Minnesota Vikings ‘came out with a purpose’ against Detroit


By now, many Minnesota Vikings fans have already moved past the week 1 game against the San Francisco 49ers and are back to believing in the team again following a big win against division rival Detroit.

Last year, the Lions were kryptonite for young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who had the worst two games of his professional football career against Detroit.

However, a more focused team hosted Detroit last week, and head coach Mike Zimmer had his team with the right mindset to succeed.  Here is what he said in his weekly press conference.

"“I thought we came out with a purpose. It was important for us to start fast this week. I thought we did that.”"

May 27, 2015; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks with the media after practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

And that’s exactly what the Minnesota Vikings did.  They took their opening possession all the way down the field for a touchdown.  Then, when it was the defense’s turn, they held the Lions to a 3 and out.  A team can’t get off to a much better start than that.

Mike Zimmer had this motivated based on that humiliating week 1 game.  That game set the tone for what the Vikings were looking to do in week 2 against a tough Lions squad that has one of the best offensive weapons in the game in Calvin Johnson.  But the team was prepared and focused, and even a little angry.

"“I think our guys kind of played with a chip on their shoulder this week. The preparation was great, their demeanor was good all week in practice, and they practice good every week. I’m proud of how they came out and performed. There was a lot of things that we’ve got to clean up, we’ve got to do a lot better in a lot of different areas, but the physicality, the passion that we played with, the intensity that we played with, I think all of those things were very, very good.”"

Very, very good indeed.  This is the kind of Minnesota Vikings football that fans were expecting on Monday Night Football.  It’s a shame we had to wait until week 2 to see this, but it’s a sign that this team isn’t ready to pack things in or be content in being mediocre.

However, there are some questions that has to be asked: which Vikings team will show up on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers?  And will they be as focused and hungry after the win than they were after being humiliation on national television?  I personally hope so, because games like the ones against the 49ers are hard to watch when you have your purple shades on.

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