ESPN’s Football Power Index still gives the Vikings a 71 percent opportunity to make the postseason, likely since the No. 6 seed from the NFC playoffs, because of the assistance they received in the standings from losses by the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14.
However, make no mistake, the way the Vikings played in yet another important game appears to foreshadow what&rsquo one step closer to an exit that is earlier in January.
This season, the Vikings have done very little to prove rsquo, they &;r e contenders for a postseason run. Theyrsquo;r e that enter the game .500 or better and 61 versus teams that possess a .500 or worse record.
The way they lost in Seattle, chiefly because of an offense that crashed and burned out of the very first drive of the game, is probably the litany of issues that’ll bite on them at the postseason.
Coach Mike Zimmer was adamant that the Vikings reach balance. But balance (33 passes, 2-1 runs) was maybe perhaps not the dilemma in Seattle — it had been implementation.
On three of the nine dropbacks of Cousins was driven From the first half but seemed panicked soon after each snap.
In fact, Cousins had time to throw at the first half of Monday’so loss — an average of 3.70 seconds from snap to release his passes per NFL Next Gen Stats — he’s had season (2.69 minutes average), but went 4-for-8 for 27 yards in the first two quarters.
It’s most part of those problems Cousins and his offensive lineup have faced all season. While the Vikings O-line has fought in protections across the 2018 campaign, based by players and injuries have been forced to play out of position, Cousins has not been able to overcome the problems happening in front of them.
And though the lineup ’s battles have been noted, much of what transpired Monday has been a result of Cousins’ inability to execute under pressure in the widest sense. He went.
Cousins’ fumble that was returned for a score in the fourth quarter has been that the fourth largest touchdown scored from the Vikings this season. All four have been away Cousins’ turnovers — that the most on any player’s turnovers this season.
Cousins constantly left his two best playmakers. On the Vikings minute drive, the quarterback had his back turned to Adam Thielen, who was wideopen 20 yards down field, and rather thrown a brief pass off supporting him to Latavius Murray that went for a 2-yard gain.
It just happened again at the 3rd quarter when Cousins’d Stefon Diggs wideopen at the flat and instead hit Kyle Rudolph for a 2-yard gain.
And the icing on the cake happened on one of two chances the Vikings might possess in the red zone, create by the strangest pass Cousins has completed in weeks, a bomb . But rather than executing his read to Thielen first, whose defender abandoned that the Pro Bowl receiver open and fell, a pass threw on fourth-and-1 that has been incomplete and tipped at the back of the endzone to Rudolph.
The frustrations on offense amounted in rsquo & Minnesota ;s 2nd straight loss and sixth of the season. With three matches remaining, the Vikings have done to show theyrsquo;ll be able to sustain a streak per month from now once theyrsquo;r e pitted at the NFC.
As it stands right now, chances are they’ll make it that far. However, whether or not they deserve to given exactly what rsquo, they ;t revealed is up for argument.