The Vikings season is off to a dramatic and tough start. After a Week 1 flop and fumble, it was devastation in the desert this past Sunday, and when I saydevastation in the desert, I mean it. I traveled all the way to Arizona just to watch the Vikings kicking curse continue:
Nothing is worse than losing last second on a field goal, a feeling Vikings fans are all too familiar with. Nevertheless, the SKOL train moves on. This week on tap is the Seattle Seahawks at home in front of fans for the first time in 638 days. It’s gonna be pretty emotional and exhilarating to be back again and to have that true home-field advantage that only the bird killer that is U.S Bank Stadium can provide. Let’s get into the preview!
Let Russ Cook Or CrumbleLast year, the big story to start the season was to “Let Russ Cook”. It was off to a nice start, and then the offense crashed when the head coach decided he wanted to be a run-first offense. This year, Dangeruss is off to a decent start. He had a great Week 1 with some dimes to Tyler Lockett and played pretty well last week despite an OT loss at the hands of King Henry. With the current state of our defense, Russ will have no trouble generating points against a defense that has let to live up to the off-season talk that it’s improved from last year.
The blood of Vikings fans has to boil when they hear the name, Russell Wilson. That’s because he’s unbeaten against the purple and gold with a 7-0 record (thanks Blair Walsh), while posting 14 TD’s and averaging 45 rush yards per game. It seems that no matter what the defense throws at him, Russ will always have an answer for it. To say you feel optimistic about containing him after seeing what Kyler Murray did last week is lying through your teeth. But he is known to have the occasional brain fart or two, so fingers crossed.
Captain Kirk…..to the rescue?The story very early last season for the Vikings was the abysmal play of Kirk Cousins. He looked atrocious to start against Green Bay and Indy and then rebounded after the breakout of Justin Jefferson. Through 2 games, Kirk is the MVP of the team. 595 passing yards and zero turnovers so far is exactly what you wanna see from your franchise QB. I expect him to keep eating this weekend against a Seahawks defense that has some holes upfront and in the secondary. That to go along with the fact that Dalvin Cook is super banged up, I would expect the offense to air it out a little more. Keep an eye on Jamal Adams, they love to use him on blitzes ala Harrison Smith. I would hate to see Kirk get the ball snatched out of his hands like what happened to Danny Dimes.
There’s No Place Like Home
Home-field advantage is a game-changer when it comes to a matchup. The Seahawks have always had our number in that regard, the last 3 Seahawks-Vikings games have all taken place in the cappuccino capital. Finally, no weird primetime game on the road! That’s how things have worked out the last 3 seasons oddly enough, glad to see the schedule makers throw us a bone here.
As I previously mentioned, it has been quite a long time since fans have packed U.S Bank to capacity. So you already know the atmosphere is going to be electric and at a fever pitch. Our home stadium has been known to cause some issues for the opposing team and is up there as one of the toughest environments to win in. It’s going to be so loud on Sunday, everyone will need to bring earplugs. I will be in attendance with my mom, who is a huge Vikings fan like I am. Let’s just pray things don’t end like last week.
Also, did anyone else see the shade Rudolph threw Zimmer’s way?? It was spicy.
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