Originally written on The Rhino and Compass  |  Last updated 11/20/14

The Vikings, especially on defense, have been better than I expected this season. They are certainly better than they were last year, but I don’t know how anyone can think their success will continue. In week 1, they were almost taken out by an abysmal Jaguars team (looking forward to seeing them on Sunday!). While their secondary is getting decidedly better, they were undressed by Blaine Gabbert. I pointed out that Gabbert has been surprisingly effective this year, but only inasmuch as he hasn’t thrown back breaking interceptions.

In week 2 the only reason the Vikings were in the game at the end was because the Colts took their foot off the accelerator after gaining a large lead. And the Dolts just aren’t very good either.

Week 3 brought a win the Vikings that they can actually be proud of. Way to go, Vikings!

Week 4, their game just yesterday against the Detroit Lions was the best example of a smoke and mirrors game. If you take away a pair of kick return touchdowns away, then the game is 13-6 in favor of the Lions. Christian Ponder couldn’t throw the ball against a below average pass defense, getting only 111 yards. On defense, they seemed to do well, but were aided by dropped passes by the Lions.

The Vikings are 3-1 now. They could win this week against the Titans to go 4-1. After that, I see 1-4 in their next 5 until the bye week, and they may lose out after that. Don’t be too disappointed though, if you are a fan. A needed player will be added, Christian Ponder will show his worth, and assuming that th front office doesn’t tinker too much with the team, the Vikings could be a threat a lot sooner than certainly I was thinking.

You know, just not this year.

2 Comments:
  • Wow really have to disagree. After watching the Vikings dominate the 49ers on both sides of the ball, to say that the vikings will go 2-4 to the bye and then lose out is simply moronic.

    The Vikings did what they needed to do to beat Detroit. You can't just remove 14 special team points and assume that the score would have been 13-6. The Vikings played much more conservative then they would have had they not had a 14 point lead. It's just imbecilic to think that way.

    The Vikings are a surprise after week 4, and what they have showed me is that Frazer is a much better coach than I thought he was and the Vikings are playing like a TEAM. I don't know if they are a playoff team yet, but it would no longer shock me if they were.

    You have them finishing 5-11 and I think that is simply ridiculous. Worst case 8-8.
  • Wow, you are a negative aren't you.
    Colts did not let up on the accelarator, I am sure their coach would have lots to say to them if they did.
    Take away the returns. They earned the returns by running, blocking and mistackles. Which come with every kickoff or punt return.
    I don't predict and neither should you. Just watch and enjoy. No matter what your negative mouth has to say, what happens, happens. Your negative predictions, which are based on stupidity, are worthless.
    So just shut your mouth period.
    If you are paid for this, I feel sorry for who ever is paying you, they are getting ripped off.
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