Monday, November 30, 2015

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    Less than one week after a disgusting display in San Francisco, your Minnesota Vikings are back in Vikings territory for their home opener and first divisional matchup.

    The 2015 rookie class is getting even less exposure to life in the NFL this week, but our roster is relatively healthy outside of those already known to be out of action, like Phil Loadholt and John Sullivan.

    Austin Belisle has done a great job of explaining the importance Xavier Rhodes has in the outcome of this showdown and I’m looking forward to seeing him line up across from Calvin Johnson. Lindsey Young thinks stretching the field on offense could also be a key to a much-needed victory this week.

    Meanwhile, Brent LaBathe thinks we could see a much different version of Mike Zimmer’s defense this week given that Matt Stafford is far less mobile than Colin Kaepernick. I personally agree with Brent on that aspect and will be mightily disappointed if we don’t see marked improvement on defense this week.

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    The NFL season is on us like white on rice. We’re still three days away from our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings taking on the San Francisco 4ers (the 9 retired) Monday night at the Field of Jeans, home of Super Bowl Fitty. To get a dual perspective, we got Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) of eDraft, Yardbarker, and Forbes to stop by and drop some Niner knowledge on us as well as Arif Hasan’s (@ArifHasanNFL) weekly spot talking mostly offensive line issues. :(

    Other “The O-Line is Shakier Than a Subpar Pizza Buffet” Talkers Include
    • John Sullivan on IR DFR. What does it mean for the o-line?
    • Jarius Wright got PAID
    • Vikings San Francisco Memories!
    Vincent Frank Talks 49ers
    -What the hell happened the the Niners?
    -Aldon Smith needs help. Ahmad Brooks is a shady dude.
    -What will Tomsula be?
    -Carlos Hyde will become an elite NFL running back.
    -What is a Jarryd Hayne?
    Vincent’s NFL preview on Forbes
    -Can Kaepernick take the next step?
    -Vincent: Adrian will break the single season rushing record in 2015
    -Kaep or Teddy, RIGHT NOW?
    -Niners win on Monday if ________?
    Arif Hasan for his regular Friday spot
    -What was Arif’s nickname growing up?
    -Weight of the Sully injury
    -How will Jeremiah “Amish Paradise” Sirles fit in?
    -Wright was paid why?
    -Vikings have the fastest WR corp in the league
    -Roster breakdown. Surprises?
    -Adrian. Game One. What to expect?
    -Any surprises from Teddy & Norv during the regular season? #VikingsPistol
    -Vikings win on Monday if ________?
    • Hypothetical: What 5 NFL figures do you want with you on a desert island?
    • Four episode week next week!
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    All that and other “See You In Santa Clara” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint.

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    The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are a mere 5 days away from trekking to the Land of Hippies & Silicon to begin the 2015 season, which will also hopefully end in the Land of Hippies & Silicon. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) makes her weekly pit stop to talk some junk about the the 49ers, Vikings, and especially Cordarrelle. Leslie Frazier gets a random diss as well.

    Other “The Niners Miss Jerome Simpson” Talkers Include
    • Goodell is Incompetent = Water is Wet
    • The Niners black unis are garbage
    • The NFL is like the NCAA and FIFA
    • The only thing that could stop the NFL is game fixing
    • I was on with The Michael Grey Show on 107.3 WBBL yesterday
    • Dramatic Prediction: Who will score the Vikings first TD?
    • The Rooster cuts. What stuck out to you?
    • Sullivan injury concerning? Berger is JAG.
    • The starting middle linebacker is irrelevant
    • #44 is the best linebacker number. Period
    • Scott Studwell looks like Detective Stabler from Law & Order: SVU
    • Di: “Bloggers are professionals.”
    • ANDY knows why you played in the final preseason game, Blanton
    • Robert Blanton is Jose Cuervo…
    • Di goes off on Cordarrelle
    • We Ninerize’d the Vikings (Spoiler: Not so bad)
    • Many of the Niners problems were self inflicted
    • America’s newest favorite game: Niner or Nah?
    • Di battles the comment section warriors
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    All that and other “Gabbert-Watt-Ponder Sandwich” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint.

    All of the NFC North teams are now tied for first place within the division.

    The San Francisco 49ers decisive Saturday Night whooping of the Packers ended any hope (or fear) of a team from the North winning the Super Bowl.

    While Vikings fans have to be elated to see their most hated enemy’s Super Bowl hopes dashed, it is somewhat painful to notice exactly how the 49ers took away a Victory.

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was selected with the fourth pick of the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.  This was nearly a full round later than where the Vikings decided to place the future of the quarterback position on the shoulders of Christian Ponder.

    I’m not going to launch into a hate fest of Ponder, but it is hard to deny that Kaepernick is clearly the better quarterback right now and that he has progressed faster than Ponder.  He is just plain and simply getting it done both through the air and on the ground.

    What hurts even more is that Kaepernick led an option style offense that posted a ridiculous 579 yards against Green Bay’s defense.  The Vikings employed a similar scheme in the Wild Card round’s opening drive, with Joe Webb making the surprise start, but inexplicably abandoned the option after finding success on that drive.

    Why Bill Musgrave and Leslie Frazier “adjusted” their offensive scheme after that first drive will be a question that, for most fans, will never be adequately answered.

    Soon, why the Vikings opted for Ponder over Kaepernick in the 2011 NFL Draft may be a question that Rick Spielman finds equally difficult to answer.

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