Friday, February 12, 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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    The HUGE Border Battle week is upon us as Mike Zimmer and the NFC North leading Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (7-2) prepare to welcome in the loser of three-straight professional football contests Green Bay Packers (6-3). Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman joins us for her weekly spot to talk about the Purple as we scheme on how to defeat the Green, Yellow and Blaze Orange.

    Di and I chatted about what it’s like to have the #1 Defense in the NFL, how Adrian is back and on pace to win the rushing title (almost by default), why Kyle Rudolph should be benched forever, what Teddy and Norv need to do to get this passing game on fleek, and we play America’s newest favorite game What Pisses Di Off More?

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

    An Andy Carlson Joint.

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    The 30-14 final score in Oakland isn’t exactly a fair representation of how the game was played, as the Vikings didn’t get any meaningful separation in the box score until very late in the fourth quarter.

    Still, the defense continues to keep opponents from scoring unmanageable amounts of points, while the offense remains just productive enough to come away with the wins. Oh, and this week, special teams got in on the action, too.

    It is now that time of week where we rely on you, the informed voters, to decide which Vikings player gets the heralded (by me) honor of winning our Player of the Week award.

    Here is the list of winners so far in 2015:

    WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

    WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

    WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

    WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

    WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

    WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

    WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

    WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

    Now, this week’s nominations are…

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    Teddy Bridgewater pulled a play out of Aaron Rodgers’ post-game presser playbook yesterday, letting the world know his Minnesota Vikings are more than ready to take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title. Like Rodgers chugging a Grape Crush last season, Bridgewater enjoyed his own form of understated trolling after his team beat the Oakland Raiders in dominating 30-14 fashion.

    With their win, the Vikings are not only 7-2, but one game clear of the Packers in the division. Next week’s Week 11 matchup, which was flexed to Fox’s marquee time slot, has taken on all new importance. What was just another divisional game before the season has become Minnesota’s biggest opportunity to claim supremacy in the NFC North. A win would put them two games ahead of Green Bay and firmly in the discussion for one of the NFC’s top seeds.

    Bridgewater — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — aren’t listening to the hype, though. They’ve won five straight, but those wins won’t matter unless the Vikings reach the playoffs. Head coach Mike Zimmer continues to instill that mentality in his players, and it’s paying off:

    “(Zimmer’s) favorite line is, ‘Don’t take the cheese,’ so we have to continue to stay motivated and continue to play with that chip on their shoulders,” Bridgewater said. “Don’t believe everything you hear, don’t believe everything you see. What matters most is the people who are around our facility every day, our coaching staff, personnel, decisions that they’re making, that’s what matters the most. We can’t buy into the newspaper clippings and things like that. We have to continue to stay grounded and continue to work hard.”

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