Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Teddy vs Bradford with JReidDraftScout (ep. 399)

Rumors and scuttlebutt abound as speculation has emerged that Teddy Bridgewater may be physically ready to resume practicing earlier than initially believed. IF that happens and Teddy avoids the physically unable to perform list (and his contract tolling), it opens up a number of interesting scenarios for the 2017 season. To help sort through the conjecture, we brought in @JReidDraftScout (The Viking Age) for his weekly spot. Plus I have some choice words for the stupid solar eclipse and the debut of Tell The Truth Tuesday.

All that and more “SAVE. MARTHA.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Deep Ball Hurts Vikings Defense
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Despite what happened in Seattle on Friday night, Mike Zimmer’s secondary isn’t suddenly a weakness.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tore through Minnesota’s first-team unit, lighting the Vikings up to the tune of 206 yards and two touchdowns. His performance — one of midseason form — put the Seahawks ahead and kept them there, as Seattle went on to defeat Minnesota 20-13.

It was an ugly, uncharacteristic outing by the Vikings, marred by a few-too-many mental lapses early in the game. Granted, Zimmer was down two starters (Andrew Sendejo and Trae Waynes) in the secondary, but it was the players on the field making the mistakes. From the linebackers to an arguably thin group of cornerbacks, few stepped up against one of the NFL’s more dangerous quarterbacks.

“We got to do better in the coverage aspect,” Zimmer said Sunday, per Ben Goessling. “We had, I think, two or three twenty-yard or more plays, so that’s going to be a big point of emphasis for us.”

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Seahawks Recap: Smells Like Preseason (ep. 398)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suffered his 2nd career preseason defeat manning the helm of the Purple 20-13 at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks Friday night/Saturday morning. Because that matters apparently. The Vikings first team offense showed signs of life (despite not getting in the endzone, but hey — baby steps. We recap the highlights and the lowlights of the Vikes’ second exhibition exhibit.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The Weekly Referendum on Sam Bradford
• Dalvin Cook and the Offensive Line
• 1st Team Defense Was _____.
• Stefon Diggs Looks Amazing
• Antone Exum Starting at Safety
• Mackenzie Alexander And The No Good, Very Bad Day
• Ben Gedeon Starting at Weakside Linebacker
• The Mandatory Tashawn Bower Talking Point
• Blair Walsh Taunting Zimmer on the Sideline
• Loose Change

All that and more “AND I SAID BABY. IT’S 3AM I MUST BE LONELY” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Road to 100 — Episode 96

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field during Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

Episode 96 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:20)
  3. 1st-Team Offense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (1:53)
  4. 1st-Team Defense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (13:58)
  5. Adams & Coley: Rodney Adams Struggling (28:08)
  6. Backup Battle: Case Keenum vs. Taylor Heinicke Review (31:00)
  7. Takeaway Sandwich: Positive-Negative-Positive (40:50)
  8. Blair Walsh: Thoughts on Blair Walsh’s “Antics” (45:13)
  9. Sign-Out: Subscribe on iTunes & Stitcher (47:20)

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Belisle's Burning Takes
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I’ll ask it again; where’s the positivity? We’re four weeks from the start of the regular season and just six hours from the Minnesota Vikings’ second preseason game; these are exciting times! The last I checked, this is a team without a quarterback controversy (more on that later), a potentially elite defense, and on paper, an improved offensive line.

Really, we’re a lucky fanbase. Did you see the Jacksonville Jaguars last night? Talk about depression; and this is coming from someone who wanted the Vikings to draft Blake Bortles.

Despite our fortunate situation, I log onto Vikings Twitter and often leave feeling as the sky is falling. You know what, though? I get it; after last season’s nightmare at offensive tackle, any injury up front is sure to trigger a visceral reaction.

We may be accustomed to disappointment, but that doesn’t mean we have to expect it.

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