Saturday, October 10, 2015

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If I were a smart man, I would have pre-written an article titled “early bye week is ideal for pre-deadline trades” and scheduled it to post on Monday morning.

I’m not a smart man, though.

The Vikings did indeed take advantage of a week off to bring a new center into the fold (and ship off a previously-starting linebacker), as Austin Belisle explained earlier, and they may not be done yet.

It is hard to say what the real motives were behind trading Gerald Hodges away, and acquiring center Nick Easton, and it is natural to wonder if there is more to the story than Rick Spielman let on Tuesday evening. It is equally impossible to tell, at this moment, whether or not more trades are in the works in the near future.

Our friends over at Daily Norseman posted an article citing Benjamin Albright who tweeted, “Have heard the Vikings have solicited more than one team about interest in Patterson.”

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The Minnesota Vikings will be without a few key players this week when they take the field against the Denver Broncos, including wide receiver Charles Johnson and rotational defensive end Justin Trattou. Johnson left last week’s game with a rib injury, while Trattou was shaken up after suffering a foot injury against the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson’s deactivation — and the questionable status of Jarius Wright — means Vikings fans will get their first look at rookie (preseason) sensation Stefon Diggs, who is active for the first time this season. Other inactive players include:

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The Vikings travel to Denver where two strong defensive units will butt heads.

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The Minnesota Vikings are back on the road after an impressive victory last week at home against the San Diego Chargers. This weekend, the Vikings travel to Mile High Stadium to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Last week’s match-up featured another impressive performance from Adrian Peterson but the reborn running back, who seems to be getting back into his groove, will have his hands full against a Denver defense that is arguably the best in the league.

Brent LaBathe previewed the Vikings uphill battle on offense this week. It’s likely the Broncos will sell out to bottle up Adrian Peterson, so Teddy Bridgewater, who struggled against the Chargers, will need to find success through the air. That’s much easier said than done considering the Broncos not only feature one of the best front sevens in the league but also one of the best secondaries.

On defense, the key to winning this game will be the Vikings getting after senior quarterback Peyton Manning. Minnesota has had no problem with this the past few weeks. Both Phillip Rivers and Matthew Stafford left their games against this strong defensive unit feeling abused. Much like the past two matches, Minnesota is once again facing a team with major offensive line problems. Furthermore, Denver has not been able to run the ball well this year. If the Vikings secondary can limit the Broncos after the catch and limit Manning’s time in the pocket, the Vikings should be able to hang against this undefeated squad.

Before giving my prediction, I asked the staff here at Vikings Territory to give their bold predictions for the game. You’ll find those and my thoughts on the final score after the break.

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Since our Vikings-Niners Preview episode is already up, we decided to fill the Monday slot with complete non-sense as Andy gives new nicknames to every player on the Vikings roster!

Some Of The HighLights Include:
• Teddy “Dave” Bridgewater
• Stefon “CAN YOU DIG IT” Diggs
• Jarius “Slot Machine” Wright
• Kyle “Your Girlfriend Sneezed on Me At Training Camp” Rudolph
• Sharrif “My Arms Aren’t Short, They’re Economical” Floyd
• Marcus “Mighty Mouse” Sherels
• Tune in for the other 65 nicknames!

All that and other “Are You Ready for some Tuesday Morning Football?!?!” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Adam: Kyle Rudolph
Last year at about this time, there was an expectation that Kyle Rudolph could fit into Norv Turner’s offense in a similar way to what we saw out of Antonio Gates for so many years in San Diego. Health issues combined with poor quarterback play to derail those hopes last season, but Rudolph now appears to be a healthy pass-catching option capable of carrying some preseason chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater over into Week One. My expectations are sky high for Rudolph this season, as I see him as the best safety blanket and red zone target, and would not be surprised to see Rudolph running routes designed to test that weakened linebacker group the Niners are now fielding. Predicting a first touchdown is a fickle thing (heck, it could end up being a defender for all we know) dependent on a ton of unknowns, but I’ll go ahead and plant my Rudolph flag from the get-go. Why not?

Brent: Adrian Peterson
I see no better way for the Vikings to kick off the season and put 2014 behind them than letting Peterson pound his way through the 49er defense for six. Aside for letting bygones be bygones, it would be wise of the Vikings to establish a strong running game early and often to keep some pressure off Teddy Bridgewater and open the field for downfield passing later in the game/season.

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