It might be time for the Minnesota Vikings to start panicking.
The Minnesota Vikings did not exactly come into the 2020 season with lowly ambitions, which makes their start to the season even more bemusing.
Despite parting ways with some prominent veterans this offseason, the Vikings still had a competitive roster that appeared more than capable of challenging for the NFC North title. However, two disastrous defeats to the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts have completely changed expectations for Mike Zimmer’s men after just a fortnight of competitive action.
This isn’t the first time that the Vikings have begun the campaign poorly under Zimmer’s tenure. It’s easy to forget the slump they got themselves into in 2019 before going on a memorable run that eventually ended with a divisional-round playoff loss at the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.
That was last year. This time around might be different.
It’s not just the losses that cause concern, it is the manner of how they’ve gone down with barely a whimper. This is not something one normally associates with a Zimmer team, but it’s hard to argue that everything seems to be going against them right now.
Things won’t get any easier this Sunday at home to a strong Tennessee Titans team and another loss would give them the biggest of mountains to climb for the remainder of the season.
The Vikings have turned situations like this around before, and they can do it again. However, there are plenty of reasons to panic if Minnesota’s two inept performances are any indication.