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Minnesota Vikings Week 14 Preview: Can Adam Thielen Return the Vikings to Their Winning Ways?

Minnesota Vikings Week 14 Preview: Can Adam Thielen Return the Vikings to Their Winning Ways?

Vikings Fans are left a little heart broken after the week 13 match up with the Seahawks. It was a well fought out game, but in the end, Seattle came out with the Victory. These teams always put up an exciting game against each other, but Seattle seems to always pull out the win. Minnesota hasn’t beaten them since November 22nd, 2009, so over 10 years ago. This was a game the Vikings could have won, and should have won. Their offense was creating plays and wearing down Seattle’s defense, but I can’t say the same for Minnesota’s Defense.

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The Vikings Defense is full of Star players who have made great names for themselves. Harrison Smith has been one of the best Safety’s of the decade, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are both Borderline Elite Linebackers, Danielle Hunter is just beginning his prime as a great Defensive End, on the other end you have Everson Griffen, who has been a top 10 end in past years. You have the Big Guy Linval Joseph in the middle, who is a force to reckon with. Xavier Rhodes, who was once a shutdown corner, is still playing, and along with Trae Waynes, they were once a CB duo of dreams. 2 years ago, this Defensive squad, which has not changed, was a top 2 unit. They could stop any team, but now, they can’t seem to stop any team above average. So what has happened? I honestly have no idea. Rhodes, I believe, is past his prime. He just isn’t as fast as he used to be, which is probably due to injury. The best thing he has done all year is to force the fumble vs Seattle. This Defense still has what it takes to be a top 5 unit, and with 4 games left, I believe they can change once again. There is just too much talent there for them to not be successful.

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The Vikings Offense has been a pleasant surprise since the week 4 disaster vs Chicago. Kirk Cousins has been great. Dalvin Cook has been hot, Kyle Rudolph has been catching one hands for 3 weeks now, Alexander Mattison has been a great power back. Just a lot has been going well. Now Kirk Cousins had some bad moments in the Seattle game, but the loss is not his fault. He was 22/38, 276 yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception. The interception was not all his fault as Diggs couldn’t hold the ball. He was throwing nice passes all game and was even escaping the pocket, which he never does. It’s fun seeing how far the Offense has come under Kevin Stefanski. They are a whole new team under him.

Let’s talk about Dalvin Cook now. He has been an absolute unit this whole year. He is a top 3 RB in this league and has proved it again and again this season. Heading into Seattle, he had 1,017 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. That is impressive but sadly, he did not really get to bump up those states. Minnesota never really got the ground game going and Cook finished with only 29 yards on 9 carries and one TD. He did get hurt in the game and sat out for the remainder of it. Alexander Mattison came into the game and produced 22 yards on 4 plays. The Vikings have shown that to get their offense going, they need the run game, especially with Adam Thielen out. I am hoping Thielen can come back this week and help make an impressive playoff run.

The Vikings need to play better special teams. They have yet to have a solid kick/punt returner that can secure the ball. So far Bebe, Hughes, Abdullah have all fumbled the ball on a return, and that’s not all of it. C.J. Ham, who is their fullback, fumbled the ball on their last ditch effort to win the game. They just can’t hold the ball and it is concerning. Marcus Sherels never fumbled the ball and that is what I greatly appreciated about him. I am not sure why the Vikings let him go…TWICE. They need to fix this now so it doesn’t happen in the playoffs.

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Now the Vikings have been a pretty impressive team this year. They have had a few ups and downs, just like every other team. The offense finally seems like it has heart for the game and it is exciting to watch. Kirk Cousins is throwing dimes, Cook runs through the Defense, and Rudolph has hands of glue and refuses to drop anything. I’ve never seen a Vikings offense fire on all Cylinders like this. Hopefully the Defense will find themselves and help make this team unbeatable. The Vikings are 8-4 with playoff intentions. This week they play the 3-8-1 Lions, who are on their 3rd string QB. The Vikings should win this one even without Adam Thielen. They are the 6th seed and play the Lions, Chargers, Packers, and Bears. That gives them a great chance to be 11-5 at the end of the season. I wouldn’t count them out of the Championship talk just yet.

Minnesota Vikings Week 14 Preview: Can Adam Thielen Return the Vikings to Their Winning Ways?

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Writer on the Minnesota Vikings and writer for timeskewed.com. Professional Music instructor.

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