With Thanksgiving approaching, what four things do the Minnesota Vikings have to be thankful for this season?
Last season, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t have such a great Thanksgiving. After a 5-0 start, they dropped their next four games before winning one game prior to a Thanksgiving game with the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, the Vikings fell short to the Lions 16-13, falling to 6-5 on the year. From there, we all know what happened the rest of the way.
While it may have been tough to be thankful for much in 2016, this year is a different story. Minnesota has rebounded from a disastrous finish to last season and find themselves at 8-2 heading into another Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions. In fact, they hold a two-game lead over the Lions for first in the NFC North and are tied for the second seed in the NFC playoff picture at the moment.
Basically, this Thanksgiving can’t get any better for the Vikings and only gets better with a victory over the Lions. Nevertheless, the Lions have won the last three games against the Vikings, so they won’t have it easy, especially on the road. Yet, Minnesota comes in on fire with a six-game win streak, so there’s much optimism heading into arguably the biggest game between the two squads ever.
Regardless of the Thanksgiving day turnout, there’s plenty to be thankful for in Vikings nation. In reality, our team has put on a show for us this season with plenty of misfortune. I mean, when a team loses their starting quarterback and running back for the year, that’s hard to recover from. Yet, head coach Mike Zimmer still has this team playing as good as ever nevertheless.
Given the current state of Vikings football, let’s take a look at four things to be thankful for this season.