PurplePTSD: Power Rankings, 4 Purple Positives, Gophers Season

Adam Thielen May Have His 2022 Moment to Shine
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) defend against Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

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.

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

1 – Josh Frey reveals his Week 5 Power Rankings.

2 – PPTSD also dishes out four positive takeaways for the Vikings after the win in London and 3-1 record through four games.

3 – If you dabble into the Minnesota Golden Gophers, you’re covered here. It ain’t over for P.J. Fleck’s team.

4 – In the daily video segment, Dustin Baker outlines eight surprises from Saints-Vikings.

5 – Take a look inside PurplePTSD‘s daily mailbag with questions answered.


The Vikings knocked off the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, 28-25, thanks to special teams heroism and a terrific game-winning drive from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Greg Joseph saved the day with five field goals, although he curiously missed one crucial extra point.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson returned to form for 10 catches, 147 receiving yards, and a rushing touchdown as Minnesota took care of a team without its QB1, RB1, WR1, and LG.

The Vikings Top Defensive Performers at Saints, per PFF
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram II. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings are early seven-point home favorites against the rival Chicago Bears, who lost in Week 4 at the New York Giants, 20-12. The Green Bay Packers also won on Sunday, beating the New England Patriots, but the Vikings stay on top of the NFC North thanks to tiebreakers. Minnesota is the NFC’s No. 2 seed as of October 4th.

Lewis Cine was lost to a broken leg, a disappointing development for the Vikings 1st-Rounder, who was a special teams contributor through four games. The Vikings drafted Cine as a plan for life after Harrison Smith, but the Georgia alumnus likely won’t see a regular season field again until 2023. Minnesota will ask safeties Josh Metellus and Myles Dorn to step up in Cine’s stead.




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).