Sunday’s game at U.S Bank Stadium had it all: QB’s going on mad scramble runs, stars dominating, and the Vikings making a close game feel like the end of the world. Most experts pegged us to win comfortably, but we all know with the Vikings, that is no easy task. Any given Sunday an upset or blowout can happen, so you better be ready for it all.Right away, the offense was chugging. Kirk Cousins was on fire, breaking a franchise record with 17 consecutive pass completions. Some day my nephews will ask me who was the greatest QB ever, my response? Kirk Cousins playing at noon. The dude does not fucking miss, and he was on point Sunday. JJ was wide open and Dalvin was finding all the holes and exposing them.
Then we got some trickery, and it actually worked! Funny how good things look when you can actually execute. The double pass really set off the 1st half, and at that point, it looked like it was our day.Not so fast, my friend! Turns out these Chicago Bears have some bite to them. The TD at the end of the 1st half and another score coming out of halftime made things extremely tight. Good teams double-dip, and while no one considers the Bears to be good, they have the ability to hang around with anyone. Justin Fields might not be a good QB yet, but he’s got that scrambler ability. The Vikings couldn’t put a lid on the man, and his rushes on 3rd down really helped put Chicago in this game. One thing turns into another, Greg Joseph is off again and the Bears take the lead midway into the 4th. Great.
The fact that the Vikings held an 18-point lead and surrendered it was frustrating, but not shocking. It’s what this team does, but the fact that the blown lead never made anyone panic is a great sign. Following the FG that gave Chicago the lead, the Vikes put together a nice long scoring drive to take over once again. It drives like those, taking 7-plus minutes off the clock and scoring 8 that make the difference from last year’s squad. But of course, it was up to the defense to make a stand. They were driving, and then they weren’t. Cameron Dantzler gets juked hard, but makes up for it and strips former Viking Ihmir Smith-Marsette to seal the game. Goosebumps.Dantzler was good all day, and when we needed it the most he stepped up. A far cry from some of the ugly late-game moments he’s had before, but what we can take from this is that this team is growing into something special. A 4-1 record heading into Miami before the bye week is clutch, especially in a weakened NFC. This Vikings team still has yet to play a game where they look competent for a full 60, but hanging tough and grinding out W’s is a trait I’ll take all day. On to the Dolphins!
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