Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Five(ish) thoughts on the Vikings/Colts atrocity.

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1. Roundly outplayed, roundly outcoached.

Just a good old fashioned butt kicking all around. It was a hugely disappointing effort; a 34-6 beatdown at home against an average team is disheartening no matter the postseason implications, but this one was even more depressing because of what was at stake. The Vikings desperately needed a win to give them a chance at the playoffs. Instead, they didn’t even show up.

I don’t know what else to say about this game. With these Monday morning posts, I generally try to stay away from recapping the games, and instead aim to put what happened into context. After such a lopsided effort, that’s tough to do. It was the nail in the coffin for the 2016 season, and it happened in pathetic fashion. That’s the whole story. That’s it.

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When asked if his team did anything well on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer gave a response that left nothing to the imagination.

“Not that I can think of.”

Zimmer’s comments summed up the Vikings’ performance during their embarrassing 34-6 loss to the Colts in front of a disappointed home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium. Believe it or not, Minnesota’s final 28-point deficit on Sunday is only their third worst loss since Zimmer was hired in 2014.

From the very start of the game, nothing seemed to go right for the Vikings. The Colts scored on five of their six offensive drives Sunday and Minnesota walked back the locker room after the first half to a chorus of boos from their crestfallen fan base.

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It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Vikings have activated superstar running back Adrian Peterson, effectively making the running back eligible to play against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 15.He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which required was damaged to the point of

He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which was damaged to the point of requiring surgery on a second-half carry against the Green Bay during the team’s 17-14 victory over the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium back in Week 2.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 31

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Co-Hosts BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (NFCN Barroom) bring back do-it-all Vikings analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the Labor.

Primary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson’s return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.

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Former Third-Round Pick Emerging as an Elite Pass-Rusher for Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings have always been a team that values great pass-rushing talent. Whether it comes from the interior defensive line, off the edge, a linebacker or even from somewhere in the secondary; Minnesota has consistently placed an emphasis on pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

So, when the Vikings parted ways with two of their top sackers in franchise history following the 2013 NFL season in defensive end Jared Allen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams, it should not have come as a shock that the team was immediately interested in reloading with premiere talent and high-ceiling players.

This reboot included handing defensive end Everson Griffen a lucrative 5-year contract extension, signing nose tackle Linval Joseph away from the New York Giants, adding veteran defensive tackle Tom Johnson, selecting UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr and Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton during the 2014 NFL draft as well as bringing in UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter and Newberry linebacker Edmond Robinson during the 2015 NFL draft.

With exception to the selection of Crichton during the third round of the 2014 draft, all of these moves have played an enormous role in the Vikings becoming one of the most dangerous pass-rushing defenses in the NFL. While players like Griffen, Joseph and Barr have garnered more attention for their successes, no player has sacked quarterbacks with more regularity during the 2016 season than Hunter — a second-year talent who was universally considered to be “raw” and “a few years away” coming out of Louisiana State University.

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