PurplePTSD: The Bradbury Update, Josh Rosen in Purple, Playoff Picture

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 is highlighted by the Bradbury injury update, Josh Rosen’s arrival, and the evolving NFL playoff picture.

PurplePTSD: The Bradbury Update, Josh Rosen in Purple, Playoff Picture

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

1 – One Minnesota Vikings player didn’t practice on Tuesday, and that was Garrett Bradbury. He was also in a minor car accident last weekend.

2 – The Vikings have a new QB3, and you’re probably familiar with the man.

3 – We’re at the time of year featuring playoff scenarios and brackets. PurplePTSD breaks down the evolving NFL playoff picture.

4 – And on top of the playoff juiciness, Josh Frey unveils his Week 16 power rankings.

5 – Dustin Baker answers questions from the daily email bag.

The Vikings defeated the Indianapolis Colts 39-36 in Week 15, completing the largest comeback in NFL history after erasing a 33-0 deficit. Minnesota played like fools in the 1st Half and even to start the 3rd Quarter but roared back to make history thereafter.

The Bradbury Update
Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) snaps the football along side of guard Ezra Cleveland (72) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson was fantastic, tallying 12 receptions, 123 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 1,971 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022.

The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites at home this weekend against the New York Giants in Week 16, a team that beat the Washington Commanders on Sunday Night Football in Week 15. New York is now in the driver’s seat to reach the postseason.

The Bradbury Update
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The Lions are nipping at NFC teams’ heels, tallying a 6-1 record since the T.J. Hockenson trade. Detroit actually has a very real shot at reaching the postseason, although Minnesota has clinched the NFC North. 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 and center Garrett Bradbury are also returning to health.

Explained: The Interesting State of the Vikings thru 14 Weeks
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings fans react in the second half. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

The next 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 last weekend and the Tampa Buccaneers loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Giants haven’t beaten the Vikings since 2013 — the infamous Josh Freeman game.

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).