Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Stefon Diggs
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Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and Everson Griffen lead Vikings in 26-20 loss.

If we had a german shepherd on staff as a columnist it would surely analyze these last four weeks as rough, rough, rough.

The Vikings again had weaknesses on display this Sunday during their 26-20 road loss in Washington D.C. where the offense was inconsistent, the defense lacked any punch, and Blair Walsh missed another extra point.

This marks the fourth straight loss for Minnesota, and the fourth straight week where I say “yeah, I know picking a player of the game isn’t as fun after a loss.” Still, there were some performances of note Sunday afternoon, and I’ve compiled a short list of worthy nominees.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings that started out 5-0 have gone into hiding like Dave Chappelle right after Chappelle’s Show went off the air. The Vikes played a back and forth skirmish with Washington by the Potomac, but ultimately lost 26-20. There are a lot of hard questions that need answering as the Purple drop to 5-4 on the season and just watched the idle Detroit Lions move into first place in the division. We’ll try and talk it out.

Today’s “Is Wayne Brady Gonna Have to Choke the Vikes?” Talking Points Include
• Zimmer FINALLY Has to Take Some of This Blame
• The Mandatory Blair Walsh Talking Point
• How Teams Have Been Neutralizing this Defense
• Week 2 of the Shurmur Offense Was _____.
• Sam Bradford is Seeing Ghosts
• Stefon Diggs Is Turning Into a Monster
• Twitter Qs
• The Lions Are 1st in the NFC North Right Now
• Looking Ahead at the Schedule

All that and more “We make the terror.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings in Washington
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A brief recap of what went down with the Vikings in Washington.

The Minnesota Vikings played the first quarter of football in Washington D.C. exatly like they’ve played during the last three losses. There were penalties, injuries, negative runs, poor pass protection, and a defense that looked uncharacteristically impotent.

This allowed Washington to jump to an earl 14-0 lead, but Mike Zimmer’s Vikings came to life in the second quarter, taking advantage of a turnover, playmaking wide outs, and a big tight end named Kyle Rudolph to regain the lead before halftime.

That score, however, was only 20-14 heading into halftime as the last play of the first half was a missed extra point by Blair Walsh, which had everyone appropriately anxious about how the second half might play out.

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Two Cornerbacks Out as Vikings Take on Redskins
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The revolving door that is the Minnesota’s Vikings’ inactive list continues to swing. Last week, it was Eric Kendricks and Alex Boone on the sidelines for the Vikings. And this week, two more starters take their place.

As announced on the team’s official website, both Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels are out for today’s game against the Washington Redskins. Munnerlyn hurt his ankle in Minnesota’s Week 10 loss, as did Sherels. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are capable of returning punts, while Terence Newman and Mackensie Alexander can slide into the Nickel corner spot if need be.

The rest of the team’s inactive players include:

  • QB Taylor Heinicke
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
  • CB Captain Munnerlyn
  • CB Marcus Sherels
  • G Willie Beavers
  • C Zac Kerin
  • DT Sharrif Floyd

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VT's Midseason MVP
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He wasn’t supposed to lead the Minnesota Vikings to five straight wins. He wasn’t supposed to be a top-10 quarterback this season. Heck, Sam Bradford wasn’t even supposed to be in Minnesota this year.

But here we are, and Bradford’s earned his title (fan-voted, thank you very much) as Vikings Territory’s most valuable player and most valuable offensive player. Halfway through the season, Bradford’s play has been, for a lack of a better term, remarkable.

This is a quarterback that landed in Winter Park just two weeks before the season opener, absorbed a large chunk of the playbook, and won his first game in purple and gold — a thrilling Week 2 victory to open U.S. Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.

Despite losing their last three games, the Vikings remain atop the NFC North, firmly in control of their own playoff destiny. And despite the massive trade that brought Bradford to Minnesota, the Vikings’ newest quarterback is proving to be a worthwhile return on investment.

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