Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants-Monday Night Football

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 4-0 as no one comes into THIS US Bank Stadium without paying the price… Defeating the New York Football Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. The Vikes excelled in all three phases (minus Blair Walsh) and Xavier Rhodes played his best game as a pro shutting down the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. We recap the game and complain about $60,000 couches.

Today’s Perfect Purple Talking Points Include
• Helluva Ballgame By Xavier Rhodes
• Props to Cordarrelle Buying Into New Role
• Jerick McKinnon is the Future of the Minnesota Vikings Backfield. Period.
• Who Put the Kahlua in Norv’s Coffee?
• The Offensive Line Played Phenomenal
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Eric Kendricks And the No Good Rotten Very Bad Day
• The Defense Was Quietly Dominant
• We Gotta Talk About Blair Walsh
• The Adrian Theory – Offense gets creative and opens up after the Two Down Tyrant

All that and other “I’ll Still Take OBJ On This Team” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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It seemed like it was going to be an easy night for the Minnesota Vikings in their matchup with the New York Giants as they lead 17-3 at the end of three quarters. The Giants made the game a little closer with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings answered with their own touchdown in the fourth and held on for the 24-10 win.

With the win, Minnesota improves to 4-0 and and are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL this season.

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Treadwell, Pruitt, Boone Active
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The Minnesota Vikings’ second primetime game of 2016 finds the team at its healthiest in this young season. The offensive line is as intact as its been in weeks, the receiving corps is surprisingly deep, and a new tight end will make his debut tonight.

Alex Boone, who injured his hip last week, will start at left guard for the Vikings. He’ll be joined on offense by Laquon Treadwell, a healthy scratch against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. MyCole Pruitt is also making his first appearance of the year following a knee injury suffered in the preseason. His return comes as David Morgan, Minnesota’s productive rookie tight end, recovers from a knee injury suffered last week.

Minnesota’s inactive list is as follows:

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Written by Adam’s wife Danielle.

Another win! Our men are on a roll, let’s keep it going!

It was a nerve-racking start to last weeks game, being down 10 points in the first quarter, but thankfully our men know how to pull through. We are clearly a team to watch out for because we are doing fabulous.

Further proof of how great we are doing? Once again we have a player who was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Great job, Everson! Your tackles and sacks are what we need to continue to see in order to proceed with an amazing season.

This is the best our team has done since 2009. That year, we made it to the NFC Championship game and I know that we can surpass that game and go straight to the Super Bowl.

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Vikings versus Giants
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In an effort to be better educated about our opponents, we have been inviting a writer covering our opponent to Vikings Territory on a weekly basis to answer just a few quick question. This Vikings versus Giants matchup on Monday Night Football is no different, and we are pleased to welcome Andrew Furman of Ultimate NYG to talk a little bit of football this weekend.

Our two teams met not that long ago. 49-17 was the final score, in Minnesota’s favor, with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater capitalizing on three Eli Manning interceptions. Us Vikings fans know which part of that changed on our side of the equation, but what have been the biggest changes New York has seen since December to prevent a similar outcome?

The Giants defense was awful last year. There was no pass rush. This year, while not great, at least JPP (no longer wearing a cast) and Olivier Vernon (FA signing) get more pressure. Plus the signing of DL Damon Harrison has (together with the return of pectoral-tear injured DL Jonathan Hankins) shored up the run defense to where teams cannot run on them. The team is healthier now than then (new strength & conditioning coach), but injuries in the secondary here in 2016 are exposing the team to some of the same problems.