Saturday, June 25, 2016

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings potentially got a Christmas Gift from Odell Beckham Jr by him acting a fool against Carolina and getting suspended for the Purple vs New York Football Giants Sunday Night Football showdown (pending appeal). Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman rejoins the show to talk about if OBJ’s actions warranted suspension and if the NFL has the fortitude to uphold said suspension on appeal even though it would mean one of the league’s biggest stars missing a prime time game with playoff implications.

We also chatted about how men and women cannot be friends (sometimes), make fun of Josh Freeman and that 2013 Monday Night Football debacle in the Meadowlands, Di yells at me for wanting Eli over Peyton Manning in a last-minute drive situation, we bask in the greatness of Teddy Bridgewater’s performance versus the Bears, and ponder if Adrian Peterson and Teddy B can co-exist for another season or if “All Day” will be “All Gone” in 2016.

All this and other “WHY DID JOSH FREEMAN THROW 53 TIMES?!?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Although the Minnesota Vikings field a top-five defense and a number of different playmakers on offense, just one player was selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl — running back Adrian Peterson. His selection, the first since 2013, was an obvious choice, as Peterson leads the league with 1,314 rushing yards and has often been the cog in Vikings victories this season.

This marks Peterson’s seventh Pro Bowl appearance and ties him with Ron Yary for fourth-most all-time in franchise history. While Peterson was the easiest choice among voting fans, players, and coaches, others could definitely be considered snubs, including center Joe Berger, nose tackle Linval Joseph, free safety Harrison Smith, and linebacker Anthony Barr. According to Pro Football Focus’s recent mock Pro Bowl roster, those four made the list, with Cordarrelle Patterson (leads the league with 31.1 yards/return) joining them as one of two kick returners.

Berger is the analytics website’s second-highest ranked center,  while Smith misses the Pro Bowl for the second straight year despite playing at an All-Pro level. Like Joseph and Barr, Smith has missed significant time with injuries, which may have hurt his case for the January 31 showcase. Barr is Pro Football Focus’s top-ranked outside linebacker, with 21 total pressures, a batted pass, and 35 defensive stops. While any of these players may be added at a later date — due to injuries or declined invites — they’re more-than-deserving at this point of the season.

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With the NFL season winding down it’s time to enter NFL MOCK DRAFT SEASON! Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha joins us for his weekly draft take as we run through his first mock draft of the 2016 draft cycle.

Luke’s Top-Five Include:
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
2. San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
3. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
4. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, Safety/Cornerback, Florida State
5. Detroit Lions: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Read up on the rest of Luke’s Full First Round Mock Draft 1.0 at eDraft. Spoiler: Vikings fans will enjoy who Luke gives us.

All this and other “I’m not smart enough to figure out playoff scenarios” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Roster moves seem to be a daily occurrence for the Minnesota Vikings, even this late into the season. After signing defensive end Zach Moore from the practice squad to the active roster last week, a spot opened up on the team’s 10-man unit. Today, they filled that vacancy, signing former Patriots and Seahawks linebacker Alex Singleton to the practice squad.

Singleton was a three-year starter at Montana State University, earning All-Big Sky First Team honors in 2014 after a season that included 136 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT and 2 blocked kicks on special teams. At his pro day, Singleton ran 4.65 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times, and finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 seconds.

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Merry Christmas, Vikings fans

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Christmas came early for Xavier Rhodes and the Minnesota Vikings defense, who will host the New York Giants — sans Odell Beckham Jr. — this Sunday night. The team’s star wide receiver was suspended for his conduct in yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Beckham was flagged three times for personal foul penalties and could have been ejected for his actions, which included pushing, shoving, and exchanging punches with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

The two engaged in a series of violent encounters throughout the game, with the most dangerous and brutal coming on a play that didn’t even involve Beckham. According to SB Nation, Beckham is the first offensive player to ever be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit:

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