Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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In Week 16 the (11-3) Minnesota Vikings travel to Wisconsin to take on the (7-7) Packers in Green Bay. The 2017 NFC North champions have already clinched a playoff berth, but winning this week would assure the Vikings a first-round bye.

The Vikings are looking good from a health standpoint, especially for this late in the season.

Green Bay, meanwhile, is dealing with multiple notable injuries. They’ll be without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and leading receiver Davante Adams and could be without starting linebackers Nick Perry and Clay Matthews. Also, did I mention the Packers have officially been eliminated from playoff contention?

Even so, with things trending upward for the Vikings and the Packers being kicked while they’re down, it doesn’t mean Green Bay won’t try to play spoiler Saturday night. Let’s take a look at how the teams stack up by the numbers.

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Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

Drew Mahowald and BJ Reidell discuss the Vikings that made the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the Vikings that didn’t make the Pro Bowl roster and briefly address the Aaron Rodgers injury situation in Green Bay.

Episode 146 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and SoCom Creative.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda
  2. Upon Review: Terence Newman, Case Keenum
  3. Pro Bowl: Multiple Vikings snubbed
  4. Rodgers to IR: Green Bay eliminated from the playoffs

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Drew Mahowald presents the 16th edition of the Skol Scale following the Minnesota Vikings’ gritty road win against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Minnesota Vikings are scorching hot.

The Minnesota Vikings are also the best team in the NFC.

The Minnesota Vikings control their own destiny for home-field advantage in the playoffs — through the Super Bowl.

Not bad, right?

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Falcons Recap: Vike Stars (ep. 469)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings got their 8th win in a row grounding the Atlanta Falcons 14-9 Sunday afternoon in the Georgia Dome 2.0 (which looks suspiciously familiar…..). The Zimmer Hellfire Defense paved the way holding the best 3rd down offense in the NFL to 1-of-10 on the day. Add in some timely offense and you have a recipe for yet another impressive win the national media won’t give two hoots about. Whatever.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense’s Finest Hour
• Case Keenum Won Outside of a Vacuum
• Offensive Line Ups and Downs
• It Takes a Receiving Village
• Xavier Rhodes Handled Julio Jones
• Eric Kendricks Concern?
• Pat Shurmur’s in the Zone
• Harrison Smith Appreciation Thread
• Odds N Ends
• On to Carolina

All that and more “MATT KALIL BOWL” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Week 13: Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

The Vikings take on the Falcons this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is at noon (CST). The Vikings are 4-1 on the road this season, while the Falcons are 3-2 at home.

Both teams are hot, as the Vikings have won seven straight games and the Falcons have won four of the past five.

The Vikings, still blazing after a Thanksgiving win over the Detroit Lions, have the opportunity to add fuel to their playoff positioning while burning Atlanta’s in the process.

Last week, Atlanta’s offense finally ignited. The Falcons exploded for 516 total yards in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Julio Jones, the Dirty Birds’ leading pass catcher, scorched the Buccaneers secondary for over 250 receiving yards. The Falcons offense caught fire on third down, going 11 of 14 and improving its league-leading third-down conversion percentage.

In Sunday’s showdown, both teams face a heat check. Looking to douse Atlanta’s flame is an even hotter Minnesota squad.

The Vikings counter with a defense that is best in the NFL at smothering opposing offenses on third-down (28.5%). Through 11 games, the top-5 unit has at times been suffocating. This week, it will be tasked with perhaps its most difficult assignment of the season: extinguishing a prolific NFL offense in its home stadium.

The Vikings defense versus the Falcons offense; it’s a great matchup on paper. Let’s take a look at how the numbers stack up, five storylines to follow, matchup history, the injury reports for both teams, game implications, and a Borman Breakdown complete with a score prediction.