Questions Answered: Surprising Star, Myles Dorn, Most Interesting ‘Other’ Game

Questions Answered: Surprising Star, Myles Dorn, Most Interesting 'Other' Game
Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) and offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the September 10th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: Bleacher Report predicted Camryn Bynum as the Vikings surprising star of 2022. Who’s yours?

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Give us Christian Darrisaw.

Darrisaw authored a rather good rookie campaign when he actually got on the field, and it seems his summer has only heightened the hype. It would be wonderful for a Vikings offensive lineman to nail down the left tackle spot for the first time since Bryant McKinnie. Darrisaw feels like the guy to do it.

Plus, all summer, Vikings coaches have likened Darrisaw to Trent Williams. They probably wouldn’t do that without merit.

Q: Will Myles Dorn get the nod on Sunday over Lewis Cine?

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason (41) runs while Minnesota Vikings safety Myles Dorn. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, the Vikings called Dorn up from the practice squad, a pretty good indicator he’ll get the nod.

Cine really doesn’t “need” to play in Week 1, as Harrison Smith and Camryn Bynum are the starters. If he’s healthy — great. But there is no reason to rush Cine, who is the plan for life-after-Harrison-Smith.

It’s probably safe to assume Dorn will see action against the Packers, likely on special teams. Cine is truly questionable.

Q: Which NFL game are you most excited to watch aside from Vikings-Packers?

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

A: It has to be Eagles-Lions, right?

Of course, that’s not the most exciting game, but it’s comprised of the Viking two opponents in Weeks 2 and 3. Minnesota travels to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football in nine days, then darts home for the Lions six days later.

If the Eagles are as good as some pundits forecast, they should thump the Lions. Conversely, if all the smoke around Detroit and Hard Knocks is accurate, the game should be competitive.

For Vikings fans, Eagles-Lions should generate the utmost interest.


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