Thursday, December 14, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings streak of eight consecutive wins ended Sunday with a 24-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings were weighed down by uncharacteristic mistakes on offense and the defense allowed some rare big plays, but that didn’t stop some positive things from happening during the game in Charlotte. Here are six takeaways from the Vikings loss to Carolina.

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Week 14: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings (10-2) will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend to take on Panthers (8-4) at Bank of America Stadium. The game is Sunday at noon (CST).

The showdown will be a battle between two top-10 defenses.

Earlier in the week, we looked at how the teams stacked up by numbers. Now, let’s focus on the individual matchups that will be crucial in determining the game’s outcome.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Panthers Preview feat. @JReidDraftScout + Travis Hancock + Offshore Insiders (ep. 473)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Fans are demanding excellence from the team and the Purple are delivering. To take a look ahead at the showdown in Carolina, we welcomed in Friend of the Program Travis Hancock (@TBoneWFNZ) of WFNZ The Fan in Charlotte to talk about Cam Newton, the handsomely-paid Matt Kalil, and the overall temperature of the Panther fan base. Joe Duffy (@offshoreinsider) swings in to talk about the sports betting aspects surrounding the game and why Vikings fans should be particularly interested in the Packers @ Browns tilt. Plus we bring it home with Jordan Reid’s (@JReidDraftScout) weekly spot and find out if he’s *finally* sold on Case Keenum.

All that and more “Everson Sets the Sack Record” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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The Vikings vet is in the zone — a quick look at whether the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule will allow him to make a run at the NFL’s single-season record for sacks.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is in good company. He is now tied with two team legends — Jared Allen and Jim Marshall — for most consecutive games with a sack. Griffen has at least one sack in all eight games this season, which is tied for the franchise record. The last time a Viking accomplished the feat, he finished a sack short of the NFL record.

That got me thinking… is Griffen capable of breaking Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record?

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Turnstile, he is not.

Riley Reiff turns heads
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Duct tape may prove a quick fix for leaky pipes, but as every DIY repairman knows, a patchwork job only lasts so long. In the NFL, where leaks in the offensive line can flood a team’s Super Bowl aspirations, duct tape is the least desirable option in a general manager’s toolbox.

Jake Long, Jeremiah Sirles, Matt Kalil, and T.J. Clemmings were just that — temporary measures in the season-long effort to protect Sam Bradford‘s blindside. The Minnesota Vikings survived the year, but not without catastrophe along the way. General manager Rick Spielman recognized he’d need more than a roll of tape to fix the critical infrastructure; he’d need to replace the pipes completely.

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