Thursday, July 28, 2016

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With the end of the regular season now past us we can now know for certain the Minnesota Vikings slate of opponents in 2016. We also know who they will play in their shiny new home and where they will be traveling to play their away games.

Luckily for us, this news is secondary to the impending playoff game at TCF Bank Stadium, but the schedule is always worth monitoring.

There are the obvious games against our NFC North rivals that take place every year, and here is the remaining 2016 lineup:

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A 20-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers earned the Minnesota Vikings their first division championship since 2009 and this season has been one heck of a ride. We’ll have plenty more on the victory over Green Bay, the regular season as a whole, and the attempted redemption coming up against Seattle.

For now, however, I want to take a second to a minute to wrap ourselves up in VT‘s own time honored tradition of handing out a game ball from you, the readers.

This heralded (by me) award was given to Harrison Smith last week.  Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs are tied for a team lead with three game balls each this season, but neither is likely to break that tie via your votes this week. A list of the weekly outcomes can always be found on our Schedule Page.

Moving onto this week’s nominees…

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After celebrating their NFC North Division title victory over the Green Bay Packers last evening, the Vikings were brought back down to earth by some discouraging news today. Minnesota tight end Rhett Ellison tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Packers and will not be able to participate in any Vikings postseason games in this season.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are your NFC North Champions after defeating the hated Green Bay Packers 20-13 Sunday Night at Lambeau Field. Everson Griffen and the Vikings defense kept Aaron Rodgers and Eddie “Slim” Lacy in check to bring home the Purple’s first division title since 2009. The Vikes square off against the Seattle Seahawks (revenge game, son) in the Wild Card Round at noon Sunday at The Bank. But before we look ahead, let’s look back at the Vikings shaking off the “You can’t beat Green Bay/You can’t win big games in prime time” narratives.

Other “This is Our Damn Division” Talking Points Include
• The Idea of Losing Intentionally Was Moronic
• Defense Take a Bow
• We Don’t Win Without Everson Griffen. Period.
• Teddy Was Okay When Throwing Right-Handed….
• Adrian Got His Rushing Title
• FREE McKinnon
• Adam Thielen: NFC Title Game MVP
• Vikings Got the Calls?
• Zimmer Farmer Blow = Elite
• Zimmer End of Half/Game Management…
• Twitter Qs
• Charting Out the Vikings Revenge Tour

All this and other “Home ” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Everson Griffen forced an Aaron Rodgers fumble and Captain Munnerlyn scooped it up and returned it 55-yards for the touchdown as the Vikings held on to beat the Green Bay Packers 20-13 Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

The Vikings defense withstood a fourth quarter rally by the Packers to claim their first NFC North title since 2009. Munnerlyn’s score gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead with 4:28 to play in the third quarter, but 10 unanswered points by the Packers in the fourth quarter turned the game into a nail-biter. The Vikings defense needed dramatic stops on the final two possessions to secure the victory. With just over two minutes to play, Xavier Rhodes intercepted Rodgers in the end zone as the Packers threatened to tie the score on fourth-and-goal from the 13 yard line.

After forcing the Vikings to punt, the Packer got one final possession with 58 seconds on the clock. Starting at their own 42 yard line, the Packers eight play drive stalled at the Vikings 38 when Rodgers’ deep pass to the end zone fell incomplete on fourth-and-two.

Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title with 67 yards rushing and a touchdown on 19 carries. Teddy Bridgewater was just 10-of-19 for 99 yards and an interception as the Vikings won despite a lack luster offensive performance. The defense set the tone sacking Rodgers five times forcing a fumble and an interception. Griffen had two sacks and 6 combined tackles to go with a good defensive effort from the secondary led by Andrew Sendejo’s 13 total tackles.

The Vikings improve to 11-5 and will host the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs next weekend.

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