Cris Carter: “I’m Excited For The Purple”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2012 – 6:13 am

It had been a while since the Vikings won a game in the NFC North – September 26, 2010 – and it had been a while since the Vikings won a road game in the NFC North – November 1, 2009. But the Vikings checked both of those items off their to-do list on Sunday, topping the Detroit Lions 20-13 at Ford Field.

And now the Vikings are doing something else they haven’t done in a while – they’re a part of the football conversation on a national level, to some extent anyway. While entering into the national conversation is not the goal of this Vikings team, it will be a side effect to success. It began early Monday morning, with one of the franchise’s all-time best players paying compliments to his former team.

“Leslie Frazier has these kids playing with a lot of belief in the system,” Cris Carter said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. “We know what they have in Adrian Peterson, and the story with him coming back. We thought that would be the only story in Minnesota. But they control the football, Christian Ponder has done a great job from Year One to Year Two as far as not turning the ball over, Percy Harvin is their most explosive player offensively and they use him everywhere. And when you get special teams help, which they’re doing with two returns for a touchdown (against Detroit), the Vikings are very, very solid after a quarter of a season.

“I love the Vikings, but I would say I’m surprised they’re 3-1.”

A lot of NFL analysts will say they’re surprised the Vikings began the season with three wins in their first four games. But if you talk to Frazier, any other Vikings coach or any Vikings player, you’ll discover that no one within the locker room is surprised the team is playing to this level. The key for the Vikings now is to handle the success well.

Frazier acknowledged that his team did not prepare well for Indianapolis after their season-opening win in Jacksonville. The result was a loss to the Colts. The following week’s preparation for the San Francisco 49ers was better, Frazier explained, and that’s why the Vikings head coach thought it was so important for his team to practice well in the week leading up to the Detroit game following an emotional win over the 49ers. So now, you can be sure Frazier will emphasize to his mostly-young team that preparing well for the Tennessee Titans – next Sunday’s opponent – should be priority #1 this week.

If Frazier can continue to get his players to put a laser focus on each upcoming opponent, the Vikings may be able to continue their winning ways. That’s something Carter, the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and total TDs, is excited to see.

“As you go through these quarters of the season, the first quarter with four games, they have to make sure that they don’t get flipped in one of the other quarters and end up being 1-3,” Carter explained. “These next two (quarters of the season), if they can go 2-2 and get one more quarter at 3-1, you’re looking like you might be able to win double-digits. I’m excited for the Purple.”

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33 Responses to “Cris Carter: “I’m Excited For The Purple””

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    At the beginning of the season…The Vikings were not being given enough credit for the talent put together on this Viking team…

    Now the media is overreacting to a few wins…

    Lets hope the team stays “focused” going forward…And does not get wrapped up in any media hype…

    Its a long season…There will be plenty ups and downs along the way…

    Next up…The Titans…GO VIKINGS !!!

  2. By BlueBird7. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    You have said it all, OTKalil, I for one, agree that the Vikings just keep going the way they have in the last two games, and not get a swelled head…

  3. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ditto there OTK and Bluebird7. Take it one game at a time. This is a very young team and mistakes will happen. It’s not the time to get over confident. They are playing well and playing as a team. Time to keep it up.

  4. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I was hoping they would blow my 5-11 perdiction out of the water and it really appears they are and I love it. Barrrooooohhh

  5. By Kansas Viking on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think the naysayers around the league can at least cross us off as being one of the worst 5 teams in the league after the performances we have been putting together. However, like everyone else has said, I don’t think we are one of the top teams either. I’m just happy to see some of these young guys prove their worth. Young guys take some time to get used to this league, and find their way to success. Ponder, Rudolph, Kalil, Harrison, Robinson, Griffin, Cook, Sanford, Brinkley. All the young future of this org. All have and have had a bit of a learning curve, but things seem to be beginning to gel.

  6. By vikelifer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the vote of confidence from Cris Carter my all time favorite Viking.My new favorite Viking, Percy Harvin had another solid day which solid for him is awsome.You can’t stop him ,you only hope to contain him,pound for pound the best player in the nfl.I also, agree with you all of you bloggers, stay humble, control the ball and the defence really needs to step up and create some turn-overs.Go Vikes!Your next opponent the Titans, concentrate on them and blow them out,that will power you up from there cus it starts to get alot harder after that.

  7. By malissa smidt on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    hi chris, I’m hoping you can help me out! my sister wendy lost her home in a fire sunday morning…she is devastated because one of her prize possessions was her viking jacket signed by you… she was your biggest fan and is now heart broken… if I bought another vikings jacket, is there anyway, I can get your signature again so I can maybe help her deal with things a little better… I would appreciate any kind of response whether this is unobtainable or not…. thank your so much! malissa smidt

  8. By Parkway on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    We have a good chance of being 4-1 after next week against a bad Titans team and we are playing at home. Let’s hope we come up with a good game plan and come out and play with a lot of energy right away.

  9. By NDPurple on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    It is really fun to watch a fairly young defense gaining confidence and ability with each week. The young guys in the secondary (Smith, Robinson, Sanford) are playing well, and Winfield just plays like he always has-great. Brinkley is really stepping up each week, and watching Griffen be all over the field is fun. As long as the defense can keep playing like they are, we should be in good shape come year-end. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!

  10. By Chris Acosta on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like something Denny Green said in a past interview during the 1998 season. Heck, why cant we go 4-0 in one or more of those quarters.

  11. By TampaNorseman on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great win..totally a team win this time since the Offense did not carry the day. Too bad they did not take care of business in Week 2 against the Colts. Had the Vikings been focused and sharp they would be 4 – 0 and heading into a game with the not-so-Titans team that possibly would have had them at 5- 0. I think the loss to the Colts actually may have done them a lot of good…wounded pride makes you come back a little more edgy and angry. Keep sharp Vikes and let’s complete a few deep throws this week and blow the lid off this Offense. Skol Vikes!

  12. By josh k on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    resign percy

  13. By Ekolu on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Its still early yet a lot of football to be played, but its better to be 3-1 than1-3. The key is simple, just keep getting better every day. We had talent all over the field with Harvin, Rudolph, Simpson, Ponder, and Kalil on the offense And on defense we have Allen, Williams, Greenway, Griffen, and Cook. But with the play of our rookie draft picks Smith, Robinson, Ellison and Walsh, all of a sudden we are competing in our division. In a few weeks barring any injuries we could also be sporting depth at almost every position D line, LB, and the secondary will all have depth that they didn’t have last year. They also have youth as well. The D line goes 2 deep with Griffen, Ballard, and Evans all performing very well.

  14. By Ekolu on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Also, Letroy Guion had a huge day breaking out with 2 sacks and just wreaking havoc. And, our versatile backup Everson Griffen who is breaking out with the thunder as well with at least 2 sacks yesterday. Robinson brings not only speed but plays with physicality as well. And Harrison Smith was not a big surprise, he just gives the Vikes what they haven’t had since Darren Sharper, a physical, athletic presence with great instincts. This team is formulating a personality and thats bad news for the rest of the league.

  15. By T.HARRIS on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Mustgrave has to put the pedal to the metal he has to continue to use Percy the whole game and don’t let up.We use to run the best screens in the league when we had Leroy Hoard and Robert Smith.Now we have Percy,AP,and Toby.We need to continue to score as much as we can.They can’t mess with Percy in the backfield,slot,and wideout teams be confuse like a mother…..VIKES ON 3.VIKES

  16. By RichardA1 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Greffen, man he’s right up there with the best, we are lucky to have another emerging superstar, he plays hard! thats what I’m talking about. The Vikes receivers should be watching Chris Carter catch the ball, he had some of the best hands ever to play the game, maybe they will learn something.

  17. By coachwile on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Baaarrrroooohhhhhh !!!

  18. By Vikings1 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    @ All Bloggers

    All the comments so far are really positive, great to see that most everyone is agreeing about the Vikings.Sure they are a very young team and have a lot of holes to fill but don’t overlook the fact that this team is starting to develop an identity now and are starting to believe in the coaches and themselves and the only thing to stop them now is themselves. I myself am loving what I am seeing from this team, go Vikings.

  19. By Kooleznbuff4u on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Why are you guys praising Chris Carter, he one of my favorite Vikings but he picked San Fran and the Lions to beat the Vikings. Chris is a traitor.

  20. By Kyle on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    hahahahaha kooleznbuff4u

  21. By Alex on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Alot of people pick us to lose. Doesn’t mean they’re a traitor, It just means they like to choose overrated teams.

  22. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply


    “the only thing to stop them is themselves”. Uh, no. There are 10 more teams they have to face that will be trying to stop them before the season is over, and undoubtedly, some will succeed.

    I am as happy as anyone with the success I’ve seen from our team. I wasn’t going to be overly surprised to see them at 3-1 at this point (although I thought the loss would be at the hands of SF…)

    Let’s take every victory as it comes as a blessing. I can’t remember being as elated after the last 2 games in what seems like a very long run of Vikings football. But we need to temper ourselves a bit. We all know that this schedule is back-loaded fairly heavily, so let’s not all bend shower rods in our despair if our guys don’t quite make it. Believe me, I hope they go all the way, but lets not let our hopes for the future spoil each victory as just another step towards the playoffs. Enjoy each one, because they MAY not last.

  23. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    As far as C Carter being a traitor…. pfffft, please.

    He’s an analyst, and he’s probably better at it than any of us. What he has to go on is where we were last year (3-13 and STRUGGLING), and what he’d seen so far this season…

    Week 1: an amazing finish made possible by a rookie kicker hitting a 50+ yarder to force OT. We didn’t exactly look like playoff material there…

    Week 2: a loss to last years worst team in the league…

    Week 3: Carter was a traitor for picking a team that was 2-0 and was in the conversation of being the best team in the NFC….

    In short, quit being a homer. We get too much of that from the Packer trolls that show up here.

  24. By Old School on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply




  25. By Muskylove on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree with Old School! get Harvin a new contract prior to season ending. becuase I fear that he will want to leave and play somewhere else, because we all know teams will pay BIG BUCKS for him. We need to pay the man… PAY HIM BIG!

    On the flip side, I hope the league continues to underestmate us as they always do. When we get underestimated… we WIN! If they start talking like were the best, the success will go to some heads and they may not play as hard or as well when the think “we WILL win” . They have to do their best every week but you never want to get over confident about any game regardless who the opponant is…

  26. By Vikings1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply


    Well said, what I meant by my comment was that if they counl cut down on all the penalties and turnovers with reference to the Colts game which they could/would have won. They beat themselves with the turnovers and penalties with reference to the 3 wins, with that said, go Vikings.

  27. By CaL on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Notice that Packer fan from a few months ago isn’t around, filling up the blogs with nonsense. No one expected 3-1 from minny, but there are still 3 QTrs remaining so continuing with our poise and progression on O, D & ST will be the key. Each week I see Ponder, Pete & Percy become more comfortable on the field. For a team w/ out a Brandon Marshall, Megatron, etc We are doing fairly well and i like what the rookie Harrison Smith is doing, being assertive.

  28. By MontanaViking on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think the most gratifying element in the last two games is the secondary play. Even in the more successful past, the Vikings defense would get torched by the passing game and the elite teams would have their way. Now there is some hope that the defense can handle it better.

  29. By ht0wn1 on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well this is a young team and I am glad to see them exceeding expectations, but as happened to so many teams before with a lot of young players from college is the hitting the wall effect, where performance declines at a certain game level normally around week ten or eleven. Hopefully, by then the coaching staff and the veterans will keep the rookies focused and on track to continue winning.

  30. By Ken on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    The OL is playing so much better and Ponder is showing why the Vikings
    grabbed him a few years back. A lot of people said he was a reach, but
    seems to be proving the critics wrong. I still want a want a 3-4 for the
    Vikings though. The cover two is to passive and gives up to many yards.

  31. By MrObjective. on Oct 5, 2012 | Reply

    This team or nucleus clearly has a form of chemistry some of the power house teams in the league don’t. You can’t win without talent though so let’s not all act like this is a fluke. That’s all fine and dandy for everyone to be bracing for the worst while hoping for the best because this is a young team. The good part of that because this is a young team, the defense will improve, ponder will improve, peterson is still not 100 percent and will improve – progressively throughout the season. Simpson was ponder’s favorite target in training camp so I expect that there will be more points out of the offense when necessary. by that i mean when other teams start putting points up on the board. so far, the 49ers and lions could not. Until then the formula that the coaches have put together for success seems to be work to perfection with the players they have. it’s a good time for optimism as the vikings look to get better each week. they could still be in first place, heading into their last 6 games, 4 of which include the bears and packers. The only game non divisional game that looks like trouble in the next 6 games is the redskins on the road. They have winnable home games and the other road game is in Seattle. this team is built to stay with teams that are expected to beat them and struggle to blowout the teams that they are expected to beat. for that reason it is difficult to assume they will lost to washington and win the other 5 games but it is not unreasonable to say so or out of the question that they will lose to seattle and beta washington for the same reasons. that puts them at 8-2 heading into the last 6 games of the season and in control of their fate. SKOL.

  32. By Supervikfan on Oct 6, 2012 | Reply

    Best of luck tomorrow afternoon! I’ve been a fan since 1967. Still looking for more memorable wins. I’m proud of the way you guys are playing and hope it continues.
    Thanks for the effort–I hope you know it is appreciated.


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