PurplePTSD: Power Rankings, Dolphins QB, a “Grown Man” Play

PurplePTSD: Power Rankings, Dolphins QB, a "Grown Man" Play
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-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 breaks out his Week 6 Power Rankings. Have a look.

2 – Just who is Skylar Thompson, the quarterback the Vikings could face on Sunday?

3 – Let’s chat about that “grown man play” orchestrated by cornerback Cameron Dantzler against the Bears.

4 – In the daily video segment, Dustin Baker reacts to the Vikings win over the Bears.

5 – What on earth went wrong with Jaylen Twyman and the Vikings?


The Vikings knocked off the Chicago Bears in Week 5, 29-22, courtesy of another game-winning drive from Kirk Cousins and a wild fumble yank-away from cornerback Cameron Dantzler. Minnesota’s defense was up to its old tricks, falling asleep during the game’s midsection while rising up in the 4th Quarter. It’s become a trend.

The Vikings 2022 Defense by the Numbers: After Week 5
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson registered 12 catches, 154 receiving yards, and no touchdowns as the Vikings slipped by a scrappy little Bears team that clearly lacks talent.

The Vikings are early three-point road favorites against Miami Dolphins in Week 6, who lost in Week 5 at the New York Jets, 40-17. The Green Bay Packers lost in London to the New York Giants, enabling Minnesota to sit alone atop the NFC North, at least for two weeks. The Vikings are also the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Philadelphia Eagles and would host a home playoff game if the playoffs started today.

Minnesota’s offensive line continues to jell, a total change of pace from any season since 2012. Tackles Christian Darrisaw and Brian O’Neill are performing masterfully, Garrett Bradbury isn’t horrible all of a sudden, and then guards Ezra Cleveland and Ed Ingram are holding their own. It feels like a brave new world for a Vikings team to keep quarterback Kirk Cousins upright.

A 6-6 record the rest of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferred, but .500 football the rest of the way, as a worst-case scenario, would net a playoff berth.



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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).