Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and Detroit Lions meet on Thanksgiving at Ford Field for a de facto NFC North Championship Game. Mike Zimmer and the Vikes finally got right versus Arizona and look to avenge the ‘heart ripped from chest” loss the Lions put on them a few weeks ago. To preview the game, we brought in our old friend Michael Grey to talk Matthew Stafford, Eric Ebron, and the Detroit Jim Bob Cooters.

To wrap up the show, I went through some random Purple news and notes, went down the list of Vikings Things I’m Thankful For, and power ranked all the Thanksgiving sides.

All that and more “Smoked Turkey is VERY Underrated” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Thankful for a Minnesota Vikings Win
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1. Happy early Thanksgiving, friends.

Thanksgiving came a little early for the Minnesota Vikings and their fans. Following Sunday’s roller coaster of a victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the thought of Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night got that much more delicious.

While I’m thankful for the win — six weeks in the making — I’m not ready to sit down at the dinner table just yet. Sure, the Vikings are 6-4 and tied for first place in the NFC North, but their co-champions are gearing up for what’s likely the team’s most significant game of the season.

Thursday morning, as we prep the turkey, loosen the sweatpants and enjoy the company of our loved ones, the Detroit Lions will try to sweep the Vikings for the second time in three years. Minnesota enters Week 12 having skirted a five-game losing streak, while the Lions are enjoying their own two-game series of wins.

As Vikings fans, we deserve to savor yesterday’s “W.” The defense came back to life with four sacks, Sam Bradford played another relatively clean game, and Mike Zimmer’s crew put together an impressive display of  “team football.”

This is only the appetizer of what could be a satisfying full-course meal on Thursday.

And on a side note, since it is that time of the year, thank you. Thank you for being such loyal readers, followers, and fans of this crazy, wonderful team. You make writing here a joy, and I’m thankful to call Vikings Territory home.

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Vikings take on Cardinals
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The Minnesota Vikings are at full strength as they host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. For a team that’s dealt with major injuries from the very beginning of 2016, the clean bill of health couldn’t come at a better time.

Facing the prospects of a five-game losing streak, it’s imperative the Vikings win this afternoon and improve their playoff chances. That may be easier than expected, as the Cardinals are without a few of their impact players.

The Vikings’ full list of inactive players includes:

  • QB Taylor Heinicke
  • WR Jarius Wright
  • LB Edmond Robinson
  • G Zac Kerin
  • T Rashod Hill
  • DT Sharrif Floyd
  • TE David Morgan

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Five thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Redskins.

defense
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1. So…what happened to the defense?

It’s not just a one- or two-game fluke, it’s now a legitimate problem; the defense has gone from great to average, and that’s as big a reason for the losing streak as anything else. Looking at the season split in two—the five wins versus the four losses—paints a clear picture of how dramatically this defense has lost its punch.

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