Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vikings

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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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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings Headquarters with Shawn Zobel (ep. 413)

To help breakdown WHY the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings got off to a fast start on the 2017 campaign, we brought in Shawn Zobel (@ZobelSports) of 1500 ESPN’s Football Headquarters Podcast. Shawn and I talked about if Sam Bradford’s Week 1 play was legit or just a mirage, why Dalvin Cook is the real deal, how the offensive line improved from recent campaigns, what’s possibly keeping Laquon Treadwell from being a contributor, Adrian Peterson being washed, and why the Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Super Bowl caliber.

All that and more “Tebow or Bradford?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Saints Recap: We Own The North (ep. 412)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings defended their home domicile Monday Night turning back the New Orleans Saints at the gates of Historic US Bank Stadium in a convincing 29-19 victory. Former Viking Legend Adrian Peterson was held in check, while rookie running back Dalvin Cook broke records. The Purple recovered from a listless and lethargic preseason to kick the 2017 campaign off with a statement win. 19-0 in my opinion.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Slingin’ Sam Bradford!
• Dalvin Cook’s Debut
• Stefon Diggs Go BOOM!
• The Offensive Line Was ________.
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Back
• Welcome Back Anthony Barr
• Trae Waynes Wasn’t Terrible?
• Adrian Peterson is Old and Bad
• Is This Sustainable?
• Odds and Ends

All that and more “Super Bowl, Homeboy” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings-Saints Preview - Forward-Down-Forward-High Punch (ep. 411)

The New Orleans Saints march into Historic US Bank Stadium on Monday Night to christen the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings 2017 campaign. We preview the game, they key player matchups we’re looking forward to (Linval Joseph versus Max Unger is going to be HUGE), keys to a Vikings victory, and keys to a Vikings loss. Plus we wrap it up with Five Things Friday featuring Randy Moss memories and wondering if significant roster turnover is a good or bad thing for this 2017 squad.

All that and more “Why are we so concerned with their RB3?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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