Saturday, August 19, 2017

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For each week of the entire 2016 season, Vikings Territory will be offering up some suggestions for the Minnesota Vikings to take into consideration as they prepare for for their upcoming game. It is a way to try and emphasize the possible keys to victory during each week of the regular season.

The Vikings are opening their season in Tennessee this Sunday to face off against the Titans. Less than two weeks ago, Minnesota’s strategy to beat the Titans was likely something completely different than it currently is now.

But a whole season can change in a matter of seconds and it did just that when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season-ending knee injury on August 30th. Now it is up to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and the rest of the team to pick up the pieces and still pursue this team’s ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl.

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Minnesota Vikings - Tennessee Titans

Actual football football starts this Sunday for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they head down to the Country Music and BBQ Capital o’ the World to take on the Tennessee Titans. To help us preview the opposition, Sharona (Inside the Pylon, NFL Female) joins us for a segment to talk about her Titans and how they look to matchup against the Zimmer Hellfire Defense and the two-headed monster of Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Even though who’s actually going to play quarterback is still a question mark, later on in the show I look at the laundry list of strengths the Vikings bring to the table (defense, running game) that could carry the day on Sunday. …And also a few weaknesses that could start the season off with an L for the Skoldiers of Fortune (SOMEONE PLEASE COVER DELANIE WALKER.)

All that and other “Exotic Smash Mouth is soooooo 2003” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Week 1 Opponent Preview

Stopping the run key to stopping Titans
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An in-depth look at the Minnesota Vikings’ weekly opponents, with a focus on specific plays, schemes, and players.

There’s an eerie ‘deja vu’ feeling around Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The Minnesota Vikings travel to Nashville as road favorites, prepared to face a team with a mobile quarterback and power running game. They’re expected to win, however, and should start the regular season with a ‘W” in the win column.

Unless, that is, Mike Zimmer’s team repeats its opening performance from 2015; a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that saw Carlos Hyde run for 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings looked sloppy, unprepared, and overmatched at the line of scrimmage, repeatedly failing to set the edge or fill run gaps.

When the game begins on Sunday, the Vikings will once again have their hands full. The Titans boast one of the league’s best running back duos in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, a one-two punch that averaged 161 yards per game this preseason.

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Whether people like it or not, fantasy football is one of the most popular activities in the history of mankind today (ok, maybe that was taken a little too far). But the point is, fantasy football is more common in an american household today than a Packer fan owning a farm.

Before disaster struck a week ago, the Minnesota Vikings’ offense looked like it would be the home of a few top fantasy performers in 2016. But now with the team’s quarterback situation up in la la land, the fantasy owners who thought they were clever for drafting Stefon Diigs in the third round have not stopped drowning their sorrows in beer and ice cream.

But fear not, Vikings Territory still has the breakdown of every possible Minnesota player that could make an impact in the fantasy world (also known as the world where Blair Walsh makes field goals to beat the Seahawks) this season.

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Earlier this week, the Vikings released their first (albeit unofficial) depth chart and we also learned that the Vikings are now the second oldest team in the NFL. The depth chart doesn’t really account for rotating players that could very easily be considered a starter (i.e. Danielle Hunter), and it could change before Sunday, but I wanted to count my “Five Oldest Vikings” article from yesterday by identifying the five youngest starters on this team.

Rick Spielman kind of took a year off from his “youth movement” of recent years, it seems, opting to value experience over youth in an attempt to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. That may not be the case next year, when the Vikings average age could decrease considerably, but there is no denying he has assembled a solid young core of players.

Please note, the players listed below are the team’s five youngest starters, and the “starters” label has been pulled directly from the first-teamers listed on the depth chart earlier this week.

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