Are you a quarterback who’s unproven or having a poor season? Playing the Minnesota Vikings is the solution to all of your problems.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was the latest quarterback to have a bounce back game against the inept Vikings defense. Over the last three games, Minnesota has allowed unproven Brian Hoyer, struggling Ben Roethlisberger and Newton to have great games. Although the Vikings forced Hoyer into throwing three interceptions, he was never uncomfortable in the pocket and was able to make clutch plays to win the game. Roethlisberger threw for 383 yards, his second highest in a game this season, against Minnesota, and if he didn’t have such a porous offensive line in front of him he would have had a bigger game against the Vikings.
Newton was the latest and greatest example of the Vikings making opposing quarterbacks look great. In Newton’s two previous road games against the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals, he threw for a combined two touchdowns and four interceptions as the Panthers lost both games. Against a horrendous Vikings secondary, Newton had a season-high 76.9 completion percentage, threw for three touchdowns and committed no turnovers. No one is questioning his physical ability, but Newton’s football IQ has hurt him over the past couple seasons. Either his football IQ increased significantly in one week or he made easy pickings of the Vikings’ defense. I’ll go with the second option. The only argument you can make for Sunday’s struggles on defense was the ineptitude of the Vikings’ offense. Minnesota’s offense was unable to get deep in Carolina territory except at the end of the first half and in garbage time near the end of the game. The Vikings were also unable to get Adrian Peterson and the ground game on track, which only made the game harder for Matt Cassel and the rest of the offense.
The quarterbacks the Vikings have faced this year are good players, but with the exceptions of Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler in Weeks 1 and 2, Minnesota has made the opposition’s signal caller look better than they have all season.