Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Welcome to Minnesota

Sam Bradford Drops Dimes
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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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Torn Meniscus Muddles Future
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In a game that felt more “playoff” than “regular season,” the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers battered and bruised one another. Despite winning 17-14 and moving to 2-0, the Vikings suffered a major loss at the top of the depth chart.

Head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Adrian Peterson, who left the game in the third quarter, suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. KFAN’s Justin Gaard was the first to break the story, which was quickly retweeted by the team’s official account.

At a Monday press conference, Zimmer told reporters the team is still “going through the evaluation process” and a “procedure” will be considered for the injury. Depending on he severity of the tear, Peterson could miss anywhere from two weeks to three months, though Zimmer didn’t rule out Peterson playing against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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Minnesota Vikings Sam Bradford

sThe Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings opened the gates to historic US Bank Stadium Sunday night in rousing fashion defeating the Green Bay Packers 17-14. The Purple were led by a strong effort by the Zimmer Hellfire Defense, an other-worldly performance by Stefon Diggs, and a completely surprising/electric outing from newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford. We recap the game that was and even do it without “sampling” other teams’ & sports’ traditions.

Today’s Border Battle Talkers Include:
• Sam Bradford Played Better Than Anyone Could Have Expected
• The Defense Owned Aaron Rodgers
• Stefon Diggs is Already Antonio Brown
• Why Adrian Peterson’s Injury Could Be a Positive
• The Ballad of Trae Waynes
• The Good and Bad Coaching Calls
• Matt Kalil is Back to Being Bad Kalil
• The Offensive Line Needs to be Fixed
• Loose Thoughts

All that and other “Shaun Hill Who?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Five(ish) thoughts on Sunday night's win over the Packers

Bradford is the best passer
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1. Sam Bradford is a better passer than Teddy Bridgewater.

I KNOW. I know it reads like a reactionary take, and there’s more to playing quarterback than prowess as a pure passer. I’m not trying to pick on a player who is unavailable due to injury, nor am I trying to throw out a splashy take based on one game. But I really don’t think this take is even hot; it was obvious in Bradford’s first start with the Vikings, he is a superior passer to Bridgewater at this point in their respective careers. This was an idea many astute observers floated before Bradford first took the field for Minnesota, and it was supported Sunday night. Sam Bradford is a natural passer—his arm strength is upper-echelon and his throws against Green Bay were extremely accurate. He had two beautifully placed touchdown passes, and he was decisive and poised against nearly constant pressure. And he’s been with the team for two weeks. You can see how he could be a good fit for a Norv Turner, vertical passing offense, and understand why Spielman targeted him via trade. That first round pick seems fully justified today.

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