Purple FTW! Podcast – Episode 228 – Playoffs?! Vikings-Giants Recap

Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings secured their spot in the playoffs tonight with an emphatic win 49-17 over the New York Giants. The Vikes defense feasted on Eli Manning while Teddy Bridgewater continued his high level of play. The Purple’s task is clear: Win next Sunday in Lambeau and win the division and a home Wild Card round playoff game. Let’s. Go.

We In Da Tourney Talking Points Include
• Playoffs, Homeboy
• The Non-Existent Primetime Curse
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense is Healthy
• The Giants DGAF
• Teddy Continues to Roll
• Adrian’s Gonna Win the Rushing Title
• #FreeMcKinnon
• Props to Kyle Rudolph
• Offensive Line Hodge Podge
• Danielle Hunter is Ahead of Schedule
• Blair Walsh if Redic
• Mission: Win The North
• Flex Appeal – Vikings/Packers on SNF
• I Love Nick Swardson
• Listener Mailbag

All this and other “You hear that? We just picked Eli again.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Andy Carlson (Podcast Producer) is life-long Vikings fan with a sense of humor to help dull the pain of that existence. Sports are fun. They're meant to be be enjoyed and not taken too seriously. He lives that mantra over at the Purple FTW! Podcast: Dedicated to the Pain AND Pleasure that is the Minnesota Vikings. Check out his shenanigans there and on Twitter @AndyCarlsonShow and @PurpleForTheWin.

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  1. I know what I’m about to say is blasphemy but hear me out…

    Should we throw the game next week? Theres definitely more advantages than disadvantages.

    1. We would play at the Redskins instead of vs Seattle or GB
    2. Rest our still injury riddled stars.
    3. Dont show the Packers our A game
    4. The Packers or Seattle will be eliminated in the wildcard
    5. Did I mention Wed play Washington?

    Now I know Wed lose home field money, possibly momentum?, and it’s not great sportsmanship… But it does give us a higher probability of winning the super bowl which is all that matters right?

      1. Well be playing after Seattle so we’ll already know the outcome of that game. Obviously if Seattle soon this would all become a moot point.

  2. I know you have the best of intentions with your suggestion, Skol, but the answer is absolutely not. All of that is offset by the confidence we build in ourselves that we CAN beat Green Bay, we can beat them at Lambeau, and even if it means Seattle, we have our first playoff game at home and we welcome the challenge to bring anyone here for a playoff game. Our biggest issue is’t who we play, its how we play. We are playing well and perhaps we can peak at the right time, which would not include this loss. There is only one thought in the mind of Zimmer and his team’s mind next Sunday night… WIN. Remember, this is the only division team Zim hasn’t beaten yet, and that sticks in his craw, no doubt.

    1. I know it’s killer for morale but the Billy Bean in me crunching the numbers says mathematically the is an exponentially higher probability of making it to the NFC Championship game if we lost (obviously assuming Seattle does earlier in the day.)

  3. Never tank a game it’s bad for morale. I can’t see the players or coach’s having any part of something like that.

  4. Although a trip to Washington might seem like the easiest game, I would think that the Vikes would rather host Seattle than travel to play the Redskins. They have been playing fairly well the last month, winning games that no one gave them a chance to win. Cousins has been lights out. If Seattle wins at AZ, they will be 10-6. The same record as the loser of the Vikes/Pack game. Seattle wins the tie breaker against MN, loses the tie breaker against GB. If Seattle loses they are the 6th seed no matter what happens in GB and cannot possibly host a playoff game. So, if MN wins they will be hosting Seattle no matter what the result of the Seattle/AZ game. I would prefer that scenario over travelling to GB two weeks in a row or travelling to Washington. I would not assume that the Cards are going to rest players next week, if they win and the Panthers lose, the Cards will get the 1 seed by virtue of a better division record. Although it would be hard to imagine the Panthers getting beat by the lowly Bucs in their own yard. But, there were some fairly unexpected results yesterday. I don’t like the idea of MN losing and hoping for Seattle to lose also in hopes of the fifth seed.

    1. Yeah since we play after Seattle this entire thing could be moot before kickoff. No matter how good Cousins has been Id rather face him than Russell Wilson and the legion of boom.
      I personally believe Green Bay and Seattle will be tougher in the playoffs than Arizona so I’d rather have those 2 face off (and likely Seattle win) forcing a Seattle vs Carolina round 2.

      All I know is I’m rooting for the Cardinals next weekend.

  5. I too, get where you’re coming from Skol, but nah we can’t got throwing games. Futhermore, I not only want to beat Green Bay, I WANT Seattle for the first round. None of us have any real expectations of going far in the playoffs, BUT, if we avenge the Packer loss, then avenge the Seahawks loss, at that point I’m thinking we can maybe make some pretty big noise. Going into the 2nd round avenging those two losses and bringing that swagger, well, yeah, that’s the stuff I’m looking for.

    There really are no unbeatable teams this year, you just never know.