Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Mike Zimmer’s three-week bird hunting retreat continues, as the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) play host to the Seattle Seahawks (6-5) this Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. After their convincing 20-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12, the Vikings will look to make a statement against the Seahawks, who fell just short of winning Super Bowl XLIX last February.

Despite their superior record, the Vikings are home underdogs to the suddenly-hot Seahawks. Pete Carrol’s football team has gone 4-1 since a disappointing 2-4 start and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a shootout last week behind Russel Wilson’s five touchdown passes. On defense, they rank in the top 10 in points allowed, yards allowed, passing defense and rushing defense. It’s the start of a difficult set of games for Minnesota, but it may be coming at the perfect time.

Why? The Seahawks have a legitimate problem in the secondary — containing tight ends. And Minnesota’s oft-injured tight end, Kyle Rudolph, is finally emerging as one of the Vikings’ most valuable receiving weapons. When the teams do meet Sunday, look for Rudolph to make an impact in the middle of the field.

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The 8-3 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings took care of business against the Falcons, but have to prepare to pluck yet another bird as the Seattle Seahawks roll into The Bank on Sunday. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman makes her triumphant return to the show to talk about our favorite Purple Squadron.

Dranking the Kool-Aid Topics Include
• The glory of Anthony Barr and the Zimmer Hellfire Defense
• Does Adrian have a legit shot at the rushing record?
• Pro Bowler: Yea or Nah?
• Can Teddy have career day versus this formerly good defense?
• Where the heck is Mike Wallace?
• Why are the Seahawks favored?
• Can the Vikings win the two-seed?
• And much, much more.

All that and other “Legion of Whom?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The 2nd installment of our NFL Draft Forecasts is here. Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha is back to drop knowledge on 10 impact skill position players today. Names both Vikings fans and fantasy football gurus should tabs on as the draft approaches.

Prospects Include
• Ezekiel Elliott, RB Ohio State
• Derrick Henry, RB Alabama
• Devontae Booker, RB Utah
• Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss
• Michael Thomas, WR Ohio State
• Corey Coleman, WR Baylor
• Josh Doctson, WR TCU
• Tyler Boyd, WR Pitt
• Jake Butt, TE Michigan
• Hunter Henry, TE Arkansas
• De’Runnya Wilson, WR Mississippi State

All that and other “WHERE IS KJ MAYE?!” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The holiday season, as Andy Williams so famously sings each December, is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The glimmering lights of a Christmas tree, the taste of fresh-baked sugar cookies, and the sound of jingle bells remind me of my childhood, when my only concern was what I’d put on my annual wish list to Santa. Did I want a scooter? A PS2? A pair of headphones? I made my list, and the big man in red always checked it twice, leaving unwrapped presents under the tree each Christmas.

The joy of Christmas doesn’t come from the gifts we receive, though. It’s the traditions, the quiet moments with family, and the act of giving that make Christmas so special for me. Whether we’re baking Grandma’s favorite cookies or watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the hundredth time, I’ll always cherish the memories I make each December with my closest family and friends. It’s this time of the year, in particular, that reminds me of the things I appreciate the most in my life.

Unfortunately, that anxious, greedy child in me lashes out when I think of the Minnesota Vikings. They’re 8-3, sitting alone atop the NFC North, and yet, I want more from my favorite football team. With Christmas just 24 days away and the stress of holiday shopping upon us, there’s no better time than the present to start a new tradition at Vikings Territory and share my grown-up, Vikings Christmas list with you. Hey, maybe Santa will deliver a few of these presents by season’s end.

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There was wide spread excitement in 2014 when newly appointed head coach Mike Zimmer selected Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.

The selection made a lot of sense, at first pass. Turner would likely mentor the soon to be drafted quarterback, had worked with a top tier running back (LaDainian Tomlinson) in San Diego and would serve as a knowledgeable peer to Zimmer embarking on his first stint as a head coach.

Some credit can be given to Turner’s influence on an 8-3 football team, but after the victory in Atlanta, I can’t help but wonder if Turner is the the right man to lead the Vikings offensively.

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