Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Emmanuel Lamur Steps Up in Place of an Injured Anthony Barr

The Minnesota Vikings have played exceptional defense through six weeks of the 2017 NFL season.

This isn’t a secret. Minnesota ranks atop the league in rush yards per game allowed (3rd), total yards per game allowed (5th) and points per game allowed (5th). Moreover, many of the yards the Vikings defense has sacrificed in coverage this season have come during garbage time, suggesting that this unit could be even better than the statistics may suggest.

Simply put, Minnesota’s defense has performed at an extremely high level with both the film and statistics reinforcing this notion. One of the greatest reasons for this is the unit’s collective ability to maintain good coverage in the secondary, tackle effectively, limit yards after catch and, specifically as of late, create turnovers.

Let’s take a look at how Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Co. performed both against the Green Bay Packers during Week 6 and collectively across the season to date.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Ravens Preview feat. Ron Johnson + Joe Duffy (ep. 439)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings look to get on the winning side of the AFC North ledger as the Baltimore Ravens descend on Historic US Bank Stadium (watch out for the glass). To help us preview the Purple Bowl, we brought in friend of the program Ron Johnson (@3RonJohnson) of Vikings Gameday to get some insight on the Ravens (his former flock) and how the Vikings matchup across the Also let’s make some money this weekend with Joe Duffy (@OffshoreInsider) and we revisit Episode 0001 of Purple FTW, born via the last time we played the Ravens…

All that and more “The Mike Wallace Bowl” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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The NFC North is wide open. Do the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have the fortitude to ascend to the summit and plant their flag? Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of The Scoop Podcast stops in for his weekly spot to discuss just that. Later on in the show, friend of the program Dr. Eric Eager (@PFF_EricEager) chimes in with some Vikings takes and grades from the good people at Pro Football Focus.

All that and more “Do You Even Lift, Mountain Bro?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings Territory writer Drew Mahowald presents the tenth edition of the Skol Scale following the Vikings’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Minnesota Vikings defeating the Green Bay Packers is a time for celebration, don’t get me wrong.

The Packers have had a firm grasp on the NFC North for the better part of the last 15 years and have dominated Minnesota in that time span. When the Vikings do topple the Packers, it suggests that Minnesota has a playoff football team.

Sunday’s victory, while certainly meaningful, does not have the same implications.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings Raiding Party feat. Daniel House (ep. 437)

Optimism is a weird feeling, isn’t it? The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are in first place, the offensive line isn’t a sieve, the Zimmer Hellfire Defense is playing at a Top-5 level, and Teddy Dave Bridgewater is set to return to practice today. I’m not comfortable with this level of good vibes. To help comfort me, I brought in 1500 ESPN Boss Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) to discuss the current Vikings outlook, preview the Baltimore Ravens (The Chester Taylor Bowl), and if we can bury the Green Bay Packers (spoiler: no).

All that and more “Load The Boats” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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