Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Five(ish) thoughts from the Vikings win over the Giants.

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1. I’m trying not to get too giddy.

At 4-0, with what this team has been through, it’s hard not to let the joy flow hysterically, running down the street and high-fiving strangers and yelling about how football is a great sport and life is indeed fair. It’s been a heck of a start. The best thing I can say about the 2016 Vikings is they don’t seem like a Vikings team. This is a sincere endorsement and a point of admiration.

As Vikings fans, we’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop. No matter how good things look, we’ve been burned enough times to know that it will somehow end in agony, and thus it’s hard to fully enjoy even the best of times when we’re constantly looking over our collective shoulder. It’s a terrible way to live, but I’m hoping—hoping, gang—that this particular group will finally, mercifully, be different.

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Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants-Monday Night Football

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 4-0 as no one comes into THIS US Bank Stadium without paying the price… Defeating the New York Football Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football. The Vikes excelled in all three phases (minus Blair Walsh) and Xavier Rhodes played his best game as a pro shutting down the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. We recap the game and complain about $60,000 couches.

Today’s Perfect Purple Talking Points Include
• Helluva Ballgame By Xavier Rhodes
• Props to Cordarrelle Buying Into New Role
• Jerick McKinnon is the Future of the Minnesota Vikings Backfield. Period.
• Who Put the Kahlua in Norv’s Coffee?
• The Offensive Line Played Phenomenal
• The Mandatory Kyle Rudolph Talking Point
• Eric Kendricks And the No Good Rotten Very Bad Day
• The Defense Was Quietly Dominant
• We Gotta Talk About Blair Walsh
• The Adrian Theory – Offense gets creative and opens up after the Two Down Tyrant

All that and other “I’ll Still Take OBJ On This Team” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings versus Giants
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In an effort to be better educated about our opponents, we have been inviting a writer covering our opponent to Vikings Territory on a weekly basis to answer just a few quick question. This Vikings versus Giants matchup on Monday Night Football is no different, and we are pleased to welcome Andrew Furman of Ultimate NYG to talk a little bit of football this weekend.

Our two teams met not that long ago. 49-17 was the final score, in Minnesota’s favor, with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater capitalizing on three Eli Manning interceptions. Us Vikings fans know which part of that changed on our side of the equation, but what have been the biggest changes New York has seen since December to prevent a similar outcome?

The Giants defense was awful last year. There was no pass rush. This year, while not great, at least JPP (no longer wearing a cast) and Olivier Vernon (FA signing) get more pressure. Plus the signing of DL Damon Harrison has (together with the return of pectoral-tear injured DL Jonathan Hankins) shored up the run defense to where teams cannot run on them. The team is healthier now than then (new strength & conditioning coach), but injuries in the secondary here in 2016 are exposing the team to some of the same problems.

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There’s a reason Ben McAdoo’s New York Giants offense looks so familiar; he’s a disciple of the school of Mike McCarthy. Before joining the Giants in 2014, McAdoo spent eight years in Green Bay, where he learned from McCarthy and helped shape Aaron Rodgers into a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

For two years in New York, he served as offensive coordinator under longtime head coach Tom Coughlin. There, he discovered the disciplined approach that’s helped shape his current coaching style; a style that combines the best of both McCarthy and Coughlin’s teachings.

“I’m trying to blend the two experiences that really have shaped my professional career,” he said, per the Washington Post. “I’m trying to blend those two together and come up with the best mix for this organization.”

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Alex Boone Injured in Vikings Win
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Lost in the excitement of yesterday’s win over the Carolina Panthers is the potential loss of Alex Boone. The Minnesota Vikings’ starting left guard was injured in the second quarter and did not return to the game. His hip injury will require an MRI this afternoon and adds another offensive lineman to Eric Sugarman’s cadre of “patients.”

Boone’s status is up-in-the-air, leaving the Vikings without two starters up front. Matt Kalil underwent hip surgery of his own on Thursday, ending his season just two games into the 2016 campaign. Second-year tackle T.J. Clemmings stepped into Kalil’s role on Sunday, performing well enough to keep Sam Bradford upright against the Panthers.

Jeremiah Sirles replaced Boone midway through the second quarter and held his own against a stout Carolina front. Asked after the game if he was worried about the injury, Boone simply told Brian Murphy, “All fine, all good.”

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