Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Vikings to Play Browns in London
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Despite their recent struggles, the Minnesota Vikings remain a popular draw, both in the United States and overseas. U.S. Bank Stadium is the crown jewel of NFL venues; a home fit for Norse kings. But next season, the team will travel to England to face the Cleveland Browns as part of the NFL’s London Games.

The NFL released its slate of four international games on Tuesday morning, which include matchups between the Saints and Dolphins, Ravens and Jaguars, and Cardinals and Rams. The Vikings will serve as road opponents to the Browns, with the game being played in Week 7 (October 22, 2017) or Week 8 (October 29, 2017).

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Five thoughts from the Vikings' win at Jacksonville.

five thoughts
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1. One down.

As the saying goes, you can’t win the last four if you don’t win the first one of the last four. Or something like that.

I gave my call to arms on last week’s Bump & Run, and while I delivered it in a wholly ridiculous manner (as I’m wont to do with these things), I fully believe everything that was said. The Vikings have an agreeable schedule the last quarter of the season, they’ve shown they can put together a winning streak, and if they do finish 10-6, they have a good shot to make the playoffs. Now, part one of that four-part plan is accomplished (yeah, it was probably the easiest part, too, but you can only play who they put in front of you). Up next is part two against the Colts at home, another very doable task. The season isn’t over.

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Minnesota Vikings - Jakcsonville Jaguars

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings completed the first 25% of Operation Win Out, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 Sunday at Historic Everbank Field. Sam Bradford and the offense opened things up deep, but still had familiar short-yardage struggles that kept this game closer than it should have been. Oh, and the defense is still pretty pretty pretty good.

Talkers Include:
• I Love that the Offense Went YOLO
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Defense is Rock Solid Still
• Anthony Harris Evaluation
• The Matt Asiata Experience
• Pay Adam Thielen
• Xavier Rhodes Kinda Got Hot
• More Injuries
• Playoff Picture
• Loose Thoughts

All that and more “You Had ONE Job, Bears-Saints-Eagles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Heading into the fourth quarter in Jacksonville on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had 15 minutes to overcome a four point deficit and keep their playoff chances alive. After two touchdowns in the final quarter, the Vikings were able to pull ahead of the Jaguars and get a 25-16 win.

With the win the Vikings record improves to 7-6 on the season and their hope for the postseason is still alive.

A majority of the game was a battle between each team’s two kickers (which obviously made the matchup as exciting as possible). Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath and Jaguars kicker Josh Myers combined to make all six of their field goal attempts during the first half on Sunday.

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The Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars without one of their best, Harrison Smith.

Harrison Smith Cowboys Color Rush
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There are no major surprises this week on the Vikings inactives for their game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars.

Though it was anticipated Marcus Sherels would suit up for today’s game, thus spawning this excellent article by Austin Belisle, the homegrown punt return specialist will miss his fourth game of the last five weeks.

Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left ankle injury, will also miss today’s game. His spot will be filled by Anthony Harris who will be making his first start of the season.

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