Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings - Jakcsonville Jaguars

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings completed the first 25% of Operation Win Out, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 Sunday at Historic Everbank Field. Sam Bradford and the offense opened things up deep, but still had familiar short-yardage struggles that kept this game closer than it should have been. Oh, and the defense is still pretty pretty pretty good.

Talkers Include:
• I Love that the Offense Went YOLO
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Defense is Rock Solid Still
• Anthony Harris Evaluation
• The Matt Asiata Experience
• Pay Adam Thielen
• Xavier Rhodes Kinda Got Hot
• More Injuries
• Playoff Picture
• Loose Thoughts

All that and more “You Had ONE Job, Bears-Saints-Eagles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Heading into the fourth quarter in Jacksonville on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had 15 minutes to overcome a four point deficit and keep their playoff chances alive. After two touchdowns in the final quarter, the Vikings were able to pull ahead of the Jaguars and get a 25-16 win.

With the win the Vikings record improves to 7-6 on the season and their hope for the postseason is still alive.

A majority of the game was a battle between each team’s two kickers (which obviously made the matchup as exciting as possible). Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath and Jaguars kicker Josh Myers combined to make all six of their field goal attempts during the first half on Sunday.

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The Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars without one of their best, Harrison Smith.

Harrison Smith Cowboys Color Rush
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

There are no major surprises this week on the Vikings inactives for their game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars.

Though it was anticipated Marcus Sherels would suit up for today’s game, thus spawning this excellent article by Austin Belisle, the homegrown punt return specialist will miss his fourth game of the last five weeks.

Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left ankle injury, will also miss today’s game. His spot will be filled by Anthony Harris who will be making his first start of the season.

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Minnesota Vikings - Jacksonville Jaguars

Operation: Holy Crap We Basically Need to Win Out is upon the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they descend on scenic Northeast Florida to take on the (2-10) Jacksonville Jaguars. We look ahead to the must-win and hash through some random Purple talking points.

Talkers Include:
• Fallout from Harrison Smith’s Injury
• The Defense Was Wasted This Year
• Adrian Peterson’s Contingent Comeback
• The Laquon Treadwell-Randy Moss Non-Controversy
• Zimmer’s Eye & His Mentality
• Teddy Bridgewater/Sam Bradford Showdown
• The Playoff Picture for the Vikings
• This Team Just Doesn’t Score
• How the Jaguars Can Get Got

All that and more “I’m Too Dumb for Westworld” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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A Welcome Return for Marcus Sherels
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Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are fine football players, but they’re no Marcus Sherels. And that’s an odd thing to say, as Sherels is a player who seemingly lives on the Minnesota Vikings’ roster bubble each year. But in the context of punt returns, Sherels’ abilities are unmatched.

He’s been with the Vikings since 2010, and in that time, has returned 165 punts for 1,734 yards and five touchdowns, good for 10.5 yards per return. Despite the annual doubts surrounding Sherels’ place on Minnesota’s roster, he’s earned the trust of special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and thus, the endorsement of the team.

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