3 takeaways from the Vikings not making a trade at the deadline
By Nik Edlund
Minnesota isn’t Tanking for Trevor
After the horrific 1-5 start to the season, capped by an embarrassing loss to the winless Falcons, many Vikings fans ditched their dreams of a meaningful 2020 campaign, and they started to think towards the future.
Instead of the excitement of a playoff push this year, Minnesota fans were thinking of next April and a contingent formed that cried for the team to “Tank for Trevor”. Many were hoping the Vikings would just bail on the season and try to finish the year at 1-15 to get the next big quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence who many assume will have just as much success in the NFL as he did at Clemson.
The trade of Yannick Ngakoue only added fuel to these flames and a lot of fans and folks in the media assumed the tank was in full go mode for Minnesota this season. As the Vikings came out of the bye and began to prepare to face the rival the Green Bay Packers in Week 8, many figured it was the last time we’d see players like Anthony Harris or Kyle Rudolph in purple.
Then a crazy thing happened and Minnesota rode running back Dalvin Cook to an improbable victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. Vikings players, even down to third-stringers at some positions, played their hearts out and it was evident that no one on the roster is ready to give up.
It remains to be seen how Minnesota performs during the rest of the season. But the fact that they didn’t gut the roster before the trade deadline makes one believe that tanking this year is the farthest thing from their minds right now.