Saturday, December 3, 2016

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More of the same, and that's a good thing.

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1. This is starting to sound like a broken record.

Gathering my thoughts following the Vikings’ 31-13 win over the Texans Sunday, I realized they’re basically the same as they have been most of the season; great defense, a virtually mistake-free Sam Bradford, a big play on special teams, and another round of injuries that would seem a lot worse if they ever had an impact on the outcome of a game. The Vikings are now the lone undefeated team in the NFL, which is a nice place to be heading into a bye.

I don’t know what else to say other than this team is damn impressive. It’s gotten to the point where I expect them to score on offense, am shocked if the defense gives up points on a given drive, and I feel reasonably comfortable the team will hold leads in the second halves of games. We have to be ready for bumps in the road—at some point, the offense will turn the ball over—but the team is good enough in all three phases, it feels like they’ll be able to overcome a lot of miscues. Who knows, maybe they’ll eventually run out of offensive linemen, and maybe a missed kick will come back to haunt them. But for now? Let the good times roll. The Vikings are the best team in the NFL.

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Minnesota Vikings-Houston Texans Mike Zimmer Walker Texas Ranger

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings extended their undefeatedness to 5-0 as the Purple punched the Houston Texans in the mouth 31-13 Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium. The Zimmer Hellfire Defense/Zim Reapers came to play again as Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense was up on blocks like a rusted out Pinto most of the day. We recap the game and give away a FREE Purple FTW! t-shirt courtesy of our friends Sota Stick Co.

Today’s 5-0 For Mike Yeo Talking Points Include
• Adam Thielen is WR1
• Cordarrelle Patterson is WR2!
• The Zim Reapers Do It Again
• The Running Back Position – COOL RUNNINGS
• Mandatory Sam Bradford Appreciation Talking Point
• TJ Clemmings Is Terrible Again
• Secondary Was Second to None
• Ya’ll Keep Sleeping on Marcus Sherels
• Hey Jarius Wright Actually Played (Treadwell Did Not)
• More Injuries Adding Up
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Miss a Field Goal or Extra Point
• This is a GREAT Team

All that and other “On the Verge…” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Five(ish) thoughts from the Vikings win over the Giants.

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1. I’m trying not to get too giddy.

At 4-0, with what this team has been through, it’s hard not to let the joy flow hysterically, running down the street and high-fiving strangers and yelling about how football is a great sport and life is indeed fair. It’s been a heck of a start. The best thing I can say about the 2016 Vikings is they don’t seem like a Vikings team. This is a sincere endorsement and a point of admiration.

As Vikings fans, we’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop. No matter how good things look, we’ve been burned enough times to know that it will somehow end in agony, and thus it’s hard to fully enjoy even the best of times when we’re constantly looking over our collective shoulder. It’s a terrible way to live, but I’m hoping—hoping, gang—that this particular group will finally, mercifully, be different.

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Taking a dive into veteran reporter Mark Craig's new book on Vikings history.

Mark Craig

I’ll start with a bit of unbridled truth: I really wanted to like Mark Craig’s book, 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books, available October 1, 2016). For one, I’ve admired Craig’s work with the Star Tribune for years, and consider him a gifted writer and one of the more astute NFL minds in the market. Me criticizing him on sports writing would be like Ashlee Simpson giving Beyonce voice lessons. Two, as someone who has written a few books myself—and gotten my share of…um…mixed reviews—the last thing I want to do is drop the hammer on another author. Nothing changes the way you look at criticism quite as much as being on the receiving end.

So when I accepted the offer to review 100 Things, it was with mixed emotions. On one hand, I was excited to read Mark Craig’s first endeavor into book-length Vikings journalism. On the other, I was scared it wouldn’t be that good. That would make things complicated, and awkward.

I promised myself before I dove in, when I was done with the book, I’d write an honest review no matter what. I’d give my thoughts and overall impression as an admittedly half-baked reviewer, but one who tells the truth, because I cannot think of many things less interesting than reading a biased or otherwise insincere review. I’ve read my share of thinly veiled press releases, and I had no interest in spending time writing one.

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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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