Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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The Vikings are coming off a big win over Atlanta and have plenty of momentum rolling into Week 13 to face Seattle. That being said, the Seahawks are also coming in strong, having won four of their last five games. Both teams have had their share of up and down games in 2015, and the experts this week are divided on which squad will take the “W.”

Let’s take a look at how Minnesota’s offense will match up against its opponents.


Offensive Line

After a less-than-impressive performance Week 11 against Green Bay, the offensive line played better last week. Only one of Minnesota’s nine penalties was attributed to the line (T.J. Clemmings), and the unit’s blocking was improved as well. Teddy Bridgewater escaped the game without being sacked, and Adrian Peterson had a big running game.

Despite losing original starters Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan, the patchwork offensive line has now been playing together for a long time, and consistency is key. Seattle’s No. 4 defense will be no easy match up, and the Vikings will be facing defensive end Cliff Avril, who leads the Seahawks with 7.5 sacks this season, and fellow defensive end Michael Bennett (6.5 sacks). Overall, the team has 27 sacks on the year. Clemmings had a difficult time against Denver earlier this season, and Seattle could pose a similar challenge to the rookie.

Bottom line (as always): the offensive line will need to be on its toes Sunday and will set the tone of the game early on.

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The Vikings announced Thursday morning that Adrian Peterson has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Month. Peterson received the award after wrapping up November with a 158-yard performance against Atlanta last week.

Peterson continues to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,164 yards thus far. During November, he recorded 634 rushing yards on 117 carries and five touchdowns. At 30 years old, the running back shows no signs of slowing down; the 634 yards were the most he tallied in a single month since he set a franchise record of 861 yards in December 2012. Peterson also received NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors at that time.

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If the playoffs started today, the 3-seeded Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings would be hosting the 6-seed Seattle Seahawks. Which makes Sunday’s showdown at The Bank both a potential playoff preview and an opportunity for a statement win as the Purple look to solidify our playoff position as the 2015 season barrels on.

Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG) of the NFL Female Podcast rejoins the show to talk about how her beloved Seahawks and Legion of Boom Legion of Whom will matchup against Teddy Bridgewater and The Zimmer Hellfire Defense.

We also recap her emotions after last year’s Super Bowl, why Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas get more buzz than Harrison Smith, how Russell Wilson and Teddy are more similar than not, why the 2015 Vikings and the 2013 Seahawks are alike, and if young Thomas Rawls can go yard-for-yard with Adrian Peterson

All that and other “Sherman’s gonna blanket Mike Wallace” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The 8-3 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings took care of business against the Falcons, but have to prepare to pluck yet another bird as the Seattle Seahawks roll into The Bank on Sunday. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman makes her triumphant return to the show to talk about our favorite Purple Squadron.

Dranking the Kool-Aid Topics Include
• The glory of Anthony Barr and the Zimmer Hellfire Defense
• Does Adrian have a legit shot at the rushing record?
• Pro Bowler: Yea or Nah?
• Can Teddy have career day versus this formerly good defense?
• Where the heck is Mike Wallace?
• Why are the Seahawks favored?
• Can the Vikings win the two-seed?
• And much, much more.

All that and other “Legion of Whom?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The holiday season, as Andy Williams so famously sings each December, is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The glimmering lights of a Christmas tree, the taste of fresh-baked sugar cookies, and the sound of jingle bells remind me of my childhood, when my only concern was what I’d put on my annual wish list to Santa. Did I want a scooter? A PS2? A pair of headphones? I made my list, and the big man in red always checked it twice, leaving unwrapped presents under the tree each Christmas.

The joy of Christmas doesn’t come from the gifts we receive, though. It’s the traditions, the quiet moments with family, and the act of giving that make Christmas so special for me. Whether we’re baking Grandma’s favorite cookies or watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the hundredth time, I’ll always cherish the memories I make each December with my closest family and friends. It’s this time of the year, in particular, that reminds me of the things I appreciate the most in my life.

Unfortunately, that anxious, greedy child in me lashes out when I think of the Minnesota Vikings. They’re 8-3, sitting alone atop the NFC North, and yet, I want more from my favorite football team. With Christmas just 24 days away and the stress of holiday shopping upon us, there’s no better time than the present to start a new tradition at Vikings Territory and share my grown-up, Vikings Christmas list with you. Hey, maybe Santa will deliver a few of these presents by season’s end.

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