Five Minnesota Vikings players need to step up in 2020 (part 1)
August 11, 2020
Let’s have a look at five Minnesota Vikings players whose improvement would significantly help the team during this year’s NFL season to be a contender for the Super Bowl beginning with an offensive lineman.
1. Pat Elflein, Guard
It once looked as if Pat Elflein was going to develop into an anchor at the center position and become one of the league’s best players at this position. Unluckily, since fracturing his ankle and having surgery on his shoulder, he hasn’t looked the same. And a move from center to guard hasn’t helped Elflein bounce back and there were times when he was completely ineffective as a pass blocker and allowed much pressure on quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Although the exact starting lineup for the offensive line during the current NFL season hasn’t been confirmed, the Minnesota Vikings seem to be confident that Elflein will come back and play at a higher level at one guard spot.
Letting go of Josh Kline and waiting to draft interior linemen seems to insert Elflein right back into the beginning lineup. If he doesn’t succeed to perform once again, the team might be looking to move on from the former third-round draft in 2017.
2. Garrett Bradbury, center
It is no need to space out the offensive linemen on this list. In 2019, the interior of the offensive line attempted in a massive way and a lot of it had to do with Garrett Bradbury and Pat Elflein, especially in terms of passing blocking. The Minnesota Vikings seems to be more patient with Bradbury, who has entered his second season in the NFL. There is still much hope he can find his footing since he gains experience at the professional level. Another reason is due to their investment as the team used a first-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft on him and will likely give him every chance to succeed before doing anything to make a change at the position.
Three Hall of Famers who almost played for the Minnesota Vikings (Part 2)
July 13, 2020
Brian Urlacher – LB
During the early portion of the 21st century, the Minnesota Vikings had to deal with going up against Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher twice each season. It was never an easy task.
The All-Pro linebacker became a free agent during the 2013 off-season after 13 years in Chicago. When figuring out what to do next, Urlacher was reportedly considering deals from both the Minnesota and the Denver Broncos.
Eventually, the veteran linebacker didn’t sign with either team but decided to retire from the NFL.
The Vikings arguably ended up having the worst defense in the entire 2013 league. Minnesota gave up the most points that year and their pass defense couldn’t cover a sloth.
So would Urlacher make much of a difference for the Vikings in 2013? His impact might have been too significant, but he likely wouldn’t have been much worse than what they put out on the field.
Dan Marino – QB
In terms of quarterbacks, the Vikings didn’t have much stability under center after a 1999 season that resulted in Jeff George starting 10 games for them.
Heading into the 2000 season, its group of quarterbacks were led by an unproven passer in Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper seemed to have been going to step in and be the starter for the Vikings in this year, but the team also showed some interest in signing future Hall of Fame passer Dan Marino.
Marino spent his entire career being a member of the Miami Dolphins and during the 2000 off-season, he was going to retire or sign with Minnesota. In the end, the 38-year-old quarterback decided that his time in the NFL was finshed and he chose to retire rather than giving it one last shot with the Vikings.
It might be a tough decision for Marino to make as he was never able to win a Super Bowl during his pro career. Joining a Minnesota offense including playmakers like Randy Moss, Robert Smith , and Cris Carter could have been the perfect recipe for the veteran signal-caller to win his first-ever championship.
Luckily for the Vikings, Culpepper ended up playing well during the 2000 season and the team was able to make it all the way to the NFC Championship.
Summary of matches between Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions
May 22, 2020
Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are veteran teams in NFL history. Do you know how many times these Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions have played against each other? And the results of those matches like?
The Vikings vs Lions last game was on August 12, 2019. In the draft NFL 2020, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions will continue to play each other on November 8, 2020, and January 3, 2021. But when the NFL will be back? According to the draft, the 2020 season schedule will take place as follows:
• 2020 Draft: April 23-25
• Pre-season starts: Club dependent, early August
• Regular season begins: Thursday, September 10
• Play-offs start: Saturday, January 2021
• Super Bowl: Sunday, February 7 (Tampa, Florida)
However, due to the global effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, the 2020 Draft event was canceled. Therefore, the next events are not sure to be held as scheduled. Everything will depend on the situation of the disease in the near future.
In this article, we will sum up all the results of the matches that took place between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in NFL history.
|12/08/2019||Detroit Lions||7||@||Minnesota Vikings||20||W|
|10/20/2019||Minnesota Vikings||42||@||Detroit Lions||30||W|
|12/23/2018||Minnesota Vikings||27||@||Detroit Lions||9||W|
|11/04/2018||Detroit Lions||9||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|11/23/2017||Minnesota Vikings||30||@||Detroit Lions||23||W|
|10/01/2017||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||7||L|
|11/24/2016||Minnesota Vikings||13||@||Detroit Lions||16||L|
|11/06/2016||Detroit Lions||22||@||Minnesota Vikings||16||L/OT|
|10/25/2015||Minnesota Vikings||28||@||Detroit Lions||19||W|
|09/20/2015||Detroit Lions||16||@||Minnesota Vikings||26||W|
|12/14/2014||Minnesota Vikings||14||@||Detroit Lions||16||L|
|10/12/2014||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||3||L|
|12/29/2013||Detroit Lions||13||@||Minnesota Vikings||14||W|
|09/08/2013||Minnesota Vikings||24||@||Detroit Lions||34||L|
|11/11/2012||Detroit Lions||24||@||Minnesota Vikings||34||W|
|09/30/2012||Minnesota Vikings||20||@||Detroit Lions||13||W|
|12/11/2011||Minnesota Vikings||28||@||Detroit Lions||34||L|
|09/25/2011||Detroit Lions||26||@||Minnesota Vikings||23||L/OT|
|01/02/2011||Minnesota Vikings||13||@||Detroit Lions||20||L|
|09/26/2010||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|11/15/2009||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||27||W|
|09/20/2009||Minnesota Vikings||27||@||Detroit Lions||13||W|
|12/07/2008||Minnesota Vikings||20||@||Detroit Lions||16||W|
|10/12/2008||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||12||W|
|12/02/2007||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||42||W|
|09/16/2007||Minnesota Vikings||17||@||Detroit Lions||20||L/OT|
|12/10/2006||Minnesota Vikings||30||@||Detroit Lions||20||W|
|10/08/2006||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||26||W|
|12/04/2005||Minnesota Vikings||21||@||Detroit Lions||16||W|
|11/06/2005||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||27||W|
|12/19/2004||Minnesota Vikings||28||@||Detroit Lions||27||W|
|11/21/2004||Detroit Lions||19||@||Minnesota Vikings||22||W|
|11/23/2003||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|09/21/2003||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||13||W|
|12/29/2002||Minnesota Vikings||38||@||Detroit Lions||36||W|
|10/13/2002||Detroit Lions||24||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||W|
|12/16/2001||Minnesota Vikings||24||@||Detroit Lions||27||L|
|10/14/2001||Detroit Lions||26||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||W|
|11/30/2000||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|10/01/2000||Minnesota Vikings||31||@||Detroit Lions||24||W|
|01/02/2000||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|10/17/1999||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||25||L|
|10/25/1998||Minnesota Vikings||34||@||Detroit Lions||13||W|
|09/20/1998||Detroit Lions||6||@||Minnesota Vikings||29||W|
|12/14/1997||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||13||L|
|11/16/1997||Minnesota Vikings||15||@||Detroit Lions||38||L|
|12/08/1996||Minnesota Vikings||24||@||Detroit Lions||22||W|
|09/01/1996||Detroit Lions||13||@||Minnesota Vikings||17||W|
|11/23/1995||Minnesota Vikings||38||@||Detroit Lions||44||L|
|09/10/1995||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||20||W|
|12/17/1994||Minnesota Vikings||19||@||Detroit Lions||41||L|
|09/11/1994||Detroit Lions||3||@||Minnesota Vikings||10||W|
|12/05/1993||Minnesota Vikings||13||@||Detroit Lions||0||W|
|10/31/1993||Detroit Lions||30||@||Minnesota Vikings||27||L|
|10/15/1992||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||W|
|09/13/1992||Minnesota Vikings||17||@||Detroit Lions||31||L|
|11/24/1991||Detroit Lions||34||@||Minnesota Vikings||14||L|
|10/06/1991||Minnesota Vikings||20||@||Detroit Lions||24||L|
|11/11/1990||Minnesota Vikings||17||@||Detroit Lions||7||W|
|10/07/1990||Detroit Lions||34||@||Minnesota Vikings||27||L|
|10/22/1989||Minnesota Vikings||20||@||Detroit Lions||7||W|
|10/08/1989||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|11/24/1988||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||0||W|
|11/06/1988||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||44||W|
|12/20/1987||Minnesota Vikings||17||@||Detroit Lions||14||W|
|09/13/1987||Detroit Lions||19||@||Minnesota Vikings||34||W|
|11/09/1986||Minnesota Vikings||24||@||Detroit Lions||10||W|
|09/07/1986||Detroit Lions||13||@||Minnesota Vikings||10||L|
|11/17/1985||Minnesota Vikings||21||@||Detroit Lions||41||L|
|11/03/1985||Detroit Lions||13||@||Minnesota Vikings||16||W|
|10/21/1984||Detroit Lions||16||@||Minnesota Vikings||14||L|
|09/23/1984||Minnesota Vikings||29||@||Detroit Lions||28||W|
|12/05/1983||Minnesota Vikings||2||@||Detroit Lions||13||L|
|09/25/1983||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||20||W|
|12/19/1982||Minnesota Vikings||34||@||Detroit Lions||31||W|
|12/12/1981||Minnesota Vikings||7||@||Detroit Lions||45||L|
|09/20/1981||Detroit Lions||24||@||Minnesota Vikings||26||W|
|11/09/1980||Detroit Lions||0||@||Minnesota Vikings||34||W|
|09/28/1980||Minnesota Vikings||7||@||Detroit Lions||27||L|
|11/18/1979||Detroit Lions||7||@||Minnesota Vikings||14||W|
|09/30/1979||Minnesota Vikings||13||@||Detroit Lions||10||W|
|12/09/1978||Minnesota Vikings||14||@||Detroit Lions||45||L|
|11/05/1978||Detroit Lions||7||@||Minnesota Vikings||17||W|
|12/17/1977||Minnesota Vikings||30||@||Detroit Lions||21||W|
|10/09/1977||Detroit Lions||7||@||Minnesota Vikings||14||W|
|11/07/1976||Detroit Lions||23||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||W|
|09/26/1976||Minnesota Vikings||10||@||Detroit Lions||9||W|
|12/14/1975||Minnesota Vikings||10||@||Detroit Lions||17||L|
|10/19/1975||Detroit Lions||19||@||Minnesota Vikings||25||W|
|10/20/1974||Detroit Lions||20||@||Minnesota Vikings||16||L|
|09/22/1974||Minnesota Vikings||7||@||Detroit Lions||6||W|
|11/11/1973||Detroit Lions||7||@||Minnesota Vikings||28||W|
|10/07/1973||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||9||W|
|11/12/1972||Detroit Lions||14||@||Minnesota Vikings||16||W|
|09/24/1972||Minnesota Vikings||34||@||Detroit Lions||10||W|
|12/11/1971||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||29||W|
|09/20/1971||Minnesota Vikings||16||@||Detroit Lions||13||W|
|11/15/1970||Detroit Lions||20||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|11/01/1970||Minnesota Vikings||30||@||Detroit Lions||17||W|
|11/27/1969||Minnesota Vikings||27||@||Detroit Lions||0||W|
|10/26/1969||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|11/17/1968||Minnesota Vikings||13||@||Detroit Lions||6||W|
|10/06/1968||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||24||W|
|12/17/1967||Minnesota Vikings||3||@||Detroit Lions||14||L|
|11/12/1967||Detroit Lions||10||@||Minnesota Vikings||10||T|
|12/11/1966||Minnesota Vikings||28||@||Detroit Lions||16||W|
|11/13/1966||Detroit Lions||32||@||Minnesota Vikings||31||L|
|12/12/1965||Minnesota Vikings||29||@||Detroit Lions||7||W|
|09/26/1965||Detroit Lions||31||@||Minnesota Vikings||29||L|
|11/22/1964||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||23||T|
|10/11/1964||Detroit Lions||24||@||Minnesota Vikings||20||L|
|11/24/1963||Detroit Lions||31||@||Minnesota Vikings||34||W|
|10/27/1963||Minnesota Vikings||10||@||Detroit Lions||28||L|
|12/09/1962||Minnesota Vikings||23||@||Detroit Lions||37||L|
|11/18/1962||Detroit Lions||17||@||Minnesota Vikings||6||L|
|12/10/1961||Minnesota Vikings||7||@||Detroit Lions||13||L|
|11/19/1961||Detroit Lions||37||@||Minnesota Vikings||10||L|
Minnesota Vikings News: Team submits plan to NFL for return to action
May 21, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings have officially submitted their plan to the NFL to begin their offseason regimen and prepare for training camp. Here’s the latest on the big news.
At this point in time, the Minnesota Vikings are ready to head back to the TCO Performance Center to begin their journey towards training camp and eventually, preseason action. Due to the current pandemic that has hit the world, teams across the NFL are allowed to submit their finalized plans to return to their training facilities.
If it gets approved, the Vikings will be able to head back to their training camp facility and at least get the wheels in motion that football is indeed on the horizon. It’s all about making sure all players, coaches, and everyone on the Vikings’ staff are able to do what needs to get done in a safe manner. The Vikings plan to do a mix of people that are physically working at the TCO Performance Center and some working remotely as they monitor the current coronavirus pandemic.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s great to see the Vikings take the right steps forward in order to hopefully bring some normalcy to the world. Vikings fans all across the globe are anxious and filled with hope that the NFL will continue as planned with training camp, preseason football, and the regular season all taking place.
Hopefully, there won’t be any suspended events or football games if NFL teams are able to follow all safety protocols and ensure that everyone is safe. Just like the start of every NFL training camp, if this gets approved, the only players that will be allowed to enter training facilities are those in rehab or seeking medical treatment to get ready for football activities. The rest allowed to physically be there will simply be employees that work in the operations/administrative parts of a team.
The NFL put better safety measures in place similar to restaurants and businesses in states that are slowly reopening in that no more than 50 percent of a team’s staff will be allowed in the training facility at any given time. This is a smart move so not only can social distancing be strictly enforced but it will help make keeping facilities clean and sanitized at all times even easier.
Overall, the Vikings are already ahead of the game and hopefully, will be on track to get their training camp program approved to prepare for the adventures ahead.
What the Minnesota Vikings can expect from Troy Dye this year
April 27, 2020
With the 132nd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings picked up Oregon linebacker, Troy Dye. He is an experienced play-maker on the defensive side and can be a situational player in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings has done a great job of pointing positions of need very early in the 2020 NFL Draft. This helped them to take more of a great pick as they added Oregon’s linebacker Troy Dye in the fourth round. Dye takes part in a crowded group of young Minnesota Vikings linebackers who will compete together for playing time on defense and special teams.
Minnesota Vikings has a lot of young hopefuls already in their linebacker space. Players such as Eric Wilson and Ben Gedeon are likely on their last opportunity to stick around. Meanwhile, DeMarquis Gates, Cameron Smith, and Troy Dye will be competing for early playing time.
Dye comes to the Minnesota Vikings with a variety of starting experience under his belt. During four years at Oregon, Dye appeared in 48 matches and recorded 391 tackles. Dye has shown that he can make plays against both the pass and run, and bring some versatility to his game.
The newest defender of Minnesota Vikings projects as a situational linebacker who can support in coverage from the jump. He is sound in coverage as well as has a ton of length in his favor when he stands at 6-foot-3. If new Minnesota Vikings senior defensive assistant Dom Capers plans to play Anthony Barr as an edge rusher a little more often, Dye can have the change to take his spot in coverage.
The fourth round of the 2020 NFL was a solid value for Dye in this draft class. What will he be able to bring to the table for the new-look Minnesota defense?
The results of NFL championships are not clear yet
March 29, 2020
Looking forward to the penultimate week 16 of the regular NFL season, there is still plenty of room to win for the NFL Playoffs.
While the three teams have won their divisions and the other five are certain that they will make it to the playoffs, four more points remain and the ability to take a little break in the final round makes it more palatable.
At AFC, Baltimore Ravens won the leadership positions in the North and Kansas City in the West. Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots defended their playoffs but still had to fight for the final spot in AFC East when they faced Gillette Stadium.
Patriots now have a victory first, so if they don’t lose to Bills, the reigning champions will win their share. Elsewhere in the AFC, Houston Texans are joining AFC South with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road.
NFC has only one established split winner and it’s Drew Brees leading New Orleans Saints, who has won NFC South with a wide margin.
However, the four teams in NFC have the same 11-3 record so the battle for the first round is goodbye. Green Bay Packers are one of those four teams and they can guarantee their division by defeating rival Minnesota Vikings, who can then secure a playoff berth by not losing that match.
The difficult 7-7 situation in NFC East could be over, if the Dallas Cowboys beat rivals Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love – both teams 7-7 with Dallas currently own a break-break due to Win the first encounter. Winning the cowboy means they can advance to the playoffs with a score of 8-8.
While a lot of teams are facing the opportunity to take their places and ease the pressure until the final week, there are five teams fighting for two play-off positions at AFC and four teams in NFC.
Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers are the most likely candidates to proceed at the AFC but the challengers of Tennessee Titans and even Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders are still alive – almost none, but still alive. In NFC, it belongs to the Dallas and Philadelphia battles, while the Los Angeles Rams remain absent from NFC West and the Minnesota Vikings are still unsure.
NFL American football Championship of 2019-20 (Part 3)
February 29, 2020
2. New Orleans Saints
Although the New Orleans Saints American football team is only the third seed and must play from the first round (wild card), it is still considered the strongest team in the NFC group. The Saints lost one or two main players in the defense due to an injury, but the view from top to bottom was still a complete squad.
Quarterback Drew Brees has looked young, agile since returning to the pitch after a thumb injury in Week 8, and his absence in five matches turned out to be a boon for the 40-year-old. this. Near the end of last season, Brees started to get tired, but in the final qualifying match, he and his teammates crushed Carolina Panthers.
Currently, Brees plays no less than any pitcher, and the whole team is equally rhythmic. Running back Alvin Kamara may say playing less than last year, but in the last two matches of the qualifier he played very sharp. And to Michael Thomas, during the entire football season, no one seemed to be able to block the catches of this player.
If the Saints can clear the Minnesota Vikings barrier in the first round, they will play the Green Bay Packers in the second round on Green Bay. Winning away is not easy, but at this point, the Saints play better than Packers. Winning two away games to advance to the Super Bowl final is a huge challenge, but this is the team that can overcome that challenge. So let’s see if the Saints can do it.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were lucky in the final week of qualifying. The Patriots unexpectedly lost to the Dolphins and opened the Chiefs to get the second seed and took a break in the first round of the championship.
NFL American football Championship of 2019-20 (Part 2)
February 14, 2020
Deebo Samuel and D.K. The 49ers’ Metcalf is becoming the catchy ball star. Seahawks’s Quarterback Russell Wilson continues to play brilliantly and is one of the best pitchers this year.
The result of the match is decided at the last few seconds when the tight end player Jacob Hollister catches the ball from Wilson and leans towards the finish line (goal line) in the final move of the goal of the Seahawks while being held by the 49ers by five points, but Hollister was stopped and only a quarter inch (inch) short of a seven-point touchdown to win the match and beat the NFC West.
Fans have seen two of the best NFL teams clash in the final match of the qualifiers and it is hopeful that these two teams can meet again in the championship round.
The following are the 12 teams of the championship round, equally divided among AFC and NFC teams in the order of seeds:
1. Baltimore Ravens, 2. Kansas City Chiefs, 3. New England Patriots, 4. Houston Texans, 5. Buffalo Bills and 6. Tennessee Titans
1. San Francisco 49ers, 2. Green Bay Packers, 3. New Orleans Saints, 4. Philadelphia Eagles, 5. Seattle Seahawks and 6. Minnesota Vikings
Of the above 12 teams, four are thought to be the most likely to win the championship this year:
1. Baltimore Ravens
Looking at the gameplay as well as the strength through 16 qualifying matches, it can be said that no team can currently surpass Ravens. During the second half of the qualifying round, the Ravens team was like a machine that ran smoothly.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson will undoubtedly be voted the best player of the year (MVP), the Ravens team has the strongest attack in the NFL league, and the defense is also said to be the most dangerous for any opponent. come on. Ravens has the best pitching strategies, the most successful run, and an excellent set of players on both the attacking and defensive sides. This is the team most likely to win the championship.
Kirk Cousins is said to sit for Vikings vs Bears in NFC
January 18, 2020
The Vikings locked into No. 6 seed in the NFC play-off round next week, knocked out of math from the NFC North division title after losing to Green Bay Packer last week Nothing to play in Week 17, Minnesota has the elegance of a beginner to enter the card game.
Minnesota will rest most of its beginners for Sunday’s game against Chicago Bear, by ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. One of the starters will be Kirk’s cousin midfielder, who will end his regular season with a 10-5 record, completing 69.1% of his passes in 3,603 yards, 26 times. touch the ball and six interceptions to assess 107.4 passers-by (a high career). The cousin has started 79 games in a row since the beginning of the 2015 season, the third longest running series in the NFL.
Not playing Cousins could be a problem for the Vikings, who played one of the worst games of their year in the 23-10 defeat to Packers. The Viking attack was fought without Dalvin Cook, with 139 low-season yards and only 87 yards in failure.
Minnesota Vikings only went 4 for 15 on the third down and got the ball just 22 hours 28 minutes. Perhaps playing the beginners in a pointless game will get the Vikings into the rhythm of the playoffs, where they will face Packers, New Orleans Saints or Seattle Seahawks on the road If the Packers defeat the Lion Detroit, the Vikings will play the Seahawks if Seattle upsets the 49ers Sunday.
Starting on behalf of a cousin will be Sean Mannion, who threw just 53 passes in the NFL, completing 62.3% of them for 253 yards and one interception. He has only played five snaps for the Vikings this year because Sunday will be his first NFL since 2017.
Cook is listed as out and rookie Alexander Mattison is questioned by rule for Sunday’s game, which could lead to the Vikings starting Mike Boone for the second straight week. Boone had 11 bearing in 28 yards in his first career last week.
With all the Vikings’ injuries, resting might be the best way to get ready for the playoffs … whatever Minnesota looks like the last time Cousins and the startups get on the pitch.
Dalvin Cook gives tremendous boost to the Viking play-off prospects
December 19, 2019
Week 10 edicates a proof ground to the Vikings, who have entered and exited the AT&T Stadium holding No. 6 seed in the NFC play-off picture after taking the 28-24 win against Dallas cowboy.
For the Vikings (7-3), it was a big victory at the critical moment of the season, and they succeeded at what had failed them earlier. Minnesota defeated a good team (Dallas, 5-4, on Sunday leading NFC East) on the road and overcame its own pitfalls, especially on defense.
Certainly, the Vikings will remain the No. 6 seed regardless of the outcome, but Sunday night’s victory not only shattered the notion of the Kirk cousin quarter-final in the biggest games , it gave Minnesota a preview of the type of competition it would have to beat if it achieved the feat.
Minnesota is locked in the current playoff picture, but there are issues that need to be addressed if you want to keep that position and move deep into January. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings took the first step to get there and reach gets an important place compared to other NFC hopes like Carolina Panthers (5-4), Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) and Los Angeles Rams (5-4).
Superman attack galore
You can chalk this game to “The Special Kyle Rudolph” or “Dalvin Cook Day” and both will determine exactly what attack activity is in Minnesota. Rudolph’s two-yard touches in the drives returning in the first quarter allowed the Vikings to jump to a 14-0 lead and trigger an overnight attack on one night they would be without Adam Thielen (tendon injury on stilts).
ook recorded a rushing 100-yard day against one of the tournament’s best running defenders, and the statement that Minnesota made with its running game took place at its pivotal point.
On the last touch, the Vikings ran 11 times, culminating in a 2-yard touch run by Cook, followed by Rudolph’s 2-point conversion catch. The Vikings ripped five steps from 10 yards or more on Sunday, which links with Dallas the second most allowed this season.
Trae Waynes’ is absent for a nightmare outing for Mike Hughes. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, this is the biggest goal of any player this season.
Hughes gave up 10 reception times in 139 yards and one touch, and allowed a third and third number, including two-thirds and 12s on separate touchdown drives, and one-third and 14 that in the game.
Overall, Minnesota allowed Dallas to convert nine of its 15 attempts down to its third, a rate worsened by failing to pass the pace and pushed up the middle because Linval Joseph was absent due to injury.