Friday, December 15, 2017

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The Vikings have won eight games in a row.

They have a four-game lead in the NFC North. Yet, they haven’t accomplished anything yet according to head coach Mike Zimmer. That can change when the Vikings travel to Carolina this weekend in search of their ninth straight victory and sixth straight road win.

Sunday’s conference showdown has very big playoff implications. After the Vikings victory over Atlanta, Minnesota (10-2) is currently the number one seed in the NFC. The team owns a four-game lead over Detroit and Green Bay in the NFC North. The Vikings can clinch the division (and a playoff birth) with a win over the Panthers.

The Panthers are 8-4 and are second in the NFC South (behind 9-3 New Orleans). Currently, Carolina is a Wild Card team (6th seed) in the NFC playoff picture. The Panthers lost 31-21 to the Saints in a divisional matchup on Sunday. Carolina has the same record as Seattle but the Seahawks have a better conference record.

Carolina has a number of offensive threats, including rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Devin Funchess and of course quarterback Cam Newton. We’ll take a closer look at how the teams match up later in the week. Until then, let’s take a look at how the Vikings and Panthers stack up by the numbers.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Falcons Recap: Vike Stars (ep. 469)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings got their 8th win in a row grounding the Atlanta Falcons 14-9 Sunday afternoon in the Georgia Dome 2.0 (which looks suspiciously familiar…..). The Zimmer Hellfire Defense paved the way holding the best 3rd down offense in the NFL to 1-of-10 on the day. Add in some timely offense and you have a recipe for yet another impressive win the national media won’t give two hoots about. Whatever.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense’s Finest Hour
• Case Keenum Won Outside of a Vacuum
• Offensive Line Ups and Downs
• It Takes a Receiving Village
• Xavier Rhodes Handled Julio Jones
• Eric Kendricks Concern?
• Pat Shurmur’s in the Zone
• Harrison Smith Appreciation Thread
• Odds N Ends
• On to Carolina

All that and more “MATT KALIL BOWL” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Episode 140

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald react to the Minnesota Vikings’ 14-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and outline the NFC Playoff Picture as it stands through 13 weeks of play.

Episode 140 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing, El Burrito Mercado, Om Brewers and Running Tap.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Rapid Reaction: Xavier Rhodes vs. Julio Jones, Case Keenum, Kyle Rudolph, #MnM, What’s Good Enough? and Plenty More!

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Minnesota Vikings 14, Atlanta Falcons 9

The Vikings did what they set out to do Sunday. Not only did Minnesota win the third-down battle, the defense made the Falcons offense one-dimensional, the secondary shut down Julio Jones and the Purple came away with their eighth straight victory at Atlanta.

Quarterback Case Keenum started slowly but again finished the game strong, completing all 13 pass attempts of the second half, including his last 15 passes of the game. Keenum went 25 of 30 (83.3%) for 227 yards with two touchdowns. He had a QBR of 57.3 and a passer rating of 120.4.

The Vikings offensive line gave up two sacks but paved the way for another positive showing by Minnesota’s offense.

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Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings take on the Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is at noon (CST). The Vikings are 4-1 on the road this season, while the Falcons are 3-2 at home.

Both teams are hot, as the Vikings have won seven straight games and the Falcons have won four of the past five.

The Vikings, still blazing after a Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, have the opportunity to add fuel to their playoff positioning while burning Atlanta’s in the process.

Last week, Atlanta’s offense finally ignited. The Falcons exploded for 516 total yards in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Julio Jones, the Dirty Birds’ leading pass catcher, scorched the Buccaneers secondary for over 250 receiving yards. The Falcons offense caught fire on third down, going 11 of 14 and improving its league-leading third-down conversion percentage.

In Sunday’s showdown, both teams face a heat check. Looking to douse Atlanta’s flame is an even hotter Minnesota squad.

The Vikings counter with a defense that is best in the NFL at smothering opposing offenses on third-down (28.5%). Through 11 games, the top-5 unit has at times been suffocating. This week, it will be tasked with perhaps its most difficult assignment of the season: extinguishing a prolific NFL offense in its home stadium.

The Vikings defense versus the Falcons offense; it’s a great matchup on paper. Let’s take a look at how the numbers stack up, five storylines to follow, matchup history, the injury reports for both teams, game implications, and a Borman Breakdown complete with a score prediction.

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