Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

Quarterback
  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Dolphins Recap: The Preseason is Dead. Long Live the Preseason. (ep. 407)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully wrapped up the preseason Thursday getting boatraced by the Miami Dolphins at Historic US Bank Stadium. Even though the game was an exhibition, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important for the bottom of the roster players. We talk about who made some dough and who’s going to be kneeding dough at Domino’s next week.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Dissecting Rick Spielman’s Comments
• Cayleb Jones Made Himself Some Money
• Eric Wilson is Making the 53
• The Mandatory Mitch Leidner Talking Point
• Taylor YOLO Heinicke
• Mackenzie Alexander. Bruh.
• Rodney Adams is Not Making the Team
• Other Jabronis Not Making It
• Loose Ends

All that and more “NFL Participant Mitch Leidner” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Skol Scale
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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald presents the third edition of his brand new segment for the 2017 season, the Skol Scale.

The preseason is finally here. Full uniforms are on and pads are clashing and stadiums are filling with fans.

But preseason football isn’t always the best. In fact, most preseason games are downright ugly because offenses are still disorganized and not yet established. This calls for low-scoring games and defensive struggles.

It was no different for the Vikings in their first preseason game of 2017 at Buffalo. The offense sputtered for the most part and both defenses had their way. Ultimately, Minnesota came away with a 17-10 win.

The fan base nonetheless reacted as if the Earth itself was caving in after a mere three series for the first-team offense netted zero points. WELP, THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS STILL BURNING GARBAGE, MIGHT AS WELL GIVE UP ON THE SEASON. OH, AND BRADFORD CHECKED DOWN THAT ONE TIME. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS DUDE IS TRASH.

Hey, you, person reading this: calm down. It’s preseason. The 0-16 Lions went 4-0 in the preseason.

In this edition of the Skol Scale, I won’t even mention the first time on either side of the ball (other than who earned first-team reps at various unresolved spots). It’s not worth it after literally one quarter. (If you want dramatic overreactions, read Sam’s post from a couple of days ago. WARNING: THE SATIRE READING GLASSES ARE REQUIRED. Just check the comments for proof).

I will instead mention a few individual performances that stuck out for better or for worse. A number of bubble players helped their cause for a roster spot, while a few others struggled.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Bills Recap - As Coley as the Other Side of the Pillow (ep. 393)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prevailed on the field of battle Thursday night vanquishing the Bills of Buffalo in a contest that means nothing. But plenty of story lines from the game! We react (and over react) to a number of them in the first Purple FTW game recap of the season.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The 1st Team Offense Was…..
• The 1st Team Defense Was…..
• Dalvin Cook is Apparently #Good
• Stacy Coley Shined
• Rodney Adams Rollercoaster
• Tashawn Bower Earned Himself Some Money
• The Backup Quarterback Report
• I Really Liked How Eric Wilson Played
• Other Winners and Losers
• Twitter Questions

All that and more “…I Still Believe in Fruechte, Dammit” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings
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Vikings Territory #content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the Minnesota Vikings’ Preseason Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Football. Is. Back.

We made it through the offseason and we made it through training camp. It’s finally time to see the squad in full uniform battle players other than their own teammates.

The 2017 Vikings’ first preseason action went about as expected in a general sense — offensive execution was sloppy, and the defense took advantage to create opportunities for turnovers and 3-and-outs.

After a scoreless first quarter, the teams each tallied field goals in the second quarter to go into halftime at a 3-3 score. Minnesota’s offense found a spark in the third quarter when second-string quarterback Case Keenum led a seven-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with a CJ Ham two-yard rushing touchdown.

Shortly after, third-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke found Rodney Adams in the flat for a two-yard touchdown via a funky goal line play design by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to push the lead to 17-3.

Buffalo cut the lead in half after a one-yard touchdown reception by Dezmin Lewis on a pinpoint fade route pass from Nathan Peterman. Minnesota then played keep-away the rest of the game, and a botched snap on a fourth-down play during Buffalo’s final drive effectively ended the game.

The game featured several bubble players taking advantage of opportunities presented to stabilize themselves as favorites for the 53-man roster. Others saw themselves slip farther and farther away from that status.

And for some, their position group is in such flux that nobody really knows what to think (yes, this line is about the offensive line).

See the key takeaways from preseason game No. 1, below:

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