Last Sunday the Minnesota Vikings opened the 2014 season with a dominant and surprising 34-6 victory over the Rams in St Louis. The Vikings beat down St Louis in every facet of the game, yet didn’t receive a great performance from Adrian Peterson. He was solid with 21 carries for 75 yards, but the Rams kept him under control for the most part. The offensive star of the game was Cordarrelle Patterson. The second year WR/KR actually rushed for over 100 yards on only 3 carries. He became the first WR to rush for 100 yards since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. Yet, as good as #84 was, Minnesota’s defense was the reason for the demolition of the Rams on Sunday.
This game marked the first time in several years that Minnesota’s defense has looked anything close to dominant. Last season the Vikings ranked near the bottom in every statistical defensive category. Going in to this season the Vikings certainly seemed to be in a rebuilding mode under new Head Coach Mike Zimmer. But with such a resounding, physical thumping delivered in week 1, will the expectations rise? Are fans automatically going to think they have a playoff team? How long can the Vikes stay under the radar? The quick answers are yes, yes, and not long, however, a lot really depends on this weeks game against New England. Minnesota will be hosting the Patriots on Sunday, outdoors at the University of Minnesota. The last time the Vikings opened an NFL season outdoors, Tommy Kramer was the quarterback. Needless to say, it’s been a while. That defense that was dominant indoors against the Rams, a team with no real QB, will be tested by one of the greatest QB’s of all time, Tom Brady. This is a team and a quarterback that are used to playing outdoors. Factor in the fact that New England is coming off a tough loss in Miami and it should add to the overall drama of the game. Does anybody really expect the Pats to start 0-2? Should the Vikings win, the answers to the earlier questions are more easily answered. Expectations will be off the charts, fans will begin making playoff arrangements, and that time under the radar will be over. And of course, the Vikings will be trending on twitter. Welcome to the NFL in 2014.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).