Friday, December 9, 2016

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Five Thoughts from the Vikings' win at Carolina.

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1. Zimmer suffocates Cam.

Since Mike Zimmer became the coach of the Vikings, the team has played the Panthers twice, and in those games, Cam Newton is a combined 39 of 70 for 456 yards, with one passing touchdown and four interceptions. You can clearly see the impact Zimmer’s schemes and gameplans have on the 2015 MVP, and on Sunday, the Vikings stifled Newton in a way that few defenses can (21/35, 262 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT). They also sacked him eight times. It was, quite simply, a magnificent performance, especially considering how prolific the Panthers’ offense usually is at home.

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Alex Boone Injured in Vikings Win
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Lost in the excitement of yesterday’s win over the Carolina Panthers is the potential loss of Alex Boone. The Minnesota Vikings’ starting left guard was injured in the second quarter and did not return to the game. His hip injury will require an MRI this afternoon and adds another offensive lineman to Eric Sugarman’s cadre of “patients.”

Boone’s status is up-in-the-air, leaving the Vikings without two starters up front. Matt Kalil underwent hip surgery of his own on Thursday, ending his season just two games into the 2016 campaign. Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings stepped into Kalil’s role on Sunday, performing well enough to keep Sam Bradford upright against the Panthers.

Jeremiah Sirles replaced Boone midway through the second quarter and held his own against a stout Carolina front. Asked after the game if he was worried about the injury, Boone simply told Brian Murphy, “All fine, all good.”

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Vikings at Carolina
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Vote for the Vikings Week Three “Player Of The Game” Award below!

Hey, how about that? If last week’s win against Green Bay seemed improbable, it certainly seemed like mountains would need to be moved in order to milk a victory out of a road trip to meet Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

For a while, thoughts of victory seemed particularly dubious when the Panthers jumped to a 10-0 victory on their first two possessions and the Vikings offense looked like 11 guys wearing concrete blocks instead of clears.

Still, an impressive 22-10 victory is what the Vikings snagged out of Carolina, and now we have the privelage of once again awarding VT‘s “Player of the Game” award via the poll below. Eric Kendricks and Sam Bradford have each won the award through two weeks of the season.

Here are the nominees:

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Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 3-0, already have a win over the Green Bay Packers, and just roughed up the league MVP and defending NFC Champs. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. We recap the “solid in all three phases” win even though I’m in Denver for a wedding. Because why shouldn’t Andy have to work during his vacation. #Warrior

Today’s Road Warriors Talking Points Include
• This Was a Big-Boy Win
• The Defense Carried the Day
• This is All We Need From Sam Bradford
• THIS is the Kyle Rudolph We Paid For
• #FreeMcKinnon (and Asiata Too, I Guess)
• TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles Looked Solid
• Everson Griffen is Not Human
• Treadwell Inactive, Jarius Wright Active
• Injuries Strike Again
• Marcus Sherels Appreciation

All that and other “#FreeClemmingsAndSirles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Whatever head coach Mike Zimmer has been saying to the Minnesota Vikings in the locker room at halftime, it has been working. For the second straight time in an away game this season, the Vikings ended up getting the win after trailing from halftime. This time with a 22-10 victory over the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers.

Behind 14 points and four sacks in the second half, Minnesota was able to defeat the Panthers on Sunday and improve their 2016 record to 3-0.

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