Saturday, December 10, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings remain one game up in the NFC North standings, but it appears as if the sense of urgency that had been lost during the team’s three-game losing streak has returned.

“The big thing is we need to win,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said ( “I mean, it’s time, we need to win. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. This kind of looked like the team I’ve had for awhile this week, and hopefully we carry it over.”

Minnesota took a step in the right direction offensively against the Detroit Lions, but a culmination of late-game mistakes ultimately led to a discouraging 22-16 overtime loss.

The Vikings head out on the road this week to face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. with the goal of putting an end to their losing streak against a foe that is familiar in more ways than one.

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Minnesota Vikings - Washington - Dan Steinberg - Washington Post - DC Sports Bog

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head to Washington (but really Maryland) to try and have their 2016 season bailed out Sunday against the professional football team that resides there. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog swings by to preview the game, talk about the 4-3-1 Powerhouse by the Potomac, and let Vikings fans know if he thinks they’ll Like That on Sunday.

(I already used this “House of Vikes” theme for Episode 103, but dammit I love this show.)

All that and more “We make the terror.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint


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The downward spiral continued Sunday as the Detroit Lions upset the Minnesota Vikings 22-16 at US Bank Stadium. Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal for the Lions (5-4) to force overtime shortly after the Vikings (5-3) took a 16-13 lead with just 23 seconds to play in regulation.

Mathew Stafford connected with Golden Tate for the game winning 28-yard touchdown on the opening drive of overtime to end the contest.

Stafford threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but the Vikings actually produced more first downs and out-gained the Lions 337 to 311 net yards. An inability to capitalize in the red zone, poor third down defense, a block field goal and a missed extra point was the storyline behind the Vikings defeat.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are indeed in the hunt for some good will after falling to 5-3 after a promising five-game win streak to begin the 2016 campaign. To make some sense of the mess, I brought in Dr. Eric Eager, Pro Football Focus contributor, to talk a little Purple and explain to me the method behind the PFF madness. Should people treat their grades as gospel? (No.) And what is the best way for the average jackass fan (like Andy) to incorporate PFF’s content to enrich their viewing experience and make them a better fan.

We also dove into general Vikings topics: Why does it appear that Anthony Barr is struggling? What makes Terence Newman so valuable this season? Was Norv really the only problem on the offense? #TeamTeddy or #TeamBradford going forward? And some Blair Walsh derpiness. Plus Eric shares memories of squaring off against THE Winona State University’s Chris Samp (aka Jeff Janis before Jeff Janis.)

All that and more “Do You Like Apples?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings - Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings’ Death Spiral 2016 Tour continued rolling along Sunday afternoon at historic US Bank Stadium as the Purple dropped to the Detroit Lions 22-16 in extra football time. The Vikes are now 0-3 off the bye and the formally wrapped up NFC North now turns into a three-way dog fight with Green Bay and now Detroit. We recap Sunday’s mehness.

Today’s Life Comes At You Fast
• This Was the Worst Loss of the Season
• Pat Shurmur Report Card
• Blair Walsh Needs to Go
• The Defense is Suddenly Average
• Give Detroit Credit For Winning the Game Too
• Stefon Diggs Appreciation
• So What About the Running Game?
• Chad Greenway Was Good So I Have to Move to Mexico Now
• Are We Sure Anthony Barr is Good?
• Biggest Test of Zimmer’s Head Coaching Career

All that and more “ALL THE STUFFED ANIMALS. ALL OF THEM.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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