Healthy Vikings Look Like They’re Ready to Roll in Week 8

Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; A general view of U.S. Bank Stadium before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings’ roster is almost completely healthy heading into their Week 8 game against the Cardinals. The game offers Minnesota the chance to climb to 6-1 as it looks to maintain its great position in the NFC playoff race.

According to the most recent injury report, only one player is questionable for the Vikings. Defensive linemen Jonathan Bullard is questionable due to an illness:

It’s remarkable that the team has done such a great job of staying healthy so far into the season. Some of it is just luck, but a lot of credit belongs to the coaches, health & training staff, and then the players themselves. Everyone has obviously been putting work into ensuring the roster is being taken care of.

The result is a Vikings roster that is almost fully healthy near the season’s halfway mark. If Bullard can’t play, then it’ll likely mean some more snaps for James Lynch and Ross Blacklock.

Unfortunately, things don’t look as optimistic for the Arizona Cardinals. They have a roster that is dealing with considerably more injuries. Take a look:

The most notable names are probably the offensive players. Losing two of their offensive linemen and then James Connor at RB will make things more challenging for Kliff Kingsbury’s side of the ball. Plus, D.J. Humphries is no guarantee to play and Darrel Williams is similarly questionable.

As Cole Smith suggested, the Vikings defense may have an easier matchup as a result of Arizona needing to start several of their backups. I’ve been among those who have some growing concerns about the defense. Hopefully, Minnesota can put together an excellent performance regardless of who is on the field for the Cardinals. Indeed, the talent is present for Minnesota’s defense to be much stronger than it has been after 6 games.

The Vikings are healthy for their Week 8 game, a reality that makes success much more likely. Let’s hope that continues as Minnesota climbs to 6-1.

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