1. Josh Dobbs had a full week to learn the playbook
As the Vikings headed into Week 9, no one was expecting to even see Josh Dobbs on the field, as he was expected to just be the backup for rookie quarterback Jaren Hall in the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Instead, Hall went down with a concussion in the first quarter, and Dobbs' number was called. All Dobbs did then was win the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award and lead Minnesota to a crucial victory on the road.
Now, as they prepare to face the Saints on Sunday, Dobbs has had more time to familiarize himself with the Vikings' playbook and offense, so we can expect him to be more confident and composed in this game.
Minnesota's offense can also be tailored to Dobbs' strengths, which includes his impressive playmaking ability and mobility.
Dobbs' ability to run the ball will be an advantage for the defending NFC North champions, causing the Saints' defense to focus on him, which could open up opportunities for Minnesota's receivers.
Although Dobbs has struggled with consistency in the past, his performance last week proves that he deserves the chance to lead the team forward.