Friday, November 27, 2015

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Entering the game as the least penalized team in the NFL, the Vikings gave up a season high 8 penalties for 110 yards on a chilly day at TCF Bank Stadium. The Green Bay Packers defense held Arian Peterson to 45 yards, forcing a fumble and sacking Teddy Bridgewater six times to capture a 30-13 NFC North victory.

The Packers ended a three-game losing streak on a 100 yard rushing performance by Eddie Lacy, and a five field goal outing from Mason Crosby. The Vikings limited Aaron Rodgers to 16 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns, but a lackluster performance by the Vikings offensive line spelled defeat for the Vikings.

The lone bright spot was the solid play from Bridgewater who hit on 25 of 37 for 296 yards and 1 touchdown under heavy pressure. The Vikings found the end zone first when Bridgewater connected with Kyle Rudolph on a 47-yard pass in the first quarter to take a 6-3 lead. Yes, Blair Walsh missed another extra point and from that moment the Packers scored 16 unanswered points taking control of the game with a dominate performance from their defensive front.

Even on a bad day, the Vikings continued to fight. Peterson scored the Vikings second touchdown on a 6-yard run that cut the score to 19-13 late in the 3rd quarter. That score, however, would be as close as they would get as the Packers capitalized on a few 4th quarter mistakes by the Vikings.

Kyle Rudolph had a career day with 6 receptions for 106 yards as the Vikings fall to 7-3 on the season.

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It’s probably safe to say that not many NFL fans would have predicted this scenario for the Vikings/Packers first match up of 2015. With Minnesota currently sitting one game over Green Bay and leading the NFC North Division, a victory over its rival will increase the Vikings’ record to 8-2 and give them some more breathing room in the standings.

The Vikings are 48-57 against the Packers overall and 26-27 when playing at home. However, they have won only one of the past 11 meetings (there was also a tie in 2013).

Week 11 will arguably be the team’s biggest game of the season thus far, and you can bet there will be more than enough energy filling TCF Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon. Let’s take a look at the offensive picture for Minnesota.

Offensive Line

In looking at last week’s win over Oakland, there were pros and cons from the offensive line.

The Vikings are continuing their positive trend of committing very few penalties, and the offensive line is playing its part there. In Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Minnesota was penalized just three times, one of those calls being a false start against Brandon Fusco. Coming off a 2014 season in which offensive linemen cost the Vikings a lot penalty yards, this year has been a welcomed improvement.

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It’s almost time to party. We’re only two days away from our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings welcoming in the Green Bay 2nd in the Division Packers for the biggest throwdown of the 2015 campaign. We brought in our man Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) to help get us ready for Border Battle 1.0 as well as expand on his latest piece about chlling out on Teddy Bridgewater.

Other topics include: why comparing Teddy to Alex Smith isn’t necessarily an insult, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense can put the clamps on Aaron Rodgers, why the Packers offense is suddenly anemic, what to expect from Teddy and the passing game against the suddenly not frisky so Packers defense, and why the Purple’s recent record means absolutely nothing against the Green and Gold on Sunday.

All that and other “T-Shirts Are Dumb” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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Border Battle 1.0 is nearly upon us. Will the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings assert their dominance over the NFC North or will the Green Bay Packers stage a second act comeback? We welcome in Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar), Fantasy Writer and Packer apologist, to the show to dissect who will be Ronda Rousey and who will be Holly Holm Sunday afternoon at The Bank. (We’re obvious Holly Holm.)

We chatted about what Aaron Rodgers’ deal is, if Adrian Peterson can keep up his historic 2012 pace, where the Vikings’ passing game is going wonky, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense matches up against the Packers offense, and much much more. I also continue to whine about Chase Ford becoming a Raven.

All that and other “BEAT GREEN BAY” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The HUGE Border Battle week is upon us as Mike Zimmer and the NFC North leading Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (7-2) prepare to welcome in the loser of three-straight professional football contests Green Bay Packers (6-3). Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman joins us for her weekly spot to talk about the Purple as we scheme on how to defeat the Green, Yellow and Blaze Orange.

Di and I chatted about what it’s like to have the #1 Defense in the NFL, how Adrian is back and on pace to win the rushing title (almost by default), why Kyle Rudolph should be benched forever, what Teddy and Norv need to do to get this passing game on fleek, and we play America’s newest favorite game What Pisses Di Off More?

All that and other “BEAT GREEN BAY” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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