Monday, November 20, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday’s Week 3 home matchup with the Detroit Lions as two-point favorites, according to My Bookie. If you’re a straight-up gambler, Minnesota is -130 favorites while Detroit is +110 underdogs.

The Vikings are one of the toughest teams to evaluate thus far in 2017. At home against two mediocre teams, they’ve been electric and looked like a championship-caliber team. But in their one road game against a more challenging opponent, Minnesota looked like a bottom feeder.

Detroit, meanwhile, has played like an elite football team all season. They ran away from Arizona for an easy Week 1 victory and then marched past the New York Giants on Monday Night in Week 2. The Lions are inches from boasting an undefeated record after Golden Tate’s last-second touchdown effort was stopped just short of the end zone against undefeated Atlanta last week.

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings lost the NFC North Title Game (basically) to the Detroit Lions 16-13 in soul crushing fashion as Sam Bradford threw an interception that setup a chip shot Matt Prater game winning kick. The Purple are down and pretty close to out; but we recap the game, try to scrape a few positives out of the mess, and look ahead to possible playoff scenarios. All this with the 10-1 juggernaut Cowboys set to come into historic US Bank Stadium next Thursday. Woot woot.

Today’s Turkey Indigestion Talking Points Include:
• The Vikings’ Playoff Hopes Are THIN
• Sam Bradford Was Efficient to Death
• The Zim Reapers Are Kinda Back
• Do We Need to Be Concerned About Jerick McKinnon?
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• We Need to Be Ready for Life After Terence Newman
• Anthony Barr Played Out of His Mind
• Shumur’s Use of Cordarrelle Patterson is Promising
• Loose Thoughts
• So What Now?

All that and more “Just Stay in Your Food Coma” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and Detroit Lions meet on Thanksgiving at Ford Field for a de facto NFC North Championship Game. Mike Zimmer and the Vikes finally got right versus Arizona and look to avenge the ‘heart ripped from chest” loss the Lions put on them a few weeks ago. To preview the game, we brought in our old friend Michael Grey to talk Matthew Stafford, Eric Ebron, and the Detroit Jim Bob Cooters.

To wrap up the show, I went through some random Purple news and notes, went down the list of Vikings Things I’m Thankful For, and power ranked all the Thanksgiving sides.

All that and more “Smoked Turkey is VERY Underrated” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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They did it! The Minnesota Vikings actually won a game last Sunday! Some people were beginning to forget how it actually felt when the Vikings score more points than their opponent during a game, but they pulled together in Week 11 to get by the Arizona Cardinals and end their four-game losing streak.

Minnesota was able to get the victory after getting points from their offense, defense, and special teams. It definitely made it easier to get the win, but that is not something the Vikings should count on for the remaining games of their 2016 schedule.

This week, Minnesota gets the opportunity to play a game on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2000 when they head to Detroit to face the Lions. Coincidentally, the Lions are the only team to ever beat the Vikings on Thanksgiving (1995) in the six times they have played on the holiday.

After Detroit got the best of them in Week 9, Minnesota will be looking to embarrass the Lions in front of their home crowd at Ford Field on Thursday. What must the Vikings do this time to avoid getting swept by Detroit in their season series?

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings this week, in a move many see as yet another “addition by subtraction” this season. “Tight ends coach” Pat Shurmur now steps into the interim OC role for his third stint calling plays for Sam Bradford. I talk about how that could affect the offense as well as send NORV off with a few heartfelt songs straight from my heart. #Heart

Also in to preview Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions at historic US Bank Stadium is long-time friend of the show Michael Grey. We chat about how new general manager Bob Quinn is changing things in the Motor City, how Matthew Stafford is playing at a low-key MVP level, and minimize the number of Jim Bob Cooter (JBC) references.

All that and more “Get Your Lights Out” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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