Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Not much time to breathe for the Vikings this week as they only had three days to prepare for their Thursday night matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Minnesota’s offense is coming off a game against the Seattle Seahawks in which they scored as many points as did the fans watching them in the stands last Sunday.

Zero.

Coincidentally, the Cardinals (10-2) are coming off their Week 13 game against the St. Louis Rams in which they held the Rams to a grand total of three points. The Vikings (8-4) may have to find other, less conventional, ways to score points against one of the NFL’s top defenses on Thursday night,

Minnesota’s offense (bottom) and the Cardinals’ defense (top) show up on the opposite ends of the league’s rankings, but how do each unit’s individual position groups stack up against each other?

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Well at least #CheeseburgerGate was a fun distraction as the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings limp into University of Phoenix Stadium tonight to take on the red hot 10-2 Arizona Cardinals. All the odds seem stacked against the 8-4 Purple as we struggle to keep our playoff hopes alive. At least McDonalds gave the team 100 burgers though…

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his weekly spot and we chat about how the Vikings can attempt to right the ship out in the desert. We also touch on whether Norv Turner needs to be fired for not catering to Teddy Bridgewater, if Adrian Peterson has a right to gripe about his usage, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense can rebound from all of the injuries, and I complain about Jarius Wright not being a “true” slot receiver.

All that and other “I got the burgers that… will… I just got burgers” 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 listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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Cross your fingers, knock on wood, say a prayer, wish upon a star. Whatever you do, send positive vibes to the Minnesota Vikings this week. They’ll play the Arizona Cardinals this Thursday, likely move to 8-5 without four of their defensive starters available for the game, and prepare for a brutal three-game stretch to end the regular season. If they want to make the playoffs, the Vikings will need to win at least nine games by year’s end.

While 10, 11, or even 12 would be ideal, nine victories almost ensures Mike Zimmer’s team sneaks into the postseason as a Wild Card contender. After tomorrow’s matchup, they’ll host the Bears and Giants before a crucial Week 17 game at Lambeau Field, which could very well decide their playoff fate and determine the winner of the NFC North. But if you’re the Vikings, who would you rather play come January?

Win the division, and they’d enter the playoffs as the NFC’s third seed. Based on ESPN’s projection models (adjusted for win percentage), the third seed would host the Seattle Seahawks in the first round; definitely not an opponent the Vikings want to meet again this season. Finish second in the division, and the Vikings (fifth seed) would travel to play the winner of the NFC East, which has been lackluster as a whole for the majority of the year.

There’s a few ways the rest of the regular season can play out, and all but one guarantees the Vikings a shot at the playoffs. The question is, who would you rather see the team play on the road to Super Bowl 50?

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are limping into Thursday’s showdown with the 10-2 Arizona Cardinals in a game that most Purple supporters are dreading. After the 38-7 dismantling at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, even the most fervent Purple Kool-Aid drinkers are anticipating an ass kicking on Thursday and us falling to 8-5. It’s possible. It’s also possible the Vikings blow the Cardinals out by thirty because football is stoopid.

Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman makes her weekly appearance to vent about the Seahawks game, complain that we have no healthy safeties left, talk about how Teddy Bridgewater is being shafted and if the Vikings truly have to worry about missing the playoffs.

All that and other “I’m Glenn” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Minnesota Vikings may be 8-4, but winning records don’t always reflect a team’s actual place on the NFL’s totem pole. Power rankings and speculation aside, the Vikings are a team that’s too reliant on Adrian Peterson, too thin at a few key positions, and too predictable on offense to compete with the NFC’s best. That was painfully obvious on Sunday, when the Seattle Seahawks burst into TCF Bank Stadium and demolished the Vikings, winning 38-7 in a devastating loss for Mike Zimmer’s upstart team.

It’s time to put the Purple Kool-Aid down. Yes, the Vikings have the league’s best running back and a terrific young defense, but they’ve failed when it’s mattered most this season. They lost their two biggest games of the year —at home against the Packers and Seahawks — by a combined score of 68-20 and have yet to put together a “signature victory” over a quality opponent.

8-4 is impressive. The Vikings currently hold the NFC’s fifth playoff spot. If they win two of their next four games, they’ll finish the season 10-6 and likely play January football for the first time since 2012. But throw out the idea that this team is ready for anything beyond the first round of the playoffs; they’re not, and Mike Zimmer knows it:

“I’m concerned about a lot of things right now.”

“Yeah, we’re not quite as good as what we think we are. Especially if we don’t play the way we’re capable of playing we’re definitely not as good as what we think we are.”

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