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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 33

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Co-Hosts BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (NFCN Barroom) break down the Green Bay Packers ahead of their Week 16 Christmas Eve matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Episode 33 of About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Green Bay’s abundance of emerging playmakers on offense
  • An outstanding offensive line headed by left tackle David Bakhtiari
  • Whether or not Minnesota’s strong cornerback trio can maintain coverage in spite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ ability to extend the play
  • A difference of opinion regarding the Packers’ defensive line
  • What BJ and Drew want for Christmas
  • Plus much more!

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are essentially in the role of spoiler now, despite the 5-0 start. As disappointing as the season has been, getting a W at Lambeau and sweeping the series with the Packers would be a nice Christmas present for Vikings fans. We’re back at Blue Door Pub with my buddy Uncle Nick as we run through unlikely playoff scenarios, Sam Bradford’s shot at history, Pro Bowlers, the future Vikes offensive coordinator, and the actual likelihood of Larry Fitzgerald coming home to Minnesota.

All that and more “Pro Bowl Alternate TJ Clemmings” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Xavier Rhodes named to first-ever Pro Bowl

Four Vikings selected to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl
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In the face of a late-season slide, fans are quick to forget the Minnesota Vikings’ success at the beginning of the year. Led by Mike Zimmer’s dominant defense and a handful of stellar individual performances, the Vikings coasted to a 5-0 start. Fortunately for Minnesota, Pro Bowl voting fell right at the end of that winning streak.

The NFL’s annual voting opened in the middle of October, and those who voted — fans, coaches, and players — came out in droves for Minnesota’s defensive stars. This year, the Vikings are sending four players to Orlando, Florida, including Harrison Smith, Cordarrelle Patterson, Everson Griffen, and first-time selection Xavier Rhodes. Smith, Patterson, and Griffen will each be making their second trip to the Pro Bowl.

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We’ve reached it, my friends. Rock bottom. The depths of darkness. The squad needed a win to keep the playoff hopes (realistically) alive, and instead they laid an egg. With two games to go, the season has gone with a whimper.

But there are things to be thankful for. Please join me in sorting through the mess, and grappling with what it truly means to be a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. We can get through this together.

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Johnson's Season is Over After Tearing a Hamstring Against Indianapolis

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The Minnesota Vikings are expected to place Tom Johnson on season-ending injured reserve after the veteran defensive tackle suffered a torn hamstring during the third quarter of the team’s 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero:

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