Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. CST.

The Minnesota Vikings lost their starting running back for the season. On top of that, they lost their starting quarterback for six games, and counting. Yet, they’ve won three games in a row and sit atop the NFC North at 5-2. With the trade deadline just around the corner, will the Vikings make a move to try and better position themselves for a deep run in the playoffs?

Lets take a look at some players the Vikings could trade, some players the Vikings could acquire, and the likelihood of the move occurring, including a few trades that have been proposed by other writers.

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Week 1: Vikings/Saints Preview

The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints will open their 2017 regular seasons with a bang on Monday Night Football. The primetime match up is a classic top-offense versus top-defense showdown, with a little Adrian Peterson sprinkled in.

It’s a familiar story; a well-known player that spent many years with his original team signs with a new one, and then returns to where he began his career. But this homecoming is different. Peterson was the face of the Vikings franchise for a decade. Not only that, he may be one of the top-five Vikings of all time. The reception Peterson receives from the home crowd will be noteworthy.

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Vikings Pass-Rushers and Pass-Catchers Set for Key Roles in Opener

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There isn’t a Minnesota Vikings fan on the planet that isn’t familiar with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Brees has continued to ascend beyond demigod status in New Orleans since last facing the purple and gold in 2014, but in Minnesota, he remains firmly entrenched on a forever-growing list of athletes most responsible for delivering the Vikings a gut-wrenching postseason loss on a silver platter.

“Without question,” the New Orleans signal-caller said during his midweek press conference. “I don’t think anyone is overlooking [Minnesota] around the league — certainly not us. These guys are arguably one of the best defenses in the league and have been the last couple years.”

One step ahead of the field as always; that’s just the type of player Brees is. He has been a leader for the Saints since the moment he touched down in Louisiana over a decade ago. Brees has been brilliant — no, legendary — both on and off the field since his arrival, a textbook match made in Heaven with his equally-brilliant head coach, Sean Payton.

It is hard to imagine New Orleans without its Hall of Fame quarterback, but there was once a time when Brees donning a black and gold jersey appeared to be nothing more than a pipe dream — but football has a way of dramatically shifting the dynamic when fans least expect it.

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Episode 104

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Minnesota Vikings’ upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints through discussion centered around quarterback Drew Brees, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Also included are the guys’ picks for Week 1 and a promo for $1 off a pint of beer at BlackStack Brewing on Monday evening.

Episode 104 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:50)
  3. Kyle Sloter: Big Money, Big Potential (2:54)
  4. Saints Preview: Offense (17:10)
  5. Saints Preview: Defense (39:00)
  6. Week 1 Picks: Matchup Predictions (55:53)
  7. Sign-Out: Vikings Pregame Show on Monday at 5 PM CST (1:03:46)

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Saints Preview - Forward-Down-Forward-High Punch (ep. 411)

The New Orleans Saints march into Historic US Bank Stadium on Monday Night to christen the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings 2017 campaign. We preview the game, they key player matchups we’re looking forward to (Linval Joseph versus Max Unger is going to be HUGE), keys to a Vikings victory, and keys to a Vikings loss. Plus we wrap it up with Five Things Friday featuring Randy Moss memories and wondering if significant roster turnover is a good or bad thing for this 2017 squad.

All that and more “Why are we so concerned with their RB3?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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