Friday, February 24, 2017

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Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen Dominate Offensive Play Rankings

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Unfortunately, the offseason has started a little earlier than the Minnesota Vikings would have hoped.

While Minnesota ended its season on about as high of a note as it could have with a dominating 38-10 victory at home over the Chicago Bears, the Vikings will be watching the postseason from their couches as the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions compete for a Super Bowl.

The worst-case scenario has been engaged with the happiness of Vikings fans now in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and, more so, the New York Giants — a pair of teams that are certainly capable of bringing peace and harmony back to Vikings Territory in one fell swoop this weekend.

There is not a single Vikings fan in the world who is happy to see the offseason arrive so soon, but there are a few benefits to this heartbreaking situation:

  1. Vikings have extra time to prepare for a critical NFL Draft and Free Agency period
  2. Vikings won’t control your happiness on Sundays for roughly 9 months
  3. Excellent offseason content from your favorite source, Vikings Territory

With a dark cloud currently hovering over Mike Zimmer’s kingdom, the best place to start the Vikings Territory offseason content cycle may very well be through a series of articles highlighting the most thrilling and critical moments and performances that we shared together throughout this rollercoaster ride of a 2016 season:

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Five thoughts from the Vikings' win at Jacksonville.

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1. One down.

As the saying goes, you can’t win the last four if you don’t win the first one of the last four. Or something like that.

I gave my call to arms on last week’s Bump & Run, and while I delivered it in a wholly ridiculous manner (as I’m wont to do with these things), I fully believe everything that was said. The Vikings have an agreeable schedule the last quarter of the season, they’ve shown they can put together a winning streak, and if they do finish 10-6, they have a good shot to make the playoffs. Now, part one of that four-part plan is accomplished (yeah, it was probably the easiest part, too, but you can only play who they put in front of you). Up next is part two against the Colts at home, another very doable task. The season isn’t over.

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Minnesota Vikings - Jakcsonville Jaguars

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings completed the first 25% of Operation Win Out, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 Sunday at Historic Everbank Field. Sam Bradford and the offense opened things up deep, but still had familiar short-yardage struggles that kept this game closer than it should have been. Oh, and the defense is still pretty pretty pretty good.

Talkers Include:
• I Love that the Offense Went YOLO
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Defense is Rock Solid Still
• Anthony Harris Evaluation
• The Matt Asiata Experience
• Pay Adam Thielen
• Xavier Rhodes Kinda Got Hot
• More Injuries
• Playoff Picture
• Loose Thoughts

All that and more “You Had ONE Job, Bears-Saints-Eagles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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It is now or never for the Minnesota Vikings and their 2016 playoff chances. Every remaining game this season is a must-win for the Vikings, even this Sunday against the 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars.

At first glance, this seems like an easy win for Minnesota as the Jaguars have not won a game since Week 6. But this is the Vikings we are talking about and anyone who has spent more than a second rooting for this team knows that almost anything is capable of happening when Minnesota takes the field.

Besides preventing head coach Mike Zimmer from tearing his other eye out this weekend, there are a few things that the Vikings should emphasize in order to ensure a better outcome than what Hillary Clinton had in the state of Florida back in November.

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What Went Wrong: Week 10

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Down a point to the Pittsburgh Steelers with nine seconds remaining, Ezekiel Elliott burst through the line of scrimmage and carried the Dallas Cowboys to an improbable win. His 32-yard touchdown sealed the game for Dallas, launching himself and the Cowboys into the NFL’s rarified air.

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings experienced similar joy — albeit, in a losing game — from Adrian Peterson. Down 10 to the Denver Broncos, facing a fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter, Teddy Bridgewater handed the ball to Peterson. Minnesota’s All-Pro running back exploded through a crease and jaunted to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown, pulling the Vikings within three.

Fast forward to the present day, and such short-yardage situations aren’t a gimmie for the current Vikings offense. Gone are the days of a push by the offensive line and decisive running between the tackles. Sure, the Vikings try to play “power football,” but the results have been alarmingly disappointing.

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