The legendary head coach recently gave his thoughts on this season’s Minnesota Vikings team and how they compare to the 2017 squad.
On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will begin a stretch of games that will determine their playoff fate this season. Their first task is certainly not an easy one as they will attempt to get a victory on the road against the New England Patriots.
Through the first 12 weeks of the year, the Patriots are 8-3 and none of their losses have come on their home field. Defeating New England inside their home stadium would easily be the Vikings biggest win of the season.
As tough as the matchup will be for Minnesota, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick believes his team has just as difficult a task this weekend too.
On Wednesday, Belichick immediately began his press conference by praising Minnesota and describing what he’s seen from them this season.
"“This has really been an impressive team to watch. it looks like, to me, they’re even better than they were last year. They’re a very, very good football team. They have good talent. They’re really well-coached.”"
Considering this season’s Vikings already have more losses than they did last year, it may be a little hard for some to agree with Belichick on Minnesota being better in 2018 than they were last season.
His statement could be genuine or it could be just typical coach-speak that usually includes praise of the opponent and not underestimating a team because of their record. Either way, the New England head coach knows that the Vikings are fully capable of beating his team on Sunday.
Prior to the start of the 2018 season, some may have viewed this week’s matchup as a potential Super Bowl preview. The way the Vikings have played so far this year has some thinking otherwise.
But a win over the Patriots on Sunday could possibly bring back some of those thoughts of Minnesota playing in the Super Bowl this season.