Good morning Horners! Ted, Drew, and I got together after the game with our immediate reactions. We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, and we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and happy holidays. We all hope that you are happy with the people you love, safe and warm, enjoying the fellowship, and talking about the Vikings win.
The Minnesota Vikings took care of business against the Detroit Lions in a 27-9 victory. Even though the first half, or at least most of it, they look to be asleep. They did wake up with about four minutes left in the half and scored 14 points with the crowning jewel being a Hail Mary as time was running out where Kirk Cousins dropped back, rolled to the right, then stepped up in the pocket and heaved it about 55 yards in the air. Kyle Rudolph was amongst the group of receivers in the end zone, and he jumped and convincingly snagged the football. Any sort of hope that the Lions had was gone.
Speaking of hope, in this pre-Christmas game, the Vikings set themselves up for a, "win and you are in" scenario for when the Chicago Bears come to town this Sunday. The offense had a slow start, and even the defense gave up some uncharacteristic penalties in a game where the officiating was called in question more than once, but the team did end up dominating. That will have to continue not only this Sunday at 3:25 PM central against the Bears, but against whoever the Vikings will match up against in the playoffs. The Vikings will get into the playoffs with either a win, which is under their own control or lost by the Philadelphia Eagles. GMG prefers that they win. This game, however, will not be meaningless obviously for the Vikings, but also for the Bears who with a win and a loss by the Rams can move into the second seed. So, motivation will abound and it should be a good game.
Kyle Rudolph had one of the best games of his career with 122 yards and two touchdowns including that Hail Mary. Kirk Cousins went over 4,000 yards passing on the season, and the running game got going in the second half. Now if the offense can put it together along with the defense and special teams, for a full 60 minutes, this team can be unbeatable. At least, that is the hope. Go Vikings!
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