Vikings 2019 NFC Champs?
This weekend The Minnesota Vikings play visitor to the NFC’s top seeded San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota who just upset the 13 win New Orleans Saints in an overtime thriller, will attempt to play spoiler once again.
Was Minnesota Win Really an Upset?
Was the Viking victory actually an upset? By the terms of going on the road and winning, sure it was. However if you look at this team when healthy over the past 3 seasons I just don’t see it that way.
Minnesota pressured, locked down and tackled it’s way against a powerful offense in New Orleans. The Saints if not for the Taysom Hill playsets might have rolled on even easier. In fact they would have. That’s what the film shows atleast.
Brees, Thomas, and, Kamara held checked
208yds 1TD !INT
Was this a fluke
I personally don’t see it as a fluke. Coming into the 2019 season I thought 4 teams in the NFC had a legitimate shot at making the SuperBowl. The Rams, Saints, Cowboys, or Vikings. I didn’t see the 49ers taking this leap. So i wasn’t too far off.
3 Years in the Making
Vikings Finally Healthy
The Vikings with Adam Theilen back from injury and star halfback Dalvin Cook refreshed after resting through the end of the regular season join QB Kurt Cousins and All-Pro caliber WR Stefon Diggs offensively for this run through the postseason.
3 ProBowl Caliber Skill Players
Not many teams have two legitimate All-Pro receivers with exeptional speed. Diggs is the guy who if not deep will catch the short pass and hit you with maddden spins, stop on a dime and change direction, jump over you, etc. Anyone not familiar with Diggs, he’s the one who had that improbable catch to lead Minnesota past The Saints in 2017.
Theilen and Cook
Adam Theilen is different. he is The Viks possession guy if you can call him that. Most possession guys run good routes and have good hands. Theilen has this. What Theilan also has is field stretching speed. Diving for balls, flipping 3 times on the ground and securing possession, not unlike the catch to bring Minnesota to the goal line in OT against The Saints.
OFFENSE DOESN’T WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE LINE, AND THE BACKERS
RAISING HAVOC AND HELL
Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter are one of the best edge rushing tandems in fooltball today. Big, fast, and powerful with a nasty streak. Speaking of powerful at his best Linval Joseph is a Tackle run stopper supreme with deceptive grace at his size to even get in and sack the QB.
Xavier Rhoades is Minnesota’s best man in coverage. Against New Orleans he was a problem in coverage and he was out there hitting too. The 2017 AP 1st team All-Pro doesn’t get the respect he deserves.
Harrison Smith is still making receivers nervous on Sunday’s. He’s just one of those guys who know where to be which leads to interceptions and hits. Those have led Smith to 5 straight ProBowls.