Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings secured their spot in the playoffs tonight with an emphatic win 49-17 over the New York Giants. The Vikes defense feasted on Eli Manning while Teddy Bridgewater continued his high level of play. The Purple’s task is clear: Win next Sunday in Lambeau and win the division and a home Wild Card round playoff game. Let’s. Go.

We In Da Tourney Talking Points Include
• Playoffs, Homeboy
• The Non-Existent Primetime Curse
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Healthy
• The Giants DGAF
• Teddy Continues to Roll
• Adrian’s Gonna Win the Rushing Title
• #FreeMcKinnon
• Props to Kyle Rudolph
• Offensive Line Hodge Podge
• Danielle Hunter is Ahead of Schedule
• Blair Walsh if Redic
• Mission: Win The North
• Flex Appeal – Vikings/Packers on SNF
• I Love Nick Swardson
• Listener Mailbag

All this and other “You hear that? We just picked Eli again.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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With some fairly large upsets taking place on Sunday, and one NFC North team giving the term “publicly owned” some new meaning, the importance of Sunday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants has been clarified in time for kickoff.

Here is what we know:

1. The NFC North Will Be Decided Next Week

The Week 17 matchup in Green Bay will be for the NFC North crown regardless of what happens during Sunday Night’s contest. That game is already primed to be one of the biggest rivalry contests in all of 2015’s NFL season, and there is no doubt that the NFC North is set to be decided in dramatic fashion.

2. If The Vikes Win Tonight Then They Clinch

There were numerous ways the Vikings could clinch a playoff berth before Sunday Night’s kickoff, but they were let down by a number of teams that included the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks. That leaves the Vikings to do the deed themselves… they must beat the Giants if they want to guarantee themselves a postseason appearance this week.

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The path for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is clear: Win Two Games, Win The North. To do that the Purple will have to win in prime time and beat the Packers, things that have been sparse as of late (just ask #VikingsTwitter). The Odell Beckham-less New York Football Giants stand in the way first (although the issue was up in the air during recording). We welcome Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) back into the friendly confines to talk about Gotham vs Twin Cities.

Other topics include how the Vikings got completely messed over in the Pro Bowl voting because fans are sheep, why Ron Jaworski is NOT a premier source for breaking news, if Teddy Bridgewater can keep playing the best ball of his career, how the Giants are basically the Browns without OBJ and Arif and I hand out presents to the team. Because ’tis the season or something.

All this and other “Andre Williams is the worst running back I’ve ever seen in my life” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings potentially got a Christmas Gift from Odell Beckham Jr by him acting a fool against Carolina and getting suspended for the Purple vs New York Football Giants Sunday Night Football showdown (pending appeal). Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) of The Daily Norseman rejoins the show to talk about if OBJ’s actions warranted suspension and if the NFL has the fortitude to uphold said suspension on appeal even though it would mean one of the league’s biggest stars missing a prime time game with playoff implications.

We also chatted about how men and women cannot be friends (sometimes), make fun of Josh Freeman and that 2013 Monday Night Football debacle in the Meadowlands, Di yells at me for wanting Eli over Peyton Manning in a last-minute drive situation, we bask in the greatness of Teddy Bridgewater’s performance versus the Bears, and ponder if Adrian Peterson and Teddy B can co-exist for another season or if “All Day” will be “All Gone” in 2016.

All this and other “WHY DID JOSH FREEMAN THROW 53 TIMES?!?” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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With the NFL season winding down it’s time to enter NFL MOCK DRAFT SEASON! Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha joins us for his weekly draft take as we run through his first mock draft of the 2016 draft cycle.

Luke’s Top-Five Include:
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
2. San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
3. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
4. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, Safety/Cornerback, Florida State
5. Detroit Lions: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Read up on the rest of Luke’s Full First Round Mock Draft 1.0 at eDraft. Spoiler: Vikings fans will enjoy who Luke gives us.

All this and other “I’m not smart enough to figure out playoff scenarios” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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