Sunday, February 26, 2017

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[Note: Episode recorded before Marshawn Lynch was officially ruled out]

Merry Vikings Wild Card Eve, Vikings Fans! The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are set to play the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow afternoon at The Bank (aka Hoth) kicking off what we hope to be an extended run in the playoffs for this young team. To get the other perspective of the game, we welcome back show favorite Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG) of the NFL Female Podcast to chat about the ‘Birds and the Vikes.

Today’s topics include why the 38-7 beatdown a few weeks ago might not have been indicative of where these two teams are, how Russell Wilson has become the face of that franchise and how Teddy Bridgewater could/should/will become the face of ours, what Marshawn Lynch returning might mean for the game, why the Pro Bowl is stupid (until it’s not), how this clash of two great defenses might shake out, and how playing in a commercial freezer will have an effect on the matchup.

All this and other “This is a Bud Grant Game” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Bold Predictions
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The Minnesota Vikings haven’t even finished their 2015 campaign, but we’re already excited for the draft, free agency, and the rest of what should be an exciting offseason for Mike Zimmer’s up-and-coming team. Maybe we’re used to thinking about the Vikings’ future in January — we haven’t had postseason football in Minnesota since 2009!

With that in mind — and with the help of Adam — I decided to ask the team to give me their Vikings bold predictions. Not for the Vikings’ upcoming playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, but for the 2016 season. Will Teddy Bridgewater take the next step and join the NFL’s elite? Will Adrian Peterson win his second-straight rushing title? Can the Vikings hold off the Green Bay Packers and retain their title as “Kings of the North?”

What’s your bold prediction for the 2016 season?

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Adrian Peterson All Pro
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Adrian Peterson’s resurgence at 30 years-old continues, as the Minnesota Vikings running back has been named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team for the fourth time in his nine-year career. For the first time since 2012, Peterson is a unanimous selection, with the 50 voters all placing Peterson on their ballots. His inclusion comes after a season in which Peterson became only the third running back over 30 to win the league’s rushing title.

This season, Peterson rushed 327 times for 1,485 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 92.8 yards per game. He scored 11 touchdowns on the ground and surpassed exceptions after missing 15 games in 2014 while serving a league-mandated suspension. In addition to his selection to the AP All-Pro team, Peterson was also selected to his seventh Pro Bowl and spoke to Craig Peters of about the accolades. “It’s always humbling for me to be recognized in different ways,” he said. “I realize how blessed I am and we are as a team and just continue to take it in stride one day at a time.”

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The Vikings 2015 campaign is a huge success regardless of what happens against the Seahawks this Sunday. Here's why:

Vikings 2015 Season Is A Success Regardless
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Just a few days away from one of the biggest games in the franchise’s recent history, the Minnesota Vikings are preparing for their anxiously awaited rematch against the Seattle Seahawks. The stage is set: The Vikings will have an NBC prime time game for the third week in a row. They’ll face the two-time defending NFC Champions on the same field where they were walloped 38-7 just over a month ago. The game will be one of the coldest in franchise and playoff history. The loser goes (or stays) home while the winner forges onward in the playoffs towards the Lombardi Trophy.

There’s a lot at stake for the Vikings this upcoming Sunday. And where there is a lot at stake, there is typically a lot to lose.

However, regardless of what happens against the Seahawks this weekend in the Wild Card round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs, the Vikings’ 2015 season is a success.

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The 2015 Minnesota Vikings will forever be known as the team that won this season’s NFC North division title. Will that be all they will be remembered for or will they continue to prove people wrong in the postseason?

Their chance to make some noise in the playoffs begins when the Seattle Seahawks come to town this Sunday. The Vikings will be trying to beat a team that flat out embarrassed them earlier this season.

When these two teams faced off during the regular season, Minnesota’s offense failed to put a single point on the scoreboard. Will it be a different story for the Vikings offense this weekend or will Seattle’s defense turn in another dominating performance?

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