Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Zimmer's blitzes could be the key for the Vikings on Sunday

Vikings Blitz Wilson
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Sifting through recent Seattle Seahawks game film, it’s difficult to find many weaknesses for the Minnesota Vikings to exploit. Russell Wilson is playing at MVP levels, especially as of late. In Seattle’s last seven games, he’s thrown 24 touchdown passes and just one interception, helping him finish the season as the first player in NFL history to record at least 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 500 rushing yards in a single season. Known more for his mobility than his ability from within the pocket, Wilson is thriving as a traditional pocket passer. This season, he’s posted a 118.6 passer rating when throwing from the pocket, which is higher than any qualifying quarterback in the past three years.

When the Vikings and Seahawks met last, Wilson hurt Mike Zimmer’s defense every which way. He scored one touchdown on the ground and threw another three, two of which were 20 or more yards down the field. That game kickstarted his stretch of All-Pro play and helped the Seahawks win six of their last seven games. But that game was also a lopsided affair, one that found the Vikings shorthanded on the defensive side of the ball. Missing three of their most important players — one at each level of the defense — the Vikings surrendered 433 yards to the Seahawks and allowed a season-high 38 points. Finally healthy and playing some of their best football, the Vikings have the chance to upset the Seahawks and win their first playoff game.

But how can they slow down Wilson and Seattle’s suddenly dangerous passing attack? It’s simple — put pressure on the quarterback and blitz.

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[Note: Episode recorded before Marshawn Lynch was officially ruled out]

Merry Vikings Wild Card Eve, Vikings Fans! The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are set to play the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow afternoon at The Bank (aka Hoth) kicking off what we hope to be an extended run in the playoffs for this young team. To get the other perspective of the game, we welcome back show favorite Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG) of the NFL Female Podcast to chat about the ‘Birds and the Vikes.

Today’s topics include why the 38-7 beatdown a few weeks ago might not have been indicative of where these two teams are, how Russell Wilson has become the face of that franchise and how Teddy Bridgewater could/should/will become the face of ours, what Marshawn Lynch returning might mean for the game, why the Pro Bowl is stupid (until it’s not), how this clash of two great defenses might shake out, and how playing in a commercial freezer will have an effect on the matchup.

All this and other “This is a Bud Grant Game” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Bold Predictions
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The Minnesota Vikings haven’t even finished their 2015 campaign, but we’re already excited for the draft, free agency, and the rest of what should be an exciting offseason for Mike Zimmer’s up-and-coming team. Maybe we’re used to thinking about the Vikings’ future in January — we haven’t had postseason football in Minnesota since 2009!

With that in mind — and with the help of Adam — I decided to ask the team to give me their Vikings bold predictions. Not for the Vikings’ upcoming playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, but for the 2016 season. Will Teddy Bridgewater take the next step and join the NFL’s elite? Will Adrian Peterson win his second-straight rushing title? Can the Vikings hold off the Green Bay Packers and retain their title as “Kings of the North?”

What’s your bold prediction for the 2016 season?

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Adrian Peterson All Pro
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Adrian Peterson’s resurgence at 30 years-old continues, as the Minnesota Vikings running back has been named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team for the fourth time in his nine-year career. For the first time since 2012, Peterson is a unanimous selection, with the 50 voters all placing Peterson on their ballots. His inclusion comes after a season in which Peterson became only the third running back over 30 to win the league’s rushing title.

This season, Peterson rushed 327 times for 1,485 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 92.8 yards per game. He scored 11 touchdowns on the ground and surpassed exceptions after missing 15 games in 2014 while serving a league-mandated suspension. In addition to his selection to the AP All-Pro team, Peterson was also selected to his seventh Pro Bowl and spoke to Craig Peters of Vikings.com about the accolades. “It’s always humbling for me to be recognized in different ways,” he said. “I realize how blessed I am and we are as a team and just continue to take it in stride one day at a time.”

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