Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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On Sunday night, the Vikings (9-5) will attempt to win their first primetime game since Christian Ponder was their quarterback and Leslie Frazier was their head coach. Although Minnesota’s opponent for Sunday, the New York Giants, will be doing their best to make sure the Vikings primetime losing streak continues.

However, the Giants (6-8) will be without their best player on offense in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. due to a one game suspension. This will likely play a huge factor in the outcome of Sunday’s game that will already feature a hot Vikings offense going against a consistently weak New York defense.

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The path for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is clear: Win Two Games, Win The North. To do that the Purple will have to win in prime time and beat the Packers, things that have been sparse as of late (just ask #VikingsTwitter). The Odell Beckham-less New York Football Giants stand in the way first (although the issue was up in the air during recording). We welcome Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) back into the friendly confines to talk about Gotham vs Twin Cities.

Other topics include how the Vikings got completely messed over in the Pro Bowl voting because fans are sheep, why Ron Jaworski is NOT a premier source for breaking news, if Teddy Bridgewater can keep playing the best ball of his career, how the Giants are basically the Browns without OBJ and Arif and I hand out presents to the team. Because ’tis the season or something.

All this and other “Andre Williams is the worst running back I’ve ever seen in my life” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Remember Joe Webb's improbable start and win over the Eagles in 2010?

Happy Holidays, Vikings Territory! Christmas is still two days away, but the Minnesota Vikings have already received a few early presents this year. On top of the fact that they won’t have to worry about Odell Beckham Jr. this Sunday, a win would guarantee their first playoff berth since 2012. The Vikings played some meaningful December football last year, but for the most part, their memories this month haven’t always been joyful. I asked the team — plus one familiar guest contributor — to look back and share their favorite Vikings memories from Decembers past.

What’s your favorite Vikings memory in December?

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings potentially got a Christmas Gift from Odell Beckham Jr by him acting a fool against Carolina and getting suspended for the Purple vs New York Football Giants Sunday Night Football showdown (pending appeal). Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman rejoins the show to talk about if OBJ’s actions warranted suspension and if the NFL has the fortitude to uphold said suspension on appeal even though it would mean one of the league’s biggest stars missing a prime time game with playoff implications.

We also chatted about how men and women cannot be friends (sometimes), make fun of Josh Freeman and that 2013 Monday Night Football debacle in the Meadowlands, Di yells at me for wanting Eli over Peyton Manning in a last-minute drive situation, we bask in the greatness of Teddy Bridgewater’s performance versus the Bears, and ponder if Adrian Peterson and Teddy B can co-exist for another season or if “All Day” will be “All Gone” in 2016.

All this and other “WHY DID JOSH FREEMAN THROW 53 TIMES?!?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Although the Minnesota Vikings field a top-five defense and a number of different playmakers on offense, just one player was selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl — running back Adrian Peterson. His selection, the first since 2013, was an obvious choice, as Peterson leads the league with 1,314 rushing yards and has often been the cog in Vikings victories this season.

This marks Peterson’s seventh Pro Bowl appearance and ties him with Ron Yary for fourth-most all-time in franchise history. While Peterson was the easiest choice among voting fans, players, and coaches, others could definitely be considered snubs, including center Joe Berger, nose tackle Linval Joseph, free safety Harrison Smith, and linebacker Anthony Barr. According to Pro Football Focus’s recent mock Pro Bowl roster, those four made the list, with Cordarrelle Patterson (leads the league with 31.1 yards/return) joining them as one of two kick returners.

Berger is the analytics website’s second-highest ranked center,  while Smith misses the Pro Bowl for the second straight year despite playing at an All-Pro level. Like Joseph and Barr, Smith has missed significant time with injuries, which may have hurt his case for the January 31 showcase. Barr is Pro Football Focus’s top-ranked outside linebacker, with 21 total pressures, a batted pass, and 35 defensive stops. While any of these players may be added at a later date — due to injuries or declined invites — they’re more-than-deserving at this point of the season.

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