Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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The debut of the new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium was positively majestic Sunday night. However, it was Sam Bradford’s debut as the Vikings’ starting quarterback that stole the show.

Bradford threw for two touchdowns and the reigning NFC North Champs harassed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers enough to claim a thrilling 17-14 victory and remain on top of the division.

With Bradford under center, the Vikings’ red zone efficiency also took a step in the right direction.

The Vikings ran four plays in the red zone (four pass and 0 runs) on one possession and scored one touchdown. Bradford was 4-for-4 in the red zone. The Packers had eight offensive snaps in the red zone (four pass and four runs) on three possessions, scoring two touchdowns.

Red Zone Notes:

Thanks to a blocked punt and a pass interference penalty by Terrence Newman, the Packers reached the red zone first. With no score in the game and just under six minutes to play in the first quarter, the Packers knocked on the door with a 1st-and-goal from the four yard line.

The Vikings’ run defense rose to the occasion, holding Eddie Lacy in check on his first two red zone rushing attempts. However, a well designed play action pass on third down fooled Trae Waynes as Jordy Nelson escaped in the flat for an easy touchdown.

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Alan Roach Minnesota Vikings Public Address Announcer US Bank Stadium

Alan Roach, the thunderous Public Address Announcer of the Minnesota Vikings, joined us to talk about his new gig, growing up as a Minnesota Vikings fan, and what it’s like having the pipes of Zeus. We also dove into how he got his start in radio and eventually becoming the voice of the Denver Broncos for almost two decades, what US Bank Stadium was like for opening night versus Green Bay], what all goes into the production of an NFL stadium experience (a lot), if he every got nervous announcing a Super Bowl, and how he thinks a Super Bowl between the 1998 Vikings and Broncos would have shook out.

I also make him relive Tebow Time and get a “Bradford to Pruitt for 27” call out of him. Because that’s how I roll.

All that and other “Nasal Drip?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Minnesota Vikings currently sit atop the NFC North Standings.

The Vikings have a number of messes to sort out as they prepare for their latest biggest test of the season that awaits them in Carolina. Sloppy penalties. Terrible blocking. An injured Adrian Peterson… and Xavier Rhodes… and Sharrif Floyd… and… well, you get the picture.

For now, however, the reigning NFC North Champs are again atop the standings after an exciting victory in their new digs and against their biggest enemy.

Two battles have been won, but the war is far from over. The other teams in the NFC still present to us the biggest obstacle, each intent on denying the Vikings their purpose, and they must each be conquered before postseason aspirations can really be taken seriously. Week Two is a long, longs way from Week Seventeen.

Let’s take a look at what our biggest enemies are up to.

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Welcome to Minnesota

Sam Bradford Drops Dimes
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

A thunderous clap echoes throughout U.S. Bank Stadium. A crowd of more than 66,000 sends a deafening cheer onto the field. And in the huddle, Sam Bradford is preparing to take his first snap as quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.

Louder than the fans and more ferocious than the Green Bay Packers, doubt casts an ominous shadow over Bradford’s soon-to-begin tenure with the Vikings. General manager Rick Spielman paid a fortune to acquire Bradford, giving up a 2017 first and 2018 fourth round pick for the seven-year veteran. In doing so, he banked his team’s future on a quarterback riddled with past injuries and surrounded by question marks.

The first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft had yet to live up to given expectations, and nothing indicated he’d ever get there. He’s what I originally called a spare tire — a short-term fix for the long-term problem of Teddy Bridgewater’s devastating knee injury.

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Vote On Our Week Two Player Of The Game Award Below!

People can say it was just one game and they’d be right. Considering the circumstances surrounding this game, however, it may be deserving of its very own chapter in the official franchise history book. New stadium. New quarterback. Worst enemy. It was glorious.

The penalties, and the offensive line playing offensively, are some detractors in this game. There were plenty of positives, however, and ultimately the Vikings came out on top.

Last week, you all awarded the “Player of the Game” honors to Eric Kendricks. This week, there is a new crop to choose from and I invite all of you to help us make our decision for this week’s top nod.

Here are the nominees:

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