Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Necessary Credit score: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports activities.
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Sure, at this level, it’s anybody’s guess who begins below middle for the Buffalo Payments on Sunday afternoon. Josh Allen is a celebrity however coping with a UCL damage to his throwing elbow. Case Keenum has received huge video games earlier than however is a profession backup. Even when they face the lesser quarterback, a win has to imply one thing substantial, proper?
All season lengthy, the narrative surrounding the Vikings has been that their win complete doesn’t replicate their true expertise degree. Given the necessity to come again and win so many shut video games, that’s most likely a good evaluation. Having confronted three backup quarterbacks and observing a possible fourth Sunday, in addition they don’t profit from taking part in groups at full energy.
Nonetheless, there’s by no means something straightforward about profitable on the street or beating good groups.
When the Kevin O’Connell-led Vikings went all the way down to South Seaside, they didn’t face Tua however nonetheless needed to tangle with the harmful duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Positive, they acquired the Arizona Cardinals at house, and Kyler Murray was most likely strung out on Name of Obligation, however they needed to face DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore. The Packers have seemed like a foul staff this yr, however Minnesota nonetheless embarrassed them in Week 1.
Sure, it’s completely truthful to discredit the win some ought to Allen not play, however Minnesota enters as a 3.5-point street underdog per on-line bookmaker Bovada. That’s not an insignificant quantity, and it’s actually indicative of a staff with no ensures when dealing with the Payments Mafia.
Possibly the Vikings aren’t profitable as convincingly because the Philadelphia Eagles staff that dumped them early this season, however they’re additionally in a league of their very own because the lone undefeated staff left within the NFL. Minnesota’s objective doesn’t should be to win fairly or convincingly each week. In any case, the one stat that really issues is the “W” within the win column.
At this level, Minnesota is all however assured to make the playoffs. It might take a colossal, Minnesota-esque, to be truthful, collapse for them to not. They must be wholesome and prepared for something after they face the league’s greatest in a win-or-go-home scenario, however being battle examined in opposition to tough eventualities just like the one they’ll face in Buffalo units up future alternatives.
It’d be nice if the Vikings went and rocked Josh Allen this weekend in Buffalo. If that doesn’t occur, nevertheless, besting a great protection and gifted offense is nothing to be disillusioned about, both.
Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that’s targeted on all issues Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s energetic on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Each day. As a former school athlete and avid sports activities fan, masking our professional groups with a ardour has at all times appeared like such a pure outlet.