Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings escaped with a 20-17 win at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears on Monday night, thanks to the late-game heroics of Harrison Smith and a strong second-half performance by Case Keenum.

Sam Bradford began the game at quarterback for the Vikings. The report from the team was that the bone bruise in his left knee was feeling much better and more comfortable, so he suited up.

Somebody was lying.

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Episode 118

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the Chicago Bears with discussions centered around Duck, Duck Gray Duck (not Goose), Case Keenum’s bar and potential as well as the defensive coverage both during Week 5 and throughout the entire season to date.

Episode 118 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:10)
  3. Goose or Duck: The Ultimate Nothing Fight (1:29)
  4. Elephant in the Room: Teddy Time is Coming (7:40)
  5. Coverage Chart: Reviewing the Vikings Defense (26:33)
  6. Sign-Out: Subscribe and Review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! (39:45)

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Episode 28

BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) offer an immediate reaction and thoughtful analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Check out Episode 28 after the jump 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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In this episode of the VT Roundtable, the Vikings Territory team takes a deep dive on Vikings/Buccaneers-related talkers as well as previews this weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions. Check out the full episode below the notes!

Show notes:

2:37 – Case Keenum, the GOAT. The team discussed how confident they are with Keenum moving forward until Bradford comes back.
7:21 – Rhodes has Mike Evans shook
9:25 – Where does Teddy fit in?
12:13 – This is where we pretend to be doctors for an extended period of time and diagnose Bradford’s knee.
16:29 – Mandatory OL discussion: Is there anything the Vikings can do about Nick Easton?
22:22 – The guys discuss Trae Waynes’ latest performance and whether or not it redeems him after a poor start to the season.
32:57 – Are Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen the best WR duo in the NFL right now? Is Stefon Diggs a top-5 receiver?
45:45 – Updated record predictions (or not)
47:17 – Detroit Lions preview
57:54 – Lions win/loss predictions

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Minnesota Vikings salary cap update

This offseason, despite having over $20 million in salary cap space, the Vikings chose to hang onto their money rather than sign some notable free agents. It was a puzzling move at the time. The offensive line needed help and there were still quite a few positions to fill. But fast forward to now, and the decision makes complete sense.

The team used the excess cap space to lock up its best core defenders. In addition to the three contract extensions of defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes that were inked this preseason, standout safety Harrison Smith signed a 5-year, $51 million contract last year. The last two offseasons, the Vikings committed $135 million in guaranteed money to four defensive starters.

Because of the enormous salaries top defenders command, it has been difficult for NFL teams to keep an elite defense intact for very long. However, the Vikings front office has shown they’re committed to doing just that. Financially, they have put the team in a strong position to succeed for the long haul.

Let me tell you why.

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