Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Five thoughts on the Vikings' loss to the Lions.

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1. I have no problem with the third down plays.

Okay, the obvious: that sucked. It sucked badly. Another gut-punch loss (and on Thanksgiving nonetheless, a holiday reserved for overeating and cocktail-fueled joy), a season sweep by the Lions, and a serious dent in the playoff chances. It was a game the Vikings would’ve won if they had the ability to close, and another piece of evidence that they are severely lacking in that department.

But I get the idea I feel quite differently from the masses about the Vikings’ performance on third downs. I’ve seen quite a bit of commentary about how Sam Bradford and the offensive coaches continually checked down and played it safe on money downs, and how this was an overly conservative approach that eventually cost the team the game. Time after time, Bradford completed shorter passes that brought on the punting unit, rather than challenging the Lion’s defense and throw downfield.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings lost the NFC North Title Game (basically) to the Detroit Lions 16-13 in soul crushing fashion as Sam Bradford threw an interception that setup a chip shot Matt Prater game winning kick. The Purple are down and pretty close to out; but we recap the game, try to scrape a few positives out of the mess, and look ahead to possible playoff scenarios. All this with the 10-1 juggernaut Cowboys set to come into historic US Bank Stadium next Thursday. Woot woot.

Today’s Turkey Indigestion Talking Points Include:
• The Vikings’ Playoff Hopes Are THIN
• Sam Bradford Was Efficient to Death
• The Zim Reapers Are Kinda Back
• Do We Need to Be Concerned About Jerick McKinnon?
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• We Need to Be Ready for Life After Terence Newman
• Anthony Barr Played Out of His Mind
• Shumur’s Use of Cordarrelle Patterson is Promising
• Loose Thoughts
• So What Now?

All that and more “Just Stay in Your Food Coma” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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As millions of Americans celebrated and laughed with their families on Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Minnesota Vikings’ experience this year was not so enthusiastic as they lost to the Detroit Lions for the second time in their last four games by a score of 16-13. The win gave the Lions a sweep of the season series between the two teams for the second time in the last three years.

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Out for crucial Thanksgiving game
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Stefon Diggs and Terence Newman will miss the Minnesota Vikings’ Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions this afternoon. In a critical game set to define the standings in the NFC North, Minnesota must find a way to win without two of its most important starters.

Diggs injured his knee last week and was listed as questionable before the start of today’s game. Although he warmed up at Ford Field this morning, Diggs wasn’t healthy enough to start and should get plenty of rest before next week’s matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Newman battled a neck injury but was listed as doubtful throughout the week. Cordarrelle Patterson will start in place of Diggs and Trae Waynes will replace Newman at left cornerback. The full list of inactive players includes:

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    Zach Zenner
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    Divisional game matchups always seem to have a special feel. The stakes are inherently higher, familiarity with the opposition breeds competitive matchups and bragging rights are always in play regardless of NFL standing.

    When control of the NFC North and the inside track to win a division championship are at stake, however, the stakes are raised to an unprecedented level and every snap is treated with the utmost importance. If the opportunity to take a hard step toward being a part of the first division crown in team history wasn’t already enough, consider what it would feel like to not only sweep your hometown team as a member of a rival organization but send them into a state of desperation with regard to their chances of reaching the postseason.

    This is the opportunity running back Zach Zenner will try to make the most of when his Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Thanksgiving.

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