Good Morning Gjallarhorn Episode 020 – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Good morning Horners! GMG – In The Raw. Hey everybody, we gather on this auspicious occasion to discuss losing to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. The game was actually entertaining in the fact that there was lots of scoring taking place. Now if you get into defense, like we as Vikings fans have come accustomed to, it was extremely disappointing on both sides. The Rams are known for their good defense too, but neither defenses could outshine the performances by the offenses. That being said, let's get into the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good – Kirk Cousins threw for well over 400 yards, 422 to be exact, it was nearly spot on all night. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both combined for over 100 yards receiving each in a total of 258 yards. Kyle Rudolph had another five catches for 57 yards, and even look, Laquon Treadwell, caught everything thrown his way except for one pass. …And, the new guy, Aldrick Robinson even got into the act catching 2 touchdowns. Captain Kirk got the ball to 9 different receivers on the night with no interceptions. The passing game was humming.
The bad – the Vikings running game was damn near anemic. When you're leading rusher is your quarterback, who is not known to be a running quarterback, you have problems. Dalvin Cook could only muster 20 yards on 10 carries. This coming off a hamstring pull explain the low 2.0 yards per carry? I think not. It likely comes from the inability of the offensive line to push a very good defensive line off the ball. It was good to see Pat Elflein back out there though. A total of 54 yards on the night, is not going to hack it is the Vikings plan to win in the future.
The ugly – the vaunted "Zim Reapers" defense has seemed to have fallen apart, and this has been a trend since the second half of the Saints game last year. It looks like assignments were blown by Mackensie Alexander, along with Xavier Rhodes looking undisciplined, and even the safeties being out of position at times. When you're leading tackler is a rookie that doesn't play 100% of the snaps, as was this case with Mike Hughes, something is wrong. Stephen Weatherly got the most pressures on the defensive line, and there was only one sack [Danielle Hunter] all night in a very uncharacteristic rushing performance. Everson Griffen being out is not enough to explain how Jared Goff had all night to have the best performance of his career throwing 5 touchdowns and 465 yards. Anthony Barr continued to look apathetic when chasing receivers that beat him on routes directly leading to 3 of the 5 TDs. …There is definitely something wrong there. Mike Zimmer and his vaunted defense looks like opposition teams now have his playbook and there are members on that D, that don't care. We know this isn't true, but fans and reporters are starting to question it, as well as Coach Zimmer himself.
The Vikings now have over a week to figure everything out before going to Philadelphia to avenge their embarrassing loss in the NFC Championship Game from last year. Let us all hope, that they do.
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