Friday, February 12, 2016

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The Vikings and Lions rematch at Ford Field

In week seven of the 2015 Season, the Vikings travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions – the two teams’ second contest in just five weeks. Their first encounter was in Minnesota, where the Vikings were dominant, defeating the Lions 26-16. However, the challenge for this team, and the true test this week, has been winning on the road. Though undefeated at home in 2015, the Vikings have not won a road game since October of 2014 where they barely squeaked out a win against the Buccaneers in overtime.

The Vikings are one game into a five game stretch that many people, fans and experts alike, feel the Vikings need to go 5-0 in order to prepare themselves for a gauntlet of difficult games starting Week 11 against the Packers.

Everson Griffen, who was a late scratch last week due to a last minute illness, is expected to start and perform well against an unimpressive Lions’ offensive line. However, Shariff Floyd, coming off a monster game against the Chiefs, is out with a knee/ankle injury. Shamar Stephen is also out leaving a big hole to fill in the middle of the defensive line. Backup Tom Johnson is expected to see a majority of the snaps filling in for Floyd and Stephen.

It was also reported yesterday that Adrian Peterson was dealing with an unknown illness, making him “questionable.” (Though it’s also been reported that Peterson is fully expected to play.)

Once again, I asked the staff here at Vikings Territory to give me their bold, out-of-the-box predictions for Week 7. Those predictions have been included below. Tell us which one is the most asinine and leave us your own predictions in the comments.

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“Teddy Bridgewater throws for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.” – Adam Warwas (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Diggs shines again, catching 2 touchdowns and leading the Vikings in receiving yards.” – Austin Belisle (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Theo Riddick ends the game with more receptions than Calvin Johnson.” -Brent LaBathe (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“The Vikings stun Matthew Stafford with 3 interceptions, Xavier Rhodes getting at least one for his second career interception.” -Brian Hall (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“The Vikings Defense finally pitches a shutout for the first time in over twenty two years.” -Carl Knowles (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Kendricks continues to impress with 3 sacks on Matthew Stafford” -Lindsey Young (Graphic by Brett Anderson)

*Super Bonus Prediction*

As if it weren’t crazy enough, the one and only Adam Warwas sent me a second, last-minute bold prediction. Are you ready for this one? Are you sitting down?

In his own words, “The Vikings sack Dan Orlovski twice. Yes, that means what you think it means.”

There you have it, folks. I don’t think it can get any crazier over here prior to this game. The purple-kool aid is obviously on tap and flowing freely right now. Again, make sure to give us your prediction(s) in the comments.

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Final Score Prediction:

23-17 Vikings

 

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings held off the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 Sunday afternoon at The Bank in a game that more resembled a rugby match if said match had bad officiating, sloppy play, and was nearly unwatchable. But other than that, the game was great! A win is a win in the NFL and we dive into the reasons for the elevation to 3-2 and why we damn near lost it all.

Other “Bye, Charles Johnson” Talkers Include
• We Tried to Lose. The Chiefs Wouldn’t Let Us.
• Teddy Bridgewater Was Uneven
• Oh Hai, Stefon Diggs
• Adrian. Yuck.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Be the Best in the NFL
• Sharrif Floyd is Elite & Under-Appreciated
• Eric Kendricks First Start
• #FreePruitt
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Mess Up. Cool. Way to do your job.
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All that and other “A Win is a Win is a Win” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

No matter how extraordinary football players are on the field, they’re still human off of it, and everyday illnesses can sideline the best athletes. That’s the case for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who will miss today’s game with an undisclosed illness. In his place, rookie Danielle Hunter will start and hopefully, build on his 25 career snaps for a productive day against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Griffen isn’t the only surprise on the list — wide receiver Charles Johnson will also miss the game with sore ribs, paving the way for rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs to take over split end duties in his place. Below, a look at the rest of the inactives list, which includes a few familiar names and some welcome exclusions:

With Griffen and Justin Trattou out, the Vikings enter Week 6 with just three active defensive ends: Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter, and Scott Crichton. The group should play well against a Chiefs offensive line that has given up 22 sacks on the season, which leads the league through five games.

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When Brad Childress returns to the Twin Cities this Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings hope some of his post-bye magic will rub off on head coach Mike Zimmer. The Kansas City Chiefs’ Spread Game Analyst, who served as the Vikings’ head coach from 2006-2010, was 4-1 after a bye in Minnesota, while Zimmer lost his only game following an off-week last season.

This year, the odds favor the Vikings, who will play host to the Chiefs at TCF Bank Stadium and try to move to 3-2 on the season. Without Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City offense will run through Alex Smith and second-year running back Charcandrick West — a matchup that looks much better on paper for the Vikings’ sixth-ranked defense, especially against an offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranks 21st in pass protection.

What are some of the Chiefs’ greatest strengths on offense, and where do the Vikings need to focus their efforts when Alex Smith and the unit take the field Sunday? I’ll break it down after the jump and share some quick-hit thoughts before Sunday’s matchup.

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Image Courtesy of Ron Johnson | Modified

Former Minnesota Golden Gopher and Baltimore Raven wide receiver Ron Johnson (FOX 9/KFAN) stopped in to talk about our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we come out of the bye week. We touched on what attributes make Teddy Bridgewater special, Ron ranks the current corps of Vikes wideouts, how Mike Zimmer’s defense is starting to resemble the great Ravens defenses of the 2000s, and why his former teammate Jamal Lewis’ 295 game might still be the NFL record.

All that and other “Hot Pockets Suck” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Make sure to catch Ron every Sunday morning on the FOX 9 Vikings Kickoff show, in studio with Paul Allen Wednesdays at 9:55am on KFAN, and on the Minnesota Huddlecast previewing and recapping all of the Minnesota Gopher football action.

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