The offense came alive in the final three games
The final three games of the 2018 season gave everyone a chance to see what Kevin Stefanski the play-caller was going to look like.
After the inconsistent and pass-happy play-calling of John DeFilippo, Stefanski was given the interim offensive coordinator title to not only audition for the full-time job, but to help save the Vikings’ season too.
In the first two games, Stefanski’s offense did what DeFilippo’s couldn’t.
Even though it was against the Miami Dolphins’ 29th ranked defense and a Detroit Lions team that was ready for the season to be over, Minnesota still averaged 34 points per game and 379 yards of total offense. The Vikings also ran for over 100 yards in each of these games — a feat that had only been accomplished three times in 13 games under DeFilippo.
Although the Vikings offense put up a clunker against the Chicago Bears in Week 17, being shut down by the Bears’ defense was something that happened to plenty of teams throughout the year as they held their final five opponents under 17 points.
It’s an extremely small sample size, but Stefanski’s success warranted a shot at the full-time title.