10 quick thoughts on the Vikings win over the Commanders in Week 9
By Adam Patrick
More rapid thoughts from Minnesota’s win over Washington
Jefferson snaps his TD catch drought: Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson didn’t waste much time to make an impact on Sunday. Jefferson hauled in all four of his targets during Minnesota’s first offensive drive of the contest for 48 yards and one touchdown.
His catch in the end zone was his first this season since the Vikings’ Week 1 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Ingram still pretending to block: Overall, Minnesota’s offensive line has made some major strides in the right direction this season. However, rookie right guard Ed Ingram has been the obvious weak link in the group this year.
Heading into Sunday, Ingram had already given up six sacks this season, and during the first quarter against the Commanders, he gave up another. It might be time for the Vikings to give Chris Reed a shot at right guard in the near future instead of having him be a healthy scratch each week.
Minnesota takes advantage of Heinicke’s lack of height: Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke isn’t exactly one of the tallest players in the NFL. Heinicke is listed at 6-foot-1, but that might be stretching it a bit, considering how many passes he had batted and deflected by Minnesota’s front seven on Sunday.
Five of the Vikings’ seven pass deflections against Washington were done by either a defensive lineman or a linebacker.
Dantzler leaves game early: Listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s contest with a neck injury, Minnesota corner Cameron Dantzler wound up having to leave the game against the Commanders early with an ankle injury.
With a big matchup against the Buffalo Bills and their high-powered offense on the horizon, we’ll have to keep an eye on whether Dantzler’s injury is significant or not.