive years experience or less on Wall Street.
company, is the leading global careersite network for professionals working in the investment banking, assetmanagement and securities industries. eFinancialCareers has a network of co-brandedcareer sites with industry-leading trade publications and offers localwebsites in 18 markets and five languages primarily across North America,Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Methodology The eFinancialCareers Bonus Survey was administered online January 7 to 12,2009 with nearly 900 registered U.S. eFinancialCareers users responding.Tobe included in the survey results, registered users indicated their 2008 bonuswas revealed to them and they are currently employed.Table 1:How did your 2008 bonus compare to last year 71 more951-70more331-50more411-30more9 0-10more 21 1-10less811-30less 1231-50less 1351-70less 1171-99less 10Table 2:How satisfied are you with your 2008 bonusVery satisfied 5Satisfied 21Neutral 28Dissatisfied20Very dissatisfied 26Table 3:Do you expect to be job hunting in 2009 Yes 54Maybe 26No16Not Sure 4Table 4:Which of the following best describes your current situationUnhappy with my job and looking to change as soon as possible 20Would love to switch jobs, but staying put for now to play it safe 16My job is fine, but I'd be open to a better opportunity 39Looking for a job due to concern of being eliminated in light of market conditions 10Very happy with my job and not looking to move15Media Contact:Jennifer James SOURCEeFinancialCareersJennifer Bewley, 1-212-448-8288, , or JamesFields, 1-212-370-8542, , both foreFinancialCareers. ) After a Sunday loss, rumors started circulating that current skipper Fredi Gonzalez could be fired to make room for Bobby Valentine. According to ESPN the Marlins contacted Bobby Valentine for a possible managerial position with the ball club. Bobby Valentine is known for his tenure with the Mets. With the Mets he led the team to the 1999 NLCS and 2000 World Series. He hasbeen absent fromMLB in the past few year managing The Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan where he is admired by the fans.