PurplePTSD: CB deficiency, MIN-NE Preview, Week 12 Options

March 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson quarterback Andrew Booth. Mandatory credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Sister site Viking territory does PurplePTSD.com and the guys and gals there are spreading Minnesota Vikings analysis just like we are.

Here’s some of their best content from the past few days:

1 – The Vikings will drop to CB4, which was used as CB1 against the New England Patriots.

2 – Josh Frey previews Vikings-Patriots in Week 12.

3 – PPTSD Week 12 makes NFL picks, regular season 61% complete.

4 – Once upon a time, Kevin O’Connell was the “Bill Belichick guy.”

5 – Dustin Baker answers daily email bag questions.


The Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Vikings in Week 11, 40-3, thanks to complete dominance in all phases and a general lack of life from the Vikings’ offensive line and defense. After the fact, there was a hangover caused by the Week 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.

June 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded just 3 catches, 33 receiving yards and no touchdowns in a game where the young playmaker had virtually no impact after the 1st quarter. Jefferson is now on pace for 1,858 receiving yards, down from his 2,000+ yard projection last week.

The Vikings are three-point favorites at home against the New England Patriots in Week 12, beating the New York Jets 10-3 on Sunday. New England has the best defense in the NFL and is slightly better than the Cowboys defensive group that limited the Vikings to three points.

The Packers lost again in Week 11 – a setback at home against the Tennessee Titans. Their playoff hopes were completely dashed. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks if the playoffs started today.

Minnesota’s offensive line has had a few days of soul searching because it was abysmal against the Cowboys. And the Patriots’ pass rush will provide no respite.

November 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America; Minnesota Vikings fans. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

A 2-5 or 1-6 record the rest of the way would have doomed the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferable, but low-level football will, as a worst-case scenario, lead to a playoff berth. That’s the advantage of an 8-2 start. The Vikings have a 99% chance of reaching the postseason, per se Five thirty eight.

The Vikings lost five straight games against the Patriots, even though Tom Brady was at the helm in all five of those contests and he no longer works for New England. Instead, Minnesota gets its first look at Mac Jones.


Dustin Baker He 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 Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (band).