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 Colts 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.