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Last month we looked at some offensive players and predicted stat leaders, so now we’ll dive into the defensive end of the field.

Which Players Will Lead the Vikings in Sacks for the 2015 Season? 

Adam: Everson Griffen
Everson Griffen was the leader in 2014 and it wasn’t even close. The Vikings did a lot to help their defense this offseason, particularly in the Draft, but none of those additions should do anything other than help Griffen’s pass rushing production. While the defensive tackles and linebackers will rotate to stay fresh, the pass rushing attack will again center around Griffen who might find himself in a position to be even more aggressive in 2015. Health has a ton to do with it, and Anthony Barr might take a huge step forwards, but I still see this season ending with Griffen as the sack champ of Minnesota.

Andy: Anthony Barr
Conventional wisdom says Everson Griffen will lead the way and continue to build on last year’s coming out party of 12.0 sacks, but I’m going to bet on youth and Anthony Barr. He’s a physical specimen heading into only his fourth year of playing defense and second under Mike Zimmer. Barr started slow his rookie year, but picked up a lot of steam before getting injured and finishing the season with only 4.0 sacks. I think a full-offseason and a year of good health could not only double that number, but possibly triple or quadruple.

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Photo Credit: Lindsey Young - Modified

Intrepid reporter Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) rejoins the show to talk Vikings OTAs, the latest Adrian drama (he’s gonna retire now? Dohkay), as well as her latest interviews with former Vikings head coach and garage sale legend Bud Grant, Polish phenom Babatunde Aiyegbusi, and superstar Andy Carlson!

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The Vikings currently have 89 players on their 90-man roster. Since everything on the interest nowadays is lists and rankings, we’re going to rank the currently Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings players 1-89 on today’s show! I’ve devised a ranking system dubbed The Andy Scale (The AS) to suit our purposes. It is HIGHLY scientific.

There are seven factors that go into The AS. They are:
• Predicted 2015 Impact
• Estimated Future with the Vikings
• Ceiling
• Attitude
• Health
• Zimmer Doghouse Ability
• The Grandma Factor

All the categories will be explained in depth and the scores & rankings of all 89 Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings will be revealed on ONE episode (we don’t chunk it out like some TV shows) on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Meet Andy Carlson. For many of our readers, you know Andy as the voice of Purple FTW! podcast. We at Vikings Territory have gotten to know Andy as not only an audio aficionado but as a family man, a Twitter fiend, a .GIF guru … and obviously, a Vikings fan.

Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.
Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.

Football runs in the Carlson bloodand for the most part, that blood is purple. Andy’s dad played football through high school, and his uncle Dean Carlson actually played three years in the NFL. Dean spent the majority of his career with Kansas City before a short stint with Green Baywhich, of course, “we don’t recognize,” ribs Andy.

Because of his family connection to the Chiefs, Andy identifies as a “down-low fan” of the team, second of course to Minnesota. Interestingly enough, the one game Dean started in was against the Vikings on Dec. 14, 1974.

Andy played for Rushford/Peterson High School, suiting up at both wide receiver and cornerback. He doesn’t consider himself an exceptional athlete, but being part of the team remains one of his favorite memories. He did have a few plays for the books, including a touchdown that made it onto the local KTTC news, and the team won the State Title in 2002 under Coach Jim Reinhardt (since retired).

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