Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Vikings Territory

I can’t tell you with any certainty, one way or another, whether or not I’ve ever written a blog post from my mother’s basement. It is entirely possible.

Either way, this site essentially started exactly like the cliches would have you believe most blogs are created, a hack blogger with little-to-no expertise decides to start pecking away on a keyboard. I am that hack blogger.

With that being said, we have come a long ways here at Vikings Territory and the eve of the New Year seems like the most appropriate moment to take a look back at what was an amazing 2015. This year was absolutely our best in every measurable way, but everyone on our team should also be personally proud of the accomplishments we’ve managed by merely pecking away on our various keyboards.

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You know the situation by now. The Minnesota Vikings clinched a playoff berth after their resounding victory over the New York Giants last week. Unfortunately, we don’t know who the Vikings will play once the postseason begins in January. Depending on the outcome of Sunday’s games, including Sunday night’s highly-anticipated Packers-Vikings tilt, Minnesota will play one of three opponents in the Wild Card round — the Green Bay Packers, the Washington Redskins, or the Seattle Seahawks.

If the Vikings win on Sunday, they’ll host the Seahawks on either January 9 or 10, per ESPN’s Ben Goessling. A loss gives the Vikings two possible scenarios. The first would require the Seahawks losing to the Arizona Cardinals, which would make the Vikings the NFC’s No. 5 seed and set them up for a first round matchup with the Redskins in Washington. The second would involve a Vikings loss and a Seahawks win, sending Mike Zimmer’s team back to Lambeau for a rematch with the Packers in January.

Knowing these scenarios, I asked the team to share their thoughts on the Vikings’ potential opponents. Specifically, which matchup gives Minnesota the best chance to move past the Wild Card round.

What’s the best matchup for the Vikings in the first round of the playoffs? The Seahawks, Packers, or Redskins?

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The time has come for the Vikings much anticipated season finale against the rival Green Bay Packers. Before the season, many predicted that the winner of the NFC North would come out of this game and that is exactly what will happen.

The winner of Sunday night’s game will win the division and be rewarded with a home playoff game in the following week. It is even possible that these two teams could meet again next week in the first round of the postseason.

Minnesota’s offense has been on a bit of hot streak in the past couple of weeks. Will they be able to keep it up against a Packers defense that only allowed them to score 13 points in Week 11?

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and the Green Bay Packers are setup for a shootout at the Lambeau Corral Sunday Night to determine the NFC North Champion. Fortunately we have Teddy Earp, Zimmer Earp, Blair Earp and Doc Harrison Holiday in our posse. The Packers have Ike and Billy Clanton. (Excuse me while I go watch Tombstone. It’s a phenomenal movie.)

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) swings by to preview Border Battle 2.0. We chat about how Green Bay can get got, why Vikings fans should want the damn home playoff game and not try to be cute, how far this team can realistically go in the playoffs and if Teddy Bridgewater’s resurgence can be enough to take us on a magic carpet ride. Also we determine that I make more references to the movie Looper more than any other human on planet Earth.

All this and other “The Vikings aren’t your Huckleberry” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings' kicker is suddenly cold-blooded

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On the heels of a Sunday night performance that saw him connect on a perfect 5-for-5 field goals, Blair Walsh has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The honor, announced on the team’s official website, marks Walsh’s fifth time winning the award and his first since the Vikings Nov. 24, 2013 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Walsh, who has been the focus of much scrutiny this season, turned in his strongest performance of the year against the Giants, contributing 19 points to the Vikings’ season-high total of 49. His scoring outburst jettisoned him into the top-five in scoring among kickers, giving him 127 points on the season. He finished the game with field goals from 32, 52, 22, 53 and 27 yards, as well as four converted extra points. On the season, he’s improved his accuracy percentage by 12 points since 2014, having connected on 32-of-37 field goals (86.5 percent) and 6-of-8 from 50-plus yards.

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