Sunday, August 28, 2016

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The top-20 picks of the 2016 NFL Draft are set in stone and the Tennessee Titans are officially on the clock. (The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are not among the top-20, no bid deal.) Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) joins the show for his weekly look at the NFL Draft as we dive into his locked in Top-20.

Here’s a Little Taste
16. Detroit Lions – Jaylon Smith – LB Notre Dame
17. Atlanta Falcons – Andrew Billings – NT Baylor
18. Indianapolis Colts – Reggie Ragland – ILB Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills – Su’a Cravens – OLB USC
20. New York Jets – Ezekiel Elliot – RB Ohio State

Tune in for the other 15 picks! (Spoiler: Three QBs go in the Top-20 and there’s a trade!)

All this and other “Why Can’t Treadwell Drop to 31?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Hit up all of Luke’s stuff at eDraft and Cold Omaha.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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With the end of the regular season now past us we can now know for certain the Minnesota Vikings slate of opponents in 2016. We also know who they will play in their shiny new home and where they will be traveling to play their away games.

Luckily for us, this news is secondary to the impending playoff game at TCF Bank Stadium, but the schedule is always worth monitoring.

There are the obvious games against our NFC North rivals that take place every year, and here is the remaining 2016 lineup:

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A 20-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers earned the Minnesota Vikings their first division championship since 2009 and this season has been one heck of a ride. We’ll have plenty more on the victory over Green Bay, the regular season as a whole, and the attempted redemption coming up against Seattle.

For now, however, I want to take a second to a minute to wrap ourselves up in VT‘s own time honored tradition of handing out a game ball from you, the readers.

This heralded (by me) award was given to Harrison Smith last week.  Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs are tied for a team lead with three game balls each this season, but neither is likely to break that tie via your votes this week. A list of the weekly outcomes can always be found on our Schedule Page.

Moving onto this week’s nominees…

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After celebrating their NFC North Division title victory over the Green Bay Packers last evening, the Vikings were brought back down to earth by some discouraging news today. Minnesota tight end Rhett Ellison tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Packers and will not be able to participate in any Vikings postseason games in this season.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are your NFC North Champions after defeating the hated Green Bay Packers 20-13 Sunday Night at Lambeau Field. Everson Griffen and the Vikings defense kept Aaron Rodgers and Eddie “Slim” Lacy in check to bring home the Purple’s first division title since 2009. The Vikes square off against the Seattle Seahawks (revenge game, son) in the Wild Card Round at noon Sunday at The Bank. But before we look ahead, let’s look back at the Vikings shaking off the “You can’t beat Green Bay/You can’t win big games in prime time” narratives.

Other “This is Our Damn Division” Talking Points Include
• The Idea of Losing Intentionally Was Moronic
• Defense Take a Bow
• We Don’t Win Without Everson Griffen. Period.
• Teddy Was Okay When Throwing Right-Handed….
• Adrian Got His Rushing Title
• FREE McKinnon
• Adam Thielen: NFC Title Game MVP
• Vikings Got the Calls?
• Zimmer Farmer Blow = Elite
• Zimmer End of Half/Game Management…
• Twitter Qs
• Charting Out the Vikings Revenge Tour

All this and other “Home ” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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