Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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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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    Zach Zenner
    Image courtesy of Vikings.com

    Divisional game matchups always seem to have a special feel. The stakes are inherently higher, familiarity with the opposition breeds competitive matchups and bragging rights are always in play regardless of NFL standing.

    When control of the NFC North and the inside track to win a division championship are at stake, however, the stakes are raised to an unprecedented level and every snap is treated with the utmost importance. If the opportunity to take a hard step toward being a part of the first division crown in team history wasn’t already enough, consider what it would feel like to not only sweep your hometown team as a member of a rival organization but send them into a state of desperation with regard to their chances of reaching the postseason.

    This is the opportunity running back Zach Zenner will try to make the most of when his Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Thanksgiving.

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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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    Minnesota Vikings-Arizona Cardinals

    The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finally got back in the win column for the firs time since October 9th (41 days). Mike Zimmer’s once vaunted defense became vaunted once again, getting consistent pressure on Carson Palmer and helped the Purple seal a 30-24 win Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium.

    Today’s Back in the Saddle Again Talkin Points Include
    • Carson Palmer Got Beat Like He Stole Something
    • Mandatory Kai Forbath Talking Point
    • Week 3 Under Shurmur Was _______.
    • Xavier Rhodes Played the Game of His Life
    • #FreeDanielleHunter
    • Cordarrelle Patterson is Becoming…
    • Offensive Line Watch
    • Jeff Locke Has Been PHENOMENAL This Season
    • The Defense Still Has Issues Stopping the Run
    • Week 11 Zimmer Assessment

    All that and more “Bring the Wood” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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    Image courtesy of vikings.com

    The Minnesota Vikings (5-4) were a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone against the Washington Redskins (5-3-1) on Sunday. They even found pay dirt more often (3 to 2), yet, the good showing in the red zone wasn’t enough to earn a win in the nation’s capital. A 26-20 defeat to the Redskins dropped the Vikings for their fourth consecutive loss.

    Sam Bradford was an efficient 31-of-40 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. His lone interception with 5:44 to play, however, was a major blow as the Vikings were driving and only trailing 23-20.

    Game Red Zone Stats

    Possessions: 3
    Touchdowns: 3
    Field Goals: 0
    Snaps: 8 (4 run, 4 pass)

    Season Red Zone Stats

    Possessions: 26
    Touchdowns: 13
    Efficiency: 50%
    Snaps: 88 (42 run, 46 pass)

    Washington had 13 offensive snaps (5 run 8 pass) on four red zone possessions scoring one touchdown and adding three field goals.

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