The State of the Vikings: Week 11

The State of the Vikings: Week 11
Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports.

The State of the Vikings: Week 11

This is Episode 163 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to daily Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode examines the state of the Vikings through 9 games.

Particularly, the win over the Buffalo Bills, Dalvin Cook, and Justin Jefferson are discussed.

Email any feedback — especially constructive criticism — to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

The State of the Vikings


The Vikings knocked off the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, 33-30, courtesy of late-game heroics authored by Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins, the Vikings defense, and Dalvin Cook. O’Connell’s men circumvented a 17-point lead in the 2nd Half at a time when some Vikings fans had given up hope, particularly as the Bills led 27-10.

The State of the Vikings
Vikings Patrick Peterson celebrates as Bills quarterback Josh Allen walks off the field. Minnesota scored when Allen didn’t handle the snap at the goal line and the Vikings recovered the ball in the end zone.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded 10 catches, 193 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown in a game where the phenom playmaker exuded the utmost clutch performance. He extended the game on a 4th and 18 play that will live in Vikings lore eternally.

The Vikings are one-point road underdogs at home against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11, a team that lost to Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Dallas hopes to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) and upstart New York Giants (7-2) in the NFC East.

The State of the Vikings
Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) greets cornerback Patrick Peterson. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports.

The Packers finally won a game — the one mentioned above versus the Cowboys. Their playoff hopes remain alive with a flicker. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the San Francisco 49ers if the playoffs started today.

Ed Donatell’s defense disallowed the Bills from scoring a touchdown in the 2nd Half, yet another reason — of many — the Vikings stunned Buffalo.

A 2-6 or 1-7 record the rest of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferred, but subpar football, as a worst-case scenario, would net a playoff berth. That’s the perk of an 8-1 start. The Vikings have a 99% probability of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight.

Since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the Cowboys have won three times at the Vikings house — in 2016, 2020, and 2021.


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).

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