Friday, November 27, 2015

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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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Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN swings in to chat about the 2-2 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings, why they (and fans) shouldn’t be overlooking the Jamaal Charles-less Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, and how the Purple look to fare down the stretch of 2015.

We also get into his rise to power in Twin Cities sports talk radio (basically Narcos), the reaction to his infamous Adrian Peterson apology letter, what it’s like to be the second most famous person in a relationship (ala Christian Ponder) and who would square off in his dream pro wrestling match.

All that and other “LOL at Donovan McNabb’s $88M Washington contract” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Listen to Mackey & Judd weekdays 9-1 on 1500 ESPN. The Touch Em All Podcast is available on iTunes.

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These early bye weeks always feel kind of out of place. If you are like me and draft way too many Vikings on your fantasy teams, then the early bye is even kind of a pain in the ol’ keister.

The plus side is that you get some time to rest up those players that have bumps and bruises, and you can perhaps make some needed adjustments before the standings get away from you. Hopefully the Vikings were able to take advantage on both fronts.

Before I get to the meat and potatoes of the “Links” segment, I want to welcome a new addition to our roundup, which is a site I only recently became aware of… but they are plenty worth bookmarking and making a part of your daily routine.

NFC North Bar Room is putting out some great content about all four teams in our division, including some coverage from our local word warrior Austin Belisle, and encourage you to check into their Vikings stuff on a regular basis.

We’ll be sure to include NFC North Bar Room in the “Links” from here on out, but now it is time to check in on what everyone else around the web is saying:

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