Saturday, December 10, 2016

Anthony Barr

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Apparently the Minnesota Vikings Week 11 victory over the Arizona Cardinals was too good to be true. Here everyone was, all happy and stuff that the Vikings had snapped their four-game losing streak and then they go and drop a stinker in Detroit against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

Injuries continue to hamper this team’s chances of doing anything spectacular this season, but that really should not be an excuse. Every team in the league deals with injuries each year and it just comes down to which team is able to deal with them in a better manner.

Speaking of dealing well with injuries this season, absolutely no one envisioned the Dallas Cowboys to come into their matchup with the Vikings this week riding a 10-game win streak.

Like Minnesota, the Cowboys also lost their starting quarterback to an injury before the start of the year and were left scrambling. But instead of pouting and sulking about their injury problems, Dallas has turned 2016 into a season to remember so far.

Perhaps the Vikings should take a few lessons from the resiliency of the Cowboys this year?

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Raise the Bar with Anthony Barr
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Vikings Territory has a long tradition of supporting worthwhile causes. From Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation to the Mike Zimmer Foundation, giving back to the community is something near and dear to the website’s heart. Through More Than Words, Vikings Territory, members of the Minnesota Vikings, and our loyal readers have raised tens of thousands of dollars for those in need.

And on this Giving Tuesday, an annual holiday where you can donate some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community, we offer a new cause — Anthony Barr’s Raise the Barr Foundation.

Launched in June 2016, Raise the Barr strives to provide financial support to single mothers wishing to further their education. The child of a single parent himself, Barr learned from his mother the importance of education and the impact it had on the lives of his mother, younger brother, and himself. Inspired by her strength, Barr launched his foundation to improve the livelihoods of single mothers and their children in the Twin Cities.

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Minnesota Vikings - Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings need to come out Guns (N’ Roses) blazing this Thursday versus the NFC top dog Dallas Cowboys to have any hope of saving their season. To help us figure out how the Purple can get back to Paradise City, we brought in Sweet Child O’ Mine Arif Hasan to the Blue Door Pub. Arif and I talked about the Live and Let Die offensive line, how the defense’s Appetite for Destruction is back, and whether or not the Vikings 2016 season will be Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door after Thursday’s Color Rush as we Welcome Dallas to the Jungle.

We also chatted about a lot of other Vikings related items that I couldn’t think of GNR puns for. So there ya go.

All that and more “All We Need is Just a Little Patience” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Reasons to be Thankful
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Thanksgiving dinner came and went in an instant. The fridge is empty, the leftovers are gone, and suddenly, the Christmas rush is upon us. Life moves quickly, and even more so for the Minnesota Vikings.

Last week’s crushing loss to the Detroit Lions is all but a memory as the Vikings prepare for another pivotal NFC showdown. This time, they’ll host the league’s best team in the Dallas Cowboys. Thursday night’s game marks the dawn of December, and more importantly, a chance for the Vikings to close the door on last month’s failures.

As we reflect, we have an opportunity to look back and find reasons to be thankful. Even though the Vikings feel even further behind the Lions, a few names stood above the rest as impact players. But first, a look back at previous Players of the Week:

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Five thoughts on the Vikings' loss to the Lions.

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1. I have no problem with the third down plays.

Okay, the obvious: that sucked. It sucked badly. Another gut-punch loss (and on Thanksgiving nonetheless, a holiday reserved for overeating and cocktail-fueled joy), a season sweep by the Lions, and a serious dent in the playoff chances. It was a game the Vikings would’ve won if they had the ability to close, and another piece of evidence that they are severely lacking in that department.

But I get the idea I feel quite differently from the masses about the Vikings’ performance on third downs. I’ve seen quite a bit of commentary about how Sam Bradford and the offensive coaches continually checked down and played it safe on money downs, and how this was an overly conservative approach that eventually cost the team the game. Time after time, Bradford completed shorter passes that brought on the punting unit, rather than challenging the Lion’s defense and throw downfield.

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