3 factors that could keep the Vikings out of the playoffs in 2023

The Minnesota Vikings currently hold the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages
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2. Quarterback Play

This ties into the turnover topic, but the Vikings have to get better play out of the quarterback position. This could happen with a change to Nick Mullens or Jaren Hall, but it could also come by just the way Dobbs is used.

Hopefully, Kevin O'Connell has realized during the bye week that Dobbs isn't a pocket passer. He's at his best when he's rolling out and can use his legs.

O'Connell should encourage him to run about as often as possible, just like he did when he was thrust into the Falcons' game. Dobbs had no problem moving the ball when he could play more freely, and the team needs to get back to that.

If they do alter how they use Dobbs, and he is still making horrible decisions and throws, then a change has to be made. Nick Mullens doesn't provide anything overly special as far as arm talent or mobility, but he can run the offense very similar to Kirk Cousins.

It would be a much more game-managing type of offense, but with the way Brian Flores's defense is playing, it may be enough. Rookie quarterback Jaren Hall is another option, and his inexperience is both horrifying and intriguing at the same time.

Whatever the case, and whoever the signal caller is in this final stretch run, the play from the quarterback position needs to be better, or the Vikings are not going to be invited to the big dance.