Friday, December 2, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings lost the NFC North Title Game (basically) to the Detroit Lions 16-13 in soul crushing fashion as Sam Bradford threw an interception that setup a chip shot Matt Prater game winning kick. The Purple are down and pretty close to out; but we recap the game, try to scrape a few positives out of the mess, and look ahead to possible playoff scenarios. All this with the 10-1 juggernaut Cowboys set to come into historic US Bank Stadium next Thursday. Woot woot.

Today’s Turkey Indigestion Talking Points Include:
• The Vikings’ Playoff Hopes Are THIN
• Sam Bradford Was Efficient to Death
• The Zim Reapers Are Kinda Back
• Do We Need to Be Concerned About Jerick McKinnon?
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• We Need to Be Ready for Life After Terence Newman
• Anthony Barr Played Out of His Mind
• Shumur’s Use of Cordarrelle Patterson is Promising
• Loose Thoughts
• So What Now?

All that and more “Just Stay in Your Food Coma” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and Detroit Lions meet on Thanksgiving at Ford Field for a de facto NFC North Championship Game. Mike Zimmer and the Vikes finally got right versus Arizona and look to avenge the ‘heart ripped from chest” loss the Lions put on them a few weeks ago. To preview the game, we brought in our old friend Michael Grey to talk Matthew Stafford, Eric Ebron, and the Detroit Jim Bob Cooters.

To wrap up the show, I went through some random Purple news and notes, went down the list of Vikings Things I’m Thankful For, and power ranked all the Thanksgiving sides.

All that and more “Smoked Turkey is VERY Underrated” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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NFC North
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The Minnesota Vikings are expected to resume practice today, assuming head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t call another audible, and Vikings fans are hoping to get some relieving news and continue to watch the team march towards what is widely expected to be a very successful 2016 campaign within the NFC North.

Before Vikings news commences, however, here is a quick glance around the division to see what our biggest enemies are up to:

Chicago Bears Show Little Progress

Every year, a team far exceeds expectations and surprises a number of teams along the way to a playoff berth. Usually, hindsight being what it is, a person can look back to August and find signs of growth and opportunity that were clear but still went unnoticed.

That isn’t happening in Chicago.

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Stefon Diggs a #1 receiver
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Recently in the Vikings Territory writers room, the topic of Stefon Diggs came up, and to my surprise, a healthy chunk of the staff was not sold on him as a legitimate #1 wide receiver. Pardon? The hands, the speed, the razor sharp route running? The ability to chase down blatant overthrows? I’m firmly of the opinion that Diggs has everything you want in a #1 wideout, so the only option here was to throw the challenge flag and dust off the ol’ coin toss.

Adam explained how the coin toss works in this post from a few weeks ago, but basically it’s an argument between two VT writers. Simple enough. The prolific Austin Belisle volunteered to be the voice of the dissenters, and argue Diggs is NOT a #1 receiver. Here we go!

The third quarter, thus far, has pretty much been dominated by Seattle’s patient and steady offensive effort.

Marshawn Lynch and Golden Tate helped quarterback Russell Wilson plod down the field in organized fashion, as did a pair of offsides penalties against Brian Robison and Everson Griffen.  A three yard touchdown from Marshawn Lynch capped the impressive drive.

With four minutes left in the third quarter, the Vikings now trail by 10 points, and may have to rely on (gulp) the arm of Christian Ponder to get them back into this one.

On second thought, just keep running it, please.

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