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The Minnesota Vikings are getting closer and closer to being “Home Sweet Home” again as they prepare to play their first game of football in U.S. Bank Stadium next week. First up, however, is an interesting preseason test against the Seattle Seahawks that ousted them from the postseason a season ago.

We here at Vikings Territory are champing at the bit to get this thing started for real, but the preseason is an important time when it comes to shaping a roster, and also when it comes to dusting off some of our old favorite weekly segments.

Please enjoy the return of “Links of the Week!”

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Each week this season, my wife will be sharing a recipe that any Vikings fan can make in the comfort of their own home. For last week’s dish click here. Enjoy!

– Adam Patrick

When I was thinking about a food I wanted to make, and eat, for this week I tried to get some inspiration from the game as a whole. I started to think about everything separately: the field, the players, the jerseys, the helmets, and then I stopped at the football.

Footballs are made of pig skin and like any other normal American, the thought of pig skin made me start to think about bacon… I am salivating just thinking about bacon again.

Since this is where my brain stopped I knew I needed to do something with bacon and like last week’s Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies, I wanted something that can easily be brought to wherever you watch the game and consumed while on the couch.

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The Minnesota Vikings were “victorious” in their preseason debut, but the final score means much less than the evaluation of how things actually went, and I would tend to agree with Mike Zimmer in that this team has a ways to go before they are ready to compete in Week One. That can be said for every team right now, however, and it is time to take our weekly look at what is happening with our NFC North enemies.

PED Problems For The Packers

I love when the Vikings beat the Packers, but I like it best when both teams are playing as close to full strength as possible. With the drawn out StarCaps saga going down into history as one of the most tedious and boring bits of Vikings history I’ve ever written about, I can assure our Packer fan foes that this latest news will not be fun for them to follow.

Three prominent Packers players (Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Mike Neal) have been informed by the NFL that they will be suspended indefinitely if they do not participate in an investigation regarding performance enhancing drugs by August 25th. James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers is also subject to those terms.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Each year, the Minnesota Vikings welcome a new batch of players to their roster after selecting them in the NFL Draft. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman likes to add as many players as he can through the draft (nine or more in four of the last five years) and this year was no different as Minnesota selected eight players.

Most of the players drafted in 2016 will not likely see a ton of playing time this season. Some of the Vikings later round picks could even be fighting during the preseason to see their name on the team’s final 53-man roster.

How did each of Minnesota’s eight 2016 draft picks look after playing their first game ever in a Vikings uniform last Friday in Cincinnati?

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Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is cool and all, but he’s no Jerick McKinnon. I open the show with an opining love letter to #21 and how I hope the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings will actually use him this year. Then we turbo through a couple roster battles that I’m keeping an eye on. There’s a lot of suss out over the next few weeks for the Vikes.

Battle Talking Points Include
• Joel Stave vs Taylor Heinicke
• Matt Asiata vs CJ Ham
• Adam Thielen vs Jarius Wright
• David Morgan II vs Rhett Ellison
• Willie Beavers vs Everyone
• Scott Crichton vs Everyone
• Emmanuel Lamur vs Edmond Robinson
• Marcus Sherels vs Everyone
• Antone Exum vs Jayron Kearse

All that and other “Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint