Monday, August 29, 2016

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Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings secured their spot in the playoffs tonight with an emphatic win 49-17 over the New York Giants. The Vikes defense feasted on Eli Manning while Teddy Bridgewater continued his high level of play. The Purple’s task is clear: Win next Sunday in Lambeau and win the division and a home Wild Card round playoff game. Let’s. Go.

We In Da Tourney Talking Points Include
• Playoffs, Homeboy
• The Non-Existent Primetime Curse
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Healthy
• The Giants DGAF
• Teddy Continues to Roll
• Adrian’s Gonna Win the Rushing Title
• #FreeMcKinnon
• Props to Kyle Rudolph
• Offensive Line Hodge Podge
• Danielle Hunter is Ahead of Schedule
• Blair Walsh if Redic
• Mission: Win The North
• Flex Appeal – Vikings/Packers on SNF
• I Love Nick Swardson
• Listener Mailbag

All this and other “You hear that? We just picked Eli again.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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On a frigid Sunday night in Minnesota, the Vikings defense was on fire sacking Eli Manning four times and intercepting three of his pass attempts in route to a 49-17 victory over the New York Giants at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal from Blair Walsh in the first quarter. Walsh accounted for 19 points on the night as he connected on 5-of-5 field goal attempts with two from over 50 yards.

The Vikings took a 10-0 advantage in the second quarter when Teddy Bridgewater found Kyle Rudolph down the seam for a 26-yard touchdown strike. Bridgewater was efficient once again connecting on 15-of-25 pass attempts for 168 yards and 1 touchdown. The Vikings were able to run the ball and control the clock as Adrian Peterson finished with 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Jerick McKinnon added 86 yards on 7 carries finding the end zone twice.

The Vikings were good in all phases of the game, but Harrison Smith’s 35-yard pick six in the second quarter broke the game open and gave the Vikings a 16-3 lead. The contest was never in question after Smith’s big play as the Vikings defense held the Giants to just 1-of-11 on third downs and 0-of-2 on fourth downs. Chad Greenway led the way with 9 combine tackles while Tom Johnson added 4 tackles and 2 sacks. Smith’s 5 total tackles and his fourth career interception returned for a touchdown capped off a brilliant defensive effort. Andrew Sendejo and Captain Munnerlyn also intercepted Eli Manning.

The Vikings are 10-5 and set to battle the Green Bay Packers for the division title next week.

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A national stage for the NFC North division title

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The Minnesota Vikings are thrashing the New York Giants on NBC’s Sunday Night Football tonight, and next week, fans hope they’ll do the same to the Green Bay Packers. As announced by NBC late Sunday night, the Vikings’ Week 17 matchup with the Packers has been flexed to the NFL’s primetime slot on national television.

When the Vikings played the Packers in Week 11, they lost 13-30 at TCF Bank Stadium. This time, the Vikings will travel to Lambeau Field seeking to claim their first NFC North title since 2009. The Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals earlier today, falling 38-8 in Phoenix. Their humiliating loss set the stage for the crucial divisional matchup next week, which will decide who finishes as the third seed in the NFC’s playoff standings.

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With some fairly large upsets taking place on Sunday, and one NFC North team giving the term “publicly owned” some new meaning, the importance of Sunday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants has been clarified in time for kickoff.

Here is what we know:

1. The NFC North Will Be Decided Next Week

The Week 17 matchup in Green Bay will be for the NFC North crown regardless of what happens during Sunday Night’s contest. That game is already primed to be one of the biggest rivalry contests in all of 2015’s NFL season, and there is no doubt that the NFC North is set to be decided in dramatic fashion.

2. If The Vikes Win Tonight Then They Clinch

There were numerous ways the Vikings could clinch a playoff berth before Sunday Night’s kickoff, but they were let down by a number of teams that included the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks. That leaves the Vikings to do the deed themselves… they must beat the Giants if they want to guarantee themselves a postseason appearance this week.

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Teddy's all smiles before tonight's game

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If the scores in the Packers and Seahawks games hold, the Vikings will need a win against the New York Giants to clinch a playoff berth this week. Fortunately for Minnesota, the matchup on paper appears to favor the Vikings, who are getting healthy at just the right time of the season. Defensive starters Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr, and Harrison Smith are all active for tonight’s game and will take the field in less than two hours.

Barr is making his return from a nagging groin injury, one he re-aggravated against the Seattle Seahawks three weeks ago. Smith appeared in that game as well, but left early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Joseph injured his foot against the Atlanta Falcons and could have played last week, but needed one more week of rest to get to full strength. Smart, considering the Vikings are all-but-guaranteed a playoff spot with one win in their next two games.

Adrian Peterson suffered a minor ankle injury against the Chicago Bears last week, but was listed as probable on Friday and will start tonight. With the Packers losing, the Vikings will travel to Lambeau Field in Week 17 for an NFC North title game regardless of the outcome tonight. Hopefully, the inactives list remains starter-free for another week:

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