Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Two weeks into the NFL season, it’s hard to make overarching judgements or statements on a particular player or team. For the Minnesota Vikings, an ugly Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was just that — a small blemish in a 16-game slate. That’s why head coach Mike Zimmer, he of short tongue and temper, took a different approach to his team’s preparation before Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Rather than lay into his players on a short week, Zimmer encouraged the Vikings to focus their energy and attention on the Lions. “We’re going to let that game go,” he told the team last Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune’s Matt Vensel. And let it go they did, winning a convincing, dominating game yesterday against the division rival Lions.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who shouldered much of the blame last week, spoke to reporters after the game and shared how Zimmer’s criticism motivated him to step up his play on the field:

“Definitely, and I love it that Coach Zimmer is tough on me. He’s tough on all of the guys and it just shows that he cares about us. He wants us to give our all and play at our best every week. Last week we didn’t execute the way we were supposed to, but this week we did a great job of putting last week in the past and coming out and starting fast today.”

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This week’s edition is far more enjoyable than last week’s (where Anthony Barr ran away with the voting) as the 26-16 win over Detroit featured a much better on-field display from Mike Zimmer’s Vikings.

Once again, the Vikings appear to have escaped the game without any major injuries to fret about (apologies if that turns out to be untrue) and they got their first home win, first divisional victory and first overall victory all taken care of in Week Two.

This team looked very different from what we saw in San Francisco. Matt Stafford looked flat-out defeated by the fourth quarter. The Lions ran nowhere. Our offense wasn’t exactly high-flying, but it was efficient and productive. The special teams was mistake-free outside of the obligatory Blair Walsh miss that needs to be discussed in greater detail later this week.

For now, we focus on the positives, and want you to help us assign this week’s award for Player of the Game.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings bothered the win column score keeper Sunday with an impressive 26-16 outlasting of the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon at The Bank. Adrian “RB1” Peterson made his TCF Bank Stadium debut in a refreshing fashion, helping carry the Purple to a much needed win. We discuss the game and try not to gloat too much about Justin Trattou….

Other “I TOLD YOU ABOUT TRATTOU” Talkers Include
• The Defense Was A Zimmer Defense
• Offensive Line Was Going Downhill (In a Good Way)
• Adrian Looked Like “Adrian”
• Teddy Looked Like “Teddy”
• Captain Was Less Crappy Today
• The Return Game Had a Day
• Blair Walsh…
• Brian Robison #ThrowbackSunday
• Xavier Rhodes is Ready to Become #Elite
• Getting Embarassing Monday Night Was Good
• Fill-in-the-Blank: The Vikings win was ________.
• Visit our new sponsor Stars Draft for Daily Fantasy Sports! (And no annoying commercials…)
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All that and other “Captain Sendejo” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Adrian Peterson ran for 134 yards on 29 carries to help lead the Minnesota Vikings over the Detroit Lions 26-16 at TCF Bank Stadium. Peterson had 192 total yards and the Minnesota Vikings rebounded from a rough season opener. Peterson now owns the franchise record with 12,577 combined total net yards surpassing Cris Carter who held the record before the game at 12,410 yards.

Teddy Bridgewater managed the game well throwing for one touchdown and running for another while finishing 14 for 18 for 153 yards. The Vikings set the tone on the opening possession marching 75 yards on 11 plays capping it off with a five yard touchdown strike to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone.

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    Less than one week after a disgusting display in San Francisco, your Minnesota Vikings are back in Vikings territory for their home opener and first divisional matchup.

    The 2015 rookie class is getting even less exposure to life in the NFL this week, but our roster is relatively healthy outside of those already known to be out of action, like Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan.

    Austin Belisle has done a great job of explaining the importance Xavier Rhodes has in the outcome of this showdown and I’m looking forward to seeing him line up across from Calvin Johnson. Lindsey Young thinks stretching the field on offense could also be a key to a much-needed victory this week.

    Meanwhile, Brent LaBathe thinks we could see a much different version of Mike Zimmer’s defense this week given that Matt Stafford is far less mobile than Colin Kaepernick. I personally agree with Brent on that aspect and will be mightily disappointed if we don’t see marked improvement on defense this week.

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