Primetime Hopes turns into a Halloween horror show for Vikings

Mad Vikings Fan – Syd

Week 8 is on the books, and it couldn’t have been much worse for the Minnesota Vikings. Having been primed for a big crash, it turned out to be Cooper Rush leading the Cowboys attack when Dak Prescott sat down that the game was out.

Rather than a Vikings declaration game, what we got was an embarrassment, not just the fact that it was a loss for a backup quarterback, but the form of the loss. It was a boring and inept performance that led the majority of the Viking nation to advocate for change.

In what is becoming an astonishing postgame commentary itinerary, former Cowboys safety Xavier Woods said the team was preparing for Dak Prescott, contradicting Coach Zimmer’s statements about having a lot of Cooper Rush movie. .

The Vikings didn’t seem ready for much, aside from the customary initial run down the field to score points. How an offense can look so good on its scripted opening plays and then look so inept the rest of the way is one of this team’s many mysteries. Young offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak has shown no signs of adjusting in the game when things don’t work out.

Despite an offense that failed to convert a third down and a defense that failed to stop a third down conversion, the Vikings should have won comfortably. They were never behind until Amari Cooper’s touchdown with less than a minute to go. They didn’t need to do much to win this game, but they still couldn’t.

On the other hand, the Cowboys’ defense and some soft trades practically gave the Vikings victory. Three personal fouls put the Vikings on first and Goal at the four-yard line. The next four plays summed up what’s wrong with this team.

Conservative plays saw the Vikings go back eight yards, and the end zone was never threatened. Greg Joseph kicked a field goal, and then Dallas went onto the field and won the game. The lack of aggression and conservative nature of this team’s offense has long been controversial. With playmakers at the disposal of the team, there is no excuse not to trust them to make the plays to win a game. Mike Zimmer will always play it safe and rely on his defense to win the game. The problem is that his defense is no longer good enough to depend on it.

Calls for the removal of Mike Zimmer as head coach are not new, but they are reaching a fever pitch. There are very few people, relatively speaking, who still have faith that Coach Zimmer is the man to lead this team. The best argument for retaining his services, for now, is a bad idea to bring in a new coach mid-season. This is not a philosophy that I share.

Expectations for the immediate firing of Mike Zimmer were premature. The loss to Cooper Rush may be the catalyst that got the ball rolling, but a decision will likely not be made while the team technically has a chance to make the playoffs. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a miracle, and it all comes together from here on out. After all, we are only 3-4. It’s hard to be optimistic after that last performance.

Cousins ​​and rooms

One of the strangest things about this season has been the fragments that reach the public sphere of the relationship between Kirk Cousins ​​and Mike Zimmer. Four years later, you’d think the relationship between the quarterback and the head coach would be well developed. It seems anything but. The time-out debacle (or the lack of one) at the end of the first half was quite strange, and then came the post-match comments.

Another example of a player and coach Zimmer contradicting each other: being four years old and having confusion about what should happen with time-outs is insane. It looks so bad on both ends. However, I would say that at this point in your career you should have the courage and conscience to call for a time out when necessary.

There are a lot of things that are wrong with this team this season. The most disappointing thing for me is that this Vikings roster is full of exciting players, but this team is anything but exciting to watch. The games feel more like a chore than a pleasure to sit on.

This should not be the case.

The ball stops with training, which has not been good enough.

What awaits this team? It seems likely that more of the same will occur. Games tight a few weeks? Clumsiness towards victory? Another weeks of defeat? Keeping it interesting enough to give false hope and keep Zimmer in a job until the end of the season.

At this point, owners need to take a hard look at where they want this team to go. One more year of this will not be enough.

Eric Kendrics

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