Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings Green Bay Packers

So are you gonna Love US Bank Stadium or you gonna List It?

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings kick the tires and lights the fires to our new home for the first time (that counts) Sunday night against arch-nemesis Green Bay. The Packers are 1-0 after coming in and stealing the show at Jacksonville last Sunday, and the winner of this Sunday Night Football match will have a leg up in the NFC North race as the 2016 campaign chugs along.

Alex Gelhar (NFL.com, NFL Fantasy Live Podcast, Packers Apologist) rejoins the show to give us some insight about that team from the wrong side of the Mississippi, how the Purple matches up against #TeamAlJazeera, and a little fantasy talk at the end (pick up Kyle Rudolph off the free agent scrap heap).

All that and other “Build a wall for THIS border, imo” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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VT QOTW

Gauging Confidence in Vikings K Blair Walsh
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Whether Minnesota Vikings fans like it or not, Blair Walsh is the team’s kicker through 2019. The six-year veteran signed a contract extension last offseason, a deal that made Walsh the fifth-highest paid kicker in the league at the time. His contract, which runs through the 2019 season, pays Walsh $8.75 million over the next four years.

Despite his recent misses and struggles, Walsh is the team’s kicker for the foreseeable future. The decision to award Walsh an extension last year, even after posting the lowest field goal percentage of his career in 2014, has been and will continue to be the focus of debates as the season rolls on.

What we’re here to do is gauge our confidence in Walsh. We’ve seen what he can do — setting rookie records in 2012 — and know that he scored all of Minnesota’s points in last year’s Wild Card loss. And we know that he led the league with 34 made field goals in 2015. But last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans didn’t inspire confidence in the former Georgia Bulldog. With 15 games left in the regular season, I asked the Vikings Territory team:

“How concerned are you with the play of Blair Walsh?”

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As the Minnesota Vikings prepare to play the Green Bay Packers in U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday night, the team has yet to announce to the public who will be starting under center for the Vikings’ second game of the 2016 regular season.

Minnesota has two choices for Sunday — Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford. The choice seems obvious to some that the Vikings should go with the recently acquired Bradford.

But would that really be the best choice?

Each player has both positive and negative reasons to support the argument for why he should or should not start. But if Minnesota’s defense played like they did against the Tennessee Titans last week, it really will not matter who the team’s starting quarterback is.

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The Minnesota Vikings will officially make franchise history on Sunday night by playing the first regular season game ever in U.S. Bank Stadium. That game will be played against, of course, the Green Bay Packers which will mark a new era in an old rivalry.

A New stadium. A prime time event. A heated rivalry. A quarterback conundrum.

What more could you want when it comes to drama and excitement? There is plenty of both and right now we take our weekly glance around the web in search of some of the best links available.

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Minnesota Vikings Darren Wolfson

Darren Wolfson (KSTP/1500 ESPN) joined the show at Blue Door Pub Como to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and life as an insider breaking stories and developing sources. We touched on the news surrounding the Teddy Bridgewater injury, what he heard prior to the Sam Bradford blockbuster trade, how long Xavier Rhodes could be out, and when/if certain players will be moved on from this season. *Cough Jarius Wright, Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke*

And oh yeah the Green Bay Packers are coming in for Sunday Night Football and the regular season opening of US Bank Stadium. Lil chatter about that minor thing too.

Get the lowdown from Doogie on The Scoop available on iTunes and PodcastOne.

All that and other “Andy is Deep Throat” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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