The Minnesota Vikings have a small chance of making the playoffs in 2016. The 7-7 Vikings, after starting off the season with so much promise, are barely hanging by their finger nails as far as their playoff hopes are concerned. In order for the Vikings to make it to the playoffs, the following things would have to happen.
The Vikings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday — this home loss to the Lions was by far the worst of the three on the season. Aside from the chorus of mistakes and miscues, the Vikings hurt themselves in more ways than one yesterday. This is a third straight loss, a second straight divisional loss and second straight loss to a very beatable opponent. But unlike the other two losses, one where the Vikings were outplayed much of the contest and the other where they were outplayed the entire contest, this loss came from the aforementioned chorus of miscues.
After 9 weeks, clearly this Vikings team is no where near as good as we thought they were, even the defense — they are likely closer to the team in the three losses these past weeks than the five mostly dominating victories (which is still shocking to me). I’m not sounding the “season is over” alarm, but these losses, specifically the past two are extremely troubling to a 2016 campaign that started out so promising.
After five weeks, the only undefeated team left in the entire landscape of professional football is the Minnesota Vikings. Starting quarterback, gone. Starting, Hall of Fame running back, gone. Starting left tackle, gone. Starting right tackle, gone. Despite all that, 5-0.
At this point it’s old news to talk about the greatness of the Vikings defense. Five weeks into the season, they are on a historic pace of shutting opposing offenses down. The Vikings defense has better defensive statistics through five weeks than the heralded, 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0. The last time they were 4-0… well, I can’t talk about that because it brings up too much pain (cough, 2009).
The NFL has surely taken notice of the Mike Zimmer led Vikings, one of the three remaining unbeaten teams. At this moment, they are undoubtedly one of the top three teams in the entire league — I think the Broncos are best until they prove otherwise and a Brady-led Patriots team are still elite. Still, top three in the entire league right now? When’s the last time we’ve said that (cough, 2009)?
The Minnesota Vikings turned in another start-to-finish, lights out performance and dismantled the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Giants barely showed a pulse for the duration of the entire match.
Even if you aren’t a football fan, it was no secret the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers squared off in a heated divisional matchup last night in Minneapolis. Not only was this an important game for both teams (and their respective fan bases), but this was the big U.S. Bank Stadium unveiling to the football world. Oh, and on top of that, the Vikings started a quarterback, Sam Bradford, who was on a different team two weeks ago. Even with all that considered, the biggest moments last night were Stefon Diggs emerging as a star in the NFL. Diggs helped the hometown Minnesota Vikings edge the Green Bay Packers 17-14 on Sunday.
Now that Vikings’ fans have had plenty of time to cool off from their team’s unfortunate playoff loss, there are many things the team has to consider now that we’re less than a week from the Super Bowl.
Sunday’s 38-7 drubbing at the hands of the almost-back-to-back-champion Seahawks made clear to most rational people what the cynics (like me) were already suspecting: The 2015 Vikings are probably not contenders. They are paper tigers. Purple pretenders.
It’s not that they lost. It’s that they were completely outclassed. At every aspect of football. For a full 60 minutes. At home.
After a swarm of off-season drama, Adrian Peterson is expected to don a purple helmet when the Vikes begin their 2015 regular season just a few months from now.
There is no doubt Peterson has been one of the best players in professional football since joining the Vikings in 2007. In fact, given his highly productive start over the first several years of his career, there has been plenty of discussion of AP going down as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) running backs of all-time.
Adrian Peterson has been in the middle of the offseason storm for the Minnesota Vikings so far in 2015 — with the team failing to make a splash in free agency (they rarely have under Rick Spielman), Peterson has been the focus of the team, all the media and subsequently, the fans.
Will the heralded, whiny running back return to the purple next season? Speculation was high the Vikings would ship out the disgruntled running back and his massive contract for draft picks — when the demand didn’t meet the speculation come free agency, and the Vikings organization continued to hammer the notion they planned on utilizing Peterson’s talents in 2015, it became a bit more clear the running back would remain a Viking. Though still not a certainty he won’t still be traded, Peterson and his blockhead agent have made quite the fuss in the media about Peterson not being moved to another NFL roster.
Well, Minnesota sports fans, it sure has been tough to be us the past few weeks. 2015 has not been kind to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, not one bit. Since December 30th, the Wild, Timberwolves, and Gopher Men’s Hockey and Basketball are a collective 3-22. No, your eyes do not deceive you — four teams, three with relatively high expectations, only netting three wins in just over two weeks.