Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Episode 118

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the Chicago Bears with discussions centered around Duck, Duck Gray Duck (not Goose), Case Keenum’s bar and potential as well as the defensive coverage both during Week 5 and throughout the entire season to date.

Episode 118 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:10)
  3. Goose or Duck: The Ultimate Nothing Fight (1:29)
  4. Elephant in the Room: Teddy Time is Coming (7:40)
  5. Coverage Chart: Reviewing the Vikings Defense (26:33)
  6. Sign-Out: Subscribe and Review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! (39:45)

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Enough is Enough
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A mother’s comforting words; a friend’s unexpected call; the reassurance that everything is going to be okay.

For Sam Bradford, such a moment came on the sidelines, captured quietly by ESPN’s Monday Night Football cameras. He sat exasperated on Minnesota’s bench, looking beaten down in the midst of his long-awaited return to the Vikings huddle.

With a pat on the leg, Shurmur signaled what could be the end of Bradford’s season (and career) in Minnesota.

Three weeks of rest weren’t enough to rejuvenate the quarterback’s chronic, bruised knee. From the moment he took the field, Bradford looked like a shell of himself; misfiring on normally automatic throws, grimacing in the huddle, and pulling himself off the turf more slowly with each subsequent sack.

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Episode 28

BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) offer an immediate reaction and thoughtful analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Check out Episode 28 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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McKinnon
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Monday night, Jerick McKinnon became the Vikings’ running back.

Through his career, I’ve been lukewarm on McKinnon. Generally I think he has been an average runner whose shiftiness is more rumor than real and, basically, we think of him as better than he is because he shows potential.

But he won me over against the Bears. Monday night, McKinnon took the reigns as the lead of the Vikings’ timeshare and proved he’s capable of staying there. He was equally effective as a runner and receiver, showing burst through the hole and finishing runs with authority. McKinnon seemed to seek out contact at the ends of plays, picking up two or three crucial extra yards to make the following downs more manageable. Essentially, he did the things we appreciated out of Dalvin Cook before his injury.

McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, and also tied for the team lead with 6 receptions for 51 yards. He was a integral part of the offense in the second half, when the Vikings did most of their damage.

Latavius Murray played well, too, and he’ll still be a major factor in the backfield. But Monday, McKinnon stole the show. Remember, Murray/McKinnon was the plan before Cook unexpectedly fell to the Vikings in the draft, and if the win over the Bears is any indication, Plan A might work out just fine.

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Episode 117

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald analyze and discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ narrow 20-17 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football.

Episode 117 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (0:50)
  3. Vikings Review: Offense (1:20)
  4. Vikings Review: Kai Forbath (13:50)
  5. Vikings Review: Defense (16:35)
  6. Twitter Takes: Level of Concern Regarding Stefon Diggs’ Injury (33:56)
  7. Sign-Out: Subscribe and Review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! (40:51)

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