Thursday, November 26, 2015

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The 30-14 final score in Oakland isn’t exactly a fair representation of how the game was played, as the Vikings didn’t get any meaningful separation in the box score until very late in the fourth quarter.

Still, the defense continues to keep opponents from scoring unmanageable amounts of points, while the offense remains just productive enough to come away with the wins. Oh, and this week, special teams got in on the action, too.

It is now that time of week where we rely on you, the informed voters, to decide which Vikings player gets the heralded (by me) honor of winning our Player of the Week award.

Here is the list of winners so far in 2015:

WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

Now, this week’s nominations are…

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Teddy Bridgewater pulled a play out of Aaron Rodgers’ post-game presser playbook yesterday, letting the world know his Minnesota Vikings are more than ready to take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title. Like Rodgers chugging a Grape Crush last season, Bridgewater enjoyed his own form of understated trolling after his team beat the Oakland Raiders in dominating 30-14 fashion.

With their win, the Vikings are not only 7-2, but one game clear of the Packers in the division. Next week’s Week 11 matchup, which was flexed to Fox’s marquee time slot, has taken on all new importance. What was just another divisional game before the season has become Minnesota’s biggest opportunity to claim supremacy in the NFC North. A win would put them two games ahead of Green Bay and firmly in the discussion for one of the NFC’s top seeds.

Bridgewater — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — aren’t listening to the hype, though. They’ve won five straight, but those wins won’t matter unless the Vikings reach the playoffs. Head coach Mike Zimmer continues to instill that mentality in his players, and it’s paying off:

“(Zimmer’s) favorite line is, ‘Don’t take the cheese,’ so we have to continue to stay motivated and continue to play with that chip on their shoulders,” Bridgewater said. “Don’t believe everything you hear, don’t believe everything you see. What matters most is the people who are around our facility every day, our coaching staff, personnel, decisions that they’re making, that’s what matters the most. We can’t buy into the newspaper clippings and things like that. We have to continue to stay grounded and continue to work hard.”

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Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (7-2) are alone at the top of the NFC North. Breath. It. In, Vikings Fans.

The Purple secured our perch with a 30-14 (but really 34-14 if Kyle “18.5M GTD” Rudolph wasn’t a thing) road win over the upstart Oakland Raiders. The defense and running game paved the way for the fifth straight Vikings win and all the momentum as we roll back home to take on the Green Bay Packers next Sunday afternoon at The Bank. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta right now…

We Survived The Black Hole Talking Points Include
• Dat Zimmer Hellfire Defense is on Fire
• Adrian Peterson is Legit Again
• Teddy “WON” the First Teddy-Carr Bowl
• Linval Joseph is #ELITE
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Harrison Brings the Boom
• The Raiders Offense is Going to be GOOD
• Replace TJ Clemmings with Austin Shepherd
• Replace Andrew Sendejo with Antone Exum Jr
• Cordarrelle Patterson’s Blind Squirrel Moment
• Blair Walsh is NOT a Concern
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All that and other “BRING ON THE PACKERS!!!” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Cordarrelle Patterson’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 1:52 seconds to play in the first half gave the Vikings a 20-14 advantage allowing the Vikings to reclaim the lead and the momentum. Adrian Peterson rushed for 203 yards on 26 carries and Terence Newman’s interception of a Derek Carr pass in the end zone with just over two minutes to play in the game helped the Vikings to a 30-14 road victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Terence Newman had two interceptions on the day as the Vikings held the Raiders’ high-octane offense in check limiting them to 287 net yards passing with 2 touchdowns. Captain Munnerlyn played a good game in the slot collecting 8 combined tackles as the secondary held Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to 9 total receptions for 134 yards and no touchdowns.

Linval Joseph put together another good performance with 8 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

The Vikings got off to a fast start marching the opening possession 80 yards on 8 plays as Teddy Bridgewater hit Rhett Ellison on an 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. Blair Walsh kicked a 20 yard field goal late in the first quarter as the Vikings extended the lead to 10-0.

The Raiders answered with the next 14 points on a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Clive Walford and a 34-yard touchdown strike to WR Andre Holmes. Patterson then stole the show with his electric return down the left side line for the go-ahead and eventual game winning score late in the first half.

In the second half, the Vikings defense forced three punts and the big Newman interception as Minnesota controlled the clock and the game behind a stellar power running attack led by Peterson.

The Vikings are 7-2 on the season and alone atop the NFC North standings thanks to a Detroit Lions 18-16 win over the stumbling 6-3 Green Bay Packers.

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The image of Teddy Bridgewater motionless on the ground last week left many wondering if he’d miss today’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Fortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater passed the concussion protocol and will start in less than an hour. His play will be critical as the Vikings look to attack the league’s worst-ranked passing defense, which is allowing 314 yards passing per game.

Bridgewater is also joined by Anthony Barr, who’s been battling a hand injury he sustained against the Rams. He will, however, be missing his partner in crime, Eric Kendricks. The rookie linebacker is fighting through a painful rib injury and his scratch appears to be a precaution. Six other players are inactive, including:

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