Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Stefon Diggs a #1 receiver
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T.J. Ward’s sack and forced fumble with 35 seconds to play foiled the Vikings fourth quarter comeback allowing the Broncos to stay unbeaten with a 23-20 victory at Mile High Stadium on Sunday.

Denver’s number one ranked defense looked stellar once again especially in the pass rush department. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked seven times and hurried almost every time he dropped back as Denver brought pressure via the blitz from safeties and linebackers for most of the contest.

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The Minnesota Vikings will be without a few key players this week when they take the field against the Denver Broncos, including wide receiver Charles Johnson and rotational defensive end Justin Trattou. Johnson left last week’s game with a rib injury, while Trattou was shaken up after suffering a foot injury against the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson’s deactivation — and the questionable status of Jarius Wright — means Vikings fans will get their first look at rookie (preseason) sensation Stefon Diggs, who is active for the first time this season. Other inactive players include:

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The Vikings travel to Denver where two strong defensive units will butt heads.

Vikings Travel to Denver
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The Minnesota Vikings are back on the road after an impressive victory last week at home against the San Diego Chargers. This weekend, the Vikings travel to Mile High Stadium to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Last week’s match-up featured another impressive performance from Adrian Peterson but the reborn running back, who seems to be getting back into his groove, will have his hands full against a Denver defense that is arguably the best in the league.

Brent LaBathe previewed the Vikings uphill battle on offense this week. It’s likely the Broncos will sell out to bottle up Adrian Peterson, so Teddy Bridgewater, who struggled against the Chargers, will need to find success through the air. That’s much easier said than done considering the Broncos not only feature one of the best front sevens in the league but also one of the best secondaries.

On defense, the key to winning this game will be the Vikings getting after senior quarterback Peyton Manning. Minnesota has had no problem with this the past few weeks. Both Phillip Rivers and Matthew Stafford left their games against this strong defensive unit feeling abused. Much like the past two matches, Minnesota is once again facing a team with major offensive line problems. Furthermore, Denver has not been able to run the ball well this year. If the Vikings secondary can limit the Broncos after the catch and limit Manning’s time in the pocket, the Vikings should be able to hang against this undefeated squad.

Before giving my prediction, I asked the staff here at Vikings Territory to give their bold predictions for the game. You’ll find those and my thoughts on the final score after the break.

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The Gutierrez family: Ariana, Gabriella, Victor Jr. and Victor Sr.

Note from Lindsey:
This week, I’m excited about our Vikings Fan Spotlight that’s highlighting two Vikings fans! Victor Jr. reached out to us as a regular reader of Vikings Territory to tell us how much he appreciated all of the content we post. He also told us he’s an avid listener of Andy Carlson’s Purple FTW! Podcast. I got to know a little of the Gutierrez’s story, and I decided it was a great one to share with the rest of the VT community! Enjoy 🙂


Meet Victor and Victor.

They are diehard Vikings fans living in Miami, and if you ask them, they might be the only ones. However, that doesn’t bother them. This father and son will cheer for the Vikings over the Dolphins any day of the week, and they owe their fandom to a close friend, Jerry Alvarez.

When Victor Sr. was just seven years old, Jerry introduced him to a team called the Minnesota Vikings. Victor Sr. would visit Jerry’s house, and there he saw several photos and posters of Vikings players from the early 70s; one of those players was Chuck Foreman, who attended the University of Miami.

“I just fell in love with the program,” Victor Sr. explained. “I started watching as much as I could back then.”

Living in Miami before the time of Internet and smart phones, Victor Sr. found it difficult to watch many games, but he refused to give up on following his team. As any Minnesota fan knows and Victor Sr. would attest to—when you’re hooked, you’re hooked.

When Victor Sr. married and had children, he knew that a love for the team would be passed down to his family. He desired to share all his passions with his kids, and the Vikings proved one of the largest. He said the following:

My kids have been Vikings fans since they were little. When they were first born, they even had their Vikings gear, Vikings pajamas […] There’s really no choice here—my wife and my two kids, we’re all Vikings fans.

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Why are we featuring Cordarrelle Patterson in the image below? Read more to find out.

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**Update: Unfortunately, our league did not fill in time and therefore we will not be having a Week 4 Contest. DraftKings does not allow the contest to start if the league doesn’t completely fill. We’ll be back at it next week and get started a little earlier to make sure we have better participation. All entry fees will be fully returned for this contest.**

I swear I’m not horrible at fantasy football.

Actually, I consider myself pretty dang good at it. When I’m not listening to Vikings Radio or the PurpleFTW! Podcast, I’m usually tuning in to a number of Fantasy Football podcasts (including some shows that focus specifically on daily formats). I do my homework every week – consulting a bevy of sites. I create about 10 different lineups weekly and then narrow it down to the ones I feel the best about.

I mean it! I am not horrible at fantasy football!

Nevertheless, the first three weeks of the Vikings Territory fantasy football contest I’ve placed 19/20, 15/25 and 18/20. Absolutely embarrassing…

But I refuse to give up ladies and gentleman. Week 4 will be the week I get back on top and finally win some money in our weekly contest. Who’s with me?


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