Friday, September 30, 2016

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A Prescription for the Vikings Offensive Line
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The luster of an undefeated record masks the blemishes below the surface. For the Minnesota Vikings, that blemish is the offensive line. Through two games this season, the unit is Pro Football Focus’s 31st-ranked group and has struggled in every facet of play.

With Matt Kalil likely out for the season and T.J. Clemmings moving to left tackle, the prospects aren’t any better. Such overturn — and a sudden lack of depth — means offensive coordinator Norv Turner will have to adjust Minnesota’s scheme to compensate.

Shorter drops, shotgun looks, and a quick-hitting passing game could become the norm for the Vikings, who relied so heavily on a ground-and-pound attack in 2015. Even with those changes, there’s no guarantee the line improves. Right now, there’s no knowing how they can improve.

It’s the worry of every fan, and it’s the focus of this week’s Vikings Territory “Question of the Week:”

“What do you think is wrong with the OL, and how can it be fixed?”

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Vikings-Seahawks Recap - So How'd Teddy Look?

Teddy Bridgewater didn’t play in a game that doesn’t matter, but Vikings fans still freaked out. The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully ended their late night fiasco in Seattle without overtime, despite Pete Carroll’s best efforts. Here are a few half-awake thoughts.

Tonight/This Morning’s Talking Points Include:
• Why Didn’t Teddy Play?
• Shaun Hill Looked Good Enough
• WTF, Joel Stave
• Well Hello Cordarrelle Patterson
• Adam Thielen is WR3. Period.
• Lack of Running Game This Preseason is Worrisome
• Kyle Rudolph Is Alive
• CJ Ham is RB4
• Vikings Defense Played Well, BUT….
• Everson Wants 20 Sacks and Might Get It
• Danielle Hunter is a Man
• We’re In Good Hands with Our Backup Defensive Tackles
• LOL Antone Exum
• Michael Griffin Time with the ones with Harrison
• Terence Newman is no longer a starting caliber CB. Major regression from 2015.
• Secondary Cannot Catch
• Marcus Sherels Saved Us From Preseason Overtime
• Blair Walsh finally kicked a 27-yard FG
• Jeff Locke was Horrible

All that and other “Shaun Hill is Trade Bait” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Territory Question of the Week

Preseason Proving Ground
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The first week of preseason football gave the Minnesota Vikings plenty to digest, like Teddy Bridgewater’s growth and the positive performance of the team’s rookie class. It also cast a light on certain negatives, like the struggles of the offensive and defensive lines in the trenches.

Tonight’s matchup isn’t just a test for the entire team; it’s a chance for those who underwhelmed to turn their play around and make their way onto the final 53-man roster. It’s also a chance for incumbent starters to secure their jobs, reserves to win the competition, and no-namers to make a splash.

Before the Seahawks tilt, the Vikings Territory team is taking a look at the roster and trying to determine who has the most to prove for the Vikings with three weeks left until Week 1. Is it Andre Smith, Cordarrelle Patterson, or maybe, a surprise name? Follow the jump and see what the gang thinks!

Heading into Week 2 of the preseason, who has the most to prove for the Vikings?

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The ‘doesn’t count’ portion of the NFL schedule is almost half over as the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings roll into Century Link Field in Seattle play some Friday Morning Thursday Night West Coast football. I rattle through a few things I’m going to be looking for in Game 2 and also find a way to poke fun at new 49ers quarterback Christian Jerome Ponder (somehow).

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Seattle’s Best Talking Points Include:
1) Exum-Kearse Round Two
2) Hai, Anthony Harris
3) Can Treadwell Build on a Solid Debut
4) Can Nick Easton Make the Squad
5) Is the Andre Smith-TJ Clemmings
6) Will Adam Thielen Solidify Self as WR3?
7) Trae Waynes is Still Not Starting
8) Will 1st Team Offensive Line Be Less Garbage?
9) How’s Teddy Look Again?
10) Moritz Boehringer?
11) BONUS – Edmond Robinson
12) BONUS – Blair Walsh

All that and other “IT’S REAL TO ME, DAMMIT” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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