Josh Dobbs - QB
Josh Dobbs came in and took control of the game right from the jump. When he did not have options down the field, he extended plays with his legs and either made the play himself or borrowed enough time to find someone.
His nearly flawless first half gave Minnesota enough of a cushion to afford a bit of a quiet second half as they were able to hang on. All he has done since taking over is lead the offense down the field and keep defenses honest with his running threat.
There is no argument that Dobbs is a better quarterback than Kirk Cousins, but the things that Dobbs brings to the table have enabled the Vikings to succeed far beyond their expectations. I truly do not believe the Vikings would have won that game with a healthy Cousins because of the pressure the Saints were creating in the pocket.
Anything can happen in the next few months, but Dobbs could very well be playing for a job with the Vikings in 2024. They have played themselves out of the quarterback conversation in the draft and need a backup plan for next season.
After throwing for 268 yards, rushing for 44, and accounting for two touchdowns, Dobbs has proven that he is here to win. He has injected a ton of life into this team.