Saturday, November 18, 2017

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TEDDY OR CASE: Who should start?

It’s the hottest debate surrounding the Vikings right now.

The points are clear on both sides of aisle.

One side argues, “Keenum is just as good as Teddy ever was,” “He’s basically 5-2 and has won four games in a row,” “Case gets the job done so roll with him,” and “the Vikings have chemistry so don’t mess with it.”

The other side argues, “Teddy has a higher ceiling and can win us a Super Bowl,” “Bridgewater was an average starter in 2015 but has better pieces around him now,” and “You need to make a decision on him for next year, so start him now and see what you have.”

It’s a very interesting debate. Both sides make valid points. Plus, it seems like everyone has an opinion.

Whatever your opinion may be, Keenum and Bridgewater are similar quarterbacks. They both make smart decisions, take care of the ball, extend plays with their feet, and make plays through the air. Even their Pro Football Focus grades are similar.

So, what really sets them apart?

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If someone were to tell the Minnesota Vikings that they would hold Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to under 150 passing yards and cause him to throw two interceptions, they would probably think the result would be their sixth win of the 2016 season.

However, that is not exactly what happened on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Vikings looked rusty and flustered throughout the day as they lost to the Eagles 21-10.

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It has only been a two weeks, but it seems like forever since the last time the Minnesota Vikings took the field. Well believe it or not, they are still undefeated and will be trying to start a season 6-0 for the first time since 2009 this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles.

This matchup was a little more interesting two weeks ago when the Eagles were also undefeated, but it still remains pretty intriguing at the very least. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford will be facing the team that traded him away less than two months ago and that itself is enough for anyone to get excited about this game.

Minnesota is 1-1 under head coach Mike Zimmer coming off of a bye week, losing on the road to the Chicago Bears in 2014. The matchup this Sunday is also on the road, so it will be interesting to see how the Vikings respond after having a few extra days to be lazy on the couch.

In case Zimmer and his staff forgot to go over anything before this weekend’s game, below are a few things that Minnesota must make sure they emphasize during their time in Philadelphia Sunday.

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Minnesota Vikings - Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings bye week has come and gone, but at least the Packers losing and FOX Sports graphics department kept us entertained. We scrounged up some loose talking points to kick start us back into football mode as Mike Zimmer and the Vikings try to win a dozen Lombardis this year.

Today’s Random Ass Talking Points Include:
• Our Top-3 NFC Competitors Are…
• Aaron Rodgers is NOT Washed
• Is Sam Bradford Legit in the MVP Race?
• Jake Long Starts Sunday @ Philly, Right?
• Vikings MUST Take Advantage of 2016 Window
• Life on the Practice Squad
• Taylor Heinicke Returns
• Bye Week Medical Roundup
• Mike Zimmer is Gonna Destroy Carson Wentz
• Outlook on the Rest of the NFC North

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

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Yes, this includes "best player available."

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It’s draft week, and as we march gleefully toward the first round on Thursday evening, most of us have an opinion on what the Vikings should do with pick number 23. As I’ve been compiling mock draft roundups and reading a wide spectrum of theories and viewpoints, certain “conventional draft wisdoms” keep popping up. Some of them valid—Mike Zimmer likes lanky, fast defensive players, for example—some of them less so. And these less valid conventional wisdoms can often morph into draft myths, repeated year after year and anointed as NFL Draft gospel, despite their questionable legitimacy. Here are three of those myths, and the truth for each one:

Myth 1: Best player available.

The Truth: This is far and away the greatest NFL Draft myth: a good GM will select the best player available when his team picks in the first round, regardless of position or other considerations. It is repeated far and wide by anyone and everyone in NFL front offices, sprayed in the direction of reporters at draft-related press conferences, and leaned on as a crutch when team officials (understandably) try to avoid giving any real information on what the team might do on draft day. “Best player available,” they say with a shrug, because why would a competent personnel director do anything other than get the best possible talent for his team?

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