Friday, September 30, 2016

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Five Thoughts from the Vikings' win at Carolina.

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1. Zimmer suffocates Cam.

Since Mike Zimmer became the coach of the Vikings, the team has played the Panthers twice, and in those games, Cam Newton is a combined 39 of 70 for 456 yards, with one passing touchdown and four interceptions. You can clearly see the impact Zimmer’s schemes and gameplans have on the 2015 MVP, and on Sunday, the Vikings stifled Newton in a way that few defenses can (21/35, 262 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT). They also sacked him eight times. It was, quite simply, a magnificent performance, especially considering how prolific the Panthers’ offense usually is at home.

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VT QOTW

Gauging Confidence in Vikings K Blair Walsh
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Whether Minnesota Vikings fans like it or not, Blair Walsh is the team’s kicker through 2019. The six-year veteran signed a contract extension last offseason, a deal that made Walsh the fifth-highest paid kicker in the league at the time. His contract, which runs through the 2019 season, pays Walsh $8.75 million over the next four years.

Despite his recent misses and struggles, Walsh is the team’s kicker for the foreseeable future. The decision to award Walsh an extension last year, even after posting the lowest field goal percentage of his career in 2014, has been and will continue to be the focus of debates as the season rolls on.

What we’re here to do is gauge our confidence in Walsh. We’ve seen what he can do — setting rookie records in 2012 — and know that he scored all of Minnesota’s points in last year’s Wild Card loss. And we know that he led the league with 34 made field goals in 2015. But last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans didn’t inspire confidence in the former Georgia Bulldog. With 15 games left in the regular season, I asked the Vikings Territory team:

“How concerned are you with the play of Blair Walsh?”

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The Minnesota Vikings will officially make franchise history on Sunday night by playing the first regular season game ever in U.S. Bank Stadium. That game will be played against, of course, the Green Bay Packers which will mark a new era in an old rivalry.

A New stadium. A prime time event. A heated rivalry. A quarterback conundrum.

What more could you want when it comes to drama and excitement? There is plenty of both and right now we take our weekly glance around the web in search of some of the best links available.

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Minnesota Vikings Darren Wolfson

Darren Wolfson (KSTP/1500 ESPN) joined the show at Blue Door Pub Como to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and life as an insider breaking stories and developing sources. We touched on the news surrounding the Teddy Bridgewater injury, what he heard prior to the Sam Bradford blockbuster trade, how long Xavier Rhodes could be out, and when/if certain players will be moved on from this season. *Cough Jarius Wright, Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke*

And oh yeah the Green Bay Packers are coming in for Sunday Night Football and the regular season opening of US Bank Stadium. Lil chatter about that minor thing too.

Get the lowdown from Doogie on The Scoop available on iTunes and PodcastOne.

All that and other “Andy is Deep Throat” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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After zero points and two missed field goal attempts by the enigmatic Blair Walsh in the first half, the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) looked far from the 2015 team that won 11 games and an NFC North division title. But something happened at halftime (likely Mike Zimmer losing his voice and making up new ways to use certain four letter words) and the Vikings scored 25 unanswered points in the second half on their way to a Week 1 defeat of the Tennessee Titans (0-1) by a score of 25-16.

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