Questions Answered: Renewed Enthusiasm, the Jets, 2023 Cousins

Questions Answered: Renewed Enthusiasm, the Jets, 2023 Cousins

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the November 25th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to

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: Did the Vikings win over the Patriots reinvigorate you after the huge loss to Dallas?

Questions Answered: Renewed Enthusiasm, the Jets, 2023 Cousins
Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Reagor. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Yes, a loss would’ve indicated the Vikings probably weren’t the real deal and that they really had been lucky, at times, during the seven-game win streak.

But responding with a primetime holiday win over Bill Belichick is no joke and proves the 2022 Vikings indeed have some oomph.

The franchise still needs to play a complete game, so maybe it’s saving that until the postseason or something.

Q: Looking ahead to next weekend, what do the Jets do well?

Sep 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mike White. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports.

A: The Jets are good defensively — and that’s about it.

Their offense has been bad — and flat-out awful in spots — but the defense ranks sixth in the NFL per DVOA through Week 11.

New York benched Zach Wilson this week, pivoting to Mike White, who had a couple of good games in 2021. The Jets are a lot like the Patriots — great on defense but ho-hum offensively — without Belichick.

The Vikings should win, but anything is possible if one remembers how poorly things went in Week 11.

Q: In what scenario would Kirk Cousins not be the quarterback for the Vikings in 2023?

Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18), and wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrate the win against the New England Patriots after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

A: A trade.

What would necessitate a trade of Cousins? Probably a postseason game where he looked totally inept. Let’s face it, though. The Vikings are 9-2 through 11 weeks, so any chatter about “how could Cousins leave” next year is dumb.

He’s the Vikings QB1 and is under contract through the end of 2023. He’ll be the team’s QB in 2023. If he is not, it will have meant the Vikings collapsed somehow between now and March, Cousins turned awful, and Minnesota’s front office was ready to move on.


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 Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).