Monday, October 24, 2016

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The Minnesota Fighting Vikings prevailed 28-14 Saturday night in Dallas. The team also trimmed 11 names from their roster as the 75-man deadline looms on Tuesday afternoon. We recap the talkers from the game, who got cut (who should still be cut), and if you should feel bad for the Packers’ injury woes.

Other “8-0 in the preseason and a Dollar will get you a cup of coffee” Talkers Include
• Zimmer goes 8 in a row for Mike Yeo
• 11 Vikings cut. Banyard is the most surprising to me.
• Who are the other 3 possible cuts to get to 75?
• Roster trimming schedule
• WTF, Blair Walsh?
• Why not have the kicker & punter be the same guy?
• Teddy To Wallace. Finally
• Taylor Heinicke Love
• Cordarrelle is NOT Back
• Time to trade CP?
• Secondary Hot Takes
• Xavier Rhodes is becoming a corner you don’t throw at
• The Four Linebackers of the Apocalypse
• 2nd Team Vikings Defensive Line vs Cowboys 1st Team O-Line
• Tom Johnson Appreciation
• The Run Game is Worrysome?
• Why Isn’t Zach Zenner a Viking?
• Green Bay Injuries
• Jordy Nelson is underrated because he’s white
• At Tennessee Thursday night to round out the Preseason
• Visit our new sponsor Victiv for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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All that and other “Kendricks & Barr in the Nickel is unfair” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The rhetoric around quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, is that they need to make every “NFL throw.” From the 10-yard out to the end zone fade, a quarterback in today’s league has to be able to “thread the needle” and hit their target with near-perfect accuracy. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater understands this — he’s aiming to complete more than 70 percent of his passes this season.

If Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys was any indication, Bridgewater is well on his way to exceeding his lofty goal. He was 7-of-7 passing for 76 yards, and despite his “struggles” throwing deep, connected with Mike Wallace for a beautiful 39-yard reception down the right sideline. It was the duo’s first “wow” play of the preseason, and an overdue step in the right direction for the Vikings’ deep threat receiver.

For Bridgewater, it was a proverbial “hush” to those who doubted his ability to throw the ball deep. And for head coach Mike Zimmer, it was just one of Bridgewater’s impressive plays from the night:

“It was a great throw,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “It’s important for us, I know everybody wants to see Wallace get a bunch of deep throws and so do I, but it’s important for us to go through our progressions and make the reads, make the correct throws. That’s why his completion percentage was 100 percent, because he continues to do those things. It’s not always about throwing the ball to one guy. It’s about making the reads, making the correct throws and taking a 4-yard gain as opposed to throwing incompletions.”

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The harsh reality for several hopefuls came to fruition Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings released 11 players with the need to get to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday.

Minnesota released running back Joe Banyard, tight end Brandon Bostick, cornerback Jalil Carter, cornerback Justin Coleman, receiver DaVaris Daniels, offensive tackle Stephen Goodin, linebacker Josh Kaddu, receiver Jordan Leslie, defensive end Caesar Rayford, defensive tackle Chrishon Rose and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

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Mike Wallace caught three balls for 50 yards as Teddy Bridgewater went 7/7 for 76 yards on the game and helped the Vikings take an early 3-0 first quarter lead. The Vikings got on the board first with a 28 yard Blair Walsh field goal that was set up by a 39 yard completion from Bridgewater to Wallace on a second and seven from mid field.

Dallas wasted little time finding the end zone on the first play of the second quarter when Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams on a deep pass over the middle for 60 yards and the score. Romo was 5/8 for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

On the following kickoff, Cordarrelle Patterson returned the ball to the house from 7 yards deep reminding everyone why he is such a dangerous weapon as a returner.

Romo and the Cowboys took a 14-13 lead into halftime on a 8-yard pass to Lucky Whitehead that was set up by a 40 yard punt return by Cole Beasley.

The Vikings defense held the Cowboys out of the end zone in the second half and Dominique Williams and Joe Banyard each had touchdown runs to help the Vikings pick up their fourth consecutive preseason win. Taylor Heinicke was 11/11 for 83 yards as he continues to make his case that he belong on a 53-man roster somewhere in the NFL.

The Vikings defense held the Cowboys to just 10 first downs and 194 total yards. The Vikings were led by Gerald Hodges 4 solo tackles.

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The inevitable cuts are looming, and after tonight game, we’ll see the Minnesota Vikings’ active roster go from 89 players to 75 by September 1st. Through three weeks of preseason football, not much has changed — Teddy Bridgewater is still the man, Charles Johnson is the Vikings’ best receiver, and the defensive line is loaded with talent. There’s plenty to be excited about, but plenty left to prove for a handful of players, whether they’re clinging for life on the roster bubble or trying to find their groove with a new team.

As head coach Mike Zimmer noted earlier this week, the Vikings don’t view tonight’s matchup with the Cowboys as a “dress rehearsal.” Rather, it’s a test for his young team against a 2014 playoff contender and this year’s NFC East favorite, per 1500 ESPN’s Derek Wetmore:

“We really don’t gameplan for it. Our guys have been through all that for 16 weeks now anyway. It’s still about us and doing what we do and seeing if we can do it good against a team that we really haven’t studied much.”

“It’ll be a good test. They’re a very good offensive team, they’ve improved a lot defensively, they’ve always done a good job on special teams,” Zimmer said.

With that said, here are a few Vikings I’ll be watching closely tonight. If not a tune-up for the regular season, this evening’s game will provide the starters extended playing time and the reserves a chance to prove they belong on the roster:

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