After just looking out of it in week one and then losing a heartbreaker in week two, the Minnesota Vikings need a win in the worst way in week three. The good news? The Cleveland Browns are coming to town. I hate to rag on the Browns, but let’s be honest, they’re not a good football team and they’re playing on the road. To further complicate things for Cleveland, they don’t even know who’s going to start at quarterback. Brandon Weeden suffered a sprained right thumb in week two and his status is uncertain for Sunday.
As far as the Vikings are concerned, they’re probably just happy to be home. After opening the season with two tough divisional road games, this week three matchup with the Browns will be a much welcomed change of pace.
When it comes to on-the-field play, Minnesota needs to put a complete game together. Each position on the team has had ups-and-downs thus far, and a well-balanced effort is just what the doctor ordered. Christian Ponder has to stop making bad decisions and turning the ball over and the secondary can’t afford another late-game meltdown like what happened at Solider Field on Sunday. A convincing win will be good for everyone’s confidence moving forward.
If the Vikings fail to get on track in week three, fans can then start to panic. 0-2 is not a good place to be in the NFL, but it’s not a hole they can’t dig out of. If the Vikings can get to 1-2, they’ll no doubt head across the pond in week four with some of their swagger back.