Monday, May 29, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears-PFF

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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Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings saw their playoff hopes all but disappear Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts laid the smack down on the Purple at Historic US Bank Stadium. The Vikes are still “mathematically” alive, but the team looks mentally checked out and ready to mail in the rest of 2016. We recap the Week 16 debacle.

Today’s ‘Holy Hell, What Just Happened’ Talkers Include:
• The Return of Adrian Peterson was _____.
• The Defense Was to Blame Today
• Sam Bradford is Blameless
• The Offense Reverted to Adrian Ball
• What the Hell Happened to Anthony Barr?
• Calling Out Everson Griffen
• Guys Who Didn’t Quit
• Hey Anthony Harris
• Mike Zimmer & Rick Spielman Aren’t on the Hotseat. But…
• So What Now?

All that and more “YOU AS COLD AS ICE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 31

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Co-Hosts BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (NFCN Barroom) bring back do-it-all Vikings analyst Austin Belisle to help determine just how great of a threat quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium on Episode 31 of the About the Labor.

Primary talking points include running back Adrian Peterson’s return to the practice field, the complete lack of talent surrounding Luck with exception to big play wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, an Indianapolis defense ravaged by injury and featuring essentially zero big-time playmakers and praise for all-time kicking legend Adam Vinatieri.

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Heading into the fourth quarter in Jacksonville on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had 15 minutes to overcome a four point deficit and keep their playoff chances alive. After two touchdowns in the final quarter, the Vikings were able to pull ahead of the Jaguars and get a 25-16 win.

With the win the Vikings record improves to 7-6 on the season and their hope for the postseason is still alive.

A majority of the game was a battle between each team’s two kickers (which obviously made the matchup as exciting as possible). Minnesota kicker Kai Forbath and Jaguars kicker Josh Myers combined to make all six of their field goal attempts during the first half on Sunday.

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Vikings Must Rediscover Their Identity
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The Minnesota Vikings face a bit of an identity crisis. The team that started the regular season 5-0 is suddenly 5-3, stuck in the middle of an ugly three-game losing streak.

Minnesota’s vaunted defense isn’t just bending, it’s breaking. The offense, mired in mediocrity, is making the slow transition from Norv Turner to newly-minted offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. And head coach Mike Zimmer, for all his acclaim, can’t seem to right the ship.

It’s not that the Vikings were a bad team simply squeaking by; at one point, the defense was compared to the vaunted 1985 Chicago Bears. And it’s not that the roster is full of holes; general manager Rick Spielman’s long been praised for his ability to draft, develop, and maintain a deep collection of talented players.

No, it’s that the Vikings have lost their identity.

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