Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings - Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings need to come out Guns (N’ Roses) blazing this Thursday versus the NFC top dog Dallas Cowboys to have any hope of saving their season. To help us figure out how the Purple can get back to Paradise City, we brought in Sweet Child O’ Mine Arif Hasan to the Blue Door Pub. Arif and I talked about the Live and Let Die offensive line, how the defense’s Appetite for Destruction is back, and whether or not the Vikings 2016 season will be Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door after Thursday’s Color Rush as we Welcome Dallas to the Jungle.

We also chatted about a lot of other Vikings related items that I couldn’t think of GNR puns for. So there ya go.

All that and more “All We Need is Just a Little Patience” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings lost the NFC North Title Game (basically) to the Detroit Lions 16-13 in soul crushing fashion as Sam Bradford threw an interception that setup a chip shot Matt Prater game winning kick. The Purple are down and pretty close to out; but we recap the game, try to scrape a few positives out of the mess, and look ahead to possible playoff scenarios. All this with the 10-1 juggernaut Cowboys set to come into historic US Bank Stadium next Thursday. Woot woot.

Today’s Turkey Indigestion Talking Points Include:
• The Vikings’ Playoff Hopes Are THIN
• Sam Bradford Was Efficient to Death
• The Zim Reapers Are Kinda Back
• Do We Need to Be Concerned About Jerick McKinnon?
• The Mandatory Offensive Line Talking Point
• We Need to Be Ready for Life After Terence Newman
• Anthony Barr Played Out of His Mind
• Shumur’s Use of Cordarrelle Patterson is Promising
• Loose Thoughts
• So What Now?

All that and more “Just Stay in Your Food Coma” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Xavier Rhodes Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
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Xavier Rhodes is finally getting the national attention he deserves. After a two-interception performance against the Arizona Cardinals, Rhodes was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the first such honor in his four-year career.

Prior to his breakout game against the Cardinals, Rhodes had put together an impressive 2016 campaign. The former Florida State Seminole eliminated top wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin early in the year, demonstrating tangible growth as a shutdown corner.

This year, Rhodes has 29 combined tackles, four interceptions, 11 passes defended, one forced fumble and one tackle for a loss, per Minnesota’s own tallies. His four interceptions lead Mike Zimmer’s defense and represent a career-high for Rhodes, who had just two total interceptions prior to 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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