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SPORTS NUGGETS: The Minnesota Vikings are getting plenty of northern exposure this month

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By Eric Nelson
October 4, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Trix...

•Northern Exposure: The Minnesota Vikings are smack dab in the middle of a three-game October run against NFC North opponents. It began last week with a 14-7 loss to Detroit, continues Monday night in Chicago, and finishes up October 15 in Minneapolis against Green Bay. This is a crucial stretch for the Purple, who can ill afford to go 1-2 or 0-3 against their division rivals…

•Diggs Route: Vikings’ WR Stefan Diggs has become an explosive player who gains yards in chunks and has a knack for making tough catches in traffic. This season Diggs has 22 receptions, an NFL-best 391 yards receiving and four touchdowns…

•Saluting Ahmad: Ahmad Rashad was inducted into the ring of honor at halftime of the Lions-Vikings game, something that was long overdue. Rashad was an impact wideout with Minnesota from 1976-81 and was a key cog in the Purple’s offense…

•Fantastic Finish: Rashad played in one Super Bowl and four Pro Bowls for Minnesota. His pinnacle moment came in December 1980 against Cleveland in Bloomington, MN. Rashad caught a last second desperation heave from quarterback Tommy Kramer as the Vikings stunned the Browns 28-23 to win the NFC Central Division title. The play is now known as “The Miracle at the Met…”

•Philly West: According to the LA Times, there were so many Eagles fans at Sunday’s Philadelphia-LA Chargers game in Carson, CA, that Philly players had to quiet the crowd when QB Carson Wentz was calling signals. A total of 25,374 showed up to the StubHub Center and most wore green jerseys…

•Tough Transition: The Chargers should cut their losses, hop on I-5 south and return to San Diego where they belong. Not only is LA ignoring the Chargers, but they are off to an 0-4 start – which does nothing to garner attention or interest in sports-saturated So Cal. The Chargers have also been on the short side of three squeaker games – losing by three to Denver, two to Miami and two to Philadelphia…

•KC Masterpiece: Rookie RB Kareem Hunt might be Kansas City’s most exciting player since Dante Hall – who was known as the “The Human Joystick.” Hunt leads the NFL with 502 yards rushing, has 157 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Hunt is a major reason why KC is a perfect 4-0…

•Waffle Kings: Hard to believe the Minnesota Twins have not given manager Paul Molitor a contract extension yet. What are Derek Falvey and Thad Levine waiting for? Molly took the Twins to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Enough said. Bring him back and give him a raise…

•Playoff Bonanza: Even though the Twins got bounced from the wild card game by the NY Yankees on Tuesday night, this is a great week to be a Minnesota sports fan. It’s not often when two Twin Cities teams are in the post-season at the exact same time. From Twins-Yankees to Sparks-Lynx, there were plenty of high stakes games to focus on…

•Sayonara Soccer: Minnesota United’s final regular season home match is Saturday against Sporting KC at TCF Bank Stadium. Minn U won 3-2 against Atlanta United on Tuesday and has 35 points this season. The Loons finish up on the road against Los Angeles on October 15 and San Jose on October 22…

•Crowd Count: Minn U is averaging 20,380 fans per match this year – 10th best in MLS. Atlanta United is the top-draw in the league with a per match average of 46,956, followed by Seattle (43,298) and Toronto (27,634)…

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