Explained: Status Of The Vikings Across 4 Games

Explained: Status Of The Vikings Across 4 Games
September 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neill. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

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This is episode 135 of vikesnow, a YouTube channel dedicated to daily analysis of the Minnesota Vikings. This episode features jose freythe editor of PurplePTSDwhich examines the state of the Vikings through four games.

In particular, the win over the New Orleans Saints and the stakes against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 are discussed.

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The Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, 28-25, courtesy of special teams theatrics and a game-winning drive from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Greg Joseph saved the day with five shots from the field, although oddly enough he missed a crucial extra point.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson returned to form for 10 receptions, 147 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown as Minnesota handled a team without QB1, RB1, WR1 and LG.

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NFL Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. © Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings are a seven-point home favorite against the Chicago Bears, who lost in Week 4 to the New York Giants, 20-12. The Green Bay Packers also won Sunday, beating the New England Patriots, but the Vikings remain atop the NFC North thanks to tiebreakers. Minnesota is the No. 2 seed in the NFC as of Oct. 5.

Rookie defenseman Lewis Cine missed with a broken leg, a disappointing first-round development for the Vikings, who contributed to special teams for four games. The Vikings drafted Cine as a life plan after Harrison Smith, but the Georgia alum won’t see a regular-season camp again until 2023. Cine was placed on injured reserve this week. Minnesota will ask safeties Josh Metellus and Myles Dorn to replace Cine.

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Baker Dustin is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow. The hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh Y Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking hobby dates back to 1996. He listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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