Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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VT QOTW

searching for sacks
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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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Third down dominance

Master of the defensive mind games
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Mike Zimmer’s defense is a labyrinth. Some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Cam Newton — wandered into Zimmer’s trap this season, only to leave battered, bruised, and most importantly, confused.

The Minnesota Vikings don’t just smother teams; they throw everything — including the kitchen sink — at opposing offenses. Blitzes and stunts come out of multiple personnel packages and alignments, putting extra pressure on offensive lines to diagnose rushes that may never come. Quarterbacks must determine if a linebacker in the A-gap is blitzing or dropping into coverage, which is almost impossible when nearly every “game” looks the same.

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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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Minnesota Vikings Sam Bradford

sThe Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings opened the gates to historic US Bank Stadium Sunday night in rousing fashion defeating the Green Bay Packers 17-14. The Purple were led by a strong effort by the Zimmer Hellfire Defense, an other-worldly performance by Stefon Diggs, and a completely surprising/electric outing from newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford. We recap the game that was and even do it without “sampling” other teams’ & sports’ traditions.

Today’s Border Battle Talkers Include:
• Sam Bradford Played Better Than Anyone Could Have Expected
• The Defense Owned Aaron Rodgers
• Stefon Diggs is Already Antonio Brown
• Why Adrian Peterson’s Injury Could Be a Positive
• The Ballad of Trae Waynes
• The Good and Bad Coaching Calls
• Matt Kalil is Back to Being Bad Kalil
• The Offensive Line Needs to be Fixed
• Loose Thoughts

All that and other “Shaun Hill Who?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Terence Newman Wants to Re-Sign
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Following the cutdown to a (somewhat) finalized 53-man roster, it is an annual tradition that somebody out there less lazy than myself calculate the average age of NFL teams and create a whole bunch of headlines from all 32 markets that allude to where each franchise sits in the stack.

This year, Philly Voice did the dirty work, and Vikings fans will be interested to hear that the team has gone from one the league’s youngest rosters to the second oldest. They have an average age of 26.58 years and only the Atlanta Falcons are older.

One school of thought would suggest that an already talented playoff team is now that much more experienced across the board and prepared to make a serious run. Another angle, however, is that this roster has some veterans that will soon be in need of a replacement.

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