Minnesota Madness — Round 1: Kirk Cousins, Danielle Hunter, and (Almost) Everyone in Between

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Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings mascot, Viktor the Viking, leads the team onto field before the game against the Cleveland Browns at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

At long last, the day is here: the opening round of Minnesota Madness is now upon us. For a refresher on the full rules, take a look at an earlier article on PurplePTSD.

A quick refresher. We’re taking our cue from March Madness, the college hoops tournament that inspires no shortage of sports fans to fill out a bracket. Our version is a bit different. Minnesota Madness is asking readers to vote on which play is the best one from the Vikings’ season. We’ve trimmed things down to 16 games to make the numbers work and we’ve got 8 matchups included below.

Scroll down and watch the clips. In between each matchup is a poll. After considering the plays, go ahead and cast your ballot. Democracy will reign supreme in Minnesota Madness. We’ll tally up the votes from the identical pieces on PurplePTSD and Vikings Territory and the 8 best plays get kicked into Round 2, which begins at the same time next Friday.

Voting for Round 1 will end on Tuesday, February 20th at noon.

When we’re done, there will be a single play left standing. Our websites will then be making a donation to The Vikings Foundation in the amount of $1,600 to match the original amount of plays. So, let your voice be heard. The more votes, the better.

Minnesota Madness — Round 1

Game 1: Cousins’ Beauty Deep Ball
Game 16: NaJee the Nightmare

Game 2: Theo’s Soaring Interception
Game 15: Déjà vu with the Jeffersonian Brilliance

Game 3: Osborn’s Superman Score
Game 14: Mullens the Magician

Game 4: The Hitman’s Wonnum Assist
Game 13: Ivan’s Incredible INT

Game 5: Patrick, Meet Danielle
Game 12: Powell Pouncing at the Pass

Game 6: Scoopin’ & Scorin’ with Josh & Jordan
Game 11: Chandler Getting Tricky

Game 7: Jordan’s Charvarius Theft
Game 10: Hock Being a Jock

Game 8: Metellus Tricks Love and Treats Fans
Game 9: Dobbs Shoots for the Stars

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.