Friday, September 30, 2016

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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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Minnesota Vikings

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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Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 3-0, already have a win over the Green Bay Packers, and just roughed up the league MVP and defending NFC Champs. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. We recap the “solid in all three phases” win even though I’m in Denver for a wedding. Because why shouldn’t Andy have to work during his vacation. #Warrior

Today’s Road Warriors Talking Points Include
• This Was a Big-Boy Win
• The Defense Carried the Day
• This is All We Need From Sam Bradford
• THIS is the Kyle Rudolph We Paid For
• #FreeMcKinnon (and Asiata Too, I Guess)
• TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles Looked Solid
• Everson Griffen is Not Human
• Treadwell Inactive, Jarius Wright Active
• Injuries Strike Again
• Marcus Sherels Appreciation

All that and other “#FreeClemmingsAndSirles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings - Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have looked more like Discovery Health this week with long-term injuries and surgeries befalling Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, and Sharrif Floyd. But as we’ve seen from the Teddy Bridgewater injury, Mike Zimmer is not one to let his team just sit here and cry. Next man up and we’re on to Carolina.

To help preview the upcoming game in “totally nothing going on” Charlotte is show favorite Travis “T-Bone” Hancock of WFNZ. We talked about some of the civil unrest down there and how the community needs a football game, how Cam Newton has changed from last year, what the Panthers plan to do versus the Adrian-less Vikings, and also some mad love for Sam Bradford.

All that and other “Adrian Who?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The debut of the new $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium was positively majestic Sunday night. However, it was Sam Bradford’s debut as the Vikings’ starting quarterback that stole the show.

Bradford threw for two touchdowns and the reigning NFC North Champs harassed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers enough to claim a thrilling 17-14 victory and remain on top of the division.

With Bradford under center, the Vikings’ red zone efficiency also took a step in the right direction.

The Vikings ran four plays in the red zone (four pass and 0 runs) on one possession and scored one touchdown. Bradford was 4-for-4 in the red zone. The Packers had eight offensive snaps in the red zone (four pass and four runs) on three possessions, scoring two touchdowns.

Red Zone Notes:

Thanks to a blocked punt and a pass interference penalty by Terrence Newman, the Packers reached the red zone first. With no score in the game and just under six minutes to play in the first quarter, the Packers knocked on the door with a 1st-and-goal from the four yard line.

The Vikings’ run defense rose to the occasion, holding Eddie Lacy in check on his first two red zone rushing attempts. However, a well designed play action pass on third down fooled Trae Waynes as Jordy Nelson escaped in the flat for an easy touchdown.

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