Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Bucky Hodges on the Rise

Historically, the Minnesota Vikings have lacked a one-two punch at tight end. The last time the Vikings had two tight ends catch more than 30 passes in a season was in 2013, when Kyle Rudolph missed eight games due to injury. That season, Rudolph had 30 catches and John Carlson had 32. Before that, the last occurrence was in 2002, when Jimmy Kleinsasser had 37 receptions and Byron Chamberlain had 34.

Fast forward to 2016. Starting tight end Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season, catching 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. But Rhett Ellison, the team’s number two tight end, caught only nine passes.

This offseason, after Ellison signed with the New York Giants, the Vikings attempted to add another weapon to their tight end arsenal. Free agent Jared Cook, known for his downfield pass-catching skills, came to Minnesota for a visit, but he ultimately joined the Oakland Raiders.

Enter rookie Bucky Hodges. The raw-but-talented receiver that plays tight end may be just the player the Vikings have been searching for. Realistically, it’s too early to predict a 30-plus catch season for Hodges in 2017, but if he can make strides developing his technique, the sky is the limit for the 22 year-old.

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Green Bay Packers Record at U.S. Bank Stadium: 0-1

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When the Minnesota Vikings took their first regular season snap of the year as a team back on September 11, 2016 in Tennessee, fan expectations ranged from “lost year” to “competitive in the postseason”. There was not a true, clear-cut general consensus regarding how Minnesota’s year would unfold with Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve, Sam Bradford expected to start at quarterback sooner rather than later and question marks all over the depth chart from offensive tackle to wide receiver to safety (not named Harrison Smith).

Minnesota went down to Nashville with a chip on its shoulder and, behind an impressive game from Shaun Hill (relatively speaking) and a truly outstanding all-around defensive performance, the Vikings swatted the initial wave of extremist doubters claiming they sent a potential Top-5 draft selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford.

Then Bradford stepped in, and the next four weeks of Vikings football were surreal. It was such an outstanding and completely unexpected beginning to the season — even the most optimistic fans were taken aback — that many of those 43 days of 2016 Vikings football truly felt like a dream. And, for some looking back at those magical six weeks now, it was a dream — not of the REM sleep variety, however.

This cynical usage of the term “dream” is likely better defined as a distorted reality of cognizant formation stemming from some variation of irregular brain activity or misguided thinking — or, simply, this period may optionally be remembered as a mirage conjured up by the atmospheric conditions of professional football.

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For a majority of people that root for an NFL team, they are used to their favorite squad either being a consistent winner or a consistent loser. Occasionally their team will have a random season on the other end of the spectrum, but for most, the outcomes usually stay the same each and every year.

However, no team in the league is as good at ripping the hearts out of their fans’ chests and then immediately scheduling an emergency heart transplant like the Minnesota Vikings are.

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Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants-Monday Night Football

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 4-0 as no one comes into THIS US Bank Stadium without paying the price… Defeating the New York Football Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. The Vikes excelled in all three phases (minus Blair Walsh) and Xavier Rhodes played his best game as a pro shutting down the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. We recap the game and complain about $60,000 couches.

Today’s Perfect Purple Talking Points Include
• Helluva Ballgame By Xavier Rhodes
• Props to Cordarrelle Buying Into New Role
• Jerick McKinnon is the Future of the Minnesota Vikings Backfield. Period.
• Who Put the Kahlua in Norv’s Coffee?
• The Offensive Line Played Phenomenal
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Eric Kendricks And the No Good Rotten Very Bad Day
• The Defense Was Quietly Dominant
• TREADWELL CAN’T EVEN CATCH A SQUIB KICK
• We Gotta Talk About Blair Walsh
• The Adrian Theory – Offense gets creative and opens up after the Two Down Tyrant

All that and other “I’ll Still Take OBJ On This Team” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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It seemed like it was going to be an easy night for the Minnesota Vikings in their matchup with the New York Giants as they lead 17-3 at the end of three quarters. The Giants made the game a little closer with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings answered with their own touchdown in the fourth and held on for the 24-10 win.

With the win, Minnesota improves to 4-0 and and are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL this season.

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