Monday, March 27, 2017

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VT QOTW: If not Sam Bradford, then who?

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Sam Bradford isn’t just the Minnesota Vikings’ quarter-season MVP, he’s the MVP of the entire National Football League. That is, of course, just one man’s opinion. But that man is Peter King, a prominent writer in the sports journalism world.

And King isn’t the only one who holds that belief; our own Sam Neumann doubled down on the “take,” arguing that Bradford is the NFL’s most valuable player. To the Vikings, though, there are a handful of players who could hold that title.

The defense is a top-10 unit, Stefon Diggs is an emerging star, and Kyle Rudolph is finally living up to his questionable contract extension. Any of Minnesota’s 22 starters have a shot — no matter how small — at the title. Who does the Vikings Territory team (and a special guest) think deserves the quarter-season MVP?

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 4-0 as no one comes into THIS US Bank Stadium without paying the price… Defeating the New York Football Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. The Vikes excelled in all three phases (minus Blair Walsh) and Xavier Rhodes played his best game as a pro shutting down the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. We recap the game and complain about $60,000 couches.

Today’s Perfect Purple Talking Points Include
• Helluva Ballgame By Xavier Rhodes
• Props to Cordarrelle Buying Into New Role
• Jerick McKinnon is the Future of the Minnesota Vikings Backfield. Period.
• Who Put the Kahlua in Norv’s Coffee?
• The Offensive Line Played Phenomenal
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Eric Kendricks And the No Good Rotten Very Bad Day
• The Defense Was Quietly Dominant
• TREADWELL CAN’T EVEN CATCH A SQUIB KICK
• We Gotta Talk About Blair Walsh
• The Adrian Theory – Offense gets creative and opens up after the Two Down Tyrant

All that and other “I’ll Still Take OBJ On This Team” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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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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