The View from VT: A Piece of the QB Puzzle, Pass Rusher Linked to MN, & Playoff Push Nemesis

Aug 26, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall (16) rolls out to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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The View from VT: December 2nd, 2023

1) Another Piece of the Vikings’ QB Puzzle Falls into Place as Season Enters Final Stretch: Getting Jaren Hall back into the mix is a good thing, folks. The rookie did some positive things in his limited action against Atlanta, but it’s impossible to come away with any firm conclusions about his abilities based on that game alone. Whether he gets the chance to play again will come down to his practice reps.

NFL: Preseason-Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall (16) passes the ball over Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Abraham Lucas (72) during the second half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

2) Free Agent Pass Rusher Linked to Vikings: Saying a team has too many pass rushers is like saying a hockey team has too many scorers or a basketball team has too many 3-point shooters. There’s no such thing as too many. Even still, the odds of Minnesota going out now to sign a veteran pass rusher are small (unless there’s an injury that necessitates an add).

3) Vikings Due for a Big Game from One Man: Yes, seeing Jordan Addison get back to his explosive self will do wonders for the offense. The rookie isn’t going to win many strength tests in the NFL, but he could certainly win some quickness battles. Being able to run alongside Justin Jefferson again is going to help.

Oct 23, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) celebrates his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

4) Never Has it Been Easier to Identify the Problem: No doubt. Turning the ball over has become all-too-common in Minnesota. Eliminating that singular, major problem will dramatically increase the chances of success. Easier said than done, of course, but there really isn’t much of a mystery about what the mandate is.

5) There’s a New Team the Vikings Must Worry about in Playoff Race: An old nemesis lurks into view. Not altogether unlike the masked killer in a slasher movie, the Packers appeared to be firmly in the rear view mirror only to re-emerge as a viable threat. Just about everyone in Minnesota is hoping the good guys manage to avoid a grisly fate.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Oct 29, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans (21) tackles Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) during their football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Wm. Glasheen-USA TODAY Sports

Enjoy the extra reading, Minnesota Vikings fans.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.