The NFL season is flying to the halfway mark, and the Vikings are riding the winning wave right now. Another win at home against the Cardinals (as correctly predicted last week) bumped the record to 6-1, and a 3.5 game lead in the NFC North. I don’t know what’s better: the renewed success of our favorite football team, or the delicious downfall of our most hated rival. The Vikings having the best chance to win their division at the halfway mark is not what I saw coming. If that doesn’t set the stage for a trap game narrative, I don’t know what does.Next on tap, a date with “Scary Terry” McLaurin and the Commanders. The team out of Washington has been on a bit of a run themselves, ripping off 3 straight W’s. Former Vikings practice squad GOAT Taylor Heinicke is leading the charge while Carson Wentz is nursing a finger boo-boo. After watching some game tape, the Commanders might just be better with Heinicke in there. Shit, I guess this could be the end of the Carson Wentz ruining NFL franchises single handedly.
Playing in “Washington” means a trip to that toilet bowl of a stadium they call FedEx Field. And I mean that literally, the stadium has leaked literal piss and shit on fans multiple times. Let’s not forget when the end zone stands literally fell apart and almost seriously injured some Eagles fans and Jalen Hurts. I agree when they all say SELL THE TEAM. (Editor’s Note: They Are!!)
Reloading For A Run?Man, for all those nimrods that said that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah would be a bust GM, it’s getting high time to eat those words. All Kwesi does is makes deals. It’s in his blood to keep hustling. Our guy pulled the trigger and sent some meaningless picks to Detroit for T.J. Hockenson. That was a move that came out of left field, but at the end of the day it makes perfect sense. The Vikings have suddenly caught the injury bug, and that means losing Irv Smith Jr. to the dreaded IR. Fuck ankle sprains. Now, the Vikings add a top-5 TE to an already loaded offense. It will surely take some time, but this should be a trade we all look back on and be proud that it happened.
Lastly, I wanted to highlight the Z Man. Za’Darius Smith has been absolutely destroying it lately; most recently feasting on the Cardinals for 3 sacks this past week. That effort helped him earn NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. Z has been nothing short of elite since he switched sides. The man is leading the NFL in sacks. Who saw that one coming? Not I. Mind you, the Packers are paying him almost 4x the amount we are for his services. Another L to chalk up for the cheese heads, oh how sweet it is.Tensions are high in Skol nation this week. Lots of people circled this game as our typical trap game when the schedule was released. With a massive matchup against the Bills on the horizon, it could be easy to overlook a team that’s 4-4. I would love to say that’s not the case, but with the Vikings you literally never know. With that being said, I believe this game could go against the narrative. While the Vikings always seem to find themselves in one-score games this season, I don’t think this one will be one of them. Vikes by 10.
AJ’s Score Prediction: Vikings 30, Commanders 20.
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