A review of Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Cardinals at US Bank Stadium with grades and look ahead to a Thanksgiving day matchup with the Lions.
After 5 weeks consisting of a bye week and 4 losses in a row, it has been painful for Vikings fans watching the team crumble due to injuries. Against the Arizona Cardinals, the Minnesota Vikings did not remedy all their problems. The Vikings did though have enough playmakers make dynamic plays that Arizona could not overcome.
It’s almost hard to imagine that after the week 5 game against the Texans the Minnesota Vikings were riding high as the top team in the NFL. Nobody could have imagined the Vikings, tumbling through a 4 game losing streak at that time.
Visions of 16-0 and NFL immortality danced through the minds of fans. The week after the bye the rookie led Philadelphia danced all over those dreams and the downward spiral began.
For 1 week at least that spiral is over. Offensively, the Minnesota Vikings left quite a bit to be desired, but still showed flashes of settling in to a new system at mid-season. Jerick Mckinnon, had the pep in his step that’s been lacking lately, Matt Asiata showed more power on his carries, and the offensive line actually pushed across the line of scrimmage much more than they have in the last month.