11. Minnesota Vikings (2-2, LW: 10)
If the Vikings play as well as they did at Denver on Sunday, they’re going to win a lot of games against the teams that aren’t nearly as good as the Broncos.
MLive: 15. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Down double-digits most of the game, the Vikings were unable to feed workhorse back Adrian Peterson in the team’s loss to Denver. (Last week: 12)
|10||Minnesota Vikings||2-2, 2nd in NFC North|
THIS WEEK: 17
It’s hard to get a read on the Vikings through the first quarter of the season. Teddy Bridgewater isn’t having the breakout season he was predicted to have before the year started, but he’s starting to progress as the season presses on. Minnesota might not be the playoff team some pegged them to be this year, but you can’t discount the fact that they hung tight with one of the best teams in the NFL and almost beat one of the best defenses in the league. Adrian Peterson is starting to hit a stride, Bridgewater is getting settled in and the Vikings still have a lot of hope moving forward this season. Things are far from lost, and Minnesota is very much in the thick of contention after the first four weeks.
LAST WEEK: 14
Minnesota looked woeful in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, but it has since come alive. After beating the Detroit Lions in Week 2, the Vikings were slight favorites against the San Diego Chargers and hammered them. San Diego was completely overwhelmed by Minnesota’s pass rush and rushing attack, with Adrian Peterson running wild. The Vikings are 2-1, a bit inconsistent, but certainly trending in the right direction. only concern is Teddy Bridgewater, who has been pedestrian at best. The Vikes’ first-round selection from the 2014 NFL Draft needs to start showing signs of progression in his second season. While he hasn’t been abysmal, the ascent of Derek Carr in Oakland has magnified Bridgewater’s deficiencies. Peterson appears to be back, but resting all your hopes on the shoulders of an aging running back is a devil’s dance for Mike Zimmer’s squad.
Bleacher Report take 2:
Last Week: 11
This Week: 13
Are you the type of person who can easily identify the positives poking out from a mostly crushing experience? Then the Minnesota Vikings are your team this week.
Teddy Bridgewater is still an inexperienced quarterback who made only his 16th NFL start Sunday, and it came after a shaky Week 3 showing when he completed just 54.2 percent of his pass attempts. So how would he respond against the Denver Broncos and their top-ranked defense? Surely being down 13 points midway through the second quarter would lead to his unraveling, right?
Not so much. Bridgewater completed 14 of his 16 second-half throws to erase that deficit. Unfortunately, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning then responded with a game-winning drive, and Denver’s pass rush planted Bridgewater repeatedly to ice a win.
But it still felt like a character-building afternoon for the young Vikings quarterback, with his passer rating jumping from 50.9 in Week 3, to 92.4 in Week 4.
Bleacher Report take 3: