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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 37

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit’s greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Gaudy statistical rankings
  • Spectacular defensive line and pass-rush
  • Regression of linebacker Anthony Barr
  • Mike Zimmer’s ability to develop an outstanding defensive secondary
  • Specific areas in need of improvement
  • Speculation regarding impending free agents and potential hole-fillers

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Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears-Banner Protesters

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finished out the lost 2016 season with an impressive showing Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium defeating the Chicago Bears 38-10. The exhibition game mercifully puts an end to a roller coaster season that is right up there with 2010 in terms of drama and randomness. We recap the game and take a quick look as some offseason business.

Today’s “Smile Because It Happened” Talkers Include:
• Adam Thielen Does Not Get 1000
• Sam Bradford Gets It
• #FreeRashodHill
• Pay Xavier Rhodes His Money
• Some Mad Kyle Rudolph Props
• I Still Believe in Jerick McKinnon
• Trae Waynes Has More Ups and Downs Than
• The Curious Case of Laquon Treadwell
• Vikings Assistants to Keep/Not Keep
• Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson Done in Purple

All that and more “I Told Y’all About Rashod Hill” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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One single thought from the Vikings' loss to the Packers.

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This is generally a “Five Thoughts” column in which I lay out five observations about the Vikings game, and where it went right or wrong and what it means. Despite the sluggish and mildly depressed (if completely expected) way I was feeling about the 38-25 loss to Green Bay Saturday, that was still my plan. It was probably going to be about Adam Thielen’s scintillating 12-catch, 202-yard, two-touchdown day, and Sam Bradford’s stat line that was actually very good despite the offense’s struggles (again), and how, even with all that, that the Vikings still got handled, and how that felt perfectly right, and a few other things. Until I saw this headline from the Star Tribune:

Vikings DBs switch up game plan on Mike Zimmer regarding Jordy Nelson

So pardon me while I ditch the usual format and focus on this one highly alarming story from the game. I must start by asking, in all sincerity, what in the ever loving hell is going on?

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Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings saw their playoff hopes all but disappear Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts laid the smack down on the Purple at Historic US Bank Stadium. The Vikes are still “mathematically” alive, but the team looks mentally checked out and ready to mail in the rest of 2016. We recap the Week 16 debacle.

Today’s ‘Holy Hell, What Just Happened’ Talkers Include:
• The Return of Adrian Peterson was _____.
• The Defense Was to Blame Today
• Sam Bradford is Blameless
• The Offense Reverted to Adrian Ball
• What the Hell Happened to Anthony Barr?
• Calling Out Everson Griffen
• Guys Who Didn’t Quit
• Hey Anthony Harris
• Mike Zimmer & Rick Spielman Aren’t on the Hotseat. But…
• So What Now?

All that and more “YOU AS COLD AS ICE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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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