Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Analyzing Adam Thielen's Most Important Wide Receiver Traits

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The Minnesota Vikings’ season is set to come to a close this weekend following a divisional matchup with the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Regardless of the game’s outcome, however, the Vikings will miss the postseason despite once being widely considered a strong candidate to make a deep playoff run following five consecutive victories to open the year.

Minnesota’s 2016 campaign will instead be largely remembered for the team’s historic collapse in which a once-vaunted defense could not consistently maintain a high enough level of play to overcome a myriad of injuries, frequent situational missteps and potentially the most ineffective offensive line in franchise history.

But, it will also be regarded as the season Adam Thielen evolved from special teams ace into one of the Vikings’ most dangerous offensive weapons.

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Switch from Mike Wallace to Laquon Treadwell
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It’s May 17th, 2015, and Mike Wallace is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Soured by his comments about Teddy Bridgewater and the speedster’s general lack of production with the team, fans are happy to see Wallace walk out the door.

In his place, Laquon Treadwell, a high-profile draft pick with the weight of an immediate return on investment on his shoulders, strolls through the entrance at Winter Park. The Vikings had taken Treadwell 23rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft with the hopes he’d become the missing piece in Minnesota’s offense.

“We feel that what he’s going to bring to our offense is that large catching radius, a guy that’s very physical, maybe the best run blocker I’ve seen,” general manager Rick Spielman said following the April draft.

Treadwell’s impact never materialized, and with one game remaining in a disappointing 2016 season, the book’s all but closed on his historically quiet rookie season. Many would call the decision to cut Wallace and draft Treadwell a mistake, but it’s too early to label the former Ole Miss star a “bust.”

I’m not here to do that.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have nothing to play for Sunday versus the Chicago Bears, a few statistical milestones aside, but that doesn’t halt our non-sense here at Purple FTW! (nothing every does) as we roll through Episode Tree Fiddy. We talk about why it would be smart to sit Sam Bradford, why the TJ Clemmings experiment needs to end, and take an early look at how the Vikings can rebuild the much maligned offensive line through free agency at the draft before revealing our DREAM 2017 O-Line.

All that and more “Whitworth or Bust” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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After this Sunday, there will unfortunately be no more Minnesota Vikings football for at least seven whole months. That is truly sad, even to write.

For a team that began the season by winning their first five games, no one could have predicted what has happened since the team’s bye back in Week 6. But for anyone who has rooted for the Vikings in the past 30 years, this season should have not come as a surprise.

Since they will not be making a playoff run this year, Minnesota getting a win over the Chicago Bears this week would be a decent way to end this abomination of a season. A few ways in which the Vikings can make a victory on Sunday possible can be found below.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 34

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (NFCN Barroom) break down the Minnesota Vikings’ second matchup with the Chicago Bears and final game of the 2016 season on Episode 34 of the About the Labor Podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Running back Jordan Howard’s quietly outstanding rookie season while playing in the shadow of Dallas Cowboys rookie rusher Ezekiel Elliott
  • Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s nearly complete 34 defense
  • Potential for the Vikings to do something they haven’t achieved since 2009
  • Discussion on the “Terence Newman situation”
  • Some forward-thinking following what has been a disastrous year for Minnesota

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