Vikings Podcast: Not Ideal but Hello, Danielle

Collectively, Vikings fans are feeling a bit discouraged. Starting 0-2 can do that to a group of fans, especially ones as tortured as those in Minnesota. If you’re feeling down, then we’ve got the Vikings podcast for you.

Sizzlin’ Sam and I jump back in the saddle to unpack what the Thursday Night Football loss had to offer. Indeed, the latest episode of Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast, spends a few moments dissecting the turnovers, the sensational Danielle Hunter & Justin Jefferson, as well as where the team goes with its roster.

Vikings Podcast: 09.15.2023

Kirk Cousins played well. In fact, there’s a case to be made that he played very well, tossing 4 touchdowns and for more than 350 yards. Not a bad day at the office when we remember that the run game has been non-existent and that turnovers are flying off the shelf faster than hot dogs at a Twins game (he did fumble against the Eagles, but it’s hard to blame him for it).

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Nov 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and center Garrett Bradbury (56) take practice snaps before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The main issue for Cousins on Thursday was simply the ball placement. At times, the football wasn’t in an optimal location for the receivers to gain yards after the catch. Ideally, he’ll start getting suplexed less so that he can keep delivering lasers to the team’s various skill guys.

The run defense ended up failing in Philadelphia, so Brian Flores will need to ensure things improve ahead of a talented Chargers offense in Week 3. Playing Khyiris Tonga a touch more would be a nice place to start, but one has to assume that Flores has his reasons for not allowing the powerful NT to get onto the field for more playing time.

Jan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) runs against the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga (95) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The positives, of course, rest in some of the statistical achievements. We think of Justin Jefferson getting his revenge, torching Darius Slay a year after getting shut down. Meanwhile, Danielle Hunter was causing a pile of problems for a very talented Eagles offensive line.

Other stand out performers include Brian O’Neill, Jordan Addison, Camryn Bynum, Jordan Hicks, and T.J. Hockenson.

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) celebrates his first career touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.