How are the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans similar?
First, one must erase the beginning of the 2020 season for the Minnesota Vikings and Tennesse Titans for the similarities to jump off the page.
The Vikings have started the 2020 season with two poor performances. In Week 1, Minnesota was abused at U.S. Bank Stadium by the cross-state rival Green Bay Packers. The Vikings defense was uncharacteristically porous while the offense did a couple of encouraging things in the second half. After that, they traveled to Indiana for another beatdown — this time by the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans’ main rival stuck it to the Vikings in all aspects of the game, and the Vikings left Indiana hapless and winless.
While the Vikings are 0-2, the Titans are the inverse. Tennessee squeaked by the Denver Broncos r in Colorado during Week 1. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski strangely missed three field goals versus Denver, but the Titans managed to exit Empower Field at Mile High with a narrow victory. Then, the Jacksonville Jaguars visited Tennesse for another tight affair. Gostkowski booted a 49-yard game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter to send the Titans to a 2-0 record.
This weekend the Vikings and Titans clash at U.S. Bank Stadium. Outwardly, the teams are heading in opposite directions. Sunday’s tryst will serve as a litmus test for that assertion.
Strikingly, though, the two teams’ rosters and recent history are eerily similar. Let’s have a look and find out why.