The Minnesota Vikings are sitting atop the NFC North going into their bye week which is a reason to celebrate for fans of the purple.
Remember Week One of the NFL season? In that week, Sam Bradford played the best game of his NFL career and has barely played since. Remember Dalvin Cook? He was the Minnesota Vikings running back who looked to be potentially running away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year accolades, but then an injury derailed him and knocked him out for the rest of the season. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for the Vikings and yet they still sit atop the NFC North going into their bye week.
With everything that has gone wrong for Minnesota, a lot of things have gone right. Just take a look at the quarterback position. The team has essentially started their third option for the position all season long and the team only has two losses on their record. Has Case Keenum looked perfect? No, but he’s been an integral part of the Vikings success.
Cook was running out of his mind in the Vikings backfield in the early parts of the season, so much so that it looked like the likes of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon were going to be left in the dust. Instead, Cook went down and Murray and McKinnon have stepped up and filled Cook’s apron quite nicely.
The Vikings have two of the best wide receivers in the game and that has been showing throughout the season. Stefon Diggs has missed a couple games this season, but the Vikings didn’t miss too much of a beat without him. Throughout it all, Minnesota native Adam Thielen has been there catching a bunch of balls and making the receiving core look to be the envy of a lot of teams.
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We haven’t even touched on the defense yet. The defense deserves to have thousands and thousands of words written about them by people that have a much higher football IQ than me, let’s be honest. Let’s look at just one stat though to try and illustrate just how good a single part of the defense has been: Everson Griffen has recorded a sack now in eight straight games. That is just down right ridiculous.
Simply, the Vikings are on the right path to win the NFC North. That is something to celebrate and all the reasons above are reasons to be confident in the team going forward into the second half of the season.
The Vikings have bye week this upcoming week, but then are right back at it on November 12 when the team hits the east coast with a matchup with Washington.