Friday, September 30, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings versus New New York Giants matchup this Monday night certainly has the making of an exciting game on the regular season’s biggest stage.

There is plenty of cautious optimism floating around the Vikings fan base following their 3-0 start and today we tonight we take a look around the web at everything being written and said about our favorite team.

Before we dive into that, however, I want to remind you all that our own Brett Anderson has been very busy designing some pretty sweet Vikings Territory t-shirts that should be of interest to all Vikings fans. Be sure to CLICK HERE to check out everything that is available so far!

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are tied for the best record in the NFL. A spot many fans, analysts, and probably players (if they were being honest) did not expect the Purple to be in given all of the early season drama. It has opened a door for many-a-fan to have hope that this year could be the year, especially with that Zimmer Hellfire Defense playing like an all-time great unit. We took some time today to mull over aloud few over/under propositions about our young Skol Squad.

2016 Over/Under Talking Points Include:
• 4.5 Defensive Touchdowns
• 1200 Rushing Yards by Vikings Runnings Backs
• 22.5 Touchdown Passes from Sam Bradford
• 100 Fantasy Points for Kyle Rudolph
• 10.5 Starts for TJ Clemmings at Left Tackle
• 44.5 Sacks for Vikings Quarterbacks
• 100.5 Snaps for Willie Beavers
• 72.5 Sacks for the Defense
• 20.5 Sacks for Everson Griffen
• 49.5 INTs for the Vikings Defense
• 20.5 Receptions for Laquon Treadwell
• 0.5 Coach of the Year Awards for Mike Zimmer

All that and other “Take the Overs on All of Em” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Five Thoughts from the Vikings' win at Carolina.

zimmer suffocates cam
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1. Zimmer suffocates Cam.

Since Mike Zimmer became the coach of the Vikings, the team has played the Panthers twice, and in those games, Cam Newton is a combined 39 of 70 for 456 yards, with one passing touchdown and four interceptions. You can clearly see the impact Zimmer’s schemes and gameplans have on the 2015 MVP, and on Sunday, the Vikings stifled Newton in a way that few defenses can (21/35, 262 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT). They also sacked him eight times. It was, quite simply, a magnificent performance, especially considering how prolific the Panthers’ offense usually is at home.

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Alex Boone Injured in Vikings Win
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Lost in the excitement of yesterday’s win over the Carolina Panthers is the potential loss of Alex Boone. The Minnesota Vikings’ starting left guard was injured in the second quarter and did not return to the game. His hip injury will require an MRI this afternoon and adds another offensive lineman to Eric Sugarman’s cadre of “patients.”

Boone’s status is up-in-the-air, leaving the Vikings without two starters up front. Matt Kalil underwent hip surgery of his own on Thursday, ending his season just two games into the 2016 campaign. Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings stepped into Kalil’s role on Sunday, performing well enough to keep Sam Bradford upright against the Panthers.

Jeremiah Sirles replaced Boone midway through the second quarter and held his own against a stout Carolina front. Asked after the game if he was worried about the injury, Boone simply told Brian Murphy, “All fine, all good.”

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Vikings at Carolina
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Vote for the Vikings Week Three “Player Of The Game” Award below!

Hey, how about that? If last week’s win against Green Bay seemed improbable, it certainly seemed like mountains would need to be moved in order to milk a victory out of a road trip to meet Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

For a while, thoughts of victory seemed particularly dubious when the Panthers jumped to a 10-0 victory on their first two possessions and the Vikings offense looked like 11 guys wearing concrete blocks instead of clears.

Still, an impressive 22-10 victory is what the Vikings snagged out of Carolina, and now we have the privelage of once again awarding VT‘s “Player of the Game” award via the poll below. Eric Kendricks and Sam Bradford have each won the award through two weeks of the season.

Here are the nominees:

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