Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Today is the day Marty McFly came to the future. So it makes sense that we go BACK to October 26, 1985 from Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings perspective and check in on the team with Bud Grant at the helm (2nd stint, final season), 494-Tommy Kramer under center, and a no-name defensive backs coach named Peter Carroll (Marc Trestman was there too, but who cares). October 26th was the day before the (4-3) Vikings went into Solider Field to take on the (7-0) future Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears and that 46 Defense. Things did not go ideally.

Di Murphy of The Daily Norseman makes her weekly stop to talk about everything Minnesota Fightin’ Stefon Diggs Vikings related. We chat about the impact of the mercurial wideout and if he can sustain his initial success, how badly we want to get in on the Vikings Donut Club, why Harrison Smith is STILL somehow underrated, Di tees off on the NFL’s Pink Campaign as well as Greg Hardy, and if we’re scared about going into Detroit to take on the (1-5) Motor City Kitties on Sunday.

All that and other “Maple Long Johns FTW” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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On a day where Adrian Peterson rushed for just 60 yards, the Minnesota Vikings relied on their passing attack for a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they hit a few speed bumps in the second half, Teddy Bridgewater and his wide receivers — especially Stefon Diggs — did just enough to hang on for an ugly win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Early on, it was clear the Chiefs committed to stopping the run, holding Peterson to -1 yards rushing through the first quarter of play. The Vikings’ inability to move the ball on the ground forced Norv Turner to open the playbook and attack the Chiefs through the air. On Minnesota’s first drive, Bridgewater completed passes of 16 and 52 yards before tossing an interception in the red zone. It was an up-and-down day for Bridgewater, but when called upon, the second-year quarterback delivered to keep the Vikings ahead.

After the game, Adrian Peterson addressed the media and spoke to the versatility of the offense, which helped the Vikings move to 3-2 and gave the team sole possession of second place in the NFC North:

Yes, and that’s what it’s all about, forcing the team to pick their poison. You’re either going to stop the run or the pass, and they chose the run today. It opened it up for us in the passing game, and we were able to be productive and get some points on the board. You know, there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well that we wish we could have back, but it’s better to talk about those things with a W. We’ll clean things up and get ready for Detroit.

The Vikings didn’t necessarily dish out lethal poison against the Chiefs, but the emergence of Stefon Diggs and surprisingly stout pass protection staved off a furious Chiefs comeback in the fourth quarter. Their performance as a whole will need to improve during a tough, two-game road stretch against the Lions and Bears, but for now, their ability to win matchups in the passing game has to be encouraging.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings held off the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 Sunday afternoon at The Bank in a game that more resembled a rugby match if said match had bad officiating, sloppy play, and was nearly unwatchable. But other than that, the game was great! A win is a win in the NFL and we dive into the reasons for the elevation to 3-2 and why we damn near lost it all.

Other “Bye, Charles Johnson” Talkers Include
• We Tried to Lose. The Chiefs Wouldn’t Let Us.
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Uneven
• Oh Hai, Stefon Diggs
• Adrian. Yuck.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Be the Best in the NFL
• Sharrif Floyd is Elite & Under-Appreciated
• Eric Kendricks First Start
• #FreePruitt
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Mess Up. Cool. Way to do your job.
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All that and other “A Win is a Win is a Win” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Vikings are entering Week 6 off a narrow loss to Denver, the bye week and a 2-2 record. While the Chiefs have only a single win under their belt and are missing star running back Jamaal Charles, they’re not a team for which Minnesota should let its guard down. Alex Smith is a proven quarterback, and the Chiefs finished the 2014 season with a respectable 9-7 record. And worth mentioning, Minnesota will be fighting against the bye week slump. The Vikings have played miserably in the post-bye game for the past five seasons, and this year they absolutely cannot afford a loss to Kansas City.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be making his return to Minneapolis, as he currently works for the Chiefs as their “spread game analysis/special projects coach”—how’s that for a mouthful? How will Childress’ current squad fare against his former? Let’s take a look at the offensive match up.

Offensive Line

The Broncos’ top-rated defense worked over T.J. Clemmings in Week 4, and it will be interesting to see how the rookie rebounds this week. Granted, the Chiefs’ defense ranks only No. 26 in the league, but they do have powerful linebacker Justin Houston in their arsenal. Houston finished the 2014 season with 59 tackles, and he already has 18 in the books this year. He has an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback and will most likely be the offensive line’s biggest focus on Sunday.

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All six Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings wide receivers may be active for Sunday’s game versus the (1-4) and reeling Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Wallace is safe, but who will land the snaps for the rest of the season?


Arif Hasan stops by for his weekly spot to discuss who has the upper hand to win the honor of catching Teddy’s balls, why offensive line play is terrible league wide, who will finally win the damn safety job opposite Harrison, and I rename NFL teams to more accurately depict their fanbase/city.

All that and other “Kelly Clarkson is the best American Idol winner” 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 listening to his podcast Norse Code.

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