PurplePTSD: Jefferson’s Message, Homefield Playoff Game Drought, Christmas Eve Nailbiter

The sister-site to¬†VikingsTerritory is PurplePTSD.com, and the guys and gals over there roll out the Minnesota Vikings analysis just as much as we do. Today’s edition highlights Justin Jefferson’s white-out-related message to fans, the end of the home playoff drought, a recap of Vikings-Giants, and more.

PurplePTSD: Jefferson’s Message, Homefield Playoff Game Drought, Christmas Eve Nailbiter

Here is some of their top content from the last couple of days:

1 – Justin Jefferson was eager to white-out U.S. Bank Stadium on Christmas Eve. It worked.

2 – The Vikings haven’t hosted a home playoff game in over 1,800 days. That changes in about three weeks.

3 – Minnesota took care of New York in a nailbiter in Week 16.

4 – Mike Zimmer could eventually join Sean Payton’s coaching staff in 2023, probably as the defensive coordinator of an undetermined team.

5 – Christian Darrisaw was snubbed for the Pro Bowl.


The Vikings defeated the New York Giants 27-24 in Week 16, winning on the longest field goal in franchise history, courtesy of Greg Joseph. Minnesota played decent for most of the game and really turned it on in the 4th Quarter.

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Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Brian Asamoah II (33) forces a fumble against New York Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson was elite, tallying 12 receptions, 133 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown. Jefferson continues his quest for 2,000 receiving yards, the receiving yards crown over Tyreek Hill, and maybe some MVP votes. He is now on pace for 1,990 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022.

The Vikings are four-point underdogs on the road next weekend against Green Bay in Week 17, a team that must run the table to reach the postseason. If the Packers win out while the Washington Commanders lose one game, Green Bay will be in the tournament.

The Lessons Learned from Vikings Remarkable Comeback
Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The Lions ravaged their playoff hopes by losing to the suddenly-offensive-juggernaut Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the Commanders if the playoffs started today.

The Vikings could welcome back tight end Irv Smith before too long, while cornerback Cameron Dantzler should be on his way back. Garrett Bradbury has missed three straight games.

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Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The current big playoff talker for Vikings football is whether Minnesota retains the No. 2 seed or gifts that to the San Francisco 49ers. If Minnesota loses a game while the 49ers win, San Francisco will surpass the Vikings for the second seed. But the Vikings can finish no worse than the No. 3 seed, thanks to defeating the Colts on December 17th and the Tampa Buccaneers loss in Week 15.

The Vikings have defeated the Packers three times in a row with Kirk Cousins at QB1.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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