That is Episode 153 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel dedicated to every day Minnesota Vikings evaluation. This options Santana Moss and Bryant McKinnie, who preview Commanders-Vikings.
Significantly, Moss’ expertise, his ideas on the present state of the Commanders, and predictions are mentioned.
E-mail any suggestions — particularly constructive criticism — to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.
The Vikings knocked off the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8, 34-26, courtesy of a sweltering Vikings go rush led by Za’Darius Smith. The Vikings offense was additionally constant and averted in-game naps which have plagued the staff for many of 2022.
Extensive receiver Justin Jefferson recorded 6 catches, 98 receiving yards, and no touchdowns in a recreation that felt ho-hum for the Vikings playmaker. However that’s simply the norm now for Jefferson — 98 receiving yards is “no massive deal.” Dalvin Prepare dinner fired up his first 100-yard speeding recreation since Week 14 of 2021. Alexander Mattison, Kirk Cousins, and Prepare dinner all scored speeding touchdowns.
The Vikings are early 3.5-point highway favorites towards the Washington Commanders in Week 9, a staff that has gained three straight video games. Washington downed the Sam Ehlinger-led Indianapolis Colts, 17-16, on Sunday.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers additionally dropped a fourth recreation in a row, sinking Aaron Rodgers’ staff to 3-5, with an unspeakable 3.5-game deficit within the NFC North to Minnesota. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed within the NFC behind the Philadelphia Eagles and would host a house playoff recreation if the playoffs began in the present day.
Ed Donatell’s protection continues to embrace the final word bend-don’t-break philosophy, curiously rating twenty eighth in yards allowed however 14th in factors allowed. That is in all probability simply “the way in which it’s” for the 2022 Vikings protection — spotty all through most video games however rising with victory in its grasp.
A 4-6 document the remainder of the way in which would plop the Vikings within the postseason. In fact, successful the division is most popular, however subpar soccer the remainder of the way in which, as a worst-case situation, would internet a playoff berth. That’s the perk of a 6-1 begin. The Vikings may doubtless even end 3-7 and nonetheless sneak in as a wildcard.
Taylor Heinicke will lead the Commanders on Sunday, who began his NFL profession with the Vikings. The aforementioned Cousins makes his first journey to Washington as a visiting participant. Newcomer tight finish T.J. Hockenson can also be more likely to see motion.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his every 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).