Friday, September 22, 2017

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Vikings Place Kalil on Injured Reserve, Sign RB Ronnie Hillman
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The loss of Adrian Peterson was supposed to be the biggest news out of Winter Park today, but when Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer took the podium this morning, everything changed.

Zimmer quickly addressed Peterson’s surgery, then announced the team had placed left tackle Matt Kalil on Injured Reserve. According to Andrew Krammer, Kalil’s hip injury has been an issue since the preseason. The injury appears to be season-ending, forcing T.J. Clemmings into the starting role at left tackle.

Last season, Clemmings started every game at right tackle for the Vikings and struggled in his rookie season. There’s plenty of room for improvement when Clemmings makes the switch, as Kalil was Pro Football Focus’s 65th-ranked offensive tackle this season.

Later in the press conference, Zimmer announced a few changes in the backfield. He named Jerick McKinnon the starter for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and announced the team’s signing of free agent running back Ronnie Hillman.

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Adrian Peterson to undergo surgery
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Less than a month after losing Teddy Bridgewater for the season, the Minnesota Vikings were dealt another staggering blow to their backfield. According to reports from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, running back Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery this Thursday to repair his torn meniscus.

Peterson suffered the injury in Sunday’s win over the Green Bay Packers, though a timetable wasn’t set for his return. Anderson, who broke the news on Twitter, reports Peterson’s “bucket handle tear” requires a minimum of three months and maximum of six months recovery time. If that’s indeed the case, Peterson may have played his last snap for the Vikings in 2016 and beyond.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The debut of the new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium was positively majestic Sunday night. However, it was Sam Bradford’s debut as the Vikings’ starting quarterback that stole the show.

Bradford threw for two touchdowns and the reigning NFC North Champs harassed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers enough to claim a thrilling 17-14 victory and remain on top of the division.

With Bradford under center, the Vikings’ red zone efficiency also took a step in the right direction.

The Vikings ran four plays in the red zone (four pass and 0 runs) on one possession and scored one touchdown. Bradford was 4-for-4 in the red zone. The Packers had eight offensive snaps in the red zone (four pass and four runs) on three possessions, scoring two touchdowns.

Red Zone Notes:

Thanks to a blocked punt and a pass interference penalty by Terrence Newman, the Packers reached the red zone first. With no score in the game and just under six minutes to play in the first quarter, the Packers knocked on the door with a 1st-and-goal from the four yard line.

The Vikings’ run defense rose to the occasion, holding Eddie Lacy in check on his first two red zone rushing attempts. However, a well designed play action pass on third down fooled Trae Waynes as Jordy Nelson escaped in the flat for an easy touchdown.

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Alan Roach Minnesota Vikings Public Address Announcer US Bank Stadium

Alan Roach, the thunderous Public Address Announcer of the Minnesota Vikings, joined us to talk about his new gig, growing up as a Minnesota Vikings fan, and what it’s like having the pipes of Zeus. We also dove into how he got his start in radio and eventually becoming the voice of the Denver Broncos for almost two decades, what US Bank Stadium was like for opening night versus Green Bay], what all goes into the production of an NFL stadium experience (a lot), if he every got nervous announcing a Super Bowl, and how he thinks a Super Bowl between the 1998 Vikings and Broncos would have shook out.

I also make him relive Tebow Time and get a “Bradford to Pruitt for 27” call out of him. Because that’s how I roll.

All that and other “Nasal Drip?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Minnesota Vikings currently sit atop the NFC North Standings.

The Vikings have a number of messes to sort out as they prepare for their latest biggest test of the season that awaits them in Carolina. Sloppy penalties. Terrible blocking. An injured Adrian Peterson… and Xavier Rhodes… and Sharrif Floyd… and… well, you get the picture.

For now, however, the reigning NFC North Champs are again atop the standings after an exciting victory in their new digs and against their biggest enemy.

Two battles have been won, but the war is far from over. The other teams in the NFC still present to us the biggest obstacle, each intent on denying the Vikings their purpose, and they must each be conquered before postseason aspirations can really be taken seriously. Week Two is a long, longs way from Week Seventeen.

Let’s take a look at what our biggest enemies are up to.

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