Monday, September 26, 2016

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Teddy Bridgewater gave his best Cam Newton-like performance throwing for four touchdowns and leaping over the goal line to add a rushing score as the Vikings rolled past the Chicago Bears 38-17 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings put the game in the bag early in the third quarter when Brian Robison pressured Jay Cutler in the pocket forcing and recovering a fumble that set up a 33-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on an underneath crossing route to take a 24-10 advantage.

Cutler was sacked five time by the Vikings defense as the front seven consistently hurried and harassed the QB all game. The Vikings were playing without Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph, but the defense successfully dialed-up enough timely big plays to keep the game out of reach. Justin Trattou intercepted Cutler in the fourth quarter and rookie Danielle Hunter had another good game with 5 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Zach Line added the final touchdown for the Vikings as he dove to the pylon with just under two minutes to play on a 4-yard rollout dump-off from Bridgewater. However, it was the Vikings perfectly orchestrated first possession on the game’s opening score that actually set the tone. Backed-up at their own 7-yard line, Bridgewater guided the Vikings on a 14-play drive that ended with an outstanding over the shoulder 15-yard reception from Bridgewater to Diggs in the corner of the end zone giving the Vikings an early 7-0 lead that they never relinquished.

Adrian Peterson was limited and missed some action because of an ankle injury but finished with 63 yards on 18 attempts. Bridgewater was 17 of 20 for 231 yards without a turnover and helped the Vikings take a significant step toward clinching a playoff spot. The Vikings improve to 9-5 on the season and control their own destiny in the NFC North.

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For the second straight week, the Minnesota Vikings will be without three of their top defenders. Linval Joseph, who was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, is missing his third straight game since injuring his foot against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12. Barr (hand/groin) and Smith (knee/hamstring) returned to the field against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago, but haven’t seen the field since leaving that game early in the first quarter.

Both Barr and Smith were ruled out on Friday, opening the door for two of the Vikings’ promising rookies — Edmond Robinson and Anthony Harris. Robinson played well in place of Barr against the Arizona Cardinals and Harris flashed his range in the secondary, breaking up a would-be touchdown to Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd.

A look at the rest of the team’s inactives:

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BONUS Bears-Vikings coverage this week with a special chat with show favorite Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) of 670 The Score in Chicago.

We talked about how Jay Cutler suddenly is being re-embraced by the Chicago faithful, how Vikings and Bears fans can be eerily similar, why 30-year old running back Matt Forte and 30-year old running back Adrian Peterson are extremely different, predictions for Sunday’s game, and what it’s like for Julie to be married to a diehard Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings fan.

All that and other “Clark Griswold was a Vikings fan” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Vikings Injury Report

NamePositionInjuryWed.Thurs.Fri.Status
Anthony BarrLBGroin/HandDNPDNPLPOut
Scott CrichtonDEConcussion/NeckDNPDNPDNPOut
Charles JohnsonWRAnkleDNPLPOut
Harrison SmithSKnee/HamstringLPLPDNPOut
Everson GriffenDEShoulderDNPDNPLPQuestionable
Linval JosephDTFootDNPLPLPQuestionable
Robert BlantonSKneeFPFPFPProbable
Andrew SendejoSKneeLPFPFPProbable
Brandon WattsLBRibLPFPFPProbable

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