Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Episode 116

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald get up to date on the Minnesota Vikings injury report, discuss the signing of running back Stevan Ridley and offer an in-depth preview of the Chicago Bears.

Episode 116 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. Injury Report: Beat the Lions, Qualify for the Postseason (1:28)
  4. New Guy: Brief Analysis of Stevan Ridley (6:37)
  5. Bears Preview: Offense (11:30)
  6. Bears Preview: Defense (31:38)
  7. Friday Frenzy: What’s Up with New England? (41:20)
  8. Week 5 Picks: Can Deshaun Watson Beat the Chiefs? (46:36)
  9. Sign-Out: Pregame Show Monday at 5 PM CST (58:53)

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Knee injuries are a pretty consistent theme for the Minnesota Vikings franchise. Over the past 12 years, all of the most valuable “franchise” players have suffered a significant knee injury — Daunte Culpepper, Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford.

We can now add Dalvin Cook to that list.

Cook’s scorching hot start came to a screeching halt when his knee buckled while making a cut against Detroit last week. The injury deflated any momentum the Vikings may have had, and the end result was a 14-7 home divisional loss to drop to 2-2 on the season.

Minnesota’s offense slouched considerably without Cook in the game. The running game went from reliable to barely serviceable and the Detroit defense was able to commit to the pass, flustering Case Keenum more than he was already flustered.

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Episode 115

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss Minnesota Vikings life without Dalvin Cook and hand out quarter-season grades to each position group.

Episode 115 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 (1:02)
  3. Life After Cook: Will the Offense Change? (1:50)
  4. Quarterly Review: Offense (11:45)
  5. Quarterly Review: Defense (26:00)
  6. Sign-Out: Thanks for Listening! (39:35)

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The Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday’s Week 3 home matchup with the Detroit Lions as two-point favorites, according to My Bookie. If you’re a straight-up gambler, Minnesota is -130 favorites while Detroit is +110 underdogs.

The Vikings are one of the toughest teams to evaluate thus far in 2017. At home against two mediocre teams, they’ve been electric and looked like a championship-caliber team. But in their one road game against a more challenging opponent, Minnesota looked like a bottom feeder.

Detroit, meanwhile, has played like an elite football team all season. They ran away from Arizona for an easy Week 1 victory and then marched past the New York Giants on Monday Night in Week 2. The Lions are inches from boasting an undefeated record after Golden Tate’s last-second touchdown effort was stopped just short of the end zone against undefeated Atlanta last week.

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