Wednesday, September 2, 2015

adrian peterson

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I was multi-tasking today and got Uncle Nick (@nickasun) on the phone to ask me Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings related questions while I cooked some homemade General Tso’s Chicken & Lo-mein. Yes. This really happened and it turned out damn good. The food that is!

Sweet & Spicy Questions Include…
• Which team or teams outside the NFC north poses the biggest threat?
• What do you think will be the Vikings record verses the NFC north this season
• Which quarterback will have a better statistical record this year? Teddy Bridgewater or Russell Wilson
• Will the home record be better or worse this year compared to last? (5-3) last year
• Which Viking will receive the most yards? Receiving touchdowns?
• Who will be the better back up RB? McKinnon, Asiata, Banyard?
• Most points Vikings will score in a regular season game?
• Who will last longer with the Vikings? Wilfs, Zimmer or Spielman?
• Which player seems to be most likely traded mid-season?

All that and other “Kikkoman soy sauce is the ONLY soy sauce” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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In this four-part series leading up to training camp, I’ll be profiling the Vikings you should target in your fantasy football leagues this year. Look for new additions every Thursday and Friday the next few weeks and stay tuned for a bonus selection at the end!

Adrian Peterson, RB — Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson hasn’t had the best luck with quarterbacks. Since being selected 7th-overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Peterson’s starting quarterbacks include (in chronological order): Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre, Christian Ponder, and Matt Cassel. Save Favre’s magical 2009 season, Peterson has succeeded in the face of terrible quarterback play, rushing for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his eight-year career.

With such a lack of talent at the position, it’s no surprise that defenses stacked the box with eight, and even nine defenders at times. According to Pro Football Focus, Peterson faced an eight man box on 34.48% of his attempts in 2013, his most recent 16-game season. Despite the odds, Peterson finished the year with 1,266 yards on the ground while averaging 4.6 yards per carry (slightly lower than his 5.0 career average).

What’s missing in this discussion is the quarterback situation TODAY. Peterson hasn’t taken a regular season snap with Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota’s prodigal son and quarterback savior. After the first game of the 2014 season, Peterson was suspended and missed an opportunity to line up behind Bridgewater, who went on to cement himself as the team’s starting quarterback. The rookie finished the year with 14 touchdowns, a 64.4 percent completion percentage, and an above-average quarterback rating of 85.2.

The newfound success at the position opens up opportunities in the running game, as outlined by NFL.com’s Alex Gelhar in an article published following Norv Turner’s hiring:

“Turner runs a version of the Air Coryell offense, which tries to force the defense to defend the entire field through a combination of mid- to deep-range passing routes and a power running game. The offense sends players in motion to create space and allow them to avoid being jammed at the line of scrimmage so their deeper routes have time to develop. Ideal personnel include a fast receiver able to win deep jump balls, a pass-catching tight end capable of stretching the middle of the field, and a power back able to grind out yards between the tackles and catch the ball in space.”

Peterson fits the bill of a “power back able to grind out yards between the tackles”, but he’s never been known as a pass-catcher. In his eight seasons, Peterson’s career-highs receiving the ball are 43 catches (2009), 436 yards (2009), and 1 touchdown (multiple years). When Turner was hired to be the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, he made it clear he wanted to get Peterson involved in the passing game. “I would expect Adrian Peterson to catch 50/60 balls next year,” he told KFAN. Although the plan didn’t come to fruition, it should be a goal in place for a coach whose running back units have averaged 104 receptions per season and totaled 31 receiving touchdowns.

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Training camp begins in exactly 10 days. I repeat, training camp begins in exactly 10 days. No need to pinch yourselves — we’re so close to the start of the season!

Now’s the time to buy your Bridgewater jerseys, purchase tickets to the most exciting home games, and plan out your tailgates before football takes over. Come Saturday of next week, the team will be in Mankato and coach Zimmer will be whittling his roster down to the 53 best players. Once we get into the thick of training camp, there’s no turning back.

For now, enjoy the calm before the storm and soak in some of the best new Vikings stories from your favorite Vikings site and the rest of the web:

Earlier today, Lindsey wrote about her trip to Children’s Minneapolis Hospital, where Chad Greenway is making a positive impact through his Lead the Way foundation.
Last night, Vikings Territory debuted its More Than Words page, where you can learn about “Chad’s Lockers” and donate to help children in need.

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If you’re like me — hundreds of miles from Minnesota — the chance to attend a Vikings game comes once in a blue moon. This year, I’ll be fortunate enough to see Teddy Bridgewater and Co. twice, when the team travels to California for matchups with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.

For the lucky fans living in Minnesota, each season brings a handful of home games to TCF Bank Stadium, and soon, to U.S. Bank Stadium. This year, the Vikings face a number of new opponents at home, as laid out in the picture below:

Image courtesy of Vikings.com
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The first two games listed are preseason games, so we’ll ignore those for now. Preseason means little to most fans, unless you’re a diehard like most of us here, right?

Seeing as single-game tickets go on sale today, there’s no better time than now to play the hypothetical polling game! Many of you own season tickets and attend every game, but let’s throw reality out the window for a second —at least until training camp begins and the news cycle kicks into high gear.

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What do you do when you’re out of material & have no guest lined up? A MAILBAG! We put it out to you the listeners and we came back with some great Vikings, food, and life related questions.

Andy Was Lazy and Did a Mailbag Questions Include:
• What to watch for in this year’s preseason?
• Even after the draft, are there concerns with the roster?
• How do I convince my gf to go to a Vikings game when we do Honeymoon drive around the US?
• F-Marry-Kill: Zimmer, Spielman, Teddy
• Gas or charcoal?
• Realistically when can we hope to take back what is ours? The NFC North?
• What fruit do you not have with breakfast?
• Who wins in an arm wrestling contest: Everson Griffen or Danielle Hunter or [me]?
• 2015 Statline predictions for the major Vikings
• Would you rather the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year & in 2018, or [my daughter] get into an Ivy League school?
• Game Day Food?
• What 80s rock song best describes your feeling about the 2015 season?
• Also promo our Mankato dates, support us on Amazon!, and listen to the Dad Mode Podcast

All that and other “Is it Mankato Time Yet? on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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