Thursday, May 26, 2016

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There is nothing to love about the Minnesota Vikings losing to the Green Bay Packers. Not ever.

There are, however, plenty of things to hate on days like these.

That is why it can be a dangerous combination to let a passionate fan own his own platform, such as a website like this one, without implementing a waiting period for content publishing following a horrible, terrible, awful loss.

If you are a Vikings fan like me, however, you are currently filled with hate. For you, I present the five things to help feed your hate following the 30-13 debacle that unfolded at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday:

5. Joe Buck Can’t Help Himself

The Packers have the best travelling fan base in the NFL? Really, Joe? Do we need to buy you a map? They live here!

Plenty of Vikings fans live in Wisconsin, and even more Wisconsinites have reversed that phenomenon to flee their native state, almost certainly due to an assortment of pending charges.

Calling Packers fans the best travelling fan base because of their presence at Sunday’s game is ridiculous. By the same standards that led Mr. Buck to this astute “observation,” the New York Giants are quite easily the best travelling team in football… they have to cross a border to get to every home game.

In Joe “Disgusting Act” Buck’s defense, one Packers fan did come a really long distance to attend Sunday’s game.

I’m not sure he counts, however, as FOX paid that guy’s way and he got to sit on Troy Aikman’s knee in first class for the entire flight.

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Entering the game as the least penalized team in the NFL, the Vikings gave up a season high 8 penalties for 110 yards on a chilly day at TCF Bank Stadium. The Green Bay Packers defense held Arian Peterson to 45 yards, forcing a fumble and sacking Teddy Bridgewater six times to capture a 30-13 NFC North victory.

The Packers ended a three-game losing streak on a 100 yard rushing performance by Eddie Lacy, and a five field goal outing from Mason Crosby. The Vikings limited Aaron Rodgers to 16 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns, but a lackluster performance by the Vikings offensive line spelled defeat for the Vikings.

The lone bright spot was the solid play from Bridgewater who hit on 25 of 37 for 296 yards and 1 touchdown under heavy pressure. The Vikings found the end zone first when Bridgewater connected with Kyle Rudolph on a 47-yard pass in the first quarter to take a 6-3 lead. Yes, Blair Walsh missed another extra point and from that moment the Packers scored 16 unanswered points taking control of the game with a dominate performance from their defensive front.

Even on a bad day, the Vikings continued to fight. Peterson scored the Vikings second touchdown on a 6-yard run that cut the score to 19-13 late in the 3rd quarter. That score, however, would be as close as they would get as the Packers capitalized on a few 4th quarter mistakes by the Vikings.

Kyle Rudolph had a career day with 6 receptions for 106 yards as the Vikings fall to 7-3 on the season.

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Pos.NameInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayStatus
TMatt KalilToe DNPDNPLPQuestionable
DTTom JohnsonConcussionLPFPFPProbable
WRAdam ThielenShoulder FPFPFPProbable
RBMatt AsiataQuadricepsLPLPFPProbable
RBAdrian PetersonHamstringLPFPFPProbable
DTSharrif FloydKnee/AnkleLPFPFPProbable
LBAnthony BarrHand/KneeLPFPFPProbable
CBMarcus SherelsShoulder FPFPFPProbable
DEJustin TrattouFootFPFPFPProbable
QBTeddy BridgewaterLeft ShoulderFPFPFPProbable
LBEric KendricksRibsFPFPFPProbable
SRobert BlantonBackLPQuestionable

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It’s probably safe to say that not many NFL fans would have predicted this scenario for the Vikings/Packers first match up of 2015. With Minnesota currently sitting one game over Green Bay and leading the NFC North Division, a victory over its rival will increase the Vikings’ record to 8-2 and give them some more breathing room in the standings.

The Vikings are 48-57 against the Packers overall and 26-27 when playing at home. However, they have won only one of the past 11 meetings (there was also a tie in 2013).

Week 11 will arguably be the team’s biggest game of the season thus far, and you can bet there will be more than enough energy filling TCF Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon. Let’s take a look at the offensive picture for Minnesota.


Offensive Line

In looking at last week’s win over Oakland, there were pros and cons from the offensive line.

The Vikings are continuing their positive trend of committing very few penalties, and the offensive line is playing its part there. In Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Minnesota was penalized just three times, one of those calls being a false start against Brandon Fusco. Coming off a 2014 season in which offensive linemen cost the Vikings a lot penalty yards, this year has been a welcomed improvement.

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It’s almost time to party. We’re only two days away from our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings welcoming in the Green Bay 2nd in the Division Packers for the biggest throwdown of the 2015 campaign. We brought in our man Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) to help get us ready for Border Battle 1.0 as well as expand on his latest piece about chlling out on Teddy Bridgewater.

Other topics include: why comparing Teddy to Alex Smith isn’t necessarily an insult, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense can put the clamps on Aaron Rodgers, why the Packers offense is suddenly anemic, what to expect from Teddy and the passing game against the suddenly not frisky so Packers defense, and why the Purple’s recent record means absolutely nothing against the Green and Gold on Sunday.

All that and other “T-Shirts Are Dumb” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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