5 most disappointing Vikings in the comeback win vs. the Colts

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Special Teams

The Vikings’ special teams unit has been very good for the majority of the season. They have been excellent in coverage, often trapping opponents inside their own 20-yard line if they attempt to run back a kick. The punt coverage has also been solid, as Minnesota’s gunners were down the field quickly, limiting returners to minimal gains.

The kicker has been shaky all season long, but the rookie punter has been excellent, booting the ball and flipping field position with ease. The unit is led by charismatic coach Matt Daniels whose energy and enthusiasm for his unit and player is very infectious.

While this side of the ball has been solid the majority of the year, it wasn’t great in the game against the Colts and was especially atrocious in the first half.

The game started with the Colts running the ball back to about the 50-yard line. That led to an Indianapolis field goal. Then they blocked a Ryan Wright punt which led to a touchdown. They ended up averaging 35 yards a return throughout the game as the coverage continued to be loose.

The silver lining was that Ryan Wright’s punting got much better, and Greg Joseph was perfect on the day including the game-winning kick in overtime. It was a disappointing overall performance by Matt Daniels’ group, but at least they improved after that disastrous first half.