Merry post-win Monday, everyone!
Before we begin to discuss yesterday’s......not-so-pretty win, I’d first like to thank all of the veterans out there who have served. Today is December 7, 2020, which is exactly 79 years from the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor (courtesy of the HIstory Channel). 2,400 American solidiers were killed, and 1,200 were wounded in the attack, America entered World War II shortly thereafter, and another 400,000 American soldiers died in that war protecting the freedom that we enjoy. My dad was one of those who fought. After my daily routine of raising the flag in front of my house this morning, I took a little extra time a to give thanks for the freedom that I have, and to remember that it didn’t come free. If you get a chance, I hope you take a minute to thank a veteran today. On to the game.
Okay, there’s no better way to describe yesterday’s win than to call it an ugly win. It was an ugly win, but it was a win, and I’ll take an ugly win over a graceful loss, especially in a year where the Vikings’ playoff chances are.........thin. So, a win is a win, this win just won’t be one of those games that gets etched in your memory, you just accept the W and move on. It’s still better than that loss against the Seahawks where we outplayed them, but lost anyway.
The defense, after a shaky start, settled down and did a good job of stifling the Jacksonville offense (Until the last series of regulation where they reverted to that hideous ‘bend but don’t break’ style of play, which worked as well as usual and resulted in a touchdown for the opposition. Don’t get me started). I thought Cameron Dantzler played a tremendous game, he looked impressive in coverage, made an early interception that seemed to spark the team to life, and the rookie added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to his career (to this point) day.
The special teams looked like s**t. Well, Bailey mostly did, anyway. He missed a PAT and threw in a missed field goal that would have won it toward the end of regulation, but he did hit the game-winning chip shot that the Vikings were forced to allow him to attempt after they tried everything to get the win via a TD instead of relying on him. It didn’t really redeem the mistakes, but it was better than a miss. Don’t believe me? Think back to the Blair Walsh miss. You’re welcome.
On the offensive side, Dalvin Cook had another impressive game, putting up 179 yards, 120 on the ground and 59 more receiving. Cousins had a good day as well, he finished with impressive numbers, over 300 yards passing and three touchdowns. I’m not sure what Kirk Cousins does at halftime, but he has thrown far too many picks on the opening drive of the second half this year. Off the top of my head, and I’d look it up if it wasn’t so late, he has thrown an INT on the opening drive of the second half in at least four games this year. There was this week, last week, the Seahawks game, and the Titans game (on the opening PLAY of the second half). Kirk, stop doing that s**t, mmmmkay? Thanks.
A win is a win. Yesterday’s win doens’t taste as good as most wins taste, but eat it anyway, it’s good for you. SKOL!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Chris breaks down Justin Jefferson and his impressive rookie campaign.
vhcadet posted Stock Market Report 2.0: Vikings-Jags.
Chris has your post-(ugly)win wrap-up.
Other Vikings/NFL news and random oddities and annoyances:
Mark Craig at the Star-Tribune goes over Dantzler’s huge game.
From Vikings.com, see full highlights from yesterday’s win, hear Cousins aptly describe the win in his post-game preseser, and there’s lots more to sift through in the media vault.
Here are all week 13 NFL scores with highlights, courtesy of ESPN.
We come to today’s media selection:
You know what’s coming.....STRIKE UP THE BAND!!!
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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on, don’t forget to tip your waitress (from a minimum of six feet away, of course), and try the tiger meat.