Vikings Podcast: Disappointing Ending

Well, that went poorly. To be fair, the purple optimism was mixed with a thorough dose of gold skepticism, but it’s still disheartening to see Minnesota get beat at home by the 9-7-1 New York Giants. Perhaps it was a fitting end to a peculiar season. On the latest episode of Notes from the North – a Vikings podcast hosted by Sam and yours truly – we offer some initial thoughts after a disappointing playoff performance.

Take a look at what Sam had to say: “Kyle and Sam break down the disappointing end to a great season. They discuss what went wrong, Cousins decision making, Jefferson’s usage, and hint at what’s next. Thanks for a great season and we will continue to talk Vikings into the offseason.”

Three Frustrating Takeaways from the Vikings Loss to the Giants
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell walks off the field after losing a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Put simply, the defense wasn’t close to good enough. The Giants surpassed 400 yards of offense and hit 31 points. It was only the second time all season that NY surpassed the 30-point mark. The other time came against the Colts in Week 17.

Kirk Cousins’ decision to throw it to T.J. Hockenson short of the sticks was an incredibly poor decision. Going into the play, there had to be a better understanding that Justin Jefferson was obviously going to be double-covered. Even still, the plan had to have been to either throw it to #18 or work toward K.J. Osborn or Adam Thielen.

Folks who are into Vikings podcasts or think they’d like to get into Vikings podcasts should feel free to give Notes from the North a shot. Hop over to iTunes, Spotify, or Podbean. My understanding is that you don’t need an account at these spots. Just press play and enjoy the pod.

Enjoy the listening, Vikings fan.