Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 8 vs. Washington Redskins

Minneapolis, MN-October 24: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) ran on a long gain in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins. (Photo by Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images)
Minneapolis, MN-October 24: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) ran on a long gain in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins. (Photo by Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 24: Kicker Dan Bailey #5 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a successful field goal in the first half against the Washington Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Kicker Dan Bailey #5 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The best thing

One of the biggest concerns for Minnesota Vikings fans over the course of franchise history has been the kicking game. There are plenty of occasions where the outcome of a game was determined by a made or missed kick attempt.

Whether it was the kicker, holder, or long snapper, the Vikings seem like they got things right this season with the combination of Dan Bailey, Britton Colquitt, and Austin Cutting getting the system down pretty well.

In this game, Bailey connected on four field goals, the longest being from 50 yards out with one extra point going through the uprights. It was a perfect day for the kicking unit, which is pretty remarkable.

On the season, Bailey is eight out of ten on kicks with both his misses coming from 40 or more yards out. He’s also only missed on extra point on the season out of 23 tries, which feels good. Hopefully, this continues…knock on wood.