Thursday, October 8, 2015

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If you ask John Kurkosky how long he’s been rooting for the Minnesota Vikings, he’ll tell you it’s been a pretty long time.

To be specific, since “they got the Purple People Eaters tag.”

For those of you that want to do the math, that’s fine with him. Kurkosky has stuck with this team for years, and he doesn’t expect to leave its side anytime soon. Kurkosky used to attend the season openers at the Metrodome. Early on, he loved watching some of those classic names that all Vikings fans will recognize: Jim Marshall, Alan Page, Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman and Fran Tarkenton—or “Fran the Man,” as Kurkosky says.

Later, he watched Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Brett Favre come through the line.

And now, Kurkosky couldn’t be more excited to watch a new Vikings roster and new coaching system compete for a chance to make the NFL Playoffs. This fan is a believer in head coach Mike Zimmer, now entering his second season in Minnesota. Coming from someone who remembers watch the great Bud Grant at the helm, this is high praise. Kurkosky said the following:

Zimmer has brought a lot of hope. I think and hope he will be a great coach; we are starting to see him build a team that plays and works hard together and puts in that extra effort for a game victory. I believe he will make these players have more confidence in themselves, which will consequently bring more effort and more victories.

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Okay, Vikings fans, here’s the deal… We need your help!

The #MoreThanWords campaign ends on Saturday evening and we’re desperate to see more donations hit the books over at Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation before the deadline. If you are unfamiliar with what we are trying to accomplish then please click here and learn about the effort!

The main thing you need to know is that you can possibly win some awesome prizes, like an autographed football and a new jersey, by donating as little as $10 to the awesome program that is “Chad’s Lockers.”

Here is a rundown of everything that has happened so far:

Alright, so here is where things stand regarding our little “competition” between sites and the total funds raised to-date.

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We got a slightly extended look at the Vikings starters Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium. Each played three drives and the Vikings starters outperformed Tampa Bay by a score of 9-3.

Below are some notes for how each of those drives went and a few notes about individual performances.


Cordarrelle Patterson fielded the opening kickoff from seven yards deep in the endzone, but was unable to get past the 20 yard line on a very ho hum return.

Like last week, Bridgewater found tight end Kyle Rudolph for a first down on, this time on a play action bootleg where Bridgewater showed nice patience. On the next play, a nothing-doing handoff to Jerick McKinnon, Phil Loadholt limped off the field and visibly appeared to be in pain.

After a five yard gift on a Bucs penalty, Bridgewater hit Jarius Wright on a nice crossing pattern for a big gain of 26 yards, most of which was found by Wright after the catch. A quick screen to Mike Wallace on the next play gained only two yards and then a deep shot out of the shotgun ended up being a missed connection to Wallace in the endzone. A few yards on a pass to McKinnon was enough to stall the drive and set up the Blair Walsh field goal that put the Vikings ahead on offense.

Bridgewater looked sharp and the offense seemed to move well. Mike Wallace underwhelmed a bit in his two targets, but it isn’t like he was terrible. The biggest news from the first drive, unfortunately, is whether or not Phil Loadholt’s injury will be a long-term problem for this team.

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The Mike Zimmer lead Vikings have never lost a preseason game and that streak continues into 2015 with four exhibition games left to play. With football making life feel normal again, I’m bringing back an old favorite in “Links of the Week” where I try to bring you the best of the best from our friends around the internet.

Before we get to it, though, I want to remind everyone to please consider donating to our #MoreThanWords campaign benefitting Chad Greenway’s Lead The Way Foundation and, more specifically, his “Chad’s Locker” program. Remember, by donating on behalf of Vikings Territory you can win one of our awesome giveaway prizes (read this for details).

Also, it isn’t too late to follow the lead of Echidna, Inc. and SH Architecture and become a business sponsor of #MoreThanWords. Please click here for details on what a business sponsorship entails. Helping a great cause and getting some excellent exposure? Of course you should!

Okay, time to set the hard sell aside and get to those links!

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