Saturday, February 25, 2017

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One single thought from the Vikings' loss to the Packers.

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This is generally a “Five Thoughts” column in which I lay out five observations about the Vikings game, and where it went right or wrong and what it means. Despite the sluggish and mildly depressed (if completely expected) way I was feeling about the 38-25 loss to Green Bay Saturday, that was still my plan. It was probably going to be about Adam Thielen’s scintillating 12-catch, 202-yard, two-touchdown day, and Sam Bradford’s stat line that was actually very good despite the offense’s struggles (again), and how, even with all that, that the Vikings still got handled, and how that felt perfectly right, and a few other things. Until I saw this headline from the Star Tribune:

Vikings DBs switch up game plan on Mike Zimmer regarding Jordy Nelson

So pardon me while I ditch the usual format and focus on this one highly alarming story from the game. I must start by asking, in all sincerity, what in the ever loving hell is going on?

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Xavier Rhodes named to first-ever Pro Bowl

Four Vikings selected to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl
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In the face of a late-season slide, fans are quick to forget the Minnesota Vikings’ success at the beginning of the year. Led by Mike Zimmer’s dominant defense and a handful of stellar individual performances, the Vikings coasted to a 5-0 start. Fortunately for Minnesota, Pro Bowl voting fell right at the end of that winning streak.

The NFL’s annual voting opened in the middle of October, and those who voted — fans, coaches, and players — came out in droves for Minnesota’s defensive stars. This year, the Vikings are sending four players to Orlando, Florida, including Harrison Smith, Cordarrelle Patterson, Everson Griffen, and first-time selection Xavier Rhodes. Smith, Patterson, and Griffen will each be making their second trip to the Pro Bowl.

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Minnesota Vikings - Jakcsonville Jaguars

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings completed the first 25% of Operation Win Out, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 Sunday at Historic Everbank Field. Sam Bradford and the offense opened things up deep, but still had familiar short-yardage struggles that kept this game closer than it should have been. Oh, and the defense is still pretty pretty pretty good.

Talkers Include:
• I Love that the Offense Went YOLO
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• The Defense is Rock Solid Still
• Anthony Harris Evaluation
• The Matt Asiata Experience
• Pay Adam Thielen
• Xavier Rhodes Kinda Got Hot
• More Injuries
• Playoff Picture
• Loose Thoughts

All that and more “You Had ONE Job, Bears-Saints-Eagles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Dak Hunting Season
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Is it just me or has this season become so excruciatingly painful, so categorically absurd, so anti-Vegas that it has actually become kind of funny?

I mean, the Minnesota Vikings’ injury virus has stretched all the way to its head coach — not even the kerfuffle of Green Bay fans suffering from that horrible loser denial bug (that seemingly decided to set up camp and raise a rather large family in the southwestern quadrant of the Midwest) can say their head honcho was forced to sit out a game in order to receive his (Guinness world record-breaking) 27th eye treatment of the year.

Minnesota, which was subsequently led into battle by special teams coach Mike Priefer and oft-ridiculed defensive coordinator George Edwards, came within one quarter, 15 minutes, two yards — er, seven — and a coin flip win of upending the class of the NFC only to melt like a popsicle — left unguarded by its protective wrapper — resting atop a jet-black rural Birmingham, Ala. rooftop smack dab in the middle of July while Vin Diesel unleashes a blitzkrieg of unforgiving heat from an LPO-50 flamethrower constructed in the Soviet Union circa 1950 for the sole purpose of destruction by combustion.

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