Friday, November 27, 2015

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings held off the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 Sunday afternoon at The Bank in a game that more resembled a rugby match if said match had bad officiating, sloppy play, and was nearly unwatchable. But other than that, the game was great! A win is a win in the NFL and we dive into the reasons for the elevation to 3-2 and why we damn near lost it all.

Other “Bye, Charles Johnson” Talkers Include
• We Tried to Lose. The Chiefs Wouldn’t Let Us.
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Uneven
• Oh Hai, Stefon Diggs
• Adrian. Yuck.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Be the Best in the NFL
• Sharrif Floyd is Elite & Under-Appreciated
• Eric Kendricks First Start
• #FreePruitt
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Mess Up. Cool. Way to do your job.
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All that and other “A Win is a Win is a Win” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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No matter how extraordinary football players are on the field, they’re still human off of it, and everyday illnesses can sideline the best athletes. That’s the case for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who will miss today’s game with an undisclosed illness. In his place, rookie Danielle Hunter will start and hopefully, build on his 25 career snaps for a productive day against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Griffen isn’t the only surprise on the list — wide receiver Charles Johnson will also miss the game with sore ribs, paving the way for rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs to take over split end duties in his place. Below, a look at the rest of the inactives list, which includes a few familiar names and some welcome exclusions:

With Griffen and Justin Trattou out, the Vikings enter Week 6 with just three active defensive ends: Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter, and Scott Crichton. The group should play well against a Chiefs offensive line that has given up 22 sacks on the season, which leads the league through five games.

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When Brad Childress returns to the Twin Cities this Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings hope some of his post-bye magic will rub off on head coach Mike Zimmer. The Kansas City Chiefs’ Spread Game Analyst, who served as the Vikings’ head coach from 2006-2010, was 4-1 after a bye in Minnesota, while Zimmer lost his only game following an off-week last season.

This year, the odds favor the Vikings, who will play host to the Chiefs at TCF Bank Stadium and try to move to 3-2 on the season. Without Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City offense will run through Alex Smith and second-year running back Charcandrick West — a matchup that looks much better on paper for the Vikings’ sixth-ranked defense, especially against an offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranks 21st in pass protection.

What are some of the Chiefs’ greatest strengths on offense, and where do the Vikings need to focus their efforts when Alex Smith and the unit take the field Sunday? I’ll break it down after the jump and share some quick-hit thoughts before Sunday’s matchup.

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Former Minnesota Golden Gopher and Baltimore Raven wide receiver Ron Johnson (FOX 9/KFAN) stopped in to talk about our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we come out of the bye week. We touched on what attributes make Teddy Bridgewater special, Ron ranks the current corps of Vikes wideouts, how Mike Zimmer’s defense is starting to resemble the great Ravens defenses of the 2000s, and why his former teammate Jamal Lewis’ 295 game might still be the NFL record.

All that and other “Hot Pockets Suck” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Make sure to catch Ron every Sunday morning on the FOX 9 Vikings Kickoff show, in studio with Paul Allen Wednesdays at 9:55am on KFAN, and on the Minnesota Huddlecast previewing and recapping all of the Minnesota Gopher football action.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (2-2) are off the bye week and are looking to get back to a winning record as we welcome in the suddenly faceless Kansas City Chiefs (1-4). With their superstar running back Jamaal Charles done for the season with a torn ACL, the Chiefs look to Charn… Charadr…. Running back C. West to help carry the load of a team that was already marginal on offense (even with Charles) and a usually solid defense that’s suddenly tied for 30th in the NFL giving up 28.6 points per game.

This seems like a favorable matchup at home, but us Vikings fans have seen these easy games go very kaddywampus. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) stops in to talk about how we hope the Purple don’t mess this up as we try to get win numero tres of the 2015 season.

All that and other “Xavier in boxing gloves” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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