Friday, May 26, 2017

Playoffs

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

When asked if his team did anything well on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer gave a response that left nothing to the imagination.

“Not that I can think of.”

Zimmer’s comments summed up the Vikings’ performance during their embarrassing 34-6 loss to the Colts in front of a disappointed home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium. Believe it or not, Minnesota’s final 28-point deficit on Sunday is only their third worst loss since Zimmer was hired in 2014.

From the very start of the game, nothing seemed to go right for the Vikings. The Colts scored on five of their six offensive drives Sunday and Minnesota walked back the locker room after the first half to a chorus of boos from their crestfallen fan base.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

This is it, the final three games of the 2016 NFL season and the Minnesota Vikings basically need to win all of them to even have a shot at making the playoffs. There are scenarios where the Vikings can get into the postseason with one more loss, but their chances dramatically decrease if they can only win two out of their final three games.

So first in line for Minnesota to focus on are the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have won their last three games on the road and this matchup just happens to be in the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium (a place where Minnesota has lost two of their last three games).

What are some tactics that the Vikings can use in order to get a win on Sunday and keep their name in the NFC playoff picture?

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Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts

060As the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prepare to take the field of battle versus Lieutenant General Andrew Jerome Luck and the Indianapolis Colts Cavalry Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium, we hold down the home front and run through a litany of Purple talkers on a Wednesday.

Today’s Bayonet Charge Talking Points Include
• Mike Zimmer’s a Tough Son of a Gun
• Adrian Peterson Returns to Practice
• Vikings Headed to London, Again
• Toby Johnson Come on Down!
• The Salary Cap is Going Up
• Playoff Mentality
• Adam Thielen’s Season is Amazing
• NFL Changes A Crucial Catch Parameters
The JCPenney Commercial is the Dumbest Commercial Ever

All that and more “The Savage Norsemen with the One-Eyed Leader” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings

Hate is a strong word, but Vikings fans probably felt that (and more) about their team’s effort Monday Night, and the past two games for that matter. Mike Zimmer has a tall task ahead of him trying to get a lethargic 0-2 team since the bye back onto the 5-0 track they were on earlier in the season. We crack open a 10-pack of gripes, complaints, critiques, and randomness to try and aid the cause on today’s show.

Larisa Oleynik FTW Talking Points Include:
• Ultimately, This is on Mike Zimmer
• No Moves at the Trade Deadline
• Throw the Damn Towel on TJ Clemmings
• Go Gong Show on the Offensive Line
• The Vikings are Re-Signing Matt Kalil Next Year
• NORVVVVVVVVV
• Why Isn’t Treadwell Playing?
• Sam Bradford is Starting to Get Chris Everett
• Jayron Kearse Needs to be Off the Field
• The Vikings NEED Home Field for the Playoffs

All that and more “Zimmer Had a “Minor Medical Procedure” to Remove His Foot From Team’s Ass” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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That was a less than ideal way for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings to end the 2015 campaign. But let’s not lose the forest through the trees, this season was a damn good year and this young football team is ahead of schedule with Mike Zimmer. We went 11-5, won a division title, and will be in the mix as legitimate Super Bowl contenders next season. Take a while to let this game marinate, but not all is lost. This team’s best football is ahead of it.

Talking Points Include
• Was It Cold Out?
• Bud Grant is My Idol
• Blair Walsh is Not the Reason We Lost
• This is Not Adrian Peterson’s Team
• Free Teddy Bridgewater
• There Are OTHER Pieces on this Offense
• Offensive Line Needs to be Overhauled
• The Defense Was the MVP Today
• Trae Waynes was Impressive
• Josh Robinson was Not
• The Seahawks Did Everything to Lose the Game, We Gave Them a Gift
• Twitter and Facebook Questions
• Why 2016 Will Be HUGEEEEE
• Podcast Offseason Programming Plan

All this and other “WAS IT COLD OUT? I HAD NO IDEA.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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