Friday, October 21, 2016

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Vikings' Bumpy Win over Titans
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It wasn’t easy, but the Minnesota Vikings came away with a Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans. The road to victory had its share of bumps, with the Vikings falling behind 10-0 in the first half. Tennessee’s formation shifts and personnel changes kept Mike Zimmer’s defense off balance, and combined with Blair Walsh’s spotty kicking, made yesterday’s first two quarters a frustrating affair.

But Zimmer and the coaching staff adjusted at halftime, finishing the game on a 25-6 run that sealed Minnesota’s victory. Outside of a strong defensive showing — two return touchdowns — the Vikings also left Tennessee with few bruises or injuries. At this early point of the week, Xavier Rhodes’s knee is the only major concern; an encouraging development as the team prepares to host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night.

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Week 1 Opponent Preview

Stopping the run key to stopping Titans
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An in-depth look at the Minnesota Vikings’ weekly opponents, with a focus on specific plays, schemes, and players.

There’s an eerie ‘deja vu’ feeling around Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The Minnesota Vikings travel to Nashville as road favorites, prepared to face a team with a mobile quarterback and power running game. They’re expected to win, however, and should start the regular season with a ‘W” in the win column.

Unless, that is, Mike Zimmer’s team repeats its opening performance from 2015; a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that saw Carlos Hyde run for 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings looked sloppy, unprepared, and overmatched at the line of scrimmage, repeatedly failing to set the edge or fill run gaps.

When the game begins on Sunday, the Vikings will once again have their hands full. The Titans boast one of the league’s best running back duos in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, a one-two punch that averaged 161 yards per game this preseason.

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Earlier this week, the Vikings released their first (albeit unofficial) depth chart and we also learned that the Vikings are now the second oldest team in the NFL. The depth chart doesn’t really account for rotating players that could very easily be considered a starter (i.e. Danielle Hunter), and it could change before Sunday, but I wanted to count my “Five Oldest Vikings” article from yesterday by identifying the five youngest starters on this team.

Rick Spielman kind of took a year off from his “youth movement” of recent years, it seems, opting to value experience over youth in an attempt to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. That may not be the case next year, when the Vikings average age could decrease considerably, but there is no denying he has assembled a solid young core of players.

Please note, the players listed below are the team’s five youngest starters, and the “starters” label has been pulled directly from the first-teamers listed on the depth chart earlier this week.

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OPEN THE GATES (For Football That Doesn't Count) [PODCAST]

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially (kinda) open up US Bank Stadium Sunday at noon as they welcome in the Los Angeles Chargers of Anaheim San Diego Super Chargers for an afternoon of full speed football that doesn’t count. Teddy Bridgewater says he’s playing. Adrian Peterson says he’s not. Still a few positons and roster spots up for grabs before the team has to whittle the roster down to 75 by 4pm ET on Thursday. We discuss some of those items as well as what we want to figure out about this new behemoth of a stadium.

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Today’s Brand New Toy Talking Points Include:
• How’s Teddy Gonna Look?
• Adrian’s Not Playing in the Preseason
• Who’s Going to Start at Center?
• What’s The Wide Receiver Order Going to Be?
• Can the Running Game Get Going?
• Can the Offensive Line Protect?
• Will Moritz Boehringer be a 75-Man Cut?
• The Health of Kendricks, Floyd, Xavier, Barr
• Can the Defense Still be Elite with Missing Pieces?
• Who’s Going to Be on the Roster at Safety?
• Will the “Gates” Be Open?
• How is the Sun Going to Play?
• Will Some Players Get a Stay of Execution?
• How Loud Can US Bank Stadium Get?

All that and other “On My Mark…. Open the Doors.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings practice
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A sloppy Sunday practice and Monday off day are all but forgotten after a newsworthy Minnesota Vikings practice this afternoon. Speculation ruled the airwaves, with fans and the media anxiously anticipating Teddy Bridgewater’s return to the field. Bridgewater wasn’t the only player to resume practices, though, as the Vikings welcomed a few needed names to the huddle on Tuesday.

Joining Bridgewater were Shaun Hill, Eric Kendricks, Sharrif Floyd, Matt Asiata, and Matt Kalil, as well as a tight end fighting to make his way onto the final 53-man roster. Rhett Ellison, who missed all of training camp while rehabbing a torn patellar tendon, was activated off the PUP list and returned to practice for the first time this offseason.

Xavier Rhodes, who left last week’s game with a hamstring injury, missed his third straight practice. Anthony Harris and Scott Crichton accompanied him on the sidelines with undisclosed injuries.

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