Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 3-0, already have a win over the Green Bay Packers, and just roughed up the league MVP and defending NFC Champs. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. We recap the “solid in all three phases” win even though I’m in Denver for a wedding. Because why shouldn’t Andy have to work during his vacation. #Warrior

Today’s Road Warriors Talking Points Include
• This Was a Big-Boy Win
• The Defense Carried the Day
• This is All We Need From Sam Bradford
• THIS is the Kyle Rudolph We Paid For
• #FreeMcKinnon (and Asiata Too, I Guess)
• TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles Looked Solid
• Everson Griffen is Not Human
• Treadwell Inactive, Jarius Wright Active
• Injuries Strike Again
• Marcus Sherels Appreciation

All that and other “#FreeClemmingsAndSirles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Whatever head coach Mike Zimmer has been saying to the Minnesota Vikings in the locker room at halftime, it has been working. For the second straight time in an away game this season, the Vikings ended up getting the win after trailing from halftime. This time with a 22-10 victory over the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers.

Behind 14 points and four sacks in the second half, Minnesota was able to defeat the Panthers on Sunday and improve their 2016 record to 3-0.

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Laquon Treadwell Inactive vs. Panthers
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Minnesota Vikings first round draft pick Laquon Treadwell is inactive for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers. The team’s 2016 first round draft pick has been a quiet addition, playing in just a handful of snaps this season.

It’s the first “healthy scratch” of Treadwell’s young career and a disappointing development for the former Ole Miss star. In his place, Jarius Wright is active for the first time this season. Minnesota’s most veteran wide receiver will likely play his first snaps against the Panthers as the Vikings try to score against Carolina’s stingy defense.

Other inactives include new addition Ronnie Hillman, recently injured Sharrif Floyd, and MyCole Pruitt, who is working his way back from an MCL injury.

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It seems like it has taken years (probably because it has), but the Minnesota Vikings may finally have a viable option at the quarterback position for fantasy football owners. New Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in his first start with the team during their 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers last Sunday.

Of course he had the luxury of throwing the ball to Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs last week, who had himself an impressive day (nine catches for 182 yards and one touchdown). So much so that he was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Diggs and Bradford will have a harder time repeating their performance from last Sunday when they go up against the Carolina Panthers’ fierce defense this weekend.

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Vikings versus Panthers
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Chatting about the Vikings versus Panthers matchup.

We may not know a lot about what our 2016 Minnesota Vikings are going to look like moving forwards after this rash of injuries have dramatically changed how the offense looks, but that won’t stop us from checking in with those that know our opponents best.

Today, we’ve asked Tony Dunn of Carolina Cat Chronicles to answer some questions that will hopefully help all of us better understand what the Vikings are facing this tomorrow in Charlotte.

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