Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Linval Joseph Selected to First Pro Bowl
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The Minnesota Vikings announced nose tackle Linval Joseph has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald. This is Joseph’s first selection to the Pro Bowl since entering the league as a second-round pick to the New York Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Sam Bradford's Brilliant Vikings Debut Stands Alone

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Yes, the Minnesota Vikings missed the 2016 postseason. And yes, it was an excruciatingly painful season to endure. But, as we have already noted during previous Top-5 lists, there were a number of standout efforts throughout the season.

The Vikings may have finished with an 8-8 record, but that didn’t stop them from racking up a bevy of outstanding single-game performances. In fact, one could argue that ranking only five individual efforts (plus an honorable mention) does not actually do justice to the number of outstanding games that Minnesota’s 53-man roster produced.

Given that the 2016 season saw four Vikings (initially) named to the Pro Bowl (Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Cordarrelle Patterson), included breakout seasons from Adam Thielen and Danielle Hunter (if his six-sack rookie year wasn’t enough, that is) and played host to Sam Bradford’s record-breaking season, it should come as little surprise that Minnesota’s rollercoaster campaign included an impressive list of individual game performances.

Also, be sure to check out our previous rankings, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season:

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 37

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit’s greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Gaudy statistical rankings
  • Spectacular defensive line and pass-rush
  • Regression of linebacker Anthony Barr
  • Mike Zimmer’s ability to develop an outstanding defensive secondary
  • Specific areas in need of improvement
  • Speculation regarding impending free agents and potential hole-fillers

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Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes Atop Defensive Play Rankings

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Keeping the positive energy going with our second installment in a series recapping the greatest moments of the Minnesota Vikings’ tumultuous 2016 season. 

It goes without saying that Minnesota’s season did not end the way fans would have hoped, but the Vikings still managed to produce their finest defensive year since 1995. During the team’s five-game win streak to open the season, Mike Zimmer’s defense was essentially impenetrable, posting a long list of ridiculous statistics:

Over the course of the entire year, the Vikings defense came in at No. 3 in yards allowed (5,038), No. 6 in points allowed (307) and No. 9 in Football Outsiders‘ efficiency-measuring statistic, DVOA, which is determined by a collection of situational details. And if it weren’t for a couple of stinkers against the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers (ew) late in the year, these rankings would have been even higher.

Naturally, Minnesota’s star-studded, Super Bowl-caliber defense produced an endless supply of highlight-reel moments, which we collected and attributed rankings to below.

Be sure to check out our offensive play rankings as well, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are out of the playoff race, the siding is falling off the stadium, planes are skidding off of runways, and the head coach has one eye. Pretty standard with how the 2016 season has gone. We welcomed Eric Eager of Pro Football Focus into the Blue Door Pub Studios to help us limp to the finish line of this Vikings campaign. Eric and I chatted Pro Bowl, the Packers massacre, how the offensive line can be improved (fixed?), the rise of Adam Jerome Thielen, and a whole lot more.

All that and more “I was told there would be no math” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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