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The Vikings are 6-2 and sitting atop the NFC North. Riding a four-game winning streak, the team holds a two-game lead over Detroit and Green Bay in the division. The Vikings are well-positioned heading into the second half of the season.

All is well, right? Not so fast. This is the Vikings we’re talking about.

The final eight games include matchups against multiple teams fighting for the playoffs. With the Vikings facing perhaps their most difficult portion of the schedule, here are the second half storylines the Vikings Territory team is interested in watching — beginning Sunday.

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A look at the stat book reveals how the Vikings defense has stacked up after eight games.

In 2013 the Minnesota Vikings defense ranked 31st in the NFL. They gave up 397.6 yards per game. They also allowed 30.0 points per game.

That all changed in 2014 when the team acquired one of the best defensive-minded coaches in the NFL, head coach Mike Zimmer. Under Zimmer, the Vikings defense has gone from bottom of the barrel to a perennial top-5 squad.

Through Week 9, here are the notable team and individual defensive statistics.

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BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Sam Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) pause at the halfway point to discuss and praise the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings. They give out midseason awards, update their preseason predictions, and predictably venture into long discussions about Teddy Bridgewater.

Check out the midseason review above and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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Episode 127

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald hand out their Minnesota Vikings midseason awards including offensive MVP, defensive MVP and best celebration through eight weeks of the NFL season.

Episode 127 is proudly sponsored by The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Shamrock’s Irish Nook (1:20)
  3. Bridgewater Back: Mike Zimmer Preparing Bridgewater to Play Against Washington (2:20)
  4. Midseason Awards: MVPs, Best Celebration, Best Individual Performances & More! (5:16)
  5. Sign-Out: Subscribe and Review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! (35:30)

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings escaped London with a sloppy 33-16 win over the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium. The game looked to be in serious jeopardy early on, and the Vikes even spotted the Browns their first halftime lead of the season, but Mike Zimmer’s crew rallied and put away the upstart Lakesiders with a strong 2nd half performance in front of London crowd that was elated to finally watch a competitive football game this season.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Burned Itself for a While
• Diggs + Thielen = Reunited
• Riding the Hot Hand at Running Back
• Banged Up Offensive Line Held Together
• Case Keenum was AIGHT
• Get the Tight Ends More Involved
• Mike Priefer Was Napping
• Mike Zimmer…
• Odds N Ends
• Looking Ahead to the Bye Week

All that and more “We Forgot to Make any 007 Reference This Week” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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