Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Sam Bradford Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had himself a game Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Vikings to a 29-19 win over New Orleans.

The first-overall pick of the 2010 draft set career highs in passing yards and passer rating (143.0). His completion percentage of 84.4% is a Vikings record for a season opener. With Bradford under center, the Vikings gained 470 yards of total offense, going 9-of-14 on third down (64%).

It’s the first time in Bradford’s career that he has received this honor. According to, Bradford is the eleventh player under head coach Mike Zimmer to win the award. The last Vikings quarterback to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week was Brett Favre back in 2009.

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The Minnesota Vikings are no stranger to signing former Green Bay Packers.

Most notably, the team booked Hall-of-Fame signal-caller Brett Favre during the summer of 2009, preceding the formation of likely the most dominant Vikings team since Randy Moss’s record-breaking 1998 squad.

Since Favre, however, the Vikings have largely failed to reap the benefits of signing former Packers players. First there was wide receiver Greg Jennings, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the team back in 2013. Once Aaron Rodgers’ primary option, Jennings failed to extend his success across the state border, mustering just a hair over 1,500 yards across only two seasons in Minnesota.

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Why There’s Hope For A Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Victory

“A team is only as strong as it’s weakest player.”

I’m not a fan of that expression, partially because I know how it feels to be the weakest player and partially because if it were up to me, I’d simply replace the worst player on the team. But I digress.

Why bring it up then? It’s because nowadays, too many people analyze teams that way. A player has a bad game or a rough stretch of games and suddenly he’s garbage, and so is the team if they don’t replace the player immediately.

It’s simply not a fair judgement. There’s more to a team than meets the eye. A team wins and loses together, rolls with the punches, celebrates the good times, and changes individuals for the better.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Are We Still Mad About 2009? feat. Josh Pelto & Luke Inman (ep. 410)

With the New Orleans Saints rolling into Historic US Bank Stadium Monday Night to open the 2017 season, it’s impossible not to revisit the 2009 NFC Championship Game and the hard feeling many of the Vikings faithful still harbor towards the Saints, the refs, and certain players on that Purple squad. But are those feelings justified? We explore in the first half of the show because I rewatched the entire game for the first time since seeing it live with me own two eyes on January 24, 2010. Plus for some levity, the debut of our new weekly segment The Happy Hour Half-Hour, with Josh Pelto (@JoshThePelto) and Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) having a few beverages and discussing some of the latest Vikings headlines. Sports Over Beers, if you will.

All that and more “Blame Childress” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 16

VT Roundtable Episode 16

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 16 features a six-man team made up of Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan). The crew collectively amps up the energy for discussions surrounding Pro Football Focus’ polarizing player evaluation system, the Vikings quarterback poised to emerge victorious at The Battle Behind Bradford and plenty more in yet another thrilling installment of the VT Roundtable!

Check out Episode 16 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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