It wasn’t pretty, but the Minnesota Vikings were able to squeak out a win in Chicago by a score of 23- 20, bringing the Viking’s record to 5-2.
By Jordan Wright
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a below average game, going 17 of 30 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Adrian Peterson was finally able to find some daylight, running for 103 yards on 20 carries. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to show he isn’t a flash in the pan, catching six passes for 95 yards— which included a tremendous 40-yard touchdown to tie the game with one minute and 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
I think it would be fun to try and guess what the Vikings players dressed up as on Halloween, based on the way they played on Sunday.
Bridgewater was clearly dressed as Jekyl and Hyde. Last week against the Lions he was Dr. Jekyl, carving up the Lions defense on his way to one of the best games of his young career. This past Sunday, he was the monster known as Hyde. Bridgewater had a horrible game against the Bears, but luckily the Vikings as a team were able to overcome his poor play and pull out the victory.
Peterson was the Hulk, which is what he dresses up as every Halloween, but when all you need is green body paint, why change? He was able to smash through the Bears’ defense, while also dishing out punishment to anyone crazy enough to get in his way.
It took me a while to figure out Diggs’ costume, but I think he was Batman. Diggs, just like Batman, was able to use his craftiness and quickness to come through for the Vikings when they needed it the most. If Jim Gordon was the Vikings’ announcer, I’m sure he would’ve said something along the lines of “he’s the receiver Minnesota deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark Knight.”
Receiver Mike Wallace was probably the easiest one for me to figure out: Harry Houdini because he is always pulling a disappearing act.
And finally, Eric Kendricks was Mighty Mouse (and not just because when he stands next to Anthony Barr he looks really short!). Might Mouse is always the one who is overlooked, yet always comes through and makes big things happen. Kendricks is like that, because on a defense filled with household names like Griffen, Barr, Rhodes and Smith, he is often overlooked but still ends up making the big plays.
Clearly Peterson and the entire offensive line reads my column, because a week after I listed them as the players who could use the most improvement, Peterson averaged over five yards per carry and was able to get to the second level often before being contacted. Because of that, I am listing Peterson and the whole offensive line as my players of the week. Since Bridgewater was unable to get it going, the offense fell onto their shoulders, and they were able to come through.
The player who needs the most improvement is Wallace. Through seven games, Wallace is averaging less than 42 yards per game. In the game against the Bears, Wallace completely lost the ball when it was in the air, dropped an easy pass, and also seemed to run the wrong routes on a couple of plays. There doesn’t seem to be much chemistry between Bridgewater and Wallace, and I think it’s only a matter of time before receiver Charles Johnson takes Wallace’s starting spot.
Looking forward, Minnesota plays the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 8. Offensively, the Rams are not a threat through the air. Quaterback Nick Foles is struggling this year, averaging only 187 yards per game while throwing seven touchdowns and five interceptions. The Rams only offensive threat is the leader for Offensive Rookie of the Year, running back Todd Gurley. Gurley has averaged 141.5 yards over the last four games, and is looking better and better every week.
Even though the Ram’s offense isn’t a juggernaut, the strength of the team is on defense and more specifically the defensive line. Led by players like Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn, the Ram’s defensive line will be a force to be reckoned with. I expect Bridgewater to be under constant pressure, and this game seems like the type that will need to be won by the defense.
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