Questions Answered: Top Offseason Need, Zimmer in College, 2.5-Point Underdogs?!?!

Questions Answered: Top Offseason Need, Zimmer in College, 2.5-Point Underdogs?!?!

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the December 6th 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: What is the Vikings top offseason need shaping up as, with the regular season nearing an end?

Questions Answered: Top Offseason Need
Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: An impact interior pass rusher.

This would be for Jonathan Bullard’s current spot. There is nothing ‘wrong” with Bullard, but the Vikings simply don’t promote a pass rush from Dalvin Tomlinson, Harrison Phillips, or Bullard. The team needs someone who can attack the quarterback from the middle, reducing the load for Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith.

Someone like Bryan Bresee from Clemson would be nice.

Q: With the rumors about Mike Zimmer to Colorado, how do you think he’d do in the college ranks?

Questions Answered: Roster Cuts Surprise Factor, Thought on Zimmer's New Job, Jim Marshall
Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer walks on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A: Oh, just marvelous.

You better believe Zimmer would thrive with the Buffaloes, especially with Deion Sanders as his boss. Zimmer will have taken a year off from coaching if the rumors are true and he accepts the job.

He might even catapult Colorado’s defense to a national powerhouse. That’s much of a mastermind Zimmer can be outside his 2020 and 2021 performances.

We fully support and endorse Zimmer to Colorado and hope the deal goes through.

Q: Wait a minute. The Vikings are 2.5-point underdogs against the damn Lions? How?

Oct 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

A: The world doesn’t think the Vikings are as good as you believe.

A 2.5-point home point spread in favor of the Lions even implies oddsmakers believe the Lions are flat-out better than the Vikings (if they were on a neutral field, for example).

One way to avoid complacency is to have the Lions as the favorites when you play them. That’s the silver lining, anyway.

It really doesn’t matter what sportsbooks think. If the Vikings keep winning, oddsmakers and pundits can just continue being wrong about the Vikings. We do not care.

Generally speaking, though — yes, it is weird that Detroit is favored.

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).