Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN swings in to chat about the 2-2 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings, why they (and fans) shouldn’t be overlooking the Jamaal Charles-less Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, and how the Purple look to fare down the stretch of 2015.

We also get into his rise to power in Twin Cities sports talk radio (basically Narcos), the reaction to his infamous Adrian Peterson apology letter, what it’s like to be the second most famous person in a relationship (ala Christian Ponder) and who would square off in his dream pro wrestling match.

All that and other “LOL at Donovan McNabb’s $88M Washington contract” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Listen to Mackey & Judd weekdays 9-1 on 1500 ESPN. The Touch Em All Podcast is available on iTunes.

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These early bye weeks always feel kind of out of place. If you are like me and draft way too many Vikings on your fantasy teams, then the early bye is even kind of a pain in the ol’ keister.

The plus side is that you get some time to rest up those players that have bumps and bruises, and you can perhaps make some needed adjustments before the standings get away from you. Hopefully the Vikings were able to take advantage on both fronts.

Before I get to the meat and potatoes of the “Links” segment, I want to welcome a new addition to our roundup, which is a site I only recently became aware of… but they are plenty worth bookmarking and making a part of your daily routine.

NFC North Bar Room is putting out some great content about all four teams in our division, including some coverage from our local word warrior Austin Belisle, and encourage you to check into their Vikings stuff on a regular basis.

We’ll be sure to include NFC North Bar Room in the “Links” from here on out, but now it is time to check in on what everyone else around the web is saying:

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Former Minnesota Golden Gopher and Baltimore Raven wide receiver Ron Johnson (FOX 9/KFAN) stopped in to talk about our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we come out of the bye week. We touched on what attributes make Teddy Bridgewater special, Ron ranks the current corps of Vikes wideouts, how Mike Zimmer’s defense is starting to resemble the great Ravens defenses of the 2000s, and why his former teammate Jamal Lewis’ 295 game might still be the NFL record.

All that and other “Hot Pockets Suck” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Make sure to catch Ron every Sunday morning on the FOX 9 Vikings Kickoff show, in studio with Paul Allen Wednesdays at 9:55am on KFAN, and on the Minnesota Huddlecast previewing and recapping all of the Minnesota Gopher football action.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (2-2) are off the bye week and are looking to get back to a winning record as we welcome in the suddenly faceless Kansas City Chiefs (1-4). With their superstar running back Jamaal Charles done for the season with a torn ACL, the Chiefs look to Charn… Charadr…. Running back C. West to help carry the load of a team that was already marginal on offense (even with Charles) and a usually solid defense that’s suddenly tied for 30th in the NFL giving up 28.6 points per game.

This seems like a favorable matchup at home, but us Vikings fans have seen these easy games go very kaddywampus. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) stops in to talk about how we hope the Purple don’t mess this up as we try to get win numero tres of the 2015 season.

All that and other “Xavier in boxing gloves” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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As Vikings fans watched the Packers toss the Rams to the side, the Bears rally from behind to beat the Chiefs at home, and the Lions implode against the Cardinals last week, we were reminded of how lonely a Sunday without professional football in Minnesota can be. The Vikings, who sit at 2-2 entering Week 6, are three games behind the Packers in the NFC North and currently find themselves as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race — if, of course, the season ended today.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t, but the Vikings begin a four-week stretch of winnable games on Sunday, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Following this week’s matchup, the Vikings hit the road to play the Lions and Bears before returning to TCF Bank Stadium to host the St. Louis Rams in Week 9. Combined, the teams are 5-15, and two of those games involve division opponents, giving the Vikings a prime opportunity to separate themselves in the NFC North.

Maybe projecting a 4-0 record in those games is a bold prediction, but I’m in the mood to make bold predictions. I’ve missed watching the Vikings on Sundays, and I’m ready for Mike Zimmer’s team to redeem themselves after a close loss to the Broncos two weeks ago.  My predictions after the jump may be improbable, but the statistics tell a different story — will any become a reality against the Chiefs?

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