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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Seahawks Recap: Smells Like Preseason (ep. 398)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suffered his 2nd career preseason defeat manning the helm of the Purple 20-13 at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks Friday night/Saturday morning. Because that matters apparently. The Vikings first team offense showed signs of life (despite not getting in the endzone, but hey — baby steps. We recap the highlights and the lowlights of the Vikes’ second exhibition exhibit.

Today’s Talkers Include
• The Weekly Referendum on Sam Bradford
• Dalvin Cook and the Offensive Line
• 1st Team Defense Was _____.
• Stefon Diggs Looks Amazing
• Antone Exum Starting at Safety
• Mackenzie Alexander And The No Good, Very Bad Day
• Ben Gedeon Starting at Weakside Linebacker
• The Mandatory Tashawn Bower Talking Point
• Blair Walsh Taunting Zimmer on the Sideline
• Loose Change

All that and more “AND I SAID BABY. IT’S 3AM I MUST BE LONELY” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Road to 100 — Episode 96

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field during Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

Episode 96 is sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:20)
  3. 1st-Team Offense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (1:53)
  4. 1st-Team Defense Review: Takeaways & Standout Individual Efforts (13:58)
  5. Adams & Coley: Rodney Adams Struggling (28:08)
  6. Backup Battle: Case Keenum vs. Taylor Heinicke Review (31:00)
  7. Takeaway Sandwich: Positive-Negative-Positive (40:50)
  8. Blair Walsh: Thoughts on Blair Walsh’s “Antics” (45:13)
  9. Sign-Out: Subscribe on iTunes & Stitcher (47:20)

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overreact
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I’m not one to overreact, but we need to be honest about what we saw last Thursday night. The Vikings won their first preseason game, but the final score was of course irrelevant; a preseason victory is worth about as much as a share of Green Bay Packers stock— valuable only if you’re willing to engage in some serious self-deception.

The win over the Bills was, as most preseason victories are, the result of the winning team’s third- and fourth-string players being slightly better than those of the losing team’s. And I suppose there is a pale silver lining in this, because, judging by recent history, those players will likely see the field at some point for the Vikings this season. But alas, my main takeaway from the first preseason game was the same as many Vikings fans’: the team was sloppy, and bad, and the starting units — most notably, the offense – gave us no reason to believe they’ve improved upon their many deficiencies from last year.

Here we go again.

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Vikings Bookends Need To Stay Off The Shelf

Under head coach Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota Vikings have quietly become one of the best NFL teams on paper. In reality, the defense is legitimate. Last season the Vikings ranked third in the NFL in total defense.

Today, three of the team’s best defenders are the beneficiaries of contract extensions, making them Vikings for life. Furthermore, the Vikings offense, which sputtered last season, now has the personnel to establish a refreshing new identity, post Adrian Peterson.

So, what could keep this ‘great’ team from reaching the playoffs and making a run at Super Bowl 52 in their home state? The Vikings’ Achilles heel…the offensive line.

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Vikings Release First Unofficial Depth Chart
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The release of first unofficial depth chart of the season means very little in the grand scheme of a six-month campaign. But for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, it’s the tangible result of training camp’s most competitive battles. The order of names listed on today’s chart will surely change, but there’s plenty to glean from our initial glimpse into makeup of the 2017 Vikings.

First Unofficial Depth Chart

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