Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Road to 100 — Episode 95

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look at the Seattle Seahawks’ second- and third-string playmakers ahead of the Minnesota Vikings’ matchup with Blair Walsh and Co. this Friday.

Recorded LIVE on Mixlr on August 15th.

Episode 95 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 (1:52)
  3. Injury Update: Trae Waynes and Alex Boone Miss Practice (3:11)
  4. Seahawks Primer: QB Trevone Boykin to DE Frank Clark to S Tedric Thompson (6:40)
  5. Brock ‘N Roll: Vikings Reportedly Interested in Former 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (46:21)
  6. Why We Suck: More Magary Magic (50:13)
  7. Drew’s Final Take: Always Hit 16 Against a Face (56:30)
  8. Sign-Out: Predicting the Final Score of a Preseason Football Game (57:35)

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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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Purple FTW! Podcast: Out of Our Depth feat. JReidDraftScout (ep. 390)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings released their first unofficial depth chart officially on Monday morning. We take a hack at overreacting to some of the player placements as well as dip into the mailbag, hash out Matt Kalil’s recent comments about offensive line coaches, and have our first weekly visit with Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout) to chew on a little Purple.

All that and more “FIRST TEAM DEFENSE!!!” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Purple FTW! - It's Time to Pay Xavier Rhodes (ep. 367) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Xavier Rhodes is the next Minnesota Viking to be paid. He’s also going to be among the highest paid cornerbacks in the league (if not the highest) and rightfully so. Today on the show, Andy explores what XR and his camp should do to maximize their leverage with the Vikings and if general manager Rick Spielman should capitulate or balk.

Other Talkers Today Include:
• Todd McShay’s Mock Draft
• Vikings Preseason Schedule Is Out
• Adrian Peterson Visited Saints, No Deal
• Prospect Profile: Caleb Brantley

All that and more “WILL THE DRAFT PLEASE JUST GET HERE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A CDM Joint

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

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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