Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Technically, version 2.0. Thanks, Rams!

Trae Waynes Draft

The NFL Draft is incredibly unpredictable. Even some of the best gurus around are only able to guess a handful of picks correctly. Take last year for example: Thanks to some tracking from Sports Grid we can see how some of the better known draft experts fared in 2015. Todd McShay? He was only able to correctly guess 10/32 picks. How did Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Mayock, two of the most respected draft heads around, fare? They both got 7/32 picks right. In fact, the most accurate mock draft last year (according to Sports Grid) was from Jason Boris who got a whopping 12/32 (38%!) picks correct.

The truth is, there are just way too many variables and unknowns. Exhibit A? Yesterday’s mammoth trade. This mock draft was done and ready to post Thursday morning. Of course, it’s just my luck that the biggest trade in quite some time took place and left my mock draft outdated and useless in an instant. Every pick had to be revisited because of the domino effect created by the Rams blockbuster trade to move up to the first overall pick. If one team picks Player A instead of Player B, then another team might have to take Players C, D or E, and so on and so on…

What’s nice about this otherwise inconvenient trade is that it gives us a chance through this mock draft to see how it impacts the Vikings .

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minnesota vikings

The 2016 NFL Schedule has been released (like so many white doves). We now know the order of the menu of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we feast towards #LombardiAtNRG. I walk through the schedule and give an HONEST assessment of wins and losses in the first of many way too soon 2016 Vikings season forecasts.

All that and other “16-0, Homeboy” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings Announce 2016 Schedule
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All eyes are on the Minnesota Vikings. A season after winning 11 games and clinching the NFC North division title, the pressure is on to exceed last year’s surprising results. The Vikings won’t open the regular season at U.S. Bank Stadium — they’ll host the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 — but the team has released its full 2016 regular season schedule.

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Vikings' first game at U.S. Bank Stadium
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…Against the Green Bay Packers. According to reports from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and Ben Goessling, the Minnesota Vikings will host the Packers in a Sunday Night Football matchup on September 9th.

Although many fans speculated the Vikings would open the season in their brand new stadium, it looks as though Minnesota will start 2016 on the road. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, long a source for Vikings tidbits and breaking news, reported on Twitter that he’d heard “whispers” of the potential Week 2 game a few weeks ago.

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Jared Allen Will Retire a Viking
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He’s back! For a day. The Vikings announced today that Jared Allen has signed a one-day contract with the team and will officially enter retirement as a Viking. Allen spent six years with the team and was named one of the 50 Greatest Vikings. 

Allen began his career in Kansas City, but spent his most productive seasons in Minnesota. He came to the Vikings via trade in exchange for a first round draft pick and two third rounders, plus a swap of sixth round picks with the Chiefs in 2008. Allen posted 83.5 sacks in purple, third most in team history. He was part of the NFC North champion teams 2008 and 2009, and in 2011 he notched 22 sacks, which ties for the second highest single season total in NFL history.

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