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Sherels Continues to Make Plays on Special Teams

Admittedly, there were not many silver linings to speak of in last night’s 20-3 loss to San Francisco. Austin touched on a few of the larger positives from the game, but let’s add one more to the list: Marcus Sherels.

Coach Mike Priefer utilized Sherels heavily on special teams, and the cornerback came up with two nice plays. Every year, Sherels looks like he will be on the bubble prior to final roster cuts, but each season he wrestles his way onto the final 53 and establishes a role for himself.

Sherels’ Monday Night highlight came off a great first quarter defensive play by safety Andrew Sendejo, who started over Robert Blanton. Sendejo blocked Phil Dawson’s 28-yard field goal attempt, and Sherels recovered the ball, continuing for a 44-yard return deep into Vikings territory. The play looked to swing the momentum in the Vikings favor, but they found themselves unable to capitalize on Sherels’ return and came away scoreless.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings started out the 2015 season with a turd in the punch bowl Monday night/Tuesday morning in Santa Clara, falling to the San Francisco 49ers 20-3 in a game that wasn’t even that close. We recap the grease fire that was on today’s show and promise not to be ALL doom and gloom!

Also Mugsy threw up in my mouth towards the end of the show. So there’s that…

Other “The Vikings Had 6 Preseason Games” Talkers Include
• Why I like watching games alone
• The WORST kinds of Vikings fans
• Blown Opportunities
• Calling Out Mike Zimmer
• Where Was Adrian?
• Teddy Looked Like a Rookie Quarterback
• The Offensive Line is as Advertised
• Wide Receiver Corps Was Grounded
• The Defense Didn’t Arrive in California
• Anthony Barr – Lone Bright Spot
• Sendejo Starting over Blanton. Mixed Bag
• Special Teams Shined, But Opportunites Squandered
• Blair Walsh……
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All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Not everything was bad...right?

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The 49ers didn’t just deflate the balloon that was the Vikings’ hopes and expectations for 2015. They snatched it from the hands of optimistic fans, grabbed the sharpest needle they could find, and popped it right in their faces.

Last night’s game was ugly, and one a distraught fanbase won’t soon forget. Carlos Hyde pounded head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense, carrying the ball 26 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback the Vikings were supposed to contain, eluded pass rushers and consistently moved the chains with his legs. In the words of Zimmer, maybe his team “just isn’t ready for primetime.”

I could go on, but I won’t — I’ll save the negativity for a breakdown of the game on Wednesday. Today, I want to take a different route, a more positive route. Despite the failures on offense, defense, and special teams — unacceptable given the team’s five preseason games to prepare — there were a few encouraging signs as the Vikings transition to their Week 2 opponent, the Detroit Lions.

Who stood out, and what can the Vikings build on as they try to establish an identity?

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The San Francisco 49ers looked impressive as running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to give new head coach Jim Tomsula his second career win in the NFL. In 2010, Tomsula won a week 17 contest against the Arizona Cardinals as an interim coach after Mike Singletary was fired.

Tomsula and the 49ers coaching staff had the right game plan in place to shut down Adrian Peterson and the Vikings offense. Norv Turners offense got off to a slow start only managing four first downs and 56 total yards in the first half of play. Colin Kaepernick lead an efficient pistol attack as the 49ers took an early 7-0 halftime advantage behind a strong running game. Carlos Hyde found the end zone with 4:58 to play in the second quarter to open the scoring on a sick spin move that he was able to bounce to the outside for 10 yards and the score.

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Robert Blanton had run all offseason and preseason as the starter at safety next to Harrison Smith.

For the first game of the regular season, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is returning to the alignment he finished last season with. Prior to Monday night’s game at San Francisco, Andrew Sendejo was named the starter at safety.

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