Since becoming the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings before the 2014 season, there’s only one NFC team that Mike Zimmer has not been able to lead his team to victory against. On Monday night, he will get another opportunity to correct that blemish.
It’s going to be a big one on Monday Night Football, as the 8-3 Vikings come off of their bye and head to the Pacific Northwest to do battle with the Seattle Seahawks, who come into this one at 9-2.
The Vikings come into this one having won six of their last seven games, with their only loss coming in Kansas City on a last-second field goal. The Seahawks come into this one riding a hot streak of their own, having won four straight, including handing the San Francisco 49ers their only loss of the season.
If the season were to end today, both the Seahawks and the Vikings would be wild card teams, with the Seahawks holding the #5 spot and the Vikings checking in at #6.
We will definitely need to keep an eye on the injury report for the Vikings going into this one, as they could have several big names returning. Adam Thielen, who has missed most of the last five weeks with a hamstring issue, will apparently be returning on Monday night, which will give the offense a boost. The Vikings could also be getting defensive tackle Linval Joseph and safety Harrison Smith back this week as well. Smith went out with a hamstring issue of his own near the end of the victory over Denver, and Joseph had surgery to repair his meniscus a couple of weeks ago.
This game should be a good one, folks, and we’ll see it kick off on Monday Night at approximately 7:20 PM Central time on ESPN. We’ll have plenty of coverage of this one for you leading up to game day.