Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

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ATL Culture: Body Odor, Breaking Chairs and Boneless Wings — Episode 44

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald decide to go rogue on the 44th installment of the About the Labor podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • ATL Culture: Body Odor, The Great Wings Debate, Breaking Fold-Up Chairs with Authority
  • Vikings Analysis: Is Mike Zimmer a defensive genius? Or is he a product of 30 years of good players?
  • Vikings Analysis: Why does Adrian Peterson Need to Retire a Viking? Save Loyalty for Your Wife, Rick
  • Vikings Analysis: Even Kevin Durant Thinks Blair Walsh Went Too Far with is “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”
  • Draft: Myles Garrett — Long Break — Bama’s Tim Williams, Vols’ Derek Barnett and Trees’ Solo Thomas
  • Draft: Bama’s OJ Howard Has a Claim for Being Best Tight End Prospect ever
  • Outro: Draft Dudes Jordan Reid and Myles Gorham Joining the ATL Party Monday — Betting Now Open

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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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