4 most disappointing Vikings from their Week 5 loss to the Seahawks

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Mike Zimmer – HC

Agree with his ballsy call or not, there’s no denying that the choices Mike Zimmer made in this game led to the Vikings’ unlikely defeat at the hands of the Seahawks. It wasn’t just Zimmer’s decision to go for it on 4th-and-inches that was detrimental to the outcome of the game, but he had a few questionable decisions before that as well.

There’s an old adage in football to not go for the two-point conversion until you have to. Zimmer elected to ignore this and he had his offense go for two when the Vikings scored a touchdown in the third quarter to get back into the game and make the score 21-19. The attempt failed, but there was still a ton of time left in the matchup and it was not essential for Minnesota to attempt to tie the game at that point in time.

The Vikings added more points later following an Eric Wilson interception in the fourth quarter and after that touchdown, Zimmer elected to kick the extra point.

Had Minnesota done that after their previous trip to the end zone, they would have ended up with 27 points. This point total would’ve allowed them to kick that field goal on 4th-and-inches and they would’ve been up by two scores assuming Bailey nailed it. That would’ve assured the victory for the Vikings.

Zimmer was relying too much on his gut in this game and not his head. Sure, it’s easy to go back and point these things out in hindsight, but it’s disappointing that the Minnesota head coach didn’t make safer decisions when his guys played well enough to upset an undefeated team on the road in prime time.