Monday, October 23, 2017

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There’s a reason Ben McAdoo’s New York Giants offense looks so familiar; he’s a disciple of the school of Mike McCarthy. Before joining the Giants in 2014, McAdoo spent eight years in Green Bay, where he learned from McCarthy and helped shape Aaron Rodgers into a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

For two years in New York, he served as offensive coordinator under longtime head coach Tom Coughlin. There, he discovered the disciplined approach that’s helped shape his current coaching style; a style that combines the best of both McCarthy and Coughlin’s teachings.

“I’m trying to blend the two experiences that really have shaped my professional career,” he said, per the Washington Post. “I’m trying to blend those two together and come up with the best mix for this organization.”

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Minnesota Vikings - New York Giants

The 3-0 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings welcome the New York Football Giants (2-1) into historic US Bank Stadium Monday Night for a matchup to determine early supremacy in the always competitive NFC. To preview the G-Men, we brought in old friend of the show Emory Hunt (@FBallGamePlan) to talk about revamped Big Blue, how their trio of wide receivers will be a tough matchup for the Vikings, what that newly bought Giants defense brings to the table, why Eli being “Country Dumb” is actually a good thing, why he thinks the Sam Bradford trade was a bad deal, and we spend a good 5 minutes salivating over Adam Thielen — including a story of how Emory was pitched on him (probably by a Thielen relative) on a flight back from Fargo.

All that and other “THE JOSH FREEMAN BOWL” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Check out all of Emory’s analysis and content at Football Gameplan and on his YouTube Channel.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Three weeks into the 2016 NFL season and yes, the Minnesota Vikings have yet to lose a game. The Vikings went into the home of the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers last Sunday and treated them like an expansion team.

Minnesota had no trouble with the Panthers and are now one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFC along with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This week, the Vikings will host the New York Giants in front of their home crowd on Monday Night Football. This will be Minnesota’s first Monday night game since last year’s debacle in San Francisco that seems like a mirage now more than anything.

What must the Vikings prioritize this week in order to prevent their first loss of the 2016 season?

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The Minnesota Vikings versus New New York Giants matchup this Monday night certainly has the making of an exciting game on the regular season’s biggest stage.

There is plenty of cautious optimism floating around the Vikings fan base following their 3-0 start and today we tonight we take a look around the web at everything being written and said about our favorite team.

Before we dive into that, however, I want to remind you all that our own Brett Anderson has been very busy designing some pretty sweet Vikings Territory t-shirts that should be of interest to all Vikings fans. Be sure to CLICK HERE to check out everything that is available so far!

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VT QOTW

how surprised are you by Minnesota’s 3-0 start
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The Minnesota Vikings weren’t supposed to start the season undefeated. The losses of Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, and Sharrif Floyd spelled doom for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

But led my head coach Mike Zimmer and the NFL’s most dangerous defense, they’ve overcome the odds, beating NFC powerhouses like the Packers and Panthers along the way. It’s been an exhilarating run for fans, and one that may only improve with time.

Still, had you asked any fan before the season whether Sam Bradford could carry the Vikings or T.J. Clemmings would seemingly outperform Kalil, they’d have laughed in your face. This has been a surprising stretch of success in Minnesota, one that few outside the state or fan base expected.

Inside the Vikings Territory writer’s room, I asked the same question and received a few surprising answers:

“On a scale from 1-10, how surprised are you by Minnesota’s 3-0 start to the season?”

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