Monday, September 26, 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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1. Halftime Adjustments

The difference in the game was halftime adjustments. After a wholly deflating first two quarters in which we saw Blair Walsh miss two field goals left, Shaun Hill overthrow an open Stefon Diggs in the end zone, and the Vikings’ vaunted defensive front get neutralized and misdirected by a nifty Titans offensive gameplan, things looked…bleak. Tennessee went into the half with a 10-0 lead, and it was difficult to imagine how Minnesota would muster enough offense to even close that small margin. It felt a lot like the debacle in San Francisco to open last season. My one source of optimism was that the Vikings’ staff has done quite well with halftime adjustments under Mike Zimmer, and perhaps they could find a way to turn things around.

They did, in a big way, and the team looked completely different in the second half en route to a 25-16 win. I firmly believe what separates an average coach from a good one is the ability to successfully adjust within games, and it’s good to see that continue under the Zimmer regime.

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Down a Cornerback vs. Titans
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Week 1 of the 2016 regular season kicks off in a little over an hour, and the Minnesota Vikings will take the field with Shaun Hill starting at quarterback. ESPN’s Ben Goessling confirmed Hill’s place at the top of the depth chart, though that may change if Hill plays poorly today and Sam Bradford continues to progress in practice.

Bradford is active and may see some playing time this afternoon, but a few other names won’t take the field. Most notably, two of Minnesota’s 2015 starters on offense and defense — cornerback Xavier Rhodes and slot receiver Jarius Wright.

With Rhodes out, Trae Waynes will start at left cornerback and Terence Newman on the opposite side. Charles Johnson and Stefon Diggs are Minnesota’s top-two receivers, with Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell pushing for time in three and four-receiver sets.

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MyCole Pruitt escapes with minor knee injury

Vikings avoid major injuries
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Injuries have a way of wiping out any optimism during the preseason, but the Minnesota Vikings have been lucky this year. The team sat a few starters against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, avoiding any major injuries that would’ve derailed Minnesota’s chances at a Super Bowl run.

Though a handful of players finished with bumps and bruises, none are expected to miss more than a few weeks. Second-year tight end MyCole Pruitt was injured on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter, and initial reports indicated he’d need further testing on his left knee. But an MRI on Monday dispelled fears of a long-term condition.

According to Chris Tomasson, Pruitt’s test came back negative, indicating nothing more than a sprained MCL. He’s expected to miss two-to-four weeks, and that shouldn’t be a defining issue for a Vikings team with three other quality tight ends on the roster.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially opened US Bank Stadium with an impressive showing over the San Diego Super Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater put a lot of people’s minds at ease as he performed well in what looks to be his final preseason action before the 2016 regular season. We talk about him and some of the other headlines to come out of US Bank Stadium officially (kinda) being open for business.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• All the Teddy Haters Can Kick Rocks
• US Bank Stadium, I Love You
• Who Starts At Center?
• TJ Clemmings at Left Tackle
• Kyle. Rudolph.
• Stefon Diggs is Ready to Go
• The Treadwell 2-Point Conversion is What We Got Him For
• The Run Defense Legit Scares Me
• Jusitin Trattou Appreciation
• When Do We Start Worrying About Eric Kendricks?
• Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes
• Ballhawking Secondary One Time?
• Safety Picture Still Unclear
• My 14 Cuts to Get to 75

All that and other “$8.25 for half a slice of pizza?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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