Monday, November 20, 2017

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Episode 106

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a more in-depth look at the Minnesota Vikings’ 29-19 victory over the New Orleans Saints, highlighting players such as Harrison Smith and Dalvin Cook while praising offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s play-calling along the way.

Episode 106 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 (1:12)
  3. Vikings Updates: Elijah Lee Claimed by San Francisco; Bucky Hodges Clears Waivers (1:43)
  4. Injury Report: Anthony Barr Misses Practice; Sam Bradford Limited (9:00)
  5. Saints Review: Harrison Smith, Dalvin Cook, Pat Shurmur and More (13:21)
  6. Steelers Tease: Quick Glance at Pittsburgh Steelers (36:36)
  7. Sign-Out: Vikings Pregame Show on Sunday Before Pittsburgh Game (47:00)

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Purple FTW! Podcast: The Road Warriors feat. Jon Ledyard & Josh Pelto (ep. 414)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have their first big road test coming up Sunday as they make a pilgrimage to the Mighty City on the Three Rivers to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. To preview the opposition, we brought in Steel City apologist Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) of FanRag Sports and the Locked on Steelers Podcast. Jon and I discussed the key Black & Yellow (Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow) weapons the Vikings will need to dismantle to pick up a big statement win on the road. Later on in the show, the Happy Hour Half-Hour (aka Vikes Over Beers) is back with Josh Pelto (@JoshPelto) kibitzing about re-calibrating expectations for this year’s Purple crop.

All that and more “Thielen is Like a Better Antonio Brown” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the fifth Skol Scale reading of 2017 and shares his thoughts on the Vikings Week 1 victory over the Saints.

The Minnesota Vikings have been labeled as one of the biggest wild cards in the NFL entering the 2017 season. The 2016 season brought anomaly after anomaly and never allowed for a fair evaluation of the team.

Most semi-knowledgeable football fans can recognize the greatness on the Minnesota defense. Legitimate Pro-Bowl talent on all three levels of the defense. But the concern this offseason and throughout the preseason has been the offense. How will the brand new offensive line perform? Will a running game of any kind exist or will this offense be one-dimensional again? Can the Vikings still win if the offense performs at the same level as last season?

We got some answers to those questions Monday night, though they are temporary answers. The offensive line stepped up tremendously, especially in pass protection, to provide polarizing quarterback Sam Bradford time to pick apart a lackluster New Orleans secondary. Rookie tailback Dalvin Cook snapped Adrian Peterson’s rookie debut franchise record with Peterson watching from the other sideline. And that last question? Well, for now, the answer is N/A.

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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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Deep Ball Hurts Vikings Defense
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Despite what happened in Seattle on Friday night, Mike Zimmer’s secondary isn’t suddenly a weakness.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tore through Minnesota’s first-team unit, lighting the Vikings up to the tune of 206 yards and two touchdowns. His performance — one of midseason form — put the Seahawks ahead and kept them there, as Seattle went on to defeat Minnesota 20-13.

It was an ugly, uncharacteristic outing by the Vikings, marred by a few-too-many mental lapses early in the game. Granted, Zimmer was down two starters (Andrew Sendejo and Trae Waynes) in the secondary, but it was the players on the field making the mistakes. From the linebackers to an arguably thin group of cornerbacks, few stepped up against one of the NFL’s more dangerous quarterbacks.

“We got to do better in the coverage aspect,” Zimmer said Sunday, per Ben Goessling. “We had, I think, two or three twenty-yard or more plays, so that’s going to be a big point of emphasis for us.”

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