Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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According to My Bookie, the Minnesota Vikings are 3.5-point favorites for Monday night’s matchup with the Chicago Bears. If you prefer straight-up gambling, Minnesota is -190 favorites against Chicago (+160).

Minnesota is one of the toughest teams to predict through four games, as mentioned in last week’s Odds and Ends. The Vikings have put together two brilliant performances at home against mediocre NFC South opponents and two clunkers, one on the road against an AFC Championship team from a year ago and another at home against a division rival.

Chicago enters Monday night with one impressive win, coming a couple of weeks ago at home against Pittsburgh. Otherwise, the 1-3 Bears have performed at the level most rebuilding teams would perform.

Both teams appear to be starting different quarterbacks than they did in their previous games. Sam Bradford is “expected” to make his first start since Week 1 Monday night, according to ESPN. Additionally, the Bears announced that rookie Mitch Trubisky will make his first career start.

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The Vikings add a running back as two playmakers return to practice.

The Minnesota Vikings needed a running back after rookie star Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last Sunday. Cook, who will miss the reminder of the season, left big shoes to fill. The Vikings looked to the open market to find his roster replacement.

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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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