Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Joe Berger’s battle to start at center for the Minnesota Vikings concluded weeks ago with the release of John Sullivan, but ended on a high note today with an unexpected contract extension. According to a press release from the team, Berger has been signed to a one-year contract extension with the Vikings.

The 12-year veteran has 54 starts in 115 career games and 34 starts in 77 games in Minnesota. He started all 16 games for the Vikings at center last year and beat out John Sullivan to remain there in 2016. Berger’s extension keeps him in purple and gold through 2017, as the veteran center was set to become a free agent following the season.

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Written by Adam’s wife, Danielle.

It’s here, it’s here! The season has officially started!

Although we have already suffered quite the blow with Teddy being out for the season, we had an amazing pre-season. Hopefully the men in purple can pull it together and prove that although Teddy is an amazing asset, the team is continuing to get stronger and will follow the admirable pre-season with an excellent season.

Here’s to hoping the new stadium brings some good luck to the Vikings and we can see them at the Super Bowl in February.

With that said, if there is one legendary meal that needs to be devoured to kick off the season, it is the Juicy Lucy!!! If you aren’t sure what a Juicy Lucy is, it is the most amazing and legendary meal of Minnesota. It will also let you use the grill again which at this point in the year, your chances are dwindling.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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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