Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Opponent Preview, Week 7

Malcolm Jenkins Can Do it All
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is suddenly in the spotlight after soaring into the pages of Sports Illustrated. To many in Minnesota, he’s been a star from the moment he set foot on the field, and this recognition is long overdue.

Forget Earl Thomas, Eric Berry, and Eric Weddle; Smith has quietly been the NFL’s best safety since Mike Zimmer arrived as head coach in 2014. In that same time, the Philadephia Eagles have enjoyed comparably elite play from their own safety, Malcolm Jenkins.

Jenkins joined the Eagles in 2014 and played well enough the following season to earn a four-year, $35-million contract extension. In 2015, he was Pro Football Focus’s second-ranked safety and netted one of the that year’s more impressive stat lines  — 106 tackles and two interceptions, including a 99-yard return touchdown against the New England Patriots.

Much like Smith for the Vikings, Jenkins is a do-it-all player for the Eagles; he’ll line up deep, creep into the box, and even cover tight ends or wide receivers in one-on-one situations. To Sam Bradford, he’s a familiar, looming presence; to the Vikings, he’s a player the offense must account for on Sunday.

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Minnesota VIkings Film

Coping with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Bye Week Blues with a fun little film session with my man Luke Inman of Cold Omaha. Luke is a prodigious breaker downer of the tape and we sat and looked back at a few major plays from the first five games of the Purple’s season. What makes this potentially all-time great Zimmer defense tick? Why is Sam Bradford finding quick success here in Minnesota? How is the offensive line THIS terrible? Tape don’t lie. Follow along with the clips listed below.

All that and other “WELL HELL YES IT’S BOLD” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings-Judd Zulgad-Andy Carlson

The Bye Week has befallen the 5-0 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as fans of the Purple will now be forced to actually spend time with their families or something… But no week off for us as Judd Zulgad (Mackey & Judd) stopped by Blue Door Pub University to hang out, have a burger/beer, and talk a little Vikings.

Judd & I chatted about how this 2016 squad stacks up against other great Purple teams, if Sam Bradford is the long-term answer, why so many owners miss the mark when hiring head coaches, if Xavier Rhodes is on his way (or already) a top-tier NFL cornerback, my theory about Matt Kalil not loving football, where Teddy Bridgewater plays in 2018, the resurgence of Cordarrelle Patterson, and snuff films.

All that and other “Mackey Andy & Judd” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

SWAG! Order The GREATEST T-SHIRT OF ALL-TIME

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Minnesota Vikings-Houston Texans Mike Zimmer Walker Texas Ranger

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings extended their undefeatedness to 5-0 as the Purple punched the Houston Texans in the mouth 31-13 Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium. The Zimmer Hellfire Defense/Zim Reapers came to play again as Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense was up on blocks like a rusted out Pinto most of the day. We recap the game and give away a FREE Purple FTW! t-shirt courtesy of our friends Sota Stick Co.

Today’s 5-0 For Mike Yeo Talking Points Include
• Adam Thielen is WR1
• Cordarrelle Patterson is WR2!
• The Zim Reapers Do It Again
• The Running Back Position – COOL RUNNINGS
• Mandatory Sam Bradford Appreciation Talking Point
• TJ Clemmings Is Terrible Again
• Secondary Was Second to None
• Ya’ll Keep Sleeping on Marcus Sherels
• Hey Jarius Wright Actually Played (Treadwell Did Not)
• More Injuries Adding Up
• Blair Walsh Didn’t Miss a Field Goal or Extra Point
• This is a GREAT Team

All that and other “On the Verge…” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings-Houston Texans

Old friend and Houston Texans apologist Claire Millins (@theclariebear23) joins the show to preview Vikings-Texans. We talk about how losing JJ Watt (potentially) for the season changes the landscape of Houston, how all those high priced free agents and rookies are working on offense, why Nuk Hopkins was poopy and only got FOUR YARDS LAST WEEK, what she fears about the Zimmer Hellfire Defense, and if she’s looking forward to Houston hosting the Super Bowl. I also roast her about the disgusting things Sam Bradford did to her beloved Texans A&M Aggies while Sammy B was at Oklahoma and “Pead & Poo”. Lots of good football nuggets to take you into the long weekend.

All that and other “JJ Watt is a Robot” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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