Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Our next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: The Defensive Ends

At first glance, defensive end is the least of the Vikings’ concerns heading into 2017. Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Brian Robison are all under contract through next season, and the team’s only unrestricted free agent at the position—Justin Trattou—can likely be signed for the veteran’s minimum or replaced by another bargain player (Trattou appeared in all 16 games last season, but did not record a tackle).

The other Viking who could be a factor at defensive end is Stephen Weatherly. Weatherly appeared in just two games as a rookie, and it’s difficult to gauge if/how he’ll factor into the conversation in 2017.

From the outset, the Vikings look set at end; the rotation is comprised of three of the better players not just on the defense, but the entire team. But at closer examination, Robison’s contract and age, plus the emergence of Hunter, raise the question of whether the team will make a move to clear cap space and move the third-year phenom into the starting lineup.

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Linval Joseph Selected to First Pro Bowl
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The Minnesota Vikings announced nose tackle Linval Joseph has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald. This is Joseph’s first selection to the Pro Bowl since entering the league as a second-round pick to the New York Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings’ 2016 campaign effectively came to a close Thursday night at Historic US Bank Stadium as the Purple fell to the Dallas Cowboys 17-15. Special teams errors, penalties, and missed opportunities plagued interim head coach Mike Priefer’s debut. We recap the game and take a look forward as the Vikings play out the 2016 string.

Today’s 10-Days Til Jacksonville Talkers Include:
• This Could Have Been Sam Bradford’s Career Defining Game
• Mike Priefer Assessment
• The Defense Held the Cowboys in Check Except…
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Penalties Were Murder
• What Happened with the Special Teams?
• Charles Johnson Has to Go
• Loose Thoughts
• So What Now?
• Mike Zimmer Needs to Take the Rest of 2016 Off

All that and more “Go Texans, Go Saints” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings-Arizona Cardinals

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finally got back in the win column for the firs time since October 9th (41 days). Mike Zimmer’s once vaunted defense became vaunted once again, getting consistent pressure on Carson Palmer and helped the Purple seal a 30-24 win Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium.

Today’s Back in the Saddle Again Talkin Points Include
• Carson Palmer Got Beat Like He Stole Something
• Mandatory Kai Forbath Talking Point
• Week 3 Under Shurmur Was _______.
• Xavier Rhodes Played the Game of His Life
• #FreeDanielleHunter
• Cordarrelle Patterson is Becoming…
• Offensive Line Watch
• Jeff Locke Has Been PHENOMENAL This Season
• The Defense Still Has Issues Stopping the Run
• Week 11 Zimmer Assessment

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

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VT QOTW

searching for sacks
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Three years in, and Mike Zimmer’s finally at the head of the NFL’s most dominant defense. It took some time and a few bumps along the road, but the Minnesota Vikings have a chance to go down as a historically great unit.

Outside of the loyal fan base, analysts and professional “football watchers” are taking notice, too; Matt Bowen  of ESPN Insider had this to say about the new Purple People Eaters:

“This unit under [Head Coach] Mike Zimmer continues to create panic and turnovers. Through six games, the Vikings are holding opposing quarterbacks to a ridiculously low Total QBR (25.6), and Minnesota is tied with Seattle at the top of the NFL for points allowed per game (14.0). They have a dynamic mix of extremely smart coaching and versatile talent at all three levels of the field. That’s tough to plan against.”

Despite these strengths, the Vikings find themselves in a bit of a rut. In the team’s last three games, they’ve gone without a sack twice. Much of that starts with Minnesota’s opponents; offensive coordinators know the Vikings can generate pressure, and in turn adjust game plans accordingly. Quarterbacks are getting the football out quickly, receivers aren’t attacking the deep area of the field, and in general, offenses aren’t moving the football against the Vikings.

It’s a positive in that pressure, even without production, is fundamentally changing the way offenses try to attack Zimmer’s defense.

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