Friday, December 15, 2017

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Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings (10-2) will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend to take on Panthers (8-4) at Bank of America Stadium. The game is Sunday at noon (CST).

The showdown will be a battle between two top-10 defenses.

Earlier in the week, we looked at how the teams stacked up by numbers. Now, let’s focus on the individual matchups that will be crucial in determining the game’s outcome.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Panthers Preview feat. @JReidDraftScout + Travis Hancock + Offshore Insiders (ep. 473)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Fans are demanding excellence from the team and the Purple are delivering. To take a look ahead at the showdown in Carolina, we welcomed in Friend of the Program Travis Hancock (@TBoneWFNZ) of WFNZ The Fan in Charlotte to talk about Cam Newton, the handsomely-paid Matt Kalil, and the overall temperature of the Panther fan base. Joe Duffy (@offshoreinsider) swings in to talk about the sports betting aspects surrounding the game and why Vikings fans should be particularly interested in the Packers @ Browns tilt. Plus we bring it home with Jordan Reid’s (@JReidDraftScout) weekly spot and find out if he’s *finally* sold on Case Keenum.

All that and more “Everson Sets the Sack Record” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings take on the Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is at noon (CST). The Vikings are 4-1 on the road this season, while the Falcons are 3-2 at home.

Both teams are hot, as the Vikings have won seven straight games and the Falcons have won four of the past five.

The Vikings, still blazing after a Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, have the opportunity to add fuel to their playoff positioning while burning Atlanta’s in the process.

Last week, Atlanta’s offense finally ignited. The Falcons exploded for 516 total yards in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Julio Jones, the Dirty Birds’ leading pass catcher, scorched the Buccaneers secondary for over 250 receiving yards. The Falcons offense caught fire on third down, going 11 of 14 and improving its league-leading third-down conversion percentage.

In Sunday’s showdown, both teams face a heat check. Looking to douse Atlanta’s flame is an even hotter Minnesota squad.

The Vikings counter with a defense that is best in the NFL at smothering opposing offenses on third-down (28.5%). Through 11 games, the top-5 unit has at times been suffocating. This week, it will be tasked with perhaps its most difficult assignment of the season: extinguishing a prolific NFL offense in its home stadium.

The Vikings defense versus the Falcons offense; it’s a great matchup on paper. Let’s take a look at how the numbers stack up, five storylines to follow, matchup history, the injury reports for both teams, game implications, and a Borman Breakdown complete with a score prediction.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been named November’s NFC Player of the Month. It was a big month for Keenum, who has continued to win, and in the process win over Vikings fans with his strong play.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record in the month of November. The team had a bye in Week 9 (November 5th). Minnesota ended the month with its streak of seven straight wins intact. The team also built a three-game lead over Detroit in the NFC North.

In wins over the Lions, Rams and Redskins Keenum completed 69 of 97 passes (71.1%) for 866 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a QBR 90.3 and a passer rating of 114.0. Number seven added 39 rushing yards with a touchdown on the ground.

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Drew Mahowald presents the 15th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ impressive Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions.

Undrafted NFL prospects aren’t supposed to be stars. They’re not even supposed to be starters. NFL prospects that go undrafted are supposed to work like heck to find a spot on a practice squad and enjoy a fine career riding the bottom of multiple NFL teams’ depth charts.

There’s something different about undrafted players that the Minnesota Vikings acquire, though. It’s as if the chip on their shoulders doubles in size. They’re like Michael Scott in his eternal pursuit of the love of his life, Holly Flax, on The Office (this is an absurd analogy, but please give it a chance)It didn’t matter how many people told him it wouldn’t happen or how many people tell him he isn’t good enough, Michael refused to let his dream die. Several opportunities to connect with Holly failed, and management even relocated Holly to keep them apart. Holly was even engaged to another man. But Michael is an undrafted success story. He kept grasping at chances to prove himself and finally snatched one — and never let it go. The rest is history.

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