Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes Atop Defensive Play Rankings

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Keeping the positive energy going with our second installment in a series recapping the greatest moments of the Minnesota Vikings’ tumultuous 2016 season. 

It goes without saying that Minnesota’s season did not end the way fans would have hoped, but the Vikings still managed to produce their finest defensive year since 1995. During the team’s five-game win streak to open the season, Mike Zimmer’s defense was essentially impenetrable, posting a long list of ridiculous statistics:

Over the course of the entire year, the Vikings defense came in at No. 3 in yards allowed (5,038), No. 6 in points allowed (307) and No. 9 in Football Outsiders‘ efficiency-measuring statistic, DVOA, which is determined by a collection of situational details. And if it weren’t for a couple of stinkers against the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers (ew) late in the year, these rankings would have been even higher.

Naturally, Minnesota’s star-studded, Super Bowl-caliber defense produced an endless supply of highlight-reel moments, which we collected and attributed rankings to below.

Be sure to check out our offensive play rankings as well, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season.

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Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen Dominate Offensive Play Rankings

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Unfortunately, the offseason has started a little earlier than the Minnesota Vikings would have hoped.

While Minnesota ended its season on about as high of a note as it could have with a dominating 38-10 victory at home over the Chicago Bears, the Vikings will be watching the postseason from their couches as the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions compete for a Super Bowl.

The worst-case scenario has been engaged with the happiness of Vikings fans now in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and, more so, the New York Giants — a pair of teams that are certainly capable of bringing peace and harmony back to Vikings Territory in one fell swoop this weekend.

There is not a single Vikings fan in the world who is happy to see the offseason arrive so soon, but there are a few benefits to this heartbreaking situation:

  1. Vikings have extra time to prepare for a critical NFL Draft and Free Agency period
  2. Vikings won’t control your happiness on Sundays for roughly 9 months
  3. Excellent offseason content from your favorite source, Vikings Territory

With a dark cloud currently hovering over Mike Zimmer’s kingdom, the best place to start the Vikings Territory offseason content cycle may very well be through a series of articles highlighting the most thrilling and critical moments and performances that we shared together throughout this rollercoaster ride of a 2016 season:

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 35

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald (THE NEWEST WRITER AT VIKINGS TERRITORY) finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor Podcast with some discussion and a Linval Joseph’s-worth of in-depth analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings’ uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • An Incredible stand-in performance by former Jaguars practice squader, left tackle Rashod Hill
  • Quarterback Sam Bradford takes a bow
  • Running back Jerick McKinnon finally wakes up from his season-long slumber
  • Disappointment regarding wide receiver Adam Thielen falling a hair short of 1,000 receiving yards
  • Random tangents throughout the show which sneakily act as miniature previews for what YOU should expect from BJ, Drew and the ATL Podcast twice a week and all summer long
  • One Big Thank You to All of Our Listeners for helping make it a GREAT first season of the show
  • MUCH MORE!

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Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears-Banner Protesters

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finished out the lost 2016 season with an impressive showing Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium defeating the Chicago Bears 38-10. The exhibition game mercifully puts an end to a roller coaster season that is right up there with 2010 in terms of drama and randomness. We recap the game and take a quick look as some offseason business.

Today’s “Smile Because It Happened” Talkers Include:
• Adam Thielen Does Not Get 1000
• Sam Bradford Gets It
• #FreeRashodHill
• Pay Xavier Rhodes His Money
• Some Mad Kyle Rudolph Props
• I Still Believe in Jerick McKinnon
• Trae Waynes Has More Ups and Downs Than
• The Curious Case of Laquon Treadwell
• Vikings Assistants to Keep/Not Keep
• Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson Done in Purple

All that and more “I Told Y’all About Rashod Hill” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Former Gophers Wide Receiver Isaac Fruechte Added to 53-Man Roster

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The Minnesota Vikings are finishing off the 2016 season the same way they began it — by placing a starter on injured reserved. Effective immediately, Minnesota has deactivated safety Andrew Sendejo for Sunday’s Week 17 matchup with the Chicago Bears and signed former University of Minnesota wide receiver Isaac Fruechte to the active 53-man roster.

Sendejo, who had been enjoying the best season of his seven-year career, had not practiced all week due to a knee injury.

Vikings Injury Report - Week 17
Vikings Injury Report – Week 17

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