This was what we thought we might see from the Minnesota Vikings a few weeks ago. I suppose it’s better late than never, but Viking fans can at least take some solace in the fact that this win was a big one, and it points to some reasons for optimism in coming weeks.
In case you missed it, the Vikings dispatched the Arizona Cardinals 34-10 at home yesterday, and the effort was highlighted by 3 Adrian Peterson touchdowns. The Vikings actually led 28-0 in the first half, leaving a shell-shocked Kevin Kolb and company wondering if they could just hit the reset button on the whole day. From start to finish, this was a resounding win by Minnesota.
Make no mistake about it, though, one of the greatest positives from this game has nothing to do with Adrian Peterson. He was spectacular, and he’s been spectacular before, but this win was unique because finally, after seeing them right on the brink through the season’s first month, we saw the Minnesota defense step to the line and refuse to be moved. Beanie Wells was not a factor in this game. Larry Fitzgerald was not a factor in this game. The Vikings knew what they had to do, and on this day, they executed their plan to near perfection.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the rest of the season will go along without a hitch. Obviously the Vikings still have several tough games ahead, and they’ll be tested in all of them. No one is getting behind a 1-4 to the point where they start making Super Bowl reservations, but today you can rest easy knowing that the Vikings played as well as they could play, and got a result that they very much deserved.
If the Vikings bounce back into Week 6 and show similar effort, I might start to believe the players who said that they weren’t counting themselves out of this season yet. Let’s hope that there was something to those comments, and that this isn’t the last noise that we hear from the Minnesota Vikings.
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