3 most disappointing Vikings from their win over the Lions in Week 17

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Brian O'Neill
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Brian O'Neill /
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Brian O’Neill /

Brian O’Neill – RT

This isn’t the first time this season that Brian O’Neill has ended up on the disappointing list. He has had a bit of a down season this year and he has given up a career-high in sacks.

His game against the Lions wasn’t his finest performance and his play was a big reason why Kirk Cousins had so much pressure bearing down on him for the majority of the matchup.

Early in the contest, O’Neill was beaten badly by Detroit’s Romeo Okwara. The Lions pass rusher got the jump on O’Neill and basically just ran around him on his way to a bone-crushing hit on Cousins. Later in the game, O’Neill was flagged for a costly holding penalty that nearly stalled a Vikings’ drive.

Seeing offensive linemen struggle at times isn’t a big deal. When a top-notch blocker is going against very good pass rushers, there are moments where the defender will win the battle.

The fact that it is happening more often this season for O’Neill is a bit surprising. Still, there’s no reason to be concerned about his long term play, as he’s proven to be the team’s most consistent offensive blocker.

O’Neill struggled in the game against the Lions and he will end the 2020 season with a bad taste in his mouth, which is disappointing. Hopefully, he finds some motivation from his struggles this season and returns to being the wall we are used to seeing on the right side of Minnesota’s offensive line.