Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Eric Kendricks are in the running for NFL Rookie of the Week. Other nominations include LB Hau’oli Kikaha (Saints), CB Marcus Peters (Chiefs) and CB Damarious Randall (Packers).

After being inactive the first three games of the 2015 season, Diggs impressed against Denver in Week 4. Following the bye week, he continued to make an impact against Kansas City; Diggs finished with seven catches and 129 yards Sunday.

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On a day where Adrian Peterson rushed for just 60 yards, the Minnesota Vikings relied on their passing attack for a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they hit a few speed bumps in the second half, Teddy Bridgewater and his wide receivers — especially Stefon Diggs — did just enough to hang on for an ugly win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Early on, it was clear the Chiefs committed to stopping the run, holding Peterson to -1 yards rushing through the first quarter of play. The Vikings’ inability to move the ball on the ground forced Norv Turner to open the playbook and attack the Chiefs through the air. On Minnesota’s first drive, Bridgewater completed passes of 16 and 52 yards before tossing an interception in the red zone. It was an up-and-down day for Bridgewater, but when called upon, the second-year quarterback delivered to keep the Vikings ahead.

After the game, Adrian Peterson addressed the media and spoke to the versatility of the offense, which helped the Vikings move to 3-2 and gave the team sole possession of second place in the NFC North:

Yes, and that’s what it’s all about, forcing the team to pick their poison. You’re either going to stop the run or the pass, and they chose the run today. It opened it up for us in the passing game, and we were able to be productive and get some points on the board. You know, there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well that we wish we could have back, but it’s better to talk about those things with a W. We’ll clean things up and get ready for Detroit.

The Vikings didn’t necessarily dish out lethal poison against the Chiefs, but the emergence of Stefon Diggs and surprisingly stout pass protection staved off a furious Chiefs comeback in the fourth quarter. Their performance as a whole will need to improve during a tough, two-game road stretch against the Lions and Bears, but for now, their ability to win matchups in the passing game has to be encouraging.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings held off the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 Sunday afternoon at The Bank in a game that more resembled a rugby match if said match had bad officiating, sloppy play, and was nearly unwatchable. But other than that, the game was great! A win is a win in the NFL and we dive into the reasons for the elevation to 3-2 and why we damn near lost it all.

Other “Bye, Charles Johnson” Talkers Include
• We Tried to Lose. The Chiefs Wouldn’t Let Us.
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Uneven
• Oh Hai, Stefon Diggs
• Adrian. Yuck.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Be the Best in the NFL
• Sharrif Floyd is Elite & Under-Appreciated
• Eric Kendricks First Start
• #FreePruitt
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Mess Up. Cool. Way to do your job.
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All that and other “A Win is a Win is a Win” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Prior to having Week Five off, the Vikings Territory readers voted in four different “Player of the Week” award winners. They are Anthony Barr, Adrian Peterson, Harrison Smith and then Linval Joseph with the most recent win.

This week, it seems somewhat probable that a fifth individual receives this heralded (by me) award, and the previous winners all seem to have been out-shined by other on-field performances against the Chiefs this Sunday.

The 16-10 victory at home left very little to get excited about on offense (with one very big exception), but almost every player on defense could potentially be nominated this week following their stellar overall performance.

And this week’s nominees are…

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Blair Walsh connected on all three field goals attempts and an extra point as the Vikings took care of business at TCF Bank Stadium with a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 60 yards rushing on 26 carries and intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice to keep the game close despite a good defensive performance by the Vikings.

Danielle Hunter, making his first NFL start, stripped the ball from Chief’s running back Charcandrick West with 4:38 to play in the game helping the Vikings hold off Kanas City’s second half comeback effort. Everson Griffen was inactive due to an illness and Hunter stepped in and played a solid game collecting 4 total tackles, .5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

Eric Kendricks led the Vikings defense with 10 tackles and a sack as the Vikings shut-out the penalty-prone Chiefs offense for the first three-quarters of play. On a day when Teddy Bridgewater was an erratic 17 of 31 for 249 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, the defense did enough to capture the win over the fading 1-5 Chiefs.

The Vikings only touchdown came in the second quarter on a third-and-goal from the 4-yard line when Bridgewater took a shot-gun snap and hit Kyle Rudolph on a slant in the back of the end zone to give the Vikings a 10-0 advantage with 4:43 remaining in the first half.

The Vikings (3-2) found a rare win coming off a bye week while also establishing something special in rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs finished the game with seven catches for 129 yards to bring his two game total to 13 receptions for 216 yards. Expect him to have a regular roll in the offense moving forward and don’t be surprised if he gives the return game a shot-in-the-arm at some point before the season ends.


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