Sunday, September 25, 2016

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I spent the last week or so in the great state of Alaska, and while I wish I were still catching salmon I can’t overstate how excited I am for this upcoming week of NFL football. More specifically, I am stoked to see how Mike Zimmer’s Vikings perform against the beleaguered San Francisco 49ers under the bright lights on Monday night.

I need to catch up on my Vikings reading and, following the holiday weekend, you may need some catching up yourself.

If that is the case, then fear not, we have all the links!

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are a mere 5 days away from trekking to the Land of Hippies & Silicon to begin the 2015 season, which will also hopefully end in the Land of Hippies & Silicon. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) makes her weekly pit stop to talk some junk about the the 49ers, Vikings, and especially Cordarrelle. Leslie Frazier gets a random diss as well.

Other “The Niners Miss Jerome Simpson” Talkers Include
• Goodell is Incompetent = Water is Wet
• The Niners black unis are garbage
• The NFL is like the NCAA and FIFA
• The only thing that could stop the NFL is game fixing
• I was on with The Michael Grey Show on 107.3 WBBL yesterday
• Dramatic Prediction: Who will score the Vikings first TD?
• The Rooster cuts. What stuck out to you?
• Sullivan injury concerning? Berger is JAG.
• The starting middle linebacker is irrelevant
• #44 is the best linebacker number. Period
• Scott Studwell looks like Detective Stabler from Law & Order: SVU
• Di: “Bloggers are professionals.”
• ANDY knows why you played in the final preseason game, Blanton
• Robert Blanton is Jose Cuervo…
• Di goes off on Cordarrelle
• We Ninerize’d the Vikings (Spoiler: Not so bad)
• Many of the Niners problems were self inflicted
• America’s newest favorite game: Niner or Nah?
• Di battles the comment section warriors
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All that and other “Gabbert-Watt-Ponder Sandwich” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Even with the game's late start time

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are franchises heading in different directions. For one, the needle is pointing up after adding significant, young talent on both sides of the ball, from second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks. The other, a perennial playoff favorite, watched former All-Pro players like Frank Gore and Patrick Willis  sign with other teams or retire from football completely.

Optimism heading into Week One is at an all-time high, but to expect an easy win would be discounting a San Francisco 49ers team with a chance to pull of the surprise upset next Monday. I’m of the mindset that the Vikings will win the game, but not without a few challenges.

Where could the Vikings falter, and what will they need to do to ensure a win to start the season?

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Get your countdown clocks (and your coffee) ready; Minnesota Vikings football returns one week from tonight! For those not on the west coast, the Vikings will take the field against the 49ers at 9:15 pm CT, making this one of the latest starts in recent memory and a tough early test for this young roster.

Rain or shine, late or early, head coach Mike Zimmer is confident in his team’s development this preseason and optimistic heading into Week One:

“We’re never going to stop working,” Zimmer said. “I think that our guys feel good about … training camp. I think they feel good about the effort they’ve given and about the preseason. I’ll probably feel a little better after tomorrow than I do tonight.

“This team has a chance if we’ll figure it out. You don’t want to lose. You’d rather lose a preseason game. There’s some things that we can correct from tonight’s game. … It’s probably a good eye-opener for these guys.”

In true Zimmer fashion, the Vikings’ second-year head coach refrained from wholeheartedly calling his team a playoff contender, but didn’t completely disregard their strong preseason. Save for their loss last Thursday to the Titans, the Vikings finished the preseason 4-1 and looked mostly solid doing so.

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The roster is trimmed and the practice squad is set for the 2015 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. It’s time to place some football! BUT before we do, gotta go over who made it, who didn’t, who ended up on the practice squad, and what it all means.

Other “I’m not mad, Papa Yank. Just disappointed” Talkers Include
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• Cuts from 75 to 53
• No international practice squad spot, so WHY DID BABS STICK AROUND SO LONG?
• Isame Faciane cut – Not ready for prime time
• Tom Farniok gone – Arif Weeps
• Tyrus Thompson & David Yankey are severe disappointments
• Bye, Mike Mauti
• Practice Squad set: Love me some Fruechte, Harris, Peters & Dom Williams
• Hello Zach Moore! #OneOfUs
• Jeremiah Sirles traded from San Diego
• Random 53 Man Roster Thoughts
• Taylor Heinicke wouldn’t have made it through waivers, imo
• Surprised Zach Line remains. Especially with 4 tight ends.
• The roster’s not done churning yet
• LOVE YOU, JUSTIN TRATTOU
• Edmond Robinson Appreciation Thread
• Rumors Of Marcus Sherels’ Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
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All that and other “Zach Moore brings a championship pedigree” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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