Sunday, June 25, 2017

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VT QOTW

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Three years in, and Mike Zimmer’s finally at the head of the NFL’s most dominant defense. It took some time and a few bumps along the road, but the Minnesota Vikings have a chance to go down as a historically great unit.

Outside of the loyal fan base, analysts and professional “football watchers” are taking notice, too; Matt Bowen  of ESPN Insider had this to say about the new Purple People Eaters:

“This unit under [Head Coach] Mike Zimmer continues to create panic and turnovers. Through six games, the Vikings are holding opposing quarterbacks to a ridiculously low Total QBR (25.6), and Minnesota is tied with Seattle at the top of the NFL for points allowed per game (14.0). They have a dynamic mix of extremely smart coaching and versatile talent at all three levels of the field. That’s tough to plan against.”

Despite these strengths, the Vikings find themselves in a bit of a rut. In the team’s last three games, they’ve gone without a sack twice. Much of that starts with Minnesota’s opponents; offensive coordinators know the Vikings can generate pressure, and in turn adjust game plans accordingly. Quarterbacks are getting the football out quickly, receivers aren’t attacking the deep area of the field, and in general, offenses aren’t moving the football against the Vikings.

It’s a positive in that pressure, even without production, is fundamentally changing the way offenses try to attack Zimmer’s defense.

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Minnesota Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings kinda shart the bed Sunday in Philadelphia, racking up their first loss of the season 21-10 in a game that wasn’t even that close. Sam Bradford didn’t show well in his return to Philly (play calling and the offensive line didn’t help) and the Zimmer Hellfire Defense got after Carson Wentz, but missed opportunities and mental errors hallmarked the first L of the 2016 campaign.

The Vikings Were The Night Man Talking Points Include:
• This Was a Failure in All Phases
• This Offensive Line is Why the Vikings Will Not Win a Super Bowl
• More Like Sam BADford Today
• Norv Went Back to Being Norv
• Now We Get to See What Kind of Coach Zimmer Is
• Special Teams Were “Special”
• Matt Asiata Appreciation Talking Point
• Even More Injuries
• I Kinda Respect Carson Wentz’s DGAF Attitude
• How Will this Team Rebound?

All that and other “Master of Karate and Friendship for Everyone” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings - Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings return to action Sunday in the City of Brotherly Throwing D-Batteries at Santa Claus taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. To fill us in on the cheesesteak shotgunning jabronis is Alexis Chassen of Bleeding Green Nation.

We chatted about The Sam Bradford Bowl, if Carson Wentz is the real deal, could this be a potential playoff preview, and how we things playing out Sunday in a matchup of solid defenses.

All that and other “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK KINDA SUCKED” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota VIkings Film

Coping with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Bye Week Blues with a fun little film session with my man Luke Inman of Cold Omaha. Luke is a prodigious breaker downer of the tape and we sat and looked back at a few major plays from the first five games of the Purple’s season. What makes this potentially all-time great Zimmer defense tick? Why is Sam Bradford finding quick success here in Minnesota? How is the offensive line THIS terrible? Tape don’t lie. Follow along with the clips listed below.

All that and other “WELL HELL YES IT’S BOLD” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings-Judd Zulgad-Andy Carlson

The Bye Week has befallen the 5-0 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as fans of the Purple will now be forced to actually spend time with their families or something… But no week off for us as Judd Zulgad (Mackey & Judd) stopped by Blue Door Pub University to hang out, have a burger/beer, and talk a little Vikings.

Judd & I chatted about how this 2016 squad stacks up against other great Purple teams, if Sam Bradford is the long-term answer, why so many owners miss the mark when hiring head coaches, if Xavier Rhodes is on his way (or already) a top-tier NFL cornerback, my theory about Matt Kalil not loving football, where Teddy Bridgewater plays in 2018, the resurgence of Cordarrelle Patterson, and snuff films.

All that and other “Mackey Andy & Judd” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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