Monday, June 26, 2017

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1. Halftime Adjustments

The difference in the game was halftime adjustments. After a wholly deflating first two quarters in which we saw Blair Walsh miss two field goals left, Shaun Hill overthrow an open Stefon Diggs in the end zone, and the Vikings’ vaunted defensive front get neutralized and misdirected by a nifty Titans offensive gameplan, things looked…bleak. Tennessee went into the half with a 10-0 lead, and it was difficult to imagine how Minnesota would muster enough offense to even close that small margin. It felt a lot like the debacle in San Francisco to open last season. My one source of optimism was that the Vikings’ staff has done quite well with halftime adjustments under Mike Zimmer, and perhaps they could find a way to turn things around.

They did, in a big way, and the team looked completely different in the second half en route to a 25-16 win. I firmly believe what separates an average coach from a good one is the ability to successfully adjust within games, and it’s good to see that continue under the Zimmer regime.

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Danielle Hunter
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Yes! We have a lot of weekly segments here at Vikings Territory during the regular season, but this is by far my favorite, especially following a victory. For those unfamiliar, this is where we nominate individuals and you vote one of them as the Vikings Player of the Game.

The Vikings pulled off a 25-16 victory on the road with Shaun Hill under center in somewhat unusual fashion. Not a single one of my bold predictions came true, and I’m okay with that given the outcome, but nobody could’ve really, truly predicted what would’ve been the deciding factors in this matchup.

Here are your nominees for Week One. Be sure to cast your vote at the bottom of the article and, as always, if you vote “other,” please leave your vote in the comments section.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings recovered from a slow start (too much BBQ?) to dismantle the Tennessee Titans 25-16 Sunday in Nashville. The Zimmer Hellfire Defense lead the way generating two defensive touchdowns and three takeaways (really four, but whatevs.) The defensive scoring was key as the Purple generated zero touchdowns on offense, despite a better-than-expected(?) outing from elder statesman Shaun Hill. We recap the game that was and also try to not freak out about Blair Walsh.

Today’s Hot Chicken Talking Points
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Leads the Way
• Eric Kendricks Has a Chance to be Special
• Everson Griffen Already is Special
• Harrison Smith is Earning Every Penny
• Mike Zimmer’s Halftime Adjustments
• We Need to Talk About Blair Walsh
• Shaun Hill Was Good Shaun Hill
• Adrian Peterson Got Nothing Going
• Trae Waynes’ First Start Was ____.
• Kyle Rudolph Was… Good?
• #FreeCordarrelle?
• Loose Vikings-Titans Thoughts
• Blue Print For Winning the Rest of the Season
• Three Reubens of the Day

All that and other “2000 Ravens, Homeboy” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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After zero points and two missed field goal attempts by the enigmatic Blair Walsh in the first half, the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) looked far from the 2015 team that won 11 games and an NFC North division title. But something happened at halftime (likely Mike Zimmer losing his voice and making up new ways to use certain four letter words) and the Vikings scored 25 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a Week 1 defeat of the Tennessee Titans (0-1) by a score of 25-16.

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Down a Cornerback vs. Titans
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Week 1 of the 2016 regular season kicks off in a little over an hour, and the Minnesota Vikings will take the field with Shaun Hill starting at quarterback. ESPN’s Ben Goessling confirmed Hill’s place at the top of the depth chart, though that may change if Hill plays poorly today and Sam Bradford continues to progress in practice.

Bradford is active and may see some playing time this afternoon, but a few other names won’t take the field. Most notably, two of Minnesota’s 2015 starters on offense and defense — cornerback Xavier Rhodes and slot receiver Jarius Wright.

With Rhodes out, Trae Waynes will start at left cornerback and Terence Newman on the opposite side. Charles Johnson and Stefon Diggs are Minnesota’s top-two receivers, with Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell pushing for time in three and four-receiver sets.

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