Good Morning Gjallarhorn Episode 027 – Purple Pain
Good morning Horners! The whole gang is here today, Ted, Drew, and myself looking forward to the Minnesota Vikings hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. This is a very big game with playoff implications at the halfway point of the season. The Saints are coming in with a 5-1 record. The Vikings currently rest on a three-game winning streak at 4-2-1, and both teams look to return to the playoffs at the end of the season and this game can help determine seeding.
We start out with Drew looking for a streak that we haven’t seen in a while. Move on to some interesting numbers, then ask about injuries. Ted wonders about our feelings towards the Saints and other teams, some sources of pain in our Vikings fandom. We talk about the Minneapolis Miracle and wonder if that helped any of those feelings? If you didn’t know already, there are a lot of Vikings fans that do not like, at least, the current iteration or regime down in New Orleans, and how they play football.
We talk about the running game, and without Dalvin Cook, how Latavius Murray, Roc Thomas, and Mike Boone are getting the job done. I wonder why Brett Jones isn’t playing guard with Tom Compton out. Danny Isidora filled in after the injury last week, and will again Sunday. We definitely hope he has a better game. The way the game looks on paper, expect a lot of passing, and the need for pass protection by the Vikings.
While recording, Ted breaks the news that Everson Griffen will be back! This is truly outstanding, and as we learned yesterday, he is no longer on the injury report and we can expect to see him getting at least some snaps to chase down Drew Brees. The secondary will be challenged, especially since Xavier Rhodes [might be], and Anthony Barr will be sidelined due to injury. The young Holton Hill along with Eric Wilson will have their work cut out for them. We expect Coach Mike Zimmer to mix things up again to confuse coverages and blitzes. Drew hopes to see more and better tackling as a key to success.
We are seeing purple, and hope the home squad will levy Purple Pain towards the Saints. You can catch Ted and me on twitter during the game by following @purplebuckeye and @Luft_Krigare. We will be watching, like the rest of the country, in prime time on Sunday night. Go Vikings!
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