From a suggestion by a reader, we continue on our “snap reactions” weekly piece detailing thoughts and analysis soon after a Minnesota Vikings recreation.
This will be off-the-cuff, a wee bit “random,” and with any luck , insightful.
The Vikings climbed to 2-1 atop the NFC North after a rollercoaster win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Minnesota outlasted Detroit 28-24.
1 – In other places, you will almost certainly study oodles of articles about why the Vikings should have to shed — yadda, yadda, yadda. Soccer video games are typically not rather — perhaps you viewed Sunday Evening Football with Denver and San Francisco — but finally, the Vikings won heroically about a scrappy, energetic group. On the total, these are not the similar ‘ol Lions. Enable the Vikings love this a person, and delight in it yourself.
2 – Minnesota’s offensive line all of a sudden doesn’t seem like a evident weakness. It performed very well versus a sturdy Lions defensive line. The Vikings may possibly be one of individuals groups that hire a mid-tier offensive line — not excellent or awful — but decent.
3 – It is in all probability time to stop forecasting a big Irv Smith breakout yr. Individuals have named for that given that 2019. That is not heading to come about, especially as Minnesota’s offense prefers showcasing Johnny Mundt and Ben Ellefson as much as Smith. He’s a superior tight close, but he’s nowhere in close proximity to a Darren Waller or Travis Kelce style.
4 – You are almost certainly discouraged with the protection — and rightfully so. Often, nevertheless, defenses acquire time to jell. This takes place to the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas Town Chiefs virtually every 12 months. While the 2022 Vikings will not emulate the 2017 Vikings, the team will boost as it acclimates to Ed Donatell. But it likely will not be a Prime 10 unit.
5 – Kudos to that same Donatell for supporting to get a soccer recreation with just about no move hurry. A stout offensive line bullied the Vikings defensive line for the second time in as many months.
6 – Welcome back again, Adam Thielen. It appears you’re not washed up soon after all. The people hinting at that were being foolish to commence with.
7 – The Vikings had only a few penalties — for 15 yards. Quietly, the lack of penalties has been a solid edge and, as usually, is the indication of a disciplined staff.
8 – You could not want to admit this: What Kirk Cousins did towards the Lions — he did multiple periods in the 2021 period. But Minnesota’s defense squandered his 4th Quarter comebacks about and around final calendar year. As a result, no a person cared that Cousins was undertaking his component. Perfectly, he did his part yet again, and the protection held up. Humorous how that functions.
9 – Greg Joseph is not Justin Tucker, after all. It was also very bizarre that four subject objectives (from both equally teams in complete) ended up missed inside an indoor stadium.
10 – Justin Jefferson has been peaceful for two straight video games, indicating he’s possibly sitting down on a monster game before long. Luckily, the notice allotted to him frees up the aforementioned Thielen and K.J. Osborn. And Minnesota’s QB1 is normally wonderful at having the ball to multiple move-catchers. He did so advertisement nauseam in Washington.
11 – Dalvin Cook started off the injuries stuff early this year. You understood it was coming. This is his modus operandi. Fortuitously for Kevin O’Connell’s offense, it has Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler, and Kene Nwangwu chomping at the little bit for motion. Prepare dinner will definitely be missed if he sits out or ordeals a pitch rely in England, but the Vikings have a deep RB space for a cause. This is it.
12 – The Vikings are nonetheless at their finest when they operate the ball almost as much as flinging it around the stadium. A balanced offense is better than a go-content, Cousins-throws-50-periods offense. Always keep in mind that. You should be thrilled when the workforce imposes its will on the ground.
13 – We’ll confess the absence of motion for Lewis Cine is regarding and unusual. He’s a 1st-Rounder and ought to participate in on defense, specially with Harrison Smith out. Alas, Cine must not be ready.
14 – The no-simply call at the conclusion of the 1st 50 percent involving the Lions defender slapping the ball away from Garrett Bradbury was bogus. It should’ve been a Hold off of Video game penalty, 1 or two seconds returned to the clock, and a lengthy industry target attempt for Joseph. Cousins was entitled to the anger he expressed.
15 – The two Vikings linebackers, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks, had marvelous plays to conclude drives — a fantastic indication of the two potentially hitting their stride.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Detailed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Product, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).