Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Even with the game's late start time

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are franchises heading in different directions. For one, the needle is pointing up after adding significant, young talent on both sides of the ball, from second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks. The other, a perennial playoff favorite, watched former All-Pro players like Frank Gore and Patrick Willis  sign with other teams or retire from football completely.

Optimism heading into Week One is at an all-time high, but to expect an easy win would be discounting a San Francisco 49ers team with a chance to pull of the surprise upset next Monday. I’m of the mindset that the Vikings will win the game, but not without a few challenges.

Where could the Vikings falter, and what will they need to do to ensure a win to start the season?

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Christian Ponder returns to Minnesota Saturday as the Oakland Raiders roll into The Bank to take on our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings in some preseason action. There are other (less funny) storylines coming into this third of five preseason games for the Purple Peeps, Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his weekly spot to cover some of the main talkers.

Other “Khalil vs Kalil” Talkers Include
• More Than Words campaign winding down, still time to donate!
• Arif’s new theme song…
• Christian Ponder back in Minnesota. The NFL schedule makers are LOLing.
• Bykowski out, is Yankey next up at backup left tackle?
• What’s Scott Crichton going to bring to the table?
• Danielle Hunter has been solid, despite few “gifable” plays.
• Zimmer throws cold water on the Exum train.
• Robert Blanton is William Hung?
• Post Mecca Abdullah is my favorite indie band.
• Anthony Barr back. What should we expect?
• Waynes out of the nickel. Focusing on LCB.
• Cordarrelle to Carolina? Who says no?
• Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater?….. (Stop laughing)
• Amari Cooper + Michael Crabtree could be a great combo.
• Khalil-vs-Kalil *Cue Foreboding Music*
• What to look for Saturday.
• Bottom of the roster: Who’s alive & who’s dead man walking?
• Justin Trattou should play safety.
• Can all the pectoral injuries be blamed on strength training? (Spoiler: No)
• Vikings head strength & conditioning coach Evan Marcus is a scary dude.
• Surprise to make the 53? Surprise cut? (I pick B-Rob)
• Audie Cole vs Eric Kendricks. If a tie, who wins?

All that and other “Please unblock me on Twitter, Sam Ponder” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Image Courtesy of Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman)

Training Camp is over. REAL football is inching closer and our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are gearing up to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday night at The Bank in our 2nd preseason game of the season. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for the first of his weekly Friday Football FTW! appearances this season. He’ll drop some knowledge on us about Mankato wrapping up, Hall of Fame Game analysis, as well as if Tom Brady’s uuuuugly courtroom drawing will knock him and Garoppolo from their perch as the best looking quarterback depth chart in the league.

Other “Stop Freaking Out About Trae Waynes” Talkers Include
• RIP Bill Zimmer
• Arif Hasan in the house!
• Eddie Lacy is fat
• Airport Chilis to-go breakdown in 3..2..1..
• Hall of Fame Game Takeaways
• Eric Kendricks is legit
• Audie Cole is the all-time preseason MVP
• Slow the roll on Trae Waynes
• Stefon Diggs looked good, but….
• …Marcus Sherels ain’t dead yet
• Isame Faciane should make the practice squad as an OG
• Mike Harris is solidifying that starting right guard spot
• Offensive line clarity
• Why was Thursday practice so bad?
• Who won jobs this week?
• Why can’t Antone Exum beat out Robert Blanton?
• Jabari Price love. Arif gloats. Andy cries.
• What to look for vs Tampa Bay
• Gerald McCoy vs Harris will be the REAL test
• Teddy *should* see more playing time on Saturday
• Andy’s Matt Kalil Confidence Conspiracy
• Who’s the backup left tackle? Tyrus Thompson? David Yankey?

All that and other “I guess we’re not getting sponsored by the airport Chilis to-go” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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I had a ton of fun hanging out in Mankato for the weekend at Vikings Training Camp. It was great to meet some previous guests on the show, record a few live podcasts at the Boulder Tap House, and take in our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings squad from the sidelines. Mentioned this before, but even the more butt-hurt/pessimistic Vikings fans should have reason to believe this year. We have a talented young squad lead by a platoon of teachers and leaders, which is a great combination for sustained success. It was a great experience and big props to Vikings Territory and Vikings PR for helping make it happen. I prattle on about 40 of my observations at Vikings Training Camp.

“Asiata bumped into me and got one yard after contact” Talking Points Include
• Adrian is ready.
• Teddy is a smooth operator, but overly cautious at times.
• Left tackle is the main issue with this team.
• Matt Kalil is a super nice guy. Not sure if he loves football.
• The jury’s gonna be out on Trae Waynes for a while.
• Offensive Line shakeups not over yet.
• An “unconditioned” Anthony Barr is still nuts.
• Right guard may not be decided anytime soon.
• Stefon Diggs is special. Poor man’s Antonio Brown?
• Charles Johnson & Xavier Rhodes have greatly benefited from going at each other every practice.
• Tune in for the other 30 Andy Observations!

All that and other “Love Me Some Mankato” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The annual Vikings Training Camp Night Scrimmage has wrapped up and we roll back into the Boulder Tap House Mankato to recap the action. Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL), Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and Benson (Benson) join in to talk about #VikingsAfterDark Action at the night scrimmage, surprising aspects about Adrian Peterson’s return, drunk guy analysis from the stands (Technique, Rhodes! Technique), and “How does Teddy look?”. To be frank, even the most cynical of Vikings fans have reason to be excited about this team, this defense, and all of the firepower on offense.

Also I saw Adrian rolling around on the infamous Funky Duck. We need to have a very frank and honest discussion about this. Then we debate the Top-5 teams with the most handsome quarterback depth chart. (Spoiler: Patriots are #1. With a bullet)

All that and other “Rick Spielman Almost Ran Me Over With A 4-Seat Golf Cart” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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