Thursday, July 27, 2017

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This week, Sam confronts his detractors, makes a run at the world record for air quotes, and ponders the merits of putting “Sr.” on a jersey. This and more on the bye week episode of Bump & Run. Do the right thing—for your team and your country—and watch it. 

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Minnesota Vikings-Judd Zulgad-Andy Carlson

The Bye Week has befallen the 5-0 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as fans of the Purple will now be forced to actually spend time with their families or something… But no week off for us as Judd Zulgad (Mackey & Judd) stopped by Blue Door Pub University to hang out, have a burger/beer, and talk a little Vikings.

Judd & I chatted about how this 2016 squad stacks up against other great Purple teams, if Sam Bradford is the long-term answer, why so many owners miss the mark when hiring head coaches, if Xavier Rhodes is on his way (or already) a top-tier NFL cornerback, my theory about Matt Kalil not loving football, where Teddy Bridgewater plays in 2018, the resurgence of Cordarrelle Patterson, and snuff films.

All that and other “Mackey Andy & Judd” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson each caught touchdown passes to help the Vikings cruise to a 31-13 victory over the Houston Texans. With leading receiver Stefon Diggs out with a groin injury, Thielen hauled in seven passes for a career-high 127 yards and Patterson looked impressive even as a true red zone target.

The Vikings ran eight plays in the red zone (five passes and three runs) on three possessions scoring two touchdowns and one field goal.

Through five weeks the Vikings have scored seven touchdowns on 13 red zone opportunities. With a red zone efficiency percentage of 54.85 percent on the season, the Vikings currently rank 18th in the NFL in that category.

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Third down dominance

Master of the defensive mind games
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Mike Zimmer’s defense is a labyrinth. Some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Cam Newton — wandered into Zimmer’s trap this season, only to leave battered, bruised, and most importantly, confused.

The Minnesota Vikings don’t just smother teams; they throw everything — including the kitchen sink — at opposing offenses. Blitzes and stunts come out of multiple personnel packages and alignments, putting extra pressure on offensive lines to diagnose rushes that may never come. Quarterbacks must determine if a linebacker in the A-gap is blitzing or dropping into coverage, which is almost impossible when nearly every “game” looks the same.

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jake long
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Yesterday the Vikings worked out former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, and things must have gone well. The team’s website reported this morning they have signed the veteran offensive tackle.

As Austin pointed out yesterday, adding an offensive lineman has become a virtual necessity with the rash of injuries to the unit. Most recently, Brandon Fusco left the Texans game with a concussion, and yesterday the team announced Andre Smith will go on injured reserve. So both starting tackles are likely gone for the season and the right guard is in concussion protocol. It’s also worth noting that Mike Harris isn’t returning this season, and his future seems dicey beyond that. The team is in desperate need of depth, and will get some with the signing of Long.

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