Monday, January 23, 2017

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 38

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Remembering Blair Walsh
  • How good was Kai Forbath?
  • Jeff Locke’s impressive season
  • Marcus “cockroach” Sherels becoming one of the best punt returners in the league
  • Who returns kicks if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves?

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The Minnesota Vikings (5-4) were a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone against the Washington Redskins (5-3-1) on Sunday. They even found pay dirt more often (3 to 2), yet, the good showing in the red zone wasn’t enough to earn a win in the nation’s capital. A 26-20 defeat to the Redskins dropped the Vikings for their fourth consecutive loss.

Sam Bradford was an efficient 31-of-40 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. His lone interception with 5:44 to play, however, was a major blow as the Vikings were driving and only trailing 23-20.

Game Red Zone Stats

Possessions: 3
Touchdowns: 3
Field Goals: 0
Snaps: 8 (4 run, 4 pass)

Season Red Zone Stats

Possessions: 26
Touchdowns: 13
Efficiency: 50%
Snaps: 88 (42 run, 46 pass)

Washington had 13 offensive snaps (5 run 8 pass) on four red zone possessions scoring one touchdown and adding three field goals.

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As the news broke of kicker Blair Walsh being released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, much of the tone around the Vikings community centered around feelings of relief and happiness. Minnesota fan’s from all over took to social media to express their excitement with the team’s decision to cut their struggling kicker.

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This week, we let it all out. We air our grievances about the 2016 Minnesota Vikings. We complain. We mourn. We do these things with the help of Michael Scott and the age-old mantra of the Vikings fan: no matter how good things seem, the other shoe will surely drop.

But my friends, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Come with me and shed your fears and frustrations, and seek the true salvation that is available to us all. For in our hour of darkness, we need each other more than ever. Let us walk together, and find Vikings deliverance. 

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have mercifully released kicker Blair Walsh to the boisterous cheers of a Purple fanbase who demanded blood, anyone’s blood, for this four-game losing steak. So what now? Walsh was indeed under performing, but he didn’t play offensive line, running back, or defense. There are still many items on this suddenly 5-4 football team that need addressing beyond punting a kicker with three years left on his contract.

Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) joined me at Blue Door Pub to throw back some Indeeds and talk about our suddenly crappy team and how Zimmer can hopefully Make the Vikings Great Again. Also Jason the GM of BDP Como chimed in on the Vikes and what’s going down at Blue Door.

All that and more “Kicking Is a Helluva Drug” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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