Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings - Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings bye week has come and gone, but at least the Packers losing and FOX Sports graphics department kept us entertained. We scrounged up some loose talking points to kick start us back into football mode as Mike Zimmer and the Vikings try to win a dozen Lombardis this year.

Today’s Random Ass Talking Points Include:
• Our Top-3 NFC Competitors Are…
• Aaron Rodgers is NOT Washed
• Is Sam Bradford Legit in the MVP Race?
• Jake Long Starts Sunday @ Philly, Right?
• Vikings MUST Take Advantage of 2016 Window
• Life on the Practice Squad
• Taylor Heinicke Returns
• Bye Week Medical Roundup
• Mike Zimmer is Gonna Destroy Carson Wentz
• Outlook on the Rest of the NFC North

All that and other “Bye to the Bye” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint


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These Vikings Aren't a Fluke
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The life of a Minnesota Vikings fan is one of pessimism and heartbreak. We’ve seen this franchise reach the highest of highs, only to hurtle back to Earth under the weight of grand expectations.

There was the 1998 disaster, the 2009 collapse, and the gut-wrenching loss in last year’s playoffs. Rooting this team on week-in and week-out isn’t an easy task; the Vikings always find a way to keep games closer than they should be. And they always find ways to lose games they shouldn’t lose, which seems to be a common theme, no matter your age.

But this year feels different. Mike Zimmer’s team isn’t crumbling under increasingly troublesome odds, including the losses of Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Kalil, and Andre Smith. They’re thriving, enjoying a 5-0 run to start the season behind arguably the NFL’s best defense. The offense, for all its losses, is holding its own, partly because newcomer Sam Bradford is playing at MVP levels.

We’ve used this bye week to contemplate Minnesota’s immediate future; can they sustain this success, or is there impending doom ahead for what many consider the NFL’s best team? I asked the team at Vikings Territory — and Viking’s Corner’s Daniel House — to assess the authenticity of this surprising run.

Are the Vikings for real, or is this 5-0 streak a fluke?

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Written by Adam’s wife, Danielle

Another win in the bag!

The Vikings are doing amazingly well this season being 5-0 and the only undefeated team in the league (thank you Eagles and Broncos for losing). We are giving every other team a run for their money and having one of the best seasons we have had in a long time.

There is no game this week meaning the team should be well rested next week to continue to win every game but just because the team is resting, doesn’t mean our tummy’s need to rest.

This week I picked milkshakes because they are so easy to make and something a lot of people don’t think about making on their own. The other great thing about milkshakes is that since they are so quick and easy to make, they can easily be personalized so everyone can have the type of milkshake they want.

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Minnesota VIkings Film

Coping with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Bye Week Blues with a fun little film session with my man Luke Inman of Cold Omaha. Luke is a prodigious breaker downer of the tape and we sat and looked back at a few major plays from the first five games of the Purple’s season. What makes this potentially all-time great Zimmer defense tick? Why is Sam Bradford finding quick success here in Minnesota? How is the offensive line THIS terrible? Tape don’t lie. Follow along with the clips listed below.

All that and other “WELL HELL YES IT’S BOLD” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint


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This week, Sam confronts his detractors, makes a run at the world record for air quotes, and ponders the merits of putting “Sr.” on a jersey. This and more on the bye week episode of Bump & Run. Do the right thing—for your team and your country—and watch it. 

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