Monday, December 5, 2016

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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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Vikings Release K Blair Walsh
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Blair Walsh is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. After missing his fourth extra point of the year on Sunday, the organization decided enough was enough, releasing the former Pro Bowl kicker on Tuesday.

Walsh hasn’t been the same kicker since his devastating playoff miss against the Seattle Seahawks last year. He made just 75 percent of his attempts this year (12-of-16) and drew the ire of Vikings fans around the country. Walsh’s head coach, Mike Zimmer, wouldn’t commit to the veteran kicker on Monday morning.

“We’re going to see what the options are at kicker, and then make a determination and go,” he told reporters when asked if the team would explore replacing Walsh. Zimmer likely knew the answer but waited until the Vikings’ day off to make the news official.

As Tom Pelissero first reported, the Vikings are expected to sign Kai Forbath this afternoon. Forbath last played for the Washington Redskins in 2015, going 1-for-2 on field goals and 1-for-1 on extra points. He also appeared in 10 games for the New Orleans Saints, making 9-of-13 field goals and connecting on 33-of-34 extra points.

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