Wednesday, October 26, 2016

minnesota vikings

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Minnesota Vikings Darren Wolfson

Darren Wolfson (KSTP/1500 ESPN) joined the show at Blue Door Pub Como to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and life as an insider breaking stories and developing sources. We touched on the news surrounding the Teddy Bridgewater injury, what he heard prior to the Sam Bradford blockbuster trade, how long Xavier Rhodes could be out, and when/if certain players will be moved on from this season. *Cough Jarius Wright, Blair Walsh, Jeff Locke*

And oh yeah the Green Bay Packers are coming in for Sunday Night Football and the regular season opening of US Bank Stadium. Lil chatter about that minor thing too.

Get the lowdown from Doogie on The Scoop available on iTunes and PodcastOne.

All that and other “Andy is Deep Throat” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings’ defense produced two scores as Minnesota overcame a slow start to beat the Tennessee Titans 25-16 on Sunday. The Vikings started the 2016 season off right with a good win on the road, but it was the Titans who controlled the red zone in this ball game.

The Titans ran 12 plays (11 pass and 1 run) in the red zone on three possessions which yielded two touchdowns and one field goal.

The Vikings ran 8 plays in the red zone (1 pass and 7 runs) on two possessions manufacturing only one field goal and zero touchdowns.

Red Zone Notes:

The Titans found the red zone first mid-way through the first quarter. Eric Kendricks’ outstanding tackle for loss on second down helped limit the Titans to a 28 yard field goal and a 0-3 advantage.

Early in the second quarter the Vikings had their first opportunity in the red zone. The Titans shut down three consecutive running plays by Adrian Peterson and an Andre Smith holding penalty set up an impossible third-and-24 situation. Blair Walsh’s 37 yard field attempt sailed wide left spoiling a 15 play 56 yard drive.

The Titans did their best red zone work through the air as running back DeMarco Murray caught two touchdowns out of the backfield including a nifty leap over a defender for the score.

The Vikings found the red zone again in the 4th quarter and Norv Turner once again dialed up three consecutive running plays. This time, two handoffs went to Matt Asiata and one to Stefon Digg which also saw very little success. After missing two field goals earlier in the game, Walsh connected on a 30 yard attempted to give the Vikings a 25-10 lead.

Tennessee was focused on stoping Peterson, and not only did they shut down the Vikings’ running attack in the red zone, but they held Peterson to just 31 yards on 19 carries for the entire game.

Quarterback Shaun Hill was effective enough in the passing game to move the chains and sustain some drives. However, after the game he stated that the Vikings will need to do a better job turning drives into points in the future.

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Minnesota Vikings - Tennessee Titans

Actual football football starts this Sunday for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they head down to the Country Music and BBQ Capital o’ the World to take on the Tennessee Titans. To help us preview the opposition, Sharona (Inside the Pylon, NFL Female) joins us for a segment to talk about her Titans and how they look to matchup against the Zimmer Hellfire Defense and the two-headed monster of Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Even though who’s actually going to play quarterback is still a question mark, later on in the show I look at the laundry list of strengths the Vikings bring to the table (defense, running game) that could carry the day on Sunday. …And also a few weaknesses that could start the season off with an L for the Skoldiers of Fortune (SOMEONE PLEASE COVER DELANIE WALKER.)

All that and other “Exotic Smash Mouth is soooooo 2003” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Carlson and Coller Minnesota Vikings Purple FTW! Podcast

I sat down with Matthew Coller, the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings analyst here at 1500 ESPN, at the Blue Door Pub Como to talk about his new gig and how he sees the always dramatic Purple playing out in 2016. We talked about how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford trade changes the outlook (and the offense?) for the Vikings, and a look forward to Week 1’s tougher-than-people-think matchup vs the Tennessee Titans.

Matthew and I also hit on his previous gig at WGR 550 in Buffalo, why he’s so hardcore into analytics (he’s got a new podcast on 1500 and first guest was fellow nerd Arif Hasan), why Percy Harvin was way more delightful in Buffalo than here, and I christen Matthew with a nickname.

All that and other “Minnesota Winters >>> Buffalo Winters” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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