Friday, October 20, 2017

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In this episode of the VT Roundtable, the Vikings Territory team takes a deep dive on Vikings/Buccaneers-related talkers as well as previews this weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions. Check out the full episode below the notes!

Show notes:

2:37 – Case Keenum, the GOAT. The team discussed how confident they are with Keenum moving forward until Bradford comes back.
7:21 – Rhodes has Mike Evans shook
9:25 – Where does Teddy fit in?
12:13 – This is where we pretend to be doctors for an extended period of time and diagnose Bradford’s knee.
16:29 – Mandatory OL discussion: Is there anything the Vikings can do about Nick Easton?
22:22 – The guys discuss Trae Waynes’ latest performance and whether or not it redeems him after a poor start to the season.
32:57 – Are Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen the best WR duo in the NFL right now? Is Stefon Diggs a top-5 receiver?
45:45 – Updated record predictions (or not)
47:17 – Detroit Lions preview
57:54 – Lions win/loss predictions

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Minnesota Vikings salary cap update

This offseason, despite having over $20 million in salary cap space, the Vikings chose to hang onto their money rather than sign some notable free agents. It was a puzzling move at the time. The offensive line needed help and there were still quite a few positions to fill. But fast forward to now, and the decision makes complete sense.

The team used the excess cap space to lock up its best core defenders. In addition to the three contract extensions of defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes that were inked this preseason, standout safety Harrison Smith signed a 5-year, $51 million contract last year. The last two offseasons, the Vikings committed $135 million in guaranteed money to four defensive starters.

Because of the enormous salaries top defenders command, it has been difficult for NFL teams to keep an elite defense intact for very long. However, the Vikings front office has shown they’re committed to doing just that. Financially, they have put the team in a strong position to succeed for the long haul.

Let me tell you why.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had squared off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice in his career before Sunday’s matchup.

He won both of those matchups as a member of the St. Louis — er, Los Angeles — Rams, completing 28 of 43 passes for 424 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

Keenum picked up where he left off in Minnesota’s 34-17 Week 3 win over Tampa Bay. He torched Tampa Bay’s depleted defense at all levels of the field, specifically both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on an array of deep throws.

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Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the sixth Skol Scale reading of 2017 and shares his thoughts on the Vikings’ Week 2 loss at Pittsburgh.

It was October 30, 2005. The Minnesota Vikings were in the process of getting waxed on the road against the Carolina Panthers to fall to 2-5.

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, fresh off a phenomenal, MVP-caliber season in 2004, scrambled and was tackled awkwardly by two Panthers and could not bring himself from the turf. He had torn three ligaments in his right knee — the ACL, PCL and MCL.

Since that day, the Vikings have been cursed with unbelievable quarterback conundrums on an annual basis. Brad Johnson took over after Culpepper’s injury and actually led the Vikings to a six-game win streak before finishing the season 9-7 and missing the playoffs.

Over the next 11 years, Minnesota started 14 different quarterbacks and nearly all of them were cycled between a backup role and a starting role, whether it be due to injury or poor play.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Saints Recap: We Own The North (ep. 412)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings defended their home domicile Monday Night turning back the New Orleans Saints at the gates of Historic US Bank Stadium in a convincing 29-19 victory. Former Viking Legend Adrian Peterson was held in check, while rookie running back Dalvin Cook broke records. The Purple recovered from a listless and lethargic preseason to kick the 2017 campaign off with a statement win. 19-0 in my opinion.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Slingin’ Sam Bradford!
• Dalvin Cook’s Debut
• Stefon Diggs Go BOOM!
• The Offensive Line Was ________.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Back
• Welcome Back Anthony Barr
• Trae Waynes Wasn’t Terrible?
• Adrian Peterson is Old and Bad
• Is This Sustainable?
• Odds and Ends

All that and more “Super Bowl, Homeboy” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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