Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Buccaneers Recap: The Keenum King (ep. 421)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings doubled up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17 Sunday afternoon at Historic US Bank Stadium. The theme of the day was “Unlikely Heroes” as Case Keenum had the best game of his career, leading the Vikings offense in the absence of Sam Bradford. Plus the Zimmer Hellfire Defense got Turnover Party 2017 (finally) started forcing Jameis Winston into three interceptions. An all-around great performance and the type the team needed to snap the squad and fanbase out of an early season funk.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Case Keenum Silenced a Lot of Critics
• Pat Shumur Called a Helluva Game
• Dalvin Cook Ate
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is The Zimmer Hellfire Defense
• Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen
• Andrew Sendejo’s Best Game of His Career
• Xavier Rhodes-Mike Evans Lived Up to the Hype
• What Happens Next Week at Quarterback?
• Odds & Ends
• Looking Ahead at the Schedule

All that and more “On to Detroit” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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What we learned from the Vikings' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

1. Hey, Case Keenum has value!

Astute readers will understand (mostly from seeing my name in the byline) that this post’s title is largely tongue-in-cheek; we’re not going to be casting Keenum in the Brett Favre mold anytime soon. HOWEVER, what Case Keenum did Sunday was remarkable. 25/33, 369 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions would be a blazing stat line from Sam Bradford, and is all the more impressive coming from the backup who struggled mightily at Pittsburgh last week.

The extraordinary part of Keenum’s performance, and the reason behind the sheepish yet not totally inaccurate gunslinger designation, was they way he threw downfield. Keenum aired it out early and often, starting with a pretty long ball down the sideline to Adam Thielen on the Vikings’ first drive and continuing for most of the game. The Vikings’ quarterback posted a colossal 11.18 passing yards per attempt, light years better than both his career average (6.6) and the 2016 NFL average (7.16ish). For reference, the record for yards per pass attempt over the balance of a season is 10.9, set by Sid Luckman in 1943. So yeah, Case was feeling it against the Bucs.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Vikings fans are back in a familiar position with Sam Bradford’s latest injury — Hoping for a miracle.

The day began with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer declaring starting quarterback Sam Bradford out for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was bad enough, knowing Bradford was going to miss his second straight missed game. The culprit? The same left knee injury that kept Bradford out of last Sunday’s game versus Pittsburgh.

But then, things got even worse.

Amid Zimmer’s vague description of Bradford’s knee situation, the scope of the quarterback’s injury was unknown. Although he practiced, Bradford was limited and didn’t appear to be comfortable throwing. The injury, according to Bradford, occurred during the Viking’s Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints. It was a non-contact injury, one that resulted from a “twisted knee.”

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Episode 110

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald stick to their weekly routine with a comprehensive breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 3 opponent — Jameis Winston, Lavonte David and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also included are segments discussing the matchup history between Minnesota and Tampa Bay as well as a little brief analysis of other goings on in the NFL.

Episode 110 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (2:00)
  3. Matchup History: TOUCHDOWN BARR AND THE VIKINGS WIN IT!(2:32)
  4. Bucs Preview: Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Desean Jackson and Plenty More (10:30)
  5. Bucs Preview: Elite-caliber Player at Each Level (29:35)
  6. Friday Frenzy: Props to Steve Sarkisian and Belief in the Rams (46:45)
  7. Week 3 Picks: Drew is 0-1 during Week 3 thus far (51:38)
  8. Twitter Takes: More Dangerous — Desean Jackson or OJ Howard? (1:04:03)
  9. Sign-Out: Vikings Viewing Party September 9th at BlackStack Brewing (1:10:08)

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Episode 109

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ dilemma with Sam Bradford and Case Keenum and also breakdown strong starts from Dalvin Cook and Xavier Rhodes.

Episode 109 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:00)
  3. Bradford & Keenum: Can the Vikings win with Case Keenum? (1:50)
  4. Cooking Up Trouble: Dalvin Cook Proving his Worth Early (27:35)
  5. Rhodes Closed: Xavier Rhodes Solidifying his Status as an Elite Cornerback (39:15)
  6. Sign-Out: Vikings Viewing Party September 9th at BlackStack Brewing (46:42)

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