Monday, September 26, 2016

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Thanks to an announcement earlier this week, Minnesota Vikings fans were able to prepare themselves to watch a defense minus Xavier Rhodes (again) and Shariff Floyd against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Both players are dealing with a knee injury and neither practiced all week. Rhodes sat out the Vikings’ game last week against the Tennessee Titans while Floyd only managed to play 25 of the defense’s 67 snaps in Tennessee.

Below are the additional players that Minnesota will be without tonight.

In addition to Rhodes and Floyd, the Vikings will be without the services of tight end MyCole Pruitt for the second straight week. Pruitt is still recovering from a minor knee injury he suffered back in the preseason against the San Diego Chargers.

Wide receiver Jarius Wright is a healthy scratch for Minnesota for the second straight week. Still unsure why his status on the team is basically non existent these days.

On the other side of the ball the Packers will be without the following players tonight.

– Joe Callahan, QB

– Josh Hawkins, CB

– Chris Banjo, S

– Sam Shields, CB

– Kyle Murphy, T

– Jayrone Elliot, LB

The absence of their top cornerback in Sam Shields could lead to a big night for Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Sure would be nice if new Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford could light up the Green Bay secondary in front of the home crowd during the team’s opening game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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An Andrew Billings scouting report with a Minnesota Vikings focus.

[This Andrew Billings Scouting Report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Andrew Billings | DT, Baylor

Measurements

Height – 6’1″
Weight – 311 lbs.
Age – 20 yrs.

At First Glance

First-team All-Big 12

Projected Round:

1st – 2nd Round

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When it comes to trades, the NFL is usually not known for these types of transactions as much as other professional sports leagues have been such as the NBA, NHL, and MLB. However, the league did have a total of 38 trades in 2015 before the start of the regular season that featured at least one player (not just draft picks) and that total is the highest it has been in the last three years.

In the last three NFL offseasons, there have been a total of 89 trades made before the start of that year’s regular season. The Vikings have been involved in four of those 89 trades, including three in 2015.

Will Minnesota and general manager Rick Spielman participate in any trades in this upcoming offseason? If they do, who has the possibility of leaving town?

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The Vikings have won four straight games. They’ve won on the road, against division foes and, most recently, against a team with a winning record. The Vikings are 6-2 and are now not only in the playoff conversation but also in the division championship conversation. Looking ahead at the schedule. the Vikings have some difficult match ups in front of them. Just a week ago, ESPN found that the Vikings have the hardest remaining schedule in the NFL. It seems like from this point forward, every week is going to be a tough game.

This week is no different as the Vikings travel to Oakland and take on a similarly young and up-and-coming team. Featuring some intriguing player parallels between the likes of Stefon Diggs and Amari Cooper as well as Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack, the duel most people are talking about are between the two sophomore quarterbacks, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr. Both quarterbacks have had impressive early campaigns in their young careers and it should be fun to watch the two go head-to-head in what is hopefully a display of the NFL’s future at the position.

We still have a couple of days yet until these pillaging teams face off. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a bunch of links to get your prepared for the game and catch you up on the latest Vikings news.

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The Vikings and Lions rematch at Ford Field

In week seven of the 2015 Season, the Vikings travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions – the two teams’ second contest in just five weeks. Their first encounter was in Minnesota, where the Vikings were dominant, defeating the Lions 26-16. However, the challenge for this team, and the true test this week, has been winning on the road. Though undefeated at home in 2015, the Vikings have not won a road game since October of 2014 where they barely squeaked out a win against the Buccaneers in overtime.

The Vikings are one game into a five game stretch that many people, fans and experts alike, feel the Vikings need to go 5-0 in order to prepare themselves for a gauntlet of difficult games starting Week 11 against the Packers.

Everson Griffen, who was a late scratch last week due to a last minute illness, is expected to start and perform well against an unimpressive Lions’ offensive line. However, Shariff Floyd, coming off a monster game against the Chiefs, is out with a knee/ankle injury. Shamar Stephen is also out leaving a big hole to fill in the middle of the defensive line. Backup Tom Johnson is expected to see a majority of the snaps filling in for Floyd and Stephen.

It was also reported yesterday that Adrian Peterson was dealing with an unknown illness, making him “questionable.” (Though it’s also been reported that Peterson is fully expected to play.)

Once again, I asked the staff here at Vikings Territory to give me their bold, out-of-the-box predictions for Week 7. Those predictions have been included below. Tell us which one is the most asinine and leave us your own predictions in the comments.

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“Teddy Bridgewater throws for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.” – Adam Warwas (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Diggs shines again, catching 2 touchdowns and leading the Vikings in receiving yards.” – Austin Belisle (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Theo Riddick ends the game with more receptions than Calvin Johnson.” -Brent LaBathe (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“The Vikings stun Matthew Stafford with 3 interceptions, Xavier Rhodes getting at least one for his second career interception.” -Brian Hall (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“The Vikings Defense finally pitches a shutout for the first time in over twenty two years.” -Carl Knowles (Graphic by Brett Anderson)
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“Kendricks continues to impress with 3 sacks on Matthew Stafford” -Lindsey Young (Graphic by Brett Anderson)

*Super Bonus Prediction*

As if it weren’t crazy enough, the one and only Adam Warwas sent me a second, last-minute bold prediction. Are you ready for this one? Are you sitting down?

In his own words, “The Vikings sack Dan Orlovski twice. Yes, that means what you think it means.”

There you have it, folks. I don’t think it can get any crazier over here prior to this game. The purple-kool aid is obviously on tap and flowing freely right now. Again, make sure to give us your prediction(s) in the comments.

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Final Score Prediction:

23-17 Vikings

 

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