Friday, December 9, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and Detroit Lions meet on Thanksgiving at Ford Field for a de facto NFC North Championship Game. Mike Zimmer and the Vikes finally got right versus Arizona and look to avenge the ‘heart ripped from chest” loss the Lions put on them a few weeks ago. To preview the game, we brought in our old friend Michael Grey to talk Matthew Stafford, Eric Ebron, and the Detroit Jim Bob Cooters.

To wrap up the show, I went through some random Purple news and notes, went down the list of Vikings Things I’m Thankful For, and power ranked all the Thanksgiving sides.

All that and more “Smoked Turkey is VERY Underrated” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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They did it! The Minnesota Vikings actually won a game last Sunday! Some people were beginning to forget how it actually felt when the Vikings score more points than their opponent during a game, but they pulled together in Week 11 to get by the Arizona Cardinals and end their four-game losing streak.

Minnesota was able to get the victory after getting points from their offense, defense, and special teams. It definitely made it easier to get the win, but that is not something the Vikings should count on for the remaining games of their 2016 schedule.

This week, Minnesota gets the opportunity to play a game on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2000 when they head to Detroit to face the Lions. Coincidentally, the Lions are the only team to ever beat the Vikings on Thanksgiving (1995) in the six times they have played on the holiday.

After Detroit got the best of them in Week 9, Minnesota will be looking to embarrass the Lions in front of their home crowd at Ford Field on Thursday. What must the Vikings do this time to avoid getting swept by Detroit in their season series?

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Written by Adam’s wife, Danielle

Wooo whooo the wins are back!

The Vikings won this past Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals ending their four-game losing streak and giving fans something extra to be thankful for this year.

This week the Vikings are playing the Lions on Thanksgiving. The Vikings have already played, and lost, against the Lions so this game is a chance at redemption. During past Thanksgiving games, the Vikings have done a great job winning so let us all hope they will continue to win on this great day.

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Thankful for a Minnesota Vikings Win
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1. Happy early Thanksgiving, friends.

Thanksgiving came a little early for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans. Following Sunday’s roller coaster of a victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the thought of Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night got that much more delicious.

While I’m thankful for the win — six weeks in the making — I’m not ready to sit down at the dinner table just yet. Sure, the Vikings are 6-4 and tied for first place in the NFC North, but their co-champions are gearing up for what’s likely the team’s most significant game of the season.

Thursday morning, as we prep the turkey, loosen the sweatpants and enjoy the company of our loved ones, the Detroit Lions will try to sweep the Vikings for the second time in three years. Minnesota enters Week 12 having skirted a five-game losing streak, while the Lions are enjoying their own two-game series of wins.

As Vikings fans, we deserve to savor yesterday’s “W.” The defense came back to life with four sacks, Sam Bradford played another relatively clean game, and Mike Zimmer’s crew put together an impressive display of  “team football.”

This is only the appetizer of what could be a satisfying full-course meal on Thursday.

And on a side note, since it is that time of the year, thank you. Thank you for being such loyal readers, followers, and fans of this crazy, wonderful team. You make writing here a joy, and I’m thankful to call Vikings Territory home.

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Minnesota Vikings-Arizona Cardinals

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finally got back in the win column for the firs time since October 9th (41 days). Mike Zimmer’s once vaunted defense became vaunted once again, getting consistent pressure on Carson Palmer and helped the Purple seal a 30-24 win Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium.

Today’s Back in the Saddle Again Talkin Points Include
• Carson Palmer Got Beat Like He Stole Something
• Mandatory Kai Forbath Talking Point
• Week 3 Under Shurmur Was _______.
• Xavier Rhodes Played the Game of His Life
• #FreeDanielleHunter
• Cordarrelle Patterson is Becoming…
• Offensive Line Watch
• Jeff Locke Has Been PHENOMENAL This Season
• The Defense Still Has Issues Stopping the Run
• Week 11 Zimmer Assessment

All that and more “Bring the Wood” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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