Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chicago Bears

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings earned an ugly win at the buzzer 23-20 over the Chicago Bears at Solider Field Sunday on the foot of Blair Walsh, who was perfect on the day. The Purple (5-2) now have two-straight divisional road wins in their pocket as we plow through the 2015 season towards the playoffs. We recap the game that broke the mythical 7-game losing streak in Chicago.

“Teddy Had a Tebow Game” Talkers Include
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Good When It Mattered
• Stefon Diggs is a Treasure
• That Defense….
• Adrian is Back to Being a Bulldozer
• #FreePruitt
• Eric Kendricks Love
• Harrison Smith Messed Up
• Props to Charles Johnson
• Marcus Sherels Love
• Hai, Blair Walsh
• Mike Wallace is not healthy.
• Credit where it’s due: Matt Kalil did well.
• This Vikings offense leaves roughly 10 points a game on the field
• Jerick McKinnon should be used like Dion Lewis
• Great teams finish drives…
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All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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After already playing (and defeating) the Detroit Lions twice, Minnesota will now face another of its conference rivals: Chicago. The Bears have certainly looked to be a less-than-stable team so far this season, and the Vikings defense should be enough to handle Jay Cutler and Co.

It cannot be ignored, however, that Cutler is an unpredictable force and on any given Sunday can be playing at one extreme or the other. The Vikings have also historically struggled at Soldier Field. Since 2000, Minnesota has won just one of the 14 road games against Chicago.

There are plenty of factors to consider about Sunday’s game, so let’s see how the two teams match up offensively.

Offensive Line

Now that it’s been all but guaranteed that John Sullivan will not return to the field in 2015, the Vikings know exactly what they’re working with long term. While it’s incredibly difficult to fill Sullivan’s shoes (or cleats, in this instance), Joe Berger has done an okay job stepping in as a veteran who isn’t naturally a center. Heading into Sunday’s game, the biggest concern might be rookie T.J. Clemmings.

While Clemmings hasn’t done too terrible of a job considering he was tossed into the fire in Phil Loadholt‘s absence, the rookie got demolished against Denver in Week 4 and may face a similar situation going up against linebacker Pernell McPhee. Clemmings looked entirely overwhelmed blocking against the Broncos, and McPhee could give him trouble.

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Speaking of shrimp, the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings’ fortunes have been very small in Chicago, going winless in the Windy City since 2007. Arif Hasan swings in to talk about how the Purple can right the ship in Chi-town and improve to 5-2 on the season. We also get into the impact of rookies Eric Kendricks (NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October) and the electric Stefon Diggs, how the Vikings are going to stop the beast Pernell McPhee, trades we’d like to see before the Tuesday deadline, and I share my World Famous Shrimp Cocktail recipe.

All that and other “WHO’S GONNA COVER KEVIN WHITE???” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (2-1) are on to Denver as we invade the undefeated Denver Broncos’ Mile High perch and try to break the stallions in the late game Sunday afternoon. The Purple are 0-3 all-time vs Peyton Manning, while Mike Zimmer is 1-5 against Chicken Parm as a defensive coordinator.

Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman stops in to chat about the rekindled Zimmer Hellfire Defense, why Vikings Rubes need to relax on Teddy, how the Bears are a barren wasteland of nothingness that needs to be blown up & rebuilt, and how we both hate/respect the hell out of Aaron Rodgers. (Even though PFF only hate/hates him…)

All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Arif: Minnesota Vikings

Adam: Minnesota Vikings
Themselves. Looking at this roster pre-Draft, I see a team that has every bit as much talent and upside as anybody in the NFC North, including the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, that has been the case in the past and it was the Vikings beating themselves that ultimately did them in. Finding ways to avoid the police blotter, the injury report, the weekly “C’mon Man!” segment, and the pages of TMZ will be paramount to their success in 2015. If they can play disciplined football, refrain from making stupid penalties and committing gaffs in the clock management area, then I think this Vikings team has no limits. Unfortunately, the organization’s history has me in a constant state of fear as to just how everything will unravel this time.

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