Monday, October 23, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings 1500 ESPN KSTP Chris Long

The great Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) swung by to join us for a spirited chat about the Vikings, the upcoming Super Bowl, and Sid Hartman apparently was part owner of the Minneapolis Lakers… We talked about if this was Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford’s team going forward (from the player’s perspective), where and how much Adrian Peterson makes next year, how the evolution of college offenses have come at the expense of NFL offensive line play, why Laquon Treadwell may have struggled this season, and a whole lot more.

All that and more “Chad Greenway 2017?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

Wondering what to eat for the Super Bowl? Blue Door Pub has you covered with Super Bock IV!

Cam Robinson | OT, Alabama

Measurements

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 326 pounds

Projected Round

Late 1st Round – Early 2nd Round

Pros

Power: Robinson’s massive frame and immense strength make him a powerful presence at left tackle. This is most evident in the run game, where he consistently drives defenders backward several yards behind constantly-churning legs.

There are a few reasons Robinson is considered the strongest run mauler in this draft class. His sheer power and frame have certainly helped him earn that title.

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It’s pure schadenfreude of Vikings fans to take pleasure in the Green Bay Packers being boatraced by the Atlanta Falcons 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game. AH WELL. To me, it was easily the 2nd best game of the season (Week 2’s win over the Packers being the number one) and even though the ’98 Falcons DID best the 15-1 Vikes and ruin my childhood, I hold no malice against the Dirty Birds. Mostly because the Purple beat themselves and Denny was too conservative in regulation. We GAVE the game away.

Plus the Falcons have been through a lot. The drama with Michael Vick, gutless Bobby Petrino saying deuces in the middle of a season (they had a helluva defensive coordinator though I hear), and also competing for fans in a hockey town. Because when you think Atlanta, you automatically think of the Thrashers. And Pepsi.

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Vikings Analysis: Xavier Rhodes Solidifies Top-10 CB Status — Episode 41

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald officially establish the About the Labor format for NFL draft season with the show split in half with random Minnesota Vikings analysis and the beginning of an ongoing prospect discussion revolving around rankings and best fits for the Vikings’ needs and resources.Primary talking points include a debate surrounding where cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks relative to professional cornerbacks, Wisconsin Ryan

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Debating where CB Xavier Rhodes ranks amongst his peers
  • Draft Discussion: Wisconsin’s LT Ryan Ramcyzk opens as ATL’s No. 1 offensive tackle
  • Draft Discussion: Alabama LT Cam Robinson’s run-blocking and slider status
  • Draft Discussion: Temple LT Dion Dawkins’ mauler mentality a fit in Minnesota
  • Draft Discussion: Troy LT Antonio Garcia gearing up for significant rise
  • Draft Discussion: Crash course on the potentially the best class of cornerback prospects ever

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Green Bay Packers Record at U.S. Bank Stadium: 0-1

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

When the Minnesota Vikings took their first regular season snap of the year as a team back on September 11, 2016 in Tennessee, fan expectations ranged from “lost year” to “competitive in the postseason”. There was not a true, clear-cut general consensus regarding how Minnesota’s year would unfold with Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, Sam Bradford expected to start at quarterback sooner rather than later and question marks all over the depth chart from offensive tackle to wide receiver to safety (not named Harrison Smith).

Minnesota went down to Nashville with a chip on its shoulder and, behind an impressive game from Shaun Hill (relatively speaking) and a truly outstanding all-around defensive performance, the Vikings swatted the initial wave of extremist doubters claiming they sent a potential Top-5 draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.

Then Bradford stepped in, and the next four weeks of Vikings football were surreal. It was such an outstanding and completely unexpected beginning to the season — even the most optimistic fans were taken aback — that many of those 43 days of 2016 Vikings football truly felt like a dream. And, for some looking back at those magical six weeks now, it was a dream — not of the REM sleep variety, however.

This cynical usage of the term “dream” is likely better defined as a distorted reality of cognizant formation stemming from some variation of irregular brain activity or misguided thinking — or, simply, this period may optionally be remembered as a mirage conjured up by the atmospheric conditions of professional football.

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