Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Three weeks into the season, wide reciever Stefon Diggs is second in the NFL with 325 receiving yards while on pace to eclipse 100 receptions for the season. Sam Bradford has found a rising young star in Diggs, however, his emerging go-to target in the red zone is tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph caught another red zone touchdown pass this week as the Vikings sacked the Carolina Panthers in a 22-10 victory. The win snapped the Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak and keeps the Minnesota Vikings unbeaten at 3-0.

The Vikings ran seven plays in the red zone (four passes and three runs) on three possessions. The red zone offense scored a touchdown and kicked two field goals.

The Panthers had two offensive snaps in the red zone (two runs) on one possession and scored a touchdown.

Red Zone Notes:

In the first quarter the Panthers reached the red zone first when Cam Newton hit Corey Brown on a deep 27-yard pass over the coverage of Captain Munnerlyn down the left side line. On 1st-and-goal from the 9-yard line, Fuzzy Whittaker ran the ball for a six yard pickup. Newton then ran it in for the score on the following play to give the Panthers an early 0-7 lead. Newton runs the read option as well as any quarterback in the league, and on this play, his ball fake was so good he practically walked into the end zone around the right side of the Vikings’ defense.

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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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Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 3-0, already have a win over the Green Bay Packers, and just roughed up the league MVP and defending NFC Champs. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. We recap the “solid in all three phases” win even though I’m in Denver for a wedding. Because why shouldn’t Andy have to work during his vacation. #Warrior

Today’s Road Warriors Talking Points Include
• This Was a Big-Boy Win
• The Defense Carried the Day
• This is All We Need From Sam Bradford
• THIS is the Kyle Rudolph We Paid For
• #FreeMcKinnon (and Asiata Too, I Guess)
• TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles Looked Solid
• Everson Griffen is Not Human
• Treadwell Inactive, Jarius Wright Active
• Injuries Strike Again
• Marcus Sherels Appreciation

All that and other “#FreeClemmingsAndSirles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Whatever head coach Mike Zimmer has been saying to the Minnesota Vikings in the locker room at halftime, it has been working. For the second straight time in an away game this season, the Vikings ended up getting the win after trailing from halftime. This time with a 22-10 victory over the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers.

Behind 14 points and four sacks in the second half, Minnesota was able to defeat the Panthers on Sunday and improve their 2016 record to 3-0.

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Chatting about the Vikings versus Panthers matchup.

We may not know a lot about what our 2016 Minnesota Vikings are going to look like moving forwards after this rash of injuries have dramatically changed how the offense looks, but that won’t stop us from checking in with those that know our opponents best.

Today, we’ve asked Tony Dunn of Carolina Cat Chronicles to answer some questions that will hopefully help all of us better understand what the Vikings are facing this tomorrow in Charlotte.

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