Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Expect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson...again.

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Lost in the shuffle of the media’s obsession with Peyton Manning is the fact that Manning himself isn’t the one winning games for the Denver Broncos. Gone are the days of Manning-led teams riding their quarterback’s arm to the playoffs. Those 40,50-touchdown seasons? A thing of the past, a feat left to quarterbacks who can deliver a deep ball without a grimace.

For a player who struggles to remove his own shoes after games, it’d be unrealistic to expect Manning to lead his Denver Broncos to yet another Super Bowl. The sun began to set on Manning’s game near the end of the 2014 season, and now, we’re witnessing a player’s unglamorous descent into the twilight of his 18-year career.

Fortunately for Peyton, the Broncos have a defense that’s doing all it can to hold off the imminent sunset. According to the Denver Post, Wade Phillips’s unit is leading or near the top of every major statistical category, and they’re the first team since the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers to record at least 10 sacks and 10 takeaways through the first three games of the season:

  • Takeaways: 10 (2)
  • Sacks: 11 (3)
  • Yards allowed per game: 259 (1)
  • Passing yards allowed per game: 176.3 (1)
  • Rushing yards. allowed per game: 82.7 (7)
  • Pts. allowed: 49 (4-T)
  • TDs allowed: 6 (4-T)
  • Defensive TDs: 2 (1-T)
  • Opponents third-down pct.: 19 percent (1)

On the opposite side of ball, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson will need to play their best game of the season to leave Denver with a victory this week. This Sunday’s game is Mike Zimmer’s first chance at a “statement” win, and gashing this Broncos defense would be a step in the right direction — a playoff direction — for the second-year head coach.

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Three games into the 2015 season, the Vikings are 2-1 and most fans would be delighted with the current state heading to Denver in week four.

The defense has played well after a poor showing against San Francisco and have put a beating on both Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers in consecutive weeks. Offensively, Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing and has proven yet again he can make big plays.

If there is a reason to be concerned about this team heading to Denver to face the leagues top ranked defense, it is the play of second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

With expectations of Bridgewater at an all time high prior to the start of the season, Bridgewater has some up and down moments and has yet to take full reign of the Vikings passing game.

After taking a look at some key plays from Sunday, I think there are a few areas that will help Teddy get back on track.

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That time of the week is here, where you get to cast your vote for VT‘s “Player of the Week” award and anxiously watch the total results as the week goes on.

Last week, I thought Adrian Peterson was a hard sell considering his pass protection and football security issues, but he ran away with the voting anyways. This week, I’m thinking it is going to be an easy victory for him… but the results are, as always, totally up to you.

This process is always more fun after a victory, especially such a convincing victory like was the case against San Diego on Sunday. You can keep tabs of the weekly winners throughout the season by checking out our schedule page.

And the nominees are…

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A new brand of "Vikings Football"

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Mike Zimmer laid the blueprint for success when he arrived in Minnesota last season, and those plans are finally becoming a reality for his young Vikings team after a dominating victory over the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.

The tape from their latest performance — and from their Week 2 demolition of the Detroit Lions — is covered in Zimmer’s fingerprints. A relentless pass rush, a grinding running game, and endless pressure packages paved the way for the Vikings’ 2-1 start on the field. The second-year head coach brought more than just schemes and concepts to Minnesota, though — he instilled a mentality that has permeated every player in the Vikings locker room.

Following yesterday’s win, Zimmer was asked what makes his defense “go”, and while success stems from stopping the run,  Zimmer believes a tough, physical mindset can impact a game from the very first snap:

“It is important to be able to do that. I know that our guys are starting to take a lot of pride. They came out in the three tight end set, which we have seen before and it was good that we shut it down early and it’s about a mindset and about physicality and about toughness and all the things that I really try to preach every single day. But when you can stop the run then eventually you can lay your ears back.”

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings savored a tasty curb stomping of the San Diego Super Chargers 31-14 Sunday afternoon at The Bank. The Purple sealed the win in the second half with a solid running game and dominant defense that completely shut down Philip Rivers and the Bolts. We recap the action in our usual “Not too high/not too low” fashion!

Other “Manti Te’o isn’t real” Talkers Include
• Adrian is Adrian
• Vikings Fans Want The D
• Trae Waynes First Action
• Teddy Bridgewater Concerns
• Wide Receiver Rotation
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• Chad Greenway Lifetime Achievement Pick-6
• Kyle Rudolph: The Master of Getting 4 on 3rd & 6
• Everson > Jared in His Prime?
• Vikings fans had a right to boo because…
• Blair Walsh didn’t miss!
• We woulda won by fitty if Ragnar had been there…
• Visit our new sponsor Stars Draft for Daily Fantasy Sports!
• Bookmark us on Amazon & show some love!

All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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