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This is Episode 146 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to each day Minnesota Vikings assessment. This episode examines the Vikings strengths by 7 days 7.
Specifically, penalties, turnovers, and the offensive line, among other things, are mentioned.
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The Vikings knocked off the Miami Dolphins in Week 6, 24-16, courtesy of a Minnesota defense that confirmed up with a ferocious go hurry, arguably for the to start with time in 2022. The Vikings offense, on the other hand, was exceptionally dry for considerably of the 1st 50 % but identified techniques to produce just sufficient massive plays to win the recreation.
Extensive receiver Justin Jefferson recorded 6 catches, 107 getting yards, and no touchdowns in a video game that felt pedestrian for the Vikings playmaker. But which is just the norm now for Jefferson — 107 obtaining yards is “no significant deal.” Jefferson also procured a marvelous 2nd-50 % reception of 47 yards that aided switch the tide in 7 days 6.
The Vikings are 3.5-level home favorites against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8, who received in Week 7 in excess of the New Orleans Saints, 42-34. Minnesota initially had a bye 7 days, however, ample time to winner a 5-1 begin when prepping for the underachieving Cardinals.
The Inexperienced Bay Packers also dropped a third match in a row in Week 7, sinking Aaron Rodgers’ group to 3-4, with a strange 2.5-recreation deficit in the NFC North to Minnesota. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Philadelphia Eagles and would host a household playoff game if the playoffs commenced right now.
Ed Donatell’s protection continues to embrace the greatest bend-really do not-split philosophy, curiously rating 27th in yards permitted but 12th in factors authorized. This may possibly just be “the way it is” for the 2022 Vikings protection — spotty in the course of most video games but rising with victory in its grasp.
A 5-6 file the relaxation of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of system, winning the division is favored, but subpar soccer the rest of the way, as a worst-case circumstance, would net a playoff berth. That is the perk of a 5-1 begin.
The Cardinals will have DeAndre Hopkins back on the subject when Minnesota hosts Arizona in 7 days 8. He was beforehand suspended ahead of 7 days 7.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his every day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Mentioned guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Product, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).