Monday, January 22, 2018

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Vikings O.C. Pat Shurmur wins PFWA NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.

Pat Shurmur, Offensive Coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, was named 2017 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America Thursday.

Shurmur took over as Vikings offensive coordinator in 2017 after serving on an interim basis in 2016. He was recognized for orchestrating a Vikings offense that produced plenty of big plays throughout the season. His efforts helped lead the team to a 13-3 record and a No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.

The Vikings offense ranked 11th in the NFL in total yards during the regular season. According to PFWA the Vikings had 68 plays of 20-plus yards (7th in the league), and 12 scoring drives of 80-plus yards, eight more than in 2016. The offense ranked 10th in scoring, averaging 23.9 points per game.

Shurmur’s guidance helped the Vikings offense overcome significant obstacles during the season. The Vikings lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford for all but two quarters after Week 1. The team then lost starting running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending ACL injury in Week 4. Still, Shurmur found a way to get consistent production out of his players.

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At 8-2, there’s no suitable action other than to throw a party, so we channel Mr. Wordwide and do just that. In this episode of Bump & Run, I focus on appreciating what we have, no matter how it’ll end, and rejoicing in the Vikings being among the NFL’s elite.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Rams Recap: That Was a Big Boy Win (ep. 460)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings put the NFL on notice Sunday in a convincing 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim. Zimmer’s crew answered the call, after the NFL’s #1 scoring offense marched 75-yards for a touchdown on the first drive. with an impressive performance that cemented the Vikings’ position as one of the best teams in the league. We recap this heavyweight tangle as the Vikings have a short week to prepare for the de facto NFC North Championship Game on Thanksgiving versus the Lions.

Today’s Talkers Include
• That was a Statement Win
• Case Keenum Brought the Wood
• Adam Thielen is Not Human
• The Cornerback Shuffle
• Latavius Murray BOOM Game
• Anthony Harris Love
• So….. Kai Forbath
• The Offense Line Moved People
• Odds N’ Ends
• On to Detroit

All that and more “A Lot to be Thankful For” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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The Minnesota Vikings are 2.5-point favorites for Sunday’s Week 11 home matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, according to MyBookieStraight up, the Vikings are -140 favorites while the Rams are +120 underdogs.

Both teams enter Sunday playing some of the best football in the NFL, boasting identical 7-2 records. The visiting Rams are riding a four-game winning streak in which their average margin of victory is 25.75 points.

Meanwhile, Minnesota is riding a five-game winning streak thanks to a steadily improving offense led by fill-in quarterback Case Keenum. The Vikings’ point total has gradually increased during the win streak, scoring 20, 23, 24, 33 and 38 points in their last five games.

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Episode 133

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look at the Los Angeles Rams and what has made them so successful this season under new head coach Sean McVay and offer their picks for the week.

Episode 133 is proudly sponsored by SoCom Creative.


  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: SoCom Creative (1:08)
  3. Injuries & History: Andrew Sendejo Likely Out (1:50)
  4. Rams Preview: Offense (12:52)
  5. Rams Preview: Defense (19:20)
  6. Friday Frenzy: Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell (35:42)
  7. Game Picks: Domination (42:25)
  8. Sign-Out: Subscribe and Review on iTunes and/or Stitcher! (56:00)