Friday, September 30, 2016

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For the second straight season, Teddy Bridgewater is operating behind a sub-par offensive line. And with the status of veterans John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt up in the air for 2016, the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings need to look for some new hosses up front in the upcoming Draft. Our man Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha drops some knowledge on some o-line names to keep an eye on as draft season nears. Hopefully one (or more) of these dudes can keep Teddy on his feet.

Offensive Line Prospects Include
• Laremy Tunsil, OT Ole Miss
• Ronnie Stanley, OT Notre Dame
• Taylor Decker, OT Ohio State
• Jack Conklin, OT Michigan State
• Cody Whitehair, G Kansas State
• Spencer Drango, G Baylor
• Vadal Alexander, G LSU
• Landon Turner, G North Carolina
• Nick Martin, C Notre Dame
• Dan Voltz, C Wisconsin
• Max Tuerk, C USC

All that and other “I miss Charlie Johnson” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Prior to their big prime time game in Arizona this Thursday evening, the Vikings made a few notable roster adjustments in hopes of coping with the recent string of injuries that has impacted the team.

To help in filling the voids left by Harrison Smith and Antone Exum, the Vikings moved undrafted free agent rookie Anthony Harris to the active roster and resigned Shaun Prater, who was a late preseason cut this past fall.

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Given the quick turnaround from Week 13 to Week 14, it’s no surprise that Anthony Barr (Groin), Linval Joseph (Foot), Antone Exum (Ribs/Shoulder), and Harrison Smith (Hamstring) have all been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. A.J. Mansour of KFAN broke the news early Tuesday morning and cast a dark shadow over the hopes of an optimistic Minnesota Vikings fan base.

Coming off a 38-7 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, the Vikings will need to regain their early season form to retain the NFC’s fifth Wild Card spot. They’re currently a game ahead of the Seahawks and two games ahead of a crowded group of teams “in the hunt.” On paper, Thursday’s game heavily favors the Cardinals, who enter Week 14 with the league’s top-ranked offense and fourth-ranked defense.

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I love this in-season weekly segment. It provides the readers of Vikings Territory a chance to weigh in on a weekly basis and cast a vote for their favorite individual performance for each game. Even after a loss, even a lopsided loss, it can provide an opportunity to focus on something positive if even for just a quick minute.

This heralded (by me) award is a fun way to review the season as it progresses, and even long after it has concluded, to remember which players brought their A-Game on a consistent basis. In fact, here is where we stand as of today with Anthony Barr topping the charts last week:

WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

WEEK TEN: Terence Newman

WEEK ELEVEN: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK TWELVE: Anthony Barr

I’m going to be honest… for the first time ever, I considered not doing this post at all because there were is so little material to work with following the 38-7 home loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. But, no, I won’t have it. I’ve come up with a first (and hopefully last) solution to the conundrum, however, and you’ll see what that is by viewing the nominations.

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Vikings safety Antone Exum Jr. will reportedly miss at least the next two weeks due to a rib fracture and another injury to his AC joint. The injuries occurred during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, but it is unsure when exactly the injuries were suffered.

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