Friday, December 2, 2016

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Teddy's all smiles before tonight's game

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If the scores in the Packers and Seahawks games hold, the Vikings will need a win against the New York Giants to clinch a playoff berth this week. Fortunately for Minnesota, the matchup on paper appears to favor the Vikings, who are getting healthy at just the right time of the season. Defensive starters Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr, and Harrison Smith are all active for tonight’s game and will take the field in less than two hours.

Barr is making his return from a nagging groin injury, one he re-aggravated against the Seattle Seahawks three weeks ago. Smith appeared in that game as well, but left early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Joseph injured his foot against the Atlanta Falcons and could have played last week, but needed one more week of rest to get to full strength. Smart, considering the Vikings are all-but-guaranteed a playoff spot with one win in their next two games.

Adrian Peterson suffered a minor ankle injury against the Chicago Bears last week, but was listed as probable on Friday and will start tonight. With the Packers losing, the Vikings will travel to Lambeau Field in Week 17 for an NFC North title game regardless of the outcome tonight. Hopefully, the inactives list remains starter-free for another week:

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Vikings Injury Report

NamePositionInjuryWed.Thurs.Fri.Status
Josh RobinsonCBConcussionDNPLPFPProbable
Adrian PetersonRBAnkle/ShoulderDNPDNPFPProbable
Rhett EllisonTEAnkleDNPDNPLPProbable
Harrison SmithSKnee/HamstringLPLPLPProbable
Anthony BarrLBKneeLPLPFPProbable
Linval JosephDTFootLPLPFPProbable
Everson GriffenDEShoulderLPLPFPProbable
Sharrif FloydDTNon Injury RelatedLP__________Probable
Charles JohnsonWRAnkleFPFPFPProbable
Jerick McKinnonRBHamstring_____LPFPProbable

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On Sunday night, the Vikings (9-5) will attempt to win their first primetime game since Christian Ponder was their quarterback and Leslie Frazier was their head coach. Although Minnesota’s opponent for Sunday, the New York Giants, will be doing their best to make sure the Vikings primetime losing streak continues.

However, the Giants (6-8) will be without their best player on offense in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. due to a one game suspension. This will likely play a huge factor in the outcome of Sunday’s game that will already feature a hot Vikings offense going against a consistently weak New York defense.

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The path for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is clear: Win Two Games, Win The North. To do that the Purple will have to win in prime time and beat the Packers, things that have been sparse as of late (just ask #VikingsTwitter). The Odell Beckham-less New York Football Giants stand in the way first (although the issue was up in the air during recording). We welcome Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) back into the friendly confines to talk about Gotham vs Twin Cities.

Other topics include how the Vikings got completely messed over in the Pro Bowl voting because fans are sheep, why Ron Jaworski is NOT a premier source for breaking news, if Teddy Bridgewater can keep playing the best ball of his career, how the Giants are basically the Browns without OBJ and Arif and I hand out presents to the team. Because ’tis the season or something.

All this and other “Andre Williams is the worst running back I’ve ever seen in my life” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Remember Joe Webb's improbable start and win over the Eagles in 2010?

Happy Holidays, Vikings Territory! Christmas is still two days away, but the Minnesota Vikings have already received a few early presents this year. On top of the fact that they won’t have to worry about Odell Beckham Jr. this Sunday, a win would guarantee their first playoff berth since 2012. The Vikings played some meaningful December football last year, but for the most part, their memories this month haven’t always been joyful. I asked the team — plus one familiar guest contributor — to look back and share their favorite Vikings memories from Decembers past.

What’s your favorite Vikings memory in December?

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