Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Xavier Rhodes named to first-ever Pro Bowl

Four Vikings selected to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

In the face of a late-season slide, fans are quick to forget the Minnesota Vikings’ success at the beginning of the year. Led by Mike Zimmer’s dominant defense and a handful of stellar individual performances, the Vikings coasted to a 5-0 start. Fortunately for Minnesota, Pro Bowl voting fell right at the end of that winning streak.

The NFL’s annual voting opened in the middle of October, and those who voted — fans, coaches, and players — came out in droves for Minnesota’s defensive stars. This year, the Vikings are sending four players to Orlando, Florida, including Harrison Smith, Cordarrelle Patterson, Everson Griffen, and first-time selection Xavier Rhodes. Smith, Patterson, and Griffen will each be making their second trip to the Pro Bowl.

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Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings saw their playoff hopes all but disappear Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts laid the smack down on the Purple at Historic US Bank Stadium. The Vikes are still “mathematically” alive, but the team looks mentally checked out and ready to mail in the rest of 2016. We recap the Week 16 debacle.

Today’s ‘Holy Hell, What Just Happened’ Talkers Include:
• The Return of Adrian Peterson was _____.
• The Defense Was to Blame Today
• Sam Bradford is Blameless
• The Offense Reverted to Adrian Ball
• What the Hell Happened to Anthony Barr?
• Calling Out Everson Griffen
• Guys Who Didn’t Quit
• Hey Anthony Harris
• Mike Zimmer & Rick Spielman Aren’t on the Hotseat. But…
• So What Now?

All that and more “YOU AS COLD AS ICE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings - Jakcsonville Jaguars

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings completed the first 25% of Operation Win Out, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 Sunday at Historic Everbank Field. Sam Bradford and the offense opened things up deep, but still had familiar short-yardage struggles that kept this game closer than it should have been. Oh, and the defense is still pretty pretty pretty good.

Talkers Include:
• I Love that the Offense Went YOLO
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Defense is Rock Solid Still
• Anthony Harris Evaluation
• The Matt Asiata Experience
• Pay Adam Thielen
• Xavier Rhodes Kinda Got Hot
• More Injuries
• Playoff Picture
• Loose Thoughts

All that and more “You Had ONE Job, Bears-Saints-Eagles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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The Minnesota Vikings will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars without one of their best, Harrison Smith.

Harrison Smith Cowboys Color Rush
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

There are no major surprises this week on the Vikings inactives for their game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars.

Though it was anticipated Marcus Sherels would suit up for today’s game, thus spawning this excellent article by Austin Belisle, the homegrown punt return specialist will miss his fourth game of the last five weeks.

Harrison Smith, who is dealing with a left ankle injury, will also miss today’s game. His spot will be filled by Anthony Harris who will be making his first start of the season.

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Minnesota Vikings - Jacksonville Jaguars

Operation: Holy Crap We Basically Need to Win Out is upon the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they descend on scenic Northeast Florida to take on the (2-10) Jacksonville Jaguars. We look ahead to the must-win and hash through some random Purple talking points.

Talkers Include:
• Fallout from Harrison Smith’s Injury
• The Defense Was Wasted This Year
• Adrian Peterson’s Contingent Comeback
• The Laquon Treadwell-Randy Moss Non-Controversy
• Zimmer’s Eye & His Mentality
• Teddy Bridgewater/Sam Bradford Showdown
• The Playoff Picture for the Vikings
• This Team Just Doesn’t Score
• How the Jaguars Can Get Got

All that and more “I’m Too Dumb for Westworld” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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