4 silver linings from the Vikings 0-2 start to the 2021 season

(Photo by Michael Chow via Imagn Content Services) Nick Vigil
(Photo by Michael Chow via Imagn Content Services) Nick Vigil /
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Vigil is a beast

Of all the signings the Vikings made this offseason, who would’ve guessed the one who has made the biggest impact over the first two weeks of the season would be linebacker Nick Vigil?

Vigil had a great game against the Bengals in Week 1, but there were some thoughts he could’ve had a bit of a revenge game factor going for him in that contest since he was with Cincinnati for the first four years of his career. There were some who expected a drop-off in his play against the Cardinals, but the opposite happened.

Vigil just continues to fly to the football and make game-changing plays. He didn’t have as many tackles as he did in the first week, but he still finished with eight.

He had a pick-six against Kyler Murray that got the Vikings back in the game, and before that, nearly had a fumble recovery that would’ve erased an eventual Arizona touchdown.

Vigil has been a bright spot on what’s been a disappointing unit so far. Minnesota’s defense was supposed to be much improved this season. But after giving up 61 points and 840 yards through two games, it looks very similar to the product that was on the field in 2020.

The Vikings should look for more ways to utilize Vigil’s playmaking ability if they want to finally score a win this season.