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Zimmer Discusses Win Over Carolina With Deion

By NFL.com NFL Network’s Deion Sanders talks to Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after their win against the Carolina Panthers.

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Vikings-Panthers Notebook: Griffen’s Relentlessness Helps Pass Rush

By Craig Peters CHARLOTTE — Everson Griffen fought through an illness and then through the Panthers offensive line on Sunday. Although he missed some reps in the Vikings convincing 22-10 victory, he didn’t miss C…

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Which win was the most surprising in Week Three?

By Mike Florio Sunday’s game had plenty of surprising outcomes. So the question of the day for Monday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN is this: Which win was the most surprising? The choices appear below. Pick one and make your case in the comments — or complain about how we left out the win secured…

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4 thoughts: Sack party, Cam Newton, Blair Walsh, special teams

By Derek Wetmore

The Vikings didn’t play that well in the first half Sunday and yet were hanging right around in a game with last year’s NFC representative in the Super Bowl. Then they turned things around after the break: the defense was terrific, special teams were highlighted, and the offense made progress enough to beat the Carolina Panthers.

This column presents 4 thoughts from Sunday’s 22-10 win, which moved the Vikings to 3-0.

1. The Vikings defensive line was terrific Sunday, delivering a contained rush against one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL. Collectively, Vikings defenders sacked Cam Newton eight times for minus-64 yards, and kept the dual-threat quarterback from hitting a home run with his legs.

The defensive line is a big reason for the team’s early success,

Six of those eight sacks were credited to defensive lineman: Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter (a safety), Brian Robison, and three for Everson Griffen.

On Sunday they played without injured defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, but in part because of their strong depth – Tom Johnson at three-technique, Shamar Stephen at nose tackle and Hunter at defensive end – that hardly seemed to matter against the Panthers. The other reason it doesn’t matter is because Minnesota is playing with two all-pro level defensive lineman in Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph.

Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr added sacks, as well. Some of the sacks on Sunday were what you’d call ‘coverage sacks,’ but I believe that line cuts both ways. The fact the Vikings can get such tremendous pressure and limit the running game with their four linemen, that in turn makes the defensive backs appear to be better in coverage.

Newton did rush for a touchdown, but when you create three turnovers, rack up eight sacks and keep Newton and Kelvin Benjamin from hurting you in a meaningful way, it speaks to a job well done for the Vikings’ defense, and in particular Sunday, the defensive line.

2. Cam Newton became the latest in a line of quarterbacks to fail a test against the Vikings defense.

Even if you just narrow this down to opposing QBs this season, check out this crude and simplified chart of what I’ll call The Vikings Effect.

2016 QBs* TD INT COMP % YARDS/ATTEMPT SACK/GAME
Versus Vikings 3 5 58.9% 6.66 5.0
In other games 13 5 60.4% 7.12 1.8

*Marcus Mariota, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton

So what is The Vikings Effect?

In short, when a quarterback plays the Vikings, he throws for fewer touchdowns, more interceptions, completes a lower percentage of his passes, takes more sacks and isn’t as effective moving the ball.

On Sunday, Terence Newman, Trae Waynes and Tom Johnson all had interceptions, and the Vikings combined for eight sacks.

We’re still dealing with a small sample of games, of course, but I’d say that’s a pretty impressive feat.

3. Blair Walsh, what in the world?

The Vikings kicker missed an extra point on Sunday – as in, another extra point. He’d already missed one this season. Extra points are no longer technically “gimme” kicks, but when you combine that with his problems kicking field goals dating back to last year’s playoff loss against the Seahawks, it’s fair to wonder what’s going on with Walsh.

He did hit two field goals — 28 yards and 31 yards – to stretch the score from 16-10 to 22-10 and push the Vikings’ lead to a two-score margin.

I think it’s funny when people start off a point, in this case about Walsh, by saying that ‘You’ve got to give him credit for hitting those field goals – but he has to make those PATs.’

Here’s the thing: Short yardage field goals are a mandate in the NFL, and he doesn’t deserve extra credit for doing one thing that is in his job description.

Mike Zimmer even told reporters after the game that the Vikings went for a 2-point conversion after a touchdown because Walsh had already failed in one point-after kick.

Whether that wavering of trust was a one-game deal or if it extends beyond that remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

4. The Vikings owe partial credit for Sunday’s win to their special teams.

It isn’t something that gets written about all the time, but it matters practically every single week.

Two things stood out to me, outside of Blair Walsh’s extended problems.

The first was Marcus Sherels, who returned a punt for a touchdown to give the Vikings a jolt. That scamper made cut the Vikings’ deficit to 10-8. (It would have been 10-9 if Walsh had hit the PAT.)

The second facet that stood out was Cordarrelle Patterson, who is known as a kick returner more than a wide receiver. He made his mark on the game Sunday as a gunner on the punt team.

Once in the third quarter he raced down the field and made a great open-field tackle to stop the Carolina return man just as he caught the punt. Another time, Patterson helped the Vikings down the ball inside the Panthers’ 5-yard line. Patterson’s hustle kept the ball out of the end zone, and Carolina had to start its next drive from its own 2-yard line.

That drive went nowhere for Carolina, as they punted three plays later.

One surprising thing about Patterson’s performance is that head coach Mike Zimmer intimated that Patterson was at the gunner position as more of an emergency than a specific plan.

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Denver Broncos’ Trevor Siemian Handles Cincinnati Bengals’ Pressure

By By BENJAMIN HOFFMAN Siemian, Peyton Manning’s replacement, is now 3-0 for the Broncos.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings Panthers Recap – Rocky Viking Oysters (Ep. 310)

By Andy Carlson

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are 3-0, already have a win over the Green Bay Packers, and just roughed up the league MVP and defending NFC Champs. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. We recap the “solid in all three phases” win even though I’m in Denver for a wedding. Because why shouldn’t Andy have to work during his vacation. #Warrior

Today’s Road Warriors Talking Points Include
• This Was a Big-Boy Win
• The Defense Carried the Day
• This is All We Need From Sam Bradford
• THIS is the Kyle Rudolph We Paid For
• #FreeMcKinnon (and Asiata Too, I Guess)
• TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles Looked Solid
• Everson Griffen is Not Human
• Treadwell Inactive, Jarius Wright Active
• Injuries Strike Again
• Marcus Sherels Appreciation

All that and other “#FreeClemmingsAndSirles” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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At 3-0, Vikings’ defense should be considered the NFL’s best (ep. 156)

By Matthew Coller

The Vikings move to 3-0 with a dominating defensive performance that was a masterpiece for head coach Mike Zimmer. Where does the Vikings defense rank in the NFL? How did the post-Adrian Peterson offense perform in its first test? And what will happen now with Blair Walsh?

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Vikes Insight Video: The Vikings showing like the best defense in NFL

By Derek Wetmore

The Vikings beat the Panthers to move to 3-0 on the season.

Serious question: Is this the best defense in the NFL right now?

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Waynes, Newman, Johnson Intercept Newton in Vikings Win

By Eric Smith A Vikings veteran and his protégé each nabbed an interception off Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. Cornerback Terence Newman’s third-quarter pick extended a streak of 14 straight seasons…

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‘Purple People Eaters’ Back? Vikings Starting To Think So

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Everson Griffen saw where defense got the Denver Broncos last season.

The Minnesota defensive end believes the Vikings have the talent to head in that same Super Bowl-bound direction.

“We are three games in and we have a long ways to go, but we can get there,” said Griffen. “We can definitely get there.”

Everson and company harassed league MVP Cam Newton all game, registering eight sacks, three interceptions and a safety to help Minnesota beat the Carolina Panthers 22-10 Sunday and improve to 3-0 for the first time since Brett Favre was playing quarterback back in 2009.

The Vikings showed that last week’s win over the Green Bay Packers was no fluke, completely shutting down the NFL’s highest-scoring offense from a year ago.

With key injuries to Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil on offense, the defense is leading the way.

The Vikings have allowed just 43 combined points in three games against the Titans, Packers and Panthers. They have 15 sacks and nine turnovers.

So maybe, just maybe, the Purple People Eaters are back.

“We feel like we can be one of the best ever to wear purple; that’s not taking away from the guys who wore purple before us, but we hold ourselves to that standard,” Vikings defensive end Brian Robinson said. “When we get the opportunity to get out there and stop the run and get after it, we do that.”

The Vikings normally bring a lot of blitzes and pressure, but on Sunday coach Mike Zimmer backed off some, relying more on his defensive backs to shutdown Carolina’s taller receivers.

The plan worked.

The Vikings pitched a shutout after falling behind 10-0, holding wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess without a reception. Most of their sacks were coverage sacks.

Even Newton was baffled after the loss.

“I can’t tell you what happened,” Newton said. “I can’t really pinpoint it right now.”

“I’ve said this all along: I think we can rush the quarterback,” Zimmer said. “I think we’ve got guys who can rush. I played a little bit more coverage today than I have in the past because some of their receivers are big. But once we were able to stop the run, it was a lot easier to do that. Because we played the run good, we were able to do that and it allowed the guys to get after the quarterback.”

Linebacker Chad Greenway said the Vikings have a mentality that he’s not seen before in previous teams.

“We have individuals who are playing really well and getting great stats, but nobody’s mentality is that here,” Greenway said. “That’s what makes it truly great, one you can enjoy as a team. So many people were a part of this effort. Offensively, we were getting points in the second half, and defensively we stand up when we have to.”

Zimmer says the Vikings aren’t surprised by their success.

“I think our team believes,” Zimmer said. “No one else believes, but I think our team believes.”

Especially on defense.

“They believe that they can win in any situation,” Zimmer said. “They work real hard, they study real hard, they play together as a team. When a guy messes up, he takes ownership of it. All these games, as we continue to go forward, they’ll continue to build confidence.”

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