Minnesota’s special teams has a day to forget
Following the Vikings’ win over the Saints in Week 4, many praised the performance of Minnesota’s special teams, and rightfully so. Against New Orleans, Vikings kicker Greg Joseph converted all five of his field-goal attempts, Minnesota successfully executed a fake punt, and Vikings wide receiver Jalen Reagor returned a punt for a 23-yard gain.
Sunday against the Bears was a different story, however. For as well as Minnesota’s special teams performed in Week 4, their play against Chicago was pretty close to being on the exact opposite of the spectrum.
During the Vikings’ win on Sunday, Joseph missed both of his field-goal tries, including one that was blocked, the lone punt by Minnesota punter Ryan Wright only traveled 15 yards, and Reagor fumbled the football on his only punt return of the afternoon (luckily it was recovered by the Vikings).
Bad days are had by many in the NFL each week, and on Sunday, Minnesota’s special teams was a bit off their game. Should there be any concerns about the unit? Probably not given how well they’ve performed during the Vikings’ other four games, so let’s just hope what they did (or didn’t do) in Week 5 doesn’t become more frequent during the rest of the season.