Questions Answered: Draft One other CB, Vikings Conservative Protection, Jets Level Unfold
The next questions are about present Minnesota Vikings matters, answered by PurplePTSD. As we speak is the November twenty ninth version, addressed in a from-the-hip trend. When you have questions, please e-mail them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.
Additionally, please notice: These are opinion-based responses. Some solutions might be incorrect on occasion. However we’ll attempt to hold that to a minimal.
Q: The Vikings are going to make use of one other 1st-Spherical choose on a CB, aren’t they? I can really feel it. Particularly after the Andrew Sales space damage.
A: Nope. That’s simply your principle.
Akayleb Evans has about 1.5 to 2 months to proves he’s startable in 2023. Cameron Dantzler is returning to well being and is already a starter. And Patrick Peterson has adamantly expressed his need to retire with the Vikings.
The Vikings needn’t use a 1st-Rounder on a CB except somebody tantalizing falls to them. Plus, the decision continues to be out on Sales space. A season-ending damage doesn’t mandate his profession is over.
They’ll be effective at nook. Maybe they’ll spend money on a free agent for depth.
Q: Why do the Vikings play so conservatively on protection till it’s time to be severe within the 4th Quarter?
A: It’s maddening, isn’t it?
That is the premise of the Ed Donatell protection — don’t let the opposite crew get behind you. As in — no large performs. It’s unclear why that stops mattering within the 4th Quarter, however thank God the Vikings protection arrives down the stretch. In any other case, the 2022 crew can be precisely just like the 2021 version.
Somebody has to ultimately understand that taking part in 4 quarters of protection is what Tremendous Bowl-contending groups do. We’re sick of bend-don’t-break, too.
Hopefully, Kevin O’Connell will get the memo.
Q: The Vikings are solely favored by three factors over the Jets? At house? Feels a bit low.
A: Effectively, you will need to perceive that a lot of the NFL world — and sportsbooks — imagine the Vikings are an overachieving ready to tumble. Watching the Vikings get bashed by the Cowboys a few weeks in the past was music to their ears.
The Vikings don’t something at an elite statistical degree — moreover profitable. We’ll take it.
However each Vikings win, sans the primary one over Inexperienced Bay, is a detailed squeaker peppered with suspense and adrenaline. Why would the Jets outing be any completely different? That’s the Vegas mantra, anyway.
Maybe the Vikings will ultimately put collectively a full recreation and crush somebody, however wouldn’t they’ve completed that by now?
Plus, the Jets have the fourth-best defense within the sport. It’ll most likely be one other shut one.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates again to 1996. Listed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).