Saturday, November 18, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings are 10-point favorites for their Week 8 matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, according to MyBookie. Straight up, Minnesota is a -460 favorite while Cleveland is a +335 underdog.

Sunday’s showdown from London will feature two teams heading in opposite directions. The Vikings are winners of three straight and currently own the No. 2 seed in the NFC, just one game behind the Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota’s defense ranks in the top five in the NFL in several categories, as it has the past few years under Mike Zimmer. Offensively, the Vikings have adequately survived despite injuries to their starting quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

Cleveland enters Sunday with an 0-7 record, joining the San Francisco 49ers as the only winless teams in the NFL this season. The Browns have cycled through three quarterbacks this season — rookie DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. The team announced this week that Kizer will get the start in London against arguably Cleveland’s toughest defensive test of the season. Additionally, the Browns will be without All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time since 2006.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Browns Preview feat. Jeff Lloyd + Peter Carline + Offshore Insiders (ep. 444)

Dilly Dilly! The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are ready to parry with the Cleveland Browns Sunday morning at Historic Twickerham Stadium. To preview the game, we have friend of the show Jeff Lloyd (@Jeff_LJ_Lloyd) of Locked on Browns to sell me on how the 0-7 Lakesiders will give the Vikes a game. Also checking in from across the pond is our London Correspondent Peter Carline (@PeterCarline) of The Daily Mail to give us a perspective as a Vikings fan covering the week for the British media. Plus of course Joe Duffy (@OffshoreInsider) to continue our impressive streak of picking games for entertainment purposes only.

All that and more “Vikes Gonna Put the Browns in the London Underground” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory writer Drew Mahowald presents the 11th installment of the Skol Scale, looking at the Minnesota Vikings’ status through Week 7.

Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings have become comfortable flying under the radar in his tenure. In fact, there’s evidence that the Vikings perform better the radar as opposed to in the national spotlight.

In 2015, Minnesota exceeded expectations and swiped a division title from the Green Bay Packers before many NFL fans realized the Vikings were in the playoff hunt. The following season, the Vikings blazed to a 5-0 start and were deemed the best team in football before collapsing in epic fashion.

The 2017 Vikings are related to the 2015 Vikings. After falling to 2-2 thanks to a narrow loss at Denver, the Vikings rattled off five straight wins to get to 7-2. Zimmer’s 2017 team is on the same track having won three straight to get to 5-2.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Oooooooo Vikewolves of London feat. Myles Gorham (ep. 442)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are over now over in London to try to head into the bye 6-2. To help us make some blood sausage level analysis, we brought back Myles Gorham (@MylesGorham85) of Climbing the Podcast (and Climbing the Big Board) to talk some Vikings, preview the Browns game, show his guy Laquon Treadwell some love, hype up Teddy Bridgewater’s return, and look ahead and try to not get too excited about the 2017 season. Because after all: Vikings.

All that and more “Shepherd’s Pie is Awesome” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Recap of Monday’s press conference with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

After a victory over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, the Vikings are in sole possession of first place in the NFC North. This Sunday, they take on a team that’s 1-22 the last two seasons. Although the matchup screams blowout, they must take care of business in order to enter next week’s bye week with momentum and, perhaps more importantly, a happy coach.

Special Teams

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer opened the presser by saying, “I thought it was a good team win [Sunday]. Baltimore special teams are very, very good. They’re good year-in and year-out… I thought we played outstanding on special teams. We changed the field position quite a few times. Punted the ball, kicked the ball well, covered, and had some good returns. So that was a big part of [the win Sunday].”

Offensive Line Performance

The performance of the Vikings offensive line is a large reason why the team is averaging 4.3 yards per carry this season after averaging just 3.2 YPC last season. “Our guys can get to the second level because we’re athletic…it’s allowing us to get some better runs,” said Zimmer. The unit is also paving the way for a more potent passing attack.

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