A road trip to New York could become the turning point for the Minnesota Vikings.
Difficult to gauge is the best way to describe the Minnesota Vikings this season. On paper, they are one of the more talented teams in the NFL. That talent has not turned into W’s as the Vikings are in a second-place tie with the Green Bay Packers in the suddenly stacked NFC North.
The Vikings are sitting at 3-2-1 for a reason — inconsistency. First, it was the kicking game which failed the Vikings, then it was uneven play from each skill position except at wide receiver. Defensively the struggles were also apparent.
Traveling to play the New York Jets this Sunday, the Vikings need strong showings from many of their playmakers. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will not be enough for the Vikings to thwart the upset-minded Jets.
A loss pushes the Vikings farther away from the Chicago Bears, who despite playing the New England Patriots on Sunday, will look for a statement win. Simply put, Minnesota needs their own signature victory.
The Jets have already proven that they are not a pushover with quarterback Sam Darnold learning and growing on the fly. The Vikings must slow him down, the Jets’ rushing attack down, and play consistently on both sides of the football. The Vikings also could use a few breakout performances.