Friday, April 29, 2016

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Since their early bye week, the Minnesota Vikings have done nothing but win, and now have three straight victories to their name. Can they make it four? We’ll take a look around the web at everything being said about this team in advance of this week’s big game against the St. Louis Rams.

First, however, I want to point out that this last week has been a rare one in Minnesota sports in that the Vikings haven’t been the subject of the most important headlines. Really, they haven’t even ranked close to the top storylines in recent weeks. I’d like to use this space to draw your attention to a great article written by our own Lindsey Young.

Lindsey posted a great piece following the sad news of Flip Saunders’ passing and ahead of the Timberwolves season opener. Basketball fan or not, I’d encourage you all to CLICK HERE and give it a read.

Okay, on to all things purple…

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Marcus Sherels spent much of the offseason surrounded by question marks, specifically those addressing his status with the team. Like Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s a backup at his native position whose main contributions come on special teams. Unlike Patterson, though, Sherels is making an impact in the return game and being rewarded for his winning efforts.

On Monday, Sherels was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, putting the Vikings up 7-3 at Soldier Field in a game Minnesota needed to win. Sherels also returned a punt 12 yards on the Vikings’ game-winning drive and led the team with two special teams tackles.

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All six Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings wide receivers may be active for Sunday’s game versus the (1-4) and reeling Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Wallace is safe, but who will land the snaps for the rest of the season?

THIS. IS VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVER IDOL.

Arif Hasan stops by for his weekly spot to discuss who has the upper hand to win the honor of catching Teddy’s balls, why offensive line play is terrible league wide, who will finally win the damn safety job opposite Harrison, and I rename NFL teams to more accurately depict their fanbase/city.

All that and other “Kelly Clarkson is the best American Idol winner” 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 listening to his podcast Norse Code.

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Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN swings in to chat about the 2-2 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings, why they (and fans) shouldn’t be overlooking the Jamaal Charles-less Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, and how the Purple look to fare down the stretch of 2015.

We also get into his rise to power in Twin Cities sports talk radio (basically Narcos), the reaction to his infamous Adrian Peterson apology letter, what it’s like to be the second most famous person in a relationship (ala Christian Ponder) and who would square off in his dream pro wrestling match.

All that and other “LOL at Donovan McNabb’s $88M Washington contract” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Listen to Mackey & Judd weekdays 9-1 on 1500 ESPN. The Touch Em All Podcast is available on iTunes.

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As Vikings fans watched the Packers toss the Rams to the side, the Bears rally from behind to beat the Chiefs at home, and the Lions implode against the Cardinals last week, we were reminded of how lonely a Sunday without professional football in Minnesota can be. The Vikings, who sit at 2-2 entering Week 6, are three games behind the Packers in the NFC North and currently find themselves as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race — if, of course, the season ended today.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t, but the Vikings begin a four-week stretch of winnable games on Sunday, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Following this week’s matchup, the Vikings hit the road to play the Lions and Bears before returning to TCF Bank Stadium to host the St. Louis Rams in Week 9. Combined, the teams are 5-15, and two of those games involve division opponents, giving the Vikings a prime opportunity to separate themselves in the NFC North.

Maybe projecting a 4-0 record in those games is a bold prediction, but I’m in the mood to make bold predictions. I’ve missed watching the Vikings on Sundays, and I’m ready for Mike Zimmer’s team to redeem themselves after a close loss to the Broncos two weeks ago.  My predictions after the jump may be improbable, but the statistics tell a different story — will any become a reality against the Chiefs?

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