Remove the toe tag. Vikings have some life in them.
He showed his best game of this youth season on Sunday. Of course, this had to be his best game. They lost the first two before defeating the Seattle Seahawks 30–17 at US Bank Stadium.
And now the Vikings are 1-2, similar to the Kansas City Chiefs and, oh yeah, the Seahawks too.
Weather is not a lost cause. At 0-3, it certainly would have seemed so.
In addition to capping off a much-needed victory, the conversation about fighting for the NFC North title for the Vikings was meant to encourage itself back into action and, for at least the next week, social media was under fire from the post. Will not post to put Mike Zimmer.
“Feels good to win,” Zimmer said. “I told the team that I thought it was the best offensive I’ve had here in eight years.”
Perhaps most impressive about the victory is that the Vikings did it without Dalvin Cooke. He was inactive due to an ankle injury he suffered in Arizona last week.
Well done Alexander Matison. Matison is a good back, just like good cover bands are. No one is quite like the original, and generally nowhere near as dynamic and game-changing as Mattison Cooke.
He was like Cook on Sunday, running 112 yards and catching six passes for 59 yards for a combined 171-yard game.
Mattison forced the Seahawks to honor the run, allowing Kirk Cousins to locate the receivers and make the game a two-point win.
Cousins were outstanding. It was Zimmer’s word for how his quarterback fared.
“He played with a lot of confidence,” Zimmer said. “He is very confident when he throws the football. He is very precise and is playing fast.”
On the Vikings’ first drive, Cousins completed all five of his passes for 62 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown to Tyler Conklin.
By the way, Conklin needs to be a big part of this crime every week. He has some Travis Kels. He’ll get yards after the catch and his hands are just as good as the tight ends that garner much more praise from him. He had seven receptions for 70 yards.
Meanwhile, Jefferson continues to show that he is one of the best NFL receivers. He caught nine passes for 118 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Even Greg Joseph made all his kicks, and the long-suffering offensive line only allowed one sack. And the defense, after a rough start in which the Vikings fell 17-7, closed the Seahawks in the second half.
“Defensively, we started off a bit shaky,” Zimmer said. “The players did a good job of adjusting.”
Middle linebacker Eric Kendricks attributed the Seahawks’ early success to the Vikings’ surprise catch.
“They came out with a lot of looks that we didn’t see in the film,” Kendrick said. “We started neutralizing (them).”
The Vikings took the first step in reviving a season that seemed to be headed for an abyss, when the Seahawks went past 10 points by picking up Russell Wilson’s second and Chris Carson on the ground in the second quarter.
“I wouldn’t say we are in a good position,” said receiver Adam Thielen.
But came again.
“We’re going to try to ride this pace,” he said. “It’s a pace league. We know we just have to win. Obviously, it’s been disappointing after the first two weeks, but we knew we were going to focus only on this week. And now that we Enjoying it today, so tomorrow we will move on and be ready for our next opponent.”
Thielen then told a story about a conversation he had with some teammates.
“Man, it’s hard to win in this league,” Thielen said. “These youngsters were talking about it. ‘Man, it looks like Kansas City is losing and some of these really good football teams are losing.’ It’s not like college where you have these gimme games where you pay them $500,000 and you crush them. You can’t do that in a league.”
However, you can absolutely make the season great with a win – just like the Vikings did on Sunday.