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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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Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87),  and Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) recap and offer immediate analysis for the Minnesota Vikings’ ugly 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2All while bringing in guests and taking viewer questions during this live show.

Check out Episode 25 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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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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Episode 107

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look into the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 2 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers with discussions largely centered around offensive playmakers Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

Episode 107 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:02)
  3. Injury Report: Anthony Barr Still Being Held Out of Practice (1:38)
  4. Steelers Review: Offense (5:08)
  5. Steelers Review: Defense (35:17)
  6. Twitter Takes: Can the Vikings Contain Bell and Brown? (47:40)
  7. Sign-Out: Vikings Pregame Show on Sunday Before Pittsburgh Game (59:51)

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Episode 104

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald preview the Minnesota Vikings’ upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the New Orleans Saints through discussion centered around quarterback Drew Brees, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Also included are the guys’ picks for Week 1 and a promo for $1 off a pint of beer at BlackStack Brewing on Monday evening.

Episode 104 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:50)
  3. Kyle Sloter: Big Money, Big Potential (2:54)
  4. Saints Preview: Offense (17:10)
  5. Saints Preview: Defense (39:00)
  6. Week 1 Picks: Matchup Predictions (55:53)
  7. Sign-Out: Vikings Pregame Show on Monday at 5 PM CST (1:03:46)

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