4 Minnesota Vikings on thin ice after Week 8 disaster vs. the Cowboys

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Which Minnesota Vikings are on thin ice after the team’s disastrous Week 8 loss against the Dallas Cowboys?

It seems like the Minnesota Vikings cannot help shooting themselves in the foot this season. Despite not having to deal with Dak Prescott on Sunday Night Football, Mike Zimmer’s men couldn’t take advantage and suffered a body-blow defeat to the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium.

This has left far more doubts than positives surrounding this team and just what direction the Vikings are going. Another season of no postseason football could lead to substantial changes within the organization and even a complete reset if things spiral out of control.

Minnesota is a real Jekyll and Hyde team. One minute they are pushing the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals to the brink, and the next, they need a last-gasp field goal to beat the lowly Detroit Lions.

It’s been the way for the Vikings for some time. Fans have accepted it, but whether ownership does the same is another matter.

Without further ado, here are four Vikings on thin ice following their Week 8 loss.

Viking No. 1

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Garrett Bradbury – C

Although there have been improvements on Minnesota’s offensive line, Garrett Bradbury seems to be regressing at just the wrong time. There is something amiss with the North Carolina State product, which is reflected in his disappointing 56.2 grade from Pro Football Focus through seven games.

Minnesota is getting encouraging production from elsewhere on the protection, which is covering up Bradbury’s failing to a certain extent. However, unless things start trending on an upward curve for the player, it might force the Vikings to look at alternative options next spring.

Not exactly ideal for a former first-round pick. But the Vikings aren’t far from having a top offensive line unit and they can ill-afford one player becoming a passenger.