Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Week 8 – Vikings beat Browns in London after strong second half. Jerick McKinnon and Adam Thielen have “big days.”

The Minnesota Vikings found another way to win ugly. During their victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Vikings struggled to find their stride while the Browns looked like a team that could finally break into the win column.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Browns Preview feat. Jeff Lloyd + Peter Carline + Offshore Insiders (ep. 444)

Dilly Dilly! The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are ready to parry with the Cleveland Browns Sunday morning at Historic Twickerham Stadium. To preview the game, we have friend of the show Jeff Lloyd (@Jeff_LJ_Lloyd) of Locked on Browns to sell me on how the 0-7 Lakesiders will give the Vikes a game. Also checking in from across the pond is our London Correspondent Peter Carline (@PeterCarline) of The Daily Mail to give us a perspective as a Vikings fan covering the week for the British media. Plus of course Joe Duffy (@OffshoreInsider) to continue our impressive streak of picking games for entertainment purposes only.

All that and more “Vikes Gonna Put the Browns in the London Underground” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory writer Drew Mahowald presents the 11th installment of the Skol Scale, looking at the Minnesota Vikings’ status through Week 7.

Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings have become comfortable flying under the radar in his tenure. In fact, there’s evidence that the Vikings perform better the radar as opposed to in the national spotlight.

In 2015, Minnesota exceeded expectations and swiped a division title from the Green Bay Packers before many NFL fans realized the Vikings were in the playoff hunt. The following season, the Vikings blazed to a 5-0 start and were deemed the best team in football before collapsing in epic fashion.

The 2017 Vikings are related to the 2015 Vikings. After falling to 2-2 thanks to a narrow loss at Denver, the Vikings rattled off five straight wins to get to 7-2. Zimmer’s 2017 team is on the same track having won three straight to get to 5-2.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Oooooooo Vikewolves of London feat. Myles Gorham (ep. 442)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are over now over in London to try to head into the bye 6-2. To help us make some blood sausage level analysis, we brought back Myles Gorham (@MylesGorham85) of Climbing the Podcast (and Climbing the Big Board) to talk some Vikings, preview the Browns game, show his guy Laquon Treadwell some love, hype up Teddy Bridgewater’s return, and look ahead and try to not get too excited about the 2017 season. Because after all: Vikings.

All that and more “Shepherd’s Pie is Awesome” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Emmanuel Lamur Steps Up in Place of an Injured Anthony Barr

The Minnesota Vikings have played exceptional defense through six weeks of the 2017 NFL season.

This isn’t a secret. Minnesota ranks atop the league in rush yards per game allowed (3rd), total yards per game allowed (5th) and points per game allowed (5th). Moreover, many of the yards the Vikings defense has sacrificed in coverage this season have come during garbage time, suggesting that this unit could be even better than the statistics may suggest.

Simply put, Minnesota’s defense has performed at an extremely high level with both the film and statistics reinforcing this notion. One of the greatest reasons for this is the unit’s collective ability to maintain good coverage in the secondary, tackle effectively, limit yards after catch and, specifically as of late, create turnovers.

Let’s take a look at how Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Co. performed both against the Green Bay Packers during Week 6 and collectively across the season to date.

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