Monday, October 24, 2016

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As the Minnesota Vikings prepare to play the Green Bay Packers in U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday night, the team has yet to announce to the public who will be starting under center for the Vikings’ second game of the 2016 regular season.

Minnesota has two choices for Sunday — Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford. The choice seems obvious to some that the Vikings should go with the recently acquired Bradford.

But would that really be the best choice?

Each player has both positive and negative reasons to support the argument for why he should or should not start. But if Minnesota’s defense played like they did against the Tennessee Titans last week, it really will not matter who the team’s starting quarterback is.

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Minnesota Vikings Darren Wolfson

Darren Wolfson (KSTP/1500 ESPN) joined the show at Blue Door Pub Como to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and life as an insider breaking stories and developing sources. We touched on the news surrounding the Teddy Bridgewater injury, what he heard prior to the Sam Bradford blockbuster trade, how long Xavier Rhodes could be out, and when/if certain players will be moved on from this season. *Cough Jarius Wright, Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke*

And oh yeah the Green Bay Packers are coming in for Sunday Night Football and the regular season opening of US Bank Stadium. Lil chatter about that minor thing too.

Get the lowdown from Doogie on The Scoop available on iTunes and PodcastOne.

All that and other “Andy is Deep Throat” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings’ defense produced two scores as Minnesota overcame a slow start to beat the Tennessee Titans 25-16 on Sunday. The Vikings started the 2016 season off right with a good win on the road, but it was the Titans who controlled the red zone in this ball game.

The Titans ran 12 plays (11 pass and 1 run) in the red zone on three possessions which yielded two touchdowns and one field goal.

The Vikings ran 8 plays in the red zone (1 pass and 7 runs) on two possessions manufacturing only one field goal and zero touchdowns.

Red Zone Notes:

The Titans found the red zone first mid-way through the first quarter. Eric Kendricks’ outstanding tackle for loss on second down helped limit the Titans to a 28 yard field goal and a 0-3 advantage.

Early in the second quarter the Vikings had their first opportunity in the red zone. The Titans shut down three consecutive running plays by Adrian Peterson and an Andre Smith holding penalty set up an impossible third-and-24 situation. Blair Walsh’s 37 yard field attempt sailed wide left spoiling a 15 play 56 yard drive.

The Titans did their best red zone work through the air as running back DeMarco Murray caught two touchdowns out of the backfield including a nifty leap over a defender for the score.

The Vikings found the red zone again in the 4th quarter and Norv Turner once again dialed up three consecutive running plays. This time, two handoffs went to Matt Asiata and one to Stefon Digg which also saw very little success. After missing two field goals earlier in the game, Walsh connected on a 30 yard attempted to give the Vikings a 25-10 lead.

Tennessee was focused on stoping Peterson, and not only did they shut down the Vikings’ running attack in the red zone, but they held Peterson to just 31 yards on 19 carries for the entire game.

Quarterback Shaun Hill was effective enough in the passing game to move the chains and sustain some drives. However, after the game he stated that the Vikings will need to do a better job turning drives into points in the future.

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After zero points and two missed field goal attempts by the enigmatic Blair Walsh in the first half, the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) looked far from the 2015 team that won 11 games and an NFC North division title. But something happened at halftime (likely Mike Zimmer losing his voice and making up new ways to use certain four letter words) and the Vikings scored 25 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a Week 1 defeat of the Tennessee Titans (0-1) by a score of 25-16.

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Adam Warwas presents five bold predictions for today’s Vikings versus Titans game.

How’d you sleep? Yeah, me neither.

The much anticipated start of the 2016 Minnesota Vikings season is just hours away, with the first stop being Tennessee, and I think we here at Vikings Territory have hit about every storyline from about every angle… sometimes at an admittedly excessive rate. What can I say? The whole gang of contributors here loves their Minnesota Vikings.

Now it is time for our collective offseason analysis, our breakdowns of a paper roster, to take to the actual turf in pursuit of greatness. The Teddy Bridgewater disaster will doubtless have a rippling impact throughout the season, voiding some of our offseason projections, but that won’t stop us from trying to shake the magic eight ball in search of hope and optimism.

Here are five bold predictions, largely based on my own stated opinions from this offseason, for what could unfold on the field today.

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