Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Bridgewater Dazzles In Home Debut
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Teddy Bridgewater’s nickname is ‘Gump,’ and for good reason; he’s ‘great under major pressure.’ Whether Bridgewater’s evading rushers or playing his first game in U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback is always the calmest player on the field.

That was true this afternoon, as Bridgewater and his teammates took the field for the third preseason game of the year, a 23-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Bridgewater returned from action after resting a sore shoulder, and though he wasn’t perfect, looked sharp in a half of action.

A week off didn’t stop Bridgewater from picking apart San Diego’s defense with his legs and a noticeably-stronger arm. Passes left his hand with a little more zip than 2015, and Norv Turner’s play calls, especially on the Vikings’ fifth-drive, conjured memories of Bridgewater’s rookie debut.

It’s fitting then, that Bridgewater’s “debut” at U.S. Bank was just as decisive.

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Teddy Bridgewater is supposed to play an Adrian Peterson isn’t.

After a long week of Mike Zimmer’s media dealings dominating the conversation we are finally in the final minutes of speculation, which will soon give way to actual preseason football. Normally, the third preseason game is thoughts of as a “dress rehearsal,” but today’s action will be absent of a number of key contributors on the Vikings side.

Before we get to the “inactives” (in quotes because the list isn’t exactly official in the preseason), we offer up some of our articles from this last week that you might have missed. After all, you have to do something leading up to the first kickoff to take place in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Okay, on to the inactives:

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Adrian Peterson Working Out
Adrian Peterson working out in Texas this offseason - Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Last week, against Seattle, I think everybody in the Vikings Territory writers room perked their ears up when a first quarter pass doinked off the hands of Jerick McKinnon and fell incomplete. Why? Well, let’s just say an argument about whether or not Adrian Peterson is actually “one-dimensional” had just taken place, so McKinnon’s miscue made for easy fodder for one side of that fight to use as ammo.

Of course, any “fights” our writers have are in the spirit of good fun and further understanding of this team we all love. This one got a little tense, I won’t lie, but that had more to do with my choice of the words – “lazy group-think narrative” – than anything else.

So, yes, there it is. Half the cat is out of the bag. I believe that Adrian Peterson is not nearly as one-dimensional as everybody else believes he is.

Here’s why.

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The reviews are in and Danielle’s weekly dish is a hit! Fellow Vikings fans have taken to social media to express their joy about our tasty addition to the weekly Vikings Territory content.

But enough from me, let’s get to this week’s dish!

– Adam Patrick

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OPEN THE GATES (For Football That Doesn't Count) [PODCAST]

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially (kinda) open up US Bank Stadium Sunday at noon as they welcome in the Los Angeles Chargers of Anaheim San Diego Super Chargers for an afternoon of full speed football that doesn’t count. Teddy Bridgewater says he’s playing. Adrian Peterson says he’s not. Still a few positons and roster spots up for grabs before the team has to whittle the roster down to 75 by 4pm ET on Thursday. We discuss some of those items as well as what we want to figure out about this new behemoth of a stadium.

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Today’s Brand New Toy Talking Points Include:
• How’s Teddy Gonna Look?
• Adrian’s Not Playing in the Preseason
• Who’s Going to Start at Center?
• What’s The Wide Receiver Order Going to Be?
• Can the Running Game Get Going?
• Can the Offensive Line Protect?
• Will Moritz Boehringer be a 75-Man Cut?
• The Health of Kendricks, Floyd, Xavier, Barr
• Can the Defense Still be Elite with Missing Pieces?
• Who’s Going to Be on the Roster at Safety?
• Will the “Gates” Be Open?
• How is the Sun Going to Play?
• Will Some Players Get a Stay of Execution?
• How Loud Can US Bank Stadium Get?

All that and other “On My Mark…. Open the Doors.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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