Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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    Robert Greenfield of the long-time fan site Packer Ranter was kind enough, once again, to come over here and chat about the upcoming game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Aaron’s.

    (Oh, and there’s always a fair amount of smack talk when Packer Ranter is invited to the table.)

    I asked Greenfield to answer five questions below and by reading the answers you’ll learn that Aaron Rodgers has simply been drunk these last three weeks, just how much more productive our rookie class has been than theirs, and just how disappointed Packers fans will be when Teddy Bridgewater starts lighting them up.

    ADAM: The obvious elephant in the room is that the Packers are on a three game slide and playing some pretty ugly, relatively speaking, football. Can you talk a little bit about what factors have been involved with these three losses and what solutions the team might try to employ in Minnesota?

    ROBERT: It’s as though they went on a two-week bender and were still hungover last week. A good night’s sleep and a strong cup of coffee should sufficiently wake them up. Rodgers has always been a master of improvisation and there’s a chance he’s been boxed in by some vanilla play calling. Giving him more freelance ability with the secondary playmakers will keep defenses guessing and frustrated before #12 drops the hammer.

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    Border Battle 1.0 is nearly upon us. Will the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings assert their dominance over the NFC North or will the Green Bay Packers stage a second act comeback? We welcome in Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar), NFL.com Fantasy Writer and Packer apologist, to the show to dissect who will be Ronda Rousey and who will be Holly Holm Sunday afternoon at The Bank. (We’re obvious Holly Holm.)

    We chatted about what Aaron Rodgers’ deal is, if Adrian Peterson can keep up his historic 2012 pace, where the Vikings’ passing game is going wonky, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense matches up against the Packers offense, and much much more. I also continue to whine about Chase Ford becoming a Raven.

    All that and other “BEAT GREEN BAY” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint.

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    Winning awards is becoming a regular occurrence for Mike Zimmer’s defense. In three weeks, three Minnesota Vikings have taken home awards. First, it was Eric Kendricks, who was named the NFL Rookie of the Month. Then, Linval Joseph was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. And today, Terence Newman received the same honor after a renaissance performance against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

    Newman is receiving the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time in his career, with the first coming during his rookie season in Dallas in 2003. The 37-year-old cornerback picked off two passes against the Raiders, defended five total, and recorded four tackles. He nearly finished the game with a hat trick and was largely responsible for sealing Minnesota’s dominant win late in the fourth quarter.

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    Since Mike Zimmer’s arrival in Minnesota, the Vikings haven’t unlocked the door to beating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The door slammed in their faces last October, when Christian Ponder and Mike Zimmer’s young team lost 42-10 to the Packers in embarrassing fashion at Lambeau Field. It creaked open later in the year, when Teddy Bridgewater returned to the lineup and nearly beat Green Bay at home, 21-24.

    Now, the key is in the Vikings’ hands, and they’re standing at the door ready to turn the handle. Sitting alone in first place and a game ahead of Green Bay, Sunday’s Week 11 matchup could be Minnesota’s greatest opportunity to win the NFC North since their historic 2009 season. To do that, though, they must stop Aaron Rodgers.

    Linval Joseph spoke to reporters on Tuesday and expressed confidence as the team prepares for their toughest test yet. “He’s a very good quarterback, elite quarterback and in this league, you want to play against the best,” he said. On Sunday, Joseph will have the chance to sack Rodgers and lead the Vikings to a win. But against a quarterback like No. 12, it’ll take more than just sacks to pull out a victory. They’ll need Mike Zimmer’s best blitz packages, solid play from every cornerback, and a disciplined, yet aggressive pass rush for their eighth win of the season.

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    The Baltimore Ravens signed former Vikings tight end Chase Ford Tuesday, according to CBS Sports.

    Ford spent most of the season on Minnesota’s roster, but the team waived him on Nov. 11 in order to make room on the 53-man roster for cornerback Josh Robinson, who was activated off the PUP list. The Vikings signed Ford to their practice squad before Baltimore added him to its roster.

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