Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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It seemed like it was going to be an easy night for the Minnesota Vikings in their matchup with the New York Giants as they lead 17-3 at the end of three quarters. The Giants made the game a little closer with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings answered with their own touchdown in the fourth and held on for the 24-10 win.

With the win, Minnesota improves to 4-0 and and are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL this season.

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If there is one thing that can be guaranteed about Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, it is that he does not possess one ounce of care in his body for fantasy football. This is perfectly fine for the Vikings organization as a whole, but it is not really the ideal situation for people who own some of the Minnesota players on their fantasy team.

So far in 2016, besides the Vikings’ defense (which is playing out of their mind right now), Minnesota is not really the home for any fantasy superstars. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs looked to be on his way to fantasy royalty this year after the team’s first two games, but zero fantasy owners were happy with his performance last week against the Carolina Panthers (4 catches, 40 yards).

This week, the Vikings and their vanilla offense get a matchup with the New York Giants.

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Three weeks into the season, wide reciever Stefon Diggs is second in the NFL with 325 receiving yards while on pace to eclipse 100 receptions for the season. Sam Bradford has found a rising young star in Diggs, however, his emerging go-to target in the red zone is tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph caught another red zone touchdown pass this week as the Vikings sacked the Carolina Panthers in a 22-10 victory. The win snapped the Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak and keeps the Minnesota Vikings unbeaten at 3-0.

The Vikings ran seven plays in the red zone (four passes and three runs) on three possessions. The red zone offense scored a touchdown and kicked two field goals.

The Panthers had two offensive snaps in the red zone (two runs) on one possession and scored a touchdown.

Red Zone Notes:

In the first quarter the Panthers reached the red zone first when Cam Newton hit Corey Brown on a deep 27-yard pass over the coverage of Captain Munnerlyn down the left side line. On 1st-and-goal from the 9-yard line, Fuzzy Whittaker ran the ball for a six yard pickup. Newton then ran it in for the score on the following play to give the Panthers an early 0-7 lead. Newton runs the read option as well as any quarterback in the league, and on this play, his ball fake was so good he practically walked into the end zone around the right side of the Vikings’ defense.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are tied for the best record in the NFL. A spot many fans, analysts, and probably players (if they were being honest) did not expect the Purple to be in given all of the early season drama. It has opened a door for many-a-fan to have hope that this year could be the year, especially with that Zimmer Hellfire Defense playing like an all-time great unit. We took some time today to mull over aloud few over/under propositions about our young Skol Squad.

2016 Over/Under Talking Points Include:
• 4.5 Defensive Touchdowns
• 1200 Rushing Yards by Vikings Runnings Backs
• 22.5 Touchdown Passes from Sam Bradford
• 100 Fantasy Points for Kyle Rudolph
• 10.5 Starts for TJ Clemmings at Left Tackle
• 44.5 Sacks for Vikings Quarterbacks
• 100.5 Snaps for Willie Beavers
• 72.5 Sacks for the Defense
• 20.5 Sacks for Everson Griffen
• 49.5 INTs for the Vikings Defense
• 20.5 Receptions for Laquon Treadwell
• 0.5 Coach of the Year Awards for Mike Zimmer

All that and other “Take the Overs on All of Em” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vote for the Vikings Week Three “Player Of The Game” Award below!

Hey, how about that? If last week’s win against Green Bay seemed improbable, it certainly seemed like mountains would need to be moved in order to milk a victory out of a road trip to meet Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

For a while, thoughts of victory seemed particularly dubious when the Panthers jumped to a 10-0 victory on their first two possessions and the Vikings offense looked like 11 guys wearing concrete blocks instead of clears.

Still, an impressive 22-10 victory is what the Vikings snagged out of Carolina, and now we have the privelage of once again awarding VT‘s “Player of the Game” award via the poll below. Eric Kendricks and Sam Bradford have each won the award through two weeks of the season.

Here are the nominees:

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