After losing 4 straight, the Minnesota Vikings are desperate for a victory. Here are 5 wild predictions for their game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Minnesota Vikings have definitely cooled off since their 5-0 start. Actually, their season has headed in the opposite direction. In danger of dropping to a .500 record, the Vikes have to be hungry for a victory in Week 11.
The offense of the Minnesota Vikings has improved over the last two weeks, but it’s not quite where they would like it to be. It’s obvious to say the offense must play well on Sunday to come out victorious.
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Over the last two weeks, the Vikings have suffered heart-breaking losses to the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins.
In the late stages of the week 9 game against the Lions, the Vikings drove down the field to take a lead. Detroit then responded with a game-tying field goal and an overtime victory.
The Vikings had a late drive in the Washington game that could’ve potentially gave them the lead, but saw it cut short after a turnover on downs in Washington territory.
Heading back home to play the Arizona Cardinals, the Vikes truly need a victory. Here are 5 wild predictions for this week’s game:
Oct 31, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) takes the field before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings force 3 turnovers
The Vikings defense has been one of the main bright spots for the team this year. Although they have seemed beatable over the last few weeks, they are still a feared unit. During the early stages of the season, Vikings’ fans got used to several turnovers per game. They will resume that style of play in week 11.
For one, the Cardinals are a team that turns the ball over often. So far in the 2016 NFL season, Arizona has thrown 10 interceptions and 6 fumbles lost. They average 1.8 turnovers per game.
Minnesota has intercepted the ball 10 times and forced 8 fumbles so far this year. We have been averaging 2 turnovers forced per game.
With an offense that produces turnovers and a defense that forces them, it is expected that the Vikings will force several turnovers on Sunday. If they can turn those turnovers into points, it would be a huge factor in a possible win over the Cardinals.
Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA;New Orleans Saints kicker Kai Forbath (5) walks off the field after kicking the winning field goal against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans won 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings’ kicker Kai Forbath makes all 3 of his field goals in debut
Kai Forbath has plenty of experience in the NFL. Although he has struggled in the last few seasons, he was one of the best kickers in the NFL at one point. With some built up confidence, expect Forbath to be the answer to the Vikings’ kicking problems.
The Arizona Cardinals have a solid defense and the Vikings offense has been known to find success outside of the red zone. Minnesota could see themselves in a lot of field goal kicking positions in Week 11.
Former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh struggled so much that Minnesota had to change basically their whole offensive outlook. They had to plan on anything outside the red zone was four-down territory, but with a new kicker in town, those issues may be gone.
Expect the Vikings offense to move the ball very well until they hit the red zone. Once there, Kai Forbath will take over and help the Vikings put points on the board.
Nov 13, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball as San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea (41) defends during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Cardinals’ running back David Johnson has 200+ all-purpose yards
It’s not an exaggeration to say David Johnson is one of the best backs in the NFL. Not only is he a bruising back, Johnson is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. Expect David Johnson to have a big day against the Vikings defense, who may have to be on the field more than 50% of the game.
As I said before, the Vikings’ defense is extremely strong, but so is David Johnson. Week in and week out, Johnson makes big plays. Minnesota saw Jordan Howard, running back of the Chicago Bears, have a huge game against them in Week 8. Johnson is twice the back that Howard is.
Even though I do expect Johnson to have a lot of yards in the contest, I do expect him to fumble at least once. The Vikings, at times, allow a lot of yards, but they remain one of the best defenses in the NFL due to their turnover differential.
This will be one heck of a battle between David Johnson and the Vikings’ defense. Both parties will have some great plays and some not-so-stellar plays. Expect David Johnson to have over 200 total yards in the game.
Nov 13, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (38) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Stefon Diggs has 100+ receiving yards
Stefon Diggs has had a breakout year in 2016. He is clearly the Vikings’ number one receiver and best offensive weapon. The extra attention he is getting from defenders seems to only add fuel to the fire. Another big day is in store for #14 against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals.
Patrick Peterson will be shadowing Stefon Diggs during this week’s battle between the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals. Most would think this is bad news for Diggs, but it’s quite the contrary.
Diggs is no stranger to great defenders lining up across from him. Josh Norman, arguably one of the best cornerbacks in professional football, was scorched by Diggs last week.
The attention from Patrick Peterson will not scare Stefon Diggs, only hype him up for the match-up. To be the best, you much beat the best – this is a huge opportunity for Diggs to step up into elite receiver status. A huge day is in store for the successful young receiver.
Oct 9, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates with defensive end Everson Griffen (97) and defensive tackle Tom Johnson (92) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Texans 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings win game 21-17
Vikings’ fans, it’s not time to give up hope yet. Sure, our expectations went sky-high after the 5-0 start and now all seems lost, but it’s not! Our offense has shown some life and our defense has shown some leadership.
Sam Bradford has been smart with the football and is starting to make quick, accurate passes. The run game may be showing a little bit of life with the help of Ronnie Hillman. If the defense can get back to the form they were in during the 5-game winning streak, things could get back on track for the Vikes.
This week, we won’t have to worry about the defense – they will be flying around the field. We won’t have to worry about the kicking game – Forbath is going to find success in his debut. Things are starting to look up in Minnesota, it’s just time to get back in the win column.