Last time they visited New Orleans Saints, they helped and supported the Minneapolis Miracle. Sunday night facilitated the Minnesota media…
Last time they visited New Orleans Saints, they helped and supported the Minneapolis Miracle. Sunday night facilitated the Minnesota media criticism.
Halfway through the 2018 season, the vikings are 4-3-1. They have not beat a team that currently owns a winning record. They are not in any kind of serious problems, not when they play in an intermediate level, but they have failed to differ from their competitors, and their Sunday evening results made a bit of suggestion that they are prepared to do so.
Played home in front of a ridiculously crowded crowd, the vikings fell to New Orleans 30-20 on Sunday while they did not look well coached, compiled, organized or inspired, and even their best players released them.
Adam Thielen continued to perform as one of the biggest recipients of the NFL story, but his second quarter night could have marked the turning point in what in the first half was an exciting back and forth game. “I’m definitely disappointed with myself,” said Thielen.
Laquon Treadwell released an important passport and earned an unsportsmanlike behavior penalty that helped Saints’ touchdown after Thiel’s fumble. If football held a plus-minus statistic, Treadwell would not want to know.
Stefon Diggs produced as a star but acknowledged that he stopped driving a route in the third quarter, which prompted Kirk Cousins to throw the intercept returned for a landing. Give Digg’s credit to take “full responsibility”.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasted a challenge on Saints’ first run, cost him a timeout and made him see a persuader and then decided not to play a game with 30 seconds and two time breaks left in half, even though he had an expensive quarterback and trailed by the time.
Asked if Thielen fumble affected that decision, Zimmer said curtly “Yes.” It’s the wrong answer when you have a veteran quarterback and two recipients and play against a diligent crash.
Zimmer also went for the first time in fourth and 1 from his 45th on the first unit in the third quarter, and the Vikings turned the ball over to the downs. Intelligent analytics supports such a move, but it contradicts the caution Zimmer showed at the end of the first half.
“I told the boys that we would become aggressive,” said Zimmer.
But he may not mention when.
The Vikings Defense lacked cornerback Xavier Rhodes and line-back Anthony Barr, giving up 30 points and luckily the number was no higher. Saints back Alvin Kamara released a pass that could have created a long touchdown in the first half and the Saints saw content to drive a ball controller passing by when they had the lead rather than letting Drew Brees unsheath one of the most productive arms in the NFL- history.
So while the Vikings congratulated themselves to be a game or two away from winning and being, as Zimmer and his players said “a really good team”, the Saints may have been one or two gigs from
at this Time in last season viking, with a backup quarterback they would choose not to re-make, which made the 2017 season feel like something special.
The season 2018 has never felt so easy or charmed, not since they missed the fires on Lambeau in week 2 and the subsequent and embarrasing home to the lively buffalo bills.
It’s not that the Vikings are hopeless or condemned, but instead of establishing themselves as one of the best in the league they have enchanted themselves in the league’s middle class, where they need help and happiness and improved health to change franchise history.
2018 folds have already matched the 2017 team’s total for current seasons. It’s not a death trap, but it can call some alarm clocks for those who thought this team was supposed to compete for a championship.
There may be a miracle in the future of the weeks, but this team was supposed to be good enough to not need one.