All win streaks start at two, and that is exactly what the Vikings have heading into New York this week. They could have played better, but a win is a win. Here is what I saw in Week 7 against the Cardinals.
Adam Thielen– This is starting to turn into something special. Thielen is breaking a new all-time record each week. Another 100-yard game, which adds to his NFL record six to start a season. He just seems to get better and better with each passing game. He’s always open, and he can run a full route tree. Just keep enjoying this. What Thielen is doing right now is amazing.
Better pass rush- The pass rush has struggled since Everson Griffen left the team. That started to change Sunday. The Cardinals’ offensive line is nothing special, but what we saw was encouraging. The Vikings sacked Josh Rosen four times and knocked him down six times. Keep in mind that the Vikings blitzed more in this game than they have in any so far this season, likely because they wanted to put pressure on a rookie quarterback. I expect to see a similar approach next week against another rookie quarterback.
Mike Hughes will be missed- Hughes was an important piece of the Vikings’ depth in the Secondary. Mackensie Alexander will need to take on a bigger role going forward. The Vikings do have great depth at cornerback, but Alexander has been suspect. It will be interesting to see if there is any talk of Terrance Newman coming out of retirement. Remember, Newman is still a member of the Viking coaching staff, so he knows what is going on.
Finally a running game- Everyone in the league knows the Cardinals can’t stop the run, so it was no surprise to see the Vikings with 32 attempts. However, you have to be encouraged. The offensive line was able to open up some holes and it turned into a 6.1 yard average for the team. The return of Dalvin Cook should help the situation even more.
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