Having enjoyed two action packed weeks of the new NFL season so far, we take the time to assess the Vikings start to the season so far. If you’re looking for the best ways to bet on football, we’ve got you covered as we take a look at Minnesota’s recent results and predict their chances of making the playoffs this season.
Game 1 vs. Tennessee Titans
Although they made hard work of it, but when push comes to shove the Vikings showed that they can win without Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Head coach Mike Zimmer likely breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end of the game as his offensive line looked very lackluster in the first half but fortunately Shaun Hill (quarterback in the absence of Bridgewater) held his nerve in his first starting appearance for the Vikings and racked up a number of completions throughout the game. The defense was also strong in the second half and took control of the game, as they forced three turnovers in the process to earn a winning score of 25-16 over the Titans.
Eric Kendricks and kicker Blair Walsh were some of the key players in the game doing most of their damage in the second half but it was Danielle Hunter who caught a botched snap, outran Andre Johnson and put the Vikings up 22-10 at the time, essentially putting the game out of reach for Tennessee. The Vikings were left with a few things to think about as they headed into week two but they would have been glad to get their first game out of the way and with a winning start.
Game 2 vs. Green Bay Packers
It was a debut to remember for Sam Bradford who was easily the best player on the field. The quarterback had only joined Minnesota 14 days prior and was thrown straight into the action where he tore up the history book as he threw more yards than any other debut QB in Vikings history. Bradford completed 23 of his 31 passes on route to 17-14, it may be narrow, but it’s enough to protect the Viking’s 100% start to the season so far.
The offensive line is currently a concern as they struggled throughout much of the game and will have a lot to think about heading into game 3. It was also a game to forget for Adrian Peterson, he was found at every turn by the Packer’s offensive line and a rushing attack from the running back never materialized.
However, the defensive line can be very proud of themselves as they remained tight and only allowed Green Bay to make two touchdowns.
The Rest Of The Season
The Vikings should be proud of their season so far, but at the same time, cautiously aware that there is a lot of the season yet to be played. Peterson will need to improve on the last game, and quickly, while there is now healthy competition in the quarterback area with Bradford and Bridgewater to battle it out for that key slot. After narrowly missing out on the playoffs at the hands of the Seahawks last season, Minnesota will be eager to make amends and reach the playoffs this season, and they have all the necessary qualities to do it.