Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings - Washington - Dan Steinberg - Washington Post - DC Sports Bog

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head to Washington (but really Maryland) to try and have their 2016 season bailed out Sunday against the professional football team that resides there. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog swings by to preview the game, talk about the 4-3-1 Powerhouse by the Potomac, and let Vikings fans know if he thinks they’ll Like That on Sunday.

(I already used this “House of Vikes” theme for Episode 103, but dammit I love this show.)

All that and more “We make the terror.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings - PFF

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are indeed in the hunt for some good will after falling to 5-3 after a promising five-game win streak to begin the 2016 campaign. To make some sense of the mess, I brought in Dr. Eric Eager, Pro Football Focus contributor, to talk a little Purple and explain to me the method behind the PFF madness. Should people treat their grades as gospel? (No.) And what is the best way for the average jackass fan (like Andy) to incorporate PFF’s content to enrich their viewing experience and make them a better fan.

We also dove into general Vikings topics: Why does it appear that Anthony Barr is struggling? What makes Terence Newman so valuable this season? Was Norv really the only problem on the offense? #TeamTeddy or #TeamBradford going forward? And some Blair Walsh derpiness. Plus Eric shares memories of squaring off against THE Winona State University’s Chris Samp (aka Jeff Janis before Jeff Janis.)

All that and more “Do You Like Apples?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings - Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings’ Death Spiral 2016 Tour continued rolling along Sunday afternoon at historic US Bank Stadium as the Purple dropped to the Detroit Lions 22-16 in extra football time. The Vikes are now 0-3 off the bye and the formally wrapped up NFC North now turns into a three-way dog fight with Green Bay and now Detroit. We recap Sunday’s mehness.

Today’s Life Comes At You Fast
• This Was the Worst Loss of the Season
• Pat Shurmur Report Card
• Blair Walsh Needs to Go
• The Defense is Suddenly Average
• Give Detroit Credit For Winning the Game Too
• Stefon Diggs Appreciation
• So What About the Running Game?
• Chad Greenway Was Good So I Have to Move to Mexico Now
• Are We Sure Anthony Barr is Good?
• Biggest Test of Zimmer’s Head Coaching Career

All that and more “ALL THE STUFFED ANIMALS. ALL OF THEM.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings this week, in a move many see as yet another “addition by subtraction” this season. “Tight ends coach” Pat Shurmur now steps into the interim OC role for his third stint calling plays for Sam Bradford. I talk about how that could affect the offense as well as send NORV off with a few heartfelt songs straight from my heart. #Heart

Also in to preview Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions at historic US Bank Stadium is long-time friend of the show Michael Grey. We chat about how new general manager Bob Quinn is changing things in the Motor City, how Matthew Stafford is playing at a low-key MVP level, and minimize the number of Jim Bob Cooter (JBC) references.

All that and more “Get Your Lights Out” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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VT QOTW

Bumps in the Road
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

A drive down any street is sure to include a few potholes, but lately, the ride that is Minnesota Vikings football has been unbearably bumpy. Missing is the smothering defense, the efficient, if conservative offense, and the team that won five straight games to start the season.

Minnesota’s two-game losing streak was punctuated with the resignation of Norv Turner, who conceded play calling duties to Pat Shurmur on Wednesday morning. We’re not even at the halfway point of the year and the Vikings have already seen turnover at quarterback, running back, offensive line, and now, offensive coordinator.

There’s hope things will smooth over on the road ahead; the defense is still a top-3 unit and the switch to Shurmur could spell positive changes for what’s been a lackluster offense. I tend to take the more optimistic route when it comes to this team, but I wanted to see what the Vikings Territory writers had to say. Their answers, after the jump:

Is it time to hit the panic button on the Vikings, or is this two-game losing streak just a bump in the road?

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