Friday, September 22, 2017

Vikings

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Light a Candle feat. @JReidDraftScout (ep. 418)

Light a candle for Sam Bradford’s knee, Vikings fans. For today’s show we busted out Tell The Truth and laid out five factual(ish) Minnesota Vikings talkers including the near future with Case Keenum, how we may see Danny Isidora sooner rather than later, and why Rick Spielman’s job isn’t as secure as you may think. Plus @JReidDraftScout (Vikings Territory) swings in for his weekly segment and we do a deep dive on the troubles with Trae Waynes and look ahead to the solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers team rolling into Historic US Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

All that and more “The Truth Will Set You Free” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Scooping Out Bradford's Knee with Darren

What is it with Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings quarterbacks and knees? For the latest on Sam Bradford’s banged up left knee, we brought in the big guns with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of KSTP Sports and The Scoop Podcast. Doogie and I chatted about the latest rumblings around Bradford’s injury, how many games Case Keenum could start and the team still make the playoffs, iif the Vikings had inquired about other available quarterbacks, and how Teddy Bridgewater coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list plays a part in this 2017 Greek tragedy. Plus some Tramaine Brock, Michael Floyd, and Alex Boone tidbits.

All that and more “Take No Action for Lamar Jackson” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: LET THE GAMES BEGIN feat. Andrea Hangst & JReidDraftScout (ep. 415)

With the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings prepared to descend upon the Steel City, we brought in Bleacher Report Steelers writer and friend of the program Andrea Hangst (@FBALL_Andrea) to discuss the upcoming Week 2 fracas on the banks of the Three Rivers. Plus Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout) of Vikings Territory swings by for his weekly appearance and drops some knowledge about how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense can put the brakes on the Steelers and the Triple B’s.

All that and more “The Gotham Rogues Used Mike Wallace Properly…” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Pittsburgh Steelers Offense
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A week after limiting the NFL’s No. 2 ranked offense from a season ago in the New Orleans Saints, the Minnesota Vikings are facing another tough challenge in Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were the No. 7 ranked offense in 2016.

Loaded with obvious superstars in running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown, slowing down both will definitely be a tall task. As witnessed on many other occasions though, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer loves facing potent offenses and the challenges they present.

Being matched up against the Steelers is not unfamiliar though. In his time as defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals (2008-2013), he was forced to see them twice a season.

In his Wednesday press conference, Roethlisberger mentioned that the Vikings defense has many similarities to the current Bengals. With so many weapons offensively, what should be the game plan that Zimmer uses to slow down their explosive offense on Sunday?

One of the Steelers’ worst statistical outputs of last season was during the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. They had success through the air, finishing with 314 passing yards, but they struggled running the ball, collecting only 54 yards on 20 attempts.

Analyzing and assessing this information from that game, I took an in-depth look at what exactly Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia did to limit the Steelers offense.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: The Road Warriors feat. Jon Ledyard & Josh Pelto (ep. 414)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have their first big road test coming up Sunday as they make a pilgrimage to the Mighty City on the Three Rivers to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. To preview the opposition, we brought in Steel City apologist Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) of FanRag Sports and the Locked on Steelers Podcast. Jon and I discussed the key Black & Yellow (Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow) weapons the Vikings will need to dismantle to pick up a big statement win on the road. Later on in the show, the Happy Hour Half-Hour (aka Vikes Over Beers) is back with Josh Pelto (@JoshPelto) kibitzing about re-calibrating expectations for this year’s Purple crop.

All that and more “Thielen is Like a Better Antonio Brown” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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