Saturday, July 22, 2017

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What Went Wrong: Week 10

Third and a Long One Yard
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Down a point to the Pittsburgh Steelers with nine seconds remaining, Ezekiel Elliott burst through the line of scrimmage and carried the Dallas Cowboys to an improbable win. His 32-yard touchdown sealed the game for Dallas, launching himself and the Cowboys into the NFL’s rarified air.

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings experienced similar joy — albeit, in a losing game — from Adrian Peterson. Down 10 to the Denver Broncos, facing a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter, Teddy Bridgewater handed the ball to Peterson. Minnesota’s All-Pro running back exploded through a crease and jaunted to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown, pulling the Vikings within three.

Fast forward to the present day, and such short-yardage situations aren’t a gimmie for the current Vikings offense. Gone are the days of a push by the offensive line and decisive running between the tackles. Sure, the Vikings try to play “power football,” but the results have been alarmingly disappointing.

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This week, we let it all out. We air our grievances about the 2016 Minnesota Vikings. We complain. We mourn. We do these things with the help of Michael Scott and the age-old mantra of the Vikings fan: no matter how good things seem, the other shoe will surely drop.

But my friends, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Come with me and shed your fears and frustrations, and seek the true salvation that is available to us all. For in our hour of darkness, we need each other more than ever. Let us walk together, and find Vikings deliverance. 

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have mercifully released kicker Blair Walsh to the boisterous cheers of a Purple fanbase who demanded blood, anyone’s blood, for this four-game losing steak. So what now? Walsh was indeed under performing, but he didn’t play offensive line, running back, or defense. There are still many items on this suddenly 5-4 football team that need addressing beyond punting a kicker with three years left on his contract.

Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) joined me at Blue Door Pub to throw back some Indeeds and talk about our suddenly crappy team and how Zimmer can hopefully Make the Vikings Great Again. Also Jason the GM of BDP Como chimed in on the Vikes and what’s going down at Blue Door.

All that and more “Kicking Is a Helluva Drug” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Release K Blair Walsh
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Blair Walsh is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. After missing his fourth extra point of the year on Sunday, the organization decided enough was enough, releasing the former Pro Bowl kicker on Tuesday.

Walsh hasn’t been the same kicker since his devastating playoff miss against the Seattle Seahawks last year. He made just 75 percent of his attempts this year (12-of-16) and drew the ire of Vikings fans around the country. Walsh’s head coach, Mike Zimmer, wouldn’t commit to the veteran kicker on Monday morning.

“We’re going to see what the options are at kicker, and then make a determination and go,” he told reporters when asked if the team would explore replacing Walsh. Zimmer likely knew the answer but waited until the Vikings’ day off to make the news official.

As Tom Pelissero first reported, the Vikings are expected to sign Kai Forbath this afternoon. Forbath last played for the Washington Redskins in 2015, going 1-for-2 on field goals and 1-for-1 on extra points. He also appeared in 10 games for the New Orleans Saints, making 9-of-13 field goals and connecting on 33-of-34 extra points.

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Five thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Redskins.

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1. So…what happened to the defense?

It’s not just a one- or two-game fluke, it’s now a legitimate problem; the defense has gone from great to average, and that’s as big a reason for the losing streak as anything else. Looking at the season split in two—the five wins versus the four losses—paints a clear picture of how dramatically this defense has lost its punch.

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