Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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The Vikings got back to .500 after defeating the Lions in their home opener, and the general morale of the coaching staff and team seems (understandably) much higher than it did following Week 1.

Both teams are 1-1, and while the Vikings will be playing their second consecutive home game, this will be the Chargers’ second road game in a row. The Vikings, who have a 5-6 record all-time against the Chargers, last played San Diego in Week 1 of the 2011 season, a 24-17 Charger win. Before then, the teams hadn’t met since 2007, in which Adrian Peterson set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards en route to a win.

Heading into Week 3, what does the offensive match up look like between Minnesota and San Diego?


Offensive Line

Although the offensive line has some weak spots due to injuries, previous-concern Matt Kalil has had a great start to his season.

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NFL records tend to fall when the San Diego Super Chargers and Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings get together in Minnesota (sample size of 1). Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) is back in the house for his Friday Football Preview as we look if Adrian can rush for 297 yards as #VikingsTwitter seems to think he can. In the first half.

We also look at what the Chargers bring to the table and the key matchups that will help the Purple get a win on Sunday and maybe a little revenge for NORVVVV against his former employer.

All that and other “Antonio Cromartie has more kids than Adrian” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Vikings are coming off an impressive win against a division foe and are looking to improve to 2-1 after a disappointing season opener in San Francisco.

With San Diego coming to town, the Vikings will have their hands full on defense as the Chargers aren’t short of playmakers.

Let’s take a look at the keys to success for the Vikings as they try to mirror their impressive showing vs. Detroit.

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Carl: Justin Trattou’s interception
The 27 year-old undrafted four-year veteran from Florida only has one tackle in the stats column this season for the Vikings. The backup defensive end has played a whopping six total snaps, all verse the Lions in week two. Believe it or not though, he stands alone atop they Vikings’ leader board in the interceptions category. Maybe he was just in the right place at the right time, but his fourth quarter pick with just over 12 minutes to play gets my vote for biggest play of the game. With the Vikings up by 13, Stafford targets Eric Ebron in the left flat on a 1st-and-10 from midfield. Trattou didn’t rush the passer, nor did he drop back into coverage. With help from Andrew Sendejo covering the tight end, Trattou was able to simple slid into Stafford’s throwing lane and get his hands up in the air. I’m not sure how he made the catch, but his INT and 11 yard return was huge as it deflated the Lions while setting up the Vikings final scoring drive.

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Inconsistency isn’t what you want to define your team if you are an NFL team, but over the course of just six days the Vikings have appeared like two completely different teams, and now us fans are forced to wonder which product we’ll see on the field this coming Sunday.

Coming off of a solid home victory against Detroit, news is starting to break of even more injury concerns along our offensive line (Brandon Fusco this time), and it is fair for each of us to wonder just how Minnesota will fare against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers this weekend.

In preparation for the looming battle, we took a look around the web and brought you all the best links we could find:

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