PurplePTSD: Return of a CB, the Hunt for TEs, Power Rankings

PurplePTSD: Return of a CB, the Hunt for TEs, Power Rankings
Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) and defensive back Parry Nickerson (39) and cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) and safety Harrison Smith. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-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 – The Vikings added a familiar face to the CB room.

2 – Now, for the Vikings favorite recent pastime — auditioning depth tight ends.

3 – Josh Frey fires up fresh Week 11 power rankings.

4 – In the daily video segment, Dustin Baker outlines the surprises — there were several — from Bills-Vikings.

5 – PPTSD offers a cautionary tale — Minnesota is due for a loss.


The Vikings knocked off the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, 33-30, courtesy of late-game heroics authored by Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins, the Vikings defense, and Dalvin Cook. O’Connell’s men circumvented a 17-point lead in the 2nd Half at a time when some Vikings fans had given up hope, particularly as the Bills led 27-10.

Dawson Knox and Duke Shelley. © JAMIE GERMANO / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded 10 catches, 193 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown in a game where the phenom playmaker exuded the utmost clutch performance. He extended the game on a 4th and 18 play that will live in Vikings lore eternally.

The Vikings are early one-point road underdogs at home against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11, a team that lost to Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Dallas hopes to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) and upstart New York Giants (7-2) in the NFC East.

The Packers finally won a game — the one mentioned above versus the Cowboys. Their playoff hopes remain alive with a flicker. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the San Francisco 49ers if the playoffs started today.

Ed Donatell’s defense disallowed the Bills from scoring a touchdown in the 2nd Half, yet another reason — of many — the Vikings stunned Buffalo.

A 2-6 or 1-7 record the rest of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferred, but subpar football, as a worst-case scenario, would net a playoff berth. That’s the perk of an 8-1 start. The Vikings have a 99% probability of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight.

Since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the Cowboys have won three times at the Vikings house — in 2016, 2020, and 2021.


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).