Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Down Two Starters Against Lions
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Facing the prospect of a three-game slide, the Minnesota Vikings are down two starters against the Detroit Lions this afternoon. Both Alex Boone and Eric Kendricks will miss this week’s game with concussions suffered in the team’s Week 9 loss, a drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Bears.

As expected, Audie Cole will start in Kendricks’ place and Jeremiah Sirles will start at left guard for Boone. This isn’t the first time the Vikings have been without key contributors; Andrew Sendejo, Jerick McKinnon, and Marcus Sherels all missed last week’s game, though they’re slated to return against the Lions.

The team’s full inactive list includes:

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Written by Adam’s wife, Danielle

It was a scary Halloween for sure. Regrettably, the Vikings have lost another game.

The Vikings are now 5-2 but still in first place in their division. In 2015, the Vikings won both of the games they played against the Detroit Lions so I know if we all think positive, the Vikings will win and ensure their spot in first place.

I know that some people have a genuine distaste for hot dogs, but I am not one of those people. I love hot dogs and can eat them nearly every day. When I go to any type of football, basketball, or baseball game I always feel the need for 2 things: hot dogs and nachos, so it is no surprise that I needed to have hot dogs in some nature as a game day dish. 

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Two weeks ago, whispers of the Minnesota Vikings making it to the Super Bowl this season were beginning to get a little louder. Well, those whispers have just about completely vanished as the Vikings are coming off two straight losses, including an embarrassing loss to the 2-6 Chicago Bears last week.

But with offensive coordinator Norv Turner “resigning” earlier this week and Pat Shurmur now taking the reigns as team’s offensive play caller, is it possible that Minnesota could get back on the track to a Super Bowl?

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Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings this week, in a move many see as yet another “addition by subtraction” this season. “Tight ends coach” Pat Shurmur now steps into the interim OC role for his third stint calling plays for Sam Bradford. I talk about how that could affect the offense as well as send NORV off with a few heartfelt songs straight from my heart. #Heart

Also in to preview Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions at historic US Bank Stadium is long-time friend of the show Michael Grey. We chat about how new general manager Bob Quinn is changing things in the Motor City, how Matthew Stafford is playing at a low-key MVP level, and minimize the number of Jim Bob Cooter (JBC) references.

All that and more “Get Your Lights Out” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint



Bumps in the Road
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A drive down any street is sure to include a few potholes, but lately, the ride that is Minnesota Vikings football has been unbearably bumpy. Missing is the smothering defense, the efficient, if conservative offense, and the team that won five straight games to start the season.

Minnesota’s two-game losing streak was punctuated with the resignation of Norv Turner, who conceded play calling duties to Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning. We’re not even at the halfway point of the year and the Vikings have already seen turnover at quarterback, running back, offensive line, and now, offensive coordinator.

There’s hope things will smooth over on the road ahead; the defense is still a top-3 unit and the switch to Shurmur could spell positive changes for what’s been a lackluster offense. I tend to take the more optimistic route when it comes to this team, but I wanted to see what the Vikings Territory writers had to say. Their answers, after the jump:

Is it time to hit the panic button on the Vikings, or is this two-game losing streak just a bump in the road?

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